THE FIRST GREAT CRISIS AT THE PEACE CON- FERENCE. PRESIDENT WILSON'S STRUGGLE TO SECURE A NEW WORLD COLONIAL POLICY
IT WAS inevitable that President Wilson should be forced at Paris to bear the brunt of the heavy fighting--fighting that would have worn out a stronger, more robust man than he. For he had a double problem, a double task. He had not only to join the other delegates in making peace with Germany, but he had the far more difficult and delicate task, which grew more and more difficult as the Conference progressed, of upholding the disinterested American position against the insistent desires and necessities of the other allied nations.
Most people do not realize that most of the troubles at Paris, and every one of the really serious crises, arose not out of any differences of view regarding the terms to be imposed upon Germany, but out of deep-seated and