Ambassador Storer to the Secretary of State.
Vienna, December 19, 1905.
Sir: I have the honor to report that the firm of Abeles Brothers, of Eger, Bohemia, have informed the embassy by letter dated December 5, but just received, a copy of which is inclosed, that a sample shipment of salted beef, consigned from Chicago to Eger, which had been duly inspected and certified by the United States Department of Agriculture, has been refused admittance to the dominions of Austria-Hungary by the customs officials of Eger, pursuant to orders of the Austrian ministry of the interior.
Without waiting to report the case to the department, I have ventured to ask for an explanation of this action of the customs officials, and beg to inclose a copy of my letter to the minister of foreign affairs.
I have, etc.,