Mr. Terrell to Mr. Blaine.
Brussels, September 10, 1891. (Received September 22.)
Sir: Referring to your despatch. No. 134, of May 11 last, I have the honor to state that, in accordance with the instructions therein contained, I addresed a communication on the 23d of May to his excellency the Prince de Chimay, minister of foreign affairs, calling his attention to the requirement enforced in Belgium that carcasses of dressed beef imported into Belgium shall be accompanied by the lungs of the animals thereto attached, respectively, and especially directing the prince’s consideration to the prohibitory character of this regulation.
I beg to inclose herewith a copy of my communication.
On the 5th of August I received a reply from the Prince de Chimay, informing me that it was not within the power of the King’s Government to modify the regulation in question, it being enforced in accordance with the law of June 18, 1887.
As indicating, however, a desire on the part of the Government to concede something to the United States, the prince further informed me that the duration of the quarantine on American live stock, a reduction of which from forty-five days to five days I had obtained last fall, had been further reduced to three days. I inclose a copy of the Prince de Chimay’s communication, together with a translation.
On the 7th of August I again addressed the prince on the subject, expressing my regret that the King’s Government, in view of our efficient inspection of all dressed beef exported from the United States, had not decided to recommend to the legislature an amendment to the law, permitting an exception to be made in favor of the products of any country whose sanitary inspection laws as to dressed beef intended for exportation should be found satisfactory to the minister of agriculture, industry, and public works.
I also begged his excellency to send me a copy of the law of June 18, 1887, referred to in his communication. I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of my said note.
August 12 I received a note from the prince, inclosing a copy of the decree reducing the quarantine on live stock imported by sea from five to three days. I beg to inclose herewith a copy of the decree, with a translation into English.
September 2 I received a further communication from the prince, a copy of which I inclose herewith accompanied by a translation. In sending me the copy of the law which I had requested, the prince informs me of an opinion which the minister of agriculture, industry, and public works has given to the minister of finance, to the effect that it is necessary to regard as prepared meats pork meats imported from America after subjection to brine and borax treatment; and that therefore they are not to be assimilated to the fresh meats whose importation is subject to the provisions of the law of June 18, 1887.
I beg to inclose a copy of the law of June 18, 1887, together with a translation.
I have, etc.,