Mr. Roosevelt to Mr. Bayard
Vienna , April 7, 1888. (Received April 23.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose translation of a note received from the ministry of foreign affairs in reply to a printed circular containing a copy of the act of Congress approved June 19, 1886, entitled “An act to abolish certain fees for official services to American vessels, and for other purposes.” This circular, together with two printed papers to assist in the full understanding of the same, was duly presented to the Austro-Hungarian ministry of foreign affairs on the 31st of August last by this legation, inviting at the same time on the part of the Austro-Hungarian Government cooperation with the Government of the United States in reciprocally abolishing all lighthouse dues, tonnage taxes, or other equivalent tax or taxes on and also all the fees for official services to the vessels of the two nations employed in trade between their respective ports.
This cooperation on the part of the Austro-Hungarian Government the ministry of foreign affairs now respectfully declines on the ground that under the most “favors-nation clause” the abolishment of all [Page 1920] such charges would have also to be extended to other nations and would involve a considerable reduction in the port dues of Austria-Hungary.
I have, etc.,
Chargé d’affaires ad interim.