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"How splendid it would have been had we blazed a new and better trail!" COLONEL HOUSE, June 29, 1919.
SHORTLY AFTER the signing ceremony, Wilson left Paris for Brest, where he was to board the George Washington for home. A large and enthusiastic crowd, many of them notables, saw him off at the Paris railway station. For the last time the red carpet was rolled out, and he and Mrs. Wilson walked between potted palms to their train.
Just before leaving, Wilson gave a mass interview to some two hundred newspaper correspondents. To the query of Lincoln Steffens he replied: "I think that we have made a better peace than I should have expected when I came here to Paris." His opinion was probably colored, as he privately wrote, by "the consciousness that the results are so much better than at one time I feared . . ."
Nevertheless Wilson was so deeply disturbed by France's blocking of his plans that he had seriously considered declining an invitation to a farewell dinner given by President Poincaré. Fortunately for international amity, Wilson was dissuaded by Henry White and others from administering such a resounding rebuke. But it is evident that he was in a fighting mood.
House had a final word with the departing President. He pointed out that if Wilson were as conciliatory in dealing with the Senate as he had been with his foreign colleagues in Paris, all would be well. Ominously, Wilson rejected this counsel of compromise and concession, and said: "House, I have found
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Publication information: Book title: Wilson and the Peacemakers:Combining Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace and Woodrow Wilson and the Great Betrayal. Contributors: Thomas A. Bailey - Author. Publisher: Macmillan. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1947. Page number: 307.
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