The text of the secret naval agreement between Great Britain and France (TIME, Aug. 13) was partially exposed and its principles were vigorously denounced, last week, in a point blank note from the U. S. State Department to the British Foreign Office.

Seldom or never before have President Coolidge and Secretary of State Kellogg collaborated on an epistle of such scathing vigor. What they said, in the necessarily polite "language of diplomacy," may be impolitely but exactly paraphrased:

"John Bull, you refused to swallow our sort of disarmament pill at the Coolidge Naval Limitations Parley in Geneva (TIME, June 27 to...

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