Spinola had established his headquarters at Ruhrort, a place where the river Ruhr empties into the Rhine.
The river Ruhr was a wide but desultory stream, easily fordable in many places.
The twin cities, Barmen-Eberfeld, in the Ruhr coal-field, form one of the principal centres of cotton manufacture in the world.
And, above all, it obviated the occupation of the Ruhr and preserved the peace of Europe.
The chief centre of this industry is the valley of the Ruhr River.
M. Briand had found it necessary to placate his Chamber by announcing that he intended to occupy the Ruhr on May 1.
A French journalist asks plaintively: If we want the coal why dont we go in and take it—by the occupation of the Ruhr.
Coal-mining appears to have been first practised in the 14th century at Zwickau (Saxony) and on the Ruhr.