Title: "The Yellow Book."

Journal: Evening Bulletin

Place of Publication: Maysville, Kentucky

Date: October 16, 1884

Places: Congo River; Niger River


Most Americans did not have access to Congressional debates about whether the U.S should recognize the sovereignty of King Leopold II of Belgium's Congo Free State—which prompted the convening of the Berlin Conference—or discussions of U.S. engagement with the "African Question." [note 1] They turned to newspapers to glean any information about the major international issue for the West at the time—the present and future state of African affairs. U.S. media coverage of the Berlin Conference of 1884-85 was extensive, with articles published in the major coastal newspapers and dailies in the South, West, and Midwest, attesting to the scope of American interest in European designs on Africa.

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The Yellow Book.

Paris, Oct. 15. -- The yellow book just published shows that the Internation Congo Association promised to give preference to France in regard to concessions in the forthcoming African Conference shall recognize the Association's rights in the Congo regions. M. Ferry agreed to respect the position of the Association upon suggestion of Prince Bismarck. M. Ferry agreed to propose to the Conference an application of the Danubian principle to the navigation of the Congo and the Niger.