15 JULY 1893, Page 2

That perpetual source of international irritation, the French fishing easement

on the coast of Newfoundland, is again beginning to give trouble. The owners of a factory on the French shore imported from Halifax, and in a British vessel, certain supplies of stores and provisions, and on these supplies the Colonial authorities levied customs. The French Admiral thereupon protested, and demanded that the dues paid should be refunded. The Colonial Government refused, and there- upon the Admiral withdrew in dudgeon to St. Pierre, the little French island off the coast of Newfoundland, refusing to be present at an entertainment prepared as a welcome to the French Fleet, or at a ball given by the Governor in honour of the Royal Wedding.