PAVING THE WAY FOR THE
"We were resolved to avoid the unhappy experience of the League of Nations."
The Memoirs of Cordell Hull, p. 1653.
IN following the evolution of the United Nations Charter, we must begin by retracing our steps from the point reached in the last section and carry our minds back to the second phase of World War II--and indeed a little earlier.
Late in July, 1941, while the United States was still at peace and Britain still under the threat of invasion and living under blitz and antiblitz, President Roosevelt intimated to the British Prime-Minister that "he would very much like to have a meeting with him in some lonely bay or other." A week or two later, the two met on shipboard in Placentia Bay in Newfoundland. They had many practical matters to discuss together; but in both their minds there was also a feeling that the time called for a common pronounce-