Items of Interest

Secretary Taft and party met an extraordinarily enthusiastic reception in Japan. The tone of the press is unprecedented in its warmth of friendliness. Tokio was en fete, the whole city be-flagged and illuminated. Such a welcome, it is said, has never been accorded to foreign visitors. The Mikado, assisted by the Crown Princess, received the party in audience and after presentations repaired to the banquet hall. A garden party followed the luncheon. The Emperor ordered his private park opened, and the Americans were driven through the grounds. The park was completed three hundred years ago and no foreigners were ever before admitted to it.

James W. Davidson of Minnesota has been re-appointed consul to Antung. This seems to indicate that the President and Secretary Root mean to adhere closely to the policy of the late Secretary Hay, of never considering Manchuria as anything but Chinese territory. Mr. Davidson was first appointed on January 22, 1904. On account of the military operations in Manchuria, Mr. Davidson could not get to his post. Finally, Mr. Davidson was temporarily made vice consul at Shanghai.

The New Creature in Christ
August 5, 1905

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