Last week the news from Europe took a new, odd twist. If some master of suspense had planned the week's plot—artfully following a big speech (see p. 20) with a timely assassination (see p. 23) a possible conspiracy nipped in the bud (see p. 21) and the Japanese, as usual, providing comic relief (see p. 25)—if it all had been planned ahead of time to create the utmost mystery, it could hardly have been improved upon. As melodrama, as a spectacle—as comedy as low as slapstick, and as tragedy as elevated as the warfare of...

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