London (Aug. 27)
I understand that it is doubtful whether Lord Reading, the new Foreign Secretary, will be able to proceed in person to Geneva next week in order to attend the impending sessions of the League Council and Assembly, the Diplomatic Correspondent of the “Daily Telegraph” writes to-day. For the Cabinet, he writes, is most anxious not to lose the benefit of his counsels during their initial discussions on the financial problem.
It is considered likely, he adds, that, in the absence of the British Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, the proceedings at Geneva will be largely confined this autumn to routine business and that contentious issues will be postponed; and that no private conversation of real moment will take place.
The Diplomatic Correspondent pays a high personal tribute to Lord Reading. Seldom has the appointment of a British Foreign Secretary been greeted with so unanimous approval in foreign countries, he writes, as that of the Marquis of Reading. The fact is that Mr. Henderson’s successor is almost equally popular with Americans, Frenchmen and Germans. There is probably no other British statesman of whom this could be said at the present moment.