27 DECEMBER 1919, Page 2

Turning to the famine in Austria and in other parts

of Central Europe, Mr. Lloyd George said : " I do not see for the moment what can be done unless America comes frankly in with us." Great Britain, he pointed out, was almost at the end of her resources. It was vital that this country should " recover strength and get over such debility as the great strain which a war of virtually five years has inflicted upon us." Wo had subscribed 12i million pounds to the relief of distress in Europe. Within the last few days we had sent coal and food to Vienna. But all that, he admitted, was " soup-kitchen relief." The only true help that could be given to the Austrians in the long run was to " set them on their feet and let them work their own way through."