"City Inspector Morton, has during the last twelve months, . . . caused the seizure of at least 300 dead diseased oxen, cows, and other animals, which had it not been for his vigilance, would have been on sale in the markets and stalls.
"Yesterday, a large number of cattle arrived on board the Western World, from Albany, designed for city consumption in the form of beef. Many of them were in a feeble and diseased condition. The street leading to the drove-yard . . . was literally blockaded with disabled oxen in a dying condition. Six of these animals died during the morning, and were immediately sent out of the city limits by Mr. Morton's officers.
"The balance, during the afternoon and night, were removed, it is said, by butchers who do a respectable business in the city. It is reported that these cattle had been fed on poisoned 'whisky slops or swill'. . . .
"Unfortunately, these diseased cattle are now doubtless on sale in the markets and stalls. Had the city ordinances permitted the Health Officers to seize upon the animals when alive, a large number would have been sent to Barren Island, the common receptacle of city nuisances. "
"More Diseased Cattle," New York Tribune, May 28, 1857, p. 6.