to Mr. Bayard.
Stockholm , January 16, 1888. (Received February 1.)
Sir: On last Friday, the 13th instant, the board of trade for Sweden issued a decree forbidding the Importation of American pork into this Kingdom, except that the same be well salted and cured.
I have no information on the subject, but I presume that the board of trade for Norway has or will issue a similar decree.
The issuance of this decree is the result of information received at the foreign department from the Swedish Norwegian minister at Washington that American pork is infected with contagious disease.
Such a disease, or a disease of an infectious character, has prevailed among swine herds in the two kingdoms for some time and the board is taking very active measures to stamp it out.
I have, etc.,