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of «sins. That there are real difficulties blocking a satisfactory
aolution of the Syrian problem is, however, suggestedfby disquieting
reports in the press and critical references in the debates of the
Deputies. The large sums required for the Syrian budget this year.
including extensive appropriations for the army of occupation, aroused
opposition in the Chamber of Deputies that was quelled only by the
personal appsal of the Premier and the; final appropriations, at that,
were cut considerably below administration estimates.
The rumor has been persistent that despite the expenditure1
of millions of francs for many non-military improvements of real advantage
to Syria the population is hostile to the French mandate and that this
hostility has inoreased during the three years of oooupation. To the
oasual tourist the country has been tranquil enough but several travelers
who have studied the situation more closely have reported that this outward tranquility belied the true thoughts and feelings of the great
majority of the inhabitants and that it was maintained only by the
presence of some-forty thousand soldiers, chisfly French, with adequate
equipment including aeroplanes, tanks and heavy artillery.
That the tranquility has been superficial is indicated by
the demonstrations during the recent visit of Mr. Charles B. Crane to
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