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by T. L. Sherred The next two pictures we released in rapid succession; the first, "Freedom for Americans," the American Revolution, and "The Brothers and the Guns," the American Civil War. Bang! Every third politician, a lot of so-called "educators," and all the professional patriots started after our scalps. Every single chapter of the DAR, the Sons of Union Veterans, and the Daughters of the Confederacy pounded their collective heads against the wall. The South went frantic; every state in the Deep South and one state on the border flatly banned both pictures, the second because it was truthful, and the first because censorship is a contagious disease. They stayed banned until the professional politicians got wise. The bans were revoked, and the choke-collar and string tie brigade pointed to both pictures as horrible examples of what some people actually believed and thought, and felt pleased that someone had given them an opportunity to roll out the barrel and beat the drums that sound sectional and racial hatred. New England was tempted to stand on its dignity, but couldn't stand the strain. North of New York both pictures were banned. In New York State the rural repre- sentatives voted en bloc, and the ban was clamped on statewide. Special trains ran to Delaware, where the corporations were too busy to pass another law. Libel suits flew like spaghetti, and although the extras blaring the filing of each new suit, very few knew that we lost not one. Although we had to appeal almost every suit to higher courts, and in some cases request a change of venue which was seldom granted, the documentary proof furnished by the record cleared us once we got to a judge, or series of judges, with no fences to mend. It was a mighty rasp we drew over wounded ancestral pride. We had shown that not all the mighty had haloes of purest gold, that not all the Redcoats were strutting bullies — nor angels, and the British Empire, except South Africa, refused entry to both pictures and made violent passes at the State Department. The spectacle of Southern and New England congressmen approving the efforts of a foreign ambassador to suppress free speech drew hilarious hosannas from certain quarters. H.L. Mencken gloated in the clover, doing loud nip-ups, and the newspapers hung on the triple- horned dilemma of anti-foreign, pro-patriotic, and quasi-logical criticism. In Detroit the Ku Klux Klan fired an anemic cross on our doorstep, and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the NAACP, and the WCTU passed flattering resolutions. We forwarded the most vicious and obscene letters — together with a few names and addresses that hadn't been originally signed — to our lawyers and the Post Office Department. There were no convictions south of Illinois. Johnson and his boys made hay. Johnson had pyramided his bets into an international distributing organization, and pushed Marrs into hiring every top press agent either side of the Rockies. What a job they did! In no time at all there were two definite schools of thought that overflowed into the public letter boxes. One school held that we had no business raking up old mud to throw, that such things were better left forgotten and forgiven, that nothing wrong had ever happened, and if it had, we were liars anyway. The other school reasoned more to our liking. Softly and slowly at first, then with a triumphant shout, this fact began to emerge: such things had actually happened, and could happen again, were possibly happening even now; had happened because twisted truth had too long left its imprint on international, sectional, and racial feelings. It pleased us when many began to agree, with us, that it is important to forget the past, but that it is even more important to understand and evaluate it with a generous and unjaundiced eye. This was what we were trying to bring out. The banning that occurred in the various states hurt the gross receipts only a little, and we were vindicated in Johnson's mind. he had dolefully predicted loss of half the national gross because "you can't tell the truth in a movie and get away with it. Not if the house holds over three hundred." Not even on the stage? "Who goes to anything but a movie?" So far things had gone just about as we'd planned. We'd earned and received more publicity, favorable and otherwise, than anyone living. Most of it stemmed from the fact that our doing had been newsworthy. Some, naturally, had been the ninety-day- wonder material that fills a thirsty newspaper. We had been very careful to make our enemies in the strata that can afford to fight back. Remember the old saw about knowing a man by the enemies he makes? Well, publicity was our ax. Here's how we put an edge on it. I called Johnson in Hollywood. He was glad to hear from us. "Long time no see. What's the pitch, Ed?" "I want some lip readers. And I want them yesterday, like you tell your boys." "Lip readers? Are you nuts? What do you want with lip readers?" "Never mind why. I want lip readers. Can you get them?" "How should I know? What do you want them for?" "I said, can you get them?" He was doubtful. "I think you've been working too hard." "Look —" "Now, I didn't say I couldn't. Cool off. When do you want them? And how many?" "Better write these down. Ready? I want lip readers for these languages: English, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek Belhian, Dutch and Spanish." "Ed Lefko, have you gone crazy?" I guess it didn't sound very sensible, at that. "Maybe I have. But those languages are essential. If you run across any who can work in any other language, hang on to them. I might need them, too." I could see him sitting in front of his telephone, wagging his head like mad. Crazy. The heat must have got Leftko, good old Ed. "Did you hear what I said?" "Yes, I heard you. If this is a rib —" "No rib. Dead serious." He began to get mad. "Where do you think I'm going to get lip readers, out of my hat?" "That's your worry. I'd suggest you start with the local School for the Deaf." He was silent. "Now, get this into your head; this isn't a rib, this is the real thing. I don't care what you do, or where you go, or what you spend — I want those lip readers in Hollywood when we get there or I want to know they're on the way." "When are you going to get here?" I said it wasn't true. "Probably a day or two. "We've got a few loose ends to clean up." He swore a blue streak at the iniquities of fate. "You'd better have a good story when you do —" I hung up. Mike met me at the studio. "Talk to Johnson?" I told him, and he laughed. "Does sound crazy, I suppose. But he'll get them, if they exist and like money. he's the Original Resourceful Man." "I tossed my hat in a corner. "I'm glad this is about over. Your end caught up?" "Set and ready to go. The films and the notes are on the way, the real estate company is ready to take over the lease, and the girls are paid up to date, wit a little extra." I opened a bottle of beer for myself. Mike had one. "How about the office files? How about the bar, here?" "The files go to the bank to be stored. The bar? Hadn't thought about it." The beer was cold. "Have it crated and send it to Johnson." We grinned, together. "Johnson it is. He'll need it." I nodded at the machine. "What about that?" "That goes with us on the plane as air express." He looked closely at me. "What's the matter with you — jitters?" "Nope. Willies. Same thing." "Me too. Your clothes and mine left this morning." "Not even a clean shirt left?" "Not even a clean shirt. Just like —" I finished it. "— the first trip with Ruth. A little different, maybe." Mike said slowly, "A lot different." I opened another beer. "Anything you want around here, anything else to be done?" I said no. "O.K. Let's get this over with. We'll put what we need in the car. We'll stop at the Courville Bar before we hit the airport." I didn't get it. "There's still beer left —" "But no champagne." I got it. "O.K. I'm dumb, at times. Let's go." We loaded the machine into the car, and the bar, left the studio keys at the corer grocery for the real estate company, and headed for the airport by way of the Courville Bar. Ruth was in California, but Joe had champagne. We got to the airport late. Marrs met us in Los Angeles. "What's up? You've got Johnson running around in circles." "Did he tell you why?" "Sounds crazy to me. Couple of reporters inside. Got anything for them?" "Not right now. Let's get going." In Johnson's private office we got a chilly reception. "This better be good. Where do you expect to find someone to lipread in Chinese? Or Russian, for that matter?" We all sat down. "What have you got so far?" "Besides a headache?" He handed me a short list. I scanned it. How long before you can get them here?" An explosion. "How long before I can get them here? Am I your errand boy?" "For all practical purposes you are. Quit the fooling. How about it?" Marrs snick- ered at the look on Johnson's face. "What are you smirking at, you moron?" Marrs gave in and laughed outright, and I did, too. "Go ahead and laugh. This isn't funny. When I called the State School for the Deaf they hung up. Thought I was some practical joker. We'll skip that. "There's three women and a man on that list. They cover English, French, Spanish, and German. Two of them are working in the East, and I'm waiting for answers to telegrams I sent them. One lives in Pomona and one works for the Arizona School for the deaf. That's the best I could do." We thought that over. "Get on the phone. talk to every state in the union if you have to, or overseas." Johnson kicked the desk. "And what are you going to do with them, if I'm that lucky?" "You'll find out. Get them on planes and fly them here, and we'll talk turkey when they get here. I want a projection room, not yours, and a good bonded court reporter." He asked the world to appreciate what a life he led. "Get in touch with us at the Commodore." To Marrs: "Keep the reporters away for a while. We'll have something for them later." Then we left. Johnson never did find anyone who could lipread Greek. None, at least, that could speak English. The expert on Russian he dug out of Ambridge, in Pennsylvania, the Flemish and Holland Dutch expert came from Leyden, in the Netherlands, and at the last minute he stumbled upon a Korean who worked in Seattle as an inspector for the Chinese Government. Five women and two men. We signed them to an ironclad contract drawn by Samuels, who now handled all our legal work. I made a little speech before they signed. "These contracts, as far as we've been able to make sure, are going to control your personal and business life for another year if we so desire. Let's get this straight. You are extend that period for another year if we so desire. Let's get this straight. You are to live in a place of your own, which we will provide. You will be supplied with all necessities by our buyers. Any attempt at unauthorized communication will result in abrogation of he contract. Is that clear? "Good. Your work will not be difficult, but it will be tremendously important. You will, very likely, be finished in three months, but you will be ready to go any place at any time at our discretion, naturally at pour expense. Mr. Sorenson, as you are taking this down, you realize that this goes for you, too." He nodded. "Your references, your abilities, and your past work have been thoroughly checked, and you will continue under constant observation. You will be required to verify and notarize every page, perhaps every line, of your transcripts, which Mr. Sorenson here will supply. Any questions?" No questions. Each was getting a fabulous salary, and each wanted to appear eager to earn it. They all signed. Resourceful Johnson bought for us a small rooming house, and we paid an exorbitant price to a detective agency to do the cooking and cleaning and chauffering required. We requested that the lipreaders refrain from discussing their work among themselves, especially in front of the house employees, and they followed instructions very well. One day, about a month later, we called a conference in the projection room of Johnson's laboratory. We had a single reel of film. "What's that for?" "That's the reason for all this cloak and dagger secrecy. Never mind calling your projection man. This I'm going to run through myself. See what you think of it." They were all disgusted. "I'm getting tired of all this kid stuff," said Kessler. As I started for the projection booth I heard Mike say, "You're no more tired of it than I am." From the booth I could see what was showing on the downstairs screen, but nothing else. I ran through the reel, rewound, and went back down. I said, "On more thing before we go any further: read this. It's a certified and notarized transcript of what has been read from the lips of the characters you just saw. They weren't, incidentally, 'characters,' in that sense of the word." I handed the crackling sheets around, a copy for each. "Those 'characters' are real people. You've just seen the newsreel. This transcript will tell you what they were talking about. Read it. In the trunk of the car Mike and I have something to show you. We'll be back by the time you've read it." Mike helped me carry in the machine from the car. We came in the door in time to see Kessler throw the transcript as far as he could. He bounced to his feet as the sheets fluttered down. He was furious. "What's going on here?" We paid no attention to him, nor to the excited demands of the others until the machine had been plugged into the nearest outlet. Mike looked at me. "Any ideas?" I shook my head and told Johnson to shut up for a minute. Mike lifted the lid and hesitated momentarily before he touched he dials. I pushed Johnson into his chair and turned off the lights myself. The room went black. Johnson , looking over my shoulder, gasped. I heard Bernstein swear softly, amazed. I turned to see what Mike had shown them. It was impressive, all right. He had started just over the roof of the laboratory and continued straight up in the air. Up, up, up, until the city of Los Angeles was a tiny dot on a great ball. On the horizon were the Rockies. Johnson grabbed my arm. He hurt. "What's that? What's that? Stop it!" He was yelling. Mike turned off the machine. You can guess what happened next. No one believed their eyes, nor Mike's patient explanation. He had to twice turn on the machine again, once going far back into Kessler's past. Then the reaction set in. Marrs smoked one cigarette after another. Bernstein turned a gold pencil over and over in nervous fingers, Johnson paced like a caged tiger, and burly Kessler stared at the machine, saying nothing at all. Johnson was muttering as he paced. Then he stopped and shook his fist under Mike's nose. "Man! Do you know what you've got there? Why waste time playing around here? Can't you see you've got the world by the tail on a downward pull? If I'd ever known this —" Mike appealed to me. "Ed, talk to this wildman." I did. I can't remember exactly what I said, and it isn't important. But I did tell him how we'd started, how we'd plotted our course, and what we were going to do. I ended by telling him the idea behind the reel of film I'd run off in a minute before. He recoiled as though I were a snake. "You can't get away with that! You'd be hung — if you weren't lynched first!" We "Don't you think we know that? Don't you think we're willing to take that chance?" He tore his thinning hair. Marrs broke in. "Let me talk to him." He came over and faced us squarely. "Is this on the level? You going to make a picture like that and stick your neck out? You're going to turn that . . . that thing over to the people of the world?" I nodded. "Just that." "And toss over everything you've got?" He was dead serious, and so was I. He turned to the others. "He means it" Bernstein said, "Can't be done!" Words flew. I tried to convince them that we had followed the only possible path. What kind of a world do you want to live in? Or don't you want to live?" Johnson grunted. "How long do you think we'd live if we ever made a picture like that? You're crazy! I'm not. I'm not going to put my head in a noose." Why do you think we've been so insistent about credit and responsibility for direction and production? You'll be doing only what we hired you for. Not that we want to twist your arm, but you've made a fortune, all of you, working for us. Now, when the going gets heavy, you want to back out!" Marrs gave in. "Maybe you're right, maybe you're wrong. Maybe you're crazy, maybe I am. I always used to say I'd try anything once. Bernie, you?" Bernstein was quietly cynical. "You saw what happened in the last war. This might help. I don't know if it will. I don't know— but I'd hate to think I didn't try. Count me in!" Kessler? He swiveled his head. "Kid stuff! Who wants to live forever? Who wants to let a chance go by?" Johnson threw up his hands. "Let's hope we get a cell together. Let's all go crazy." And that was that. We went to work in a blazing drive of mutual hope and understanding. In four months the lipreaders were through. There's no point in detailing here their reactions to the dynamite they daily dictated to Sorenson. For their own good we kept them in the dark about our final purpose, and when they were through we sent them across the border into Mexico, to a small ranch Johnson had leased. We were going to need them later. While the print duplicators worked overtime Marrs worked harder. The press and the radio shouted the announcement that, in every city of the world we could reach, there would be held the simultaneous premieres of our latest picture. It would be the last we needed to make. Many wondered aloud at our choice of the word "needed." We whetted curiosity by refusing any advance information about the plot, and Johnson so well infused the men with their own now-fervent enthusiasm that not much could be pried out of them but conjecture. The day we picked for release was Sunday. Monday, the storm broke. I wonder how many prints of that picture are left today. I wonder how many escaped burning or confiscation. Two World Wars we covered, covered from the unflattering angles that, up until then, had been presented by only a fefw books hidden in the dark corners of libraries. We showed and named the war-makers, the cynical ones who signed and laughed and lied, the blatant patriots who used the flare of the headlines and the ugliness of atrocity to hide behind their flag while life turned to death for millions. Our own and foreign traitors were there, the hidden ones with Janus faces. Our lipreaders had done their work well; no guesses these, no deduced conjectures from the broken records of blasted past, but the exact words that exposed treachery disguised as patriotism. In foreign lands the performances lasted barely the day. Usually, in retaliation for the imposed censorship, the theaters were wrecked by the raging crowds. (Marrs, incidentally, had spent hundreds of thousands bribing officials to allow the picture to be shown without previous censorship. Many censors, when that came out, were shot without trial.) In the Balkans, revolutions broke out, and various embassies were stormed by mobs. Where the film was banned or destroyed written versions sponta- neously appeared on the streets or in coffeehouses. Bottlegged editions were smuggled past customs guards, who looked the other way. One royal family fled to Switzerland. Here in America it was a racing two weeks before the Federal Government, prodded into action by the raging of press and radio, in an unprecedented move closed all performances "to promote the common welfare, insure domestic tranquility, and preserve foreign relations." Murmurs — and one riot — rumbled in the Midwest and spread until it was realized by the powers that be that something had to be done, and done quickly, if every government in the world were not to collapse of its own weight. We were in Mexico, at the ranch Johnson had rented for the lipreaders. While Johnson paced the floor, jerkily fraying a cigar, we listened to a special broadcast of the attorney general himself. " . . . furthermore, this message was today forwarded to the Government of the United States of Mexico. I read: 'The Government of the United States of America requests the immediate arrest and extradition of the following: " 'Edward Joseph Lefkowicz, known as Lefko.' " First on the list. Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut. " 'Miguel Jose Zapata Laviada.' " Mike crossed one leg over the other. " 'Edward Lee Johnson.' " He threw his cigar on the floor and sank into a chair. " 'Robert Chester Marrs.' " He lit another cigarette. His face twitched. " 'Benjamin Lionel Bernstein.' " He smiled a twisted smile and closed his eyes. " 'Carl Wilhelm Kessler.' " A snarl. "These men are wanted by the Government of the United States of America, to stand trial on charges ranging from criminal syndicalism, incitement to riot, suspicion of treason—" I clicked off the radio. "Well?" to no one in particular. Bernstein opened his eyes. "The rurales are probably on their way. Might as well go back and face the music —" We crossed the border at Juarez. The FBI was waiting. Every press and radio chain in the world must have had coverage at that trial, every radio system, even the new and imperfect television chain. We were allowed to see no one but our lawyer. Samuels flew from the West Coast and spent a week trying to get past our guards. He told us not to talk to reporters, if we ever saw them. "You haven't seen the newspapers? Just as well — How did you get yourselves into this mess, anyway? You ought to know better." I told him. He was stunned. "Are you all crazy?" He was hard to convince. Only the united effort and concerted stories of all of us made him believe that there was such a machine in existence. (He talked to us separately, because we kept isolated.) When he got back to me he was unable to think coherently. "What kind of defense do you call that?" I shook my head. "No. That is, we know you're guilty of practically everything under the sun if you look at it one way. If you look at it another —" He rose. "Man, you don't need a lawyer, you need a doctor. I'll see you later. I've got to get this figured out in my mind before I can do a thing." "Sit down. What do you think of this?" and I outlined what I had in mind. "I think . . . I don't know what I think. I don't know. I'll talk to you later. Right now I want some fresh air," and he left. As most trials do, this one began with the usual blackening of the defendant's character, or lack of it. (The men we'd blackmailed at the beginning had long since had their money returned, and they had sense enough to keep quiet. That might have been because they'd received a few hints that there might still be a negative or two lying around. Compounding a felony? Sure.) With the greatest of interest we sat in that great columned hall and listened to a sad tale. We had, with malice aforethought, libeled beyond repair great and unselfish men who had made a career of devotion to the public weal, imperiled needlessly relations traditionally friendly by falsely reporting mythical events, mocked the courageous sacrifices of those who had dulce et gloria mori, and completely upset everyone's peace of mind. Every new accusation, every verbal lance drew solemn agreement from the dignitary-packed hall. Against someone's better judgement, the trial had been transferred from the regular courtroom to the Hall of Justice. Packed with influence, brass an pompous legates from all over the world, only the congressmen from the biggest states, or with the biggest votes, were able to crowd the newly installed seats. So you can see it was a hostile audience that faced Samuels when the defense had its say. We had spent the previous night together in the guarded suite to which we had been transferred for the duration of the trial, perfecting, as far as we could, our planned defense. Samuels has the arrogant sense of humor that usually goes with supreme self- confidence, and I'm sure he enjoyed standing there among all those bemedaled and bejowled bigwigs, knowing the bombshell he was going to hurl. He made a good grenadier. Like this: "We believe there is only one defense possible, we believe there is only one defense necessary. We have gladly waived, without prejudice, our inalienable right of trial by jury. We shall speak plainly and bluntly, to the point. "You have seen the picture in question. You have remarked, possibly, upon what has been called the startling resemblance of the actors in that picture to the characters named and portrayed. You have remarked, possibly, upon the apparent verisimilitude to reality. That I will mention again. The first witness will, I believe, establish the trend of our rebuttal of the allegations of the prosecution." He called the first witness. "Your name, please?" "Mercedes Maria Gomez." "A little louder, please." "Mercedes Maria Gomez." "Your occupation?" "Until last March I was a teacher at the Arizona School for the Deaf. Then I asked for and obtained a leave of absence. At present I am under personal contract to Mr. Lefko." "If you see Mr. Lefko in this courtroom, Miss . . . Mrs. —" "Miss." "Thank you. If Mr. Lefko is in this court will you point him out? Thank you. Will you tell us the extent of your duties at the Arizona School?" "I taught children born totally deaf to speak. And to read lips." "You read lips yourself, Miss Gomez?" "I have been totally deaf since I was fifteen." "In English only?" "English and Spanish. We have . . . had many children of Mexican descent." Samuels asked for a designated Spanish-speaking interpreter. An officer in the back immediately volunteered. He was identified by his ambassador, who was present. "Will you take this book to the rear of the courtroom, sir?" To the Court: "If the prosecution wishes to examine the book, they will find that it is a Spanish edition of the Bible." The prosecution didn't wish to examine it. "Will the officer open the Bible at random and read aloud?" He opened the Bible at the center and read. In dead silence the Court strained to hear. Nothing could be heard the length of the enormous hall. Samuels: "Miss Gomez. Will you take these binoculars and repeat, to the Court, just what the officer is reading at the other end of the room?" She took the binoculars and focused them expertly on the officer, who had stopped reading and was watching alertly. "I am ready." Samuels: "Will you please read, sir?" He did, and the Gomez woman repeated aloud, quickly and easily, a section that sounded as though it might be anything at all. I can't speak Spanish. The officer continued to read for a minute or two. Samuels: "thank you, sir. And thank you, Miss Gomez. Your pardon, sir, but since there are several who have been known to memorize the Bible, you will tell the Court if you have anything on your person that is written, anything that Miss Gomez has no chance of viewing?" Yes, the officer had. "Will you read that as before? Will you, Miss Gomez —" "That's what I read," he affirmed. Samuels turned her over to the prosecution, who made more experiments that served only to convince that she was equally good as an interpreter and lipreader in either language. In rapid succession Samuels put the rest of the lipreaders on the stand. In rapid succession they proved themselves as able and as capable as Miss Gomez, in their own linguistic specialty. The Russian from Ambridge generously offered to translate into his broken English any other Slavic language handy, and drew scattered grins from the press box. The Court was convinced, but failed to see the purpose of the exhibition. Samuels, glowing with satisfaction and confidence, faced the Court. "Thanks to the indulgence of the Court, and despite the efforts of the distinguished prosecution, we have proved the almost amazing accuracy of lipreading in general, and these lipreaders in particular." One Justice absently nodded in agreement. "There- fore, our defense will be based on that premise, and on one other which we have had until now found necessary to keep hidden — the picture in question was and is definitely not a fictional representation of events of questionable authenticity. Every scene in that film contained, not polished professional actors, but the original person named and portrayed. Every foot, every inch of film was not the result of an elaborate studio reconstruction but an actual collection of pictures, an actual collection of newsreels — if they can be called that — edited and assembled in story form!" Through the startle spurt of astonishment we heard one of the prosecution: "That's ridiculous! No newsreel — " Samuels ignored the objections and the tumult to put me on the stand. Beyond the usual preliminary questions I was allowed to say things my own way. At first hostile, the Court became interested enough to overrule the repeated objections that flew from the table devoted to the prosecution. I felt that at least two of the Court, if not outright favorable, were friendly. As far as I can remember, I went over the maneuvers of the past years, and ended something like this: "As to why we arranged the cards to fall as they did: both Mr. Laviada and myself were unable to face the prospect of destroying his discovery, because of the inevitable penalizing of needed research. We were, and we are, unwilling to better ourselves or a limited group by the use and maintenance of secrecy, if secrecy were possible. As to the other alternative," and I directed this straight at Judge Bronson, the well-known liberal on the bench, "since the last war all atomic research and activity has been under the direction of a Board nominally civilian, but actually under the 'protection and direction' of the Army and Navy. This 'direction and protection,' as any competent physicist will gladly attest, has proved to be nothing but a smothering blanket serving to conceal hidebound antiquated reasoning, abysmal ignorance, and inestimable amounts of fumbling. As of right now, this country, or any country, that was foolish enough to place any confidence in the rigid regime of the military mind, is years behind what would otherwise be the natural course of discovery and progress in nuclear and related fields. "We were, and we are, firmly convinced that even the slightest hint of the inherent possibilities and scope of Mr. Laviada's discovery would have meant, under the present regime, instant and mandatory confiscation of even a supposedly secure patent. Mr. Laviadia has never applied for a patent, and never will. We both feel that such a discovery belongs not to an individual, a group, a corporation, or even to a nation, but to the world and those who live in it. "We know., and are eager and willing to prove, that the domestic and external affairs of not only this nation, but of every nation are influenced, sometimes controlled, by esoteric groups warping political theories and human lives to suit their own ends." The Court was smothered in sullen silence, thick and acid with hate and disbelief. "Secret treaties, for example, and vicious, lying propaganda have too long con- trolled human passions and made men hate; honored thieves have too long rotted secretly in undeserved high places. The machine can make treachery and untruth impossible. It must, if atomic war is not to sear the face and fate of the world. "Our pictures were all made with that end in view. We needed, first, the wealth and prominence to present to an international audience what we knew to be the truth. We have done as much as we can. From now on, this Court takes over the burden we have carried. We are guilty of no treachery, guilty of no deceit, guilty of nothing but deep and true humanity. Mr. Laviada wishes me to tell the court and the world that he has been unable till now to give his discovery to the world, free to use as it wills." 
part ii of E For Effort, by T. L. Sherred, from Anthology #6, War and peace: possible futures from analog, edited by Stanley Smith Copyright ©1983 by Davis Publishing, Inc., pp. 31 - 42
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