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(Received April 3, 10,30 a.m.) . . PA3IS, April 1. The discussion concerning the Franco-German frontier is likely to be prolonged. The French tenaciously demand something more than a compromise over the Saar Valley. Not merely on historical grounds do they persist in their claim, but on the ground that the whole economical life of Al-sace-Lorraine is dependent on the Saar coal fields.

French military experts strongly favour the self-government of Khineland under the League of Nations' control, with the establishment of small Allied garrisons along the iihine. A committee is being formed to undertake the work of constituting the permanent machinery of tlie'lie'ague of Nations.

It is reported that General Smuts will be,entrusted 'with, a special civilian mission to Budapest.

The feeling in Paris is much; more optimistic now that the Germans will sign the treaty, it is intended i when German peace delegates come to France that they will be quartered in the Grand Trainon Hotel, Versailles, where the Supreme Allied War Council is located. , This is chosen because the building „is well '\ away from town in a; some what secluded .position.. , ::'. ■ _..i.. ].'','.-. ■-■■•' '*' "'"

The Executive of the Berne Socialist Congress has asked^ I/prd Cecil to hasten the iriclusibri'of-Germany and Russia into, the LeagueviipfcNatipns. It is also hoped that.^iio mandatories will be given until th6|jEeagiie,'3s formed. On this point i t Cecil said that. the mandatories .must^'be issued as early as possiblQil ass Mk^ 11 territories needed tonbe"brought-iinder settled Governments forthwith.

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FRENCH CLAIMS EXPLAINED. SMUTS' NEW MISSION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9576, 3 April 1919

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FRENCH CLAIMS EXPLAINED. SMUTS' NEW MISSION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9576, 3 April 1919

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