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Little & Big

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The Dutch want to rely rather on own “direct discussions” between The Netherlands and her rebellious colonials than the quarrel in Java be settled by the United Nations Organization.

At San Francisco last spring, Netherlands Foreign Minister Eelco van Kleffens chided the big powers for preferring “to rely on their own strength rather than upon world government.” In Java last week the little power acted precisely like a big power.

Acting Governor’ General Hubertus J. van Mook brushed aside…

Sputtering

260

British, French and Dutch proconsuls gathered to discuss on a new policy toward 94 mil. rebellious colonials in Asia. Java is the most troublesome and disaffected region.

In the bastion of empire the proconsuls gathered. To Singapore, at the request of handsome Lord Louis Mountbatten, Allied “Supremo” for Southeast Asia, hurried Britain’s genial Lieut. General Sir Philip Christison, commander in Indonesia; France’s dashing Major General Jacques Leclerc, commander in Indo-China; Holland’s determined Hubertus J. van Mook, Acting…

“I Deeply Regret”

129

Wilhelmina said in a speech that she is concerned about Java and promised, as she had promised before, a partnership in a “Netherlands Commonwealth.”

Queen Wilhelmina, looking tired and strained, had a word for her seething Indonesian subjects last week. In her first speech from the throne in six years, she addressed them across the distant barricades. Promising—as she had promised before (TIME, Dec. 14, 1942)—partnership in a “Netherlands Commonwealth,” she said:…

New Man, Old Demands

195

Britons and Indonesians still killed each other in The Netherlands East Indies last week. The British got Dutch and Indonesian leaders together in Batavia for an inconclusive peace talk.

Britons and Indonesians still killed each other in The Netherlands East Indies last week. They did not know quite how to stop.

The British got Dutch and Indonesian leaders together in Batavia for an in conclusive peace talk. The Dutch had refused to deal with President Soekarno of the “Indonesian…

Arrows & Sugar

190

More blood was shed in The Netherland East Indies. The Dutch had renewed their offer of dominion status under a Dutch governor general. Indonesian nationalists rejected the offer.

More blood was shed in The Netherland East Indies last week. Little of it was Dutch. Their troops hovered in ships off Java’s great naval base of Surabaya. Ashore, British casualties went over 300, Indonesian over 2,000.

The British still said that they were merely trying to restore order. Major…

The Course of Empire

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The nationalist movement seemed to be getting out of its leaders’ control. At Surabaya 1,600 British troops were attacked by large Javanese forces. Soekarno appealed for a cease-fire.

Fighting flared anew in The Netherlands East Indies last week. The nationalist movement seemed to be getting out of its leaders’ control. At Surabaya 1,600 British troops, attacked by large Javanese forces, well armed with Jap equipment, including tanks, had some 100 casualties. President Soekarno of the “Indonesian Republic” flew…

The Prophecy

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The white man was back in The Netherlands East Indies, but in paltry force. The yellow man’s rule was broken, but he had not gone. Both of them had lost face.

In the book of Djayabhaya, the Hindu king who ruled a vast Javanese empire eight centuries ago, it was written that a white man would come one day to Indonesia. He would stay to rule the islands many years. Then, for the three-year “life of a hen,” a yellow man…

Trouble in the Indies

The white man had reoccupied Java, richest and most densely populated of the East Indies, with such weak forces that he had been forced to call on armed Japs for police help.

The white man had reoccupied Java, richest and most densely populated of the East Indies, with such weak forces that he had been forced to call on armed Japs for police help. Now Dutchmen, Eurasians and Japs were being killed in skirmishes all over the island. Hardly any of it…

Partnership, No

405

Southeast Asia’s contagion of nationalism plagued the Dutch last week. Riots broke out on Java. Soekarno, long-winded nationalist, blandly deplored the outbreaks.

Southeast Asia’s contagion of nationalism plagued the Dutch last week.

The rich tin mines and oil pools of The Netherlands East Indies had been prize loot for the Japanese. Dropping all such stolen property last month, the Japs took time to throw a sharp tack in the path of the…

Facts & Figures

289

The U.S. wartime policy of allocating surplus air transports to foreign airlines worked well. Am. Airlines Overseas, Inc., certified to fly to Amsterdam, may begin a survey flight next week.

Dutch Treat. The U.S. wartime policy of allocating surplus air transports to foreign airlines paid a fat dividend. The Royal Dutch Airlines (K.L.M.) bought 16 surplus transports and The Netherlands Government granted U.S. airlines cabotage (the right to land and embark cargo and passengers en route to any destination in…

Hans van Meegeren, art-forgerist, while awaiting trial in an Amsterdam jail (for collaboration with the Nazis), was painting another Vermeer.

When one Hans van Meegeren, a little-known Dutch Nazi painter, owned to forging seven recently “discovered” Vermeers (TIME, July 30), art experts laughed him off as a nut. They had reason to: the masterpieces had been painstakingly authenticated by them, by chemical, X-ray and infra-red tests.

Last week, while awaiting …

Political Loans

474

The Netherlands would like $115 million for domestic reconstruction; the Netherlands East Indies is negotiating a loan to rebuild its rubber plantations and oil refineries.

If Washington’s Export-Import Bank had a cashier’s cage, foreign nationals would have been queued up there last week. With Lend-Lease ended (see NA TIONAL AFFAIRS), the borrowers were figuratively standing in front of the Export- Import Bank’s 64 desks, hat in hand:

¶ France has asked for $240 million for…

Rubber & Spices

301

When will raw materials from the Orient would reach the U.S. again. Tin: At least least a year. Dutch tea experts are en route to India, will move soon to the Netherlands East Indies.

Within weeks, perhaps within days, foreign traders will know the answer to a question they have mulled for three and a half years: how long would it take after war’s end for raw materials from the Orient to reach the U.S.? Some guesses last week:

Rubber. Plenty of natural rubber…

Counterpurge

173

During the war Nazis removed 18 Jewish members from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra. Now 15 of the 18 musicians were back for the symphony’s first concert since liberation.

ive years ago Nazis purged Amsterdam’s world-famed Concertgebouw Orchestra of 18 Jewish members, packed them off to a Czechoslovakian concentration camp. Last week 15 of the 18 Jewish musicians were back in their chairs for the symphony’s first concert since the liberation.

By way of a prelude, Amsterdamers had done…

A Very Tough Baby

643

The news of Philips N.V. spending $20 million on the postwar expansion of its three war-working U.S. plants has set U.S. electronics industry on edge.

Quietly last week, the North American Philips Co., Inc. announced that it will spend $20 million on the postwar expansion of its three war-working U.S. plants (at Dobbs Ferry, Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Lewiston, Me.). This was not a dazzling amount of money. Yet the news set the whole $3½-…

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