14 FEBRUARY 1920, Page 3

The Council of the League of Nations held its second

meeting this week, assembling at St. James's Palace on Wednesday. Spain, the first neutral to join the League, was represented among the eight Councillors, who, as Mr. Balfour said with regret for America's delay, should have numbered nine. The Council had to appoint the Governing Commission of the Saar Valley and the High Commissioner of Danzig, and to take preliminary measures for organizing a Permanent Court of International Justice, and for fulfilling the duties of the League in regard to the control of international ports, waterways, and railways. The Peace Treaty imposes great obligations on the League, and the Council is well advised in setting to work in earnest. For the League will gain respect and confidence when it is seen to be an active organization with plenty to do.