22 MARCH 1946, Page 4

Mr. Winant's pending retirement from his post as American Ambassador

in London is an event of moment, for Mr. Winant has been an Ambassador in a class of his own. It is inevitable no doubt that the representative of the United States in London in a war in which America is first a neutral and then a belligerent Ally should hold a special position ; that explains largely why we have to go back to Walter Hines Page to find a parallel to Mr. Winant—and the Ambassador in this war has seemed even more one of ourselves than the Ambassador in that. What has distinguished the retiring envoy has been personality and character rather than thp oratorical achievement so common in Americans, for he is of the rugged, silent type, and those qualities have secured hint a much more than ordinary measure of appreciation, admiration and regard.