RUSSIA-JAPAN: Hit Back Harder

With world headlines screaming the nearest thing to outbreak of a Russo-Japanese war, U. S. Ambassador Joseph E. Davies was last week a busy conciliator in Moscow, conferring with pegleg Japanese Ambassador Mamoru Shigemitsu and portly Soviet Foreign Commissar Maxim Litvinoff between the bouts of these two diplomats over a pair of uninhabited islands covered with swamp grass which seemed capable of setting Eastern Asia more or less aflame.

A bomb thrown by an insurgent Korean some years ago lodged 32 splinters in Mr. Shigemitsu's leg and forced its amputation. Today he stumps...

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