Never Would Have Signed Had They Known Program
Boast the Hun Delegates
Complain They Were Treated on Different Status to Allies - Only Two Flies in the Ointment During Great Day at Historic Hall of Mirrors
Chinese delegates not present; Gen. Smut Registers Protest
Clemenceau Gives Stern Warning to Germans They Are Expected to Observe Treaty Loyally - Crowds in Enthusiasm Press in on Three Allied Leaders
(Associated Press Despatch.)
VERSAILLES, June 29. - World Peace was signed and sealed in the historic Hall of Mirrors at Versailles Saturday afternoon, but under circumstances which somewhat dimmed the expectations of those who had worked and fought during long years of war and months of negotiations for its achievement.
The absence of the Chinese delegates who at the last moment were unable to reconcile themselves to the Shantung settlement, and left the Eastern Empire outside the formal purviews of peace, struck the first discordant note in the assembly.
A written protest which Gen. Jan Christian Smuts lodged with his signature was another disappointment to the makers of the treaty.
Huns Not Reconciled.
But bulking larger was the attitude of Germany and the German dignitaries, which left them, as evident from the official program of the day and from the expression of M. Clemenceau still outside any formal reconciliation, and made actual restoration to regular relations and intercourse with the allied nations dependent, not upon the signature of the "preliminaries of peace" to-day, but upon reaffirmation by the National Assembly.
To M. Clemenceau's stern warning in his opening remarks that they would be expected, and held, to observe the treaty provisions loyally and completely, the German delegates, through Dr. Haniel von Heimhausen, replied after returning to the hotel that had they known they would be treated to a different status after signing than the allied representatives, as shown by their separate exist before the general body of the conference, they never would have signed.
A Tone of Relief
Under the circumstances the general tone of sentiment in the historic sitting was one rather of relief at the incontrovertible end of hostilities than of complete and unalloyed satisfaction.
The ceremony came to a dramatic close - in fact, reached its highest dramatic pitch - with the wildly enthusiastic reception of M. Clemenceau, Mr. Lloyd George and President Wilson by the crowds outside the palace, who ignored or disregarded the minor discords of the day. They tore the three statesmen from their escorts and almost carried them bodily in their progress through the chateau grounds to watch the playing of the fountains.