Mr. Straus to Mr. Bayard.
Constantinople , January 5, 1888. (Received January 25.)
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your instruction No. 58 of December 7, 1887, with inclosure, concerning a report that the Russian Government is endeavoring to obtain an exclusive concession at Cairo and other Egyptian ports for the erection of tanks for petroleum. The result of the inquiries made at the Porte by Mr. Gargiulo, the dragoman of the legation, is that the Porte know of no such proposed [Page 1557] concession; and that, should the Egyptian Government intend giving such a concession, it is extremely doubtful whether the Porte’s authority would be asked.
The minister of foreign affairs stated that if I would address a note to the Porte, he would make it the basis of a communication to the Egyptian Government.
I have accordingly sent a note verbale to the Porte, of which the inclosed is a copy.
I have, etc.,