THE CABINET: Diplomatic Firmness

When addressing a foreign government, custom and propriety demand that a foreign minister write it a note. But there are occasions when notes are ineffective. Then a foreign minister may address himself, say, to the public, talking loud enough so that the foreign government in question may understand.

This is what Secretary of State Kellogg did last week. Ambassador Sheffield, accredited to the Calles Government at Mexico City, returned to Washington "just for a vacation." He had two long conferences with the Secretary of State. He had another conference with the President, Senator Borah, Senator Smoot and Attorney General Sargent....

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