Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Bayard.
Berlin , December 1, 1887. (Received December 19.)
Sir: I inclose herewith an imperial decree and translation, issued on the 29th ultimo, prohibiting the importation of hogs and hogs meat, including pork sides and sausages, from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.
The newspapers have repeatedly lately announced the prevalence of a pestilence among hogs in Denmark to an alarming extent, and the precautionary measures to prevent its spread.
A day or two ago a royal decree was published forbidding the transportation of hogs from one part of the Kingdom.
I fear the present scare will be made use of, by Germany to persuade Denmark to prohibit the importation of American pork, of which Mr. Anderson gave you an intimation in a late dispatch.
I have, etc.,