Two Irishmen were in charge, and between them and the other delegates they made it a real wake. Among the 35 nations whose 300-odd representatives gathered last week in the huge, empty Palace at Geneva to bury the League of Nations, there were sentimental oldtimers keening over the past.

There were harsh words and bruised feelings quickly soothed, like Argentina's when she walked out, miffed at having missed a vice presidency. There was the poor, estranged relative waiting in the vestibuleĀ—Austria, whose bid to come in was turned down "with a note of sympathy." There was...

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