National Affairs: Pines and Palms

(Quietly, at the State Department, Secretary Hughes signed an agreement with Dr. De Graeff, Minister from the Netherlands, agreeing to arbitrate a controversy with Holland over the possession of the Isle of Talmas, a map-fleck near the Philippines.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, the treaty over the Isle of Pines near Cuba—a treaty submitted to the Senate by John Hay, Secretary of State to President Roosevelt, over 20 years ago, continued to produce an unprofitable rumpus. The island was not specifically mentioned in the post-war treaty with Spain at the end of the last century....

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