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Letter from Cyrus Eaton to Linus Pauling. November 19, 1957.
Eaton writes to share his thoughts on the impact of the Pugwash movement as well as to discuss aspects of U.S. political discourse that Eaton finds worrisome. Pauling responds with handwritten notes detailing his thoughts on the possibility of circulating a petition advocating against the methods of modern warfare.

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THE CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO RAILWAY COMPANY

TERMINAL TOWER* CLEVELAND 1, OHIO

CYRUS S. EATON

November 19, 1957

Dear Professor Pauling:

The impact of last summer's Pugwash meeting on the public mind is illustrated anew in this editorial from the November 13th Boston Herald.

You will also be interested in the enclosed column of November 15th by the Washington correspondent of the Toronto Telegram. This piece points out the unhappy truth that the politicians are the least concerned of any part of the American population over the hazards of nuclear warfare. The attitude of the politicians is, of course, influenced by the extreme anti-communist sentiment that certain small but highly vocal groups keep stirring up in the United States.

On returning from Russia last week, one of our Cleveland Congressmen went so far as to announce that he is prepared to fight everything Russian to the death. These politicians who make a profession of fanning the fires of hatred against Russia, because they believe this is the way to get votes, would swiftly change their ways if the wiser and saner elements of our society became more vocal.

Sincerely yours,

Cyrus Eaton

Professor Linus Pauling

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena 4, California

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