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railway, by special arrangement between the Korean Government and the foreign representatives in the interest of the general foreign settlement.

II. That no title deeds shall be given for the filled-in ground during the term of

the said grant.

III. That no tax or rental shall be paid for the filled-in ground during the term of the said grant.

IV. That the cost of constructing and keeping in repair the sea wall protecting the said land, in accordance with clause 3 of the land regulations, shall be borne by the Korean Government.

V. That in consideration of the fact that no taxes are to be paid for the land in question:

1. A public road 15 meters wide along the bund from the customs jetty to cemetery point shall be constructed by the Korean Government through the customs; the work of building this road to be taken in hand immediately together with the provision of covered and uncovered drains, and the road as soon as it is completed to be handed over in accordance with the regulations to the municipal council, who will bear the expense of metaling in order to keep the road in repair.

2. A sum of 100 yen shall, from the 1st of January, 1903, be paid monthly by the Korean Government through the customs to the municipal council, in order to assist the latter in meeting the expense of lighting and policing the area and of maintaining the road in repair.

VI. That if, after the expiration of the original term of the railway concession or of any further term for which it may be extended, the Korean Government shall purchase the railway, the Korean Government shall have the right of using the filled-in ground for the railway, on the same terms under which its use is granted to the railway company. By this arrangement (viz, that is, that no deeds are issued and no taxes paid) and in consideration of their paying to the railway company the actual cost incurred in filling in the ground and of their continuing to provide for the keeping in repair, lighting, policing, etc., of the bund road in the manner set forth under Clause V.

VII. That in the event of the railway company or the Korean Government (the latter after purchase of the railway) removing the station from the present site, the ground shall be taken over by the municipal council and dealt with in the same way as other unoccupied ground in the general foreign settlement, and further, in the event of the railway company removing the station, the actual cost of filling in the ground shall be refunded to them from the proceeds of the land in question, viz, the upset price of the lots to be increased by the proportional part of the expenses incurred in filling in the foreshore in question, this and only this latter part of the price to be paid to the railway company on the sale of each lot.

As this is but an explicit statement of the agreement apparently arrived at, I infer it will be satisfactory to your excellency, and without information to the contrary, it will be so regarded.

I take, etc.,

For the Foreign Representatives.

Mr. Allen to Mr. Hay.

No. 579.]

Seoul, February 12, 1903.

SIR: Continuing the subject of my dispatch No. 568, of January 28 last, regarding the matter of the settlement of the question of the ownership of the railway foreshore at Chemulpo, I now have the honor to hand you inclosed, for purpose of record, a final reply from the Korean minister for foreign affairs, dated the 10th instant, accepting the definition of the terms of the agreement as made by me for the foreign representatives on January 13 last.

This reply was not really necessary and was not expected, but it places the whole matter of the said foreshore in much better position than it might possibly be without it.

I have, etc.,

FR 1903



No. 4.]


Mr. Ye Toh Chai to Mr. Allen.

FOREIGN OFFICE, February 10, 1903. YOUR EXCELLENCY: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 13th of January this year, in which you proposed seven things for the matter of granting the filled-in ground of the general foreign settlement at Chemulpo to the Seoul-Chemulpo Railway Company for its station. You state that along this filled-in ground the Korean Government will make a public road 15 meters wide; that the Korean Government will pay, through the customs, 100 yen every month to the municipal council for policing, lighting, and repairing this road; that the filled-in ground is to be granted to the Seoul-Chemulpo Railroad Company during the period of its concession or during the time the concession may be extended; that no tax is to be collected on this ground and no title deeds are to be issued for this ground; that when the Korean Government buys the Seoul-Chemulpo Railway, she can use the ground for the same purpose, but no tax is to be collected and no title deeds are to be issued for it; that the railway company will be paid the amount actually expended in filling in the ground; that when the station is removed, the municipal council shall possess the ground as unoccupied ground of the general foreign settlement to be sold at auction, but the Japanese Railway Company will receive only the actual amount that they expended in filling in the ground.

I beg to inform you that I have read this letter carefully and found that it is a proper way to arrange the matter, and I have no objections, but I fully agree with the same.

I have, etc.,

YE TOH CHAI, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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SIR: Referring to previous correspondence in relation to the addition of Luxembourg to your mission, I inclose herewith

1. Your commission as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the Netherlands and Luxembourg;

2. The President's letter, addressed to His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, accrediting you to Luxembourg;

3. Office copy of the same;

4. New letters of credit in duplicate, the original, when signed, to be forwarded by you to the bankers at London and the duplicate to be retained by yourself;

5. The oath of office which, when subscribed to by you, is to be returned to the Department.

You will proceed to Luxembourg at the earliest convenient day after July 1 next for the purpose of presenting in the usual way your letter of credence to the Grand Duke, and you will draw on the Secretary of State for such expenses as shall be incurred in carrying out this instruction, supporting your draft by a separate account.

I am, etc.,

Mr. Newel to Mr. Hay.

No. 3, Luxembourg Series.]


The Hague, July 29, 1903.

SIR: Pursuant to instructions in Department's No. 1 (Luxembourg Series), dated June 10, 1903, I have the honor to report that I wrote to Mr. Eyschen, the minister of state and president of the Government, announcing that I would arrive at Luxembourg, with Mr. Garrett, the secretary of this legation, at about 4 o'clock in the afternoon of Thursday, the 16th instant, and requesting that word might be sent to me at the Hotel Brasseur as to when we could call and pay our respects to him. On arrival I found awaiting me an invitation to breakfast at the Chateau de Berg with the Hereditary Grand Duke on the following day, and a letter from Mr. Eyschen, in which, after welcoming me to Luxembourg, the minister stated that he would be

at my service, in the hotel of the Government, from 5 until 7 o'clock. At 5 o'clock I called with Mr. Garrett on Mr. Eyschen, who took the opportunity to express the high appreciation felt by his Government on receiving a representative of the United States.

The next morning we were met at the railway station by the minister of state, Comte de Villers, secretary to the Grand Duke for state affairs, and Captain van Dyck, aid-de-camp to the Grand Duke and commandant of the armed forces. We proceeded by train to Colmar, less than an hour's journey from the capital, and were driven to the Chateau de Berg, the summer residence of the Hereditary Grand Duke, who, in the absence of the Grand Duke, acts as his representative. As the Grand Duke had requested, I delivered my letter of credence to Mr. Eyschen. My reception was most cordial. Together with the officials mentioned above and Baron von Ritter, marshal of the court, we lunched with the Hereditary Grand Duke. Later in the afternoon we returned to Luxembourg and left cards on the officers of the Government, the ministers of France and Germany, and the Belgian chargé d'affaires. In the evening Mr. Eyschen gave us a dinner in the hotel of the Government, at which were present, among others, the French and German ministers and high officials of the state.

The following day, having made my farewell visits, I returned to The Hague.

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No. 839.]

Mr. Hay to Mr. Clayton.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, February 9, 1903.

SIR: Referring to your No. 998 of June 27, 1901, reporting on the arrest and imprisonment in Mexico of American citizens employed as train hands on railways in that country, I have now to ask you to report any additional cases that may have arisen since the date of that report, and the present status of those heretofore reported.

I inclose herewith for your information copies of a letter and its inclosure from the governor of Michigan, which have occasioned this instruction.

I am, etc.,



Mr. Bliss to Mr. Hay.

Lansing, January 30, 1903.

SIR: I am in receipt of the inclosed communication from the manager and secretary of the Brotherhood Relief Committee, Kansas City, Mo. Will you kindly inform me what is your understanding of the condition recited therein?

Yours, respectfully,


A. T. BLISS, Governor.

Mr. Adcms to Governor Bliss.

Kansas City, Mo., January 28, 1903.

HONORABLE SIR: The above heading represents the Brotherhood Relief Committee, composed of a member from each of the four great railroad organizations.

This committee has been organized for the purpose of bettering the condition of our American citizens in Old Mexico. The conditions there have probably been brought to your notice heretofore, but I will venture to say that less indorsement and less backing in numbers, than submitted for your inspection at the present time. We represent the working class of people in actual figures of 600,000 men. The condition of our fellow-workmen in the Mexican Republic as brought to the notice of this committee is disgraceful and pitiable to say the least, and this committee has been formed in order that those unfortunates may receive help, and that some kind of adjustment and agreement may be reached with the Government of Old Mexico, so that in the future our American trainmen will not be discriminated against and held unjustly without trial.

@See Foreign Relations, 1901, p. 408.

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