INTERNATIONAL: Brakes & Jolts

Like a balky bus. the Disarmament Conference moves fitfully. It took a tremendous leap forward last week when diplomats in Rome agreed to a revised version of Benito Mussolini's Four-Power Pact, when U. S. Ambassador-at-Large Norman H. Davis pledged a mild degree of U. S. co-operation in enforcing peace (TIME, May 29). Last week the bus jolted to an abrupt halt. Brakes were applied by French Foreign Minister Joseph Paul-Boncour before even his own Prime Minister realized it.

Under the impression that everything was rolling smoothly. Premier Daladier rose in the...

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