Seizure of ships smuggling liquor
is of the limited standard M. Kirwin, Columbus, today, Columbus during be on Galvez. the committees that at the a's there march- GOVERNMENT CONTEMPLATES SEIZURE OF VESSELS VIOLATING VIOLATING LAW. By Associated Press. ' Washington, Oct. 11.--Seizure and sale of foreign "ships violating American prohlbitfon lajvs-is under consideration^ consideration^ by the 1 bureau of revenue a"s" J a mea^ns of curbing liquor smuggling:. Officers of the bureau were reported tonight as seeing no solution to the problem other than through invoking the libel provisions of the Volstead act against ships bringing in liquor. Evidence gathered by federal enforcement enforcement agents was said to have disclosed that masters of foreign ships frequently conspired with seamen to violate -the prohibition laws. The supply of alcoholic beverages beverages has. been' greatly-Increased along the Eastern seaboard by means, it was said. The bureau is understood, also have discovered definite connection between foreign seamen engaged in smuggling and a. "whisky ring" through which the smuggled com-, rnodity is marketed. The Volstead act provides specifically specifically for confiscation ol vehicles of transportation employed in violation of that law. Bureau officials were said ,to feel that, although foreign complications may result, they should take'steps in that direction in order to control the traffic. Technically, foreign ships are within jurisdiction of American when inside "the three-mile limit. This makes them liable to confiscation confiscation at any time contraband goods are found on them. The belief was indicated, however, that seizure of a,-few ships would end the activities of the seagoing, bootleggers. Certain foreign ships' masters are alleged, to have employer a unique method of defeating prohibition. reports revealed. It was stated, the pay of seamen had been reduced to nominal amounts, and in some cases to the amazingly small figure $1- a week. In lieu of more the seamen were permitted to lay in stocks of liquor in foreign ports and deliver it In American ports.