with the desires expressed by the Belgians, whilst the Dutch had laid stress on the advantage of adopting larger dimensions from the start.
In the Dutch section vessels may pass one another any where, whilst the bridges are the same width as on the Belgian side (27 meters). The Dutch section as well as the Belgian one is lighted over its entire length with electricity.
It may, therefore, be said with perfect truth that navigation in the Dutch section of the canal is provided for in an entirely satisfactory manner and with all good faith. Which does not prevent new arrangements from being discussed between the two governments and their services of Public Works in a friendly spirit.
Nothing can be more just than that the improvements to the canal should have been defrayed by Belgium. They were made exclusively to serve Belgium interests. The execution of these works on Dutch territory was by no means exclusively entrusted to Dutch contractors. Belgian contractors had a large share in the work. On the other hand the works in the port of Terneuzen, which concern Dutch interests, have never cost Belgium a penny.
The annual cost of the upkeep and the service of the canal which in accordance with the convention is defrayed by Belgium, and which amounts to a sum of 94.500 florins, cannot be considered excessive for a canal of such importance.
The Dutch budget for 1919 shows for the upkeep of this year, exclusive of salaries, a sum of 113.000 florins payable by the Netherlands.
f) The Drainage of Flanders.
Belgian Flanders being obliged to drain off its superfluous water across the territory of Dutch Flanders, the Belgians complain that this drainage is not effected in the proper manner. The truth is as follows: