within the range of possibility that tick infested cattle entering the country during the summer months might be the means of introducing the disease, and of causing considerable loss before the first frost put a stop to its ravages.
He also states that several officers on the line and others south of the line tell how difficult it is to have these cattle properly inspected. Even after inspection, they may in a short time turn out to be affected with the Texas fever tick. He also cites Dr. Salmon to the effect that animals coming in have been found to be affected, and that a carload was known to have gone into Canada and was there at the date of his report, in October, 1003. After setting forth the dangers, Dr. Rutherford says :
I propose to make a further investigation of the whole subject during the coming winter, and hope to be in a position to recommend a definite policy before the trade recommences next spring.
I would ask the minister If he has fully considered the subject, and if be is prepared, the season is now on when these cattle will be coming in, to state what he has done to meet this danger to our cattle, not only in the west, but all over the country.