Professional ability in the U. S. diplomatic service won, last week, another victory: the President decided to appoint John Van Antwerp MacMurray to be Minister to China.* Chinese bands, long silent, are beginning to play the tunes of nationalism; the new minister must have a delicate ear, must be a sympathetic critic. Two tunes, in particular, are rising to a crescendo of protest against "foreign domination."

Extraterritorial rights. During the 19th Century, a series of treaties exempted nearly all non-Chinese residents in China from the control of Chinese law courts. Accused foreigners...

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