Items of Interest

A settlement of the Manchurian question satisfactory to the Government has been reached. The Chinese Government has given assurances that it will in the near future open as treaty ports several ports now closed to the world's trade, and the Russian government, through Count Cassini, ambassador at Washington, has also given assurances that it will not in any way oppose such opening. The ports will probably be Moukden,the principal inland port of Man churia, and Ta Tung Kao, at the mouth of the Yalu River. The recent meeting at Port Arthur of Russian officials now appears to have been for the purpose of systematizing and centralizing Russian administration there, and of conserving her proper interests.

The State Department has made public the correspondence between the United States and Russia created by the wish of the B'nai B'rith committee to forward to Russia, through diplomatic channels, a petition against the cruelties occurring at the massacre of the Jews at Kishineff last Easter. The correspondence consists of the instructions to Mr. Riddle, United States charge d'affaires at St. Petersburg, stating the details of the petition and instructing him to forward the same to the Foreign Office if it were willing to receive it. Mr. Riddle cabled that the Foreign Office would not receive it under any consideration, and Secretary Hay has so informed the petidoners. The incident is now closed.

The Laying of the Corner-Stone in Concord
July 25, 1903

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