Mr. Eustis to Mr. Gresham .
Paris , April 5, 1895 . (Received April 15.)
Sir: I inclose herewith a copy and translation of Mr. Hanotaux’s reply to Mr. Vignaud’s communication of March 4 protesting, under instructions from the Department, against the prohibition of American cattle.
Mr. Hanotaux disclaims that the French Government was moved in this matter by any unfriendly feeling toward the United States. He asserts that cases of contagious disease affecting American cattle were found in Germany, in Belgium, and also in France; that in Canada and in some parts of our own States measures of exclusion against Texan cattle are taken, and that the circumstances rendered the action of the French Government necessary. He refers to the exclusion of French animals at the time of the Chicago Exhibition, which was quite legitimate, he says, and against which France did not protest, and hopes that after reading his explanations you will be satisfied that the action of France has not the character you attributed to it, according to Mr. Vignaud’s dispatch.[Page 407]
I am informed that some of the butchers of Paris have asked the Government to permit the landing of the cattle at some designated place, where they would be slaughtered and the meat inspected before being sent into the interior.
I have, etc.,