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2007/10/30, Donald J. HARLOW <[log in to unmask]>:
> [Commentary by G. Waringhien: The matter did not long remain in the
> favorable confidential atmosphere. Because Couturat -- whether by
> oversight or intentionally -- despite the promised secrecy that both
> parties were supposed to guard during the discussions, as early as
> October 26 had sent a copy of the Ido grammar to Corret, who was not
> a member of the Language Committee and consequently did not consider
> himself tied down to any kind of silence. He immediately informed
> Bourlet (who, as a member of the Language Committee, would receive
> that document only on November 2!), and Bourlet in his turn sent up
> the alarm in the Esperantist camp, which swarmed like an offended beehive.
> On October 30, 1907, Boirac replied to Ostwald. The essence of his
> reply can be taken from his]
> I replied to this letter, officially noting the preference given in
> principle to Esperanto by the Delegation Committee, protesting in
> advance about the right that the Permanent Commission seemed to be
> adjudging to itself to bring about in Esperanto under its own
> authority the changes that it thought necessary; pointing out that
> the study could not be as fast as one might wish, because of material
> hindrances, and because this important question would demand mature study.
> [Boirac's entire report can be read at
> . -DH]
> -- Don HARLOW
> Opinions (in English):
> Esperanto (in English):
> Literaturo (Esperante):

It must have been exciting back then when they all thought the languages
were going somewhere. I wonder what their approach would have been like if
they knew it was going to result in two world wars and then one century
later one with a few hundred thousand, two with a thousand or so each, and
the rest forgotten and ignored along with the movement as a whole.