BELGIUM: New Cabinet

BELGIUM New Cabinet

In the grey winter dawn, women & children picked hungrily through Brussels garbage bins. Au Bon Marché, the city's biggest department store, put on a bitter window display: at a table sat a cadaverous old man, muffled against the winter and staring dully at his rations. Signs announced that he was getting 1,000 calories a day, less than the minimum necessary for healthy life.

That was Belgium's mood as Hubert Pierlot, Premier through five years of peace & war, plodded to the rostrum of Parliament. He knew, and the 180 Deputies knew, that this would be his farewell address....

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