The Minister in Cuba (Long) to the Secretary of State

No. 564

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 241 under date of November 17th referring to the situation in regard to American rice exporters in Cuba.

On November 19th there appeared in the Official Gazette a new decree, copies of which I transmit herewith,86 which the Rice Growers Association’s representatives tell me is all that they could desire at the present moment. It is to be noted that Article No. 6 has been changed. Whereas in the prior decree it stipulated that unless the Rice Growers could comply with Articles 2 and 5, the decree would be annuled, in this new decree Article No. 6 merely stipulates that the President has the power to revoke the decree should he see fit. Furthermore I have been informed by the Rice Growers Association that the Cuban Consuls will be reinstructed to certify no invoices for rice until the expiration of the present decree which is March 31, 1921.

I have [etc.]

Boaz W. Long
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