Items of Interest

Soon after the fall of Port Arthur. Russia communicated to the different Powers identical notes, alleging breach of neutrality on the part of China and intimating that she might under the circumstances look out for her own interests. Secretary John Hay immediately took official note of the matter, addressing Russia and the other Powers affirming good faith on the part of China and minimizing the complaints. The Secretary has also addressed notes to the Powers, having in view the securing from them of their assent to a continuance of the "opendoor" policy in China and disapproval of any attempt, when peace proposals between Russia and Japan are made, to interfere with the integrity of the Empire. This latter letter the French. British, and Italian Governments have already approved.

Secretary of War Taft and the chief of the Insular Bureau of the War Department, are considering a bill drafted by the Philippine Commission to amend the tariff laws of the archipelago affecting imports into the islands from the United States and other countries. It is understood that many important changes in the present duties are recommended by the Commission.

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