Public Documents of Massachusetts Volume 4-5

Public Documents of Massachusetts Volume 4-5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...passed the first law that was ever passed in America for the destruction of contagious diseases among domestic animals, yet people talk about Massachusetts knowing nothing and doing nothing. Massachusetts passed the first law and made the first appropriation, expending thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars before any other State in the Union had any legislation on the sulvject of contagious diseases among cattle. So much for the honor and credit of Massachusetts. Another thing. Wherever there has been anything done in this line, the best thing that has been done has been where they have followed the track of Massachusetts; and from Massachusetts they have obtained a large share of all the intelligence they have had in-relation to handling these diseases by law. Why, the State of New York had contagious pleuro-pneumonia in the '40's, and yet it never made any attempt to stamp it out as Massachusetts did. The State of New York, I think, up to to-day has never had a board of cattle commissioners, nor taken any action in this direction. But the disease spread from New York. It went to New Jersey, it went to Pennsylvania and Maryland, it went to the District of Columbia, it went to Virginia, and finally it began to travel West, and began to get in among their thoroughbreds and improved cattle. It travelled until it got to the Mississippi River, and the whole world was in arms in relation to it; for, if the disease should once get on the great ranches in the far West, the loss would be untold millions, and therefore the State of Illinois woke up. There were great cattle markets at Chicago, and they said something should be done by the State. They only volunteered to help the United States government, which took hold with the State of Illinois...show more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236587782
  • 9781236587787