19 JUNE 1926, Page 2

These troubles are to be regretted, but still more do

we deplore the proofs that Spain and Brazil so little realize the purposes and essential spirit of the League, and are so incapable of throwing themselves " into the common stock with any larger inspiration than their own _amour propre or jealousies. We were aptly reminded by another newspaper of the Ambassadors' coaches galloping through the London streets in a race to St. James's to establish precedence. Spanish pride has noble and romantic qualities : we hope that before long it will reappear in a chivalrous readiness to give to the world help in whatever form it is asked. We would never be so rash as to prophesy the course of Brazilian politics, but we may hope for something from the two years which the incoming President, Dr. Washington Luiz, will have for weighing the policy of the present Government. On the other hand we rejoice that the obstacles of last March to the admission of Germany seem to be entirely cleared away. We foresee none that should be allowed to arise before September. There is no doubt about Germany being a " great Power " nor about other pressing reasons for her admission to the Council. And there is a larger matter for satisfaction. It is not so long since these squabbles and a single defection would have set heads wagging over the coming dissolution of the League. Who would be so foolish to-day ? The strength and prestige of the League can now bear these shocks without a quiver.

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