A Frenchman took a big black paint brush last week and did his best to write in the bright lexicon of the Hoover-MacDonald Five-Power Naval Conference the four-letter English word "Fail!"

To write it in French was not enough for Prime Minister André Tardieu of France, who borrowed $3,340,000,000 in the U. S. as French High Commissioner during the War and vaunts his nickname of "L'Americain" (TIME, Nov. 11). M. Tardieu knows that at least 99 million out of 119 million U. S. citizens are imperfect in...

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