The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Argentina (White)
Sir: The receipt is acknowledged of the Ambassador’s despatch No. 1391 of October 221 with reference to the apparent violation of Article 4 of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation of 1853 between Argentina and the United States2 caused by Article 2 of the Provisional Government’s Decree of October 6 exempting South American white pine lumber from the additional duty of ten per cent ad valorem imposed by that measure on imported merchandise.
The Department has been informed by Senator Johnson of California that he has received a communication from Otis, McAllister and Company, San Francisco, who express the belief that this measure constitutes a discrimination against Pacific Coast lumber, which has been shipped in large quantities to Argentina.
You are, therefore, requested to convey this information to the Argentine authorities and to inquire whether, in view of the pertinent provisions of the Treaty of 1853 between Argentina and the United States, it may not be possible to obtain the removal at an early date of this apparent discrimination against American lumber.
Very truly yours,