Mr. Olney to Mr. Taylor.

No. 621.]

Sir: I inclose copies of two dispatches from our consulate-general at Habana presenting the protest of Messrs. Neuhaus, Neumann & Co., of that city, agents of Messrs. S. Hernsheim Bros. & Co., of New Orleans, against the refusal of the authorities in Cuba to allow the exportation of 1,200 bales of tobacco alleged to have been purchased and contracted for prior to the promulgation of General Weyler’s decree of May 16 last forbidding the exportation of tobacco grown in the provinces of Habana and Pinar del Rio.

You will present this case to the Spanish Government in connection with the tobacco cases previously submitted.

I am, etc.,

Richard Olney.