THE PRESIDENCY: Parties & Payments

One evening last week Paul Claudel, France's plump, poetic little Ambassador to the U. S., gave a dinner party at the 16th Street Embassy. Secretary of State Stimson was guest of honor. Next evening Ambassador Claudel was guest of honor at President Hoover's elaborate White House reception to the diplomatic corps. Between these two social events France formally defaulted its $19,261,432 War Debt payment to the U. S. leaving its Ambassador the most embarrassed envoy in all Washington.

To get through Dec. 15 the poetic Frenchman needed...

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