British Foreign Secretary Austen Chamberlain pulled a string, the string released a weight, the weight hit a plank, the plank moved a rod, the rod tipped a latchet, the latchet released a spring, the spring opened a door and a ball began to roll.

String. Two months ago, the Germans surreptitiously handed Foreign Secretary Chamberlain a string labelled: "German Security Proposals." Mr. Chamberlain pulled.

Weight. At the other end of the string, was a German offer to guarantee the Rhine frontier against aggression in a treaty between Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany (TIME,...

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