National Affairs: Correspondence of Stale

Japanese Ambassador Hanihara wrote a letter to Mr. Hughes, concluding:

As the representative of my country, whose supreme duty is to maintain and, if possible, to draw still closer the bond of friendship so happily existing between our peoples, I honestly believe such effects as I have described to be "grave consequences." In these words, which I did quite ingenuously, I had no thought of being in any way disagreeable or discourteous and still less of conveying "a veiled threat." . . .

In view, however, of what has transpired in the course of...

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