INTERNATIONAL: Secropen Diplomacy

A queer way of practicing diplomacy is to sign an agreement, keep the text secret, and then create a furore in the international press by openly alluding in provocative, general terms to what has been agreed. Such a course might be christened "Secropen Diplomacy." Such was the course steered, last week, by British Foreign Secretary Sir Austen Chamberlain and French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand. They sent a résumé of their secret agreement to U. S. Secretary of State Frank Billings Kellogg, who was not authorized to divulge its text, did not.

Although the ensuing furore attained prodigious bulk,...