CHANCELLERIES: The Thing to Avoid

A book of etiquette for the British Foreign Service would have been unthinkable before the war; a high proportion of fledgling diplomats then carried the mark of Eton, Harrow or Rugby and the casual polish of Oxford or Cambridge. Last week, however, the word got out that the Foreign Office had sent to Britain's embassy freshmen throughout the world 300 copies (marked "confidential") of a manual of polite procedure.* The elegant vice marshal of the diplomatic corps in London, Marcus Cheke (rhymes with peak), 43, with 14 years of embassy life in...

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