to Mr. Bayard.
The Hague, December 24, 1886. (Received January 6, 1887.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 203, of the 16th instant, I now have the honor to report that, after two days’ debate, the second chamber of the States General terminated in its night session of the 16th instant the discussion of the project presented by the Government providing measures to favor the maintenance of the culture of sugar in Java.
The project, as finally adopted, provides:
- For the provisional abolition of the rent due from private sugar producers.
- For a delay of five years in the payment of one-half of the rent due from those cultivating under Government contracts.
- For the suppression of the export duty on Java sugar for five years from June 1, 1887.
I have, etc.,