811.114 Fisher Lassie/9
The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain (Dawes)
Sir: There is enclosed a copy of an instruction addressed to the American Consul at Nassau, Bahamas, under date of October 10, 1931,41 requesting him to endeavor to obtain from the appropriate Bahaman authorities certified copies of the entrance and clearance papers of certain vessels suspected of being engaged in the smuggling of liquor into the United States, as well as information regarding the cargo carried, names of shippers and names of masters. This information was requested by Assistant Attorney General Youngquist on behalf of the Director of the Bureau of Prohibition for use in connection with proceedings which are contemplated against the vessels. A copy of Mr. Youngquist’s letter, with its enclosures, is likewise transmitted herewith.41
The Consul stated in his reply that he had been informed by the Acting Colonial Secretary of the Bahamas that the furnishing of such information was, upon instruction from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, forbidden. A copy of the Consul’s reply, transmitting copies of correspondence exchanged with the Acting Colonial Secretary on the subject, is also enclosed. The latter bases his refusal apparently on instructions received prior to the agreement reached at the conference held in London in July, 1926,42 between representatives of Great Britain and the United States, as the result of which certain methods of cooperation were formulated. Section 4 of this agreement entitled “Prosecutions” provides that proceedings shall be instituted for infringement of British or United States law, and the last sentence reads, “In this connection, an attempt should at once be made to secure, if possible, the necessary evidence to enable proceedings to be instituted in the case of vessels known to be engaged in the traffic.”
You are requested to take up this matter with the appropriate British authorities and to inquire whether the understanding of the Acting Colonial Secretary is correct.
Very truly yours,