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The London Times in an editorial published today declares the proclamation of King Hussein as Caliph a tactless step. The Times demands, if the report be correct, that the British Government instruct Sir Herbert Samuel and his Secretary M. Clayton not to proceed to the Conference of Amman. Great Britain must not create the impression that it wants to interfere in the question of the Caliphate. Great Britain would make a serious mistake should it interfere in the selection of the Caliph which is a purely

Moslem affair, the paper says.

The Times expresses the opinion that the real purpose of the conference is unclear, but it believes that King Hussein’s visit to Amman is of a purely personal nature, in order to meet his son.