Mr. Gresham to Mr. Taylor.
Washington , December 14, 1894 .
By imposing prohibitive duties on flour and other American products exported to West Indies, Spain invites exercise by the President of power of excluding Spanish products, including sugar, from the United States, conferred by section 5, act of Congress August 30, 1890. If Spain desires friendly commercial relations with the United States and is solicitous for the interests of her own subjects, she will at once cease imposing higher duties on flour and other American products than she imposes on like products from Canada and other countries. You will at once bring this matter to the attention of the minister for foreign affairs and read to him this dispatch.