Minister Wilson to the Secretary of State.

No. 33.]

Sir: I have the honor to report the convening of the International Maritime Conference at Brussels, October 16, 1905, under the presidency of His Excellency Mr. Beernaert, Belgian minister of state.

The following countries were represented: Germany, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Chile, Kongo Free State, Cuba, Santo Domingo, Spain, United States of America, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, The Netherlands, Portugal, Roumania, Russia, and Sweden.

The representation of most of the concurring countries was large and distinguished, and the debates were most interesting and instructive.

* * * * * * *

At the first meeting of the conference, Monday, the 16th October, I made a declaration in conformity with the instructions contained in Department’s No. 211, of February 9, 1905, and the letter of the Department of Commerce and Labor of August 4, 1905,a and submitted the form of treaty furnished by the Maritime Law Association.

* * * * * * *

I have, etc.,

Henry Lane Wilson.
  1. Not printed.↩