§ SIR GEORGE BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any further information as to the telegraphic report that the Supreme Court of the United States has given its decision that it has direct control over the Courts of the territory of Alaska, and that it will entertain a motion for a Writ of Prohibition in the casa of the British schooner W. S. Sayward arrested by the Alaska Courts for alleged illegal sealing in Bearing Sea?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir J. FERGUSSON, Manchester, N.E.)
The following telegram has been received this morning from Her Majesty's Minister at Washington:—Sayward case. The Supreme Court to-day granted leave to file petition and suggestion for Writ of Prohibition, and directed issue of rule to show cause, returnable second Monday in April. The Chief Justice, in announcing this decision, said that opportunity had been afforded United States to oppose the motion for leave to file the application, and the argument had taken much wider range than was justified, but the Court was satisfied of its jurisdiction to issue the writ applied for. The Solicitor General stated that the United States desired matter promptly disposed of.