Foreign News: Two Calm Men

J. H. Thomas, Secretary of State for the Colonies, who was once a humble locomotive engineer, attended a dinner given by the Australia and New Zealand Luncheon Club in honor of Australia Day. The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Devonshire, Mr. Thomas' predecessor, were among those present.

The Secretary for the Colonies was the first Labor Minister to attend a social function and was, therefore, the cynosure of all eyes. Responding to the toast of "Colonial Secretaries, Past and Present," he said: "Having accepted the seals of office, and looking back over...

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