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The Peace Commissioners are reported as being hard at work in Paris. The American commissioners on October 4, had a conference with Major-General Merritt. The General detailed to the commissioners his personal views and those of Rear Admiral Dewey regarding the physical, geographical, moral, and political conditions prevailing in the Philippine Islands. President Faure, surrounded by a few members of his official household, received Ambassador Porter, who presented Judge Day and the other members of the United States Commission, in turn; after which Judge Day presented President Faure with a cable message from President McKinley. It was dated September 30, and read as follows:—

"On this occasion, when the Commissions of the United States and Spain are about to assemble at the capital of France to negotiate peace, and when the representatives of this government are receiving the hospitality and good will of the Republic, I beg to tender you my most friendly personal greeting, and the assurances of my grateful appreciation of your kind courtesies to the American commissioners."

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