THE LEAGUE: Tardy Nations

A disgrace to European statecraft was the final adjournment in Geneva last week of the three-year-old League of Nations conference to promote a general European tariff truce (TIME, Sept. 30, 1929).

Of the 23 States represented only 13 ever ratified the terms of the truce they drew up and signed, a truce which would have greatly stimulated inter-European exports—to the disadvantage of U. S. exports to Europe.

After three years of most ignoble bickering the truce, originally proposed by Britain and advocated by France, had to be dropped...

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