My Rhineland Journal

My Rhineland Journal

My Rhineland Journal

My Rhineland Journal

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In giving to the public these parts of my journal, it is with the thought that they may be useful in forming a better estimate of men and measures beyond our confines which the increased interdependence of states is certain to demand in the coming years. These extracts may reveal the practicability and advantages of a frank policy based on fair play and a square deal. Nearly every difference with my colleagues on the Rhine, civil and military, was compounded and personal friendship was maintained at all times. There may be those who will say that some of the matter touched upon in this book is so intimate and personal that any publicity concerning it should be deferred to a more remote date -- perhaps until the present actors have passed. Those persons tire asked to reserve judgment until the results are learned.

After the ratification of the treaties, our policy of conciliation was so free from personal bias or official partisanship, and our efforts toward genuine peace, restoration, and trade were so sincere that they met with a most friendly reception from the representatives of the countries directly concerned.

The long delay of European Powers, while waiting for us, in carrying out the necessary formalities to make the Versailles Treaty effective, was proof of their earnest desire to have our country help win the peace. That state which had brought forward and sponsored the Fourteen Points and had consented, through its peace delegation, to join England in securing France against unprovoked aggression on the part of Germany, failed to ratify either the three- sided arrangement or the treaty, whether as agreed upon or as modified almost beyond recognition by reservations. Our war partners did not fail to consider us in default, and . . .

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