FRANCE: Thanks to God

M. Paul Claudel, the great mystical poet and practical statesman whom France has sent as her Ambassador to the U. S. (TIME, Nov. 22, 1926), bade godspeed, last week at Manhattan, to a great urbane, humanitarian Middle Westerner (Cleveland) who returned, after a five months illness to his post as U. S. Ambassador to France.

Cried Poet Claudel, at a farewell Manhattan banquet:

"My dear Ambassador, our honored and trusted friend, may your way back to the country which loves you and expects you be smooth under your feet. . . .


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