Mr. Hoffman to Mr. Evarts.
St. Petersburg , April 4, 1879. (Received April 21.)
Sir: Referring again to your dispatch, No. 43, inclosing copies of the “Regulations of the Treasury Department, to prevent the introduction of the epidemic disease now prevailing in Russia into the United States.”
The plague, so called, which appears to be rather a virulent form of typhus, has never extended beyond a small district, a few leagues square, in the extreme southeast of European Russia, and even there it has been effectually extirpated. In Northern Russia it has produced much less excitement than it did in the United States, and in St. Petersburg it forms no more a subject of conversation than if it had appeared at Rio Janeiro. It is thought and stated here that the exaggerated importance given it in Western Europe arose from commercial rather than from sanitary reasons.
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Germany appears to have become satisfied that there is no longer any danger to be apprehended from this source, and the German Government has materially modified its order upon this subject. Under these circumstances I shall not communicate the “regulations” to the Russian Government unless instructed to do so.
I have the honor to forward to you herewith a translation of the order of the German Government above referred to, bearing date April 1, 1879.
I have the honor, &c.,