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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

Belgium,   pp. 73-100 PDF (2.0 MB)

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excellency a claim of the Compagnie Gén~rale des Philippines taken
up by the Government of the King with a view of procuring the restitution
of a fine imfl1)Osed on the owners of the steamship BeIqika for a breach
of the provisions regulating the coasting trade in the Philippine Islands.
 I have been instructed to apply again to your excellency with a request
that you may earnestly insist that the propel- authorities take the claim
of the Compagnie Générale des Philippines into consideration
and give it a favorable reception. The Government of the King is very greatly
interested in obtaining a favorable solution of the matter. 
 I should be very grateful to your excellency if you would be pleased to
support with your recommendation the request that I have been directed to
renew. The Government of the King is very desirous of having this claim entertained
and of securing the restitution of the fine imposed on the Belgian company,
of whose good faith it is satisfied. 
I embrace, etc., 
lifr. Ha?,' to lift. TV~utern. 
    JJas.Iiington, Oetober 30, 1901. 
 SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 20th
instant, and to inform you that I have to-day addressed the Secretary of
War asking him to send inc the report of his Department regarding the tine
iiiiposed omi the steamship B~,'~At ~ ~ 
 Accept, etc., PJOHN HAY. 
iifem (~i~~ti,d,tii,. 
LEGATION OF BELarui~m, December 20, 1901. 
 Pursuant to instructions of its Government the legation of Belgium had the
honor to submit to the favorable consideration of the Secretary of State,
on the 11th of March last, a claim of the Compagnie Gén~rale des Philippines,
a Belgian corporation recognized in the Philippines. 
 That company set forth in that document the reasons why it was an act of
equity on the part of the United States to reimburse it in the amount of
a line of ~30,000, Mexican, which it had to pay by reason of an act of the
Philippine firm, Mendoza & Co., to which its steamer Edgika had been
 The legation bad the honor to recall this matter to the attention of the
Secretary of State on the 20th of October last, and our excellency answered
in your communication of the 30th of October last, that you had called upon
the Secretary of War for a report on the case. 
 Baron Moncheur is in receipt of another letter from the minister for foreign
affairs at Brussels inquiring urgently concerning the status of the matter.
 Mr. Thieupont, a deputy in the Belgian Parliament amid director of the company,
in a letter addressed to the department of foreign affairs, lays stress on
the circumstance that the Belgian company was constrained, in order to secure
the release of its vessel, the Belgzka, to 

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