message from the president of the united states, transmitting a convention between the united states and great britain, to facilitae the construction of a ship canal to connect the atlantic and pacific oceans, signed at washington, november 18, 1901.
December 4, 1901.—Read; treaty read the first time and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations and, together with the message, ordered to be printed in confidence for the use of the Senate.
December 9, 1901.—Reported without amendment.
December 10. 1901.—Injunction of secrecy removed.
December 16, 1901.—Ratified; injunction of secrecy removed from proposed amendments and votes thereon, and vote of ratification.
Amendments appear in italics.
Article III was stricken out by Senate.[Page 244]
To the Senate:
I transmit, for the advice and consent of the Senate to its ratification, a convention signed November 18, 1901, by the respective plenipotentiaries of the United States and Great Britain to facilitate the construction of a ship canal to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by whatever route may be considered expedient, and to that end to remove any objection which may arise out of the convention of April 19, 1850, commonly called the Clayton-Bulwer treaty, to the construction of such canal under the auspices of the Government of the United States, without impairing the “general principle” of neutralization established in Article VIII of that convention.
I also inclose a report from the Secretary of State, submitting the convention for my consideration.
Washington, December 4, 1901.