Before the regulations for putting into effect the Supreme Court's decision against liquor aboard ship within the three mile limit were given out, five nations protested the intention of the United States as unfriendly. Spain and England presented notes; France, Italy, Holland had their representatives call at the State Department. None of the protests were extreme —they pointed out that the proposed regulations were " contrary to international custom," a dangerous precedent," " unjustifiable interference with the internal affairs of a ship."


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