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Extracts from British newspapers commenting on the Treaty, 30 June 1919
(By permission of the British Library)

Source 4a




The Prime Minister arrived in London from Paris last evening, and was met at Victoria Station by the King and the Prince of Wales. A popular welcome was given to Mr. Lloyd George on his return from the Peace Conference.

For considerably more than an hour before the special train was due, the platform had been barricaded off, and the body of the station rapidly filled with the general public. On the reserved portion of the platform there was a distinguished gathering of Ministers and others, including Mr. Shortt, Mr. Churchill, Sir A. Mond, Major-General Seely, Mr. Illingworth, Sir L. Worthington-Evans, and Sir Hamar Greenwood, the Lord Mayor, the Mayor of Westminster, General Sir N. Macready (Commissioner of Police), and Major-General Sir H. Trenchard.

The King, who was attended by Major Seymour and Colonel Clive Wigram, arrived at the station at 6.30, the Prime Minister's train steaming in six minutes later. As it drew up, his Majesty, with Mrs. Lloyd George, crossed the platform to the Prime Minister's saloon, and when Mr. Lloyd George alighted greeted him with a cordial handshake. Mrs. Lloyd George had for these few moments stood a little apart, and the Prime Minister, suddenly becoming aware of her presence, clasped her round the waist and kissed her. The Prime Minister then shook hands with the Prince of Wales.

Mr. Lloyd George was accompanied on the journey from Paris by Lord Milner, Sir Henry Wilson, General Botha, General Smuts, and Mr. Barnes, Mr. Balfour having remained in Paris. The Prime Minister looked careworn and tired, but all his old buoyancy asserted itself as he met the King, and later he drove through the acclaiming crowds that lined the approaches to the station.

Source 4b


[The cartoon shows a group of figures in front of what appears to be a prison gate. One figure, much larger than the rest, has wings and represents 'Peace'. Peace looks upwards, but is prevented from flying because she is chained to a large metal ball labelled 'Treaty 1919'. Behind her are three men, representing Clemenceau, Lloyd George and Wilson. One of them holds a key. The caption reads:]


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