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Dutch character has been demonstrated above, must by its very nature cause some delay in the service. Yet it is believed on the Dutch side that everything is done to reduce the loss of time to a minimum. Necessary improvements have always been carried out with the greatest promptitude. It will also in future always be possible to discuss the means of eliminating still existing practical inconveniences. It will however be clear that it is not at all necessary to assail, with respect to such a small matter, the principles which at present govern the Dutch-Belgian relations. Even the cession to Belgian of the enclave of Maestricht, a proposition which cannot, as has been shown, be entertained for a moment, would not solve all the difficulties. So long as the Meuse remains unnavigable through lack of water, the -principal obstacle which hampers navigation in this region will continue to exist. The way to remove all causes of trouble tó Dutch and Belgians alike, is to improve by joint efforts the waterway of the Méuse.

k) The canalisation of the Meuse in Limburg.

The Belgians sometimes complain of the condition of the Meuse in Limburg, alleging that Holland has not done her duty with regard to the navigability of this river and the regulation of its waters. Holland maintains the contrary. She ventures to assert that it is herself and her province of Limburg which have cause for complaint in the lack of cooperation on the part of Belgium in setting up a satisfactory system of regulating the condition of the river. This is plainly shown by the history of the canalization of the Meuse. If the Belgians complain that the Meuse is not navigable after it has entered Dutch territory and that the trade of Liége is hampered in consequence, the facts are there to prove that the Belgians themselves have prevented the development of the Meuse as a navigable

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