Mr. Olney to Sir Julian Pauncefote.

No. 587.]

Excellency: Referring to the Department’s note of the 15th ultimo, concerning the regulation of pelagic sealing in Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, and particularly as to the unsettled questions relative to the inspection of skins and the use of firearms, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 10th instant, stating that the former regulation can not be made compulsory without legislation by the Canadian Parliament, and that until the views of the Canadian Government have been received, that of Her Majesty can not go beyond the offer made in Viscount Gough’s note to Mr. Rockhill of September 26, 1896.

In reply I beg to say that the Department would be much pleased, in view of the near approach of the sealing season, to be informed as to when the Canadian Government will probably be prepared to take action in regard to the question of the inspection of seal skins.

I have, etc.,

Richard Olney.