The return of General Douglas MacArthur to his native land, after four years of war and three as master of Japan, will be an event. For a brief moment last week it looked as if that event were about to happen.

Prodded by the general's political supporters, the Senate Appropriations Committee asked him to testify on ECA appropriations for the Far East. Within 24 hours came the reply from Tokyo. The style was lengthy and lacy. But the thought was straightforward and statesmanlike. It showed that General Mac-Arthur had given up all desire of mixing in the political campaign.

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