BELGIUM: Too Many Compliments

One bull-necked veteran in a heavy black overcoat leaped forward and tried to wrest the rifle from the nearest cop. Another gendarme smashed his rifle butt into the attacker's face. Thousands of throats roared defiance of the police and the Government. Belgium, the European belligerent to recover most rapidly after the war, last week was having a bonus-hungry veterans' riot.

Crackling machine guns, mounted-police charges and streams of icy water from fire hoses failed to halt the mob. Forty were injured.

TIME Correspondent Fred Klein literally felt the veterans' mood: "A crowd of...

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