The War: The Deal

In trying to consummate a deal on Ethiopia shrewd French Premier Pierre ("Honest Broker") Laval began with sub rosa dickering which the British Government would not acknowledge, progressed by getting the League to give Britain and France a mandate to make the deal respectable (TIME, Nov. 11) and last week was having pressure exerted at Addis Ababa. For the first time Ethiopian statesmen close to the Emperor discussed openly with correspondents this hypothesis: Suppose Emperor Haile Selassie should keep his rich native Province of Harrar but give up the Province of Ogaden in...

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