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Says He Never Feared Real Difficulties Arising with England

FEBRUARY 23, 1916

PARIS, Feb. 22.--Lord Bryce, who heads the British delegation to the Anglo-French Parliamentary conference, has given an interview to The Paris Journal.

"The situation in the United States is much too complicated and changes too quickly from day to day," he said, "for me to be able to form any conjectures as to the manner in which events concerning the Washington Government are liable to develop. There is, however, one thing which should be known, ad it is that the sympathies of the great majority of the American people go out clearly and indisputably to the Allies. I never had the slightest fear of real difficulties arising between the United States and the Allies, because it is hardly necessary for me to say that there are historical reasons why a genuine friendship should be felt in the United States for France and Great Britain."

Lord Bryce expressed his satisfaction at the fall of Erzerum. He said:

"The cause of the Armenians is especially dear to me. There is no people in the world which has suffered more. It has been a victim not of religious fanaticism, but of cold-blooded, premeditated hatred on the part of the brigands who term themselves the Turkish Government and who do not intend to permit the existence of any national vitality except in their own element."

Although he had just got in touch with the members of the French Senate conferences, Lord Bryce said he already felt that the meetings and the exchanges of views would be of the greatest benefit both during and after the war. "The great problem which the allied Governments will have to face at the end of hostilities." he said. "will be the creation of some instrument able for all time to prevent a conflagration such as now plunges Europe in desolation."

A hard copy of this article or hundreds of others from the time of the Armenian Genocide can be found in The Armenian Genocide: News Accounts From The American Press: 1915-1922