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In order to prevent misunderstanding, attention is directed to the fact that the reports of the law officer of the Division of Insular Affairs are not judicial decisions. The authority to declare the determination of the War Department as to the questions discussed in said reports is retained and exercised by the Secretary of War. These reports were prepared for his use and information in arriving at such determination and are now published by his direction. The writer sincerely hopes the publication may be of service to the constantly increasing nnmber of persons whose interest is awakened or whose rights are involved in the propositions discussed.
CHARLES E. Magoon,
War Department, Washington, D. C.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
In re petition of the Countess of Buena Vista for relief from a certain order of
the Military Governor of Cuba, and the claim of Dr. Don Gustavo Gallet
Duplessis for similar relief and indemnity .....
dent of the United States, to regulate commercial intercourse with the archi-
duties Report on objections made by the representatives of the Hongkong and Shang
hai Banking Corporation to Act No. 53 of the Philippine Commission, enti-
States by banking institutions"
house at Manila, to turn over to the American authorities $100,000, held by
said house as the property of the insurgent forces in the Philippines..... The confiscation of private property of enemies in war.... In the matter of transmitting over the telegraph lines operated by the military
government of Cuba messages received from or destined for points in the
United States, via Haiti and Santiago de Cuba......
Wisp, because of certain restrictions placed by the United States upon trade
ment of said restrictions ... The protection by the government of civil affairs in Cuba and the Philippines
of trade-marks registered prior to the treaty of Paris (1898) in the Interna-
April 14, 1891, to which Spain was a party.......
retary of State, complaining of the regulations and restrictions of trade with
in the Philippine Islands .... In re claims made against the l'nited States by reason of the military opera
tions, encampment of troops, conduct of soldiers, etc., in Porto Rico, Cuba,
Hawaii, and the Philippines
to cross or occupy highways, streets, and property belonging to said munici
palities, and the procedure to be followed in conferring such privilege ..... Report on the draft of a proposed order of the military government authorizing
the organization of railroad companies in Cuba and the construction, main
tenance, and operation of railroads in that island .... In the matter of an inquiry from the State Department regarding the claim of
Merryweather & Sons, London, England, for damages occasioned by the refusal of the city of Manila to permit the further execution of an alleged contract for supplying certain fire apparatus....
The claim for $30,000 presented by the American Mail Steamship Company
for services rendered the United States in towing the United States Army
transport McPherson to Hampton Roads.... The salary of the governor-general of Cuba and its payment out of the revenues
of Cuba.. The statute prohibiting officers of the Army from holding civil offices..... Application of the purchasers of the San Juan and Rio Piedras Tramway for
confirmation of sale and transfer of concession, and for certain privileges
desired upon completion of transfer....
Porrata Doria in 1899..
zone for public purposes in Habana, Cuba .....
$30,000 damages for being deprived of the office of notary, held by him in
San Juan, P. R., under the Spanish régime. Memorandum on the questions1. Do the municipalities of Porto Rico, under the conditions now existing
in the island, possess the right to contract loans and issue bonds for
public improvements ....... 2. What method or procedure must be followed in exercising said right.. In re granting municipal franchises by the municipalities of Porto Rico ...... In the matter of the application of Fermin y Sagardia, an inhabitant of Porto
Rico, for compensation for damages occasioned by his property being stolen,
injured, and destroyed by robbers infesting the locality of his residence.... In the matter of the administration of the estate of Ramon Marti y Buguet, a
native of Tarragona, Spain, who died at Beaz, Santa Clara, without leaving a
will ...................................... In re estate of Jacob Dubuque, deceased, and the administration thereof by
the military authorities of the United States at Cienfuegos, Cuba ........ In the matter of the application of Sam Wing, a Chinese merchant, domiciled
in Providence, R. I., for an order by the Secretary of War, permitting him to enter the port of Manila, P. I., and thence proceed to Iloilo, to there
engage in business as a merchant.. In the matter of the application of the board of harbor works of Ponce, P. R.,
to the Government of the United States, asking for the assistance of the Government of the United States in securing the payment of a claim asserted by said board of harbor works of Ponce against the Government of Spain for
the sum of 27,503.06 pesos.. In re application to the President, of Juan B. Calero, to set aside and annul
certain judgments rendered by the courts of Cuba prior to American occu
pation of the island.... Report on the application to the Secretary of War, made by Antonio Diaz
Herrera, an inhabitant of Cuba, requesting the Secretary of War to annul the
final decree of the judge of San Antonio de los Baños made May 25, 1897.. In the matter of the application of Frank H. Griswold, Charles Bigelow, Herbert S. Griswold, and Joseph J. McNally, for articles of incorporation creating a corporation under and by virtue of the laws of Porto Rico; if such corporation can not be created under the laws of Porto Rico, as existing, then said applicants desire to become incorporated as a Porto Rico corporation under and by virtue of the Federal authority of the United States .....
In the matter of the application of Ramon Valdez for a revocable license to
occupy and utilize the water power of La Plata River at Comerio Falls,
Porto Rico .....
government maintained in New Mexico; also the orders of the military gov-
government...... In the matter of the commutation, by the courts of Cuba, of the sentences
heretofore imposed by said courts on persons convicted of criminal offenses
Regla Warehouses, Limited, and the Cuban and Pan-American Express
Cuba and an attorney at law, against the order of the military governor of
Cuba dated July 29, 1899, being No. 124, Headquarters Division of Cuba... The disposition to be made of certain effects of Mortimer Cook, deceased, now
in the possession of the military authorities of the United States in the Phil
ippines ..... Extradition of fugitives from justice who have taken refuge in Cuba under
military government.... In re claim of Don José Cagigas against the military government of Cuba for
damages to the tug Catalina by a collision with the Government boat Narciso
Deulofeu in Habana Harbor ...
United States of subsidy provided for by the terms of the concession granted
by the Government of Spain ... Claim of Vicente and José Usera relating to an alleged Spanish concession for
the construction of a tramway on the public highway from the city of Ponce,
P. R., to the Barrio de la Marina ......
and the rights thereunder of Primitivo Gutierrez, a Spanish subject...... Report on the right of the municipality of Habana to exercise over property
owned by said city, the rights which by law belong to the peaceful posses
sion of property ... Report on the question of inserting a charge of “conspiracy” in the criminal
complaints against Neely and Rathbone; and the inadvisability of joining
both defendants in one complaint which shall include all the charges...... Report as to the ownership and right to dispose of vessels disabled and sunk
in the coastal waters of Cuba by the naval forces of the l’nited States during
the Spanish-American war..... In re request of the military government of Cuba that the War Department
request the State Department to apply to the Government of Spain for the
release from prison of Eulogio Idulla Saez...... In re note from the Spanish minister at this capital to the Secretary of State
suggesting the conclusion of an agreement between the Government of the United States and the Government of Spain in respect of the disposition of the stationary batteries, war material, etc,, left by the forces of Spain in Cuba and Porto Rico, upon the failure of the mixed evacuation commissions to
agree as to the title and final disposition thereof...... The concession to canalize the Matadero River from the Cristina Bridge to
the Bay of Atares....