The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 22, 1967 · Page 13
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6-Algona (l«.) Upper Det Moinfti Tuesday, August 22, 1967 WASHINGTON Meny-Go-Round BY JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - The international intrigue over the premature publication of the memoirs of Stalin's daughter, Svetlana AUlluyeva, is even stranger than so far has leaked into print. The mystery man in the story is Victor Louis, a bespectacled 39-year-old Soviet journalist, whom U. S. intelligence has now identified as a Kremlin agent. The intrigue began after Svetlana's startling defection to the West, an event that jolted the Russians as severely as the defection of Caroline Kennedy to Russia 20 years from now would shock Americans. The State Department, not wishing to get involved officially, asked ex-Ambassador to Moscow George Kennan to keep Svetlana from stumbling into any pitfalls. He called in his next-door neighbor, Attorney Edward Greenbaum, whose Madison Avenue law firm obligingly took Svetlana under its wing. Svetlana had brought out of Russia her memoirs, all neatly typed and ready for translation. But she also left a copy behind. Greenbaum immediately parceled out the rights to Svetlana's writings to his own publishing clients, though they did not submit the highest offers. Harper and Row, a Greenbaum client, purchased the book rights. The New York Times, another- Greenbaum client, bought the first serial rights. Life magazine also purchased rights to print advance excerpts from the book. Although Life is not a Greenbaum client, it is in the family so to speak. Marian Sulzberger, daughter of the New York Times publisher, is married to Andrew Heiskell, the Time-Life board chairman. How much these distinguished publications paid Svetlana hasn't been announced, but if s no secret that she became a millionaire capitalist quicker than any communist on record. Time magazine claimed she collected a record $3,200,000 from both American and British publishers, and Time should be in a position to know. Harper and Row set October as the release date for Svetlana's memoirs, and the New York Times planned a 12-installment serialization beginning in late September. Life magazine will print its excerpts simultaneously. - o - - ENTER VICTOR LOUIS- The autumn publishing date happens to coincide with the Soviet Union's 50th anniversary celebration, and the conspiratorial -minded men in the Kremlin detected a plot. They darkly concluded that the United States hoped to detract from the celebration by raising the ghost of Stalin by way of Svetlana's memoirs. Soviet intermediaries first tried to persuade Harper and Row to change the publication date, but the publisher refused. Then Victor Louis suddenly appeared on the scene with the DREW PEARSON manuscript Svetlana had left behind, plus pictures from her family album. He offered these last May to Parade magazine, whose editor, Jess Gorkin, turned him down. Gorkin considered it unethical to run a story that other publications had purchased. Louis finally peddled his bootleg manuscript to European publishers. To protect their copyright, the legitimate British publisher, Hutchinson and Company, rushed a Russian-language version of the book into print. The highlights of Svetlana's story were picked up and printed around the world. Presumably this was the Kremlin's aim, since the story will now be stale news when the Soviets begin celebrating their 50th anniversary. But the New York Times and Time-Life, which paid through the nose for the first rights, were furious over being scooped. They began digging into how it happened, and found Victor Louis at the bottom of the woodpile. Time angrily accused him of peddling the manuscript and pictures like "a salesman of obscene postcards." The New York Times ran a series of stories exposing Louis as a Kremlin agent. In Europe, Louis fussed and fumed. He got on the transatlantic phone to find out whether he could sue. He claimed plaintively that he was merely an enterprising Russian journalist, and there is no denying that he made a sizable capitalist profit on the deal. However, U. S. intelligence is ' convinced that Louis is a Soviet agent with excellent pipelines into the Kremlin. Meanwhile, the Russians are exploring the possibility of filing suits in the United States and Europe for the profits on the memoirs. The Soviets contend that Svetlana wrote her memoirs originally as letters to her children, therefore they are the legal owners of the manuscript. Note - A spokesman for the Greenbaum law firm refused all comment, except to acknowledge that Harper and Row and the New York Times were clients. - o - - DORTICOS IRKS CONGRESSMAN- Some Congressmen have privately urged taking military action against Cuba. As justification, they point out that Cuba has virtaully declared war on the United States by calling for guerrilla warfare in our cities. Cuban President Dorticos, in his opening address to the Communist Solidarity Conference in Havana, announced a policy of "armed struggle" not only against the United States but against other Latin American governments. He spoke openly of organizing guerrilla forces to stir up "revolution" and "violence" on the U. S. mainland. This formal statement by the Cuban president, the Congressmen contend, should entitle the United States to use military force against the Castro government. A public statement announcing preparations for guerrilla warfare against this country constitutes a belligerent act, they say. Their private statements, however, aren't likely to influence President Johnson, who believes that the $1 million-a-day that Cuba is costing the Kremlin hurts Russia more than all Dictator Castro's breast-beating is damaging the United States. - o - - ARMY DRAIN WORRIES BRASS- Some top generals are worried • over the reduction of Army forces in this country at a time of civil disorder in our cities. The total strategic reserve in all 50 states has now been reduced to five Army divisions, one at only two-thirds strength, plus an Army armored cavalry regiment, two Army brigades, two Marine regiments, and some artillery, signal, engineer and other support units. One of the brigades, the 198th at Fort Hood, Texas, has already been ordered to Vietnam. The President has also promised Gen. William Westmoreland, the American commander in Vietnam, the equivalent of two more divisions. Yet the October draft call was actually reduced, and President Johnson has refused to call reserves to active duty. One reason: Most reserve units, according to a confidential Pentagon study, are in a poor state of readiness. But the chief reason the President is risking such a drain on Army strength at home is strictly budgetary. TOMATOES Archie McElroy, Belle Plaine, grew two large tomatoes this summer in his garden. One weighed 2 Ib. and measured 17 by 13 1/4 inches; the other was 1 Ib. 15 ounces. CELEBRATION Tfie 125th anniversary of the founding of Quasqueton, Buchanan county's oldest town, was observed by a two-day community celebration July 14 and 15. The two days of varied activities ended with a speech TURNIP A giant 5 1/4 pound turnip was grown in the garden of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Kite, fodianola, this summer. NOTICE NEW LOCATION OF POUNDSTONE PHOTO STUDIO Basement — Algona Hotel PHONE 295-7013 Portraits - Weddings - Commercial Work, Etc. 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