Mr. Uhl to Mr. Olney.

No. 166.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose clipping, with translation, from the Tägliche Rundschau, a newspaper published in Berlin, apropos to the recent importation into Germany of large consignments of apples from [Page 316]the United States, simply as illustrative of the great ingenuity constantly manifested among certain classes in Germany in discovering apprehended dangers from the introduction of any foreign product which is likely by competition to seriously affect the price in the home market of like products of German origin.

In this case the fear is expressed that an enemy as dangerous as the potato bug may be brought with American apples.

I have, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl.
[Inclosure in dispatch No. 166—Translation.]

Clipping from the Tägliche Rundschau of October 31, 1896.

The first American apples of this harvest have arrived here. The first ocean steamer which reached Germany with fruit on board had a cargo of 240 carloads, which cost from 4 to 8 marks per hundredweight, while German apples cost on an average 16 marks per hundredweight.

We have already pointed out that such dangerous competition would threaten our fruit growers. It will now have to be ascertained whether this American fruit is not inferior to ours and whether it does not introduce danger, as, for instance, the potato bug or the phylloxera.

If both of these questions must be answered in the negative an enormous importation will have to be feared.