File No. 763.72112/38

The Acting Secretary of the Treasury (Newton) to the Secretary of State


Please advise whether any duties devolve upon collectors of customs and other officers of this department to prevent the exportation of so-called contraband of war in the ordinary course of commerce; if so, please give list of articles recognized as contraband.2

B. R. Newton
  1. See the letter of the Acting Secretary of Commerce to the Secretary of State, August 6, 1914, post, p. 595, for instructions of August 5 to the collector of customs at New York regarding the clearance of foreign merchant vessels, containing the following directions: It must be unquestionable that she has no arms or munitions of war aboard.