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    RUSSIAN TOURIST ATASTAS MIKOYAN SPENT TODAY SHOPPING, SIGHT-SEEING AND VISITING IN NEW YORK CITY. BC?

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    RUSSIAN TOURIST ATASTAS MIKOYAN SPENT TODAY SHOPPING, SIGHT-SEEING AND VISITING IN NEW YORK CITY. BC NEWS REPORTER SANDER VANOCUR HAS BEEN WITH THE MIKOYAN PARTY THROUGHOUT HIS TRIP.

    ANASTAS MIKOYAN'S HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PROPAGANDA (PROPAGANDA - CQ) ROAD SHOW KEPT ON ROLLING TODAY IN NEW YORK, AND THE NOTICES CONTINUED TO BE GOOD.

    LARGE NUMBERS OF NEW YORK CITY POLICE WERE STANDING BY THIS MORNING AT THE SOVIET UNION'S U-N MISSION ON PARK AVENUE. THE POLICE GUARD FOR MIKOYAN IN NEW YORK IS AS LARGE AND EFFICIENT AS THE ONE PROVIDED FOR HIM IN LOS ANGELES. MIKOYAN LEFT THE MISSION AT NINE O'CLOCK, WALKED DOWN TO THE WAITING LIMOUSINE WITH THE SOVIET SECRET SERVICE MAN, ASSIGNED TO HIM ON THIS TRIP, CLOSE BY HIS RIGHT SIDE. HE GOT INTO THE CAR, SETTLED BACK IN THE SEAT. THEN THE LIMOUSINE PULLED AWAY AND HEADED INTO THE HEAVY PARK AVENUE TRAFFIC WITH A LARGE MOTORCYCLE ESCORT FORT, AFT AND FLANKING HIS LIMOUSINE.

    THE DESTINATION OF THE CARAVAN WAS MACY'S THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEPARTMENT STORE. THE POLICE PUSHED BACK THE CURIOUS CROWDS OUTSIDE MACY'S. IN CHARGE WAS POLICE COMMISSIONER STEPHEN KENNEDY. THE TRIP WAS A CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET, WAS DECIDED UPON LAST NIGHT AND IMMEDIATELY RAISED THE QUESTION OF WHETHER GIMBEL'S HAS MADE A SIMILAR OFFER TO KHRUSHCHEV. MIKOYAN WAS ESCORTED AROUND THE STORE BY JACK STRAUSS (CQ), CHAIRMAN OF MACY'S BOARD. HE EXAMINED A BRASS TRAY, WALKED ABOUT THE PLACE LOOKING A GREAT DEAL, ASKING A FEW QUESTIONS FROM TIME TO TIME.

    HE WAS ONLY MILDLY INTERESTED IN SOME PLASTIC MATS, WHICH HE EXAMINED, BUT HE SEEMED TO ENJOY THE VISIT, WHICH HE HAD REQUESTED. AT NOON, WALL STREET, SYMBOL OF WORLD CAPITALISM, WAS HIS DESTINATION. THE UBIQUITOUS HUNGARIAN REFUGEES WAITED THERE, BEHIND POLICE LINES, ANGRILY HOLDING HIGH THEIR SIGNS OF PROTEST. A HUNGARIAN REFUGEE, DRESSED IN A PRISONER SUIT, HANDED OUT PROTEST PAMPHLETS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF HIS FRIENDS. PERHAPS THE MOST GLAMOROUS PICKET TODAY WAS HUNGARIAN FILM ACTRESS ILONA MASSEY (CQ), WHO HAS LONG BEEN ACTIVE IN THE REFUGEE CAUSE. SHE ATTRACTED ALMOST AS MUCH ATTENTION AS MIKOYAN. THE SOVIET DEPUTY PREMIER ARRIVED AT THE OFFICES OF THE FIRST NATIONAL CITY BANK OF NEW YORK AT 12:15, WENT UPSTAIRS TO HAVE LUNCH WITH SOME TOP RANKING CAPITALISTS. WHAT THEY DISCUSSED HAS BEEN KEPT A CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET.

    THE SYMBOLS OF WALL STREET, PERFIDIOUS CAPITALISM, STOOD BELOW THE SKYSCRAPER, WHERE AN EXECUTIVE DINING ROOM, A LEADING COMMUNIST BROKE BREAD WITH CAPITALISMS REPRESENTATIVES. WHEN MIKOYAN EMERGED AFTER TWO HOURS, PEOPLE WAVES AS HIS CAR HEADED UPTOWN. LATER THIS AFTERNOON, HE VISITED THE HOME OF AVERILL HARRIMAN, WAR TIME AMBASSADOR TO THE SOVIET UNION.

    MIKOYAN DISCUSSED WORLD PROBLEMS WITH HARRIMAN, WHO OFFERED HIM A SAMPLE OF AMERICAN MADE VODKA. WE ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING MIKOYAN'S VERDICT.

    TODAY, THE MIKOYAN MARATHON GOES INTO ITS TWELFTH DAY WITH THE INDEFATIGABLE RUSSIAN SCHEDULED FOR MORE LUNCHES, RECEPTIONS AND TOURS IN MANHATTAN.

    YESTERDAY, AN AWESOME ARRAY OF POLICEMEN RAN INTERFERENCE FOR THE SOVIET SALESMAN AND HIS ENTOURAGE.

    FIRST STOP WAS MACY'S DEPARTMENT STORE AT 34TH STREET.

    IF POLICE IN OTHER CITIES EARLIER IN THE TOUR COULD BE CRITICIZED FOR NOT PROPERLY PROTECTING MIKOYAN, THAT CRITICISM COULD NOT BE LEVELLED AT MACY'S STORE GUARDS. REPORTERS WERE THEIR SPECIAL TARGETS.

    SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE FOURTH ESTATE WERE ROUGHED UP. JOE SCHUPPE (CQ), A UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER WAS MAULED BY A MACY'S GUARD, WHO BROKE BOTH OF SCHUPPE'S CAMERAS.

    AND SANDOR VANOCUR OF BC NEWS, HAD HIS ARM TWISTED BEHIND HIM AND WAS ENGAGED IN A HARSH EXCHANGE OF WORDS BY ANOTHER MACY'S GUARD. FOR A STORE SO FOND OF PUBLICITY, IT WAS A STRANGE WAY TO TREAT THE PRESS.

    ON MIKOYAN'S ENTIRE TOUR, YESTERDAY, HE WAS PETED -- AND APPLAUDED -- BY AMERICA'S TOP CAPITALISTS.

    AND EVERYWHERE, THE MONEY MEN AND THE BOLSHEVIK STAGED COZY, PRIVATE GATHERINGS -- TOO PRIVATE, APPARENTLY, TO BE REPORTED, OPENLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    MIKOYAN VENTURED STRAIGHT INTO THE MAW (CQ) OF WALL STREET FOR A PRIVATE LUNCHEON. AND THIS, FROM A SYMBOLIC STANDPOINT, WAS GLOBAL. PROBABLY THE HIGH-POINT OF THE RUSSIAN'S AMERICAN VISIT.

    IF THE TWAIN EVER MET -- IT WAS WHEN MIKOYAN SAT DOWN TO LUNCH WITH WALL STREET.

    OF COURSE, THE PICKETS WERE ON HAND, AS THEY HAVE BEEN ALMOST EVERYWHERE THE SOVIET DEPUTY PREMIER HAS GONE. BUT THE DEMONSTRATION WAS PEACEFUL. JUST SIGNS OF PROTEST: CHANTS OF "MIKOYAN GO HOME". BUT NO EGGS......NO STONES.

    LATER HE HAD COCKTAILS AT THE HOME OF FORMER NEW YORK GOVERNOR AND AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA, W. OVERALL HARRIMAN.

    THEN IT WAS ON TO THE WALDORF FOR ANOTHER PRIVATE GATHERING WITH THE ECONOMIC CLUB OF NEW YORK.

    WHEREVER HE SPOKE, HE SOUNDED THE SAME THEMES. PEACE, MORE TRADE, MORE EXCHANGES OF PEOPLE AND IDEAS.

    NARRATION, COMING OUT OF FILM:
    HIS MOST IMPORTANT STATEMENT WAS THAT HE IS FIRMLY CONVINCED THAT AMERICAN PEOPLE AND AMERICAN BUSINESSMEN DON'T WANT WAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2PHJRA6VN4X93Q7TYW05YB74P
    Media URN:
    VLVA2PHJRA6VN4X93Q7TYW05YB74P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/01/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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