Secretary of State Dean Acheson delivered his parting words last week to some 300 U.S. Foreign Service officers stationed in Washington.

Acheson spoke in a warmly fraternal mood, working carefully toward a cold, hard point of impact. "You are men who for twelve years have been correcting my errors and guiding my footsteps," said he. Fondly he cited the fact that the U.S. Foreign Service has grown from 1,900 twelve years ago to 9,000 today. Two-thirds of U.S. diplomatic posts overseas are now headed by career Foreign Service officers. In the new Administration, he prophesied, "you can expect no monopoly...

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