The only possible solution, believe me, is that in favour of the tenants, only it ought not to be applied in so wholesale a fashion. Inquiries should be instituted, and to those tenants from whom the war has taken away all possibility of payment an unconditional receipt should be delivered: to those who have suffered less, a proportionate reduction should be allowed; but those whom the invasion has not ruined or seriously impoverished—and the number is large, among provision merchants, cafe keepers, and private residents—let those pay directly. In this way the landlords will lose lees than one may imagine, because it will be the lowest rents that will be forfeited. The decree of the Commune is based on a right principle, but too generally applied.
The new Government—for it is a Government—does not confine itself to decrees. It has to install itself in its new quarters and make arrangements.
In a few hours it has organized more than ten committees—the executive, the financial, the public-service, the educational, the military, the legal, and the committee of public safety. No end of committees and committeemen: it is to be hoped that the business will be promptly despatched!
[Footnote 27: Organisation of the Commissions on the 31st of March:
Eudes, Tridou, Vaillant,
Lefrancais, Duval, Felix Pyat, Bergeret.
Commission of Finance.—Victor
Clement, Varlin, Jourde, Beslay,
E. Duval, General Bergeret, General
Eudes, Colonel Chardon, Colonel Flourens, Colonel Pindly, Commandant
Commission of Public Justice.—Ranc,
Protot, Leo Meillet,
Vermorel, Ledroit, Babick.