The first world conference on disarmament was opened at Geneva on the afternoon of February 2. Mr. Arthur Henderson, the president, made the opening address to the delegates of the fifty-seven nations which participated. He made a plea for disarmament, stressed the general desire of the world for some action by the conference, avoided making anything but reference in general terms to the conflict in the Far East, and invoked the covenant of the League of Nations and the Briand-Kellogg Pact. Committees on procedure, credentials, and petitions were appointed. Dr. Mary E. Woolley of the United States delegation was appointed a member of the last-named committee.
Notes on the Geneva Conference
By Lieutenant Commander Schuyler Mills, U. S. Navy