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Mail Tribune 100 Aug. 24, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Aug. 23, 1919, continued

LIEUT. TOOZE TO GIVE ‘CLOSE UP’ OF THE BIG FOUR

First Lieut. Lamar Tooze, the Oregon boy who has just returned from a year’s overseas duty with the Ninety-first division, will be in Medford August 25, Monday evening, and will give an account of his experience as a soldier of 27 months’ service in America, France and Belgium and his observations of the present international situation gained while a student of the Sorbonne, Paris, for four months following the armistice.

Lieut. Tooze is able to give an intimate glimpse of the men who guided the destinies of the world at Paris. On two occasions he saw the “Big Four” and many other notabilities who would have seemed notable had they not been overshadowed by President Wilson, Clemenceau, Lloyd George and Barron Sonio. It is a well know fact that the movements of these personages were carefully guarded during the sessions of the peace conference, particularly, after the attempt had been made on the life of M. Clemenceau. Lieut. Tooze, when asked how he got the chance to see the “Big Four” was reluctant to give the details but finally this story was extracted:

In company with Major Hal H. Rasch, of Portland, of his regiment, (364th infantry,) he passed his first leave in Paris. Several days after their arrival, the newspapers announced that the representatives of the allied nations would meet at Quai d’Orsay in full session. “How are we going to get in?” they asked each other. “I know how we will get in,” declared the major, “And we won’t spend half our leave in looking up credentials.” The meeting was held at the French foreign office. Gendarmes and poilus had been drawn up at the main entrance and an expectant crowd of people, waiting to get a glimpse of the celebrities were wedging themselves close as they were permitted to do so by the guards. The major and lieutenant decided that they would look around. After a short search, they located a private entrance to the court guarded by a single gendarme. Without even glancing at the guard they walked, in a business like way, into the yard and stationed themselves at the doorway through which all of the representatives were to enter.

At last the automobiles commenced to arrive and within a space of 15 minutes, they saw the “Big Four,” Marshal Foch, Balfour, all the American and French representatives, and many others. All seemed in the attitude of business men going to a directors’ meeting. President Wilson was the only one who seemed to be taking things leisurely. He has time enough to tip his hat to the officers’ salute and greeted them with a “Good morning, Gentlemen.” Two days later, they saw the same group, using the same tactics to gain entrance.

The lecture is to be give for the benefit of the Women’s Building of the University of Oregon.

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