this drainage has to be effected in accordance. with a conveXn dated from 1843, which however, ha never been fully carried out. Indeed, the nature of Z so* has so changed in the course of tune n conseauence of the digging of canals, that the dramage system as outlined by the convention could no lonóer be followed. A Dutch-Belgian committee was fnstituted (1890) to draft new regulations for the drainage oTSSuk' This committee has met several times. t is therefore quite incorrect to say, as has been done l £tl*L ^t owing to Dutch dilatonness these works have not been heard of since 1908. The committee met at the Hague, Brussels and Sluys duTingl 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 AuguTl914 but was rendered impossible bythewar. U aplars from all reports published by the commitïe that the Belgian members have always greatly ro0reciated the work of the Dutch chairman and it TceSly 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 Be gians. They ask for nothing better than to e ume these labours with the briefest possible detay. 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 nf dvkes of the Braakman, a work cpmmenced in 1918 and'which has robbed the fishermen of Bouchoute
«l^fishing-village on Belgian territory, of a harbqur *^lï^ W in the habit of using It is
Lwever never mentioned at the same time that the ZlTof constructing another and better harbour for These fi hermen close to the Isabella Lock was begun