Glowing with splendid plans to help five River Danube countries with a round population of 62 millions.* kindly James Ramsay MacDonald and such close Cabinet friends as his Foreign Secretary. Sir John Simon, lavished hospitality last week on the Frenchmen who had made the plans.

Good fellows, these guests from Paris, the Britons thought. Short, witty, cigar-chewing French Premier Andre Tardieu had never turned up in more engaging fettle. He and his huge, long-boned Finance Minister, Pierre Etienne Flandin, not only pleased Scot MacDonald by...

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