to Mr. Noyes
Washington , May 26, 1881.
Sir: On the 23d instant, I sent you the following telegram, viz:
Notes, Minister, Paris:
A telegram from Bordeaux to Chicago, 18th instant, says that the deputies from Bordeaux and Havre had an interview with minister of commerce touching American pork exports, and that minister asserted that American papers are full of revelations of extent and intensity of trichina in America. If made, as asserted, statement is based on erroneous impression in minister’s mind formed by isolated items maliciously published for speculative purposes. Most rigid examination adds daily to strength of position of this government in claiming that the hog exports of this country are singularly free from trichina or any communicable disorder. Make dignified protests against minister’s statements as prejudiced and inimical rumors, to which the mass of the American press lends no credence.
I inclose herewith, for your further information, a copy of a letter from Messrs. Armour & Co., of Chicago, communicating to the Department the information upon which the above telegram is founded.
I am, sir, &c.,