this drainage has to be effected in accordance with a convention dated from 1843, which, however, has never been fully carried out. Indeed, the nature of the soil has so changed in the course of time in consequence of the digging of canals, that the drainage system as outlined by the convention could no longer be followed. A Dutch-Belgian committee was instituted (1890) to draft new regulations for the drainage of Flanders. This committee has met several times. It is therefore quite incorrect to say, as has been done by the Belgians, that owing to Dutch dilatoriness, these works have not been heard of since 1908. The committee met at the Hague, Brussels and Sluys during the years immediately preceding the war, and the last time at Bruges in 1913.
A meeting was to have been held at the Hague in August 1914, but was rendered impossible by the war. It appears from all reports published by the committee, that the Belgian members have always greatly appreciated the work of the Dutch chairman, and it is certainly not the latter gentleman who is to be blamed for the interruption of the sessions.
In the work of surveying the district under discussion the Dutch have not shown themselves less active than the Belgians. They ask for nothing better than to resumé these labours with the briefest possible delay. Desiderata submitted by the Belgians will be taken into account in the most conciliatory spirit.
g) The Bouchoute fishermen.
The Belgians complain of the reclaiming, by means of dykes, of the Braakman, a work commenced in 1918, and which has robbed the fishermen of Bouchoute, a small fishing-village on Belgian territory, of a harbour which they had long been in the habit of using. It is however never mentioned at the same time that the work of constructing another and better harbour for these fishermen close to the Isabella Lock was begun