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Minister To Turkey

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President James B. Angel], of the Universüy of Michigan, has been appointed envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary from the United States to Turkey. Tbe appointment was sent to the Senate by President JMcKinley ou Wednesday and has been favorably reoeived all over the country. A t present te is in New Orleaus, La., where he went on account of Mrs. Angell's health. Concerning his acceptance of the positiou, a Washington dispatoh says: "The appointment of President Angell would have been made sooner taan it was if the gentleman had cousented. After the matter was broached to him by Senator MoMillau he said he wonld have to know that the regents would consent to bis absence, and that after that he would have to have as3urances thai the administration wonld back him up from the woid go before he could nndertake the ticklish job in Turkey. He received his assnrances of solid support from McKiuley veiy promptly, and as soon as enongh regents had been consulted to make tbat part of toe business all right, he signifled his willingness to accept." This appointment will be the best of news to the American missionaries in Turkey, as Dr. Angelí was the one selected by the missionary board of the Cougregational church, whch deuomiuatiou has more missionaries in Turkey than any other, to press their claims for redress upon President Cleveland. It is an extremely delicate and important mission upon which Dr. Augfll now goes, one of the most important foreign missious at the present time, and the minister bas need of all the diplomacy and tact for which Dr. Angell is noted. Internationa] Law has been Dr. Angell's topic in the University and he is most thoroughly versed on all its intricacies. He was the minister to China whose delicate task it was to negotiate the treaty excluding Chinese laborers from this country. He was also oqe of the fish oommissiúners to settle the difïerences betweeu this country and Great Britiau. For over 25 yoars Dr. Angelí has been president of the Univeisiy, and the university cannot well spare his guiding hand while he is absent in Turkey. Dr. Angelí will be given a leave of absence by the University regents and it is not espeoted that he will be absent but a year or 18 months, as he would probably not accept a four years' term as minister. He goes abroad upou a speoial mission and when this is accomplished he will return to the university.


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