Title: "A Newspaper's Prophecy."

Journal: Los Angeles Times

Place of Publication: Los Angeles

Date: February 4, 1885

People: Kasson, John A. 1822-1910


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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A Newspaper's Prophecy.

London, Feb. 8. -- A leader in this evening's Pall Mall Gazette, advocating a political alliance between Great Britain and the United States, attracts much attention. "The American republic," the Gazette says, "is now at least beginning to have a foreign policy. The doctrine of complete isolation, so long maintained by American statesmen, has perished. Minister Kasson's presence and activity in the Berlin Conference on the Congo question must be taken as a portent of things to come. America will continue to exert a great an increasing influence in the work of pacifying Africa. America will ere long claim admittance into the European Areopogus whenever dealing with questions pertaining to interests outside the boundaries of the European continent. England's duty, therefor, is to make the most of this great fact. Blood is thicker than water. The United States is England's natural ally. After the federation of British Empire there will remain for British statesmen no task comparable in importance with that of the conclusion of an alliance between Great Britain and the great Republic which sprung from England's loins." "This alliance," the article concludes, "will be as close and useful to the two great English speaking people as that between Austria and Germany,"