Mr. Risley to Mr. Olney .
Copenhagen , December 16, 1895 . (Received Dec. 30.)
Sir: On receiving from the State Department, in October last, the Regulations issued by the Department of Agriculture concerning exportation of cattle and meat, I had a conversation with the minister of foreign affairs, who, it will be remembered, is also prime, minister, in which it appeared that he was personally inclined to favor a revocation of the orders now in force excluding American cattle and fresh meat from this country. Thinking the time favorable, the next day I sent him a copy of the Regulations above referred to, accompanied by a note of which a copy is inclosed, marked A. I have now received an answer, of which I also inclose a copy, marked B.
It will be observed that the action of Denmark in excluding our cattle and meat is based wholly on the like action of Germany, precisely as I stated in my dispatch No. 69, of November 21, 1894. Before sending me the reply inclosed, the minister, in a conversation, stated that Germany now maintained a quarantine often days against Danish live cattle, on the pretext of fear of the foot-and-mouth disease, which he [Page 212] said bad not existed in Denmark in the past two years, though it prevails extensively in Germany itself. He added that his colleague would be glad to revoke the decrees I complained of, but feared if he should do so Germany would exclude Danish cattle entirely, which would be very injurious to the Danes.
I have, etc.,