Mr. Thomas to Mr. Hay.
Stockholm , August 28, 1899 .
Sir: Referring to instructions of the Department, No. 53 of May 5, No. 54 of May 18, No. 55 of June 5, No. 56 of June 7, and No. 58 of June 15, and to my dispatches, No. 83 of May 15, No. 85 of May 30, No. 88 of June 20, and No. 91 of June 27; also to my notes to the foreign office of April 12 and May 3 last, copies of which are herewith inclosed, all relative to the new Norwegian rules affecting meat exports from the United States, I have the honor now to forward you a copy of a note from the minister for foreign affairs, of August 12, accompanied by a translation thereof; also copy of a letter from the minister of justice and the police of Norway of August 8, with translation, and copy of notice of the board of health of the city of Christiania, dated April 21 last, with translation.
From the six latter inclosures it will be seen that the board of health of Christiania, before making final decision on the question of accepting the certificates and meat-inspection stamps of the Government of the United States without the authentication by a Swedish-Norwegian consul at the port of shipment, desires to know if all the inspectors of the Department of Agriculture are veterinary surgeons; and if this is the case, the board wishes to receive from the Department of Agriculture, through our consul at Christiania, a list “à tenir à jour” of the inspectors in question, accompanied by a facsimile of their signatures.
Furthermore, at the request of the minister of justice and the police of Norway, Count Douglas, desires to be informed by me if all said inspectors are veterinary surgeons, and if such be the case, whether the Department of Agriculture will be disposed to furnish such a list of them as is above requested.
Asking that the information requested by Count Douglas be furnished me,
I have, etc.,