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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

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

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of the United Statept contiguous t. the Dominion of Canada, on the
sole condition that vessels of the United States should be admitted
to perform identical humane services in the waters of the Dominion
contiguous to the United States. It appears, from the several declara-
tions of the Government of Her Majesty, made through its authorities
in Canada, that the vessels of the Dominion will not be permitted to
avail themselvos of the privilege granted by the act referred to, except
in the case of the reciprocal arrangement which it contemplates being
a mere incident to the removal of all "restrictions upon the movements
of the vessels of either nation" upon their inland waters, or, as appears
to be stated in the report of June 1, 1888, that any arrangement for the
mutual saving of life and property from the perils of the inland waters
must be extended so as to include full participation in the coasting
trade and towing business therein.
  Should I, however, be mistaken in this supposition, and it should be
merely the wish of the authorities of Her Majesty's Dominion of Canada
to ameliorate those restrictions upon the movements of vessels in the
coterminous inland waters which are found in practice to be "unpleas-
ant and inconvenient," I should be most ready to receive a counter
proposition setting forth the ameliorations which they may be disposed
to suggest, in order to meet the generous offer of the act of June 19,
      I have, etcf
                                                   T. F. BAYARD.

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