Mr. Ewing to Mr. Seward

No. 9.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch of the 15th ultimo, No. 8.

Since the date of my last despatch on the subject, the rinderpest has spread into Belgium and France. The following report of its progress in Holland, [Page 411] from the 5th January to the 17th February, shows a decline, from week to week, that gives reason to hope for its speedy extinction.

Week ending— Cases. Deaths, Slaughtered.
January 13 4,387 2,002 558
January 20 3,886 1,523 939
January 27 3,249 1,353 1,128
February 3 2,617 858 809
February 10 2,048 789 477
February 17 1,735 650 510
Total 17,922 7,175 4,421
Total loss 11,596

I am expecting a report from the Dutch authorities, which I will transmit when received, giving the result of experiments with chloroform to remedy the pest, made at the suggestion of Mr. Henry D. J. Pratt.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.