Mr. Herdliska to Mr. Hay.
Vienna, February 15, 1899.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch to Mr. Tower, No. 199, of the 25th of January, 1899, inclosing for the information of this legation a “copy of a letter from the Secretary of Agriculture relative to the complaint of the Cudahy Packing Company of South Omaha, Nebr., that the Austrian Government is enforcing a new ministerial decree which exacts the payment of duty on the salt in which meats are packed in addition to the duty collected on the meats themselves.”
In obedience to the instruction contained in this dispatch, “to investigate the matter promptly and to report the result to the Department,” I have this day, after having previously had a conference upon the subject with the Count Welsersheimb, first assistant secretary [Page 42] of the ministry of foreign affairs, at which I was assured that the matter would be promptly investigated, addressed to the Count Goluchowski, Imperial and Royal minister of foreign affairs, a note, a copy of which is respectfully submitted herewith, in which, after having set forth the complaint made by the Cudahy Packing Company to the Secretary of Agriculture, I have submitted that, “as the pork packers of America consider this decree a hardship, amounting almost to a prohibition of the import into Austria-Hungary of American meats,” I respectfully request that your excellency may cause this matter to be investigated, to the end that this unjust exaction may be abolished and American meats be permitted to enter the Austro-Hungarian Empire under the conditions heretofore existing.
As soon as a reply is received from the Austro-Hungarian Government upon this subject I shall at once communicate the same to the Department.
I have, etc.,
Chargé d’Affaires ad Interim.