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With Great Britain off the gold standard, the U. S. and France are the world's bankers. Economically, therefore, Premier Pierre Laval and President Herbert Clark Hoover are the world's two key men. Last week they made plans to meet in Washington the latter part of this month. To the international Press went most of the credit for the Laval-Hoover meeting. Fortnight ago in Paris, on the eve of Premier Laval's departure for Berlin (see p. 19), it was reported that M. Laval "was considering an American trip." Apparently this report was purest...

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