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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Sweden and Norway,   pp. 1474-1495 PDF (9.2 MB)


Page 1474


                  SWEDEN AND NORWAY.
                              No. 999.
                      Mr. Magee to Mr. Bayard.
                                [Extract.]
 No. 110.]               LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
               Stockholm, January 16, 1888. (Received February 1.)
   SIR: On last Friday, the 13th instant, the board of trade for Swe-
 den issued a decree forbidding the importation of American pork into
 this Kingdom, except that the same be well salted and cured.
   I have no information on the subject, but I presume that the board
 of trade for Norway has or will issue a similar decree.
   The issuance of this decree is the result of information received at
the foreign department from  the Swedish-Norwegian minister at
Washington that American pork is infected with contagious disease.
   Such a disease, or a disease of an infectious character, has prevailed
among swine herds in the two kingdoms for some time and the board
is taking very active measures to stamp it out.
      I have, etc.,
                                                  RUFUS MAGEE.
                             No. 1000.
                     Mr. Bayard to Mr. Magee.
No. 64.]                        DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                     -Washington, February 4, 1888.
  SIR: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 110. 6f the 16th
ultimo, informing the Department that on the 13th ultimo the board of
trade of Sweden issued a decree prohibiting the importation of Amer-
ican pork into that Kingdom, unless it be well salted'and cured, and
that you presume that the board of trade of Norway will issue, if it has
not already done so, a similar decree.
  If, as you suggest, this action has been taken in consequence of in-
formation officially received at the foreign office from the Swedish and
Norwegian minister here of the diseased character of American pork,
and as the measure seems to arise from an attempt of the Swedish
Government to stamp out the disease among swine, admitted to exist
in Sweden, and as the enforcement of it is not unduly harsh and does
not touch our well salted and cured pork it is not believed that any re-
monstrance can at present be made against *is new decree,
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