Mr. Thomas to Mr. Hay.
Stockholm, April 30, 1900.
Sir: Referring to your instruction No. 69 of November 23, in regard to the inspection of American horse meat imported into Sweden, and transmitting copy of a dispatch from our consul at Gothenburg, stating that the customs officials at Gothenburg will not accept the United States veterinarian’s name stamped on the Agricultural Department’s certificate and stamp, but insist that the name of the inspecting veterinarian shall be handwritten; referring also to my dispatch No. 130 of December 30 last, transmitting copy of my note, same date, to the minister for foreign affairs, requesting that the stamps of the official United [Page 739] States inspecting veterinarian may hereafter be deemed sufficient by the customs officials of Sweden, I have now the honor to inform you that I have just received a note, dated the 27th instant, from the minister for foreign affairs, on the subject, a copy of which, accompanied by a translation, is inclosed herewith, together with a copy of a letter from the minister of the interior to the minister for foreign affairs, and a printed copy of the royal ordinance of February 4, 1898, both of which I inclose.
From the note of the minister for foreign affairs it is gratifying to learn that through his good offices the Government of the King has prescribed that so far as concerns the importation of horse meat of the United States of America the provisions of article 2 of the royal ordinance of February 4, 1898, regulating the importation of horse meat in general, will not prevent the Swedish customs officials from recognizing as authentic signature the stamped signature of the official veterinarian inspector of the United States upon the marks mentioned in article 2, above cited.
I have the honor to be, etc.,