Washington, March 14, 1905.
The conference on maritime law which has just met at Brussels has adjourned after having signed a protocol, the terms of which the delegates have agreed to submit to the examination of their governments concerning two projects of conventions on collisions and salvage.
This protocol was signed by the delegates of Belgium, the Kongo, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, Roumania, Russia, and Sweden.
The delegates of the United States did not consider themselves authorized to sign this protocol.
The various States represented, and the Government of Belgium in particular, would be greatly pleased if the minister of the United States at Brussels were authorized to sign this protocol.
It will be noticed that this protocol does not imply any engagement. It provides only for the submission of the projects to the examination of the governments.
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