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unfrWfo froV Washing
ton Mr, rolk then Informed the other
member of the supreme eouncU that
America was no longer to t considered
as being represented ' ! and V ,h
position that all further negotiations re
garding tht Adriatic must, so far Ibis
Government was concerned, be handled
In the usual forms of diplomatic notes at
Washington. , .
It now appears lhat when Premiers
nemcneeau. Uoyd George ar.d Mill met
In Paris on January 1 tber evolved
virtually a new plan with many con
cisions to Italy ThU plan, which also
neer lias been made swibllc, did aay
with the free port Idea, recognised the
Ilallanlty of Plume, although mslclng
U still a free city, cave luly tSe tor
rldor, Istrla, to extend her territory
there up to the city of Flam, and
carved up Albania. In ay that seemed
to Mr, Wilson to be In total rontraven
tlon of his principles. It gave a large
le of northern-Albania to Serbia and
southern Albania a far as korltia to
Greece, President Wilson in Pari had
rejected absolutely tre Greek demands.
" It was not until this plan had been
presented at Heigrade. In the nature
of an ultimatum. It Is explained, that
It was handed to Ambassador Wallace,
In Paris, with the request that he des
patch It to Washington for approval.
In other words, when the State Be
partment got this note It as a fait
ote flenched Here January 31.
Foreign despatches have had the Kerbs
rejecting It. and It has already cauted
another crls.s at Belsrade.
Just when President Wllwn was
shown this note Is not known. It ar
lived here January tl President Wll
son's note, which Is really a reply to
th note, was not sent until the early
part of last. week. As before stated. It
refuses America's approval of any sucn
pian. The only threat, however. It
contains the threat that this Govern
ment will not be a party to any such
settlement, which, It was explained to
lsy. meant that Arobarsasor. Wallace
would not sim the Hungarian treaty.
But, further than this. It appears that
the president ha taXen the position
that America, as a patty So, the guar
antee of Article X. could not approve
any such settlement. "Jti oyier words,
if the Kuropean nations, as he sees It.
want this Governraer.Cs(Ill to stay In
tlte European same they mufct tear up
Ibis plan.
Defore this note of the President's
was tint, it was learned U-day, an in
quiry was sent In the name of Secre
tary Lansing asking1 the Entente
Powers If they meant to continue the
new method of .rending notes In the
name of the, "Allied and Associated
powers" without submitting them In
advance to Washington Assurances
were received that they had no such In
trntion. It Is significant, however, that
no action taken thus far at the London
meeting has been put up to' this Gov
ernment Also the decision to trade
with the Russian Cooperatives was
made aril announce'! before this Gov
rnment v.as iiotifled.
1IT7 Senator View It.
The President's announcement to the
Entente countries of his Adriatic position
was talked about all day.
"It seems to mc," fald Senator Norris
ifNb.). "that the President can only
mean this. That he wants the Entente
countries to understand that if his plan
for tie Fiume settlement Is rejected and
adjustment reached on some other basis
the United States will not care to par
ticipate In the administration of the
treaty In ether words, that he would
refuse to deposit the ratification of the
treaty, supposing that the .Senate should
ratify it It Is certainly a most remark
able position in which the Senateflnds
itself seriously resuming consideration
of a treaty it does not want at the very
moment when the President apparently
changes position and threatens that he
nil! himaelf kill tho treaty unless the
Governments of Europe allow hlrn Jus
way In this orie feature of It." .,"!ZiZ
Senator Moses (N. H ) put ft In an
other way. "The President appears to
hava notified the Allley." he said, "that
unless they yield to him In matters In
which wo have no moral concern he will
refuse to do things that so long -as the
treaty remains unratified he has no legal
right to do. Whether It means that he
Is threatening to withhold deposit of
ratification of the Versailles treaty or
meani something else is not very plain,
It may meat that he Is threatening to
press them far the payment of their
loans from us. He has threatenad that
once before and may have It in his mind
But Wilson Is Invited to Of
fer a Solution.
Paius, Feb. 16. In semi-official quar
ters It was said to-rright that the .allied
reply to President Wilson's memoran
dum regarding the Adriatic settlement
will assure the President that the allied
proposal of January SO is not as un
favorable to the Jugo-Slavs as he be
lieves. .
The note will be brief, coSiiistlng of
about I3v words, and, according to these
quarters, will say It Is recognized' that
tho Allies cannot settle the question
without the cooperation of the United
fitates, Invltlncr the President to present
a solution of tltc Adriatic problem.
President Wilson's note Is not consid
ered In French official circles ns an ulti
matum. Tho Paris press construes It as
meaning that France and Great Britain
must change their attitude on that ques
tion or the United States would with
draw from all connection with European
affairs. The official view, however. Is
that, rather than an ultimatum, the cote
Ir. simply a renewal of direct negotia
tions by the United States.
While President Wilson's Intervention
at this time was a great surprise, a
prominent Foreign Office official said,
!t Is considered as a resumption of di
rect participation by the United States
In the peace negotiations, and this Is
particularly satisfactory. Front the
same authority It was learned that the
Allies never ftiad desired to Ignore
America In the negotiations for a set
tlement of the Adrlatio question. They
were obliged, the official asserted, to
go ahead with tho efforts to settle a
problem which threatened to prolong
the political stagnation of Europe,
from which proceeds In great measure
the economic stagnation to which
American financiers are calling upon
France to put an end.
Commenting upon President Wilson's
note the Journal says It was "a large
paving stone In the conference pond,"
This aptly sums up tho trend of French
opinion. There Is no attempt to disguise
tne tact inai me incident creates a
M u I P P a 1
V'- "W- .-r.we.u- ...i.. .. .1..,. . 'j.. I..-, , . , . .f ..... i
jwrlotis altuaUcjn, Great UrtUla nd
France, a coord ins to the newspapers
here, are "placed between the devil and
the deep sea' Although Mr. Wilsons
attitude la viewed as excessive In the
light of the "discredit, thrown upon his
policy by the resistance of the Senate,
yet the fact remains Mr. Wilson Is abso
lute roaster until the spring of 1SS1 and
that the. Allies are obliged to take hint
Into account."
The Temp ears the entire Adriatic
question had been placed In state
of suspense again by President Wil
son's memorandum, and that "much
patience and tact are necessarron au
sides." The newspaper continue: It
goes without saying that none of the
allied Governments wishes to give the
Government of the United fitates any
motive or pretext for withdrawing,
from European affairs.
"Jf President Wilton Is irrevocably
determined to reject the. proposal of
January Great Britain and Prance
rrninnl IniLfl an. Its adoption. Hut they
have signed the Treaty of London nnr
they profess to hold for treaties a re
spect that President Wilson evidently
does not disapprove. They could not
prevent Italy from executing the stipu
lations to which they have subscribed.
So the debate Is open and the rights
of every one remain intact."
The Tempt reminds Its readers that
the Franco-British pact Is dependent
upon ratification of a similar Franco
American agreement, and that Premier
Nlttl of Italy never concealed his strong
reasons for not breaking with America.
The newspaper adds that, likewise,
America cannot be unconcerned about
European peace. Discussing the reply
to President Wilson, the Tempt says It
will be made by. France and Great
Britain In full accord with Premier Nlttl.
Continued from First Page.
not -exhausted the subject and that he
intended to speak again on tt,
Jtlld Iteaerratlonisti.
Democratic leaders admitted that they
have been hopelessly deserted by the
Republican mild reservatlonl.-ta. In whom
rested their hope of ratification. -They
have for months been urging us to find a
basis on which they could agree with
us-jnd together we could secure ratifi
cation." said one Democratic Senator to
day, "but when anything U proposed
they promptly evaporate and e find
them united under the Lodje leadership.
There will never be agreement of two
thirds on ratification with the Lodge
reservation to Article X. ; but these mild
teservationlsts will have nothing tave
the Lodge reservation."
Senator Rrandegee (Conn.) announced
to-day that he would Introduce acew
reservation further qualifying tne Amer
ican ratification. It will provld that
this reservation by the United fitates Is
not to take effect unless It is deposited
by tho President within 20 days from
the date of its adoption by the Senate.
This Is a frank proposal to tie the
President's hands and make it Impossible
after ratification to put it away In his
desk and proceed to dicker with t;ie
European countries on matters like the
British Press Calls It Purely
Political Row.
Sftctal rablt. Corvrilht. iy Tu Sex
London, Feb. 16. The British tress
takes the view that the action of Presi
dent Wilson In asking Bobert Lansing
for his resignation as Secretary of State
Is purely an American political row in
which Gr-at Britain is not concerned,
especially as regards ILi domestic as
pects. The press, however, expresses re
gret over the spilt between the Ameri
can President and Mr. Lansing In so far
as It may affect International sttle
ments. The Incident gives the Jfonilni; Pojf
an opportunity to break out into rhyme
and to quote Virgil: "Tantaene anlmls
ioelcstlbus IraeT' (Can there be such
anger in celestial minds?)
And then It adds :
"Pm Wllou to Unpins:
I luo"t like your priKlns
You kiii; jonr aln sill:
A If h'ti of tbr Slttt
w!l or ill I cn fill.
Think jon Unitlj-tho bill,
llr pstirnce fon tm:
tteiie fcanl In yoor rbfeki.'
"Saji LtnitiiE to Wilton:
'Oh. don't pat kUcb rill, on!
The world won't tnl still
HfdDM rou ire III.
A mite ieeretarj.
Of my trorlb I sm wiry.
I'm esticz no lek;
."nit jonrwlf, tbl dir WfV.' "
Allies Fear Holy War if Con
stantinople Is Taken.
SptcUli Ctble, Copyright, VMS. by Till Sex
axb Nsw Y08K Hssald.
Londo.v, Feb. 16. In the discussion
of Ihe Turkish peace by the Supreme
Council of the Peace Conference to-day
the stay of the Sultan in Constantinople
vtas menaced br Premier Kliptheros Ven
lelos of Greece. The Greek church re
gards letting Saint Sophia remain In
Turkish hands, when the Christian Pow
ers nre able for the first time in six hun
dred years to return It to its ortliodo
rightful owners as nothing short of a
Paul Cambon. French Ambassador,
who represented France, icplled to
Venlzelos and produced statistics which
showed the preponderating Turkish
population of Constantinople and raising
the question of self-determination. Fur
ther It was represented to the Greek
Premier that the Allies would provide
for the complete disarmament of the
Dardanelles, of the strong positions on
the Sea of Marmora, and even those on
the Bosphorua Itself, and the Straits
would be placed under International con
trol. Despite the vigor of Premier Venl
zelos's representations the council holds
that It were well to consider the entire
situation with a full regard for peace.
Indeed, the two great Moslem control
Ing powers. Great Britain and France,
fear a holy war were Islam insulted
by the ejection of the Turks from Con
stantinople. Tills fear will probably
guide their decisions.
Austin IfarriRon Predicts Panic
in Haropo if It Ifl
ot Done.
All States Demand Ilevision
for One Bcason or Another,
Savs the Ohservcr.
Special Cable. Copyright. lt. 6y Tbs 9c
London-, Feb. 16. He vise the treaty
or all Europe will crash Into bankruptcy.
Is the warning printed In the Pictorial
by Austin Harrison, economist and au
thor, lie says:
"Europe Is sinking like a man with
creeping pxralyals. Is'ot a country e.st
of the P.hlne Is able to buy, their credit
Is exhausted, it is a deedlck. It Is be
cause the treaty will not work: everyi
banker In, the country knows this: Its
wiTinnfri wrnn r- fhi mechanism of
credit has collapsed. Until it has been
righted the position will ro from bad to
. - i
worse : we- shall inflate into self-corn- I
bustlon. !
"The treaty must b revised to allow
the world's economic mechanism to func
tion : otherwise we shall be caught in
the crash Inevitable to a Europe that
cannot buy or sclL If we want money
out of Germany we must permit her to
trade, but to sell she must first buy. ana
she cannot Like the rest, she has no
credit There will be no Indemnity that
way, not a penny.
Itrvtiiou for Ileal Pence.
Thus the Indispensable point Is credit.
which means confidence peac. Our re
vision then must make a real peace or
there will be no credit What we have
done has been to deprive Germany of
raw material and coal to such an extent
that she Is delndustrlalUed. Austria
actually Is starving; Poland Is bank-
runt: ltalr Is In terrible straits: prance
starts n loan to balance her budget; all
this because Europe has been regrouped
strategically, one part lioldtng down the
major half on paper money.
"Europe's only cliance Is tho produc
tion of a real peace or death, and the
80,000.000 Germans and Austrian are
tho differential of life or chao We
cannot afford to pay for a militarized
Europe: that Is an economic truth. We
cannot regroup Europe cn tho balance of
power system and think that credit and
trade will happen. The treaty as It
stands cuts all our throats; we should
revise it Immediately on thBe three
"First, what is German Is to remain
German; second, an indemnity fixed on
capacity of payment, uhich ' probably
l!l be fl.OOO.OOO.OOO (about $10,000,
000,000); third, Europe should he re
garded as an economic unit, not as the
cockpit of war.
"Cnless we make a clean, wnsible
treaty we 'shall bankrupt ourselvss to
maintain Europe In bankruptcy."
.Strict Exrrntlon Impossible.
TheObserrer, discussing the unanimity
of British opinion for the revision of
the Treaty of Versailles, says to-da :
"Premier Mlllerand has spoken repeat
edly of that "strict execution which all
tho world but France holds to be Impos
sible. No British Government could
mobilize this country for 'strict execu
tion.' "
The Oiifrver adds that America.
Italy, the neutrals, enemy States and
new States all demand revision for one
reason or another, and points out that
the relaxation In the demand for the
surrender of the former Kaiser, the ap
parent modification in the Allies' demand
for-the Gerrran war criminals ami ine
call by the League of Nations for a
financial conference, are evidence or a
tetter Franco-British understanding.
Poet's Oratory Fails to Hold
Brigade at Fiumc.
Trieste. Feb. 16. The "Queen's Bri
gade.'' which has been at Flume, has
returned to the regular Italian forces,
refusing to remain longer a part of the
D'Annunzio command.
The battalion, which D'Annunzio cap
tured yesterday, responded to Gen. Ca
viglla'a appeal and returned to the rankr
of tho regulars at Volosca. eight miles
west of Flume, D'Annunilo'a oratory
falling to hold them.
Did Xat. However, See 17. S. Tiotm
on Adriatic Compromise.
The report that tho United States Is
not In agreement with the Franco-British
compromise proposal for the settle
ment of the Adriatic dispute was con
firmed yesterday by Frank I Polk,
Acting Secretary of State, who Is visit
ing his mother, Mrs. William Polk. In
her home, 310 Fifth avenue. Mr. Polk
said :
"As to the contents of the note sent
to the British and French Governments,
I know nothing. I was not In' Wash
ington when It was forwarded by Mr.
Lansing. It waa well known, however,
that this Government was not In agree
ment with the "British and French pro
posal!!. This Is all I can say regarding
the situation."
French Government Iloiid Sales.
Paris, Feb. 16. The sale of national
defence bonds and Treasury notes In
January amounted to 1,786,000.000
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Then turn to the
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ydu have, .been seeking;
(,'onf Ittued! roM" Ftfi P"S
clared themslv"tinable,0.rreat the
accused named on the above list to de
liver them for trial to the Allien are
j actually determined to Judge tbem
; themselves.
"At the sane time the Allies, -in. i tie
pursuance of truth and justice, have de
cided to Intrust to n mixed Interatlled
commission the task of collecting, -publishing
and communicating to Germany
details of the charges brought against
each of those whoso guilt shall have
been established by their Investigations.
Finally, tho Allies would formally em
phasize fhat procedure before a jurisdic
tion such as is proposed can In no way
annul the provisions of Articles 2IS to
230 of the treaty.
"The Powers reserve to themselves the
right to decide whether the proposed
procedure by Germany, which, according
to her, would assure to the accused all
guarantees of Justice, does not. in effect,
bring aptit their escape from the jirfit
punishment of their crimen. In this
event the Allies would exercl.) their
rights to their full extent by submitting
the cases to their own tribunal."
Dutch Show No Disapproval
: e rr ' J -t -
of Kaiser's Crimes.
Br tht Attexiatei Preti.
Lo.vpom, Feb. 'IS. Following is the
.text of ihe note sent by the allied Pow
ers to Holland regarding tho extradi
tion of the former German Emperor:
"The Immense sacrifices made in the
general Interest by the Powers during
the war entitle them to ask The Neth
erlands to reconsider its refusal, based
on the weighty but entirely personal
considerations of a State which held
aloof from the war and cannot perhaps
appreciate quite accurately all the
duties and dangers of the present hour.
"The obligations of the Powers to
wsrd other nations, the gravity of the
question concerned, as well ss the very
grave political effects to which relin
quishment of the claims of Jusice
agalnRt the ex-Empror would give
rise, all constrain them to uphold and
renew their demand.
"The Powers do not ask the Queen's
Government to depart from its tradi
tional policy, but to consider that the
nature of their request which does
not, in their opinion, depend solely, or
even mainly, on Dutch municipal law
has not been adequately appreciated.
rrestlBje Xot In Question.
"No question of prestige is at stake,
and the Powers pay as much heed to the
conscientious seniimentsof a State with
limited Interest as to the mature de
cision of great Powers, but cannot wait
for the creation of a world tribunal com
petent to examine International crimed
before bringing to trial the responsible
author of the catastrophe of the gTeat
"it Is precisely this contemplated trial
which would prepare the way for suih
a tribunal and demonstrate the una
nimity of feeling animating the con
science of the nations of the world. The
Powers wish to point out that the
league of Nations has not yet reached
a state of development sufficient to allow
any application to it, or to a tribunal of
any kind created by It, meeting with
that prompt satisfaction which is surely
'The note of January 15 was sent In
the name of the Allies, twenty-five In
number, who wers signatories to the
treat? of pace and the collective man
datories of a majority of the civilised
nations of the world. It Is impossible
to disregard the collective force of this
request, which is the expressi6n not only
of the tecllrt: of Indignation of the vic
tims, but of, the demand for Justice
made by the conscience of humanity as
a whole.
' "The Netherlands Government surely
has not forgotten that the policy and
personal actions of the man required
for Judgment by the Powers have coat
the lives of approximately ten million
men, murdered in their prime, and have
been responsible for the mutilation or
shattered health of three times as many,
the laying waste to and the destruction
of millions ot square miles of territory
in countrjes lonneny industrious, peace
able and happyTand the piling up of r
d.ibts running into billions, the victims
being men who had defended their free
dom and inrldentally that of Holland.
The economic and social existence of
all these nations has been thrown Into
confusion and they are now Jeopardized
by famine and want, the terrible results
of that war of which Wllflam II. was the
"The Allies cannot conceal their sur
prise nt finding in the Dutch reply no
alnela word of disapproval of the crimes
committed by the Emperor, crimes which
outrage the most elementary sentiment
of humanity and civilization and of
which In particular many Dutch na
tionals themselves have been the Inno
cent victims on the high seas. To help
hrinv in liutlrn the author of such
crimes plainly accords with the alms of
the League or Nations.
"How can any one fall to be Impressed
by the reactionary manifestations which
have followed the refusal of Holland
and the dangerous discouragement to all
those who are opposing the Just chas
tisement of the culprits and their ex
emplary condemnation, whatever their
social position.
Must Pnnluli Author of War.
"Holland, whose history tells of long
struggles for liberty, who has suffered
k grievously through disregard for Jus
i. ,t,i nn ntarA herself by such a
narrow conception of her duties rjctslde"
of the comity of nations. A amy, wnicn
none can avoid for natlonalAjtsbns,
however -weighty they may be. Is to
unite in order to mst-tut exemplary
punishment to responsible authors of the
disasters anf 'abominations of the war
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and endeavor to revtT conceptions of
solidarity and. humanity In the German
nation, which la artlll unconvinced of tho
falsity of the tenets of Its Government,
who professed that might was right
and success condoned crime.
"It was from thli point of view, asd
not exduiliely front a national stand,
polat, that the Powers requested ta
Government oftt Queen to hand over
William of nohtaxolimi. aad from this
polat of view Ussy now reaew that re.
quest. To Powers desire to remind the
Government of the Xelherlaads that If It
ihoaU prnlst la Its attitude of detach
ment toward the preunrs of the lm
perlal family on Its territory o close to
Germa-y It would auurae dlreet rcipon
ilblllty both for sheltering them from
the claims of Justice and for that propa
ganda width Is so dangerous to Europe
and tbe whole world.
"It Is Indisputable that the permanent
presence of the ex-Emperor under In
effectual supervision a few kilometres
distance from the German frontier,
where he continues the centre of active
and increasing Intrigue, constitutes for
the Powers who have made superhuman
sacrifices to destroy this moral danger a
menace which they cannot be called i
upon to accept. The rights they possess
in virtue of the most express principles)
of the law of nations entitle them and
make It their duty to take such measures
as are required for their own security.
The Powers cannot conceal the pain,
fal Impression made upon them by the
refuial of the Hutch Government to
hand over the ex-Emperor to them with
out any romtderotlon of the poitlblllty
of reronrlllug the scruples of Holland
with some effectual precautionary meas
ures to be taken either on the spot or
by holding tbe ex-Etaprror at a dlitanee
from the scene of bis crimes, making It
Impossible for him to exert his dim
iron Intlurnee In Germany In tbe future.
"Although a proposal of this pature
would not correspond fully to the re
quest of the Powers It would at least
have afforded proof of those feelings
which Holland cannot but possess.
"The Powers urge upon the Dutch
Government In the most solemn and
pressing manner the Importance attach
ing to fresh consideration of the ques
tion put before her. They desire that
It may be clearly understood how grave
the situation might become If The Neth
erlands Government were not In a posi
tion to give tho assurances which the
safety of Europe so Imperatively de
Dutch Willing to Keep Him
From Endangering Peace.
Tltc Hague, Feb. 1. The Associated
Press learns on excellent authority that
the Dutch Government has already de
termined to reply to tho allied note
with an offer to actually intern Wl!
helm at Doom. Holland would accept
tha full responsibility of preventing him
from endangering the peace of the
world, establishing: a guard over him
and a strict censorship.
Holland, It Is pointed out In diplo
matic quarters. Is anxious to meet any
request of tho Allies which Is compatible
with her own dignity and does not con
flict with' the nation's laws 4nd tradi
tions of Ionlf slandlnt;. More than an
thhu; elweas far as carVbe learned, she
desires to bring to a cloe the Issuo over
the presence of the former Emperor,
which has been a thorn In her side since
tbe Hohenzollerns sought refuge here
In 1918.
That the ex-ruler Is undoubtedly wili
ng to spend the rest of his life in
Doom is the belief In official circles,
where It Is also believed the Allies will
accept the proposal to place upon Hol
land's shoulders the responsibility for
keeping him there. They point to
Doom as being a particularly advan
tageous place to intern him, as the vil
lage is not near any large city and the
house which the ex-Emperor has bought
Is so placed as to be easily guarded, and
it Is somewhat further, from tho Ger
man frontier than Ameroiwen. where
the former Emperor is now living.
Continued from Firt Page.
nine- of the waters about the Parliament
houses, where It appears to have 'been
assumed that so long as America had
not even a representative at the con
ference table, her voice would not oe
heard In the debates.
The inmer.il snirlt of the conference
shown In the results of Its first weeks
sessions seema to bo conciliatory and to
tend toward compromises. The same
spirit may animate Its correspondence
with Washington.
The shifting of the conierence irom
Paris to I,ondon sees a revival of tne
former misunderstanding between tne
rtrliNh and French over newspaper ques
tions. "While the'rnectlngs were in Paris
there were constant charges that the
French papers knew more of the confer
ence secrets tlian the other Allies, and that
the Paris press made a strong campaign
for French Interests, supported by su
perior knowledge of what was going on.
French Hare News Advantage.
The London meetings began with tho
customary agreement of the conferees
that secrecy be observed and that, tne
newspapers be given a dally "VfUcial re
port only. The Fre.nen' correspondents
In London have bad the first news of all
Important declslbns thus far, while the
lirltlsh obtained only guarded and vague
VaV THE drape ofU
ccsrotr pimish. Mirioor.
'jisjd r7Vfcrr-o.r
3fi?jt 40t. Strait
official buUttlwT The ether -tile camps
-aturaUy look toward the French dele
gation as the source of the leakage! to
the French newspapers.
Lord Robert Cecil asked question in
Ihe House of Commons as to the truth
of tho 'various reports, and Andrew
Boxar Law, tho Government spokesman,
read a brief lecture on the necessity of
secrecy. We replied to other questioners
that peace negotiations could not be car
ried on by Parliament
Various versions of the contents ot
President Wilson's note are In circula
tion. It Is a documeo: at some length,
covering- eight typewritten pages, ad
dressed to Great Britain and France,
which It alludes to In friendly terms at
the very beginning'. The differences be
tween the memorandum of December 9
and the compromise reached In Paris on
January 20 are examined at lencth, es
pecially regarding the lino In Istrla
drawn by President Wilson In Decem
ber: likewise the question of the con
tiguity of frontier between Italy and
Flume, and the Albanian settlement.
According to one version, the note de--
clares the question of making further
concessions cannot be examined, and if
a decision were reached In the sense ot
the compromise agreed upon In January
the. United States would be obliged to
take Into consideration the question of
retiring from the arrangements made In
Hon- Serbian View It,
The latest allied note with regard to
the Adriatic problem was characterized
In an authentic Serbian quarter here this
afternoon as "an Invitation to the Serbian
Government to give a definite answer to
the Paris proposals of January !0, with
the Inference that acceptance of those
proposals was expected In lieu of ap
plication of the Treaty of London.
"There is no time limit named." tha
Informant said. "The note has been re
ferred U Belgrade, but the situation
there, caused by the resignation of the
Cabinet, makes It uncertain when a reply
may be expected. Serbia welcomes
President Wilson's Insistence that the
compromise submitted In January, to
which he was not a party, shall pot be
carried out
"The difference In front Indicated In
the note ot December In the name of
Great Britain, France and America from
that forwarded in January, signed only
by the French and British representa
tives. Is Incomprehensible. We are
gratified that President Wilson Is hold
ing for adherence to the original pro
posals. Rumors were plentiful throughout the
day as to developments in the situation.
One of the rumors was to the effect that
the Allies proposed to stand by their
guns regarding the Adrlatio settlement,
despite President Wilson's stand.
Iteply If "Direct" Language.
According to the Ei-cnini; .Vcies the
draft of the reply to President "Wilson's
note which has been prepared is "couched
In very direct language and. It Is said,
would Increase the tension of the situa
tion. "The Premier." adds the Evening
.Wu, "has decided in view of the Im
portance of the situation to make, a
statement on the matter In Parliament
In reply to a private question."
"It Is emphatically In t!'- 1'lghest In
terests of peace and good government
and In the larger Interests of humanity
that the counsels of Europe should not
be deprived of the cooperation of (he
United States," says the Evening Neics.
"The events of the next few days may
hold enormous consequences, and their
development will be watched with the
keenest anxiety."
The Pall Hall Gazette ?ays: "Europe
Is having Its open experience of the
Presidential temperament in the new
American note on the Adriatic difficulty.
This document roundly rejects the com
promise Just framed by the Entente and
threatens that If it is persisted In the
President will take no further part in
the Peace Conference. But this outcome,
regrettable as it may be. seems Inevi
table In nny case. If America declines
to bear any of the practical responsibili
ties of the settlement she can scarcely
claim any part in the shaping of Its
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