Representatives of eight Atlantic, Pact nations emerged from a two-hour-and-20-minute conference and stepped into a reception room on the fifth floor of the U.S. State Department, as pleased and smiling as though they had delivered a bouncing, 8-lb. boy. The Belgian ambassador, Baron Silvercruys, gave out a verbal bulletin: "It's all fine, agreed and everything."

All of the home governments had been informed of the text of the agreement, and all were believed ready to sign. Publication of the text was held up until this week, while the French went through some last-minute formalities in Paris. Foreign ministers of the...

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