Mr. Shvernik spoke excellent English so Mr. Smith was able to dismiss his interpreter-guide for the afternoon.
An interview was arranged for Mr. Smith with Mr. Shvernik for that afternoon.
Shvernik said, "Thus far we've rambled around hurriedly on a dozen subjects but now we must become definite."
Mr. Smith met Mr. Shvernik in the latter's office at two and they went through the usual amenities.
When he was gone and they were alone Mr. Shvernik went into his sales talk.
Shvernik's hand came up from under the desk and he pointed a heavy military revolver at his visitor.
Shvernik said, "First you take a sizable portion of vodka, like this."