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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the forty-seventh Congress, 1880-'81
(1881-1882)

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FOREIGN RELATIONS.
                              No. 41.
                      Mr. Blaine to Mr. Phelps.
 No. 8.]                            DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                        Washington, July 27ý 1881.
   SIR: I have read with pleasure your No.0,6 of the 2d instant, rela-
 tive to the restrictions upon the importation of American pork into
 Austria-Hungary. Your representations thereon appear to have been
 energetic and discreet, and are approved, as reflecting the views of
 this Department.
      I am, &c.,
                                           JAMES G. BLAINE.
                              No. 42.
                      Mr. Blaine to Mr. Phelps.
No. 10.]                          DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                      Washington, August 5, 1881.
  SIR: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 9, of
the 15th ultimo, reporting an interview recently had by you with the act-
ing minister for foreign affairs on the subject of the apprehended desire
and attempt of the Colombian Government to secure the protectorate
of the leading powers of Europe for the Isthmus of Panama.
  The promptness with which you sought and obtained an interview
with Baron Kallay, and the discreet and forcible manner in which you
carried out the Department's instructions in regard to the subject are
approved.
      I am, &c.
                                           JAMES G. o3LAINE.
                          BELGIUM.
                              No. 43.
                     ]1r. Putnam to Mr. IEvarts.
No. 51.]                LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
               Brussels, -February 9, 1881. (Received February 24.)
  SIR: My predecessor, in his dispatchNo. 70, gave an account of the
controversy over the new school law of 1879 for Belgium. He stated
that the law was resisted by the Roman Catholic priesthood as an at-
tempt to overthrow the religion of the country, while it was admitted
by the liberal party and the state ministry that it was designed to lessen
the priestly domination in secular affairs; that by the law of 1842 the
priests had the right, in common with the civil authorities, to have
committees selected from their order to inspect all the public schools,
and the right of appointment of teachers, and, in fact, had almost ex-
clusive management of the secular education of the youth of Belgium;
that in the normal schools from which school instructors came it was
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