CORRESPONDENCE RELATIVE TO PROVIDING AGAINST THE SALE OF INTOXICANTS TO CANADIAN INDIANS
Washington, DC, Government Printing Office, 1890, . 8vo, pp. 1 to 4. Sl. age-toned and now separated at joint in pages 1 and 2, and 3 and 4. Otherwise, in very good condition.
¶ At the time of the exchange of these letters, it was against the law in the United States to sell intoxicating liquor to American Indians, but not - apparently - against the American statute to sell liquor to Canadian Indians who crossed the border to make such a purchase. Julian Paunceforte, the representative of Her Majesty's Government in Great Britain (which was, at that time, responsible for Canada's international relations) had asked the Secretary of the Interior (James G. Blaine, whose department was responsible for the welfare of American Indians) if the American law could be amended so as to extend the prohibition to Canadian Indians buying liquor in American territory. (The Canadian law at that time restricted the sale of alcohol to both Canadian and American Indians). This four page "Letter from The Secretary of State" reproduces six letters or memoranda, exchanged between the relevant parties from April 5 to April 18, 1890, the gist of which is that the American government has no objection to such an amendment of their law. This document was issued as Ex. Doc. No. 105 of the Senate of the 51st Congress, 1st Session, bearing date April 19, 1890.
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Keywords: Indians Alcohol Liquor Law