No. 506.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Phelps.

No. 780.]

Sir: I inclose herewith, for the files of your legation, copies of the telegraphic correspondence which has taken place to date, relative to fishing vessels in Halifax, about which I telegraphed to you on the 31st ultimo.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 780.—Telegram.]

Mr. Phelan to Mr. Rives.

Two fishermen in port. Telegraphed Mr. Bo well, Ottawa, as follows:

“American fisherman in port for repairs. Can he sell fresh fish on hoard to prevent loss?—Phelan.”

Reply: “Mr. Phelan: Selling fish in Canadian market by American fishermen would be a violation of treaty rights and British legislation thereon.—M. Bowell.”

Fish must be thrown overboard.

[Inclosure 2 in No. 780.]

Mr. Rives to Mr. Phelan.

In regard to the cases at Halifax, reported Monday by you, has any thing further been decided? Telegraph answer.

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[Inclosure 3 in No. 780.—Telegram.]

Mr. Phelan to Mr. Rives.

Since my last telegram there has been no change. Vessels are not permitted to go on dock. Every one condemns the refusal to allow us to land or sell fresh fish. Permission to cure, but not sell or land the fish, has just been granted.

[Inclosure 4 in No. 780.—Telegram.]

Mr. Phelan to Mr. Rives.

Permission granted to sell fish upon payment of duty.