The Secretary of State to Ambassador Meyer.

No. 142.]

Sir: I inclose copy of a letter from the Savage Arms Company, of Utica, N. Y., who express the hope that the Russian prohibition of the importation of arms may be relaxed, so as to allow them to import small-caliber target rifles and other small rifles for game shooting.

They allege that the prohibition has been relaxed in favor of certain Belgian manufacturers of arms.

You may look into the matter and see whether there is any discrimination against Americans, and if you find this to be the case request equally favorable treatment for them.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.