(Received April 16, 1 p.in,) LOxnDuN, April 13. There are said to have been differences in Paris over financial matters between the Allies and America. They revolve around the abrogation of certain treaties and contractual matters, that leave America, which abrogates nothing, in a strong position compared to her associates in the war. Three months ago, sixty-three delegates were sitting round the table, but these have gradually dwindled to. four, meeting at their respective residences iii turn, deciding the fate of the world: The other delegates from all parts of the world are merely marionettes who now and again meet at the Quai d'Orsay to adopt the findings on the subject. They have never discussed the Peace Treaty that has been made, and no one outside the "Big Four" will know th-e terms till these are delivered to the Germans. Mr W. M. Hughes was cleverly switched on to the most difficult of all Commissions, the Reparation Commission, which spent most of its time in endeavouring to discover the scope of the meaning of reparation. Finally, the "Big Four" took the function into its own hands. Mr Hughes and the other Dominion representatives have clone good spade-work on the Commission's committees, but at a great waste of time, for their position has been largely that of onlookers. Nevertheless they are consoled by their signatures appearing on the treaties, and their names will go down to posterity.
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UNWANTED DELEGATES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919
UNWANTED DELEGATES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919
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