Chargé Rives to the Secretary of State.
Vienna, August 27, 1906.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose the translation of a note received from the ministry of foreign affairs in reply to a note addressed to the said ministry in December, 1905, by the former ambassador, Mr. Bellamy Storer, requesting an explanation from the Imperial and Royal Government of the reasons for the refusal of the custom authorities at Eger to permit a cask of salted beef, produced and prepared in the United States, from entering the imperial and royal dominions.
As will be seen from the foreign office’s note, a decree dated July 5, 1906, has been passed restricting the importation of cattle and of [Page 45]fresh and prepared meat from non-European countries into Austria; and that importations are only permitted by special permit from the minister of the interior, and that an application must be made to the said ministry in every case, and under conditions fixed by the ministry.
I have, etc.,