What Wilson Did at Paris

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CHAPTER IX
THE ITALIAN CRISIS AT PARIS: THE PRESIDENT'S
STATEMENT TO THE WORLD ON ITALIAN AM-
BITIONS IN THE ADRIATIC: THE WITHDRAWAL
OF THE ITALIANS FROM THE CONFERENCE:
THE DOWNFALL OF ORLANDO

CONSIDER the Italian situation as the President had to face it. In the fall of 1918 when the Austrians were still occupying a great part of northeastern Italy, there existed a large body of public opinion in Italy-- sick unto death of the struggle--that would have been glad to get out of the war with even the ante-bellum boundaries restored. A conference had been held at Rome between a group of Italian liberals and a delegation of Jugo-Slavs in which the future relationships of the two peoples were talked over, reasonably and quietly. But with the victory over the Austrians in the fall, Italian ambitions began to soar, and unfortunately, just as Lloyd George made impossible promises to the Brit-

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