The Chargé in Cuba (Howell) to the Secretary of State

No. 317

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s Instructions numbers 44, May 4; 52, May 11; unnumbered, June 19 and 77 of June 27; and the Embassy’s despatches numbers 20, March 19 and 118, May 15,93 relative to the smuggling of liquor from Cuba to the United States, the making in Cuba of false whiskey, whiskey labels, and United States Government Internal Revenue Stamps.

The press reports that as the result of negotiations between the United States and Canada, Canada in the future will prohibit the exportation of liquor on ships of less than two hundred fifty tons. Such an arrangement would undoubtedly do much to stop the large illegal traffic into the United States from Cuba. The Cuban Government has always showed an entire willingness to cooperate in such matters, and I have had occasion to discuss quite informally the Canadian arrangement with Doctor Céspedes, the Secretary of State. He would be entirely willing to study the matter with a view to making a similar law or regulation if it were found practicable. If the Department is interested, I suggest full information regarding the Canadian arrangement be forwarded at once so that it may be informally shown to Doctor Céspedes.

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Wm. S. Howell
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