International: In the U.S. Tradition

In the U. S. Tradition

Which town will get the county seat? Which city is the biggest, busiest and best? Rich and raucous is the American tradition of debate on such matters. It sounded a little odd last week in the oak-paneled, semi-ecclesiastical room of London's Church House, where world statesmen were considering where the world's capital—the permanent seat of UNO—should be.

American boosters, as stiffly confident as high school valedictorians, trooped one by one to the lectern to air their local prides. First came Atlantic City's A. W. Phillips, in a neat blue suit and rimless glasses....