22 DECEMBER 1939, Page 6

The chances of war turn the limelight in strange quarters.

I am sure Dr. Alberto Guani, the dour-looking but pro- foundly genial Foreign Minister of Uruguay, who has been accredited as Minister to four countries in Europe (including Great Britain), and was President of the League of Nations Assembly in 1927, never expected to have such a problem as the question of the internment of the ' Graf Spee.' But he should have been—as he obviously was—fully equal to the situation, for like so many South Americans, he is an exper- ienced jurist, being, among other things, Professor of the Academy of International Law at The Hague. And he is certainly not a type to be intimidated by any Nazi protests.

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