No treaties ever served general maintenance of the Peace of the World better than the Five-Power Washington Treaty (which ended naval building races for 15 years with its 5-5-3 ratio) and the Nine-Power Washington Treaty (which operated for a decade to keep the "Open Door" for of a China decade ajar to and restrain the the aggressive proclivities of Japan). Last week, with these treaties about to expire, the London Naval Conference had whipped another into shape to be signed this week at St. James's Palace. Appropriate speeches were to be made by...

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