PERSONALITIES IN THE RELIEF ORGANIZATION
Since great personalities will appear in this narrative, it is desirable at once to give some appraisal of them and their relations to the Relief organization. They include high officials of the United States, Belgium, Britain, France, Spain, and The Netherlands.
In a previous chapter I have given the forces which surrounded us and the character of the men with whom we worked. But a more intimate glimpse of their personalities is important for the record.
I may state at once that except for a few British, French, and especially German military officers, all the men with whom the C.R.B. was compelled to do business were men of personal courtesy and manners befitting their important positions.
Above all others, American Ambassador Walter Hines Page was the leader among the officials in the creation and support of the C.R.B. Page was one of those blossoms of American life which justify our civilization. When I say that he was a great mind, a distinguished scholar, a great editor, the soul of intellectual integrity, a man of sympathy and kindness, unbreakable in friendship, almost fanatically devoted to service of his country, I feel that I am writing the presentation paragraph for an honorary college degree. Yet this praise can be written of him with complete fidelity. He died of illness,