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house on Toro Point having a bearing of south seventy-eight degrees and thirty minutes and thirty seconds east (S. 78° 30' 30'' E.), this intersection point being marked "F" on the map; thence turning to the right and running along the above-mentioned line south seventy-eight degrees, thirty minutes and thirty seconds east (S. 78° 30' 30'' E.) to a point on the boundary of the above-mentioned site for the United States battery; thence turning to the right and running along the said boundary line of said site to the mean low water line of Limon Bay; thence turning to the right and running along said water line in a generally southerly direction to the point of beginning at the foot of Eleventh Street.
All bearings in this description and on the plan mentioned above are referred to true meridian (Panama-Colon Datum).
The foregoing description of the City of Colon and Colon Harbor conform to the accompanying blue print marked exhibit "C."
It is agreed that the Republic of Panama shall have an easement over and through the waters of the Canal Zone in and about Limon and Manzanillo bays to the end that vessels trading with the City of Colon may have access to and exit from the harbor of Colon, subject to the police laws and quarantine and sanitary rules and regulations of the United States and of the Canal Zone established for said waters.
The United States also agrees that small vessels may land at the east wall which extends along the shore to the south of the foot of Ninth Street and recently constructed by the Panama Railroad Company in the harbor of Colon free of any wharfage or landing charges that might otherwise accrue to the said company under the terms of its concessions from the Government of Colombia; and the United States further agrees that it will construct and maintain a landing pier in a small cove on the southerly side of Manzanillo Island in the northwesterly portion of the arm of the sea known as Boca Chica (sometimes called Folks River), to be used as a shelter harbor for small coasting boats of the Republic of Panama, without any wharfage or other landing charges.
VIII. Inasmuch as the highway known as the "Sabanas Road" will come entirely within the bounds of the City of Panama under this agreement the authorities of the Canal Zone are hereby relieved of the duty to repair and maintain such road, or any part of it, and the same shall be done henceforth by the authorities of the Republic at their cost and expense.3.
It is agreed that the Republic of Panama will not construct nor allow the construction of any railway across the Sabanas or other territory hereby transferred to that Republic without a mutually satisfactory agreement having been previously arrived at between the two governments; and this shall be without prejudice to any right the United States may have to object to such railway projection under any of the provisions of the Canal Treaty of November 18, 1903.32
The contracting parties hereby agree that this Convention shall not diminish, exhaust, or alter any rights acquired by them heretofore in conformity with the Canal Treaty of November 18, 1903; and it is further expressly agreed that the United States, in the exercise of the rights granted to it under articles II and III of the said Canal Treaty and subject to article VI of said Treaty, may enter upon and use, occupy, and control the whole or any portion of the Sabanas land, or other territory hereby transferred to the Republic of Panama, as the same may be necessary, or convenient, for the construction, maintenance, operation, sanitation, or protection of the Canal or of any auxiliary canals, or other works necessary and convenient for the construction, maintenance, operation, sanitation, or protection of said enterprise.ja
so Under sec. 10 of the Taft Agreement (E. O. 29), the Isthmian Canal Commission was responsible for maintenance of this road.
s' Art. V, Hay-Varilla Treaty, p. 19. ** Executive Order of Feb. 18. 1913 (E. 0. 133). ercepts the Sabanas area from private lands to be taken possession of under provisions of Executive Order of Dec. 5, 1912 (E. O. 132).
This agreement shall not be construed to modify the rights of the authorities of the Canal Zone to employ citizens of the Republic of Panama residing in the territory of the Republic as provided in section V of the above-mentioned agreement of June 15, 1904, and for which purpose the Government of the Republic granted the permission required by paragraph 2 of article 7 of the Panamanian Constitution.
The civil and criminal cases pending in the courts of the Canal Zone and the Republic of Panama at the time of the execution of this Convention shall not be affected hereby but the same shall be proceeded with to final judgment and disposed of in the courts where they are now pending as though this agreement had not been entered into.
The exhibits accompanying this agreement are signed by the representatives of the respective governments for identification. This Convention, when signed by the plenipotentiaries of the high contracting parties, will be ratified by the two governments in conformity with their respective constitutional laws, and the ratifications shall be exchanged at Panama at the earliest date possible.
In faith whereof the respective plenipotentiaries have signed the present Convention in duplicate and have hereunto affixed their respective seals.
Done at the City of Panama, the second day of September, in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and fourteen.
WILLIAM JENNINGS PRICE.
And whereas the said Convention has been duly ratified on both parts and the ratifications of the said Convention were exchanged in the City of Panama on the eleventh day of February, one thousand nine hundred and fifteen;
Now, therefore, be it known that I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, have caused the said Convention to be made public to the end that the same and every article and clause thereof may be observed and fulfilled with good faith by the United States and the citizens thereof.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this eighteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and thirty-ninth. WOODROW WILSON.
By the President:
W. J. BRYAN,
Secretary of State.
An Act To provide for the construction of a canal connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States is hereby authorized to acquire, for and on behalf of the United States, at a cost not exceeding forty millions of dollars, the rights, privileges, franchises, concessions, grants of land, right of way, unfinished work, plants, and other property, real, personal, and mixed, of every name and nature, owned by the New Panama Canal Company, of France, on the Isthmus of Panama, and all its maps, plans, drawings, records on the Isthmus of Panama and in Paris, including all the capital stock, not less, however, than sixtyeight thousand eight hundred and sixty-three shares of the Panama Railroad Company, owned by or held for the use of said canal company, provided a satisfactory title to all of said property can be obtained.33
J Sale of the Canal properties was ratified by the French Canal Company on April 23, 1904, and the actual transfer of these properties was made on May 4, 1904.
SEC. 2. That the President is hereby authorized to acquire from the Republic of Colombia, for and on behalf of the United States, upon such terms as he may deem reasonable, perpetual control of a strip of land, the territory of the Republic of Colombia, not less than six miles in width, extending from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, and the right to use and dispose of the waters thereon, and to excavate, construct, and to perpetually maintain, operate, and protect thereon a canal, of such depth and capacity as will afford convenient passage of ships of the greatest tonnage and draft now in from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, which control shall include the right to perpetually maintain and operate the Panama Railroad, if the ownership thereof, or a controlling interest therein, shall have been acquired by the United States, and also jurisdiction over said strip and the ports at the ends thereof to make such police and sanitary rules and regulations as shall be necessary to preserve order and preserve the public health thereon, and to establish such judicial tribunals as may be agreed upon thereon as may be necessary to enforce such rules and regulations.
The President may acquire such additional territory and rights from Colombia as in his judgment will facilitate the general purpose hereof.
Sec. 3. That when the President shall have arranged to secure a satisfactory title to the property of the New Panama Canal Company, as provided in section one hereof, and shall have obtained by treaty control of the necessary territory from the Republic of Colombia, as provided in section two hereof, he is authorized to pay for the property of the New Panama Canal Company forty millions of dollars and to the Republic of Colombia such sum as shall have been agreed upon, and a sum sufficient for both said purposes is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be paid on warrant or warrants drawn by the President.34
The President shall then through the Isthmian Canal Commision is hereinafter authorized cause to be excavated, constructed, and completed, utilizing to that end as far as practicable the work heretofore done by the New Panama Canal Company, of France, and its predecessor company, a ship canal 36 from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Such canal shall be of sufficient capacity and depth as shall afford convenient passage for vessels of the largest tonnage and greatest draft now in use, and such as may be reasonably anticipated, and shall be supplied with all necessary locks and other appliances to meet the necessities of vessels passing through the same from ocean to ocean; and he shall also cause to be constructed such safe and commodious harbors at the termini of said canal, and make such provisions for defense as may be necessary for the safety and protection of said canal and harbors. That the President is authorized for the purposes aforesaid to employ such persons as he may deem necessary, and to fix their compensation.
Sec. 4. That should the President be unable to obtain for the United States a satisfactory title to the property of the New Panama Canal Company, and the control of the necessary territory of the Republic of Colombia and the rights mentioned in sections one and two of this Act, within a reasonable time and upon reasonable terms, then the President, having first obtained for the United States perpetual control by treaty of the necessary territory from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, upon terms which he may consider reasonable, for the construction, perpetual maintenance, operation, and protection of a canal connecting the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean by what is commonly known as the Nicaragua route, shall through the said Isthmian Canal Commission cause to be excavated and constructed a ship canal and waterway from a point on the shore of the Caribbean Sea near Greytown, by way of Lake Nicaragua, to a point near Brito on the Pacific Ocean. Said canal shall be of sufficient capacity and depth to afford convenient passage for vessels of the largest tonnage and greatest draft now in use, and such as may be reasonably anticipated, and shall be supplied with all necessary locks and other appliances to meet the necessities of vessels passing through the same from ocean to ocean; and he shall also construct such safe and commodious harbors at the termini of said canal as shall be necessary for the safe and convenient use thereof, and shall make such provisions for defense as may be necessary for the safety and protection of said harbors and canal; and such sum or sums of money as may be agreed upon by such treaty as compensation to be paid to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for the concessions and rights hereunder
* The Hay-Varilla Treaty, p. 18, was executed under the authority and in detail with provisions of this paragraph and section 2 hereof.
us Isthmian Canal Commission created by sec. 7, this act, p. 32. j* Lock type of canal adopted by act of June 29. 1906, p. 39.
provided to be acquired by the United States, are hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be paid on warrant or warrants drawn by the President.
The President shall cause the said Isthmian Canal Commission to make such surveys as may be necessary for said canal and harbors to be made, and in making such surveys and in the construction of said canal may employ such persons as he may deem necessary, and may fix their compensation.
In the excavation and construction of said canal the San Juan River and Lake Nicaragua, or such parts of each as may be made available, shall be used.
SEC. 5. That the sum of ten million dollars is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, toward the project herein contemplated by either route so selected.
And the President is hereby authorized to cause to be entered into such contract or contracts as may be deemed necessary for the proper excavation, construction, completion, and defense of said canal, harbors, and defenses, by the route finally determined upon under the provisions of this Act. Appropriations therefor shall from time to time be hereafter made, not to exceed in the aggregate the additional sum of one hundred and thirty-five millions of dollars should the Panama route be adopted, or one hundred and eighty millions of dollars should the Nicaragua route be adopted.
SEC. 6. That in any agreement with the Republic of Colombia, or with the States of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the President is authorized to guarantee to said Republic or to said States the use of said canal and harbors, upon such terms as may be agreed upon, for all vessels owned by said States or by citizens thereof.38
SEC. 7. That to enable the President to construct the canal and works appurtenant thereto as provided in this Act, there is hereby created the Isthmian Canal Commission, the same to be composed of seven members, who shall be nominated and appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and who shall serve until the completion of said canal unless sooner removed by the President, and one of whom shall be named as the chairman of said Commission. Of the seven members of said Commission at least four of them shall be persons learned and skilled in the science of engineering, and of the four at least one shall be an officer of the United States Army, and at least one other shall be an officer of the United States Navy, the said officers respectively being either upon the active or the retired list of the Army or of the Navy. Said commissioners shall each receive such compensation as the President shall prescribe until the same shall have been otherwise fixed by the Congress. In addition to the members of said Isthmian Canal Commission, the President is hereby authorized through said Commission to employ in said service any of the engineers of the United States Army at his discretion, and likewise to employ any engineers in civil life, at his discretion, and any other persons necessary for the proper and expeditious prosecution of said work. The compensation of all such engineers and other persons employed under this Act shall be fixed by said Commission, subject to the approval of the President. The official salary of any officer appointed or employed under this Act shall be deducted 39 from the amount of salary or compensation provided by or which shall be fixed under the terms of this Act. Said Commission shall in all matters be subject to the direction and control of the President,40 and shall make to the President annually and at such other periods as may be required, either by law or by the order of the President, full and complete reports of all their actings and doings and of all moneys received and expended in the construction of said work and in the performance of their duties in connection therewith, which said reports shall be by the President transmitted to Congress. And the said Commission shall furthermore give to Congress, or either House of Congress, such information as may at any time be required either by Act of Congress or by the order of either House of Congress. The President shall cause to be provided and assigned for the use of the Commission such offices as may, with the suitable equipment of the same, be necessary and proper, in his discretion, for the proper discharge of the duties thereof.
"Sec. 6, act of Mar. 4, 1907, p. 42, confirms authority of President to construct Canal by contract, and act of Aug. 5, 1909, p. 55, authorized President to construct Canal by contract at a cost not exceeding the amount of the bond issue authorized in other act of same date, p. 56.
Terms are stated in Art. XIX, Hay-Varilla Treaty, p. 22.
39 Same provision contained in sec. 4, Panama Canal Act, p. 79. See also act 16 of the Isthmian Canal Commission (L. C. Z. 243).
4 See letter of President of Mar. 8, 1904 (E. O. 19) appointing members of the Commission, also Executive Order of May 9, 1904 (E. O. 20) placing the Isthmian Canal Commission under the supervision and direction of the Secretary of War, and defining duties of Commission. Under this order the Commission was placed in charge of the government of the Canal Zone, with power to legislate. This order was based on the act of Apr. 28, 1904, p. 34, providing for temporary government of the Canal Zone. See notes under that act, and notes under Executive Order of May 9, 1904, supra.
Sec. 8. That the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized to borrow on the credit of the United States from time to time, as the proceeds may be required to defray expenditures authorized by this Act (such proceeds when received to be used only for the purpose of meeting such expenditures), the sum of one hundred and thirty million dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, and to prepare and issue therefor coupon or registered bonds of the United States in such form as he may prescribe, and in denominations of twenty dollars or some multiple of that sum, redeemable in gold coin at the pleasure of the United States after ten years from the date of their issue, and payable thirty years from such date, and bearing interest payable quarterly in gold coin at the rate of two per centum per annum; and the bonds herein authorized shall be exempt from all taxes or duties of the United States, as well as from taxation in any form by or under State, municipal, or local authority: Provided, That said bonds may be disposed of by the Secretary of the Treasury at not less than par, under such regulations as he may prescribe, giving to all citizens of the United States an equal opportunity to subscribe therefor, but no commissions shall be allowed or paid thereon; and a sum not exceeding one-tenth of one per centum of the amount of the bonds herein authorized is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to pay the expense of preparing, advertising, and issuing the same.“
Approved, June 28, 1902. (32 U. S. Stat., 481.)
An Act Making appropriations for the Diplomatic and Consular Service for the fiscal year ending
June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and five. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and they are hereby, severally appropriated, in full compensation for the Diplomatic and Consular Service for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and five, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the objects hereinafter expressed, namely:
RELIEF AND PROTECTION OF AMERICAN SEANEN.
Relief and protection of American seamen in foreign countries, and shipwrecked American seamen in the Territory of Alaska, in the Hawaiian Islands, Porto Rico, the Panama Canal Zone, and the Philippine Íslands, thirty thousand dollars.
FOREIGN HOSPITALS AT PANAMA.
Annual contributions toward the support of the foreign hospitals at Panama, five hundred dollars, to be paid by the Secretary of State upon the assurance that suffering seamen and citizens of the United States will be admitted to the privileges of said hospitals.
Approved, March 12, 1904. (33 Stat., 79.)
An Act Making appropriation for the support of the Army for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth.
nineteen hundred and five, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and they are hereby, appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the support of the Army for the year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and five:
* Scc. 8 repealed by act of Aug. 5, 1999, p. 56.