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United States Department of State / The executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the fiftieth Congress. 1887-'88
(1887-1888)

Sweden and Norway,   pp. 1036-1053 PDF (8.3 MB)


Page 1036


                  SWEDEN AND NORWAY.
                              No. 651.
                      Mr. Magee to Mr. Bayard.
No. 81.]                 LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
              Stockholm, January 20, 1887. (Received February 10.)
  SIR   On yesterday at noon His Majesty, attended by members of the
royal family, his personal suite, the ministers of state, and all the high
functionaries of the Kingdom, in presence of the diplomatic corps and
the members of the two chambers, opened the annual session of the
Riksdagen.
  The address delivered from the Throne was brief, its delivery not
consuming more time than fifteen minutes.
  The subjects touched upon are of a purely domestic nature, there
being no foreign question that in any way menaces or disturbs the
peace and integrity of the United Kingdoms.
  The paramount question, into the discussion of which there has been
interjected a good deal of bitterness, is the tariff question. While His
Majesty refrained from alluding to the subject, he, as well as his
ministry, are free traders, and any change in the present system would
lead to the resignation of theoinistry, and commit Sweden to the pro.
tective theory.
  The duty proposed will especially affect breadstuffs and meats.
  The country at present is suffering from a very great depression in
all its commercial and manufacturing interests without much outlook
for improvement.
  The protectionists insist that this condition of things is the result of
the present custom laws, and the arguments have made some headway
the past year.
  It is not improbable, therefore, that during the present session of
the Riksdag, Sweden will make a radical change in her present tariff
regulations.
      I have, etc..                               RuFUS MAGEE.
                              No. 652.
                     Mr. Mfagee to M r. Bayard.
                              [Extract.]
No. 85.]                  LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                     Stockholm, May 24, 1887. (Received June 13.)
  SIR: Since my return to this mission I have endeavored to ascertain
such facts relative to the political condition as will acquaint you with
the present status thereof.
  This country is usually free from political agitation, the current of
public affairs running smoothly, and the people contented with their
political condition.
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