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(1888-1889)

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FOREIGN RELATIONS.
                              Jlnelosure 2 in No. 97.]
                          Mr. Brooks to Mr. Fairchild.
                                       U. S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT,
                            SECRET SERVICE DIVISION, OFFICE OF CHIEF,
                                           Washington, D. C., January 18,
1888.
  SIR: I have the honor to submit for your consideration the following facts:
  First. 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.
They
are known as "spiel marks," and are said to be used as evidences
of value in gamb-
ling transactions, but are really extensively used to cheat ignorant persons
under
pretense that they are the gold coins of the United States. This fraud has
been
practiced to my personal knowledge for ten'years past, and has proved a serious
loss
to poor people. I am informed the manufacturer of the so-called coins is
J. C. Laurer,
Nuremberg, Germany.
  Secondly. There are imported into this country 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. The manufacturers of
some
of these reproductions, which are prohibited in this country except by special
au-
thority, are as follows: J. B. Molus, 42 Rue Florence, Brussels, Belgium;
Dr. Alfred
Moseh Kan, Leipsic, and Kramp & Co., Offenbach, Germany. I do not charge
coun-
terfeiting against any of the firms named, but simply request attention to
their prac-
tice of imitating representatives of values, ostensibly under the honest
plea for adorn-
ment as curios, but which in its abuse is constantly leading to serious consequences.
Experience brands the practice as a vicious one, full of evil suggestions,
and should
be suppressed.
  The laws enacted by the Congress of the United States afford full protection
to
foreign governments against the counterfeiting of foreign coins and obligations
in
this country, and the lpurpose of the undersigned in this communication is
to seek to
obtain like protection of foreign governments for our citizens from such
acts on the
part of their citizens, which, if performed in the United States, would be
adjudged
illegal. Failing in preventing the manufacture abroad of the articles referred
to
herein, I respectfully suggest that steps be taken to prohibit their importation.
      Respectfully, yours,
                                                      JAMES J. BROOKS,
                                                                      Chief.
                                   No. 33.
                          Mr. Tree to Mr. Bayard.
                                   [Extract.]
No. 305.]                    LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES7
               Brussels, February, 11, 1888. (Received February 25.)
   SIR,: Referring to my number 294 in which I inclosed a copy of my
note of the 9th ultimo addressed to Mr. van Eetvelde,7 relative to the
decree of the 30th of April last, requiring foreign vessels on the Congo
River to hoist the flag of the Congo State, I have now the honor to
transmit herewith the answer of Mr. van Eetvelde to my note and my
rejoinder thereto.
  It will be observed that Mr. van Eetvelde discusses the question as
if the Congo was territorial water, under the exclusive jurisdiction of
the State, instead of being as free to the commerce of the world as the
sea, sublject only to police regulations with reference to public order and
public health.
       I have, etc.,
                                                        LAMB]ERT TREE,


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