Items of Interest

The negotiations between the United States and other Powers, and Venezuela, growing out of claims against Venezuela, are nearly completed. Eleven tribunals, whose decisions upon controverted questions must be final, have held sessions during the last six months in Caracas. Of claims aggregating thirty million dollars, about eighty percent have been rejected and disallowed.

The superiority of arbitration over guns as a debt collector has been clearly shown by the results of these tribunals, both from the cost of collection and the just determining of the facts in many claims. The commissions or courts were mixed, the contending Governments each naming a commissioner, the third member of the court, or umpire, being chosen by some Government foreign to the claims.

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