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Diplomatists and Their Pretty Decorations DIPLOMATISTS arc fond of decorations. The older men have enough of them to dec .rate a Christma tree, and some of them delight in wearing all this junk at receptions, levees, dinners vfael not It is so distinguishing, you know. It im presses the crowd, and if there if one thing the diplo matist loves more than his profession and woman, it is the admiration of even the scullery maid, if he can gel it. The unreal world in which his thought! revolve heeds barely the real values of life. Age makes little difference, because the real human beings in the service do not grow old in it. Indiscretions, such BJ any nor mal man may become guilty of, remove the individual that might later combine the qualities of manliness with the ability required in a diplomatic career; the others drop out of their own volition. The newspaperman has in mind a certain diplo matist who wanted to get a decoration known as la gmndi etoile de la Rouinanie. This bauble is largr and pretty, as it were. When conferred, it is set with rhinestones, but there is no objection to having real bril liants put into it. If the Rumanian Government wanted to supply the diamonds needed for all the ttoiles it be stows in the course of a year, the peasant would be taxed to death, and there is nothing gained by killing the g(oe that lays at least the golden egg even with out adamantine incrustations of the variety implied. So it happens that the star is given with imitations. The diplomatist wanted to get this medal for un rendered service. The Rumanian Government had never reacted to the hints, and so the man decided to buy the thing and be done with it. He instructed the diplomatic courier to get him one on his next trip to Paris. A jeweler in the Rue de la Pair was visited by the courier, who found that the last ready-made speci men had just been sent to the new Khedive of Egypt, in reward for warm sentiments expressed by him on the occasion of Rumania's entry into the war. But the jeweler wanted to be obliging. Surely, he would make a prande etoile, but while the order could be taken now. together with a deposit, it would be necessary to submit for inspection the patent of the Rumanian Gov ernment by which the decoration was transferred. That was too much red tape for the diplomatist, so that order was abandoned. By GEORGE A. SGHREINER WM this all. The strange transaction in decora gOOl c ame to the attention of the g,,e nment wh ch tf man represented. That government never 2 he diplomatist to task. The case wa then put be fore ;i number of legislators. But theseneTweE busy just then votmg appropriation! tor the war an d WUW not be indued to look upon the pencham for J -.rations anything but the' foible of a rich old nan. Yet the assertion may be made that that di Ptanatta would have done a good many things to gd these decorations honestly, and it not these, then shams gHer hl the WOrld of social The inertia displayed by those who should have ex amined the case is due to the averseness of govern ments to take the governed behind the scenes The cupboards of governments are full of skeletons of this Mrt. To show a single one might impair the doctrine 01 governmental infallibility, and in diplomacv espc cially that would be fatal. The craft is all simulation and deception at its best, and if it were shown that most of the actors are clowns in disguise the better ment of international intercourse might really come about. There is another illusion that must be dispelled. The apologists of modern diplomacy have maintained that, while its methods are open to criticism, much good has been done by it in making the intercourse between nations easier than was once the case. Xo doubt, that is true, but we may ask the question : When was this intercourse difficult? Civilized nations have always observed toward one another, and their indi vidual members, the dictates of humaneness as under stood at the time. We find the proof of this in the oldest treaty of record, the complete text of which is known There was concluded on Tybi 21, in the 21st year of the reign of Pharaoh Rameses ( November 28, 1279 B. C.) in the city of Pa-Ramessu-Mery-Amen. Lower Egypt, a treaty of alliance between the minis- There was another decoration the man de sired. Naming it would lead to the identification of the diplomatist and that must be avoided. This time the diplomatic courier not sent, because it could be had right in the capital ; in fact, the order was one of the honors conferred by the govern ment to which the diplo matist was accredited. The lmried doorman was sent to the jeweler. He was successful. He returned with the decoration and the bill. The diplomatist was overjoyed, but did not know where the thing was worn. Taking it for granted that the doorman Would know, the diplo matist asked him to do the necessary. The diplo matist and the doorman stepped before the larue mirror, and the latter pinned the decoration to the business suit of the former, five inches below the heart. When the large quid pro quo had been pressed into the eager palm of the doorman, and when the door had closed behind him, the diplomatist admired himself in the mirror, not knowing that a flabbergasted secretary wai looking on. It was not the secre tary who spoke first of the matter. The story leaked out because the jeweler who had sold the thing examined the official lasette for notice that His Excellency had been thus honored. Not find ing that notice, the jeweler took alarm and communi cated with the foreign of fice. The foreign office got in touch with the per son that conferred such honors, and the latter wa so lacking in humor that he did not confer the fecormtiOfl in the regular manner afterward. Never theless, the government of the diplomatist continued to insist upon its rep resentative being taken seriously. That was the tragic part' of it. Nor HNbwPHIHr- JHHpH An old mill at Woodcock, N. Y. ters of the monarch named, and Tarte-sebu and Karnes, ambassadors of Kheta-Sar, king of the Htttttes in Syria. Despite the quaintness of the terms used in the documents, the treaty fits well into our own day, showing what little progress there has been. tter promising one another aid and assistance in ease of attack by others, the two high contracting par ties swear fealty to one another in an almost endless number of "forevers." In that treaty everything was to last forever, the esteem of the monarchs for one an other, especially. "Never shall enmity come to separate them, for ever." says the anu, and ' never shall the chief of the Kheta make an invasion of the land of Egypt, forever, to carry off anything from it. Never shall Ramessu make an invasion of the land of the Kheta to take any thing from it. forever." It does not matter how short the duration of these "forevers" was. the great fact is pointed out in the following excerpts from the treaty: "If there be one from the city, if there be one from the pastures, if there be one from the (desert?) of the land of Ramessu, and they shall come to the chief of the Kheta. never shall the chief receive them, but hall give them back to Ramessu; or if there be two of the people, who, unknown, shall come to the land of the Kheta to do service for another, never shall they be allowed to stay in the land of the Kheta, but shall be returned to Ramessu. or if there be one great man coming to the land of the Kheta, he shall be re turned to Ramessu "If there shall flee one of the people of the land of Egypt, if there be two. if there be three, and come to the chief of the Kheta. he shall take them and send them back to Ramessu. And any of the people who are taken and sent back to Ramessu, let it not be that his criminal action is raised against him. in giving to destruction his house, his wives, or his children, or in slaying him, or in removing his eyes, or his ears, or his mouth (tongue) or his feet, and he shall not have any criminal action raised against him." To hear modern diplomacy talk one. would take it for granted that it was the innovator of all that is humane in modern in ternational intercourse. Yet here we have the proof that extradition under hu mane guaranties was known and practiced ex actly 3.200 years ago. Lest it be accepted that diplomacy did away with the cruel punishments that wire not to be visited upon the extradited it must be stated that these were at that time a part of the municipal law of all communities, persist ing long into our own age, for even in enlightened England it was the fash ion a little more than a century ago to cut off the ears of certain classes of malt factors. In fact, there have been times in our own era, when extradition was not carried out under the humane stipulations of the Rameses-Kheta-Sar treaty. How old some of the fundamentals in interna tional law are may be gleaned from the fact that the first mention of am bassadors dates back 4, 880 years, and reference is made to them in connec tion with their duties as parliamentaries for a be sieged city and the inviola bility of their persons. The ancients made as many treaties as we. There were times when the coun tries about the Mediter ranean were divided into Triple Alliances and Triple Ententes. The Punic War was in every sense the fit equal of the Great War of 1914-18. These treaties were based on mutual as sistance, and as such fol lowed in the main the broader lines of interna tional law. and following them they led to catas trophes of the sort we have just lived through. There has been little improvement in interna tional relations since the days of the treaty of Pa-Ramessu-Mery-Amen.