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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Belgium,   pp. 24-50 PDF (11.1 MB)


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wrongs inflicted on the American Baptist Missionary Union by Mr.
Henry M. Stanley and the Congo State authorities, has been received.
  Your report of the restitution of the steamer and indemnification of
the owners has been read with satisfaction.
       I am, etc.,
                                                       T. F. BAYARD.
                                  No. 32.
                         Mr. Bayard to Mr. Tree.
No. 97.]                            DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                         Washington, January 30, 1888.
   Sin: I inclose herewith a copy of a letter to this Departinent from
the Secretary of the Treasury relative to pieces of metal known as
" spiel marks," representing closely in size, color, and partly
in design
the several gold coins of the United States, which are imported from
Belgium, and also relative to imitations of coins, postage-stamps, and
other obligations of foreign governments and our own, likewise im-
ported from Germany, all of which, it is alleged, are used for fraudu-
lent purposes.
   I will thank you to make inquiry in the proper quarter as to whether
the laws of Belgium prohibit the manufacture of the articles described
in the Treasury Department letter, and to report the result of your in-
quiries to this Department.
       I am, etc.,
                                                        T. F. BAYARD.
                              [Inclosure I in No. 97. ]
                         Ar. Fairchild to ]r. Bayard.
                                              TREASURY DEPARTMENT,
                                                          January 21, 1888.
  SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a letter, dated the
18th instant,
from Mr. J. J. Brooks, chief of the Secret Service of this Department, in
which he
states that there are imported from Germany pieces of metal, representing
closely in
size, color, and partly in design, the several gold coins of the United States,
which
are known as "spiel marks," and which, as alleged, are extensively
used to cheat
ignorant persons under the pretense that they are the gold coins of the United
States;
and also that imitations of coins, postage-stamps, and other obligations
of foreign
governments and of our own, in full size, and in miniature, and of exact
appearance
of genuine issues are imported, and that their importation leads to great
abuse and
injury.
  Mr. Brooks states that the "spiel marks" are manufactured by
one J. C. Laurer,
  of Nuremberg, Germany, and that the imitations of coins, postage-stamps,
and other
obligations of foreign governments and our own, are manufactured by J. B.
Molus at
Brussels, Belgium; Dr. Alfred Mosch Kan, at Leipsic, and Kramp & Co.,
at Offen-
bach, Germany.
  You will notice that Mr. Brooks states that his object in communicating
these facts
is to seek to obtain the protection of foreign governments for our citizens
from such
acts on the part ot persons under their control-which, if performed in the
United
States, would be adjudged illegal.
  The matter is referred to you for such action as you may deem proper.
                                                      C. S. FAIRCHILD,
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BELGIUM.


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