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3. Colonies possessing a partly elected legislative council, the

constitution of which provides for an official majority: Ja

maica and Leeward Islands. 4. Colonies possessing a legislative council nominated by the

Crown: British Honduras, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Trinidad and Tobago."

[Oxford Survey of the British Empire. America, p. 333.] “But the trend of history in the West Indies was in the direction

rather of restricting than of extending self-government. This was the inevitable result of the plantation system and the multiplication of slaves. The white men became more and more small oligarchies in the midst of a population which had no rights of citizenship, and the imperial act of slave emancipation was the strongest possible exercise and evidence of imperial control. Still, Barbados at the present time retains in the hands of its elected representatives complete power over the local revenues, and, except that the appointment of most of the higher executive officers rests with the Home Government, the Barbadians are for all practical everyday purposes a small self-governing community, with unbroken tradition of English liberty and English constitutional rights. In Jamaica the constitution has been changed more than


[Lucas, The British Empire, pp. 175–176.] “The constitution of Jamaica may be described as a modified Crown

colony system, the people enjoying to some extent direct representation. The original constitution granted by Charles II in 1662 was a representative one, consisting of a governor, a privy council, and legislative council, and an assembly of 47 members; but the depression caused by the abolition of slavery led to a series of grave constitutional crises, the assembly refusing time after time to vote supplies. In 1839 Lord Melbourne's government introduced a bill into Parliament for a suspension of the constitution, but it was defeated." It was not until 1866 that the governor and legislature sur

rendered the constitution which the island had enjoyed for

over 200 years. “By an order in council dated May 19, 1884, and amended in

October, 1895, a legislative council was constituted, consisting of the governor and five ex officio members, and of such other persons, not exceeding 10 in number, as the Crown might from time to time appoint, or as the governor from time to time might provisionally appoint, and 14 persons to be elected. A privy council, with the usual powers and functions of an executive council, was also provided for. The order in council

laid it down, however, that the votes of the nominated mem-
bers were not to be recorded against the unanimous votes of
all the 14 elected members on any question, unless the governor
declared that, in his opinion, the decision of such question in
a sense contrary to the votes of the elected members was 'of
paramount importance to the public interest.””
[Oxford Survey of the British Empire. America, pp.


BULGARIA (1878–1908).


Vassal state subject to the suzerainty of Turkey.

1878, March 3.—Treaty of San Stefano, between Russia and
Created Bulgaria, previously a Province of the Ottoman

Empire, an autonomous and tributary principality under

the suzerainty of the Turkish Sultan. 1878, July 13.—Treaty of Berlin, between Great Britain, Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Turkey. Modified the treaty of San Stefano and confirmed the status of Bulgaria as an autonomous principality. [Martens, N. R. G., 2d Ser., III, 449; Holland, the Eu

ropean Concert, p. 277.] On September 18, 1885, Bulgaria annexed Roumelia by

proclamation, the territory henceforth bearing the name

of Southern Bulgaria. 1908, October 5.-Bulgaria declared her independence of Tur

key, which was recognized by the powers.


a. Organization of Government.

Art. I (treaty of Berlin, July 13, 1878). “Bulgaria is consti

tuted an autonomous and tributary principality under the
suzerainty of His Imperial Majesty the Sultan; it will have a

Christian Government and a national militia."
Art. III.“ The Prince of Bulgaria shall be freely elected by the

population and confirmed by the Sublime Porte, with the
assent of the powers. No member of the reigning dynasties
of the great European powers may be elected Prince of Bul-

“In case of a vacancy in the princely dignity, the election of the new prince shall take place under the same conditions and with the same forms."

Art. IV.“An assembly of notables of Bulgaria, convoked at Tir

novo, shall, before the election of the prince, draw up the

organic law of the principality." Arts. VI, VII, “The provisional administration of Bulgaria

shall be under the direction of an imperial Russian commissary until the completion of the organic law. An imperial Turkish commissary, as well as the consuls delegated ad hoc by the other powers signatory of the present treaty, shall be called to assist him so as to control the working of this provisional régime. In case of disagreement amongst the consular delegates the vote of the majority shall be accepted, and in case of a divergence between the majority and the imperial Russian commissary or the imperial Turkish commissary, the representatives of the signatory powers at Constantinople, assembled in conference, shall give their decision.

“The provisional régime shall not be prolonged beyond a period of nine months from the exchange of the ratifications

of the present treaty." b. Powers of Government. Restrictions imposed. Protection of subject peoples.

Art. IV. “In the districts where Bulgarians are in

termixed with Turkish, Roumanian, Greek, or other populations, the rights and interests of these populations shall be taken into consideration as regards the

elections and the drawing up of the organic law.” Art. XII. “Mussulman proprietors or others who may

take up their abode outside the principality may continue to hold there their real property, by farming

it out, or having it administered by third parties.” Religious freedom.

Art. V. “The difference of religious creeds and confes

sions shall not be alleged against any person as a ground for exclusion or incapacity in matters relating to the enjoyment of civil and political rights, admission to public employments, functions, and honours, or the exercise of the various professions and industries in any locality whatsoever.

The freedom and outward exercise of all forms of worship are assured to all persons belonging to Bulgaria, as well as to foreigners, and no hindrance shall be offered either to the hierarchical organization of the different communions, or to their relations with their spiritual chiefs.”

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Fiscal limitations.

Art. IX. “ The amount of the annual tribute which the

Principality of Bulgaria shall pay to the suzerain court-such amount being paid into whatever bank the Porte may hereafter designate--shall be fixed by an agreement between the powers signatory of the present treaty at the close of the first year of the working of the new organization. This tribute shall be calculated on the mean revenue of the territory of the principality.

“As Bulgaria is to bear a portion of the public debt of the Empire, when the powers fix the tribute they shall take into consideration what portion of that debt can, on the basis of a fair proportion, be as

signed to the principality.” Consular jurisdiction.

Art. VIII. “The immunities and privileges of foreign

ers, as well as the rights of consular jurisdiction and protection as established by the capitulations and usages, shall remain in full force so long as they shall not have been modified with the consent of the parties

concerned." Military restrictions.

Art. XI. “All the old fortresses shall be razed at the

expense of the principality within one year, or sooner if possible; the local government shall immediately take steps for their demolition, and shall not con

struct fresh ones.” Trade restrictions.

Art. VIII. “ The treaties of commerce and of naviga

tion as well as all the conventions and arrangements concluded between foreign powers and the Porte, and now in force, are maintained in the Principality of Bulgaria, and no change shall be made in them with regard to any power without its previous consent.

“No transit duties shall be levied in Bulgaria on goods passing through that principality.

“ The subjects and citizens and commerce of all the powers shall be treated in the principality on a foot

ing of strict equality.” Succession to contracts.

Art. X. “Bulgaria takes the place of the Imperial

Ottoman Government in its undertakings and obligations toward the Rustchuk-Varna Railway Company, dating from the exchange of the ratifications of the

present treaty. The settlement of the previous accounts is reserved for an understanding between the Sublime Porte, the government of the principality, and the administration of this company.

“The Principality of Bulgaria likewise, so far as it is concerned, takes the place of the Sublime Porte in the engagements which the latter has contracted, as well toward Austria-Hungary as toward the company, for working the railways .of European Turkey, in respect to the completion and connection, as well as the working of the railways situated in its

Treaty-making competency.

The Bulgarian constitution, adopted April 16, 1879, in ac

cordance with Article IV of the treaty of Berlin, provided
for the right to declare war and to conclude peace, and
the right to enter into treaties with foreign nations. The
right to declare war and conclude peace was exercised in
1885, when Bulgaria made war upon Serbia. The right
to enter into treaties was exercised in a striking form in
1904, when Bulgaria concluded a treaty with its suzerain,

Turkey, relative to the pacification of Macedonia.
Diplomatic relations.

The Bulgarian constitution of 1879 provided for the exer

cise of the right of legation. More significant still of the completely autonomous position of Bulgaria is the fact that in 1899 Bulgaria sent delegates to the Hague peace conference. In spite of the protest of Turkey, the Bulgarian delegates were admitted, and, although seated after Turkey, nevertheless voted independently of Turkey, signing without reservation conventions which Turkey signed with reservation. (Mérignhac, Conference de la Paix, Introduction, sec. 6.)


1. INTERNATIONAL STATUS. Autonomous colony. 1867, March 29.—British North America act.

United the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, Nova

Scotia, and New Brunswick into the Dominion of Canada and provided for the subsequent admission of other Provinces (Newfoundland alone now remaining outside

the Dominion). Provided for a “ Constitution similar in principle to that of

the United Kingdom."

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