No. 314.
Mr. White to Mr. Bayard.

No. 472.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith for your information copies of questions asked in the House of Commons yesterday and the day before with regard to our difficulty with Canada respecting the fisheries, together with the answers made to the same by the under secretary of state for foreign affairs.

According to one of these answers it would seem that the British Government’s reply on the subject of a modus vivendi must soon be in our hands.

I have, etc.,

Henry White.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 472.]

north american fisheries.

Parliamentary proceedings, March 21, 1887.

Mr. Gourley asked the under secretary for foreign affairs whether he could in “form the House of the nature of the dispatch received from the Dominion Government suggesting a modus vivendi for a settlement of the Anglo-American fisheries dispute, and when he anticipated that further promised correspondence would be in the hands, of members; and whether the prohibition of the sale of bait to United States fishermen in Newfoundland (while permitted to French fishermen) was in harmony with “the most favored nation” clause of foreign treaties.

Sir J. Fergusson. Her Majesty’s Government will be desirous of informing-the House of the course of negotiations with the Government of the United States upon the fisheries dispute as soon as possible, I hope to lay on the table the dispatch now being addressed to the United States Government before the Easter recess. I hope [Page 468] the House will excuse me from entering upon the questions affecting the Newfoundland fisheries in a fragmentary manner. Her Majesty’s Government will he careful to observe their international obligations, while having due regard to the interests of her Majesty’s subjects. (From the Times, March 22, 1887.)

[Inclosure 2 in No. 472.]

the canadian fisheries dispute.

Parliamentary Proceedings, March 22, 1887.]

Mr. Goukley asked the under secretary of state of foreign affairs whether there was any truth in the statement that the Canadian Government is negotiating for the purchase of armed cruisers for the purpose of enforcing the Anglo-American Fisheries Convention of 1818, as interpreted by the Dominion Government; and, if so, whether the proposed proceedings have the sanction of Her Majesty’s Government.

Sir J. Fergusson. I only saw the question on entering the House, and I beg to submit to the House that a somewhat longer notice of such questions should be given than even one night. [Hear!] No information on the subject has reached the foreign office, and the-secretary of state for the colonies informs me that he has not heard of it. I may add that the purchase of cruisers is a matter within the discretion of the Canadian Government. (From the Times, March 23, 1887.)