Items of Interest

General Pearson, formerly an officer in the Boer army, has made an appeal direct to the President in an effort to stop further shipments of horses and mules and munitions of war from American ports to South Africa for the use of the British army. General Pearson recently petitioned the Federal courts at New Orleans to enjoin these shipments on the ground that the use of the port at New Orleans for that purpose was in violation of the laws of neutrality. The court refused to consider the petition on the ground of lack of jurisdiction. The petition was referred to the State Department.

The Cuban constitutional convention met on May 13 to consider the report or the commission that was sent to Washington to obtain more definite information regarding the intentions of the United States government. The report was non-committal, but the members of the commission let it be understood that they favored accepting the "Platt amendment." The report was referred to the committee on foreign relations, a majority of the members of which favor the acceptance of the terms of independence offered by the "Platt amendment."

Minister Wu and Minister Conger have had an agreeable exchange of visits since the arrival in Washington of the American representative. The meetings were purely social. There was no discussion of the political aspect of the present situation in China except in general comment on the difficulties attending an agreement when so many divergent interests were concerned.

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Natural Time Teller
May 23, 1901

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