26 MAY 1939, Page 6

Printing House Square was in an ebullient mood on Monday

evening, to judge from Tuesday's paper—particu- larly a sub-editor and a leader-writer. The latter was content to borrow a tag that had already seen some use else- where about our statesmen taking their week-ends in the country while German statesmen took their countries at week- ends, and to quote a very pallid little jest from Punch. The honours go to the sub-editors' room ; to a Rome message recording the award of the Order of the Annunziata by King Victor Emmanuel to Herr Von Ribbentrop was appended a footnote: "The last two foreign recipients of the Order of the Annunziata were King Zog and the Emperor Haile Selassie."