17 NOVEMBER 1928, Page 1

News of the Week

rrHE speech which President Coolidge delivered to the American Legion last Sunday has been a shock to those Englishmen who have not been carefully noting the signs in America. To others it was not a surprise, but it must be to all a matter of profound regret. .For the speech means that suspicion of Europe, and particularly of Great Britain, is deeply implanted in the minds of American statesmen. Nor can we expect that there will be a change for the better till something happens definitely to cause it. The Washington correspondent of the Times says that a draft of Mr. Coolidge's speech was shown to Mr. Hoover, who approved of it. We have written in a leading article about the bearing of the speech on naval affairs. Here we may add a comment on that subject as well as mentioning other points.

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