Britain's Ambassador to the U.S., lean, cadaverous Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Viscount Halifax, returned to Washington last week. He flew in after a hasty trip to London, where he had talked things over with Winston Churchill. What his future was to be had Washington puzzled.

His arrival was an odd contrast to that cold, rainy morning last January when he steamed up Chesapeake Bay on Britain's biggest battleship, to be met at Annapolis by Franklin Roosevelt. This time only a State Department emissary was on hand to greet Lord and Lady Halifax.

This fanfareless meeting did not mean that the Administration was...

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