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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 2, 1902
(1902)

Belgium,   pp. 73-100 PDF (2.0 MB)


Page 73

  73BELGIHM. 
FINE ON BELGIAN STEAMSHIP BELGIKA IN THE PHILIPPINE 
ISLANDS. 
Uoun t L'ichterveide to lift, flay. 
{Traiislation .1 
LEGATION OF BELGIUM, 
W~l$M~iqton, Alarch 11, 1901. 
 MR. SECRETARY OF STATE: Under instructions of my Government I have the honor
to submit to your excellency's favorable consideration the inclosed reclamation
of the Compagnie Gén~rale des Philippines pour le D~veloppement du
Commerce et de l'Industrie, a Belgian corporation legally recognized in the
Philippines. That letter sets forth the facts as well as the reasons which,
according to the parties in interest, justify the refundment of the fine.
 I eagerly take this opportunity, Mr. Secretary of State, to present to you
i. excellency the renewed assurances of my highest consideration. 
' LIcHTERvELDE. 
[Inclosure—Trans]ittion .1 
COMPAGNIE GENEmmALn i)ES PHILIPPINES POUR LE 
DEVELOPPEMENT i)U COMMERCE ET DR L'INDUSTRIE, 
Brss.qeis, February 11, 1901. 
 MR. MINIsTER: The board of directors of the Compagnie G~nérale des
Philippines pour he Développement due Commerce et de l'Industrie,
a Belgian corporation with headquarters at Brussels, l6~ Rue Royale, but
duly registered and legally recognized as a corporation in the Philippines,
where it has complied with all the requirements of the law of that country
regarding its registration, respectfully represents as follows: 
 First. The company holds a large interest in various navigation concerns
in the Philippine Islands. Some of the vessels under consideration sail under
the American flag, but it is none the less true that they represent for the
greater part Belgian interest and capital. 
 Second. Under a contract signed in duplicate at Manila on the 19th of March,
1900, one of those vessels, the Beigika, 462 tons register, No. 272 of Lloyds'
Register of British and Foreign Shipping, was chartered to the Philippine
firm Mendoza & Co., of Manila, for a trip from Manila to Iloilo, Cebu,
and any other port in the island of Leyte at the time open to navigation
by the American authorities, and back to Manila. 
Third. That it appears from the explanation made by the charterers that the
aforesaid steamer in the course of her voyage entered the port of Indang
on her way from Baybay (Bag-Bag), that she cleared for Indang with her papers
in perfect order and after securing from the military commander of the district
in which the port of Indang lies (island of Leyte) the authorization to proceed
to that port. 
 That the steamer Belgika entered the port of Indang flying the American
flag at her mainmast and that the master caused a white flag to be hoisted
at the foremast in order to give evidence to the authorities and people of
the place that his intentions were entirely peaceful and that his ship was
neither an American war vessel nor the property of insurgents; that all this,
according to the charterers, was lawful. 


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