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THE I,AURIrR MINISTRY.   335

 

Alaskan   Now it happened that the new gold-fields

Boundary. lay in the borderland between Alaska and Canada. The former country, once belonging to Russia, had been bought by the United States in 1867, but the boundary line had never been properly defined, and a large tract of country was claimed by both the United States and Canada. In August, 18.98, a joint High Commission was

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appointed by the British and American governments to try to arrange this and other questions in dispute, but they were unable to accomplish much. In October, 1903, however, a new Commission (consisting of three Americans, two Canadians, and Lord Alverstone, the Chief Justice of England) met in London, and a majority of its members decided on drawing a boundary line by which about five-sixths of the disputed territory was awarded to the United States.

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