3 MARCH 1939, Page 2

The U.S.A. and the League Brief reference was made here

last week to the Note addressed by the State Department at Washington to the Secretary-General of the League of Nations regarding the collaboration of the United States in the non-political activ- ities of the League. Study of the full text of the document deepens the sense of its significance created by the extracts published in the British Press. Mr. Cordell Hull, after fully endorsing the belief voiced by the League Assembly that it is in the universal interest that collaboration between mem- bers and non-members of the League be continued and further developed, affirms that " the League has been respon- sible for the development of mutual exchange and discussion of ideas and methods to a greater extent than any other organisation in history." " The United States Government," he adds, " is keenly aware of the value of this type of general interchange, and desires to see it extended." These are striking declarations, and the Secretary of State emphasises them by going on to refer particularly to the League's work in health, social, financial and economic fields, saying that the United States Government looks forward to the develop- ment and expansion of the League's machinery in all these spheres, and that " it will continue to collaborate in those activities, and will consider in a sympathetic spirit means of making its collaboration more effective." The issue of such a document at such a time is unmistakably significant.