The Secretary of State to Minister Wilson.


The text of a message from the President is communicated to the minister, and he is informed that the United States having adhered to the Brussels international convention of June 8, 1899, he should, after consulting the minister of foreign affairs, bring it, through the appropriate channel, before the forthcoming congress for the revision of rules to control spirits in Africa. The message is as follows:

Uttering the earnest wishes of the American people, expressed on many occasions, for the adoption of measures to protect the savages and uncivilized races in Africa and all parts of the world against intoxicants and injurious drugs, I extend to the congress about to convene my good wishes and my hope and conviction that the labors of this congress may still further open the door for the universal prevention of liquor and opium traffic with all uncivilized tribes and races.

Theodore Roosevelt.

Mr. Wilson is further instructed to acquaint the congress, in the same manner, with the wide interest of the people of the United States in any measures of this kind, as evidenced by the Senate resolution of 1901, indorsed by Secretary Hay; and by numerous public hearings and testimonials. Copies of these publications are mailed, for the information of the congress, to the minister.