Washington and the riddle of peace

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byHerbert George Wells

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922. Excerpt: ... VI THE FIRST MEETING Washington, Nov. 13. It was difficult at first to imagine the conference as anything more than an admirably well managed social occasion. Continental Hall is a quite charming building, not too big for intimacy, not too small for a sufficient gathering of people. The chief members of the delegations had still to assemble; they were to sit at green baize covered tables in the body of the hall. About this central arena sat the massed attaches, and under the galleries the press representatives. In the boxes clustered the ladies of the diplomatic world. Members of the House of Representatives, the Senators, their friends and a sprinkling of privileged people occupied the big galleries above. There was a great chatter of conversation when I entered. Everybody was greeting friends, flitting from group to group. It was one of those gatherings where everybody seemed to know everybody. Socially, it was extraordinarily like a very smart first night in a prominent London theatre. "Last time I came to America," I found myself saying, "I brought a silk hat and morning coat, and never wore them once. Now everybody seems to be wearing a morning coat and a silk hat." It was the sort of occasion one dresses for. And that was the tone of the conversation. It was difficult to believe that this gathering could be the beginning of anything of supreme historical importance. Came a slight hush in the conversation. The delegates appeared, all with tremendously familiar faces taken out of the illustrated papers. They disposed themselves in their seats in leisurely fashion. One seat remained vacant for a time--the seat of the President. Then appeared President Harding, and there was a great clapping of hands. It became more and more like a first night. Then a h...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922. Excerpt: ... VI THE FIRST MEETING Washington, Nov. 13. It was difficult at first to imagine the conference as anything more than an admirab...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217308910

ISBN - 13:9780217308915

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