Items of Interest

London, January 18, 1899.—This evening the secretary of state for the colonies, the Right Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, speaking at the Wolverhampton Chamber of Commerce banquet, reviewed at great length the various threatening foreign questions confronting the government.

In connection with the withdrawal of the French demand for an extension of the settlement at Shanghai, he congratulated his hearers that Great Britain's opposition to the French proposal had been strenuously supported by the representatives of the United States. "That, I think," he said, "a significant and noteworthy fact. Nay, I think and hope it will become history. It shows that circumstances are bringing about the community of interests between Anglo-Saxons which, in the future, may have far-reaching and beneficent results."

Words of Encouragement and Gratitude
January 26, 1899

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