All week long the State Department tried hard to choke down its disappointment.

For weeks it had bugled announcements of a forthcoming Big Four conference, which would go to work on a rough draft of the Great Blueprint for Peace (TIME, June 12.)* Stately old Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington's fashionable Georgetown, was made ready down to the last pebble on its carefully graveled walks. The U.S. had named its Under Secretary of State, Edward R. Stettinius, as chairman of the U.S. delegation, thus, in diplomatic language, hoping to underscore its view-that other...

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