The Minister in Greece (Skinner) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 5—4:13 p.m.]
7. Department’s 4th. As cabled yesterday Government proposed to increase rate of metallic drachma from five to eight and a half as to wheat and from six one quarter to fourteen as to flour, these rates retroactive from March 2nd. Protests have resulted in withdrawal of rate as to goods already afloat or on order before March 1st but new duties stand as to future transactions unless withdrawn later owing to growing opposition or as result of refusal of chamber to accept Government’s measure. I have represented to Government that America is now importing Greek products upon a large scale and in excess of our demands and shall keep the Department advised.