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.

Secretary Root has assumed full responsibility for the policy of retaliation and reconcentration pursued by American troops in the Philippines. The Secretary states that the orders given were in accordance with general order 100, published in 1863 by direction of President Lincoln, and have proven to be the most humane and most effective which could have been followed.

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Extracts from the Primitive Fathers
May 15, 1902

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