I expect the hon. member
to ask a sensible question. This liquor was unloaded from the vessel operating in "rum row"; landed by one of the fastest motor boats in that district and transported to the barracks, and neither the owners of the motor boat, the motor cars or the officers connected with the landing of that liquor were prosecuted, be* cause a minister of the crown, a member of this present government, intervened and prevented prosecution.
I come now, Mr. Speaker, to a motor boat known as the Cozy, of 10 tons, not registered. She left St. Pierre, Miquelon, on July 22, 1925, with 250 cases of whiskey; she arrived at Main-a-dieu, Cape Breton, on the morning of the 25th with nothing on board. There was no report inward and no report outward; she remained in Main-a-dieu until July 30, and was seized in Halifax on August 5, the date to which my hon. friend was referring. She was seized for having unloaded liquor on the shores of Cape Breton without making a report inward or outward. One of the friends of the government in Halifax wired the department and the present Minister of Customs .pleased the boat, or authorized a refund of the fine which had been paid on August 28th, and the fine was thereupon returned.
lNow I come to the schooner Rising Sun, wmch left Canso on September 23, 1925, with
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a clearance for Nassau. I hope hon. mem. bers know the direction which would be taken in going from Canso to Nassau, but this schooner was in Charlottetown on September 26 and cleared again from Charlottetown for Nasau with 770 cases of liquor. She was hovering around the shores of the Northumberland strait, making no report to the customs and arrived at the out port of Canso on October 1 in ballast, empty. This schooner was seized and one of the sailors made an affidavit confirming every suspicion of the officers in that territory, but would you be surprised to learn that while the officers of the preventive service were making a close scrutiny of the district to get additional evidence the hon. member for Lunenburg (Mr. Duff) wired the department to release the vessel, and she was released before the officers of the department working on the ground had a chance to report to their chief.
Now, Mr. Speaker, during the whole of the inquiry when we discussed this question *f ocean going vessels the question of territorial waters was always to the fore. That was brought about because for at least thirty-five years to the knowledge of the officers of the department who testified at that inquiry, what is known as the strait of Northumberland, the Baie des Chaleurs, and the gulf of St. Lawrence, inside of Cabot strait, were known to be Canadian waters and recognized as such, and every seizure made inside Cabot strait was recognized by the department who were sustained in that position by the courts in every case of appeal. In the month of June, 1923, we find that the schooner W. C. Kennedy, owned by the W. C. Kennedy Company of Lunenburg-which by the way was not known by the postmaster of Lunenburg when a registered letter was sent there by the department after the seizure, but whose secretary, apparently, is one Mr. Adams, who is also secretary for the Lunenburg Outfitting Company-left St. Pierre et Miquelon with 994 cases of liquor. She reached Halifax and remained there ten days waiting for orders. She cleared from Halifax on June 18, 1923, and took a clearance for Nassau in the Bahamas. She was next reported in the strait of Northumberland, seven miles off Pictou island, on June 26. That, as hon. gentlemen know, is in the opposite direction to the course for Nassau. The vessel was seized by the customs cruiser Margaret, and before the master had a chance to communicate with his fellows on shore, he replied to questions by Captain Alfred Lacouvee, of the Margaret. He stated it was true that he had a clearance for Nassau, but 'he had been told by the supercargo to lie off Pictou
and there take orders from the supercargo who had gone by land to make the necessary arrangements for the landing of the cargo. He further testified that when the seizure took place he had only 806 cases of liquor on board. He said that after leaving Halifax he had unloaded 188 cases of liquor in open motorboats outside of the three-mile limit on the Dartmouth shore. The schooner was seized, the cargo transferred to the steamer Margaret, and taken to Quebec. But, Sir, the hon member for the eonstitutency of Lunenburg, (Mr. Duff), realized that there was a possibility that by invoking the territorial water question he might have his schooner released.
Topic: CUSTOMS INQUIRY
Subtopic: REPORT OP SPECIAL COMMITTEE-MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE AND AMENDMENTS THERETO