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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

Great Britain,   pp. 685-828 PDF (61.2 MB)

Page 686

                                   No. 499.
                         Mr. Phelps to Mr. Bayard.
  No. 628.]                   LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,.
                   London, November 26, 1887. (Received December 6.)
    SIR: Referring to your instruction numbered 654 of July 5 last, I
  have the honor to inclose herewith the copy of a communication which
  I have received from the foreign office with reference to the collection
  at Hong-Kong of lekin on kerosene oil, from       which you will observe
  that the private collection of that tax has ceased.
        I have, etc.,                                     E. J. PHELPS.
                               [Inclosure in No. 628.]
                         Sir J. Pauncefote to Mr. Phelps.
                                          FOREIGN OFFICE, November 25, 1887.
   SIR: Since the date of my note to you of the 31st ultimo I have been in
 communication with Her Majesty's minister at Peking regarding the question
of the
 collection at Hong-Kong by Chinese officials of lekin on kerosene oil shipped
   Sir J. Walsham informs me that the private lekin collectorate at Hong-Kong,
 which complaint was made, has ceased since Sir Robert Hart took charge of
 Chinese customs stations, which, except in regard to opium, have no concern
 foreign trade ships or foreigners at Hong-Kong.
   Kerosene oil shipped from Hong-Kong in Chinese crafts to a treaty port
is subjected
 to a lekin duty which the Chinese customs service collects at Hong-Kong
for the ac-
 count of the Chinese provincial authorities of the port of destination,
in addition to
 the native tariff duty; but if the oil is conveyed in a foreign vessel,
the foreign im-
 porter pays import duty according to maritime tariff at the port of entry
and the
 lekin duty is not levied until it passes into the hands of the Chinese dealer,
and is
 then collected, not by the maritime customs service, but by native officials.
   Sir J. Walsham further states that lekin on the oil in the Canton province
has been
 considerably reduced, and that the import duties collected under the native
 may perhaps shortly be so also.
   Under the circumstances described by Sir J. Walsham, it does not appear
that there
 is any ground for representations to the Chinese Government based on treaty
 as there is no interference with foreign shipping, and the lekin is not
levied on the
 oil so long as it remains in foreign hands.
      I have, etc.,                                        J. PAUNCEFOT.-
                                  No. 500.
                        Mr. Bayard to Mr. Phelps.
No. 739.]                                DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                          Washington, December 2, 1887.
   SIR: I inclose herewith, for your information, a copy of a note to this
Department from Her Britannic Majesty's minister * inquiring at the
instance of the Marquis of Salisbury whether any member of our lega-
tion at London could attend the sugar conference now in session there,
and which the minister states will not conclude its labors for some time
to come.
   Upon consideration of this invitation the Department sees no objec-
tion to authorizing a suitable person to attend the sittings of the sugar
conference in a friendly way, as the representative of this Govern-
ment, to listen to its proceedings and report same, but without commit-
ting the United States to participation in its deliberations or conclu.
  Fo the British minister's note see Doc. NTo, 543, pot ag  7,Fo r Byr'
reply see Doe. No. 544, pOSt, page 772.         t page.71?  .or...    ....r.'

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