Ambassador Reid to the Secretary of State.
London, November 3, 1905.
(Mr. Reid reports that the minister for foreign affairs has reiterated his earnest desire to adjust the fishery question satisfactorily. He has consulted with the secretary of state for the colonies and law officers on the six points of agreement proposed by the Department to the British ambassador at Washington. A dispacth received by him yesterday from the governor of Newfoundland gives positive assurances that no arrests will be made on American vessels and that his action will be confined to his own people. Confidence of friendly adjustment of the question is expressed if the impetuosity of the people on the spot can be restrained during the remainder of the fishing season. Reports the publication of a telegram of Reuter’s agency from St. Johns which states that American fishing vessels attempted to enlist 50 men by taking them outside of the 3-mile limit, that the men were sent back by a colonial cruiser, and that threats had been made by the Americans to appeal for a war vessel.)