Looking far into the future, we are given a picture of some assembly, a kind of League of Nations; a meeting controlled almost entirely by intrigue and plotting. Henry Beechtree, a reporter for a liberal newspaper, becomes interested in the mysterious disappearance of some of the most prominent diplomats. His solution of the matter proves to be quite false, but it serves to throw the reader off the correct thread. The real secret is a surprise for those who think that they have solved the mystery early in the story. Further, the author has suggested a problem that is very much in the minds of people at the present time--for the average person is wondering how these leagues can be kept any more free from secret diplomacy than the old parleys.
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