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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..
Attitude of the United States Government in the event of the Colombian
Government landing troops in the Republic of Panama.
Intention of Government 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,
Relations of the United States with Colombia and the Republic of
Reception of United States minister on special mission to Panama; rela-
History of uprising in Panama and establishment of Republic...
Action of municipalities of Panama approving ratification of canal treaty
by the junta of the Provisional Government
Lease of coaling or naval stations to the United States
Message of the President of Cuba to Congress.
Authentication of documents for use in Cuba.
Jurisdiction of supreme court of Cuba in constitutional questions
Tour of President Palma through the island of Cuba....
Commercial convention between the United States and Cuba.
Supplementary convention between the United States and Cuba, extend-
ing the time within which above commercial convention may have rati-
Visit of the German Emperor to Denmark.
Military service cases of H. 11. Lind and Eltzholtz.
Fortieth anniversary of reign of King Christian IX.
Revolution in Santo Domingo, and recognition of new Government.. 390
Attempt of the Dominican Government to blockade, by decree, ports held
Visit of United States squadron to Marseilles in honor of the arrival of the
Stoppage at sea of French steamship Amiral Fourichon by a United States
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. 417
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
Military service case of George Hoferer
Military service case of Jacob Roos ..
Military service case of Toni Schnackenberg
Difficulty with Venezuela growing out of nonpayment of claims against
the Government of that country of nationals of Great Britain and other
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
Rejection of claims of British subjects on account of losses incurred through
Right of United States consuls to receive effects of United States citizens
deceased on British territory or vessels...
Alaskan boundary: convention between the United States of America and
Great Britain providing for the settlement of questions between the two
Correspondence between the Governments of the United States and Great
Britain aiter 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..
Regulations governing admission of aliens into the Transvaal and Orange
Graves of British sailors discovered on United States naval reservation at
Commercial treaty between Great Britain and China...
Light and harbor dues in Zanzibar: treaty between the United States and
Convention between the United States and Greece defining the rights,
privileges, and immunities of consular oflicers in the two countries.. 565
Protection of Chinese in Guatemala by United States minister.
Revolution in Honduras, and recognition of new Government
Arrest for refusal to pay a "forced war loan," and subsequent release of
Alberto Posadas, a naturalized citizen of the United Staies
Address by United States minister at banquet given by President of
Treaty between the United States and the Republic of Guatemala for the
mutual extradition of fugitives from justice..
Passport application of Lazarus Marks and his son David.
Display of foreign flags over private establishments.
Protection of naturalized American citizens of Syrian origin
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 United
States and other powers are parties, respecting the reference of the ques-
tion of the preferential treatment of claims to the Tribunal at The
Death of Pope Leo XIII and election of Pope Pius X
Negotiations between Japan and Russia concerning Manchuria and Korea. 615
Trade-marks and copyrights in Japan.
Discourteous treatment of American residents of Pengyang by Korean
Ceremonial audience of the diplomatic corps with the Emperor of Korea.. 633
Ownership of certain lands in the general foreign settlement at Chemulpo.. 637
Establishment of diplomatic relations with Luxembourg .
Imprisonment of American citizens, railway employees, in Mexico
Extracts from messages of the President of Mexico to Congress.
Diplomatic immunities-collection of alien head-tax from foreign diplo-
Failure to apprehend and punish murderers of American citizens in Mex-
Supplementary convention between the United States and Mexico for the
mutual extradition of fugitives from justice.
Extradition of Charles Kratz...
Donation of a court-house and library for the permanent court of arbitra-
Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Salvador..
Abolition of trial by jury in Costa Rica.
Establishment of relations with the Republic of Panama.
Protection of American interests by British consul-general at Tabriz..
Restrictions on travel in Persia.
Laws governing marriages between non-Catholics.
Courtesies to United States European squadron at Lisbon.
Reception of the United States minister to Roumania.
Jurisdiction of consular officers in Dalny.
Negotiations concerning Russian occupation of Manchuria.
Outrages perpetrated on Jews in Russia.
Recognition by Russian law of Jewish divorces granted by Jewish rabbis. 715
Coup d'état of King Alexander, his assassination, and accession of King
Treaty between the United States and Spain; friendship and general
Thanks for assistance rendered by United States citizens to famine suf-
Attack on H. C. Shipley, American citizen, by policeman at Smyrna, and
Negotiations with Turkish Government with reference to official recogni-
tion of American educational, charitable, and religious institutions in
Turkey, and other pending questions..
Insurrection and outrages in Macedonia..
Attempted assassination of United States vice-consul at Beirut...
Difficulty with various powers growing out of nonpayment of claims of
their nationals against the Government of Venezuela
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.
Rights of aliens in Venezuela (involving issuance of consular or vice-con-
sular exequaturs to persons engaged in commerce).
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 Labor.
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
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 managers 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 arm of the Government to aid in strength
ening our domestic and foreign markets, in perFunctions of new
fecting our transportation facilities, in building up 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.