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Austria for shown by or with such sudso have come not soon, would Anschluss the and that Hitler would have hesitated to march his denness, army was With Mr. Eden in office, Hitler But Mr: Chamberlain's speech of straight into Austria. still kept guessing. February 22 gave him a completely free hand. s The speech was as bad as anyone in France could have anticithat England cared nothing for what happated. It implied to any country east of the Rhine. Hitler could help pened himself to Austria and Czechoslovakia for all he cared.

It is deeply felt here that Mr. Eden, who knew the dictators from personal experience, understood their better style mentality THE TROUBLE STARTS 39 than Mr. Chamberlain can understand them yet. He knew that Mussolini and Hitler were not open to moral suasion and that they could not be trusted to keep promises without solid guarantees being given first. He understood that there must be withdrawal from Spain first and not afterwards, for if it was to be 'afterwards' it would never be at all. * one observer at the Chamber remarked this evening.

Attended a reception organised by the Society of the Friends of France, The hall was packed with over fifteen hundred persons. The president of the Association, Professor Stevan Pavlovitch, a former Minister, exalted, amidst loud cheering, the greatness of France and the strength of Franco-Jugoslav friendship. choir of children and young girls sang the 'Marseillaise ; which led M. ' 1 A 3 By that time M. Delbos must have been thoroughly fed-up with Stoyadinovitch. ' At Prague, richly decorated with French and Czech flags, the popular enthusiasm was as great as in Belgrade, but this time with the full approval of the Government.

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