ON THE RUHR.
OWNERS PAY COAL-TAX.
PARIS, Tuesday. - Thc French Min- ister for Public Works (M. Le Troc- quer) to-day reported to the French Cabinet optimistically upon the situa-
tion in the Ruhr. He declared that German resistance was lessening and that railroad position was constantly improving.
The "Daily Telegraph's" correspond- ent at Dusseldorf reports that there is some evideneo of a weakening of the German passive resistance. The coal owners, at one or two points, are paying the coal-tax, enabling coal to enter un- occupied Germany.