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Deal In Real Estate

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Parent Issue
Day
4
Month
November
Year
1898
Copyright
Public Domain
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Washington, Nov. 1. - The advices from Paris to the effect that the United States eommissioners have demanded the cession to the United States of the mtire Philippine group are in line with the instructions that have been issuedto che represen tati ves of the United States. Up to a very recent date the United States eommissioners had no precise instructions on this vital point. There was a laek of data as to the financial and political affairs of the Philippines, and so it happened that when the commissioners sailed they were not committed beyond change to any line of policy. A majority of the numbers leaned towards a restrictlon of the (Iemands to be put forth as to the Philippines, all the way from the retention of Manila bay and the immediate surrounding country to the acquisition of the whole island of Luzon. I.i.-ti'in:l to the Popular üemand. That represented about the extreme (Iemand that was in mind when the commission left. But since that time the president has becomeconvinced that there is a great popular demand for the annexation to the United States of the whole Phifippine group, and he is disposed to defer to that sentiment. Besides, there is.ground to believe that in an unofficial manner, possibly through informal communication with Aguinaldo's ag-ent in Paris, or perhaps through some direct between that chieftain and Admiral Dewey, the Tnited States eommissioners havesatisfled themselves that the difflculties in the way of annexation, so far as they might be expected to áepend upon the will of the natives, have been very much exaggerated. Proposition Read at Paris. The questioa of money conslderation is the one upon vvhich the difflculty i3 expected. Dispatches from Paris yesterclay stated that the commissions held a joint meeting of two hours' duration at which the American commission presented its proposition regarding the PhiUppines. The United States proposition was to the effect that the United States government had determined to possess for itself certain territory and parts of land bound by and lying within such paraHels of latitude and longitude as mark the limits of the Philippine archipelag-o. The United States do not purpose assuming the Philippine debt of $40,000.000, but they are willing to be responsible to Spain for a sum of money equal to the actual exenditures by Spain in the Philippines for the advantage of the islands and for the good of their people, for permanent betterments and for improvements, both physical and mental. Reimbui'ssment of 'Pacific Kx penses." The presentment specifies that the United States will reimburse Spain to the extent of her "paciflc expenditures" made in the archipelago. This phrase "paciflc expenditures" is employed to differentiate the expenditures by Spain in combatting insurrections in the Philippines. The one is feit by the American eommissioners to be a fair burden on the acquiring power, while the other and latter classof expendtures is held to have been logically assumed by Spain in the inevitable hazard to a nation resorting to arms to enforce order in its own territory. What are "pacific expenditures" will cause controversy, as they were not defined. But it may be accepted that they include money expended f or Iighthouses, schools, breakwaters, and perhaps the naval station at Cavite. Effect of the Scheme on the Dons. The Spanish commissioners listened attentively, though not without some evidences of impatience and surprise at the financial suggestions in the American presentment, and finally asked until Friday to consult the Madrid government and make reply. Adjournment was then taken to that day. After the conference was dissolved, the Spanish commissioners expressed the opinión that the American demand would créate in Spain, as it had upon her commissioners, an exceedingly grave impression. Were the Spanish commissioners pushed to a final determination now they would reject the American demands, but the changing tone of the Spanish press recently urges the consummation of a treaty of peace, however rigorous, the argument being that although the Spaniarda bow to the American demandu the commlggloners do not acknowledge the justlce or admlt the legality of them.