Items of Interest

The plan for a body of American Congressmen to visit Paris, and for a number of French Parliamentarians to visit Washington is assuming a definite aspect, through the effort of Baron d'Estournelles de Constant. The latter says of the plan. "When I arranged for the exchange of visits between British and French Parliamentarians I had in mind a similar exchange of visits between American and French representatives. The idea of the visits is generally approved, and I hope to arrange the details during my approaching visit to the United States, when I will present an invitation in behalf of several hundred members of the French Chamber of Deputies."

The Secretary of the Treasury has transmitted to Congress the estimates of appropriations required by the United States Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1905. The appropriations asked for aggregate $624,502,146, as against $589,189,112 asked for the year 1904, and $605,286,990 the amount of the appropriations for that year. The total receipts for the fiscal year ending June 30 were $694,621,117.64; the total expenditures for the same period were $640,323,450,28, showing a surplus of over fifty-four million dollars.

Judge Gray has announced his acceptance of the appointment as an arbitrator in the dispute between the Government of San Domingo and an American company over a contract alleged to have been entered into between them. At a conference of the arbitrators held in Washington, it was agreed to begin work next February.

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The Semi-annual Lecture
December 19, 1903

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