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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 7, 1903
(1903)

Netherlands,   pp. 686-687 PDF (589.7 KB)


Page 686

686NETHERLANDS. 
DONATION OF A COURT-HOUSE AND LIBRARY FOR THE PERMA 
NENT COURT OF ARBITRATION. 
Aft. Garrett to Aft. Hay. 
No. 679.] LEGATIO~ OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Tile Hague, I'Tovember ~4, 1903. 
SIR: I have the honor to inclose herewith copy of a "deed to create 
a ' Stichting' for the purpose of erecting and maintaining at The Hague 
a court-house and library for the permanent court of arbitration," 
signed by Mr. Andrew Carnegie and Baron Gevers, at Skibo, on 
October 7, 1903. 
 It will be seen that Mr. Carnegie, in furnishing a sum of $1,500,000 for
the above purpose, which -sum was placed at the disposal of the Netherlands
Government on May 11, 1903, stipulated that if at any time the purpose for
which the ~'  Stichting" was founded should fail, the assets of the "Stichting"
should be employed for promoting the cause of international peace and concord
in such a manner as should be determined jointly by the President of the
United States and the sovereign of the Netherlands, to which Baron Gevers,
on his Government's behalf, agreed. 
 The Netherlands Government further agreed to see to the appointment of a
board of directors under proper control and draw up the rules according to
which the "Stichting" shall be governed, so as to insure in perpetuity its
maintenance and efficiency. The words "maintaining" and "maintenance" are
not to be construed as relieving the signatory powers to the treaty of July
29, 1899, from the financial obligations incurred and so far discharged in
connection with the permanent court of arbitration. 
 * * * * * * * 
 *I have, etc., JOHN W. GARRETT. 
[Inclosure.] 
A deed to create a "Stichting" (foundation or trust under the Netherland
law) for the purpose of erecting and maintaining at The Hague (Kingdom of
the Netherlands) a courthouse and library for the permanent court of arbitration,
established by the treaty of the 19th of July, 1899. 
Believing that the establishment of a permanent court of arbitration by the
treaty of the 29th of July, 1899, is the most important step forward of a
worldwide humanitarian character which has ever been taken by the joint powers,
as it must ultimately banish war, and further, being of opinion that the
cause of the peace conference will greatly benefit by the erection of a court-house
and library for the permanent court of arbitration, 


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