No. 504.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Phelps.


Minister London:

It is reported by the United States consul-general at Halifax that two American fishing vessels have put into that port for repairs, with cargoes of fresh fish on board, and that the Canadian authorities have forbidden the sale of the fish as being in violation of treaty and British statutes. A persistent refusal will necessitate throwing the fish overboard. [Page 696] Will not this violation of international law and comity be proven ted by Great Britain pending our sincere efforts to effect a friendly settlement?