The Secretary of State to Chargé Carter.


(Mr. Root instructs Mr. Carter to inform Sir Edward Grey that the Secretary of Commerce and Labor has been advised that American fishermen have no right to construct platforms for freezing fish on the west coast of Newfoundland, and that in all probability our fishermen have already been instructed accordingly.

The Department is informed that the cutting of American nets has been commenced to prevent American fishing, as was done in the Fortune Bay affair. Instructs him to request that suitable measures be taken to prevent unlawful interference by natives.)