Chargé Eddy to the Secretary of State.

No. 205.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I received to-day at 4 o’ clock a note from Count Lamsdorff relating to the removal of discriminating customs duties on certain products of American manufacture and officially notifying this embassy that on August 28 (September 10) His Majesty the Emperor issued an imperial order abrogating these duties, to take effect at once.

Immediately on receipt of the said note, of which a copy and translation are herewith inclosed, I cabled you the contents thereof. * * *

I have, etc.,

Spencer Eddy.
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs to Chargé Eddy.

Mr. Chargé d’affaires: I have the honor to inform you that in consequence of a report from the minister of finance His Majesty the Emperor has deigned to order on August 28 that—

The dispositions in force relative to the levying of supplementary customs dues on products of American manufacture provided for by articles 82, 150, 153, 161, 167, section 2, and 173, section 3, of the general customs tariff for European commerce, as well as those relating to the presentation to customs offices of documents certifying the origin of the products in question be abrogated, and
That the present supreme order be published in the Bulletin des lois and be telegraphed to the customs offices with instruction that it be put into execution without delay.

I think it my duty to add that privy Councilor Kokovtzoff has not failed to communicate with the existing senate in order to publish the said supreme order and to communicate it by telegraph to the customs offices of the Empire.

I avail, etc.,

Count Lamsdorff.