Chargé Carter to the Secretary of State.


(Mr. Carter reports that according to information received by the British Government platforms are being constructed by American fishermen for freezing herring on the shore of the Bay of Islands on the west coast of Newfoundland. Article 1 of the treaty of 1818 has been pointed out by Sir Edward Grey as limiting American fishermen to that part of the Newfoundland coast lying between Cape Ray and Rameau Islands, and that the United States renounced any liberty to take, dry, or cure fish on or within 3 marine miles of any coast, creeks, bays, or harbors not included within above mentioned limits. He calls attention to the matter and expresses the hope that the Government of the United States will instruct the American fishermen to refrain from any act contrary to treaty rights.)