NEARING THE END
PARIS, April 5
There are many signs 'of the early termination of the deliberations of the "'Big Four." Mr Lloyd George has informed the Dominions' representatives that he expects to go to London at the end of the week to present the terms to Parliament.
Officials at the Quai d'Orsay informed French correspondents that the terms would be ready in a very fewdays.
The atmosphere is clearer, in spite of the new defiance of the Italians and the piteous final appeals of the Belgians. Practically nothing is known about the secret conclaves of the "Big. Four," but there is a predominant impression that things are going better. American correspondents say that Mr Wilson has been, forced by the dreadful condition of Europe, to concentrate all his energies upon an immediate peace. He is sacrificing many cherished ideas,, and leaving the League of Nations a mere shadow of what he had hoped it would be.
The "Echo de Paris" admits that the secrecy observed by the "Big Four" is foiling" all the journalists, and adds.: — There is reason to- believe that the terms will be "announced to the Parliaments before Easter.
The tone of the French Press is more optimistic and .generous towards Great" Britain and .America, though gravely anxious concerning the, general acceptance of the terms.
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PEACE CONFERENCE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919
PEACE CONFERENCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919
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