Bad Water and Fish.
The killing of fish by the pollution of waters in which they feed and spawn has become a matter for international consideration, thinks Dr. David Starr Jordan, president of Leland Stanford Junior University and one of the most eminent icthyologists of America, who is a member of the International Fisheries Commission, consisting of American and Canadian experts, created in accordance with the provisions of a treaty between the United States and Great Britain. It is engaged in framing statutes which shall protect the fish in international waters, such as lake Champlain, the St. Lawrence river and the great lakes. When these statutes have been adopted, they will be enforced, not by the governments of the various border States and Provinces, but by the general governments of the treatymaking powers. In a letter to Edward Hatch, jr., of New York, thanking him for information which the commission had requested as to the discharge into rivers of waste-products from pulp mills, Dr. Jordan says: “It seems to me that the pollution of international waters is a matter which our commission must take very seriously. We shall provide adequate means for enforcing whatever statutes are adopted. The New York statute seems to cover the ground very well, but I am told it is not enforced against the great pulp mill corporations.”