Courtesy Reuters

The relinquishment by the United States of its claim to the Isle of Pines may be regarded as but a minor territorial adjustment, but it carries more than ordinary significance because of its effect upon the intangible prestige of this country. Here (leaving out of discussion all question of abstract justice) certain material interests were staked against Latin-American goodwill; and the fact that the latter consideration prevailed seems an augury of closer cooperation in the western hemisphere.

On July 30, 1898, in reply to a request from Spain for terms of peace, William R. Day, Secretary of State, set forth among other

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