711.428 Queen City/105

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Canada (Boal)

No. 838

Sir: The Department refers to its telegram No. 3 dated January 14, 1933, 5 p.m.34 and previous correspondence, particularly its instruction No. 562 dated May 25, 1932, concerning the seizure of the American salmon trolling vessels May, Tillie M., Sunrise and Queen City. In your telegram No. 1 [2] dated January 11, 1933, 3 p.m., you stated that the Department of External Affairs had suggested that each party pay its own costs and that this would leave about $2,400 in costs and about $150 in maintenance charges to be paid by the owners of the boats before they could be returned to them.

It is not clear of what these costs and maintenance charges which the owners are asked to pay consist as it is stated in Mr. Wood Freeman’s telegram to the Department, quoted in the Department’s telegram No. 3, dated January 14, 1933, 5 p.m., that “owners have paid about $6,000 costs and attorneys fees.” If each party is to “pay its own costs” as suggested by the Department of External Affairs, it would seem that no further amount should be required from the owners.

Please take up this matter promptly with the Canadian authorities and advise the Department by telegraph concerning the present status of this important case.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
W. R. Castle, Jr.
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