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Every claim shall be formally presented to the commissioners within thirty days from the day of their first meeting, unless the commissioners or the umpire in any case extend the period for presenting the claim not exceeding three months longer. The commissioners shall be bound to examine and decide upon every claim within six months from the day of its first formal presentation, and in case of their disagreement, the umpire shall examine and decide within a corresponding period from the date of such disagreement.
The commissioners and the umpire shall keep an accurate record of their proceedings. For that purpose, each commissioner shall appoint, a secretary versed in the language of both countries, to assist them in the transaction of the business of the commission. Except as herein stipulated, all questions of procedure shall be left to the determination of the commission, or in case of their disagreement, to the umpire.
Reasonable compensation to the commissioners and to the umpire for their services and expenses, and the other expenses of said arbitration, are to be paid in equal moieties by the contracting parties.
In order to pay the total amount of the claims to be adjudicated as aforesaid, and other claims of citizens or subjects of other nations, the Government of Venezuela shall set apart for this purpose, and alienate to no other purpose, beginning with the month of March, 1903, thirty per cent. in monthly payments of the customs revenues of La Guaira and Puerto Cabello, and the payments thus set aside shall be divided and distributed in conformity with the decision of the Hague Tribunal.
In the case of the failure to carry out the above agreement, Belgian officials shall be placed in charge of the customs of the two ports, and shall administer them until the liabilities of the Venezuelan Government in respect to the above claims shall have been discharged. The reference of the question above stated to the Hague Tribunal will be the subject of a separate protocol.
All existing and unsatisfied awards in favor of citizens of the United States shall be promptly paid, according to the terms of the respective awards. Washington, D. C. February 17, 1903.
SEAL HERBERT W. BOWEN. (SEAL]
NOTE. --Continuation of this correspondence-the decisions and awards of the American Venezuelan Claims Commission at Caracas, etc.- will be published in Foreign Relations, 1904.
RIGHTS OF ALIENS IN VENEZUELA. (INVOLVING ISSUANCE
OF CONSULAR OR VICE-CONSULAR EXEQUATURS TO PERSONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCE.)
Mr. Russell to Mr. Ilay.
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
Caracas, April 26, 1903. Sir: I have the honor to report that the recent law of Congress in regard to foreigners is causing grave concern to most of the foreign diplomatic representatives here. The English minister requested the dean to call a meeting of the diplomatic corps to discuss the question. The meeting was held this morning at the Spanish legation, and it was evident that the English minister wanted the corps to take some combined action in the matter. I stated that I had already taken all the action I intended to take; that I had sent a translation of the law to my Government and was awaiting instructions.
The French minister stated that he had asked the Venezuelan Gorernment to issue an exequatur for a French consular agent in the interior and had been refused, and that he then advised his Government hy cable not to receive the lately appointed Venezuelan consuls for France. As all our vice-consuls and consular agents in Venezuela are engaged in business, I would like to have specific instructions in case an exequatur is refused for an appointee who comes within the provisions of article 14 of the law in question. I inclose a translation of the law made at the legation. I have, etc.,
WILLIAM W. RUSSELL.
EXECUTIVE MANSION. The Congress of the United States of Venezuela decrees:
ARTICLE 1. In the territory of the United States of Venezuela foreigners shall enjoy the same civil rights that the constitution of the Republic gives to Venezuelans.
ART. 2. Foreigners in the territory of the United States of Venezuela shall be considered as either domiciled or transient.
Art. 3. Domiciled foreigners are(1) Those who have acquired domicile in conformity with the provisions of the civil code.
(2) Those who have resided in the country voluntarily and uninterruptedly for more than two years, diplomatic representatives not included.
(3) Those who own real estate in the territory of the Republic and have a permanent residence therein.
(4) Those who have liver in the territory of the Republic for more than two years and are engaged in commerce or any other kind of business with a permanent establishment, even though they be consular representatives.
Art. 4. Transient foreigners are those in the territory of the Republic not mentioned in the subdivisions of article 3.
Art. 5. Domiciled foreigners are subject to the same obligations as Venezuelans, both as regards their persons and properties, but they are not subject to military service nor to the payment of forced and extraordinary war loans in cases of revolution or armed internal warfare.
Art. 6. Foreigners, both domiciled and transient, must not meddle in the internal affairs of the Republic, nor in anything relating to them. To this effect they can not
(1) Belong to political societies.
(2) Edit political newspapers nor write about the internal or external politics of the country in any newspaper.
Accession of King Peter to Servian throne
of British subjects on account of....
aliens into the Transvaal and Orange River colonies, regulations govern-
corporations of United States to engage in business in Austria-Hungary
between the United States and Venezuela for submission to arbitration of
unsettled claims of citizens of the United States
powers are parties, respecting the reference of the question of the pref-
erential treatment of claims to the tribunal at The Hague.
other powers are parties, respecting the reference of the question of the
preferential treatment of claims to the tribunal at The Hague
are parties, respecting reference of question of preferential treatment of
claims to the tribunal at The Hague...
convention between the United States and Great Britain providing for the
settlement of questions between the two countries with respect to the
sions in North America...
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exequaturs to persons engaged in commerce)
citizen; attack on H. C. Shipley by Turkish policeman in Smyrna..
with Turkish Government with reference to official recognition of, etc.
claims of citizens of United States against Venezuela, agreement by proto-
col for submission to.....
of, at The Hague.....
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.Monroe doctrine" and diplomatic claims of European powers
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United States, for refusal to pay a forced war loan to the Government
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States ports; construction of treaty provisions regarding
King Alexander and accession of King Peter to Servian throne.
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from the President in regard to educational institutions, etc...
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status and powers of commercial agents of the United States..
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ment to enforce
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settlement of questions between the two countries with respect to the..
decision of the Alaskan Boundary Tribunal
free navigation of the Amazon River.
the Government of the United States
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troops in Cuba and the Philippines, rejection of...
the convention between the United States and Colombia for the con-
claims of: protocol of agreement between the United States and Venezuela
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