Items of Interest

President Roosevelt did not wait for special authority from Congress before he sent relief to the sufferers of Martinique and St. Vincent. He instructed the Secretaries of War, Navy, and Treasury to "go to the furthest limits of executive discretion in the work of relief and rescue." The President requested Congress to appropriate $500,000 for the relief of the sufferers. Congress promptly responded by appropriating $200,000 for that purpose with the understanding that the other $300,000 would be given later if it seemed necessary.

It is probable that the first minister of the United States to Cuba will be H. G. Squiers, now secretary of the United States legation at Pekin. Mr. Squiers was in Pekin during the siege and gave valuable assistance in the settlement of the delicate diplomatic questions arising from the Boxer troubles in China. The President has recommended to Congress that the salary of the minister to Cuba be $12,000 annually.

May 22, 1902
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