Tasker Bliss letter to Nellie Bliss
April 28, 1919
The next thing to find out is Japan's attitude. Their head delegate, Chinda, says that if we do not recognize all her rights of conquest in China, she will refuse to sign the treaty and decline to enter the League of Nations. This makes some of us afraid that some concession will be made to Japan that will be irreconcilable with our attitude towards the Italian claims. My advice is let them both go, if they want to go. It is time to clear the air - to draw a line on one side of which will stand the robbers and on the other side the honest men.
Last week Mde Jusserrand came to ask me, in the name of her husband to go with a party on a special train given by the French government, to visit the devastated area. We left at 11 P.M. Saturday night (Apr. 26) and came back at 10 P.M. last night. I send you herewith everything that they gave us to illustrate the trip. It was interesting to note how grudgingly the French members of the party admitted that all of the destruction at Lens was done by the British Army, which also did a good deal of damage elsewhere.
We are going to have a session of the Peace Conference (Plenary Session) at 3 P.M. today. I hope that we may then have at least a partial "show-down" of the Japanese position.
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