The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson

The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson

The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson

The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson

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President Wilson, in the memories of thinking men, is the only enduring leader of those statesmen who conducted the First World War and its aftermath of peacemaking. I served under him in those times. I was a witness to the ordeal and tragedy of Woodrow Wilson. I had some background and a point of vantage from which to evaluate his endeavor to serve mankind.

It may be recalled that for eighteen years before the First World War I had been an administrative engineer, managing large industries in Russia, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Mexico and the United States. These projects required for their successful conduct some knowledge of their governments, their economics and their history. My relations with their peoples were not as a tourist or a diplomat. I participated in their daily life and work.

With the coming of the First World War, I directed the relief of 10,000,000 people in Belgium and Northern France who were victims of occupation by the German Army and were blockaded by the Allies. To accomplish this purpose I had to obtain agreements with the Germans for protection of our supplies, and with the British and French for permission to pass through their blockade. In these negotiations I had the patronage of the American, Spanish and Dutch Ambassadors or their Ministers in London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels. I was probably the only American civilian allowed to pass freely between these cities. The administration of this huge . . .

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