The loaded gun that Prime Minister MacDonald asked for—power to declare an embargo on Soviet goods—was charged by Commons last week. The gun was charged for just one purpose: to save the lives of six electrical engineers held for trial in Moscow on charges of espionage and sabotage (TIME, March 27, April 10). Because of the obvious danger to British trade from the gun's recoil if fired, the embargo enabling act was limited to three months, and hints were scattered in all directions that the embargo would not be declared at all UNLESS. . . .

Tempers were sharp. Messages...

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