Mr. Ewing to Mr. Olney.
Brussels, April 23, 1896. (Received May 2.)
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch of April 1, 1896 (No. 200), and also of your dispatch of April 10, 1896 (No. 203), on the subject of the importation of American cattle into Belgium.
I had already, in personal interviews, called the attention of the minister for foreign affairs of Belgium to the matter as discussed in the Chamber of Representatives to which you have called my attention, and especially to the reasons given by the minister for agriculture and public works for opening the frontiers of Belgium to the importation of cattle from the Netherlands. I have to day addressed another communication on the subject to M. de Favereau, the present minister for foreign affairs, of which I transmit herewith a copy.
You will notice that my communications of August 22, 1895, and of December 19, 1895, remain unanswered. I adhere to the opinion expressed to you in my dispatch of December 19, 1895 (No. 165).
The status of the question remains unchanged since that date.
I will add that in a recent personal interview I was assured that the matter would receive prompt attention.
I have, etc.,