FRANCE: Now or Never

Neither the President of the U. S. nor any Cabinet officer is privileged by custom to ask Congress for endorsement or condemnation of any course which he proposes to pursue. Thus President Thomas Woodrow Wilson did not know whether or not he was negotiating at Paris a treaty which would be approved by Congress. But in France it is otherwise. There, Parliament can be asked to register approval or disapproval in advance. With intent to ask such a question, Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré, renowned "Lion of Lorraine," went solemnly last week before the...

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