Mr. Hay to Mr. von Holleben.

No. 260.]

Excellency: Referring to your expressed desire to receive an answer to your note of March 10 last, inquiring whether the provisions of the act of March 1, 1899, relative to the inspection and analysis of articles imported into the United States supposed to be dangerous to the public health, are applicable to toys imported from Germany, I have the honor to inform you that I have this day requested the Secretary of Agriculture, to whom your note, with its inclosures, was referred, to expedite his reply with as little delay as possible.

Accept, etc.

John Hay.