The German Government refuse to admit that there is anything in the allegations of the foreign press that there is a good deal of discontent with the Nazi regime in Austria. It is alleged that the Austrian Nazis who had borne the heat and burden of the Dollfuss and Schuschnigg day, had been shouldered off to furnish posts for German Nazis who were now ruling Austria. There are persistent reports
that Hitler is meeting Austrian Nazi
leaders to discuss the position.
Mr. Chamberlain on the Spot
Mr. Chamberlain has damned himself with faint disapproval of the bombings of British ships in Spanish ports. He is reported to have said that it was not very nice." This phrase has furnished ammunition for the cute inglorious Lows of the Left, not to mention Mr. Churchill, who say that things have come to a pretty pass, etc., when a British Prime Minister will stomach such insults to the British flag, such loss of life and property, without obtaining redress. Mr. Chamberlain's position seems to be that although Franco should not allow such bombings, yet nothing can be done to stop him without the risk of a general war.
" We Won't Do It"
The Barcelona Government was reported last week-end to be contemplating reprisals on Italian objectives, since many of the aeroplanes which bomb their ports are Italian. This has sin sv been denied. The Barcelona Government have further stated that not in any circumstances will their reprisals include the bombing of nonmilitary objectives in Nationalist territory.
A German delegation has been in London during the past week to try and come to some agreement with us concerning the Austrian State debts and other economic matters. It is stated that agreement is in sight concerning the Austrian debt, interest rates on the Dawes and Young loans to Germany, and trade between Germany and the British Empire.
Fire under New York
In New York they are building a tunnel under East River, to connect Long Island and Manhattan. The partly finished tunnel caught fire on Sunday night, and was only put out on Monday morning when the river was let in to the part on fire. This was a difficult operation owing to the high air pressure maintained in the tunnel to prevent the walls collapsing while boring is going on. This air pressure made it impossible to flood the tunnel with hose pipes in the usual way.
Zip-Fasteners and Democracy
"Cleopatra had all the wealth of Egypt —but she never knew the convenience of the zip-fastener," said Lord Southwood, President sif the Advertising Association, to 1,000 advertisers from 17 different countries. Modern advertising, he also said, was a practical democratic influence such as had never been seen since the dawn of civilisation.
Southampton to Sydney
The first through flying boat mail and passenger service between Southampton and Sydney was inaugurated on Sunday, with the departure at dawn of two flying boats carrying twenty-four passengers from Southampton. This is the longest direct air route in the world. The party is due to arrive in Sydney on July 5, after a flight of just over nine days.
Story about a Box
A wealthy Frenchman made friends with a man in Paris. The latter took him to a house, and showed him a box. A £1 note was put in the box, a handle was turned, and two £1 notes were taken out of the box. The maxi explained that the note was immersed in a solution made by a secret formula, and then could be split by a sharp knife, thus producing two notes. The greatly impressed Frenchman then rushed away to get £27.000 in notes, which he gave to the man, asking him to put them in the box. The man did, but the Frenchman saw neither man, box, or notes again. French and English detectives, are now ttying to trace this ingenious man and his magic box.
A rise in certain commodity prices, an upward turn in steel operations, optimism in Wall Street, rising prices on the New York Stock Exchange, and a move to enable banks to give more extended credit to small traders are making the American economic picture a more cheerful one.
More Jews sent Packing
Every Jewish employee in Vienna has been given fourteen days' notice of dismissal. Even Jewish employers will not be allowed to employ Jews. There are about 300,000 Jews in Vienna. The only Jews whose employers will be allowed to pay them compensation will be those who served in the war, or many years with the same firm.
" Decree-Laws "
France's " dictator " government has issued another batch of decree-laws. The chief of them are to deal with the wheat surplus which the Government propose to distill into alcohol. The rest will be used as cattle feed or exported. Other decrees modify the 40-hour week law, and the Monday closing law for shops.
Plan for Maternity Service
The British Medical Association and the Trades' Union Congress have prepared jointly a plan for a national maternity service, to be presented to the Government. One of the proposals is that financial provision should be made for working women foe six weeks before and after childha-th.