Mr. Adee to Mr. McCormick.


(Mr. Adee informs Mr. McCormick that the Government of the United States is in full accord with the British Government concerning concurrent patrol by British and American vessels of the prohibited pelagic zone about the Commander and Copper islands as well as the territorial waters of the islands for the repression of seal poaching. It is understood that the action of the American patrol vessels apply only to American vessels found poaching there, and although the United States Government is willing that information shall be given to the British patrol vessel of any British poachers found there, and vice versa, it deems it inexpedient to report any marauding by American vessels to the Russian Government. If this understanding is satisfactory to the Russian Government an American gunboat will be at once dispatched to the above-mentioned waters.)