M. Andre Tardieu delivered the last of his Hyde lectures on "La France et les Alliances" last Friday afternoon in Sanders Theatre. The lecturer treated his subject, that of the relations between France and the United States, from three points of view, the literary, the commercial, and the political.
Literary sympathy, though not of course complete, is abundantly instanced by the many recent publications in both countries, and by international lectures, such as those by Professor Wendell and Professor Coolidge. The friendliness of trade relations, though somewhat hampered by protectionist legislation, has been greatly assured by the recent signing of a commercial treaty.
The political understanding between France and the United States M. Tardieu described as of the best, not only in general, but also as regards the more definite points of diplomatic controversy. The practical value of the Monroe Doctrine as hitherto applied and the desirability of United States control in Panama are now well recognized in France; and throughout the tangled European complications of the past decade France and the United States, to their mutual advantage, have countenanced and supported each other. M. Tardieu closed with the statement that the purpose of his lectures was to indicate the size and scope of the great part now being played by France in the affairs of Europe.
After the lecture a tea was given by the Cercle Francais in its rooms, in M. Tardieu's honor, at which he was presented with a medal. M. Tardieu left yesterday for Washington, where he will remain, with occasional visits to New York and other places, until March 12, when he expects to sail for France.