From the New York Times
By EDWIN I. JAMES.
Copyright, 1922 by The New York Times Company.
Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES
LAUSANNE, Dec. 1.--A black page of modern history was written here today.
Ismet Pasha stood before the statesmen of the civilized world and admitted
that the banishment from Turkish territory of nearly a million Christian
Greeks, who were two million only a few short years ago had been decreed.
The Turkish Government graciously allows two more weeks for the great
The statesmen of the civilized powers accepted the Turkish dictum and set
about ways to get those thousands of Greeks out of harm's way before they
should meet the fate of 800,000 Armenians who were massacred in Anatolia in
1910 and 1917.
New Light on Turkish Massacres.
Here, in the beauty of the Winter sunshine of the Swiss Alps, diplomats have
been for ten days talking political problems with the Turks, treating them
as equals. Massacre and bloodshed seemed far away. But today a change took
place, and a new light was thrown on the situation. The facts are not new:
the world knows the Turks' cruelty and massacres. But the way their crimes
were presented this afternoon came like a clever stage effect.
As an audience may change from smiles to tears, the diplomats here seem to
have had their souls touched today as Lord Curzon unfolded the sinister
story of the fate of the Greeks in Asia Minor; and today's events cannot but
fail to have an important effect on the final settlement. In all probability
no treaty will be written at this session, and in two weeks the conference will be adjourned, it is
believed, to meet again in a month or six weeks. In the meanwhile the Turks
will have time to think things over and become more reasonable or face the
Today's meeting was scheduled under the simple heading: "Exchange of
Prisoners." The delegates rolled in luxurious automobiles to the old
chateau. They left it two hours later with solemn faces. Within the ancient
walls the shades of murdered thousands had poured to have their say.
Venizelos · Possibly the greatest
Greek politician of the 20th century. He was Prime Minister of
Greece during the most trying of times.