1 SEPTEMBER 1917, Page 3

The Allied Socialist and Labour Conference, which met at the

Central Hall, Westminster, on Tuesday and Wednesday, was even lees helpful than we expected it to be. The Socialists adopted the methods of " secret diplomacy " which they are fond of denoun- cing, and refused the Press admission. Bet from the " official " reports of their proceedings it appears that they could agree on only one thing—namely, that a Committee should consider whether another Allied Socialist Conference should meet to prepare for the Stockholm Conference. They differed widely as to the wisdom of going to Stockholm at all, and they could not formulate nary common eat of war aims. One British delegate is said to have wondered openly, as the Allied Socialist Conference had proved ouch a school of confusion, what an international Socialist Conference would be like if it met during the war. No good could come of it,