Minister Newel to the Secretary of State.

No. 790.]

Sir: I have the honor to state that the secretary-general of the Permanent Court of Arbitration informs me that according to a communication from the president of the arbitration tribunal instituted in virtue of the protocols signed at Tokyo, August 28, 1902, concerning the question of perpetual leases in the former foreign concessions in Japan, the first meeting of the tribunal above mentioned will be held at The Hague on Monday, November 21, 1904, at 11 o’clock a.m.

The secretary-general also informs me that the Imperial Japanese Government has appointed Mr. Tsunejiro Miyaoka, minister resident of his Majesty the Emperor of Japan, and Baron Descamps, minister of state and professor of international law at Louvain, respectively, agent and counsel before the said tribunal. The appointments of agent and counsel of the other parties have not yet been notified to the international bureau.

I have, etc.,

Stanford Newel.