INTERNATIONAL: Trades and Traders

Years after World War I ended, many students of international affairs were surprised to learn that all during the war years limited trade was carried on by French and German businessmen through Switzerland and by German and British traders through The Netherlands. Last week, in the Chilton Co. steel trade publication Iron Age, Paul Fidrmuc, one of the magazine's correspondents, claimed to have uncovered a similar trading agreement in operation now between warring France and Germany, with neutral Belgium this time the intermediary.

Correspondent Fidrmuc's findings: France recently bought 4,000,000 tons...

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