In the State Department, foreign envoys are what legmen are to a newspaper.

Their chief function is to gather inside news, authentic and up-to-the-minute.

Last week, to the vexation of Cordell Hull, the U. S. legman in France, hottest news spot in the world last week, was sending no news whatever: he was practically incommunicado.

When the Germans invaded Paris, Ambassador William C. Bullitt decided to carry on in Casabianca tradition and stay.

Last week, all Mr. Hull had heard from him—through Berlin—was that he was still there. For inside news from France, good,...

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