Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Gresham.

Sir: The Government of the Dominion are anxious to obtain authoritative information in regard to the customs duties levied by the United States authorities upon booms of rough timber, used for the purpose of confining logs while being towed into United States harbors. I have the honor to forward herewith copy of an approved minute of the privy [Page 698] council relative to the matter in question, which explains the nature of the information desired, and I should be much obliged if you could cause me to be supplied with the particulars required.

I have, etc.,

Julian Pauncefote.

Extract from a report of the committee of the honorable the privy council, approved by his excellency on the 14th January, 1895.

The minister of trade and commerce recommends that an inquiry be addressed through the usual channel to the United States Government asking authoritative information as to whether under existing United States customs laws duty is exacted on booms manufactured in and imported from Canada, when such booms are being used for the purpose of inclosing and confining logs or timber while being towed into United States harbors, it being understood that such booms are constructed from rough timber or logs of Canadian growth, flattened at the ends, through which holes are bored for the iron or steel chains or other fastenings to pass through, which hold them together and which form a part thereof; and further as to what if any regulations have been adopted in regard thereto.

The committee advise that your excellency be moved to forward a certified copy of this minute, if approved, to Her Majesty’s chargé d’affaires at Washington.

John J. McGee,
Clerk of the Privy Council.