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SOWING THE WIND, TO REAP THE WHIRLWIND.
Public opinion assures Governor Hughes, of New York, that a day of reckoning is coming.
THE FRANCO-JAPANESE AGREEMENT LEAVING THE KAISER OUT IN THE COLD.
BRITISH COLONIAL PREMIERS: "You are just in time, General Botha; your experience will be invaluable to us in discussing Imperial Defense."
F the size of the delegation and the emi- bar, the other a statesman who with eminent nence and varied accomplishments of the success and delicacy represented us at Paris individual delegates themselves be a fair test, during the trying times of the Spanish war. then, measured by the men they send to the We also send an accomplished scholar-ausecond international Peace Conference, which thor-diplomat, a scholarly lawyer, a assembles at the Dutch capital on the 15th tific, highly cultured soldier and sailor, and of this month, the Government of the United several expert attachés unusually well versed States and the American people are more in- in not only the theory but the practice of interested in universal peace and more desirous ternational law. The main facts in the cafor its realization than any other government reers of these gentlemen, which we give or people on earth. We send to the great below, will quicken the pride of every Amerinternational council two statesmen of am- ican citizen, particularly of those who have bassadorial rank,-one for many years the in the past so often, and only too justly, been recognized traditional head of the American called upon to explain or apologize for the
men sent abroad to represent the American people.
When Mr. Joseph H. Choate, of New York, was appointed our Ambassador to Great Britain it was everywhere recognized that the best traditions that govern in American diplomatic appointments had been observed and reinforced. For not only was Mr. Choate one of our most eminent lawyers, but he was a man of rare literary gifts, a scholar without being a pedant, the fine fruition of eight generations of the New England Brahmin caste which Lowell and Holmes in their day glorified.
That was in 1899. John Hay had been recalled to Washington to become Secretary of State, and Mr. Choate succeeded him at the Court of St. James,-a post that had been
dignified by Charles Francis Adams, James Russell Lowell, Robert T. Lincoln, Thomas F. Bayard, and other worthy incumbents. The traditions were more than maintained by Ambassador Choate. For six years our British cousins enjoyed the after-dinner speeches of the wittiest American orator of his time, and whether or not they could quite fathom the frequent jests at their own expense they were quite ready to vote the jester a "jolly good fellow."
More than that, those among them who were learned in the law voted the American Ambassador a great lawyer. They elected him Bencher of the Inner Temple,-an honor that any disciple of Blackstone might well covet, but one to which Mr. Choate's professional brethren in the United States never
(The accomplished and scholarly Arkansas jurist, whose ripe experience and knowledge of legal precedent will contribute to the deliberations at The Hague.)
doubted his eligibility. For many years before his appointment by President McKinley to the London embassy the name of Joseph H. Choate had been one of the half-dozen names that every American law student was taught to regard with something akin to
The pre-eminence of the New York bar, generally conceded by the profession at large, was never more strikingly demonstrated than in the careers of William M. Evarts, Joseph H. Choate, and Elihu Root. All three won distinction as constitutional lawyers, and have been called upon to deal with problems of national and international significance. Each of these New York lawyers has had his own part to play in the development of America's
international relations. It was Evarts who conducted the case of the United States in the Alabama claims arbitration at Geneva, thereby establishing his reputation as perhaps the greatest international lawyer of his time. Secretary Root's fame as the constructive genius in our relations with Cuba after the war with Spain is already secure. As Ambassador to England Mr. Choate had no opportunity to render especially conspicuous service, but his aptitude for diplomacy and his familiarity with international usage have been so clearly shown that we have good reason to rely upon his wisdom in counsel as a member of the American delegation at The Hague.
For many years Judge Uriah M. Rose, of