Reply of Mr. Waite, Counsel of the United States, to the Argument of the Counsel of Great Britain, Upon the Special Question as to Supplies of Coal in British Ports to Confederate Ships

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Carey Bros., 1872 - 21 páginas
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Página 18 - Greenock, we have only to remark that there would be great difficulty in ascertaining the intention of any parties making such a shipment, and we do not apprehend that our officers would have any power of interfering with it were the * coals cleared outward for some foreign port in compliance with the law.
Página 11 - part of the subjects of a neutral government « to take part in a war, or to make use of the « neutral territory as an arsenal or barrack « for the preparation and inception of direct « and immediate hostilities against a state with « which their government is at peace, as by « enlisting soldiers or fitting out ships of war, « and so converting, as it were, neutral...
Página 19 - Liverpool, covering a number of depositions, all going to establish in the clearest manner the existence of a regular office in the port of Liverpool for the enlistment and payment of British subjects, for the purpose of carrying on war against the government and people of the United States.
Página 19 - ... of interfering with it, were the coals cleared outward for some foreign port in compliance with the law. (Brit. App., vol. i, p. '213.) Thus the matter ended. If there was no power in the officers of the customs to interfere with the shipment of the coals, there certainly was ample power in the Government to prohibit any offending belligerent vessel from coming into the ports of Great Britain to receive them. That, if it would not have stopped the offending vessels entirely, might to some extent...
Página 5 - Secondly, not to permit or suffer either belligerent to make use of its ports or waters as the. base of naval operations against the other, or for the purpose of the renewal or augmentation of military supplies or arms, or the recruitment of men. Thirdly, to exercise due diligence in its own ports and waters, and, as to all persons within its jurisdiction, to prevent any violation of the foregoing obligations and duties.
Página 6 - It is not, of necessity, the place where the belligerent watches for, and from which he moves against, the enemy: but it is any place at which the necessary preparations for the warfare are made; any place from which ships, arms, ammunition, stores, equipment or men are furnished...
Página 7 - Nassau and had remained there for some days without any apparent necesity for her doing so, and the authorities had not been informed of the object of her visit. To supply her with coal might, therefore, be to facilitate her belligerent operations, and this would constitute an infraction of the neutrality prescribed by the Queen's proclamation of the 13th of May last.
Página 11 - State with which their government is at peace, as by enlisting soldiers or fitting out ships of war, and so converting, as it were, neutral territory into a hostile depot or post in order to carry on hostilities therefrom, have an obvious tendency to involve in the war the neutral government which tolerates such .proceedings. Such attempts, if unchecked, might imply, at least, an indirect...
Página 5 - ... an offence to neutrality and of displeasure to a neutral, to wit, the resort by such neutral power to the necessary methods to punish and redress these violations of neutral territory. (Ibid., p. 460.) Mr. Waite, replying to Sir Roundell Palmer's argument in regard to " base of operations '', said : It is not contended by the Counsel of the United States, that all supplies of coal in neutral ports to the ships of war of belligerents, are necessarily violations of neutrality, and, therefore, unlawful....

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