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Though Ito emphasised his unofficial position, Lansdowne’s plea for a more generous recognition o f British interests in the agreement under discussion was doubtless not without effect in smoothing away the last difficulties o f the deal. Trie Treaty was signed on January 30, 1902, for a period of five years. In a covering despatch the Foreign Secretary declared that it had been concluded purely as a measure or precaution. " It in no way threatens the present position of the legitimate interests o f other Powers.

It in no way threatens the present position of the legitimate interests o f other Powers. On the contrary, that part o f it which renders either o f the High Contracting 1 p . F. I, 648-651, Lamsd orff's report o f his conversations with Ito. ” The treaty was received with varying emotions in the different capitals. A t the express wish o f King Edward it was communicated before publication to the Kaiser, who breezily remarked that the noodles had had a lucid interval. 1 To Russia, with her memories o f the recent visit o f Prince Ito, it came as a rude shock.

That it should be made without British participa­ tion would, to my mind, be a national misfortune. It will be a most important highway to the East. It will shorten the journey to India by about three days. It will open up new regions, some o f which will certainly prove rich and produc­ tive. It will have a terminus on the Persian Gulf, in which our interests are supreme. I submit that we ought not to let such a line be made over our heads, and that we should insist upon having our full share in its control, as well as in any advantages to be derived from its construction.

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