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Big-boned, eagle-bald William Cameron Forbes was over 60 and paunchy when he astonished Peiping's hard-riding legation set one day in 1931 by climbing on a Mongolian pony and playing a fast game of polo. As U. S. Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Forbes displayed no less aplomb at his diplomatic tasks in Tokyo during the strained days of the Manchurian crisis. His wealth, tact and toughness won him such respect among the Japanese that at a farewell banquet before his return to the U. S. the president of the House of Peers declared him "a...

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