FOREIGN RELATIONS: Up Pay, Up Standards

After 90 years, something was finally done about the low pay of U.S. diplomatic envoys. Last week President Truman signed a bill which upped the pay of Foreign Service officers at all levels for the first time since the administration of President Franklin Pierce. The bill also upped the standards of the Service itself.

Up to last week there had been one scale—$17,500 a year for ambassadors and $10,000 for ministers, regardless of the importance of their assignments. Now there would be four brackets—from $15,000 to $25,000, according to the posts. Also substantially...

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