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FRANCIS WHITING HALSEY, the talented editor-author of this work, who died November 24, 1919, had practically completed the task that he had undertaken before he closed his eyes, so that the work of bringing the tenth and concluding volume down to date has involved very little additional labor.
His work has received a well-deserved meed of praise, which is reflected in the words of the Editor of The New York Times: -“This admirable account of the World War, intended primarily for general reading, will have its value for the historical student and for the seeker of source material because it preserves much vivid description of important scenes that might otherwise be lost and forgotten. The general reader will find its particular value in the fact that Mr. Halsey approached his task with a true perspective, and justly saw and accurately described the part taken by each nation involved in its due relation to the whole conflict and the final victory."
The tenth volume will be found to contain the history of the battles on the sea and of commerce raiders, a description of the work of the Peace Conference, sketches of fifty of the statesmen and military leaders, a summary of the League of Nations, and of the treaties of peace, and a chronology of events from the beginning of the war to the refusal of the United States Senate to ratify the Treaty of Versailles.
Born October 15, 1851, Francis Whiting Halsey was graduated from Cornell University in 1873. Two months after his graduation, he went to Binghamton, N. Y., where he edited The Binghamton Times for two years, and then obtained a position on the editorial staff of The New York Tribune, for which he served as foreign correspondent writing letters from the World's Fair in Paris, contributing book reviews as well as literary notes and articles until 1880, when he joined the staff of The New York Times. On this paper he worked for several years as foreign editor and critical reviewer, later be