The Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Tangier ( Denning ) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 28—1:55 p.m.]
Department’s no. 11, April 21, 6 p.m.
The British vice consul at Tetuan confirms that Spanish authorities have given orders that all sums paid heretofore by British subjects and protégés as a tax on the consumption of sugar, tea, and coffee should be returned to them. In the future all consignments of those articles are to be turned over to them without payment of the tax until His Britannic Majesty’s Government shall have recognized its legality.
The consumption tax continues to be collected from all American citizens and protégés, with discrimination against American products as a result.