19 SEPTEMBER 1925, Page 2

The prospects of the Security Pact between France, Germany and

Great Britain have been appreciably improved by recent events. At Geneva many speeches were made in its praise, and French and Italian speakers, after their manner, pursued the subject to its logical conclusion till they saw visions of the world covered with a network of regional pacts. Most of them regretted the death of the Protocol and in effect declared their intention of trying to revive it. Truth to tell, there is some sub- stance in this intention. Any regional pacts will probably, of sheer necessity, make use of the definitions of the Proto- col with regard to aggression, arbitration and so forth. Much the most important point, however, is that Germany has at last come down decidedly on the side of the Pact.