1 APRIL 1905, Page 2

President Roosevelt has devised a plan of compromise in regard

to his Treaty with Santo Domingo which it is imagined the Senate may aecept. He has made a temporary agreement with the President of the Dominican Republic, under which the latter appoints American agents to collect the Custom- duties, of which fifty-five per cent. will be banked for the creditors of the' State and forty-five paid out for State expenses. The agents will be protected by armed American vessels, and it is believed that as there will be no money to get, the revolutionaries will abstain from interference. The

arrangement is to last only till the Senate, which is about to adjourn, shall ratify or reject the President's Treaty. In the latter event, the money reserved for the creditors is to be paid back into the Dominican Treasury. The President's hope is that as everything is made conditional on the action of the Senate, the pride of that body will be soothed, and that when once placated the Senators will be reluctant to deprive honest creditors of their rights. We should say he was rather sanguine, as the Senate wishes to be supreme in international affairs; but he no doubt understands his opponents better than we do, and meanwhile America is protecting, and practically governing, Santo Domingo.