Items of Interest

Emperor William dined with United States Ambassador and Mrs. Tower on the 11th inst. Among the guests were George von L. Meyer, United States Ambassador to Italy, and Mrs. Meyer, Melville E. Stone, Dean B. Mason, United States vice-consul general in Berlin; Albert Ballin, General Director of the Hamburg-American Line; Henry Wiegand, General Director of the North German Lloyd Line, and the members of the staff of the American Embassy there and their wives. The diplomatic corps at Berlin regards his Majesty's presence at this dinner as a compliment to the United States, and that it is intended by His Majesty to be an unusual indication of the high position Mr. Tower has attained as ambassador to Germany.

President Eliot of Harvard University on the 7th, by previous request of the Central Labor Union of Boston, addressed a large audience representing organized labor on the question of trades unionism at Faneuil Hall. His prepared paper occupied an hour, and then for about an equal time he answered questions that were submitted by delegates. The feeling of distrust, uncertainty, and tension that pervaded the atmosphere at the beginning entirely changed as the afternoon wore on and the speaker, though speaking fearlessly, won the good will of his audience, even though he did not win them to his views. A hearty vote of thanks was tendered him at the close.

The attitude of the Board of United States General Appraisers toward pulp wood imported from the province of New Brunswick, Canada, has been clearly defined by Judge Somerville, who has just handed down a decision that no countervailing duty should belevied on pulp wood coming from that province. The controversy over this duty has attracted much attention among manufacturers.

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"Strong Reasons"
February 20, 1904

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