Mr. Eustis to Mr. Olney.
Paris, September 24, 1895. (Received Oct. 7.)
Sir: Upon receiving dispatch No. 512 from the Department, instructing me to bring again to the attention of the French Government the subject of the prohibition of the importation of our cattle, and to ask that, in view of the present good sanitary condition of our live stock of all kinds, the question of revoking this measure be taken into consideration, I communicated at once with Mr. Hanotaux.
Quoting the statement made by the Secretary of Agriculture in the letter accompanying your dispatch, I represented that the present healthful condition of our cattle was well established; that the existence of pleuro-pneumonia among the animals shipped abroad was unfounded and based upon errors of diagnosis, as there had been no cases of this disease in the United States for several years; that our cattle were also equally free from Texas fever, and that even if cattle affected by that fever had been found among our exportations, we should have the right to protest against the prohibition of the trade on that account, as the disease is not disseminated by affected cattle. I added that, in view of these facts, my Government entertained the hope that it may be found practicable to revoke the decree prohibiting the importation of American cattle into France.
Under date of the 23d instant, Mr. Hanotaux replies that he hastened to transmit my communication to the minister of commerce, recommending it to his attention in the most particular manner, but adds that, in view of the information published in the American papers with reference to the existence of epizootic diseases in several States of the Union, he would have liked the statement of our Secretary of Agriculture to have been accompanied by statistic data, furnished by the veterinary inspectors, showing the number of cases of epizooty recorded in the United States during the months of June and July.
I inclose herewith copy and translation of this reply.
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