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The Christian Register

Secretary Hay received a dispatch recently from Mr. Buchanan, acting chairman of the American delegation of the Pan-American Congress, announcing the unanimous adoption by the Congress of The Hague scheme of arbitration. There was also presented to the Congress a compulsory plan of arbitration to which was appended the signatures of the delegates of Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Santo Domingo. There is no conflict between the two plans, and this enabled the advocates of compulsory arbitration to adhere to The Hague scheme. The State Department believes the conference was a decided success.

"It must certainly be counted a gain,' said one official, "that all the nations of the world are signatory of a scheme for the peaceful settlement of all disputes. It is true that this scheme does not require the arbitration of controversies between nations. The United States is opposed to compulsory arbitration because it is mischievous. A nation ill disposed toward another might advance a preposterous claim, and upon its rejection would demand its arbitration. This consideration induced the United States to refuse to approve the compulsory arbitration plan which was presented to the Congress."

January 30, 1902
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