Mr. Sherman to Mr. Anderson.

No. 240.]

Sir: I inclose for your information copy of a letter from the Secretary of Agriculture and copies of correspondence exchanged between the Department and the Italian embassy at Washington in reference to a recent decree of the Italian minister of agriculture, industry, and commerce regulating the importation into Italy by sea of cattle, hides, skins, pork, etc.

As you will preceive from the correspondence, the decree appears, in respect to the necessity of a consular visé, to discriminate against the United States as compared with some of the European nations.

You will use every effort with the Government of Italy to accomplish the removal of this discrimination.

Respectfully, yours,

John Sherman.