Title: "Washington Notes."

Journal: Evening Bulletin

Place of Publication: Maysville, Kentucky

Date: February 25, 1885


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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Washington Notes.

Washington, Feb. 25. -- The house committee on foreign affairs discussed at length the Congo question. It came up on Mr. Belmont's asking the secretary of state for the instructions given to the American representatives of the Congo conference. The matter will receive further attention from the committee on Thursday next, no conclusion being reached.