National Affairs: Peck's Good Boy

While Japanese soldiers in French Indo-China made ugly faces across the border at Thailand, the U.S. decided that Bangkok was no place for a noncareer diplomat, hastily picked one of the ablest (and homeliest) career men in its Far Eastern diplomatic service to replace the Alabama politico who has been U.S. Minister there since 1940.

The Japanese radio scored one of its rare newsbeats on the resignation of the retiring Minister, Hugh Gladney Grant. Japan added (mistakenly) that he had been removed for promising U.S. military aid to Thailand. Fact is that Grant turned...

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