National Affairs: A Loss

There are few posts harder to fill properly than important diplomatic posts, for they demand both ability of an unusual kind and personality. The Secretary of State has reason to be thankful when an embassy is suitably filled, and he has reason to sorrow when a post that has been well filled falls vacant.

There are few U. S. embassies that have been better filled than that at Tokyo since last fall. It was slightly less than a year ago that Mr. Coolidge named Edgar Addison Bancroft, Ambassador to Japan (TIME, Sept. 8). The...

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