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If any subject or citizen of either of the two High Contracting Parties shall die without will or testament in any of the territories, dominions, or settlements of the other, the ConsulGeneral or Consul of the nation to which the deceased belonged, or the representative of such Consul-General or Consul, in his absence, shall have the right to nominate curators to take charge of the property of the deceased, so far as the laws of the country will permit, for the benefit of the lawful heirs and creditors of the deceased; giving proper notice of such nomination to the authorities of the country.
Exemption from Military Service, Forced Loans, &c.-
The subjects of Her Britannic Majesty residing in the Republic of Costa Rica, and the citizens of the Republic of Costa Rica residing in any of the territories, dominions, or settlements of Her Britannic Majesty, shall be exempted from all compulsory military service whatsoever, either by sea or by land, and from all forced loans or military exactions or requisitions; and they shall not be compelled, under any pretext whatsoever, to pay other ordinary charges, requisitions, or taxes, greater than those that are paid by native subjects or citizens of the Contracting Parties, respectively.
Appointment and Privileges of Diplomatic and Consular
It shall be free for each of the two High Contracting Parties to appoint Consuls for the protection of trade, to reside in any of the territories, dominions, and settlements of the other Party; but before any. Consul shall act as such, he shall, in the usual form, be approved and admitted by the Government to which he is sent; and either of the High Contracting Parties may except from the residence of Consuls such particular places as they judge fit to be excepted. Costa Rican Diplomatic Agents and Consuls shall enjoy in the territories, dominions, and settlements of Her Britannic Majesty, whatever privileges, exemptions, and immunities are or shall be granted to Agents of the same rank belonging to the most favoured nation; and in like manner, the Diplomatic Agents and Consuls of Her Britannic Majesty in the Costa Rican
territories shall enjoy, according to the strictest reciprocity, whatever privileges, exemptions, and immunities are or may be granted in the territories of the Republic of Costa Rica, to the Diplomatic Agents and Consuls of the most favoured nation.
Rupture of Friendly Relations.-Position of Persons and Property.-National Treatment.
For the better security of commerce between the subjects of Her Britannic Majesty and the citizens of the Republic of Costa Rica, it is agreed that if at any time any interruption of friendly intercourse, or any rupture, should unfortunately take place between the two High Contracting Parties, the subjects or citizens of either of the two High Contracting Parties who may be within any of the territories, dominions, or settlements of the other, shall, if residing upon the coasts, be allowed six months, and if in the interior, a whole year, to wind up their accounts and dispose of their property; and a safe conduct shall be given them to embark at the port which they themselves shall select; and even in the event of a rupture all such subjects or citizens of either of the two High Contracting Parties who are established in any of the territories, dominions, and settlements of the other, in the exercise of any trade or special employment, shall have the privilege of remaining and of continuing such trade and employment therein, without any manner of interruption, in the full enjoyment of their liberty and property, as long as they behave peaceably, and commit no offence against the laws; and their goods and effects, of whatever description they may be, whether in their own custody or intrusted to individuals or to the State, shall not be liable to seizure or sequestration, nor to any other charges or demands than those which may be made upon the like effects or property belonging to the native subjects or citizens of the country in which such subjects or citizens may reside. In the same case, debts between individuals, property in public funds, and shares of companies, shall never be confiscated, sequestered, nor detained.
Protection of Persons and Property.Liberty of Conscience.Freedom of Religious Worship.-Burials.
The subjects of Her Britannic Majesty, and the citizens of the Republic of Costa Rica, respectively, residing in any of the territories, dominions, or settlements of the other Party, shall enjoy, in their houses, persons and properties, the protection
of the Government, and shall continue in possession of the guarantees which they now enjoy. They shall not be disturbed, molested, or annoyed in any manner on account of their religious belief, nor in the proper exercise of their religion, either within their own private houses, or in the places of worship destined for that purpose, agreeably to the system of tolerance established in the territories, dominions, and settlements of the two High Contracting Parties: Provided they respect the religion of the nation in which they reside, as well as the constitution, laws, and customs of the country. Liberty shall also be granted to bury the subjects or citizens of either of the two High Contracting Parties who may die in the territories, dominions, or settlements aforesaid, in burial places of their own, which in the same manner may be freely estab lished and maintained; nor shall the funerals or sepulchres of the dead be disturbed in any way or upon any account.
The Government of the Republic of Costa Rica, in order to co-operate with Her Britannic Majesty for the total abolition of the Slave Trade, engages to execute perfectly the laws of the said Republic, which prohibit in the most effectual manner all persons inhabiting within the territories of the Republic of Costa Rica, or in places subject to their jurisdiction, from taking any share in such trade.
Reciprocal Right to Terminate Articles V, VI, and VII of
In order that the two High Contracting Parties may have the opportunity of hereafter treating and agreeing upon such other arrangements as may tend still further to the improvement of their mutual intercourse, and to the advancement of the interests of their respective subjects and citizens, it is agreed that at any time after the expiration of seven years from the date of the exchange of the ratifications of the present Treaty, either of the High Contracting Parties shall have the right of giving to the other Party notice of its intention to terminate Articles V, VI, and VII of the present Treaty; and that at the expiration of twelve months after such notice shall have been received by either Party from the other, the said Articles, and all the stipulations contained therein, shall cease to be binding on the two High Contracting Parties.
The present Treaty shall be ratified, and the ratifications shall be exchanged at London or at San José de Costa Rica, within the space of eight months, or sooner if possible.
In witness whereof the respective Plenipotentiaries have: signed the same, and have affixed thereto their respective seals.
Done at San José, this twenty-seventh day of November, in the year of our Lord one. thousand eight hundred and fortynine.
CONVENTION BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND COSTA RICA FOR THE RECIPROCAL PROTECTION OF TRADE-MARKS, &c.
Signed at Guatemala, March 5, 1898.*)
[Ratifications exchanged at London, September 29, 1900.]
HER Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India, and his Excellency Señor Don Rafael Iglesias, President of the Republic of Costa Rica, desiring to conclude a Convention for the reciprocal protection of trade-marks and designs, have appointed as their Plenipotentiaries, that is to say:
Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India, George Francis Birt Jenner, Esq., Her Britannic Majesty's Minister Resident in Central America, &c., &c., and
His Excellency Señor Don Rafael Iglesias, President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Honourable Señor Don Ricardo Villafranca y Bonilla, Consul-General of the Republic of Costa Rica at Guatemala:
*Signed also in Spanish.
Who, having communicated to each other their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon the following Articles:
Protection of Trade-marks.-National Treatment.
The subjects or citizens of each of the Contracting Parties shall have, in the dominions and possessions of the other, the same rights as are now granted, or may hereafter be granted, to subjects or citizens in all that relates to trade-marks, industrial designs, and patterns.
In order that such rights may be obtained, the formalities required by the laws of the respective countries must be fulfilled.
Application of Convention to British Colonies.
The stipulations of the present Convention shall be applicable to all the Colonies and foreign possessions of Her Britannic Majesty, excepting to those hereinafter named, that is say, except to
The Dominion of Canada.
The Cape of Good Hope.
New South Wales.
Provided always that the stipulations of the present. Convention shall be made applicable to any of the above-named Colonies or foreign possessions on whose behalt notice to that effect shall have been given by Her Majesty's Representative to the President of the Republic of Costa Rica within one year from the date of the exchange of ratifications of the present Convention.
The present Convention shall be ratified, and the ratifications shall be exchanged in London as soon as possible.