Minister Furniss to Secretary of State.
Port au Prince, February 9, 1906.
Sir: I have to inform you that agreeable to notice to-day, published in Le Moniteur, the official paper of the Haitian Government, commencing April 1, 1906, it is the intention of this Government to collect postage for correspondence, etc., destined for foreign countries, on a gold basis instead of in the fluctuating currency as heretofore.
As shown by the notice herewith inclosed, the postal rates will be in accord with those adopted by the Universal Postal Union Congress at Washington in 1897, but in view of the fact that to-day gold is at a premium of 490, the rate will be practically treble the present charges for foreign postage, but the same rate as that charged by the United States for like service.
The postal rates within the country will remain unaltered and stamps now in circulation will be used for this service. The foreign rate, being payable in gold, will necessitate a special stamp, which it is the intention of the Government to have ready upon the inauguration of the new rates.
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