The stock question which reporters ask and diplomats evade is: "War?"

In Washington at a State Department press conference last week correspondents nearly fell out of their chairs with astonishment when aged Acting Secretary of State Robert Walton Moore, a diplomat of the old school who normally would be the last person to become loquacious about War, suddenly offered to let himself be quoted on it at length.

"I decline to believe that any war involving the leading European nations is about to occur," cried Mr. Moore with an emphasis which suggested it took...

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