No. 983.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Curry.

No. 275.]

Sir: Referring to my No. 272 of the 28th ultimo, concerning the discrimination against the American steam schooner Jeanie at Cardenas, I now inclose for your information copy of a dispatch from our commercial agent at that port transmitting a letter from the collector stating that he would report the facts to the superior authorities at Matanzas and await their order to return the proportion of money due to the said vessel.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 275.]

Mr. Churchill to Mr. Rives.

No. 66.]

Sir: I had the honor to receive your dispatch No. 28, of the 18th February, and for which I am much obliged. I now have to advise you that in the matter of steam schooner Jeanie, of New York, that came to this port on the 10th day of October in ballast from Ponce, Porto Rico, to load sugars for the United States, the collector of this custom-house charged the vessel with one dollar Spanish gold for tonnage dues, which was paid under protest made by me and in name of the captain, claiming “that the Jeanie was the same as a Spanish vessel in like circumstances,” and that a Spanish vessel coming from Porto Rico in ballast to a port in this island would pay but 25 cents per 1,000 kilograms of weight of cargo for port dues, and I now have to inclose a copy of a letter received from the collector of the customs of this port, in which he communicates the advice that he has received from the chiefs of his office, whose head is at Matanzas, and this collector has assured me that as soon as he gets in all the information that is required he will send his report to Matanzas and then await their orders to return the proportion of money due to the said vessel.

I am, etc.,

James M. Churchill.
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[Inclosure 2 in No. 275.—Translation.]

Mr. Jover to Mr. Churchill.

Sir: The central administration of the customs at Matanzas, by a communication dated the 9th instant, instructs me as follows:

“In an official paper issued by this central office in consequence of the protest made before the United States consul at Cardenas by the master of the American steamer Jeanie, which arrived at that port from Puerto Rico in ballast, intending to clear therefrom, laden with Cuban products, his excellency the intendente-general has annouuced the following decision:

“ ‘In view of the royal order of July 22, 1886, published in the Official Gazette at Havana August 3 of the same year, and also of the circular of the intendente-general’s office published in the Official Gazette of (August ?) 12, 1886, and also of the decision of the same intendente, made known in his instruction of February 28, 1887, in reply to the inquiry of this custom-house (Matanzas), it is ordered that the vessels of the United States be put on a footing of equality with Spanish vessels as to the payment of navigation and port dues, and that they be allowed the benefits granted under the seventh article of the Law of Commerce of July 20, 1882.’

“In pursuance of this decision, and in the understanding that it prescribes no new or provisional changes, and that its benefits accrue to American vessels from the date of the aforesaid circular of the intendente-general (12th August, 1886), you will proceed to correct the charges imposed (upon the Jeanie), to which this present letter refers. I advise you of his excellency’s orders for your guidance and effective compliance therewith.”

I communicate this to you for your information.

Bernardino Jover.