5 MARCH 1932, Page 14

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—We, the undersigned, desire

to associate ourselves with the views expressed in the letter from Lord Cecil and others, published in The Times on February 18th. The issue involved in the dispute can be confined neither to the respective rights of Japan and China nor to the safety of the lives and property , of foreigners in Shanghai, but concerns the stability of the foundations of the only possible edifice of security for the world as a whole. Only a determination on the part of the States-members of the League of Nations, with the collabora- tion of the United States of America, to stop short of no measures, as provided under the Covenant, necessary to uphold the sanctity -of international obligations can save a system in which all promise of a peaceful and happier world is centred. It is our hope that the British Government will take the initiative, both at Geneva and at home, in defence of the spirit and intention of the Covenant and the Kellogg Pact.—We are, Sir, &c., (Signed) LASCELLES ABERCROMBIE, G. LOWES DICKINSON, J. L. HAmmoroi, J. A. Honsobr, H. J. LASKI, JOHN MACMURRAY, J. J. MALLON, J. E. NEALE. EILEEN POWER, R. H. TAWNEY, ARNOLD J. TOYNBEE, J. DOVER WILSON, LEONARD WooLs.