26 MAY 1939, Page 2


THE Royal tour in Canada is exceeding all expectations in the depth of feeling it has stirred. King George is conspicuously successful in dispensing with formality without discarding dignity, and accounts of the scene on Sunday when he and the Queen were, to their own complete satis- faction, separated from their escort and thronged by ex- servicemen bent on grasping their hands was profoundly moving. More history was made on Wednesday, when the King for the first time broadcast to the Commonwealth from a Dominion. His words reflected the impression his Canadian visit is making on him, and his closing passages, addressed to the young, in whom both as Prince and King he has always taken special interest, were a valuable reminder of the need, in the life of nations, for a wise combination of conservatism and progress. The King's ease of manner and dislike of formalism has been hailed with satisfaction by the United States journalists who are covering the tour, with the result that the reserves expressed by some of the Ameri- can papers regarding the visit to the Union have completely disappeared. There is every ground for believing that the King and Queen will be as warmly welcomed, and consoli- date friendship as effectively, at New York and Washington as at Ottawa and Toronto.