Mr. Schuyler to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Athens, February 10, 1883. (Received March 5.)
Sir: I received a few days ago a circular of the minister of the interior, dated January 23, 1883, addressed to the provincial authorities of the Kingdom and to the bureau of health of Piraeus, with reference to the importation of cattle from various eastern countries. The second paragraph, however, of the circular renewed the prohibition against the importation of hams, sausages, and lard coming from America, either directly or indirectly. I inclose a copy and translation of this circular.
On his first reception day I inquired of Mr. Tricoupis whether the Government had any additional reasons for prohibiting the importation of hams, &c., from the United States, adding that I thought that the results of the investigations undertaken by the order of our Government had sufficiently proved that there was no danger to be expected from such importations. Mr. Tricoupis said that he was ignorant of the causes which had led to the insertion of the paragraph referred to, as in his capacity of minister of the interior he had simply published a circular prepared by the sanitary authorities of his department; that if he had noticed the passage he would have inquired, because he remembered that Mr. Botassi, the Greek consul-general at New York, had made a report in which he stated that the reports about disease of swine, &c., in America had been greatly exaggerated. He promised me, therefore, to make further inquiries, and, without binding himself, gave me to understand that if the result of his inquiries proved satisfactory the prohibition would be withdrawn.
I have, &c.,