16 FEBRUARY 1940, Page 2

Lord Tweedsmuir

It is given to few men in any generation to excel in so many spheres as Lord Tweedsmuir. John Buchan—for so be will most probably be remembered—was an ideal University Member of Parliament, scholarly, practical, but never for high aims ; his novels are as good of their bnd as have been written in this century ; his historical studies- notably his Montrose and Cromwell—are of the first order; he represented the best Scottish Presbyterian traditions ; and as Governor-General of Canada he achieved, by an admir- able blending of dignity with accessibility, as great succo as anyone who ever held similar office in any Domino. This is high praise, but the facts justify it. More space would be needed than is available here to do justice to Lord Tweedsmuir's astonishing versatility, or to those deeper and more intimate traits in his character which formed the Wel of his genius for friendship. It was known that his health would not permit of that extension of his term which Canadians so ardently desired, but if he had lived he Would have rendered invaluable service in those spheres, cultural' religious and political, in the largest sense, which his peri° ality and his experience qualified him so conspicuously to adorn. - For some indefinable reason only a Scotsman mull have been all that Buchan was.