893.841 Surtax/35: Telegram

The Chargé in China ( Mayer ) to the Secretary of State

832. Department’s 316, August 16, 5 p.m. Following from the American consul at Shanghai:

  • “1. In case of President Taft the treaty tonnage dues were deposited with me in the form of certified check to the order of Chinese Maritime Customs. Payment of import duties was guaranteed by the Dollar Company under annual guarantee filed with the Customs and still effective. Export duties were paid prior to lading.
  • 2. In anticipation of possible cancellation by the Customs of annual guarantee referred to above and to meet the Department’s wishes Dollar Company has given me a written guarantee to safeguard the United States Government, United States consul general, and Edwin S. Cunningham, from any liability under article 22 of the treaty of 1858 arising out of clearance of their vessels by consular clearance only. Similar guarantees will be required of other American owners or agents as condition precedent to consular clearance.
  • 3. At the request of the Dollar Company and under guarantee referred to in paragraph 2 above, President McKinley was cleared at 10 a.m., August 19th, by consular clearance only and cleared port at 5 p.m. on August 20th.”