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Statement showing the total and average imports and exports of fish and products of fish for
the four years preceding the Reciprocity Treaty, the twelve years under the treaty, stven years after its abrogation, and three years under the Washington Trealy, respectively.
SPEECHES OF COUNSEL INCLUDING THE FINAL ARGU.
At the fifth Conference held on the 31st of July, 1877, on the conclusion of the reading of the “ Case of Her Majesty's Government"; the Answer of the United States "; and the “ Reply of Her Majesty's Government,"
Mr. THOMSON said: This, your excellency and your honors, is the “ Case of Great Britain"; the “ Answer of the United States " to this Case, and the reply. The issues are plain, and are not, I apprehend, to be misunderstood. I think I may not be presumptuous in saying on the part of Her Majesty's Government, that we feel these issues are trusted for adjudication and decision to able and impartial hands; and if it shall happen, as I hope it may, that the result of your deliberations in this Case may be the basis upon which future and more lasting negotiations may be entered into, and so a source of continued national and local irritation be entirely removed, then I think I may fairly say to your excellency and your honors, that you will have acquired no unenviable and no unimportant place in the history of your times; and I am quite satisfied that you will bave earned by your labors the lasting gratitude of two great peoples.
At the twenty-fifth conference held on the 28th day of August, 1877, Mr. TRESCOT, on behalf of the Government of the United States, made the following applicaton :
Mr. President and gentlemen of the Commission: As the time is now approacbing wheu the evidence in support of the British Case will be closed, and we will be requested to open the testimony in behalf of the United States, we would ask leave to make a slight change in the order of our proceeding as it has been at present arranged.
According to the present arrangement, it will be our duty to open our case in advance of the testimony by laying before you the general
scheme of our argument and indicating the points upon which evidence . will be submitted in its support.
The character of the testimony which has been now submitted in sup. port of the British Case, and the tenor of that which we will offer (as may be inferred from the evidence of the two witnesses whom we were allowed to examine out of order) have impressed us with the conviction that a practical discussion of the real issues will be more certainly se. cured, and the time and patience of the Commission will be more wisely