Felix Dzerzhinsky, chairman of the Supreme Soviet Economic Council, emitted last week a poignant wail.
"There exists unquestionably," he declared at Moscow, "a most immense and prodigious famine of all manufactured goods in Russia."
M. Dzerzhinsky's speech followed hard upon a Soviet decree to the effect that the retail price of all manufactured goods must be reduced 10 per cent. Even at that figure the Russian peasant must pay, according to despatches, slightly less than 15 dollars' worth of grain for an ordinary pair of work shoes.
M. Dzerzhinsky explained with notable frankness last...