A blunt, honest Dutchman was looked askance at, in Geneva last week, as the League Assembly continued in session (TIME, Sept. 17 et seq.).
Representatives of all the Great Powers, except Japan, told the Dutchman that they were "surprised"' at him.
President Calvin Coolidge was reported by cable to be not only surprised but pained.
Yet Japan's representative, Naotaka Sato, maintained that, speaking both for himself and for the Japanese Foreign Office, he thought the Dutchman's suggestion excellent.
Thus everyone was obliged to seem "surprised" all over again at Jonkheer Doktor J. Loudon,...