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a Dutch reply which was both prompt and con-

piiicïve (*) _

The Belgian part of the canal Ghent-Terneuzen was brought up to its present dimensions by works executed in the years 1900-1910, as a result of an agreement between Holland and Belgium dated June 20th 1895, modified March 8th 1902. The dunens.ons of the profile of the canal are there fixed ent.rely m accordance with Belgian interests as indicated on the part of Belgium. No restrictions whatever were made on the part of Holland.

We may mention, however, that while the preparatory works were in progress the Dutch experts gave as their opinion that the proposed d.menstons chd not seem to them sufficiënt, with a v.ew to future development of the traffic. But of these observanons no account was taken by the Belgians.

On Dutch territory the original plans were carned out in constant touch with the Belgian Board of^ork and with its entire approbation. When in 1901, while the new locks at Terneuzen were m course of construction, it became evident that the works executed Ïc^nn to the convention of 1895 would notenable Ghent to compete with the larger ports, Holland showed herself perfectly willing to conform to the new Belgian desires, the result being a new agreement ta 1902. Ghent then profited by the fact hat the Dutch service of Public Works had always foreseen Ï necessity of eventual modificadons. It:ju> thus possible to give to the canal a depth of 8 m^75, and a bottom-width of 24 meters wlth a surf 67 meters, without excessively delaying the compleüon of the undertaking. On the Belgian part it was poslil to increase these dimensions stiirf-then because the work was not so far advanced there. What was done on Dutch territory was entirely in accordance

on thi. subject a very t* ^cle in the Nieuw Rotterdamsche Courant of March 28, 1919.

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