Mr. Strobel to Mr. Bayard.
Madrid , September 8, 1886. (Received September 27.)
Sir: I have the honor to report that I have had a conversation with the minister of state in reference to the apparent conflict of authority among Cuban officials, and consequent delay in executing the royal order of June 22, 1886, as announced in your instruction No. 112 of the 21st ultimo.[Page 802]
On hearing my statement Señor Moret replied that the construction of the modus vivendi of February 13, 1884, as meaning “American goods in American vessels,” had been so long sustained by the Spanish colonial office, and had become so firmly wrought into the mind of the Cuban custom-house officials that he could well understand how some such difficulty as reported might have arisen. He said that there was not the slightest doubt of the explicitness of the order, and requested me to make a note of the facts I had stated. I therefore left with him a memorandum of the same, a copy and translation of which I beg to inclose.
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