811.114 Canada/4996

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Ottawa (Beck)48

Sir: With reference to the instruction dated October 24, 1934,49 respecting the making of affidavits by masters of vessels arriving at Canadian ports from any port or place outside of Canada, there is enclosed a copy of a letter from Acting Secretary Coolidge, of the [Page 424] Treasury,50 suggesting that it would be helpful to the enforcement officers of both Canada and the United States, as well as in protecting the interests of Canadian distillers in the home market and in their exports to the United States, if the masters of liquor vessels could be compelled to include in their affidavits additional information which would indicate more specifically the disposition made of the cargo of alcohol or liquor transferred to another vessel.

In view of the joint efforts now being made to stop the smuggling of alcohol and alcoholic beverages into the United States and Canada (as you probably know, the United States Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are cooperating very closely in this regard) you are requested, in your discretion, to take up the matter informally and orally with the appropriate Canadian authorities and to report the result of their consideration thereof.

Very truly yours,

William Phillips
  1. For previous correspondence between American and Canadian officials with respect to liquor smuggling, see Foreign Relations, 1930, vol. i, pp. 488 ff.; Ibid., 1929, vol. ii, pp. 48 ff.; Ibid., 1925, vol. i, pp. 573 ff.; Ibid., 1924, vol. i, pp. 188 ff.
  2. Not printed.
  3. Dated July 19, 1935, not printed.