Foreign News: The Mace! The Mace!

Hunched forward on a bench in the Distinguished Visitors' Gallery, a plump cheese man from upstate New York sat watching the House of Commons at its work one day last week. "He's Chairman of their Congressional Rules Committee over in the States," the M. P.'s told each other. "Some such name as Snell."

To the hard, darting, practical glance of Congressman Bertrand ("Bert") Snell the House of Commons must have teemed with curious contrasts. In his own semicircular House of Representatives, for example, males and females...

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