Mr. Olney to Mr. Ewing.
Washington, April 1, 1896.
Sir: I inclose for your information a copy of a communication of the 30th ultimo, from the Secretary of Agriculture transmitting a letter received by him from Messrs. Patterson, Ramsay & Co., steamship agents and brokers, Baltimore, concerning the alleged opening of the ports of Belgium to cattle from the Netherlands, and to the recent discussion of the subject in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives.
A report of the debates in question will be found on pages 267 et seq. (session of March 10, 1896) of the official journal of the proceedings of the Chamber of Representatives. A copy thereof is not sent to you as you doubtless have ready access at Brussels to the official reports of the debates.
You are instructed to make full inquiries in regard to the matter complained of and to ascertain whether the Belgian Government is willing to remove any discrimination which may now be made against the importation of American cattle in favor of those imported from the Netherlands or any other countries.
I am, etc.,