One of the twelve richest men in Europe is Belgium's picturesque, choleric Emile Francqui. Like the late great Cecil Rhodes, he found his fortune and lost his temper beneath the blazing sun of Africa—Belgian Congo. Three years ago, as Finance Minister, he won world fame by ''saving'' (stabilizing) the Belgian franc (TIME, Nov. 8, 1926). For the past month he has represented Belgium on the Second Dawes Committee which is striving at Paris to revise the Dawes Plan (TIME, Feb. 18, et seq.). Last week a news leak from the secret Committee...

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