to Mr. Blaine.
Paris, May 27, 1881. (Received June 10.)
Sir: I have the honor to send you herewith the translation of remarks made in the Chamber of Deputies on the occasion of the interpellation of Mr. Tirard, minister of agriculture and commerce, by the deputy from Havre, on the 24th day of May, 1881. It will be noticed that at the close of the remarks of Mr. Tirard he plainly indicated that [Page 410]as soon as the necessary arrangements could be made for thorough in spection of American meats, he would propose the revocation of the prohibitory decree. I learn also from other sources, unofficial, that this is in contemplation by the French Government.
In answer to your telegram of the 24th instant, referring to certain published statements alleged to have been made by the minister of agriculture and commerce to the deputations from the Chambers of Commerce at Havre and Bordeaux, I take pleasure in saying that after careful inquiry, I am satisfied that the minister did not make the statements imputed to him. What he did say was in substance the same as what appears in the report of his remarks in the Chamber of Deputies herewith inclosed.
You can rest assured that I have neglected no opportunity to assert and emphasize your views upon this question, and very powerful French influences are operating to secure the revocation of the decree. There is unavoidable delay, but I believe the result will be attained after a time.
I have, &c.,