broadcast • from Wash ington, the Prime Minister was at the top of his form. Its humorous personal references, its terse phrasing and ringing declarations of determined purpose, easily account for the effect it is said to have produced. Nothing could have been better conceived for such an audience as he had. Rarely has heredity played so important a part in leadership as that which it plays in the representative statesman to whose lot it falls to cement our friendship with the United States. It is indeed fortunate that in his own person as the son of an English father and an American-born mother, the Prime Minister should unite the two great peoples on whom fall so large a share of the burden involved in this war against Hitlerism.
We may be thankful that by this circumstance the alliance with the transatlantic Republic receives increased emphasis as compared with that uniting us in arms with Russia. The many personal ties which bind us to America, even if not so intimate as those in Mr. Churchill's case, must have a powerful effect in consolidating our alliance with a nation which at least shares our Christian traditions. In the settlement following the cessation of hostilities, it is to be hoped that this factor will offer a counterweight to the influence exercised by our Ally in the East, more especially as the great masses of Americans have sounder ideas about Bolshevism than is commonly the case in this country.