Minister Bowen to the Secretary of State.


(Mr. Bowen reports that he has sent a note to Venezuelan minister of foreign affairs asking if his goverment will agree to the principle of an impartial arbitration of the four cases, and suggesting if it will not [Page 1021] that it propose to the Government of the United States that a tribunal of arbitration be selected to declare whether these and other cases of other nations are diplomatic questions and to hear and to decide them if they are, and to fix the amount that ought to be paid out of the customs revenues to the creditor nations.)