German soldiers to inflame the Belgians against the Dutch. By the official publication of a great number of sworn depositions, the result of a minute inquiry, the Dutch government were at once in a position to prove the groundlessness of this accusation. Rather than agree to the free passage of German troops across their soil, the Dutch nation would have done what Belgium did, and have taken up arms to oppose them. Never, during any part of the war, has Holland permitted or facilitated the passage of German troops. Never before the war had she contemplated ever to do so. Contrary to certain Belgian insinuations, the construction of doublé track railways in South Limburg and Brabant had been undertaken solely with a view to the economie development of these districts.
It is also not correct to say that Holland had left South Limburg without defences. The moment has not yet come to explain in detail the strategie system adopted by Holland during the last few years. But there can be no harm in stating that since the outbreak of the war this system has by no means been confined to a system of offering resistance in the heart of the country only. The fact that the field army was stationed in Limburg and Brabant proves the contrary. And at the outbreak of hostilities the military forces in Limburg were considerably increased.
Holland energetically protests against these accusations according to which Limburg has afforded facilities to the Germans.
In "La question du Limbourg", published by the "Comité de Politique nationale beige", it is alleged that in August 1914 or later, German airmen were allowed over the Meuse. This is contrary to the truth.
As to the attitude of the Dutch government with regard to the passage of retreating German troops in November 1918 after the signing of the armistice, it has been very fully explained in official statements. Permission was granted for these Germans to pass through, after they had been disarmed and deprived of their baggage, with a view to furthering the liqui-