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March 16. European War. The German Prize Court at Ham

burg rejects a claim for damages for loss of neutral goods
sunk with a British ship.

New York Times, March 17, 1915.
March 18. European War. Texts of notes of the United States

to France, Great Britain and Germany, with replies, respect-
ing establishment of war zones, blockades, German Admiralty
order of February 4 and British Order in Council published
March 15.

New York Times, March 18, 1915.
March 19. ItalyUnited States. Ratifications exchanged of
treaty for advancement of peace. Signed May 5, 1914.

Italian and English Texts, U. S. Treaty Series No. 615.
March 31. Great Britain. In contending in the prize court in

favor of requisitioning a cargo of foodstuffs on the Ameri-
can steamer Wilhelmina, Solicitor for the Crown introduced
a hitherto unpublished Order in Council providing that the
Crown might requisition any neutral ship. This changes
Rule 28, March 9; the prize court had held copper bound to
Sweden for the Swedish Government could not be requisi-
tioned and used prior to condemnation.

New York Times, April 13.

New York Herald, April 1.
April 4. GermanyUnited States. The German Ambassador

handed a note to the Department of State relating to the
neutrality of the United States.

New York Times, April 10.
April 21. Germany-- United States. The United States Gov-

ernment answered the note of the German Ambassador of
April 4.

Text of reply, New York Times, April 22.
April 28. United States Germany. The United States sent a

note to Germany accepting the offer to pay for the William
Frye on the ground of the violation of the Treaty of 1828


New York Times, April 29-30.
May 1. European War. The German Embassy published in the

American newspapers a warning to Americans not to travel
in English vessels.

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May 7. European War. The Cunard liner Lusitania was tor

pedoed off Kinsale, Ireland, at 2 P. M., by a German submarine without summons and sank with great loss of life.

One hundred and fifteen Americans perished. May 14. European War. The United States Government gave

out the text of a note to the German Government through the American Ambassador in Berlin stating the position of the United States as to the sinking of the Lusitania and denying the right of a belligerent to sink merchant vessels without warning and without putting in safety crew and passengers.

Text, New York Times, Herald, Sun, May 14, 1915. May 22. The Pan-American Financial Congress. The Pan

American Financial Congress met at Washington, D. C. It took steps to promote facilities for transportation and for

uniformity of laws among the nations represented. May 24. European War-United States. Neutrality proclamation issued covering Italy's entry into the European War.

New York Times, May 26, 1915. May 28. European War. Note sent to Germany on the subject

of the Cushing and Gulflight. Answer received from Germany, June 4.

New York Times, June 5.

New York Herald, June 5. May 31. European War. The German Government replied to

the note of the United States explaining attacks on the American steamers Cushing and Gulflight saying that “the German Government has no intention of submitting neutral ships in the war zone, which are guilty of no hostile acts, to attacks by a submarine, or submarines or aviators.” It intimates regret and indemnification in case of mistake where the injured ship was not in fault. It suggests reference to the International Commission of Inquiry as provided by The Hague agreement, if necessary. As to the sinking of the Lusitania, it suggests that she was an auxiliary British cruiser, carrying guns, that the British Admiralty had instructed British merchantmen to attack submarines by ramming and offered prizes therefor and that the Lusitania could not be therefore recognized as "undefended.” That she further carried Canadian troops and war material. That the German Government was therefore justified in attacking her. That her sudden sinking is attributed to the explosion of the ammunition on board caused by a torpedo. It does

not make this a final answer. June 2. Mexico. The President communicated to the leaders

of all Mexican factions, notice that unless they compose the internal disorders of Mexico and secure order some other means will be found by the United States.

Washington Post, June 2, 1915. June 4. GermanyUnited States. Germany expressed regret

at the torpedoing of the American vessel Gulflight, said she was mistaken for a belligerent and promised full compensation, also expressed regret at the attack on the Cushing and

requested further facts. Your committee is compelled to file its report at this date, though incidents of international significance are of daily occurrence.

They express the hope that the rules of international law, founded as they are on the obligations of humanity and of justice, may recover and reassert their beneficent authority.

The violence of the present almost world-wide war has tended to stifle but cannot abolish principles so deeply planted in human necessity. They earnestly hope that the efforts of the Government of the United States addressed, to the maintenance of neutral rights and of international humanity and justice, may help to limit the severities of war, which have so notably increased, and tend to restore peace to the nations whose struggle afflicts the world.

Chas. NOBLE GREGORY, Chairman,

June 8, 1915.




To the American Bar Association:

At the annual meeting of 1913, the Association directed the Committee on Insurance Law to co-operate with the Senate and House Committees of Congress on the District of Columbia, in the preparation of a so-called model insurance code for the District of Columbia. This action was with the design that such a code, after its approval by the Association, might be enacted into law by the Congress and adopted by the several states.

Since the 1913 meeting of the Association, this committee has been at work on the proposed code. After several meetings and much discussion, a tentative draft of a proposed law was printed and widely circulated among insurance lawyers and officials, but the committee reported at the 1914 meeting of the Association that it was not ready to report the code to the Association.

The Association at the 1914 meeting instructed this committee to continue the work of preparing the proposed code, and to report it, when completed, to the Association and to the Senate and House Committees on the District of Columbia.

During the last year the committee has devoted considerable time in attempting to perfect the code. At the meeting of the committee in May, amendments and modifications were approved. The committee is now considering further changes and an amended draft of the code will soon be prepared, printed and distributed. The committee desires more time for further criticisms and suggestions. The nature and comprehensive scope of the code require much time for deliberation over its many provisions.

The committee, therefore, is not ready to report a bill, and we recommend that this committee be authorized to continue the work of preparing the proposed model code for the regulation of insurance in the District of Columbia, and instructed to report the proposed code, when it is completed by the committee, to the Association and to the Senate and House Committees on the District of Columbia.


June 14, 1915.

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