Mr. Thomas to Mr. Hay.
Stockholm , September 5, 1899 .
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your instruction No. 64, of August 5, inclosing copy of a dispatch from our consul at Gottenborg of July 7 last in reference to the importation of American horse meat into Sweden.
In compliance with your instruction I have addressed a note to the minister for foreign affairs on the subject, a copy of which is herewith inclosed, in which I quote that portion of the consul’s dispatch stating the objection of the Swedish customs officers to the word “inspector” on the certificate of inspection, that this word does not satisfy them that the inspector is a veterinarian, and informing the minister that in the light of the consul’s dispatch I am in receipt of information through the Department of State, from the Secretary of Agriculture, whose Department is charged with the appointment of such inspectors, that, in fact, all such inspectors are veterinarians, and adding that the inspection is thorough and complete under the laws of the United States and the regulations of the Secretary of Agriculture.
I called personally to-day at the foreign office and read and delivered the note to the chief secretary, and in conference with him thereon stated that I hoped and expected that this information from the Secretary of Agriculture, thus communicated, would be conclusive in the premises.
I have, etc.,