to Mr. Curry.
Washington, January 26, 1888.
Sir: I desire to call your attention to a case which appears to be clearly in contravention of the commercial agreement with Spain which has lately been extended to June 30 next.
The American brig J.W. Parker (John W. Kane, master) entered at Zaza, Cuba, from a Spanish port in Porto Rico in ballast. On clearing from the former port with a cargo of mahogany, the master was compelled to pay, under protest, a duty of $1 per ton on the register tonnage of his vessel.
No Spanish vessel would be compelled to pay such an amount; indeed, as shown by Mr. Williams’s No. 340, of January 28, 1886 (see Foreign Relations, 1886, pp. 783, 784), the charge on a Spanish vessel under similar circumstances would be 25 cents per ton.
Copies of the papers are inclosed, and you are requested to present the case to the Spanish Government and to ask the repayment of the excess of duties exacted from Captain Kane.
I am, etc.,