After a three day conference with Canadian officials, a United States delegation has returned across the border empty-handed. From its own point of view beforehand, obtaining cooperation from the neighboring Dominion in checking the liquor traffic between the two countries appeared to be comparatively easy; as it resulted, however, not a single proposal was accepted.
America's long established policy of creating no entangling alliances seems thus to have recoiled upon herself. The fact that she has remained aloof from the League of Nations and the World Court has not passed unnoticed by nations eager for the maintenance of international prosperity. At present, the warring factions of her senate are devising new obstacles which may prevent the passage of the Kellogg peace treaty. All this naturally creates the misleading impression that the United Statees respects only her own people, and contributes only toward their happiness.
It is not strange, therefore, that Canada should have assumed an attitude apparently so unfriendly in regard to Volstead enforcement. The Canadian government, which once struggled to execute the prohibition law in its own country, now finds the American system of tremendous financial benefit. Furthermore, its decision to allow so powerful a neighbor to fight its own battles to a finish cannot be criticized on this side of the border. Only too often, this has been the method of procedure employed by the United States.