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any view to political consideration, have actually been chosen to a disproportionate extent from States which would have been unrepresented in the foreign service under the system which it is to be hoped is now permanently obsolete. Some legislation for the perpetuation of the present system of examinations and promotions upon merit and efficiency would be of greatest value to our commercial and international interests.

WM. H. TAFT. The White House, December 7, 1911.

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Circulars...

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1911.
Mar. 14 Children of citizens born abroad. Declarations of

"intention to become residents and remain citi-
zens of the United States have reference to the
right of protection rather than citizenship under

municipal law.
Aug. 3 Rules to prevent collisions of vessels. Transmits

Treasury Department Circular No. 230 of June 27,

1911, containing.
Nov. 18 Expatriation. Rule under which the presumption

arising under section 2 of the act of Mar. 2, 1907,

may be overconie.
Dec. 9 Registration of citizens of Porto Rico and the Phil-

ippine Islands. Instruction as to procedure in the
above.

Do.........

ARGENTINA.

1910.
Mr. Bliss to Mr. Bosch..... Nov. 30 Presentation of a statue of George Washington to

Argentina by American citizens resident there.
Offers the statue to Argentina in the name of

American citizens residing there.
Mr. Bosch to Mr. Bliss..... Dec. 23 | Same subject. Expresses appreciation..

1911.
80 Mr. Bliss to Mr. Knox.... Feb. 20 Celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the

birth of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. Gives

notice of. Mr. Villegas to Mr. Knox... Mar. 6 "Most favored nation" clause in commercial treaties.

Asks to be informed of the construction of the

clause by the American Government.
124 | Mr. Wilson to Mr. Villegas. Mar. 15 Same subject. This Government. maintains that

this clause does not apply to privileges conceded
by one contracting party to a third country in ex-

change for valuable and equivalent concessions. Mr. Villegas to Mr. Knox... Mar. 18 Visit of the Argentine School ship Presidente Sar

miento. Expresses appreciation for the attend-
ance of President Talt, the Secretary of State and
other members of the Government at a luncheon

on board the Presidente Sarmiento.
Mr. Knox to Mr. Bliss. Mar. 31 | Celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the
(Telegram.)

birth of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. Sends
greetings to the Government and people of Argon-

tina.
123 Mr. Knox to Mr. Villegas... Apr. 1 Visit of the Argentine School ship Presidente Sar-

miento. His message of Apr. 18, 1911, has been

sent to its high destination. Mr. Bliss to Mr. Knor...... May 13 Message of the President of Argentina. Passage

referring to the United States quoted. Mr. Bosch to Mr. Bliss..... May 16 | Celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the

birth of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. Ex

presses appreciation for greetings. Mr. Bliss to Mr. Knox. | May 18 Same subject. The message of greetings will be en(Telegram.)

graved on a bronze tablet and placed on the tomb

of Sarmiento. Law No. 8122.............. June 19 Presentation of a statue of George Washington to

Argentina Authorizes accceptance of statue.
Sr. Agote to the Argentine

Same subject. Eloquent tribute to George Wash-
Congress.

ington.

ALO.

AUSTRIA-HUNGARY.

1911. 1050 Baron Hengelmuller to Mr. | Apr. 11

Knox.

Trial of military fugitives by military courts in ex.
tradition cases. Moritz Ormai, being a military
fugitive, will be tried by a military court, but
not on the charge of desertion.

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1911.
661 Mr Knoxto Baron Hengol. | Apr. 17 | Same subject. Acknowledges his note of the 11th
muller.

inst. and states that this Government assumes
that the Austro-Hungarian Government will not
object to the trial by military courts of the United
States of fugitives surrendered by that Govern

ment to this.
1260 Baron Hengelmuller to Mr. May 2 | Same subject. States, in reply to above that the
Knox.

Austro-Hungarian Government agrees to surrender
fugitives to military courts of the United States,

provided they have jurisdiction in the cases.
127 | Mr. Knox to Mr. Kerens... May 6 Extradition of Joseph and Jacob Goldberg. In-

structs to report when and to what country these

men will be deported.
249 Mr. Grew to Mr. Knox..... June 24 Same subject. Advises that the Austrian Govern

ment has consented to grant the extradition of
Joseph and Jacob Goldberg as an act of comity.

BELGIUM

1911.
64 Count de Buisser.t to Mr. Jan. 23 Consular representation of the Kongo by Belgian
Knox.

Consular Officers. Informs that the Consulate
General ofthe Kongo in the United States has been
discontinuerland consular affairs of the Kongo will

be handled by Belgian Consular Officers.
Mr. Montague to Mr. Knox. Feb. 14 International Conference on Maritime law. Sub

mits the report of the American delegatos on Sal

vage and on collisions, Mr. Burlingham to Mr. Feb. 25 Same subject. Transmits the report of the AmeriKnox.

can delegates on the law of collisions.
115 Mr. Bryan to Ms. Knox... Mar. 2 Recognition by Belgium of American Consular Offi-

cers in the Kongo, Reports that recognition has
been granted to the American Vice and Deputy

('onsul General at Boma.
89 | Mr. Wilson to Mr. Bryan... Mar. 22 Same subject. Explains his instruction....

BRAZIL.

1911. Mr. Sudley to Mr. Knox Jan. 2 Preferential tariff concessions in favor of American (telegram).

products. Executive is authorized to grant re

duction in duty on flour and other products. Same to same (telegram)... Jan. 15 Same subject. By executive decree tarist reductions

are granted on certain American products. Mr. Knox to Mr. Dudley | Jan. 19 Same subject. Expresses appreciation for preforen(telegram).

tial tariif treatment for American products, Mr. Dudley to the Minister Jan. 21 Same subject. Expresses appreciation.....

for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dudley to Mr. Knox... 31 | Message of the President of Brazil to Congress. Pas

sage relating to the United States quoted.
Mr. Naon to Mr. Knox | June 9 Preferential tariff concessions in favor of American
(memorandum).

products. As an excessive tarifi reduction on
American flour by the Government of Brazil would
create an insuperable barrier to Argentine exporta-
tion, and to check the retaliations contemplated by
the Argentine Contess, the Government of Argen-
tina desires to receive an assurance from the Gov-
ernment ofthe United States that it has no thought

of endea yoring to obtain greater concessions. Mr. Knox to Mr. Naon June 13 Same subject. The Government of the United 32 (memorandum).

States has no present thought of seeking from the
Government of Brazil greater tariff concessions on
American flour than those which have already been
granted. Should circumstances arise to change
this situation the Argentine Government will be
given six months' notice before negotiations are

opened with the Government of Brazil.
941 | Mr. Bliss to Mr. Knox..... June 28 Same subject. The retaliatory attitude of the Argen-

tine Congress toward American products has
been changed by T'epartment's memorandum of
the 13th instant to the Argentine Legation, and a
la w has been passed lowering the tariff on cer-

tain American products.
Aug. 2 | Arbitration treaty between the United States and 134

Brazil. Text.

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1911. Mr Fletcher to Mr. Knox.../ June 10 | Message of the President of Chile to Congress. Pas

sa go referring to the United States quoted. 1738 | Mr. Reid to Mr. Knox...... | July 11 | Arbitration of the Alsop claim against Chile. Trans

mits award rendered by the King of Great Britain.

CHINA.

1910.
124 | Mr. Calhoun to Mr. Knox.. Nov. 22 | Illegal taxation of foreign products in Manchurian

province. Numerous complaints have been made
to the legation concerning this matter. Suggests
that the legation be authorized to seek a solution of
the difficulty on a basis more friendly to Chinese
fiscal interests rather than to insist upon a strict

interpretation of the treaties.

1911. Baron Rosen to Mr. Knox | Jan. 19 | Plague in Manchuria. Requests views of the Govern(memorandum).

ment ofthe United States as to the means necessary

to com bat this menace.
Mr. Knox to Baron Rosen Jan. 20 Same subject. The Government of United States is
(memorandum).

disposed to support the proposal for an interna-
tional commission to study the plague in Man-

churia.
The Prince of Ch'ing to Mr. Jan. 22 Same subject. Requests that the American Govern-
Calhoun.

ment select and send specialists to Manchuria to
study the plague; suggest precautionary measures

and methods of cure.
Prince Koudacheff to Mr. Jan. 27 Same subject. The Russian Government has given
Knox (memorandum).

its assent to the request of the Chinese Government
to appoint a physician to study the plague in Man-

churia.
104 Mr. Wilson to Mr. Calhoun. Jan. 30 | Dlegal taxation of foreign products in Manchurian

provinces. Instructs to protest against the taxa-
tion of American products in excess of that allowed

by the treaties,
209 Ur. Knox to Prince Kouda- Feb. 9 Plague in Manchuria. The American National Red
cheil.

Cross has placed at the disposition of the Chinese
Government & surgeon to make investigations in
Manchuria in coordination with the efforts of other

foreign physicians.
Wr. Wilson to Mr. Calhoun Feb. 11 Same subject. Instructs to inform the Chinese Gov.
(telegram).

ernment that two American physicians will soon
leave Manila íor Peking who are being sent by the
American National Red Cross to study the plague

in Manchuria.
19 Princo Koudacheff to Mr.Feb. 13 | Same subject. Submits certain measures which will
Knox.

be presented to the Chinese Government for adop-
tion againstthe plague and asks whether this Gov.

ernment is disposed to support these measuros.
Mr. Rockhill to Mr. Knox! Feb. 14 Same subject. Reports that the Russian Govern-
(telegram).

ment is sending a doctor and three assistants to
study the plague in cooperation with investigators

sent by other nations.
213 Mr. Wilson to Prince Koud- | Feb. 17 Same subject. The Government of the United
acheff.

States is disposed to support the Russian Govern-
ment to induco the Chinese Government to adopt

reasonable measures for the combat of the plague. 191 Mr. Calhoun to Mr. Knox.. Feb. 28 Payment of Changsha indemnity claims. Settle

ment of these claims was effected Jan. 28, 1911. In-
closes agreement and reports that the American

claims have been paid. 196 Same to same.............. Mar. 6

Mar. 6 Plague in Manchuria. Reports arrival of American

physicians in Peking.
200 Same to same............. Mar. 9 Illegal taxation of foreign products in Manchurian

provinces. Reports further on this subject and
states that the American consuls have been in-
formed of department's attitude and have been

instructed to endeavor to ellect local settlements. 216 Mr. Loudon to Mr. Knox. Mar. 10 Joint international opium commission. Reports

postponement of the conference to July 1 next
and asks whether the Government of the United
States accepts the conditions of the British Govern-
ment concerning the repression of the morphine

and cocaine trade.
117 Mr. Wilson to Mr. Loudon. Mar. 22 Same subject. The change of the date of opening of

the conference is agreeable to this Government, and the proposals made by the British Government

will have its earnest support. 44773°—FR 1911- 3

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