Items of Interest

If Senator Lodge succeeds in reorganizing the consular service and putting it on a permanent life-tenure basis, as he is now endeavoring to do, there will be about three hundred ideal positions for ambitious young Americans which will be well worth studying for.

He proposes to divide our various consular officers into ten uniform grades, ranging from a consul-general of the first class, with a salary of ten thousand dollars a year to a consul of the sixth class with a salary of $1,800. Applicants must be between the ages of twenty-one and fifty-five, and must pass an examination in either French, German, or Spanish; also in various commercial subjects. We now have forty consulatesgeneral in various places.

Extracts from the Primitive Fathers
May 15, 1902

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