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of the prior act of June 26, 1884, therein referred to, copies are herewith
inclosed, and
to extend to the Imperial Government the invitation authorized by section
12 of the
act of June 19, 1886, to co-operate with the Government of the United States
the contemplated ends.
  The following provisions are found in the act of June 19, 1886:
  [Here were quoted sections 11, 14, 12, and 17, as found in the circular
of the Department of State of July 9, 1887.]
  It will be seen that the provisions of the sections above quoted are broad
to cover either a reduction or a complete abolition, by reciprocal action,
of tonnage
and equivalent charges on navigation; and it is open to any foreign country
in all or
any of whose ports a kess charge is made than that now imposed in the ports
of the
United States to obtain forthwith a reduction of the charge in the United
States on
vessels coming from such port or ports to an equality with that levied in
the port or ports
designated. An example of this is furnished by the arrangement lately entered
between the Government of the United States and that of the Netherlands,
as shown
by the inclosed copy of the President's proclamation of April 22, 1887, whereby
plete exemption from tonnage dues is secured to all vessels, of whatever
entering ports of the United States from the ports of the Netherlands, in
Europe, or
from certain named ports of the Dutch East Indies.
  It is to be observed that the invitation herein contained is extended equally
to all
  countries, both those having ports within the geographical zone to which,
under the
.shipping acts of 1884 and 1886, the rate of 3 to 15 cents per ton applies,
and to those
which have no ports within that zone, and to which the rate of 6 to 30 cents
per ton
now applies. The rate of 3 to 15 cents per ton was geographical, and involved
test of flag. The object and intent of the present invitation is to deal,
on the basis
of reciprocity, with countries as nationalities, whether situated within
or without
the geographical limits referred to.
   In communicating the invitation herein contained, the undersigned is instructed
 convey to the acting imperial secretary of state for foreign affairs the
fullest assur-
 ance of its entire friendliness, and of the desire of the United States
to treat the com-
 merce and flag of Germany on the footing of the most complete reciprocity
in those
 matters to which the invitation relates.
      The undersigned avails himself, etc.,
                                                        CHAPMAN COLEMAN.
                                  No. 420.
                        Mr. Coleman to Mr. Bayard.
 No. 502.]                    LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                 Berlin, September 12, 1887. (Received September 24.)
    SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith certain correspondence
 relating to the case of Peter Mackeprang, a naturalized citizen of the
 United States, whose application for the intervention of this legation
 for the purpose of securing the withdrawal of an order of expulsion
 issued against him by the Prussian authorities I have felt constrained
 to refuse.
    Our consul at Hamburg presented Mackeprang's application to this
  legation in a communication of the 11th of July last, which with its in-
  closures furnished the following facts:
    Mackeprang was born April 24, 1848, at New Gellingsdorf, in Prussia,
  and emigrated in the fail of 1868, at the age of liability to perform active
  military duty, to the United States, where he claims to have been natu-
  ralized in 1873, submitting in proof of his American citizenship passport
  No. 7403 issued by the Department of State, under date of July 15, 1886.
  Early in June of the present year he returned to his native place with
  the intention, judging by his subsequent action, of remaining there per-
  manently, since, on the occasion of an earlier visit made to that place
  about a year ago, he stated in response to the announcement that he
  had become liable to a fine of 300 marks that he would return again in
  year to pay the fine and renew his allegiance to Prussia.

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