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powers in this behalf, by the Foreign Jurisdiction Acts* or otherwise in her vested, is pleased, by and with the advice of her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:

1. This Order shall be construed as one with the Order in Council dated the 12th December, 1873,f relating to the Ottoman dominions, herein referred to as the Principal Order, and may be

The Ottoman Tribunals Order in Council, 1891." The expression "prescribed ” means prescribed by any rules or regulations to be made under the authority of this Order.

2. It shall be lawful for the Consul-General, or other person for the time being acting as the principal Judge of the Supreme Court at Constantinople, from time to time, to make regulations respecting the qualification, selection, appointment, registration attendance, and remuneration of Assessors in cases in which British subjects, or British-protected persons are parties, before any Ottoman Tribunal of Commerce, Ottoman Civil Tribunal, or Ottoman Maritime Court, or other Ottoman Tribunal, and respecting the establishment in any part of the Ottoman dominions, and the regulation of a fund, hereinafter called an Assessors' Fund, for the remuneration of Assessors before any Ottoman Tribunals in such part of the Ottoman dominions.

Such regulations may provide for compelling the service of any qualified person, and may prescribe penalties for neglect or refusal without reasonable excuse to serve in accordance with the terms of such regulations. Such penalties shall not exceed the equivalent of 51. in respect of any one day.

Ang such penalties shall be recoverable in the prescribed Court as a civil debt by the prescribed person, and shall be carried to the Assessora' Fund.

Any such regulations shall not have effect until approved by a Secretary of State, and shall from time to time be amended or rescinded as he directs.

3. Subject to, and as prescribed by any such regulations, a fund for the remuneration of the Assessors may be formed as follows:

(1.) Every person requiring the attendance of one or more Assessors may be required to pay in advance such fee or fees as the regulations direct.

(2.) The prescribed Judge or officer may, out of any moneys in his hands arising from fees of Court or other fees, cr moneys received under the principal Order, advance or pay the amount of the salary or remuneration of an Assessor.

See “Foreign Jurisdiction Act, 1890." Vol. LXXXII,

+ Vol. LXIII, page 59.

Page 656,

(3.) The prescribed Judge or officer shall from time to time account for all receipts and payments in respect of the Assessors' Fund in such a manner as the Secretary of State from time to time directs.

And the Most Honourable the Marquess of Salisbury, K.G., Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, is to give the necessary directions hereio.

C. L. PEEL.

REGULATIONS respecting Assessors before Olloman Tri

bunals, made pursuant to The Ottoman Tribunals Order in Council, 1891."*

[Approved by IIer Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs,

December 2, 1891.]

1. In these Regulations the “ Judge” means Her Majesty's Consnl-General and Judge of the Supreme Court at Constantinople, or the Consul-General or other Consular officer having power to hold a Consular Court in the Ottoman dominions elsewhere than at Constantinople.

“District” means the district for which the Judge holds a Court.

“Month” means calendar month.

2. An Assessor shall be a competent and impartial British subject of good repute, resident in the district of the particular Court, and acquainted with the French or Turkish language.

3. A list of persons qualified as aforesaid sha!), from time to time, as may be necessary, be prepared in and for every district by the Judge thereof.

4. The Judge shall, from time to time, as occasion may require, select by lot a sufficient number of the persons included in the said list as the persons liable to serve under these Regulations, and shall give to the selected persons notice in writing of their selection, and may, for cause appearing to him sufficient, excuse any person so selected and select in lieu of such person another person in like manner. The names and addresses of the selected persons shall be kept, in writing, in the order in which their names are drawn, with a statement of the dates at which their names were respectively drawn. A person so selected, and not excused, shall be liable to serve during six months from the time of his selection, and shall attend the Mixed Courts every day on which British causes are taken during the six months of bis tenure of office. A person who has been so selected, and who has been required to serve as an Assessor, shall not, unless with his consent or in case of necessity, be selected again until the expiration of 12 months after the termination of any entire period of six months for which he has been so selected.

* Pago 109.

A person selected as aforesaid, failing to serve when and as required, and failing to excuse his default on reasonable grounds to the satisfaction of the Judge, shall be liable to a penalty of 31., at the suit of such officer of the Court or other person as the Judge directs, for every day of such default; but the Judge, in his discretion, may mitigate or remit the penalty.

Any vacancy in the list of selected persons occurring by reason of death, removal, or other cause, may be supplied by the Judge, at his discretion, by lot, from the list of persons qualified to serve.

5. A party to a suit before any Ottoman Tribunal, being a British subject or British-protected person, shall, at the commencement of the said soit pay into the Consular Court of the district in which he is a resident the sum of 11. 4s., but it shall be lawful for the Judge when the claim or counter-claim is for a large amount, or when the case lasts for many sittings, to order such further payment to be made by the said pa as shall seem to the Judge just under the circumstances.

6. The fee of an Assessor shall be ordinarily 21. 2s. for each day of attendance; but under special circumstances, such as great distance to be travelled or importauce or difficulty of the subjectmatter, the Judge may, in addition, allow a special additional fee, not exceeding 21. 2s. a-day, for one day or any number of days of attendance. If an Assessor attends pursuant to notice, and the case is adjourned without the Assessor baving been required to remaiu in attendance for more than one hour, the fee shall be 11. ls. only; but the Judge may, in his discretion, allow a fee not exceeding 21. 2s.

7. The Judge may, in his discretion, on the ground of the poverty of the party or other special grounds, dispense with payment of the whole or any part of the sum required to be paid, or take security for payment thereof. The Assessor is entitled to his fees notwithstanding any such remission.

8. Every Judge (as hereinbefore defined) shall keep a separate account, under the name of the “ Assessors' Fund Account," and shall carry to that fund all sums received from applicants for Sappointment of Assessors and all penalties as above mentioned.

CONVENTION between the Post Office Department of the

United States and the Postal Administration of the Bahamas, for the Exchange of Money Orders.--Signed at Nassau, March 28, 1891; and at Washington, April 8, 1891.

The Post Office Department of the United States of America and the Postal Administration of the Colony of the Bahamas being desirous of establishing a system of exchange of money orders between the two countries, the Undersigned, vested with the requisite authority for the purpose, have agreed upon the following Articles :

ART. I. There shall be a regular exchange of money orders between the United States and the Bahamas.

The maximum amount of each money order is fixed at 101. when issued in the Bahamas; and when issued in the United States, at 100 dollars in the money of the latter country.

No money order shall include a fractional part of a penny or of a cent.

The amount of each money order must be expressed in letters in the money of the country in which payment is to be made, and the equivalent of the money in the issuing country must also be shown in figures, at the rate of conversion fixed by Article XIII of the present Convention.

II. The Postal Administration of the Bahamas shall have power to fix the rates of commission on all money orders issued in that Colony, and the Post Office Department of the United States shall have the same power in regard to all money orders issued in the

latter country.

The Post Office Department of the United States shall communicate, from time to time, to the Postal Administration of the Bahamas its tariff of charges or rates of commission which shall be established under this Convention, and the Postal Administration of the Bahamas shall communicate, from time to time, to the Post Office Department of the United States the tariff of charges or rates of commission which shall be established by the former under this Convention, and these rates shall, in all cases, be payable in advance by the remitters, and shall not be repayable.

It is understood, moreover, that the Postal Administrations of the two countries are each authorized to suspend temporarily the exchange of money orders in case the course of exchange, or any other circumstance, should give rise to abuses or cause detriment to the postal revenue.

III. Each of the two countries included in this Convention shall (1830-91. LXXXIII.]

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keep the commission charged on all money orders issued within its jurisdiction, but shall pay to the country to which such money orders are sent for payment one-half of 1 per cent. on the amount of such orders.

IV. The service of the postal money-order system between the Post Offices of the United States on the one part and the Post Offices of the Bahamas on the other part shall be performed exclusively by the intermediary agency of Offices of Exchange. On the part of the United States the Office of Exchange shall be New York, New York, and on the part of the Bahamas the Office of Exchange shall be Nassau, New Providence.

Orders shall be drawn only on the authorized money-order oflices of the respective countries included in this Convention, and the Post Office Department of the United States shall furnish to the Postal Administration of the Bahamas a list of such Offices of the United States, and shall, from time to time, notify any addition to or change in such list; and the Postal Administration of the Babamas shall furnish the Post Office Department of the United States with a list of such Offices in the Bahamas, and shall, from time to time, notify any addition to or change in such list.

Every money order and advice must contain the name of the Post Office and of the country of destination, and, if payable in the United States, the name of the State in which such Office is situated.

V. No money order shall be issued unless the applicant furnish the name and address of the person to whom the amount is to be paid, and his own name and address, or unless the name of the firm or Company who are the remitters or the payees is given, together with the address of each.

The money orders issued in either country shall be forwarded by the remitters, at their own expense, to the payees.

VI. The advices of all money orders drawn upon Post Offices in the Bahamas by Post Offices in the United States shall be sent to the Office of Exchange at New York, where they shall be examined and, if found correct, impressed with the dated stamp of that Office and transmitted, by the next mail, to the Exchange Office at Nassau accompanied by a list thereof, in duplicate, which is to be drawn up in conformity with the model of Form (A), hereto annexed.

The advices, on their arrival at Nassau, shall be compared with the entries in the list, and promptly dispatched to the respective paying Offices.

In like manner, the advices of money orders drawn upon Post Offices in the United States by Post Offices in the Bahamas shall be sent to the Office of Exchange at Nassau, shall there be examined

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