THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE VOLUME I

THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE VOLUME I

by Burton J. Hendrick

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CONTENTS

VOLUME I

CHAPTER PAGE
I. A RECONSTRUCTION BOYHOOD 1
II. JOURNALISM 32
III. "THE FORGOTTEN MAN" 64
IV. THE WILSONIAN ERA BEGINS 102
V. ENGLAND BEFORE THE WAR 132
VI. "POLICY" AND "PRINCIPLE" IN MEXICO 175
VII. PERSONALITIES OF THE MEXICAN PROBLEM 215
VIII. HONOUR AND DISHONOUR IN PANAMA 232
IX. AMERICA TRIES TO PREVENT THE EUROPEAN WAR 270
X. THE GRAND SMASH 301
XI. ENGLAND UNDER THE STRESS OF WAR 327
XII. "WAGING NEUTRALITY" 357
XIII. GERMANY'S FIRST PEACE DRIVES 398

CHAPTER I

A RECONSTRUCTION BOYHOOD

I


The earliest recollections of any man have great biographical interest,
and this is especially the case with Walter Page, for not the least
dramatic aspect of his life was that it spanned the two greatest wars in
history. Page spent his last weeks in England, at Sandwich, on the coast
of Kent; every day and every night he could hear the pounding of the
great guns in France, as the Germans were making their last desperate
attempt to reach Paris or the Channel ports. His memories of his
childhood days in America were similarly the sights and sounds of war.
Page was a North Carolina boy; he has himself recorded the impression
that the Civil War left upon his mind.

"One day," he writes, "when the cotton fields were white and the elm
leaves were falling, in the soft autumn of the Southern climate wherein
the sky is fathomlessly clear, the locomotive's whistle blew a much
longer time than usual as the train approached Millworth. It did not
stop at so small a station except when there was somebody to get off or
to get on, and so long a blast meant that someone was coming. Sam and I
ran down the avenue of elms to see who it was. Sam was my Negro
companion, philosopher, and friend. I was ten years old and Sam said
that he was fourteen. There was constant talk about the war. Many men of
the neighbourhood had gone away somewhere--that was certain; but Sam and
I had a theory that the war was only a story. We had been fooled about
old granny Thomas's bringing the baby and long ago we had been fooled
also about Santa Claus. The war might be another such invention, and we
sometimes suspected that it was. But we found out the truth that day,
and for this reason it is among my clearest early recollections.

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BN ID: 2940013410282
Publisher: SAP
Publication date: 09/21/2011
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