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This Supplement to Foreign Relations is the last in the series relating to the World War. The period covered by the volume extends in general from April 6, 1917, when the United States entered the war, to November 11, 1918, the date of the armistice with Germany. The subjects treated were not included in Supplement 2 for 1917 and Supplement 1 for 1918, as they are best considered in their continuous development over the entire period of belligerency.
The general principles followed in compiling the volume are given in the preface to Foreign Relations, 1914, Supplement, pp. iii-iv.
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LIST OF PRINCIPAL PERSONS
AHLGREN, G., Swedish Counselor of Legation and Chargé d'Affaires in Turkey.
d'Affaires from April 25.
d'Affaires from July 30. BARTON, James L., Chairman of the American Committee for Armenian and
Syrian Relief. BELDEN, Perry, United States Secretary of Legation in Colombia; Chargé
d'Affaires. BELT, John W., United States Secretary of Legation in Honduras; Chargé
d'Affaires, January 18 to February 9. BERTRAND, Francisco, President of Honduras. BRUN, Constantin, Danish Minister at Washington. BURLESON, Albert S., Postmaster General of the United States. CALDWELL, John L., United States Minister to Persia. CALONDER, Felix L., President of the Swiss Confederation. CHAMORRO, Gen. Emiliano, President of Nicaragua. CLEMENCEAU, Georges, French Premier and Minister of War. CRAWFORD, Sir Richard, Commercial Adviser of the British Embassy at Wash
ington. CROSBY, Oscar T., Assistant Secretary of the Treasury of the United States;
President of the Inter-Allied Council on War Purchases and Finance. CURTIS, Charles B., United States Secretary of Legation in Honduras; Chargé
d'Affaires, February 9 to October 1. DA GAMA, Domicio, Brazilian Ambassador at Washington. DANIELS, Josephus, Secretary of the Navy of the United States. DAVIS, John W., Solicitor General of the United States to November 21; mem
ber of the American Commission to the American-German Prisoners of War Conference at Berne, September 24-November 11; United States
Ambassador to Great Britain from November 21. Davis, Norman H., United States Treasury representative at London and Paris. DAVISON, Henry P., Chairman of the War Council of the American Red Cross. De BROQUEVILLE, Baron Charles, Belgian Prime Minister and Minister of Food
Supplies. DE CARTIER DE MARCHIENNE, E., Belgian Minister at Washington; Appointed
Ambassador from September 13, 1919. DE CHAMBRUN, Charles, French Counselor of Embassy at Washington ; Chargé
d'Affaires, December, 1918, to June, 1919. DE IPANEMA MOREIRA, Alberto, Brazilian Counselor of Embassy at Washington;
Chargé d'Affaires from October 20.