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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.

ARTICLE III.

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.

ARTICLE IV.

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.

ARTICLE V.

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.

ARTICLE VI.

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.

John Hay

(SEAL] HERBERT W. Bowen. İSEAL)

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.

No. 170.1

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 by 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.

[Inclosure 1.--Translation.]

EXEXUTIVE 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 lived 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,

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.

INDEX.

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Accession of King Peter to Servian throne ............

716
Action of United States troops in Cuba and the Philippines, rejection of claims
of British subjects on account of....

479
Address by United States minister at banquet given by President of Guatemala 588
Admission of:

aliens into the Transvaal and Orange River colonies, regulations govern-
ing the.........................

545
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corporations of United States to engage in business in Austria-Hungary ..

17
Adoption of gold standard by Colombia.......

130
Agents of the United States, commercial status and powers of, in Austria-
Hungary ....

14

......
Agreement by protocol:

between the United States and Venezuela for submission to arbitration of
unsettled claims of citizens of the United States ....

804
between Venezuela and Germany, to which the United States and other

powers are parties, respecting the reference of the question of the pre-

erential treatment of claims to the tribunal at The Hague.............
between Venezuela and Great Britain, to which the United States and

other powers are parties, respecting the reference of the question of the

preferential treatment of claims to the tribunal at The Hague .........
between Venezuela and Italy, to which United States and other powers

are parties, respecting reference of question of preferential treatment of
claims to the tribunal at The Hague.

611
Alaskan boundary:

convention between the United States and Great Britain providing for the

settlement of questions between the two countries with respect to the
- boundary line between the territory of Alaska and the British posses-
sions in North America...................

488
correspondence between the Governments of the United States and Great

Britain after the ratification of the Alaskan boundary treaty of January
24, 1903.....

...........

493
decision of the Alaskan Boundary tribunal under the treaty of January
24, 1903, between the United States and Great Britain ....

543
Aliens:

admission of, into the Transvaal and Orange River colonies; regulations
governing the ...

545
in Venezuela-rights of (involving issuance of consular or vice-consular
exequaturs to persons engaged in commerce).
ged in commerce)..................

806
Amazon River, free navigation of, in Brazil .......

36
American:

citizen; attack on H. C. Shipley by Turkish policeman in Smyrna.......
citizens; murderers of, in Mexico; failure to apprehend and punish......

665
institutions, educational, charitable, and religious, in Turkey; negotiations

with Turkish Government with reference to official recognition of, etc. 735
interests; Tabriz, Persia; protection of, by British consul-general....

692
residents of Pengyang, Korea, discourteous treatment of, by Korean
officials........

626
Amiral Fourichon, French steamship, stoppage of, at sea by a United States
war vessel ........

408
Annual message of the President of the United States...

vii
Anniversary of reign of King Christian LX, fortieth .......

387
Application, passport, of Lazarus Marks and his son David, in Guatemala.... 594

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Arbitration:

claims of citizens of United States against Venezuela, agreement by proto-

col for submission to.....
donation of court-house and library for the permanent arbitration court

of, at The Hague......
Argentine Republic:

message of President of ....

..Monroe doctrine" and diplomatic claims of European powers .........
Arrest:

and detention, provisional, of Charles Kratz, charged with bribery, whose

extradition is asked from Mexico....
and subsequent release of Alberto Posadas, a naturalized citizen of the

United States, for refusal to pay a forced war loan to the Government

of Guatemala ..........
and delivery to German consuls of deserters from German vessels in United

States ports; construction of treaty provisions regarding ..............
Assassination of:

King Alexander and accession of King Peter to Servian throne....

United States vice-consul at Beirut, attempted.
Assistance rendered by citizens of United States to famine sufferers in Sweden;

thanks for ........................................................
Attack on H. C. Shipley, American citizen, by policeman at Smyrna, and

reparation made therefor by Turkish Government.....
Attacks on Syrians, naturalized citizens of the United States resident in

Colombia..
Attempted blockade by Dominican Government, by decree, of ports held by

insurgents ..
Attitude of:

Colombian Government toward United States missionary schools........
French Government in regard to claims of its nationals against Venezuela.
the United States Government in the event of the Colombian Government
landing troops in the Republic of Panama.....

..................
Audience:

of the diplomatic corps with the Emperor of Korea, ceremonial..
of the United States minister with the Sultan of Turkey, to present message

from the President in regard to educational institutions, etc.........
Austria-Hungary:

admission of United States corporations to engage in business in Austria-

Hungary ..:..:. . ::: :::::
right and method of renunciation of United States citizenship ...

: :
status and powers of commercial agents of the United States...
Authentication of documents for use in Cuba.

123
410

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Beirut, Turkey, attempted assassination of United States vice-consul at.......
Blockade, by decree, ports held by insurgents; attempt of Dominican Govern-

ment to enforce ....
Boundary, Alaskan:

convention between the United States and Great Britain providing for the

settlement of questions between the two countries with respect to the..
correspondence in regard to, between the United States and Great Britain.
decision of the Alaskan Boundary Tribunal ........

.........................
Brazil:

free navigation of the Amazon River.........
message of President of, to Brazilian Congress (extracts)...
Monroe doctrine, press comments on note of Argentine Government to

the Government of the United States ...
treaty and protocol between the United States and Brazil for the extra-

dition of criminals.....
Bribery, extradition of Charles Kratz from Mexico, charged with.....
Brigandage and rebellious movements in China.....
British claims on account of losses incurred through action of United States

troops in Cuba and the Philippines, rejection of....
British consul-general at Tabréz, Persia, proteciion of American interests by..
Bulgaria, establishment of diplomatic relations with ..
Business, admission of corporations of the United States to engage in, in

Austria-Hungary.....

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Canal:

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interoceanic, across the Isthmus of Panama; correspondence concerning

the convention between the United States and Colombia for the con-
struction of ...

132
message of the President of the United States concerning the construction
of ...............

260
rejection of canal treaty by Colombia (under correspondence concerning
the convention, etc.)..

132
treaty with Panama providing for; action of municipalities approving rat-
ification of treaty by Government Junta ..

333
Carnegie, Andrew, donation of a court-house and library for the Permanent
Court of Arbitratfon at The Hague ..

686
Chemulpo, Korea, ownership of certain lands in general foreign settlement at. 637
China:

citizenship of Chinese and Japanese women married to United States citi-

zens...............................................................
commercial treaty between Great Britain and China......
consular jurisdiction in Chinese territory leased to Russia...........
consuls engaged in business, right of, to take part in deliberations of con-

sular body ......
expiatory monument erected in memory of Baron von Ketteler, late Impe-
rial German minister to China ..

77
foreigners in Peking, rights of.....

119
Manchuria, correspondence concerning open ports, evacuation by Russia,

46
rates of import tariff, etc.........

101
rebellious movements, brigandage, etc., in China.....
right of United States war vessels to visit Chinese inland waters.
treaty between the United States and China for the extension of the com-

mercial relations between them ....
Chinese and Japanese women married to United States citizens, citizenship of. 44
Chinese:
protection of, in Gautemala, by United States minister

572
territory leased to Russia, jurisdiction of consuls in......

84
Circular to diplomatic and consular officers: recognition of the Republic of
Panama .........

...... LXXXIII
Citizens, American:

murderers of, in Mexico, failure to apprehend and punish............... 665
railway employees, imprisonment of, in Mexico....

645
Citizens of the United States:

claims of: protocol of agreement between the United States and Venezuela

for submission to arbitration of, unsettled....

thanks for assistance rendered by, to famine sufferers in Sweden......... 731
Citizenship of Chinese and Japanese women married to United States citizens.
Citizenship, United States, right and method of renunciation of, in Austria-

Hungary.
Claims of:

British nationals against the Government of Venezuela, difficulty with

Great Britain growing out of nonpayment of, by Venezuela......... 452, 788
British subjects on account of losses incurred through action of United

States troops in Cuba and the Philippines; rejection of................ 479
European powers, and “Monroe doctrine" views of Argentine Govern-

ment upon..........
French nationals against the Government of Venezuela, attitude of
French Government toward.....

........ 410, 788
German nationals against the Government of Venezuela, difficulty with
Germany on account of .........

........ 417, 788
Italian nationals against the Government of Venezuela, difficulty with
Venezuela on account of ..

...... 601, 788
preferential treatment of claims, reference of question to The Hague Tri-
bunal, protocol providing for.......

........ 439, 477, 611
United States citizens against the Government of Venezuela, protocol of
agreement for submission to arbitration ........

804
Coaling or naval stations, lease of to the United States in Cuba.....

350
Collection of alien head tax from foreign diplomatic and consular officers

entering the United States from Mexico, diplomatic immunities............ 661
Colombia:
adoption of gold standard by Colombia

130

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