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g) The fishermen of Bouchoute and the Isabella Lock;

h) Proposed new connections with the-Rhine;

/') The Communications of Antwerp with the German hinterland;

/') Navigation in the "enclave" of Maestricht; *) The canalizatión of the Meuse in Limburg.

a) The closing of the Eastern Scheldt and the connection with the Rhine. The canal of Hansweert.

Holland has been reproached by Belgium on account of the closing of the Sloe and the Eastern Scheldt measures which were alleged to be prejudicial to thé shipping on the Western Scheldt. The very opposite is the case. This measure, which had been considered by the Dutch Government since 1846, in the interest of traffic on the Eastern Scheldt, has, as a matter of fact, also served to correct the currents in the Western Scheldt. This was acknowledged by a Belgian diplomat Baron Guillaume, in his book l'Escaut depuis 1830 (vol. II, p. 80, c. 3). In spite ofallefforts to the contrary the Eastern Scheldt was rapidly becommg choked up. The construction of the canal of Hansweert, connecting the two arms of the Scheldt, has considerably improved the situation. Holland simply' availed herself of her right to cut off an existing commumcation between Rhine and Scheldt, a right which had been granted to her by clause 9, paragraph 8 of the Treaty of 1839, but at the same time she scrupulously observed her contractual obligation tö replace this communication by another, equally safe and practicable waterway. This canal has, moreover, been continually improved and enlarged ever since. At the moment of wnhng an important enlargement of the locks is in course of construction.

In passing through this canal, ships may possibly expenence a certain amount of delay. This is a drawback common to all canals. But the inconvenience was very much greater on the Eastern Scheldt, where it was

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