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Colombia-Continued.

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Isthmian Canal-Messages from the President of the United States trans-

mitting a statement of action in executing the act entitled “An act to

provide for the construction of a canal connecting the waters of the

Atlantic and Pacific oceans," approved June 28, 1902..

260

Attitude of the United States Government in the event of the Colombian

Government landing troops in the Republic of Panama .....

Intention of Governinent of Panama to assume portion of exterior debt

of Colombia; method of payment of $10,000,000, the payment of which

by the United States to Panama is stipulated in treaty of November 18,

1903....

281

Relations of the United States with Colombia and the Republic of

Panama ...

......

283

Reception of United States minister on special mission to Panama; rela-

tions with Panama, etc.....

...... 314

History of uprising in Panama and establishment of Republic.....

316

Action of municipalities of Panama approving ratification of canal treaty

by the junta of the Provisional Government ..

333

Cuba ........

. 350-382

Lease of coaling or naval stations to the United States .

350

Message of the President of Cuba to Congress.....

353

Authentication of documents for use in Cuba....

369

Jurisdiction of supreme court of Cuba in constitutional questions ..

371

Tour of President Palma through the island of Cuba......

374

Commercial convention between the United States and Cuba............ 375

Supplementary convention between the United States and Cuba, extend-

ing the time within which above commercial convention may have rati-

fications exchanged.....

381

Denmark .........

.... 383–389

Visit of the German Emperor to Denmark.

383

Military service cases of H. H. Lind and Eltzholtz.....

385

Fortieth anniversary of reign of King Christian IX......

Dominican Republic......

...... 390-105

Revolution in Santo Domingo, and recognition of new Government.. 390

Attempt of the Dominican Government to blockade, by decree, ports held

by insurgents ...............

396

.... 4064110

Visit of United States squadron to Marseilles in honor of the arrival of the

President of France..

406

Stoppage at sea of French steamship Amiral Fourichon by a United States
war vessel .........

108
Attitude of French Government in regard to claims of its nationals against
Venezuela ..

110

Germany .........

Construction of treaty provision regarding arrest and delivery to German

consuls of deserters from German vessels in United States ports........

Difficulty with Venezuela growing out of nonpayment of claims against the

Government of that country of nationals of Germany and other countries.

Protocol of agreement between Venezuela and Germany, to which the

United States and other powers are parties, respecting the reference of

the question of the preferential treatment of claims to the tribunal at

The Hague.....

139

Military service case of George Hoferer .......

442

Military service case of Jacob Roos ...

442

Military service case of Toni Schnackenberg ..

414
Right of consular officers to apply to local authorities for information... 4414
Visit of United States European squadron to Kiel .........

448

Great Britain ...

Difficulty with Venezuela growing out of nonpayment of claims against

the Government of that country of nationals of Great Britain and other

countries ....................

452

Protocol of agreement between Venezuela and Great Britain, to which

the United States and other powers are parties, respecting the reference

of the question of the preferential treatment of claims to the tribunal at

The Hague .....

117

Rejection of claims of British subjects on account of losses incurred through

action of United Statee troops in Cuba and the Philippines......

479

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Right of United States consuls to receive effects of United States citizens

deceased on British territory or vessels........

483

Alaskan boundary: convention between the United States of America and

Great Britain providing for the settlement of questions between the two
countries with respect to the boundary line ......

488

Correspondence between the Governments of the United States and Great

Britain after the ratification of the boundary treaty of January 24, 1903. 493

Decision of the Alaskan boundary tribunal under the treaty of January 24,

1903, between the United States and Great Britain...

543

Regulations governing admission of aliens into the Transvaal and Orange

River colonies........

545

Graves of British sailors discovered on United States naval reservation at

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba...

550

Commercial treaty between Great Britain and China...

551

Light and harbor dues in Zanzibar: treaty between the United States and

Great Britain..

............... 562

Greece .............

........ 565–571

Convention between the United States and Greece defining the rights,

privileges, and immunities of consular officers in the two countries..... 565

Guatemala and Ilonduras......

............ 572-595

Protection of Chinese in Guatemala by United States minister.....

572

Revolution in Honduras, and recognition of new Government....... 578

Arrest for refusal to pay a “forced war loan," and subsequent release of

Alberto Posadas, a naturalized citizen of the United Staies

581

Address by United States minister at banquet given by President of

Guatemala .......

588

Treaty between the United States and the Republic of Guatemala for the

mutual extradition of fugitives from justice......

588

Passport application of Lazarus Marks and his son David...

594

Haiti ................................................................. 596-600

Display of foreign flags over private establishments....

596

Protection of naturalized American citizens of Syrian origin ............. 598

.................................................................. 601-614

Difficulty with Venezuela growing out of nonpayment of claims against the

Government of that country of nationals of Italy and other countries.... 601

Protocol of agreement between Venezuela and Italy, to which the Cnited

States and other powers are parties, respecting the reference of the ques-

tion of the preferential treatment of claims to the Tribunal at The

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Persia ....

24693

Protection of American interests by British consul-general at Tabriz.. 692

Restrictions on travel in Persia.....

693

Peru ....................................

694-695

Laws governing marriages between non-Catholics........

Portugal.

.696-698

Courtesies to United States European squadron at Lisbon...

696

Roumania -..

... 699–707

Reception of the United States minister to Roumania

699

Jews in Roumania......

702

Russia.............

708-715

Jurisdiction of consular officers in Dalny.....

708

Negotiations concerning Russian occupation of Manchuria....

. 708

Outrages perpetrated on Jews in Russia......

712

Recognition by Russian law of Jewish divorces granted by Jewish rabbis. 715

Servia .....::

716–720

Coup d'état of King Alexander, his assassination, and accession of King

Peter to throne of Servia....

........ . :

716

Spain........

Treaty between the United States and Spain; friendship and general

relations......

Sweden and Norway........

................ 721

... 731-732

Thanks for assistance rendered by United States citizens to famine suf-

ferers in Sweden ...................................................

731

Turkey ...................

... 733-787

Attack on H. C. Shipley, American citizen, by policeman at Smyrna, and

reparation made therefor...........

733

Negotiations with Turkish Government with reference to official recogni-

tion of American educational, charitable, and religious institutions in

Turkey, and other pending questions..

735

Insurrection and outrages in Macedonia...........

762

Attempted assassination of United States vice-consul at Beirut...

769

Venezuela

788

Difficulty with various powers growing out of nonpayment of claims of

their nationals against the Government of Venezuela ......

788

Protocol of an agreement between the Secretary of State of the United

States and the plenipotentiary of Venezuela for submission to arbitration

of all unsettled claims of citizens of the United States against Venezuela. 804

Rights of aliens in Venezuela (involving issuance of consular or vice-con-

sular exequaturs to persons engaged in commerce).......

806

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MESSAGE.

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

The country is to be congratulated on the amount of substantial achievement which has marked the past year both as regards our foreign and as regards our domestic policy.

With a nation as with a man the most important things are those of the household, and therefore the country is especially to be congratulated on what has been accomplished in the direction of providing for the exercise of supervision over the great corporations and combinations of corporations engaged in interstate commerce. The

Congress has created the Department of Commerce Corporations. and Labor, including the Bureau of Corporations,

with for the first time authority to secure proper publicity of such proceedings of these great corporations as the public has the right to know. It has provided for the expediting of suits for the enforcement of the Federal antitrust law; and by another law it has secured equal treatment to all producers in the transportation of their goods, thus taking a long stride forward in making effective the work of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

The establishment of the Department of Commerce and Labor, with the Bureau of Corporations thereunder, marks a real advance in the direction of doing all that is possible for the solution of the questions vitally affecting capitalists and wage-workers. The act

creating the Department was approved on FebDepartment of ruary 14, 1903, and two days later the head of the Commerce and

Department was nominated and confirmed by the

Senate. Since then the work of organization has been pushed as rapidly as the initial appropriations permitted, and with due regard to thoroughness and the broad purposes which the Department is designed to serve. After the transfer of the various bureaus and branches to the Department at the beginning of the

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current fiscal year, as provided for in the act, the personnel comprised 1,289 employees in Washington and 8,836 in the country at large. The scope of the Department's duty and authority embraces the commercial and industrial interests of the Nation. It is not designed to restrict or control the fullest liberty of legitimate business action, but to secure exact and authentic information which will aid the Executive in enforcing existing laws, and which will enable the Congress to enact additional legislation, if any should be found necessary, in order to prevent the few from obtaining privileges at the expense of diminished opportunities for the many.

The preliminary work of the Bureau of Corporations in the Department lias shown the wisdom of its creation. Publicity in corporate affairs will tend to do away with ignorance, and will afford facts

upon which intelligent action may be taken. Bureau of

Systematic, intelligent investigation is already Corporations.

developing facts the knowledge of which is essential to a right understanding of the needs and duties of the business world. The corporation which is honestly and fairly organized, whose inanagers in the conduct of its business recognize their obligation to deal squarely with their stockholders, their competitors, and the public, has nothing to fear from such supervision. The purpose of this Bureau is not to embarrass or assail legitimate business, but to aid in bringing about a better industrial conditiona condition under which there shall be obedience to law and recognition of public obligation by all corporations, great or small. The Department of Commerce and Labor will be not only the clearing house for information regarding the business transactions of the Nation but the executive arın of the Government to aid in strength

ening our domestic and foreign markets, in perFunctions of new

W fecting our transportation facilities, in building up

fecting our transport Department.

our merchant marine, in preventing the entrance of undesirable immigrants, in improving commercial and industrial conditions, and in bringing together on common ground those necessary partners in industrial progress-capital and labor. Commerce between the nations is stradily growing in volume, and the tendency of the times is toward closer trade relations. Constant watchfulness is needed to secure to Americans the chance to participate to the best advantage in foreign trade; and we may confidently expect that the new Department will justify the expectation of its creators by the exercise of this watchfulness, as well as by the businesslike administration of such laws relating to our internal affairs as are intrusted to its care.

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