Mr. Blaine to Mr. Phelps.

No. 23.]

Sir: I inclose a copy of a letter from the Secretary of Agriculture, dated the 22d ultimo, in relation to a recent press dispatch from Berlin concerning the German law in regard to the importation of American cattle and hog products.

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The consul at Hamburg, with his dispatch No. 18 of the 6th ultimo, sends hither a copy of the Hamburg quarantine law of 1879, copy of which I also inclose, and states that this law, while issued by the Hamburg senate, is identical in all the states and provinces of Germany.

If there is any other law bearing upon the subject, you will please procure a few copies for the information of the Department and the Secretary of Agriculture.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.
[Inclosure in No. 23.]

Mr. Rusk to Mr. Blaine.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 19th instant inclosing a copy of a report from the American consul at Cologne, Germany, upon a shipment of beef cattle that was recently sent from the United States to that country. In this connection, I would state that the following dispatch has recently appeared in the newspapers of this country:

Berlin, November 20.

“In the Reichstag the motion to rescind the law prohibiting the importation of cattle was rejected, as was also a motion permitting free importation of swine shipped directly to slaughterhouses.”

I would respectfully request information as to whether there is such a law in force in Germany, as indicated in the above dispatch, which prohibits the importation of cattle from the United States.

Thanking you for the information contained in the report,

I am, etc.,

J. M. Rusk,
Secretary.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 23.—Translation.]

Proclamation regarding the importation of cattle from Great Britain and America.

No. 55.]

For the prevention of the introduction of murrain, it is hereby ordered that, until further notice, cattle arriving in the Hamburg state from Great Britain, North or South America, either by water or by land, shall, before being landed, be reported to the respective police authorities and then be quartered, at the expense of the parties interested, in a space prescribed by these authorities and isolated from intercourse with inland cattle. In the same the cattle will be subjected to 4 weeks’ veterinary observation and will not be admitted to free intercourse until the appointed veterinary surgeon has, after the lapse of this period, declared it to be free of contagious diseases.

Violations of this law will be punished with fines not exceeding 30 marks ($7.14), provided the severer penalties prescribed in section 328 of the penal code have not been incurred.

Given in the meeting of the Senate, Hamburg, August 1, 1879.