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STUPID LITTLE QUARREL.

POLAND AND DANZIG.

COMEDY OF THE "CORRIDOR." That august body the Permanent Court of International Justice has-been bringing its .mind down to tho examination of a stupid little quarrel between Poland and the city of Danzig. Poland is an inland country, and in order to give her trade communications with the sea a "Corridor" was cut by tho Peace Treaty to tho German port of Danzig, dividing Germany into two parts; and Danzig was made a Free City, separate from Germany, but controlled in many ways by Poland. Both in tho Corridor and in Danzig tho great majority of the people are Germans and not Poles.

One of tho rights given to Poland in Danzig was to send her own mails through the city to foreign countries, so that there aro two separate postal systems in Danzig, worked by tho city and by Poland independently. Until this year Poland merely had her separate post office, from which hor letters wore sent inland by train or outward by boat; but a few months ago she put up letter boxes all over Danzig with her own coat of arms on them. This made the Danzig peoplo angry, and they painted out tho Polish arms and painted in the German national colours.

This silly littlo dispute has bcoi) going on ever since. First the High Commissioner was appealed to, and then the Leaguo Council; and the Council passed it on to the International Court. Now tho Court has decided that the Poles are legally entitled to their letter boxes, but that they must only be put up in "the port of Danzig," and not in the rest of the city. It has, however, left it for somebody else to decide how much of Danzig is "the port," so that the dispute is not settled even yet. Thia kind of dispute is constantly happening in Danzig and the Corridor. When trains get to the edge of the Corridor all the German officials have to leavo it and Polish officials lake their places. The doors aro locked, and no ono may move till the train gets into German territory again on the other side for fear of smuggling,

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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19097, 15 August 1925

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STUPID LITTLE QUARREL. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19097, 15 August 1925

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