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RADICALS: The Student

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In the old days, Comrade Earl Browder slipped stealthily out of the country under an assumed name, toting a phony passport. But Passenger Browder’s papers were all quite correct last week as he impatiently awaited the departure of a Stockholm-bound airliner from New York’s LaGuardia Field.

The bona fide passport in his pocket described Browder’s new occupation with the dignity befitting the publisher of Distributor’s Guide, a journal of economic information for businessmen. Journalist Browder, however, seemed scarcely friendly to his colleagues.

Where was he going? “No comment.”

To Russia, perhaps? “I have nothing to say. Talk to my brother.”

Said brother and co-publisher William Browder: “Absolutely no answer to even the simplest question.”

The interview over, the pair were off in a four-engined C-54.

Safely in Stockholm, Earl Browder’s frozen tongue thawed. To Scandinavian correspondents he confided that he was en route to Moscow to “study political life.”

Back home, the Daily Worker, given to glowering at Browder as an “anti-working-class intriguer,” was already on the presses with its own intriguing explanation of his junket abroad. Humphed the Worker in its most Comradely gobbledygook: “The essence of the Browder trip is that it is one in a line of provocations intended to reinforce the typical reactionary falsehood that the American Communist party has organizational connections abroad.”

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