The Italian Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

No. 3509.]

Mr. Secretary of State: By note of to-day’s date your excellency, in view of the fact that it had not been feasible to complete the Commission provided for in Article 2 of the Convention of May 5, 1914, between Italy and the United States, for the prevention of international conflicts, and that, on the other hand, the time set by the Convention for the appointment of the said Commission expires tomorrow, was pleased to propose through me to the King’s Government that the time within which the Commission may be completed be extended by an exchange of notes from September 19, 1915, to January 1, 1916. Your excellency added that my formal notification in writing, of the same date of to-day, that the said proposition is accepted by the Italian Government would be regarded on the part of the Government of the United States as sufficient to give effect to the extension.

I have the honor and hasten, for my part, to inform your excellency that my Government readily agrees to an extension of the time within which the above mentioned Commission may be appointed until January 1, 1916, and that it also regards the exchange of to-day’s notes as sufficient to give effect to the extension.

Accept, Mr. Secretary of State, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Macchi di Cellere.