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Three Envoys Named

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Washington, April 13. - One of the first acts of the president after his return to Washington Monday was the appointment oL three envoys to foreign governments lo bring about an international monetary agreement. Senator Edwafd O. Wolcott of Colorado, Charles J. Paine of Massachusetts, and Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois, former vice president of the United States, are the envoys named. The authority for these appointments was found in the monetary conference act passed by congress in February and approved by President Cleveland the day before he retired from office. This act provided that whenever the president should determine that the United States should be represented at any international conference called with a view to securing by international agreement a fixity of relative values between gold and silver as money he was authorized to appoint five or more such commissioners to such conference. Autlioiity for the Cali. The act also provided that the president might cali such conference in the name of the government of the United States to assemble at such point as might be agreed upon. It also contained the folowing paragraph under which the three envoys were named: "And he is further authorized, If in his judgment the purpose specified in the first section hereof can thus be better attained, to appoint only one or more special commissioners or envoys to such of the nations of Europe as he may desígnate, to seek by diplomatic negotiations an international agreement for the purpose specified in the first section hereof. And in case of such appolntment so much of the appropriation herein made as shall be necessary shall be available for the proper expenses and compensation of such commissioners or envoys." Will Inelude Walcott's Trip. It is not known what nations of Europe will be designated by the president for these envoys to visit, but the countrles recently visited by Senator Wolcott will be included. Senator Wolcott found on his visit to Eurcpe that he was handicapped by the absence of any authority -to represent this government. On his return early in March he had a long conference witn the president, and convinced him that much more could be gained by envoys officially commissicned by the United States. Though the act of congres fixed no time for the selection of envoys and left the whole matter to the discretion of the president, after hearing the report of Senator Wolcott's visit Mr. McKinley decided to appoint the envoys at the earliest possible moment.


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