THE CONGRESS: Legislative Week: Mar. 19, 1928

That ardent Communist, M. Le Deputy Pioqemal, pounded furiously upon his desk in the Chamber, last week, thus sounding the familiar prelude to one of his eruptions.

The Chamber had been debating with approval certain changes and relaxations of the bill recently introduced to curb the activities in France of foreign oilmen (TIME, Feb. 27).

In its new form the measure had been shorn of provisions to create a French monopoly of oil vending in France. Deputy Pioqemal, pounding his desk, demanded to know why these provisions had been knocked out. Answering his own question he cried: "I assert that the Cabinet...