National Affairs: With Exceptions . . .

Seldom is a treaty stronger than its weakest clause, its joker, its exceptions.

Last week an arbitration treaty between the U. S. and France was signed at Washington by Under-Secretary of State Robert E. Olds and Poet-Statesman-Mystic Paul Claudel, French Ambassador to the U. S.

Was there a joker? Statesmen nodded, but beamed nonetheless approvingly upon the crisp, new document. It does not except from arbitration nearly as many subjects as did the treaty which it replaces, the Franco-U. S. arbitration pact of 1908. Not to be arbitrated under the old treaty were matters...

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