The British Ambassador to the U.S. went to the White House last week for his first visit since Minister Lyttelton made the provoking statement that the U.S. had provoked Japan into war—a statement that had drawn roars of wrath from Cordell Hull and other Administration stalwarts (TIME, July 3).

When lean, pallid Lord Halifax emerged, reporters ran up to find out what had happened in Round Two. In his best dash-it-all manner, Lord Halifax replied: "Oh, I forgot to mention that. Rather an oversight. Too bad, wasn't it?" Thus coolly, the British Ambassador dismissed Mr. Hull's rage as a teacup...

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