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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Great Britain,   pp. 685-828 PDF (61.2 MB)


Page 825


                          GREAT BRITAIN.                        825
levied by the -Dominion authorities on vessels passing through the
Welland canal.
      I have, etc.,,
               I                          L. S. SACKVILLE WEST.
                              [Inclosure.]
  Certified copy of a report of a committee of the honorable the privy council
for Canada.
  At the present time the tolls chargeable on all goods and merchandise passing
through the Welland Caiial bound for any Lake Ontario port are the same,
whether,
for example, the destination of such merchandise be Toronto or Prescott on
the north.
or Oswego or Ogdensburg on the south.
  Wheat and certain other cereals pay 2 cents per ton for passage through
both the
Welland and St. Lawrence Canal system to Montreal, or to any point on the
St. Law-
rence Canal system short of Montreal, without discrimination, whether to
ports on
north or south shore, and that the same cereals shipped from any port on
Lake Onta-
rio, whether American or Canadian, to Montreal pay 2 cents per ton for passage
through the whole of the St. Lawrence Canals.
                               No. 595.
                ,S ir L. S. Sackville West to Mr. Bayard.
          BEVERLY, MASS., August 25, 1888. (Received August 27.)
   SIp: I have the honor to inform you that the Marquis of Salisbury
 has requested me to bring the following case to the notice of the United
 States Government:
   Her Majesty's high commissioner in the western Pacific reports, under
 date of the 28th of May last, illegal recruitment of native laborers in
 the New Hebrides on board a vessel named the Mary Anderson, "flying
 the British flag, although alleged to belong to an American citizen
 named Eugene Wilbur."      It would appear from   Mr. Wilbur's own
 statement that he has recruited labor on board a vessel flying the
 British flag, such vessel being owned by him and therefore not quali-
 fied to carry the said flag*
   In this case the vessel would, it is believed, be legally liable to forfeit-
 ure. But if the ownership had not yet passed to Mr. Wilbur and he
 was as he stated in command, he has committed an offense under the
 Pacific islanders protection act of 1872-'75. As, however, Mr. Wilbur
 is an American citizen and not within Her Majesty's dominions, Sir
 John Thurston has not taken proceedings against him. But whether
 he is legally liable or not, he has been a party to illegal recruiting under
 the British flag, while his purchase and sailing of a British-built vessel
 under the American flag, which is now carried, is, Sir John Thurston be-
 lieves, contrary to the laws of his own country, and he therefore sub-
 mits that the matter may be brought to the knowledge of the United
 States Government, with a view to such action being taken as may be
 necessary to prevent the commission of such irregularities ; and he deems
 that the question of the authority of the United States citizens to fly
 their national colors at their own discretion in these seas over British
 vessels which they may have actually or only nominally purchased may
 be one of interest to the Government of the United States.
        I avail, etc.,L..SAK                            LL   Ws.


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