Mr. Lothrop to Mr. Bayard.
St. Petersburg , May 31, 1887. (Received June 20.)
Sir: A few days after the promulgation of the Russian tariff on iron, steel, etc., mentioned in my dispatch No. 115, there was published a new and greatly enhanced tariff on foreign coal and coke. The rates for the Baltic and Gulf of Finland ports are practically prohibitory; at the B1ack Sea ports they are not so high. There, has just now been published an imperial ukase relative to the requisition and holding of real estate by foreigners in Russia. The case seems to have been framed and approved March 14–28 last, but or some reason was promulgated only four or five days ago.
I herewith inclose a, printed copy (in French) of the ukase, and also a translation thereof.
I am etc.,