TELEGRAM FROM SIR GEORGE GRAHAME TO EARL CURZON.
French public opinion seems to be somewhat uneasy at the
opposition which is being shown by the American Senate to the
Treaty of Versailles, and more than ever inclined to appreciate
the prompt action of the British Parliament in the matter.
Monsieur Saint Brice, who writes on foreign affairs for the
"Journal" comments on the difference between the executive
powers of European Parliaments and those of the Senate of
America, where an opposition of one-third of the members suffice
to nullify a treaty, and where the Senate has moreover the
right to modify the texts submitted for its approval. He
quotes as an example what happened to the first Hay-Pauncefort
Treaty of 1900.
While it is hardly conceivable, continues Monsieur Saint
Brice, that any spirit of party or internal rivalry should
outweigh the importance of the mighty international problems
settled at Versailles, and while it is impossible to believe,
until the contrary be proved, that America is prepared alone
to assume the responsibility of making such an incredible
muddle of things, he expresses the opinion that it is
nevertheless desirable that the European Powers, if they do not
wish to see their signatures dishonoured by the American Senate,
should watch what is happening on the other side of the