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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)

Sweden and Norway,   pp. 1474-1495 PDF (9.2 MB)


Page 1475


SWEDEN AND NORWAY.
  You will see, however, by Mr. Pendleton 's No. 546,* a copy of which
I inclose you, that the German Government has prohibited the impor-
tation of Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian pork into Germany, and
that there is ground for supposing that Mr. Anderson's intimation in
his No. 168,t a copy of which I likewise inclose, that Germany is using
pressure on Norway to exclude American pork, is well founded. You
will therefore bear this in mind and keep a vigilant watch on any such
possible indirect attempts to injure one of our great exports, using your
best endeavors in judicious and likely ways to neutralize such designs.
  I send you a number of Congressional documents on this question
for your further information, and shall always be glad to have any ob-
servations or opinions of your own on this important subject.
      I am, etc.,
                                                   T. F. BAYARD.
                              No. 1001.
                      Mr. Magee to Mr. Bayard.
                               [Extract.I
No. 112.]                 LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
              Stockholm, February 8, 1888. ((Received February 25.)
  SIR: A new ministry for this Kingdom went into office to-day. The
question which has so long disturbed the serenity of political affairs in
this country has been temporarily, at least, settled by the formation of
a coalition cabinet. Out of the ten ministers forming the council of
state, six of the old ministry are retained.
  The new ministers are, the prime minister, the ministers of justice,
finance, and churches and schools. These four are protectionists.
  This result has not been arrived at without infinite trouble, the main
cause being the difficulty to find a person suitable for prime minister.
Finally Mr. Bildt, the riksmarshal of the Kingdom, and formerly Swed-
en's envoy at Berlin, accepted the post. He is a man of capacity, but
has reluctantly assumed the duties of the most responsible position in
the Government.
   The Liberals are of the opinion that it is not possible for a ministry
 constituted as is the present one to remain in harmony very long, and
 the Conservatives are not very sanguine of its long duration.
   There is no doubt but that a protective policy will be adopted by the
 present Diet, but in a modified form as compared to what was first pro-
 posed. There are already express feats that afiy considerable tariff
 charges laid on breadstuffs might cause in Stockholm and other large
 places demonstrations on the part of the working classes that might re-
 sult in unpleasant consequences. The rate of wages enables the work-
 ing people to barely exist, and they do not contemplate the enhance-
 ment in price of food supplies without showing very strong signs of dis-
 content.
   The new ministry will not have the support of the people, not even
 their sympathy, in any measure it may bring forward changing the long-
 established policy of this Kingdom in reference to tariff taxes.,
   Any electoral appeal to the constituencies would result in the return
 of a Liberal majority in the Riksdag, and this the new ministry wel
                For inclosure 1, see Doe. No. 433, ante, p. 585.
                t For incolosure '2, see Doc. No. 3'26, ante., p. 478.
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