Would every necessary improvement be brought about at once if the Scheldt were Belgian territory?
The improvements of the Scheldt near Antwerp, where Belgium is absolute mistress, have for years been the subtct of diffuse discussions, by which tha the cause of delay is not to be sought m the joint administration of the Dutch mouth of the
"tuier Belgian grievance is that the mixed committee have not the right to present their views with llrd to the construction of dykes and polders .long
he banks. According to the treaties Holland is, indeed under no obligation to submit these questions to the
ommittee. Belgium cannot ^^^TZ shall be consulted on works executed outt.de
channel of the Western Scheldt and its Article 9, paragraph 2, of the treaty
powers of thePcommittee expressly to the river prope, There is however, no shadow of proof in support
of the allegation that Dutch works of this nature have
Irdsed a' bad influence on the Scheldt as a navigable
W ThTTreation of fresh polders in Dutch Flanders by the Dutch follows a normal course without ever being
pushed to extremes. dyked in until
Newlv or ginated mud-flats are nevci uy they have arrived "at maturity" by natural accreüon, i e when they are no longer submerged at h.ght.de.
c) The pilotage charges.
It is sometimes said that the charges for pilotage on the Scheldt are used by the Dutch
sentations on h ub, c, ho ^ ^ ^
r^u^h-gtlfthtn that of Rotterdam. The pi ot ge" AnLrp by way of the Scheldt ,s therefore