31 JANUARY 1941, Page 3

ord Halifax's Start ,

It was much less important that Lord Halifax should make, good first impression on President Roosevelt or Mr. Cordell ull than that he shouid make a good first impression on the ournalists, from whom the whole American public gets its own mpressions. It is clear that he has done that. Initial prejudices eeded to be dispelled, for unintelligent misrepresentations of he new Ambassador's personality and record had gained some urrency in certain quarters in the United States. But Lord alifax began, as all who knew him here imagined he would, y talking and answering questioni with the same ease and rankness which characterised his predecessor, Lord Lothian. he touch of drama in his arrival on the latest British battle- hip, which was not even known to be in commission, and the unprecedented welcome given him by Mr. Roosevelt on the residential yacht in Chesapeake Bay, were as good a prelude could be prayed for to what promises to prove a memorable mission. Another departure from precedent, the appointment o the Washington Embassy of two Ministers—Mr. Nevi' e utler, hitherto Counsellor, and Sir Gerald Campbell, hitherto gh Commissioner of Great Britain at Ottawa—in addition o the Ambassador, demonstrate the unique importance rightly untied to our representation in the United States.