Foreign News: Persona Non Grata

Diplomatic etiquette demands that, prior to naming an Ambassador to a foreign government, that government must be confidentially advised on the choice in order to find out whether he is acceptable, or persona grata, as the proper expression is.

The U. S. Government desires to appoint Jacob Gould Schurman, onetime President of Cornell University and present U. S. Minister to China, as Ambassador to the Island Empire of the East. The Government of Japan failed to find Dr. Schurman persona grata, while Washington declined to withdraw his name.

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