THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS: Weasel Words

What are armaments? The Preparatory Disarmament Commission found no answer (TIME, May 31). Its Military Committee began an attempt at definition (TIME, June 14) only to be confounded by the Latins, Netherlanders and Swedes, who presented lists of "armaments" which included such items as pigs, fogs, birth rates, ocean currents. . . .

Last week, calm brooded upon confusion. A formula of agreement was discovered. There was drafted, passed, recorded a succinct definition: Armaments are armaments.

Lest this should seem a modicum of accomplishment to crown the labors of...

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