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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 5, 1905

Turkey,   pp. 875-911 PDF (14.3 MB)

Page 884

 You are requested to give this matter your attention and advise the Department
of the result. 
 I am, etc., ALVEY A. ADEE. 
Minister Leishman to the Secretary of State. 
No. 1154.]       AMERICAN LEGATION, 
 Constantinople, September 14, 1905. 
 SIR: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 877, of August 14, 1905,
inclosing copy of a letter from Mr. J. B. Hammond, com plaining against the
action of the customs officials at Constantinople in detaining a certain
shipment of typewriting machines consigned by him to Messrs. Bond, Seller
& Co. 
 The facts in the case are that the Turkish Government issued a practically
prohibitive order some months ago against the introduc tion of typewriting
machines on the ground that they could be used by illy disposed people for
the circulation of revolutionary literature, as it would be much more difficult
to trace the authors of such type written letters than in the case of ordinary
hand-written circulars. 
 I am quite convinced that the reason given is the only one and one that
seems to carry much weight with the Turks, ridiculous as it may appear, and
all the efforts of the British ambassador and myself have been up to the
present time unavailing except to induce the Porte to instruct the custom-house
to permit machines consigned in individual names (when the party was known)
to pass. 
 The greatest difficulty seems to have been experienced by the Oliver Typewriting
Machine Company, this company as well as the Hammond Company being represented
here by English agents who purchase the machines outright, and are consequently
the owners, which insures the active cooperation of the English embassy.
 As the embargo affects a very legitimate and commendable Ameri can industry,
it is scarcely necessary for me to add that the legation will continue to
make every proper effort to have the objectionable order rescinded. 
 I have, etc., JOHN G. A. LEISHMAN. 
Minister Leishman to the Secretary of State. 
No. 1179.]     AMERICAN LEGATION, 
 Constantinople, October 20, 1905. 
 Sin: Referring further to my dispatch, No. 1154, of September 14, 1905,
in regard to the difficulties encountered at the custom-house by the importers
of typewriting machines, I beg to inclose copy of a note just received from
the Sublime Porte, which will probably do away with the troubles complained
of by Messrs. Hammond and others. 
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 I have, etc., S 

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