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All remarks of Captain Richard (France), Admiral Viel (Chili), Captain Saldanha (Brazil), Commodore Monasterio (Mexico), and Captain Torres and Lieutenant Seoane (Spain) were delivered in the French language, of which the text is a translation; the original is in the appendix.

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MESSAGE

FROM THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,

TRANSMITTING

A report of the proceedings of the International Marine Conference held

in Washington.

FEBRUARY 12, 1890.-Read, referred to the Committee on Commerce, and ordered to be

printed.

To the Senate and House of Representatives :

I transmit herewith a report from the Secretary of State respecting the International Marine Conference, which was held in the city of Washington in the year 1889, together with a copy of the proceedings of the Conference, including the final act.

BENJ. HARRISON. EXECUTIVE MANSION,

Washington, February 12, 1890.

To the PRESIDENT :

In pursuance to the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1888, an invitation was extended to the maritime powers to take part in a conference to be held at Washington, the objects of which were to revise and amend the rules, regulations, and practice concerning ves. sels at sea and navigation generally; to adopt a uniform system of marine signals, especially with reference to signaling in fog; to compare and discuss the various systems employed for the saving of life and property from shipwreck; to devise methods of reporting, marking, and removing dangerous wrecks and obstructions to navigation, and to establish uniform means of conveying to mariners warnings of storms and other information.

Of the thirty-seven maritime powers invited, favorable responses to the invitation were received from twenty-seren, which included the principal nations. The delegates from the accepting powers met on the 16th of October last, and the International Marine Conference was organized.

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