Department of State, Washington October 29 1901,, Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to submit the following as my report upon consulates covered in my recent tour of inspection: ITALY. NAPLES. This is one of the consulates which has suffered most severely from recent legislative enactments depriving some of our consulates of certain fees which had been regarded as unofficial and the perquisite of the consul in connection with the inspection of immigrants to the United States. AV hile it is highly desirable, in my opinion, as stated by me in a former report, that our consular officers should be compensated solely by salary, and that all fees collected by them should be turned into the Treasury, the present system of compensation of consuls contemplates their receidng notarial and unofficial fees plus their salaries, and suddenly to deprive the consular officer of a considerable part of his compensation without at the same time increasing his salary is a grave hardship. In the case under consideration the consul was deprived by this enactment of more than two-thirds of his compensation, which is now wholly inadequate and out of proportion to the arduous duties of this post. This is a post requiring a great deal of work in connection with the inspection of immigrants to the United States, in addition to the other multifarious duties of the consulate, and the salary of $2,000 is quite insufficient for it. The official fees received through this consulate for the year ending June 30, 1903, were $4,800, which in itself is evidence of a large amount of business, while the salary is but $2,000. The same is true of Genoa the official fees being nearly as much and the salary the same as at Naples.
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