Hemphill, Alexander J. / "Belgium under the surface"
"Belgium under the surface" PDF (1.7 MB)
"Belgium under the Surface" Personal Observations of Alexander J. Hemphill, Treasurer of the Commission BELGIANS' INDOMITABLE SPIRIT 600,000 Little Ones in Belgium Need a Special Diet to Keep Them Alive Communal Herds formed to provide Milk for Thou- sands of Suffering Children Mr. A. J. HEMPHILL, Chairman of the Guaranty Trust Company of New York, has just returned after a visit to Belgium and Ger- many. He was also received by King Albert. Mr. Hemphill, who acts as Treasurer of the Neutral Commis- sion for Relief, crossed the Atlantic to see for himself the condi- tions in the German occupied part of Belgium and to investigate the distribution of the relief supplies to which the American people have generously contributed. In order to secure permission to enter Belgium he had to go to Berlin, where he spent the better part of a week. In an interview, Mr. Hemphill said "I was greatly impressed while in Berlin with the difference of opinion which exists among prominent Germans as to the advis- ability of permitting the continuation of the present-system of reliev- ing the Belgians in Belgium. The shortage of food supplies in Germany itself, owing to the allied blockade, has given rise to con- siderable criticism of the German Gwvernment's action in agreeing to the Allies' demand, as a condition of continued relief imports, that the whole of the home-grown food supplies in Belgium should be devoted to the sole use of the Belgians. An influential German section maintains that at least a portion of these supplies are, under the Hague Convention, the rightful support of the occupying army, and that so long as there is any possibility of German women and children and German soldiers being in want of food these Belgian native productions should be taken by the German Army for this purpose. CRITICISM IN BERLIN. "Another criticism levelled at the German Government is that the policy of permitting relief supplies to be distributed merely prolongs the passive resistance which is still practically universal among the seven million Belgians who are under German rule. How- ever, despite the serious opposition on both these scores, I am con- fident that the more humane policy authorized by the German Chancellor will continue to prevail.
This material may be protected by copyright law (e.g., Title 17, US Code).| For information on re-use see: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Copyright