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It has become a habit with Americans in the last few years to cram into lecture halls to hear some distinguished Englishman,--newly-arrived on his first visit to the United States,--talk on his opinion of them. After which, the lecturer gathers together his gate receipts, goes home, and publishes a profitable volume on "Impressions in America" which satisfies him and which is eagerly bought on the western side of the water. Nothing could be fairer.
But the predominance of visitors of this impressionable type causes a good many Americans to lose sight of the fact that there are Englishmen who know world affairs and can discuss something besides their sentiments on seeing the Woolworth Tower.
One of these is Mr. Philip Kerr, former secretary to Lloyd George, who speaks tonight at the Union. He is not here to fill up his audience with gossip at the expense of his former superior. As an active observer at the Versailles Peace Conference, and as editor of the "Round Table", Mr. Kerr has been in close touch with European conditions and has had an influential part in shaping the policies which have determined the official British attitude.
At a time when the newspapers are playing off a "French" day against a "German" day to keep the Occupation of the Ruhr a "live issue" to their advantage; when the air is full of rumors; when Lausanne and Mosul are hardly more than names; Harvard men are privileged to have some one stand before them who can say with authority: "I have been on the inside, and I know."
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