Mr. Hengelmüller to Mr. Gresham .

Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the note whereby your excellency had the kindness to reply to the protest of the Imperial and Royal Government which was filed by me on the 3d instant against the additional duty of one-tenth of a cent per pound on sugar of Austro-Hungarian origin.

While I take note of your excellency’s desire to postpone the discussion of this question until it shall have been decided by the bill on the subject which is now before Congress, and so report to my high Government, it is proper for me to inform your excellency that the reference to Article III of our treaty of commerce in my note of the 3d instant was simply due to an unfortunate clerical error, and that, instead of Article III, the reference should have been to Article V, which contains the most-favored-nation clause, and reads as follows:

No higher or other duties shall be imposed on the importation into the United States of any article the produce or manufacture of the dominions of Austria, and no higher or other duties shall be imposed on the importation into the dominions of Austria of any article the produce or manufacture of the United States, than are or shall be payable on the like article being the produce or manufacture of any other foreign country. Nor shall any prohibition be imposed on the importation or exportation of any article the produce or manufacture of the United States, or of the dominions of Austria, to or from the ports of the United States, or to or from the ports of the dominions of Austria, which shall not equally extend to all other nations.

Accept, etc.,

Hengelmüller
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