Amid the titanic weariness of delegates, the 21-nation Paris Peace Conference headed into its final week. In a slogging windup of committee work (before sending treaty texts to plenary sessions), Paris diplomats had argued and counter-drafted till sunrise, two nights in a row. On the third night, grappling with the economic clauses of the Balkan treaties, they reeled off 17 hours of continuous session—broken only by a ten-minute recess at 4 a.m. to permit delegates to get bracers before the bar closed. At the finish, U.S. Economist Willard Thorp slumped down...

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