Mr. Vignaud to Mr. Gresham .

No. 268.]

Sir: I inclose herewith a copy and a translation of the decree of February 24, forbidding the importation of American cattle into France, the substance of which I telegraphed you on the 25th instant. It is reported that the pretext under which this measure was taken was the prevalence in the United States of Texas fever and pleuro-pneumonia. I inclose also a copy of my telegram.

I have, etc.,

Henry Vignaud
[Inclosure in No. 268.—Translation.—Extract from Journal Officiel, February 25, 1895.]

Decree prohibiting importation of American cattle into France.

The minister of agriculture, referring to the law of July 21, 1881, on the sanitary inspection of animals, and the decree of June 22, 1882, regulating the public administration for the execution of said law, considering that contagious diseases which do not exist in France are prevalent in the United States of America among animals of the bovine species, and that cases have been established as existing among animals imported into Europe from that country, it becomes necessary to take measures preventing the introduction of these diseases into our territory.

According to the advice of the consulting committee on epizootics, on the report of the councillor of state, director of agriculture decrees:

Article 1. The importation into or the transit through France of animals of the bovine species from the United States of America is prohibited both by our frontiers on land or by sea until otherwise ordered.

At the same time, all such animals which have been shipped from the United States before the 24th of February, 1895, will be allowed entry into France under the reservation that they are imported in compliance with the rules governing the importation of animals into France.

Article 2. The prefects of the departments are requested, each according to his duty, to see to the enforcement of the present order.