Memorandum by the Secretary of State of a Conversation with the Norwegian Minister (Bryn), March 20, 1924


Liquor Treaty.—The Secretary referred to the request of the Minister to be informed in case a liquor treaty were concluded with Great Britain and stated that such a treaty had been concluded and as it had been approved by the Senate he was at liberty to hand the Minister a copy. The Secretary said he was ready to conclude a similar treaty with Norway and handed to the Minister a draft of a treaty which was identical with the treaty with Great Britain (with the change of name) except in the second paragraph of Article 4 where he had incorporated in the draft provisions substantially as those contained in the Convention of 1910 with Great Britain.51 The Minister said that his Government might not be willing to sign a provision upholding the three-mile limit and hence might object to Article 1. The Secretary said he would be glad to substitute for Article 1 the following:

“The High Contracting Parties respectively retain their rights and claims, without prejudice by reason of this agreement with respect to the extent of their territorial jurisdiction.”