File No. 5727/62.

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé of Austria-Hungary.

No. 262.]

Sir: With reference to your note No. 1206, of the 19th instant,a I have the honor to say that the administrative provisions set forth in the commercial agreement between the United States and Germany are intended to be applicable in principle to all countries. The provisions which relate to the accrediting of special agents, their cooperation with chambers of commerce, and the acceptance of certificates of chambers of commerce as to value as competent evidence in terms relate specifically to Germany. The Government of the United States does not, however, wish to make them the basis of discrimination against any other country, and is quite ready to make them applicable to Austria-Hungary so far as the conditions in that country permit if the Imperial and Royal Government so desires.

Accept, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.
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