Foreign News: Hoover not Outhoovered

Supported by Italy, Germany and Russia but outmaneuvered by Britain and France, lean, nervous U. S. Ambassador Hugh Simons Gibson abandoned last week his efforts to secure acceptance by the Geneva Conference of President Hoover's resounding One-Third-Armament-Reduction proposal (TIME, July 4).

Sir John Simon, Britain's Foreign Secretary and highest priced lawyer, without too much difficulty argued Mr. Gibson into believing that the Conference, which has already sat for some six months at a cost of more than $6,000,000 to the 60 nations originally represented, should...

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