Foreign News: Budget and Ultimatum

To chunky Premier Doumergue, Death's visit to his parlor (see above) was the climax to an exhausting week. At long last France saw prospects of a balanced budget, when the Cabinet met with President Lebrun and signed five of the emergency decrees outlined fortnight ago (TIME, April 16) which will pare $264,000,000 from government expenses. BUT the balance will be possible only if France's gigantic army of civil servants and her War veterans agree to accept the projected cuts in salaries and pensions.

France's veterans, realizing the emergency, were considerably more tractable than...