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First Congress, First Session, to Fifty-sixth Congress, Second Session.
CLAIMS OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST FOREIGN GOV. RNMENTS CLAIMS
CLAIMS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OF DIPLOMATIC AND
CONSULAR OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES FOR
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,
Resolved, That there be printed as a Senate document the Compilation of Reports of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate from seventeen hundred and eighty-nine to nineteen hundred, prepared under the direction of the Committee on Foreign Relations, as authorized by the Act approved June sixth, nineteen hundred, entitled "An Act making appropriations to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred, and for prior years, and for other purposes."
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, UNITED STATES SENATE, 1789-1901, FIRST CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION, TO FIFTY-SIXTH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION.
[See Claims against Venezuela, Gen. Index.]
FIFTY-FIRST CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION.
December 18, 1889.
[Senate Report No. 11.]
Mr. Evarts, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, submitted the following report:
The Committee on Foreign Relations, to which was referred the memorial of the Venezuela Steam Transportation Company, respectfully submit that it has had said matter under consideration and report the accompanying joint resolution (S. R. No. 28), which they recommend for adoption and passage by the Senate.
In support of the resolution, as reported by the committee, the committee report that the situation, as between the rights and claims of the petitioners and the duties of the Government of the United States to secure the satisfaction of these rights and claims from the Government of Venezuela, is entirely unchanged from the condition in which they stood when this committee reported a joint resolution identical with that now reported to the Senate and which passed the Senate during the last Congress.
The committee therefore present the views of this committee as set forth in its report to the Senate, in the last Congress, as exhibiting the present views and conclusions of the committee in support of the joint resolution now reported to the Senate, as follows:
The Committee on Foreign Relations, to which was referred Senate joint resolution No. 83 for the relief of the Venezuela Steam Transportation Company, respectfully reports that it has had said matter under consideration.
From the matters appearing in Senate Ex. Doc. No. 28, Forty-second Congress, second session, and Senate Ex. Doc. No. 143, Fiftieth Congress, first session, it appears to the committee that in the year 1871 the steamers of said Venezuela Steam Transportation Company, of New York, an American corporation composed of American citizens, viz, the steamers Nutrias and San Fernando, were unlawfully seized by or under the authority of persons exercising in part the powers of and claiming to be the Government of Venezuela, to the great damage of the said corporation, and in respect of which repeated demands have been made by the Executive upon the Government of Venezuela for indemnity and without avail.
In respect of the steamer Hero, another vessel owned by the same company, it appears from the papers contained in the executive documents referred to that she was seized by a body of forces claiming to be of the true Government, while lying near the custom-house, in Venezuela, of Guiana Vieja, while waiting for the customs authorities to come on board and go through with the necessary formalities, and was taken by said forces up a river for a distance of about 25 miles, and was afterwards, by the same power, with the officers and crew, imprisoned on board, taken up the river to Ciudad Bolivar; that when within about 10 miles of the last-named place she