Canada at War: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Family Council

A family council had been called. Mrs. John Curtin, who has never been outside Australia, said last week in Canberra that she was going to London (via the U.S.) with her Prime Minister husband. Then came word from Auckland that New Zealand's Prime Minister, able Scot-born Peter Fraser, was on "the eve of his departure." No word came from Pretoria, South Africa, but no such council would be complete without Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts, the British Commonwealth's elder statesman.

In his attic study at Ottawa's Laurier House, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King worked quietly and alone, clearing his desk....

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