Herr von Holleben to Mr. Sherman.
Washington, February 4, 1898.
Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor herewith to inclose a memorandum containing information with regard to the alleged prohibition of the importation of American fruit by the German authorities. The facts and the reasons underlying them are therein fully discussed. Your excellency will, I doubt not, be convinced that no measures have been adopted that were not necessary for the protection of important German interests, and that the Imperial Government has been far from entertaining a thought of going one step beyond this definitely drawn line. I trust that your excellency will lay the contents of this memorandum [Page 319]before His Excellency the President, as speedily as practicable, and I would respectfully beg you to consider whether it would not be advisable to make the information thus furnished known in other proper quarters, especially among members of Congress.