Mr. Roosevelt to Mr. Bayard.
the United States,
October 20, 1888. (Received
Sir: I have received the inclosed communications
which I asked for under the instructions of your No. 24, of September 28, on
the subject of the exclusion of hog products from the Netherlands. They
consist of copies of the regulations adopted by the ministers of the
interior and of finance in 1885, the general regulations adopted by the
present minister of internal affairs, and the special exception as to ships
in port. You will observe by the last line of No. 2 that the matter is by no
means so serious as was at first supposed, the change being merely of form.
Under these circumstances I have not pressed my request for a personal
interview, believing that the ground of your dispatch was effectually
covered, and I shall await your further instructions before doing so, as,
from the tenor of all communications received by me, I judge that there is
no unfriendliness among Netherlands officials towards the products of the
I am, etc.,
[Inclosure 1 in No.
Regulations relative to the importation of
Ministry of the Interior and Finance,
March 11, 11, 1885.
The ministers of the interior and finance taking into consideration the
official information which has been received showing that epidemic
diseases are observed among cattle of various neighboring empires, and
in consequence of the favorable state of health of the Netherlands stock
of cattle in the Netherlands, and in the interest of commerce [Page 1335] and industry, acting under
articles 1 and 3 of the King’s resolution of December 8,1870 (Staatsblad
No. 194), and of articles 1 and 2 of the King’s resolution of April 9,
1884 (Staatsblad No. 48), do hereby notify those whom it may concern:
- That no dispensation of the prohibition of import and transit
of meat-cattle, sheep, rams, goats, and hogs of foreign
countries can be allowed, except by special exception and by
approval of the minister of internal affairs.
- That beginning with March 15 next, the King’s commissioners
are authorized to allow dispensation of the prohibition of
import and transit of fresh hides, fresh and salt meat, raw fat,
manure, raw wool, hair, legs, horns, and all products of
meat-cattle, sheep, rams, goats, on the following conditions of
import and transit:
- That on request there shall be furnished a description
of the quality and the quantity of the article for
import and transit and the places of origin and
- That on request a certificate shall be furnished which
shows sufficiently that the articles for import and
transit come out of a place not afflicted by epidemic
- That the goods are properly packed or covered, and
during transport have not come in contact with other
cattle, and are not placed in wagons or boats or
separate inclosures not designated for the transport of
- Reserving, however, the right to require such
precautions of a particular nature in the interest of
protection from epidemics for any special occasion and
for local or other circumstances which the King’s
commissioners may prescribe as to the transport and
handling of the articles for import and transit as they
shall think necessary.
W. S. Heemskirk,
The Minister of Internal
W. S. Grobbee,
The Minister of Finance.
[Inclosure 2 in No.
Regulations relative to the importation of hogs and
Ministry of Internal Affairs,
The minister of the interior, acting under the resolution of August
14,1888 (Staatsblad No. 142), which also refers to the royal resolution
of April 9,1884 (Staatsblad No, 48), and forbids the import and transit
of hogs, fresh and salt pork, lard, legs, manure-and other products of
hogs from foreign countries, which resolution goes into operation the
26th instant, brings to the knowledge of whom it may concern that the
King’s commissioners in the different provinces are authorized to allow
exceptions from the prohibition of import and transit from foreign
countries of fresh and salt pork, lard, legs, manure, and other products
of hogs, under the conditions named in Sub. 2, a, b,
c, and d in the regulations of the
ministers of the interior and of finance of March 11, 1885 (Staatsblad
of March 12, 1885), except that in the condition Sub. b, for “a place not afflicted by epidemic disease of cattle,”
must be read a place not afflicted by epidemic disease of which hogs
[Inclosure 3 in No.
Circular of the minister of internal
Ministry of Internal Affairs
The minister of internal affairs has addressed, under date of September
4, 1888, No. 3147, section medical police, the following circular to the
I have the honor to inform you that I have no objection that one or two
hogs should be kept and fed on board of sea-going vessels, provided they
are not to be unloaded, but killed on board, or exported again with the
same vessel, or to the use of fresh, dried, and salted hog meat and pork
as provision on board, without, however, exempting them from the
prohibition in the King’s resolution of August 14, 1888 (Staatsblad No.
142), as to free import.
The inspectors of taxes in the different provinces are hereby notified of
Minister of Internal Affairs.