In Paris last week the Council of the League of Nations muddled on & on. Great statesmen and their contributions toward solving the Manchurian crisis:

Sir John Simon, now Foreign Secretary of Great Britain, proposed "simultaneous negotiations" 1) "between Chinese and

Japanese in Manchuria" over questions of evacuation and 2) "between statesmen of the Great Powers in Europe" over principles and rights involved. Sir John is a great lawyer. His plan, logical but impractical, was dropped.

Aristide Briand, foxy old French Foreign Minister, suggested "intervention of the United States, either independently or in collaboration...

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