CONFERENCES: Brackets & Boiler Plate

The Foreign Ministers' Deputies, laboring in London over German and Austrian peace treaty drafts, last week had more brackets than boiler plate on their hands. "Boiler plate" (a U.S. newspaper term for ready-cast features) was how the U.S. staff referred to non-controversial provisions which the deputies simply lifted from the finished satellite treaties. "It's still in brackets" was the phrase used whenever the deputies indicated their disagreement by penciling brackets around a disputed passage.

Morning Bouts. In the mornings, when the deputies for Austria met, the chief antagonists were the U.S.'s General...

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