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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

Siam,   pp. 972-974 PDF (1.2 MB)

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                                  No. 605.
                         Mr. (Jhild to Mr. Bayard.
 NO. 25.1                    LEGATION- OF THE UNITED STATESY
                    Bangkok, Siam, MKay 10, 1887. (Received June 25.)
    SIp.: I have the honor to inform you that I have received a dispatch
 from His Royal Highness Prince Devawongse, minister for foreign
 affairs, inclosing a law agreed to by a committee of representatives of
 the treaty powers appointed for the purpose of regulating the importa-
 tion and sale of spirituous liquors in Siam, a copy of which, together
 with a copy of the law,* is herewith transmitted.    At present but little
 American liquor is sent to Siam, hence the duty will not materially
 effect our trade at present, but there is a demand springing up for the
 better class of whiskies and California wines that may result eventually
 in a large trade. In consultation with members of the consular body
 here, I find that it was agreed on their part that the new law should
 be put in force. Such being the case, I hope that you may grant the
 request of Prince Devawongse, that the law may become operative upon
 the 1st of September next, as suggested.
       I have, etc.,
                                                     JACOB T. CHILD.
                         [Inclosure in No. 25.-Traslation.]
                         Prince Devawong8e to Mr. Child.
                                                     FOIREIGN OFFICE,
                                                   Bangkok, April 30, 1887.
  Mr. MINISTER: I have the honor to forward you herewith a printed copy of
new law (of 1249), for the regulation of the trade in spirituous liquors
in Siam.
  It will doubtless be in your recollection that in the month of January,
1885, a com-
mittee was appointed by the representatives of the treaty powers, to confer
with the
officials appointed by His Majesty's Government respecting a draught of this
which had been forwarded to them from this office in that same month.
  That committee after conferring with the Siamese officials, made certain
for the alteration of the draught law, which in other respects they were
good enough
to approve. All the suggestions made by the committee have been adopted,
and the
alterations proposed by them have been embodied in the ]aw, of which a translation
now sent. His Majesty's Government is happy to have been able in this instance
defer to the wishes of the treaty powers.
  I trust that the law, as now amended and settled, will be acceptable to
you as well
as the representatives of the other powers interested, and that your Government
deign to agree upon an early date of enforcing the spirit convention of the
14th May,
  I have therefore the honor to propose that such date shall not be later
than the 1st
of September, 1887.                   ,
     With the assurance of my high consideration, etc.,
                                               DEVAWONGSE VAIOPRAKAR.
                              Not published.

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