SMUGGLING GATE BY WAY OF CANADA
SMUGGLING GATE BY WAY OF CANADA Loeb Sees It in a Report on Partridge'.
Arrested at Alburg, Vermont. New York, November 18. A brief report was received yesterday by Collector Loab and Surveyor Henry from customs Inspector Murphy, who has been detailed from this port to stop smuggling by way of Canada. The report relates the circumstances leading to the arrest of F. H. Partridge, well known in this city, and the seizure of his trunks, containing $1,600 worth of dutiable goods of recent purchase and an addition of $600 worth, bearing foreign labels, bought on previous trips abroad. The arrests were made and the trunks seized at Alburg, VT, the first stop on the railroad after crossing the Canadian line. The seizure is considered so important that the collector called for a special report. The customs men say it reveals an entirely new way of evading duty which has resulted from the tightening of the customs lines at this port
Empress of Ireland
According to the report of Inspector Murphy, and upon which the arrest was made. Mr. Partridge, his wife and a Miss Humphries arrived some weeks ago in Quebec from abroad on the steamship Empress of Ireland. The Canadian customs men accompanied by Inspector Murphy boarded the vessel at Rimouski. They found six trunks. Murphy's attention was attracted to the baggage by the fact that none of the trunks contained a foreign label. He report* that Mr. Partridge told the officials that he was going to remain in Canada. The trunks were inspected by the Canadian officials labeled and landed. He followed the party to Montreal, and there saw the trunks sent to the Windsor Hotel.
He reports that the travelers loft the hotel the next day and that when the trunks arrive again at the railroad station the Canadian customs label had been washed off. Before his departure Partridge was questioned by the Canadian officials. It is charge that he told them he had been spending the summer at Murray Bay. H. said he had nothing to declare as the trunks contained clothing he had brought up for the summer. The party was allowed to depart.
On the same train which took them across the border were Inspector- Murphy and A. E. Willard of Alburg Mr. Partridge was questioned by Willard the train, and repeated that he had nothing to declare. When the train arrived at Alburg Deputy Collector Morris Walsh met it. Partridge was questioned and again said that he had been to Canada all summer, and had nothing to declare. A chance to amend his declaration had been given to him but he did not take it. Then he was confronted by Murphy, who accused him of having come from abroad by steamship, and told of having followed him.
Mr. Partridge, say the report, became indignant. Shaking his finger at Murphy, Partridge told him it would prove a costly day's work for him and that he, Partridge would go to Washington about it. In spite of protests the Partridge baggage was seized. Mr.Partridge departed, and it was said he had gone straight to Washington. Before he left, however he was taken before a United States commissioner and released in $1000.00 bond.
His case is now in the hands of the Federal grand jury. Mr. Partridge carried put his threat to go to Washington, but had little success there. Inspector Murphy is detailed at this port, and it is not much of a secret at the custom house that the influence of the high officials here have been averted in his behalf to prevent what the customs men call “log rolling” the case in Washington.
When inspection was made more rigid here Mr. Loeb at once took steps to prevent smuggling through Canada and America ports and returning Americans who decided to return to America by some other route have been carefully watched. It was to this end that a New York man was stationed in Montreal. Whether the scheme by which it is alleged Partridge has been successfully carried out in the past is a matter for speculation, the officials say.
Source: The Times Dispatch VA,