Greater grief had no nation last week than Britain. Not only the mother country but her children sorrowed. Every armory throughout the Dominions half-staffed its flag for the R-IOI (see p. 24). Bounding from his bed at news of the disaster, Prime Minister James Ramsay MacDonald hurried to the Air Ministry, remained there more than an hour as bulletin after bulletin added horror to the ghastly story. When it was certain that the Air Minister himself had perished, Mr. MacDonald said: "To me no one can now fill his place of genial companionship...

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