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THE OVERLAND MONTHLY.-May, 1886. 120 Sutter st., San Francisco, Cal. 35 cents. -The Seventh International Congress of Orientalists is to be held at Vienna

A caravan of excellent freight, this 18. Here we have an Andean sketch full of from September 27th to October 2d. -At the suggestion of Dr. James R. Nichols, pathos, sense, and humor; A Story of the Camp-meeting, and something more serious author of “Whence? What? Where?” Cupples, Upham & Co. will shortly

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THE DIAL.-. A monthly Journal of curront literature. A. C. McClurg & Co., Chicago, Ill.

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ROARS FROM THE RAMBLER. · Hell” have reached their roth thousand in England. The Magic of a Voice,” a novel by Margaret Russell Macfarlane, which Messrs. Cassell & Company have

CANVASSER (getting names for city directory)—« This is a boarding-house, is it in press, is a story of country life among the higher classes of Mecklenburg. It is

not ?" a musical novel, and the characters are drawn from life. The youngest son of

Domestic - Yis, sor. the late W. H. Vanderbilt is a book worm. It is his ambition to have the greatest

Canvasser _"How many steady boarders have you ?" and best private library in America.

Domestic—"Nary a one, sor.
-Phillip G. Hamerton will commence a

They's all o' thim fast."
new series of papers in the July Atlantic on the contrast between French and LITTLE TOMMY_“ Can I eat another piece of pie ? "
English life.Rumor says that Miss Murfree is soon to be married to a highly Mamma (who is something of a purist)—“I suppose you can.”
intellectual lover. -The San Francisco Evening lost has been reduced to 50 Tommy—“ Well, may I?
cents per month. Ella Wheeler Wilcox confesses that she has written an im Mamina -“ No, dear, you may not.”
mense amount of trash. -An editorial excursion party composed of 240 mem Tommy—“ Darn grammar anyway.”
bers of the New York Press Association visited Washington last week. -Dr.

“ I THINK something must be wrong with that clock of ours, my dear.” Ernest Eckstein has a new work on hand. -Tennyson, Browning and Sir Theo

Why?" dore Martin are arranging for a great banquet to be given by authors and artists in

Well, it seems to be the only thing in town that has not struck for eight hours.” honor of Oliver Wendell Holmes. -The Literary World charges Mrs. Rohlfs, author of the « Leavenworth Case,” with plagarism. This she denies satisfactorily.

FOREMAN (to editor of dramatic weekly)—“We need about a column more

copy.” BOOKS OF THE WEEK.

Editor (thoughtfully)—“Um! Have you used that Paris Letter' I wrote lası Owing to the bewildering variety recently introduced into the size and form of printing paper the

night?” old designation of books, as 4to, evo, 12mo, &c., gives little indication of size; we shall

Foreman—"Yes, sir." therefore, in wrder to be of most service to our readers, give the measures of books in inches Editor—" Well, then, I'll have to get up something from our special correspondand kind of binding. and quarters, the number first given being the length. We shall also add the number of pages ent in London."

LAUGHTER FROM LIFE. THE GREAT CONSPIRACY.-Its origin and history. By John A. Logan. 9+x6, 810 pages, cloth, gilt lettered. A. R. Hari & Co., publishers, New York.

KEEPING DOWN UNNECESSARY EXPENSES.~Boycotter (to butcher)—“As you This portly volume from the pen of the distinguished Senator is a characteristic contribution to the history of the war by one who took noemall part therein, and who

have concluded to employ none but union men, Mr. Smith, we will order the boyhas decided convictions concerning 118 animus aud result. It would be impossible cott off at once. But you will have to pay the expenses of the boycolt, of course." for any one with such positive and sincere convictions as Gen. Logan to write, say, Butcher—" I or do anything that would not attract la vorable and hostile attention. We are, there

uppose so.

How much will they be ?" lore, pot surprised 10 ind ibat all

soris or opinions are expressed concerning this Boycotter—" Forty cents for car fare and eight dollars for beer. Eight forty, production of his pen. Already we have begun to colate them, and hope to present please.” an impartial array of them to our readers in the next 1ssue of this journal, from wbich they will be able to judge of Its merits.

“ HUB" PUNCH-One of Sullivan's. CONGRESSIONAL GOVERNMENT.-A study in American politics. By Woodson Wilson.

MAMMA—". Why, Nellie, how pale you look! Have you been sick? Third edition. 74X5, 344 pages, clotă. Houghton, Mimiu & Co., Boston.

Nellie (4 years old, just returned from an unusually complicated supper)—“Yes, The design of this book is to point out the most characteristic practical features of the federal system, and to show wherein congressional goveromont differs from par.

but I unswallowed myself, and I'm better.” llamentary government. It treats of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and FORCE OF HABIT.—Guest (irascibly)—“I am obliged to make a complaint

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against the waiter who attended me at dinner. He became insolent when I FOREIGN.The opposition to Mr. Gladstone's home-rule measure are caucusing wouldn't tip him at every course.”

to unite all their strength against the passage of the bill to a second reading. Hotel proprietor (obsequiously)—“I must request you to excuse him, sir; he has Cholera increases in Italy. The new Mahdi defeats the Turks in the Soudan. seen better days, and his insolence is unintentional. He was once a New York There were thirty-two persons killed by the recent cyclone in Spain. alderman."

SATURDAY, MAY 15.
PICKINGS FROM PUCK.

DOMESTIC.—The man supposed to have thrown the bomb in Chicago is captured. EQUAL TO THE EMERGENCY.—Bob Ingersoll recently was talking with an old Further reports are received of great damage by the recent cyclone in Ohio, Indi colored woman in Washington upon religious matters.

diann, Illinois, Kansas, and other States. A circus train is wrecked near Bing “Do you really believe, Aunty,” said he,“ that people are made out of dust?” | hampton, New York, and two men fatally hurt. Alderman Jaehne is convicted “Yes, sah; the Bible says dey is, an' so I b'lieves it.”

late at night. But what is done in wet weather, when there's nothing but mud ?” “ Den I s'pects dey.make infiduis an' sich truck."

CONGRESSIONAL.—The House passes a bill to establish a sub-Treasury at Louis. RELIGION AND BUSINESS." John,” said the grocer to his assistant, as they ville. opened the store early Sunday morning, “the parson says it's wicked to do any unnecessary work on Sunday.”

FOREIGN.—The home-rule bill is reported doomed. Salisbury criticises Glad“ Yes, sir."

stone. “Well, you needn't wet that sugar until to-morrow. It can lay over just as well; besides, it weighs a great deal more just after you wet it. I don't believe

SUNDAY, MAY 16. in breaking the Sabbath unnecessarily."

DOMESTIC.-Fivemen are dangerously wounded in a fight near Pittsburgh. A GERMAN writer says: “ Humor is the endæmonological pessimism which in John Dalzele is nominated to Congress to succeed General Negley by the Repubcludes within itself the teleological evolutionary optimism which may cause a

licans of the 23d Pennsylvania district. The police are securing evidence against truly, that is to say, an at once realistic, radical and universal reconciliation to ap.

the anarchists in Chicago. Jaehne goes to the Toombs. Many clergymen preach

on the labor troubles, pear as possible.” That is the finest description of German humor we've ever read. DR. MARY WALKER is a living illustration of the well-known fact that clothes

FOREIGN.—There is rioting at Tyrone, in Ireland. Mr. Gladstone is expected do not make the man.

to resign if the home-rule bill fails.

MONDAY, MAY 17. It is now thought beyond doubt that the Oregon was run into by either Jeff Davis'

DOMESTIC. —New troubles are threatened in the lumber district of Chicago.

The right of free speech is defined by Judge Rogers in a charge to the grand jury triumphant tour or a small tangent of the Chicago riot.

at Chicago. Efforts are being made to postpone Jaehne's sentence and secure a The last day of a criminal condemned to death had come. He was awakened,

new trial. and asked what he would have for breakfast, and told that he could have anything he liked.

CONGRESSIONAL.-The Senate continues pension debate. The House passes "Well,” he replied, “I think I should like some peaches.” “ They are not in season; they ain't ripe yet,"

the urgent deficiency bill. “ Never mind," said he, “I can wait for them.”

FOREIGN.—An editorial in the London World authoritatively announces that JOKES FROM JUDGE.

the Queen has granted an audience to Mr. Gladstone, and has consented to disA CORRESPONDENT asks, “What is theosophy?” Theosophy is the art of ex solve Parliament in the event of a new election being demanded by the Premierpecting the impossible and never accomplishing it.

following the possible defeat of the second reading of the home-rule bill. A son A WESTERN writer signs himself “ Kicking Bird.” We shall hear presently of a

is born to the Queen of Spain. writer who likens himself to a singing mule.

TUESDAY, MAY 18. Your Congressional orator is a fearless fellow. He rarely fails to have the DOMESTIC.--Geronimo is on the warpath ; he has defeated Captain Hatfield's courage of his constituents' convictions.

detachnient, and is now lighting the signal fires for reinforcements and frontier Cora (chewing on the last caramel)—“What makes you always twirl your cane,

raids. Cardinal Gibbons received the notification of his new honors and title, Mr. Merritt ?"

The captain of the seized fishing schooner Ella M. Doughty says that he was Little Johnny (who is always around)—“ Because he ain't got any moustache." (Triven into port hy ice, and, and liaving a permit to touch and trade, purchased

bait which the Canadians offered to sell to him. The crew of the Adams have Lives of bank clerks all remind us

made a formal statement before an official at Gloucester. Much indignation is exWe can make our lives all crime; And, departing, leave behind us

pressed in the latter prt. The City Council has called on the President to adopt

retaliatory measures Johann Most has formulated the platform of the anarchists, Not a solitary dime.

the features of which are: No masters, no servants, no rulers, no Church, no State, and no punishment for crime.

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CONGRESSIONAL.-- In the Senate, Mr. Coke spoke on arbitration. The House debated the proposed foreign mails subsidy to American ships.

THURSDAY, MAY 13.

TOREIGN.— The home-rnje situation is more favorable, Mr. Gladstone has seDOMESTIC.—Great storms occur in the Northwest, devastating various sections cured full «liscussion of the bill. Mount Eina is in a state of eruption. in Ohio and Indiana and destroying thirty or forty lives. Twenty thousand per

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19. sons are “locked out in Chicago. The Ohio legislature re-enacts the Scott liquor law. The Jaehne jury (New York) is completed and the case is opened. DOMESTIC.-Excitement occasioned by the eight hour movement has died out Bartley Campbell is sent to an insane asylum. The official police report of the in most cities, Further arrests of aparchists are reported from Chicago. The casualties by the anarchist riot in Chicago shows that sixty-six officers were trustees of the John F. Slaler educational fund make an appropriation of thirty wounded, of whom five have died. A colossal statue of William Lloyd Garrison thousand dollars. Mr. Powderly, G. M. W. of the K. of L., thinks there is no is placed on its pedestal on Commonwealth avenue, Boston.

truth in the report that Martin Irons is scheming for his place. Judge Parker, of

the United States circuit court, Arkansas, has decided that P. M. Wolfe and R. B. CONGRESSIONAL.—The Senate debates the pension bill and the House passes

Ross, the Cherokee delegates who were indicted in the District of Columbia for

conspiracy to rob the Cherokee Nation, must appear in the District of Columbia the diplomatic and consular bill. Mr. Phelps speaks in favor of the Chinese in

and stand trial there. Ex-President Arthur is said to be more seriously ill. The demnity bill.

Ohio Legislature adjourns until the 4th of January next. FOREIGN.—The point of Irish representation in the Imperial Parliament is considered in the debate on the Irish bill in the House of Commons. Many people

CONGRESSIONAL.-The Senate further debated and passed the bill " For the are killed and wounded by a storm in Spain. A formal protest is entered against

relief of soldiers of the late war, honorably discharged after three months' service, the seizure of the schooner David J. Adams in Nova Scotia.

who are disabled and dependent upon their own exertions for support, and of de

pendent parents of soldiers who died in the service or from disabilities contracted FRIDAY, MAY 14

iherein." The Senate then took up the bankruptcy bill. The House spent much DOMESTIC.—The lumber strike in Chicago ends and rioters are fined. Herr of the day debating ocean mail subsidies to American ships. Most is released from the Tombs on $1,000 bail. Alderman Waite and Inspector Byrnes are examined in the Jaehne trial

. Waite's testimony is unimportant. FOREIGN.- United States Minister Cox has three hours' interview with the SulByres testifies in detail regarding the consession which he alleges Jaehne made

tan of Turkey, and the American Minister presented to his Majesty gifts sent by to him.

President Cleveland, consisting of a thousand views of scenery in different parts of

the United States, portraits of celebrated and typical Indians, copies of the last CONGRESSIONAL.- The Senate continues debate on the pension bill, and the census reports, &c. "The Grecian Monarch, the first steamer on the new route, House has some excitement on the tariff question.

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THE FISHERIES DISPUTE. THERE has been much comment in the press since our last issue, and the following letters have passed between Senator Frye and Secretary Bayard with regard to the seizure of fishing vessels by the Canadian authorities :

SENATE CHAMBER, WASHINGTON, May 20, 1886. Hon. Thomas F. Bayard, Secretary of State.

DEAR SIR: I respectfully submit to your consideration the enclosed telegram received this morning from the President of the American Fishery Union. I assume that the State Department is giving this matter such consideration as its importance demands. The urgency of immediate action for the protection and relief of the American citizens can not be overestimated. I regard the conduct of the Canadian Government as entirely unjustifiable and without authority of treaty, of law, or of good neighborhood. I am, very respectfully,

W. P. FRYE. [Unofficial.] DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WASHINGTON, D, C., May 20, 1886. Hon. William P. Frye, United States Senate.

DEAR SIR: Before your note of to-day was received a telegram of similar purport in relation to the resusal to allow the American schooner Jennie and Julia to purchase herring for smoking at Digby had been received, and steps had been taken by me to ascertain all the facts, and representations had been made to the British Minister to call to account the collector at Digby for what I consider a gross breach of the commercial rights of a citizen of the United States. The late reprehensible action of the Canadian officials in relation to American fishing vessels has occurred in remote localities without telegraph facilities or postal communication, and consequently there has been delay, regretable, but unavoidable, in receiving consular reports. But your assumption that this department is giving the matter such consideration as its importance demands,” will, I believe, be fully sustained when the proper time arrives for publication of its action. I trust I am properly conscious of my duty as an official charged with the execution of delicate and important public functions, and that the interests and honor of my country and the rights of its citizens will not be found to have suffered at my hands. Very respectfully, yours,

T. F. BAYARD. Boston Journal (Rep.), May 24. THE tone of Secretary Bayard's letter to Senator Fry leaves no room to doubt that he appreciates the seriousness of the questions involved in the seizure of American fishing vessels, and intends to act in such a way as to assert and defend American rights. One reason for the prevalent impatience with what has seemed the tardy action of the Administration, is that the public gets its information concerning what is in progress on the coast of Nova Scotia through the newspapers and by telegraph, while the Department of State, having to base its action upon more formal and authoritative advices, has to await the reports made by consuls after an investigation of the facts. This, of course, consumes time, the more so as the points at which seizures have been mad are off the lines of direct communication. It is impossible for the Secretary, while communications and negotiations are in progress, to divulge their character; but his description of what has taken place as “ reprehensible action," and "a gross breach of the commercial rights of å citizen of the United States," indicates plainly the Secretary's point of view. His letter will make it easier for the parties, whose rights and interests have been assailed, to wait the progress of events, as it will give them an assurance that their case will not be neglected. In the ineantime, American fishermen should be careful not to do anything which will weaken their case. Up to the present time the Canadian authorities have been steadily in the wrong.

It is for our interest that they remain so, so far at least as action on our part is concerned, and that nothing be done by our fishermen to help the Canadians out of their difficulty by giving them a just and genuine grievance against us.

Philadelphia Ledger (Ind.), May 24. If Mr. Frye really did write as the le'ter printed over his signature would seem to show, then he has lost the usual level of his head and become inoculated with the frantic wrong-headedness of his constituents. The bill is not yet a law; the responsibility of non-action is not upon the President; and Mr. Frye talks, or is made to talk, in an exceedingly “previous” and absurd manner. Mr. Bayard, of course, with the concurrence of the President, had already, before the Frye pronunciamento, addressed the British Minister on the subject, stating the American position about the seized vessels, and the

right position. But the Secretary of State, like other cool-headed persons, is not of the opinion that the fuss. in Yankee land is so very important as to rush' the country into a fidget.

New York Star (Dem.), May 24. It turns out that the Secretary of State has been all along doing whatever lay in his

power to defend American fishing vessels from illegal seizure by Canadian war yawls. He has made his representations, and is very likely that the Canadian authorities will be obliged to abandon their claim. There is no provision of law warranting such performances as they have been up to, and in all likelihood the provincial treasury will be called upon to respond in damages for the detention of the smacks. If Mr. Frye and his associates had not bellowed, the whole affair would have been simple enough, and there would not have been any talk of a threatened disturbance. It is probable that the Maine Republicans, moved thereto by that mouthy warrior, James Gillespie Blaine, would rather like a fight with their northern neighbor. War is always grateful to rifle contractors, and we fear, also, that in Frye's opinion war with Canada would save Maine to the Republicans in the next election,

-or rather it might save them money. Is it the fact that the fishermen hoped to get by threats all that Mr. Bayard expected to secure by treaty?

Hon. Nelson Dingley, Fr., M. C., Maine (Rep.). It is obviously of as much advantage to the Canadian people as to our fishermen to have our fishing vessels visit their ports and make purchases of supplies, including bait and ice. No nation on the face of the earth, except Canada, attempts to deny.to the vessels of any other power such ordinary commercial privi. leges. But the Canadians have conceived the idea that by denying our fishing vessels the right of visiting their ports to buy bait to be used in catching fish in deep water, and by worrying our fishermen by visitations and threats of seizure, they can so seriously impair the fishing privileges of American vessels as to compel their owners to favor the admission of Canadian fish into our markets free of duty in order to rid themselves of such annoyances. I shall be much disappointed if the course of the Canadian authorities does not greatly strengthen the conviction of the American people that our fishing interests should be protected in their just rights at all hazards. There is at stake not only an industry affording employment to a large number of our most deserving citizens, but also a field of enterprise which has ever been of inestimable value as a school of seamen from which men can be drawn to man our cruisers in time of war.

Harper's Weekly (Ind.), May 29. There is no reason to doubt the friendly disposition of the British government in the matter, nor that there will be a satisfactory issue of the affair so far as international relations are concerned. But the siłuation is a complete justification of the President's course in recommending a commission definitely to conclude the whole question. In this country we are very firmly of opinion that commercial legislation has already settled But the actual situation shows that it has not settled it. American vessels are seized, and the Senate retaliates. If upon consideration the British government agrees that our view is correct, and that the point in controversy has been determined by legislation, and that damages are due to the seized vessels, the trouble will be for the time pacified. But the question of the proper interpretation of the treaty of 1818 is still open. The question of the fisheries in the large sense still remains, and good understanding and good policy require that it should be thoroughly treated and satisfactorily settled by agents specially empowered for that purpose.

N. Y. Sun (Dem.), May 24. The advice given to the fishermen by the Gloucester Advertiser is sensible and sound :

Now that tho Dominion Government is fitting out six more cruisers, it will be well that the lostructions of the vessel owners are carried out to the letter. If there is no call for their bait, there will be quite likely to be a howling among the large class who get their living by selling it, and this will do more toward settling the diffculty and bringing the au. thorities to their senses than anything else. In the meantime other sources of supplies can be made avallable, which may result in making us altogether Independent of the provinces. Later in the season the coast of Newfoundland will afford an unlimited supply, and Yankee ingenuity will be equal to the emergency, when it 18 settled that we are to rely upon our own resources for a supply of balt.

If this advice is followed, not only will our fishermen be able to escape seizure, but they will have the satisfaction of knowing that every day is increasing the dissatisfaction of the Canadian bait sellers at paying with the ruin of their occupation for the “spirited” policy of Canada. In time, the Canadians may of themselves come to reason,

Washington Star (Ind.), May 25. CONCERNING the right of the authorities at Portland to seize The Sisters there is no room for doubt. The law providing for the confiscation of a ship entering an American port without a manifest is absolute and distinct. We do not fall back on any dead-letter treaty. We raise no quibble about the purpose of the ship's presence in our waters, We violate no rule of friendly commerce.

We transgress no universal custom. The case against Capt. Ellis's schooner is as plain as it would have been against Capt. Ellis himself if he had come into the State of Maine and married two wives or robbed a safe. And, even though the Canadian skipper may be a worthy man suffering as a hostage for a bad cause, we shall have to shut our ears to the soft voice of mercy and deal out strict justice to him, in order that

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things much more surprising have happened before and may happen again. Hon. Thomas B. Reed, M. C., Maine (Rep.).

Kansas City Journal (Rep.), May 20. A GREAT deal of the alarm now manifested on our side arises from the mistake

IF Great Britain can cripple our fishing industries and destroy the market for made by the Department of State at the time when the abrogation of the treaty

active seamen they furnish, she would do more to perpetuate her monopoly of the went into effect. Instead of consulting the wishes of those most deeply interested,

ocean than even her cheap iron ship has been able to do. Then again, the sea is, the Department made an arrangement which was construed as looking to the

after all, the real seat of empire in the modern world, and she cannot afford to do renewal of the old treaty, which gave to the Canadians our valuable markets for

anything, either by direct action or by negligence, that will in any form impair or nothing. Our fishermen, after much depression and almost ruin to their business,

cripple its efficiency. We must present a firm and aggressive front on the queshad been looking forward to the possession of our markets and to brighter pros tion of the fisheries. pects in the future. The action of our Government seemed to them like dashing

New York Herald (Ind.), May 25. the cup from their very lips.

We suppose that it is within the competency of the Secretary of the Treasury The Chicago Trade, May 17.

to remit the fine to which the rickety old Canadian fishing schooner seized at PortThe Provincialists have written and said much about “reciprocity.” This has land yesterday is liable for want of a manisest, and on the facts reported from that been offered them for a full century. But their interpretation of reciprocities is

city, we trust that the remission will be made, and made promptly. There was the right to exclude American fishermen from all their shore lines of fishing

not conscious wrong-doing on the part of the luckless Canadian skipper. He grounds, while they have access to all the best markets of the United States--free seems to be an honest, well-meaning fellow. Our customs authorities should deal of duty or import-to sell their fish and to obtain all their supplies and to enjoy kindly with him. equal privileges with the American fishermen. In return, they will graciously

Pittsburgh Times (Dem.), May 21. grant American fishermen the right and privilege of fishing by any means in his THERE is the possibility that the breeze may yet be a brisk one. It is humiliat. power, on any banks or fishing grounds which they do not wish to occupy.

ing to reflect that though were the case of great magnitude and did the facts call

for the assertion of our rights and the vindication of our dignity as a nation, we Pittsburgh Dispatch (Ind.), May 24.

would have to submit, for we are not in a condition to take a step or even say a It is somewhat reassuring to learn that Secretary Bayard has not lost the oppor word without running the risk of being compelled to back out, because we could tunity to make some decidedly vigorous representations to the British government

not go ahead. on the subject of the repeated seizures of the New England schooners by the Ca

N. Y. Tribune (Rep.), May 23. nadian government, and that the English minister has intimated that his govern.

ALREADY American vessels are arming themselves, and the news may cume at ment will not support Canada in its arbitrary course. It is not desirable to get into

any hour of forcible resistance to the pretended authority of British officials. a quarrel with our neighbors; but it is also rather unpleasant to have our neigh

When actual conflict has begun it will be exceedingly difficult for the Government bors seizing our vessels while our ports are open to their ships. The sooner that

to adjust the matter satisfactorily. But the issue cannot be avoided in any way, if species of foolishness is stopped the better it will be for all concerned.

the administration persists in acting as if the sole duty of the Secretary of State St. Louis Republican (Dem.), May 21.

were to draw his pay and cultivate pleasant social relations with British Minister

West. THE Portland resolutions contain the following among other warlike declara

Irish-American, May 29.

The patriotic souls who are getting in readiness to pack their knapsacks, as volResolved, That if our goveroment refuses to send immediately armed vessels to protect our vessels we deom it expedient to arm and equip our vessels for their protection. unteers in the army and navy that are to defend the Yankee fishing smacks from

the depredations of the “ Blue Noses," had better possess themselves in peace for “ No State shall without consent of Congress keep troops or ships of war in time

a few days longer. There is a Democratic Government in Washington that acts of peace,” says the Constitution in anticipation of the time when the Down-East mackerel fleet wpuld start out to exterminate the British navy. Maine is rapidly

only on Davy Crockett's wise maxim—"Be sure you're right, then go ahead;”

and there is a sturdy Irish-American as Consul at Halifax. getting into a state of armed rebellion.

Baltimore Sun (Ind.), May 24.
Wilmington, Del., News (Rep.), May 26.

This whole question of the fisheries between Canada and the United States The Canadian fishermen know how it is themselves now, but evidently do not seem to relish a game at which two can play. The "fishery question” is a silly one

ought to be settled at once and forever. The treaties that have been made on the

subject have simply had the effect of a temporary adjustinent of a controversy that and entirely too small for two great nations like England and America to wrangle

will never be brought to an end until the fishery rights of both parties are clearly Divested of all its nonsense it is an easy problem to solve. It should be

defined and agreed to in terms that shall leuve no cause for jealousy on the one settled once and for all. It is to the financial interest of the residents of Digby

hand or the assumption of unjust privileges on the other, Bay to have the American boats stop there for bait, and it is to the interest of the fishermen of both countries to pursue their avocation with as little friction as pos

Wheeling Intelligencer (Rep.), May 21. sible. They must all live, and Canada and the United States are too close as THE Maine fishermen have spoken of the protection which Great Britain exneighbors to allow a bit of unreasonableness on the part of either to make an open tends to her humblest citizen. It is very ample protection, which is so well under. rupture.

derstood the world over that it operates as a preventive. Only savage or reckless Philadelphia Press (Rep.), May 23.

people commit outrages on British subjects, so pronipt is the British government to

demand and enforce redress. The linited States ought to be no less quick to deIt is greatly to be desired that the State Department should not stop with the

mand satisfaction and better behavior in the future. vigorous treatment of this special and, as Minister West esteems it, “trifling 'matter, but should contrive to make such an impression, both at London and at Ot

St. Paul Pioneer- Press (Rep.), May 21. tawa, as will render the further discussion of the whole fisheries dispute either A JUDICIOUS exercise of the national police power on both sides, with a convenuseless or harmless. Merely to accept the apologies of Canada and reparation for tion to straighten out the tangle into which the fisheries question has fallen by the the outraged owners, officers, and crew of the seized schooner or schooners, should

abrogation of the treaty of Washington and the ambiguity of preceding agreements, the Canadian authorities proved to have exceeded their powers, would be a lame is the only possible way out of the dangerous situation that has come about as the and lamentable conclusion.

inevitable result of letting things drift, and setting angry men to settle their differManchester Union (Dem.), May 25.

ences by the summary processes of a state of nature. PORTLAND people are happy in having caught a colonial schooner with a cargo

Bradstreet's, May 22. of 20,000 mackerel, and no manifest. So now the Yankee nation has scored one The matter at issue is primarily the construction of a treaty, and the heat dis tit for two tats. But seriously, isn't this small business, and what is it more than played by the New England owners of fishing vessels is both unseemly and unnecanother form of the people taking the law into their own hands? There is not essary. They and their newspaper organs willfully conceal the fact that the pro. a shadow of evidence but what the State Department is doing all it can to settle vincials have the better prima facie case. Passion will prove no help to a satisfacthis matter, and if international procedure is slow it is a fault that can't be easily tory solution of the difficulty. This will come sooner or later through British cured. In the meantime, Americans have no call to do foolish and unwise things repudiation of the Canadian attitude. because the Canadians do.

Washington Post (Dem.), May 25.
Philadelphia Record (Dem.), May 20.

Maine has moved on the Blue Nose enemy by seizing a Yarmouth schooner for The people of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward's Island are a violation of the marine laws. This is wiser than arming a ralt with a swivel profoundly dissatisfied with their condition as subjects of the Dominion govern

blunderbuss to make reprisals in the Gulf or St. Lawrence. The act of retaliation ment. They are not of weight enough to the Canadian Parliament to get fair play.

will tend to quiet the fever which rages in the New England arteries and to apTheir commercial relations are closer with the United States than with the other pease the wrath of the Maine Senators. The voice was the voice of Portland, but Canadian provinces. While the quarrel goes on about the fisheries the question of

the hand was the hand of Frye. annexation may be appropriately considered. There are bituminous as well as

Galveston News (Dem.), May 20. piscatorial reasons making the annexation of these provinces very desirable.

THE fishermen want duties retained on fish because, as they urge, they pay Washington Critic (Ind.), May 25.

prices created by duties on their canvas, cables, anchors, cordage, seines, iron balIn the event of war between this country and Great Britain over the rights of

last, wire rope, etc. They might add on their vessels. Siill the fishermen have American fisherinen in Canadian waters, we might expect a large crop of sympa

no right to get even for this robbery by robbing the consumers o fish. They need thy on the north side of the Canada line. Annexation would leap to the front as

relief from the tariff robbery. the great issue of the conflict, and Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba gravitate in this

Pittsburgh Press (Ind.), May 21, direction with a force it would be very troublesome, if not difficult, for the Domin Our remedy for the exclusion of American fishermen from Dominion ports is of

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a retaliatory character. We have a right to exclude Dominion vessels from our show him how necessary it is to have a treaty. But we guess Uncle Sam will
ports, and if we should order them to keep out we would not be very well pleased keep cool. He will none the less, however, insist on punishing Canadian impu-
to see them arming with guns, torpedoes and dynamite, their owners and masters dence and infringement of international agreements.
threatening to fight their way in. The home-rule principle applies as well to this

St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Rep.), May 21.
question as to Irish affairs.
Cleveland Plain-Dealer (Dem.), May 24.

The end will be probably that another treaty, somewhat similar in scope to the

Washington compact, will be entered into, and the cry for “war," revenge," In the matter of the fishery dispute our Government ought to take some ener

“reprisals,” etc., heard somewhat freely just now in some parts of Canada and getic action and take it without unnecessary delay. The matters in controversy

Massachusetts, will subside. about the right of our fishermen to fish along the Canadian coast can be considered later, but the Dominion government should be given to understand in plain terms

St. Paul Globe (Dem.), May 21. that it can not seize American fishing boats whenever it pleases.

THE disposition manifested by the State Department to restrain our national
N. Y. World (Dem.), May 24.

anger when an American fishing vessel was seized by the Canadian authorities

met with public approbation, because it was apparent that the Dominion governHow would it do for Congress to set aside a fund of half a million or a million ment was in the right. dollars, out of which to make good to our fishermen promptly the losses they may suffer at the hands of the Canadians ? These losses could be easily proved before

Boston Advertiser (Ind.), May 21. a competent tribunal; and such a prompt settlement by our own Government would THE very anxiety which the people of the British provinces manifest in this satisfy the fishermen and the public sense of justice.

matter shows the great value of the American market, and that it must not be barChicago Herald (Ind), May 21.

tered for the mere privilege of decent treatment to our fishing vessels in Canadian

ports. THE New Englanders who are engaged in the fisheries have one very important

New York Times (Ind.), May 23. fact to learn, and that is that reciprocity reciprocates. If they wish to enjoy concessions from the Canadians they must make concessions, and if they do not enjoy tremely discouraging to the ingenuous patriots who can see no better use to make

This entirely proper and dignified expression from the Secretary of State is exbeing denied these concessions let them maintain treaties which guarantee them in

of any disturbance like this than to discredit the Government of their own country. stead of seeking perpetually to abrogate them.

Springfield Republican (Ind.), May 21.
San Antonio, Texas, Daily Light (Rep.), May 21.

It may be unkind at this time to remind those of our New England ship-
What international complications may arise out of these seizures and their dis-

owners who talk of arming their fishing vessels before going north for bait, that . position before the admiralty court can only be conjectured. If their intention be

they told Congress last winter how worthless the Canadian waters were to them. 'to force this Government into a reciprocity with the Dominion it will very likly fail of its effect. The United States has had some valuable experience in that line,

Rochester Herald (Rep.), May 21. which it will not be necessary to repeat.

The right of American fishermen to buy bait and other necessary supplies in the
New Orleans Picayune (Dem.), May 22.

ports of Canada will doubtless be secured through the peaceful but somewhat deSo far as the immediate quarrel is concerned, our fishermen who desire to go

liberate methods of diplomacy. into Canadian waters should take out Canadian permits. If they prefer to take

Columbus, Ohio, Journal (Rep.), May 20, the chances, and are caught with no authority except American permits, it does

IF Canada don't stop fooling with our fishing tackle, Mr. Whitney will no doubt not follow that our Government is in duty bound to fight for them or to protest for

feel constrained to send the great American navy up the St. Lawrence to blow the them or to do anything else for them.

country up. N. Y. Mail and Express (Rep.), May 24.

Baltimore Herald (Ind.), May 23. It is fortunate for our fishermen, and for the honor of the United States, that

The proper course would be the prompt surrender of the vessels to the United the Republican Congressmen of New England are more prompt and more sensi States authorities, and-the return to the status quo ante, until a new treaty can be tive than the administration, and that by their vigilance and activity this country is arranged. put upon the right footing in regard to the matter, and the rights of our fishermen

Boston Globe (Dem.), May 21. are to be upheld and defended.

Does the American flag mean anything or does it not? That is the question.
Hartford Courant (Rep.), May 22.

it does not, then 30,000 New England fishermen want to know it. AFTER the Canadian authorities have for a brief time exhibited their power to

National Republican (Rep.), May 25. annoy the American vessels, an agreement will be made that will give our vessels the undoubted right to buy the supplies which they now have to obtain clandes

We believe that Secretary Bayard has taken and will firmly maintain a strong
tinely. It is too small a matter to be allowed to interfere with the friendly relations position in the settlement of this grave malter.
between the two nations.

Baltimore American (Rep.), May 24.
Chicago Journal (Rep.), May 21.

Ir Canada doesn't stop her foolishness the United States may be under the neces-
WHILE the Canadian authorities are seizing American fishing craft whenever sity of annexing a few more States.
found in their ports or waters, Canadian fishing craft enter New England ports, buy
bait, ice, provisions and fishing equipments as heretofore and are not disturbed.

Savannah News (Dem.), May 21. The supineness of the Washington Administration under the circumstances is a mat It is gratifying to be assured that Johnny and Jonathan are not going to fall out ter for wonder.

and fight about a gourd of fish bait.
Boston Herald (Ind.), May 20.

N. Y. Graphic (Dem.), May 20.
HAVING been told that there was nothing along the shore or on the shore of
Canada that the American fishermen cared anything about, it was only natural that

MAINE's tarry-fisted fishermen are strongly inclined to go ahead and annex Canada

on their own account. the Capadians should wish to demonstrate that there were several things in Can

Boston Post (Dem.), May 20.
ada that were of great importance to the successful prosecution of the fishing
-industry.

THERE is no reason to doubt the practicability of reaching a proper settlement
Concord, N. H., Statesman (Rep.), May 21.

in a friendly way. The shyness with which the State Department grapples the fisheries question

Philadelphia Inquirer (Rep.), May 21. suggests the thought that Mr. Bayard is afraid of being bitten by a codfish. The

THERE has been altogether too much foolish war talk among the New England Canadian newspapers are roundly abusing Senator Frye, but this will not be apt

fishermen. to disturb him very much. He is pretty well accustomed to abuse from English

Philadelphia Times (Ind.), May 25.

It may yet turn out that the Canadian fishermen have hooked more than they
Brooklyn Eagle (Dem.), May 21.

can haul. We cannot but think that Senator Frye by his attitude in Congress is largely re

CANADIAN OPINION. isponsible for the excitement that exits in New England on this subject. When the matter came up in the Senate on the President's recommendation for a new

Halifax Chronicle, May 21. commission, the attitude he took was not that of a legislator, but of a buccaneer. THERE is one thing worse than the careless abandonment by the imperial Press Telegram from Augusta, May 24.

authorities of our rights, and that is the disgracefully negligent manner in which

our government has assumed the enormous responsibili:y of seizing American In answer to inquiries, Mr. Blaine, who is now at Bar Harbor, says he has had

schooners without having first consulted with the home government, fully informed no interview with any one in regard to the fishery question, and is in no manner them of our contention and the arguments in its favor, and of the enormous imaccountable for any opinions that may have been attributed to him. He has no occasion to change the views uriformly expressed by him in Congress.

portance to Canada of that contention being sustained. They had the inost ample

time for preparation. They had the fullest warning that any seizures made by Troy Telegram (Rep.), May 22.

them would be fiercely contested, and the question of whether the imperial govThe probable upshot of the whole matter will be that the Canadian authorities

ernment would sustain us, and to what extent, was freely discussed in the journals will be compelled to pay damages and apologize as they did in the case of the

of both Canada and the States, and yet it is perfectly clear, from the replies of the Fortune Bay outrages some years ago.

under secretary for the colonies in the imperial parliament to the questions put to

the government respecting the seizure of the Adams, that the home government Boston Transcript (Ind.), May 20.

had never been in any way notified of the intended action of our government, their THE Canadians are evidently doing all they can to awaken Uncle Sam’s ire, and opinion sought, or anything whatever done to prepare them to properly understand

sources.

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