A tall, lean Briton was going about the country last week with the grave air of a scholar at a county fair. In Washington, the discussions on the North Atlantic alliance were about to resume. But before he settled down to that problem, Sir Oliver Franks, ambassador to the U.S. and onetime professor of moral philosophy, thought it important to make a good-will tour of the U.S. Midwest.

In Detroit, Sir Oliver addressed a meeting of state officials. Speaking of his countrymen, he said: "We have not acquiesced in our difficulties. We have not sat down under them. We are...

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