Foreign News: Tribune of the People

Americans aboard the Gripsholm (see p. 26) brought the sad news from shackled France: portly, jolly-jowled, kind-eyed Edouard Herriot is dead. He died in a prison of silence, watched by Vichy jailers. The Pétain government did not proclaim the death, did not mourn the massive liberal who was thrice Premier of France, 36 years Mayor of Lyon, always a tribune of the people.

For the Republic. For two decades Edouard Herriot, son of a bourgeois army officer, had been the symbol of all that was benevolent, expansive and enduring in French civilization.

He...