The indignation of the Italians over the denial of their claims to the Adriatic coast at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 caused the temporary return of the Italian delegate (Signor Orlando) to Rome. His abrupt departure was the occasion of a considerable display of Latin temperament. On the evening in question, British Prime Minister A. J. Balfour rose from the dinner table in his apartment in the Rue Nitot. "I must go now and put on my wading boots," he told his companions, raising fears that he too might be leaving. They were soon reassured: "To say goodbye to Orlando," Balfour explained. "He was in tears when I left him and I have no reason to suppose that he has stopped crying since."
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