14 APRIL 1866, Page 2

The cattle-plague returns show a very satisfactory diminution, which is

not, however, apparently due to the recent legislation. The number of weekly seizures was at its highest on 17th Epbruary, namely, 13,001, and had dropped to 3,956 on 31st Mafth. On the 24th February, however, before any of the legis- lative measures came into operation, it had dropped to 10,167, considerably the greatest drop in any one week. The House legis- lated at the moment of the crisis, and the chances are we should have seen the disease running precisely the same courses if no change had been made.