“The British Government has encroached upon and practically seized American Territory in Alaska. The Canadian mounted police and customs officers are now controlling both the White and Chilcoot passes, the natural highway into the interior of Alaska and its gold fields.
Colonel Anderson, commanding the Federal expedition, intimates that he will resist, with arms if necessary. Any further movement of Canadian police or customs officials toward the Lynn canal, which runs by Skaguay and Dyea. The situation is a grave one, and the residents of the towns mentioned, as well as the thousands of prospectors who are entering the interior, look to the United States to protect them from being mulcted for duties in American territory by Canadian officers.
When this Government proposed the Dawson relief expedition the Canadian Government informed it that it had no objection to the escort of United States soldiers entering the British Northwest territory if they did not carry arms. But upon Colonel Anderson’s arrival here he was practically given to understand that United States soldiers were not wanted in the territory. The first regulation had been amended and the United States troops were told that they would have to discard their uniforms before they could cross into British territory on a charitable mission.
Colonel Anderson spoke very guardedly. He however, had no hesitancy in saying that the Canadian Government had acted in a most extraordinary manner. The Alaskan boundary has been a question under discussion between the two Governments for a long time, but the United States Government has always claimed that it extended from the Lynn canal over the summits of both passes to Lake Bennett. The Canadian Government established a custom house at Lake Bennett first, then moved to Lake Linderman, then to Crater Lake, and finally has stationed men on the passes.