ECONOMIC FRONT: Hot Spot

Rumania continued last week to occupy the hottest neutral spot in Europe as Germany and the Allies continued to high-pressure her over oil. A Rumanian statesman once said, "Better give them oil than blood." But by last week Rumanian statesmen almost wished Rumania had no oil. It was beginning to smell of blood.

In London, Rumania's Minister, Dr. Viorel Virgil Tilea, called on Lord Halifax at the Foreign Office to try to answer two searching British questions: 1) Was Rumania planning to increase the oil quota for Germany which Britain thought reasonable when,...

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