893.841 Surtax/36: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Shanghai (Cunningham)

Department has been shown cable of August 23 from Shanghai office U. S. Steel Products Company reading in part “Have cleared S. S. Mobile City without payment illegal 25 per cent surtax tonnage dues on the advice American Consul.”

Department’s telegram to you of August 17, 3 p.m., did not instruct you to advise steamship owners not to pay tonnage surtax. Question should be left to decision of Steamship Company at whose risk clearance is given.