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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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Générale Beige des Philippines, for a violation of the regulations
of the United States military authorities in the Philippine Islands, should
be rescinded. 
 In reply I have the honor to inform you that the case was brought to the
attention of the Secretary of War, and was carefully considered, but he was
unable to reconim end restitution of the fine imposed upon the owners of
the Beigika. 
 The Department is therefore unable to comply with the request of your Government.
 Accept, etc., JOHN HAY. 
lift. hay to Baron hioneheur. 
    Washington, October 13, 1902. 
 SIR: Referring to your recent inquiries respecting the case of the steamship
La Belgika, which was presented by your note of the 8th of April last, with
a view to the condonation and return of the fine imposed upon that vessel
for entering and trading at Certain ports of the Philippine Islands, in violation
of the ship's license to engage in the coastwise trade thereof, I have to
informim you that after conference with my colleague, the Secretary of War,
I find that he does not deem himself competent to reverse the decision already
 Mr. Root holds that the order violated by La Beigika was one issued for
the purpose of promoting the military operations of the forces of the United
States, and the fine incurred was imposed by the commanding officer of the
United States forces in the Philippines and collected and expended by the
military government at a time when that governnient was an instrumentality
of the United States for the suppression of an armed insurrection against
time sovereignty and proprietary interest of the United States in that archipelago.
He therefore deems himself without discretion to reverse the judgment against
the vessel 
as an act of clemency. JOHN HAY. 
Accept, etc. 
lift Townsend to Jilt. ifay. 
Brussels, hlarch 6, 1902. 
 SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith two official copies, together
with a translation, of the sugar convention signed at Brussels, March 5,
1902, at 6 p. in. 
 I have, etc., LAWRENCE TOWNSEND. 
Convention concerning the sugar régime. 
 His Majesty the Emperor of Germany, King of Prussia, in the name of the
German Empire; His Majesty the Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia, etc.,
and Apostolic King of Hungary; His Majesty the King of the Belgians; His
Majesty the lung 

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