The Secretary of State to Ambassador Storer.

No. 196.]

Sir: The department has received your dispatch No. 294 of the 19th ultimo, with inclosures, relating to the complaint of the firm of Abeles Brothers, of Eger, Bohemia, respecting the refusal of admittance by the customs officials of Eger of a sample shipment of salted beef, consigned to that city from Chicago, which had been duly inspected and certified by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Your action in applying to the minister of foreign affairs for an explanation of the action taken by the local authorities is approved, and your further report touching the matter is awaited with interest.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.