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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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