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THE LEAGUE: Marching In

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Before entraining to do their part policing the Saar during the January plebiscite, the first Swedish troops to penetrate the Continent since the Napoleonic Wars were reviewed by their King last week.

Meanwhile 20 Italian officers and 40 men reached Saarbräcken, advance guard of 1,300 of Benito Mussolini’s finest going to take their place in the League of Nations’ first international army.

The League’s own commander-in-chief of the international force is Major General John Edward Spencer Brind, onetime British deputy chief-of-staff in India. He was comfortably ensconced last week in a two-story villa on the Saar River, with plenty of closet room and special wires to the headquarters of all subordinate commanders. British troops, who will make up 1,500 of the League force of 3,300, were also moving in.

More needed at the moment was tact. Fortnight ago a Captain Justice, no member of the British expeditionary force but a onetime British officer and automobile racer who had enlisted in the Saar international police, drove his friend the Earl of Aylesford and a German girl named Käthe Braun home after a high time in a café. Swinging his car around a corner he climbed the sidewalk, ran over the foot of a Frau Steig. Immediately the street was full of caterwauling Germans. Captain Justice whipped out his service revolver, fired two shots. One slightly injured a bystander. Hysterical Saarlanders furiously beat Justice, pummeled the Earl of Aylesford, kicked Käthe Braun in the rump.

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