The Counselor of the Belgian Legation to the Secretary of State.

No. 477.]

Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to advise your excellency that the conference for the revision of the rules relative to spirits in Africa, which should have met during the month of July, has been postponed until the 16th of October next, the statistical data, which were to serve as the basis of the plenipotentiaries’ labors, not having been yet all furnished to the Government of the King. While assuming the initiative of the postponement, my Government deems it its duty to remark that no inconvenience can result therefrom in regard to restrictive measures applicable to the alcohol trade. It was agreed at the last conference and recorded in the protocol that if the customs duty provided for in Article I of the convention of June 8, 1899, had not been revised on the date set by the said article the duty would remain in force.

Accept, etc.,

For the Minister, absent,
E. Havenith,
Counselor of Legation.