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pose of exportation to any other foreign country, shall not be liable to any import duties whatever; or, having paid such duties, they shall be entitled to drawback upon their exportation; nor shall the citizens of the United States be liable to any duties, tolls, or charges of any kind to which native citizens are not subjected for thus passing the said isthmus. And, in order to secure to themselves the tranquil and constant enjoyment of these advantages, and as an especial compensation for the said advantages, and for the favors they have acquired by the 4th, 5th, and 6th articles of this treaty, the United States guarantee positively and efficaciously to New Granada, by the present stipulation, the perfect neutrality of the before-mentioned isthmus, with the view that the free transit from the one to the other sea may not be interrupted or embarrassed in any future time while this treaty exists; and, in consequence, the United States also guarantee, in the same manner, the rights of sovereignty and property which New Granada has and possesses over the said territory.
13.-Convention between the United States and Nicaragua, June 21, 1849 (concluded but not submitted to the Senate in consequence of the subsequent conclusion of the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty).
The United States of America and the State of Nicaragua, having in view the grand design of opening and establishing through the territories of the latter State a passage and communication between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean to facilitate the commerce between the two oceans and to produce other great results, and designing to establish, regulate, and define the grants, rights, privileges, and immunities that shall appertain to each other with reference to such great object by means of a treaty and special convention. For the accomplishment of these desirable purposes the President of the United States of America has conferred full powers on Elijah Hise, chargé d'affaires of the government of said States in Central America, and the State of Nicaragua hath likewise granted full powers to Sr. Liedo Don Bueneventura Selva, chargé d'affaires of the government of the said State of Nicaragua near the United States legation in Central America, who, after having exchanged their said full powers in due and proper form, have agreed and do agree upon the following articles:
It is solemnly agreed between the two high contracting parties that the State of Nicaragua doth grant to and confer upon the United States of America, or to a company of the citizens thereof, the exclusive right and privilege to make, construct, and build within the territories of the said State of Nicaragua, through or by the use and means of any of the streams, rivers, bays, harbors, lakes, or lands under the jurisdiction or within the limits of the said State, a canal or canals, a road or roads, either railways or turnpikes or any other kind of roads, for the purpose of opening a convenient passage and communication, either by land alone, or water alone, or by both land and water, and by means, if deemed proper, of locks and dams, or by any other mode of overcoming and removing the obstructions to the navigation of the said rivers, lakes, harbors, &c., between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, for the transit and and passage of ships, steamers, sailing-vessels, boats, and vessels of all
kinds, as well as vehicles of every sort used for the transportation and conveyance of persons and property and of goods, wares, and merchandise of every description, and the United States or the company which may be formed by virtue of such charter as shall be made as herein provided shall be permitted for the construction of said works to procure, take, and obtain within the territories of Nicaragua all kinds of materials, such as stone, timber, earths, and whatever else may be necessary and proper for the said purposes, free of any charge so far as the said materials may be procured on the lands belonging to said State.
The State of Nicaragua cedes and grants to the United States, or to a chartered company of the citizens thereof, as the case may be, absolutely, all the land that may be required for the location and construction of said canal or canals, road or roads, and which may be necessary for the erection of buildings and houses of every description for the residence and accommodation of the engineers, superintendents, and laborers, and all others employed in the making and construction of the said works, or in governing, managing and controlling the same, and also for the erection of all such necessary buildings as may be requisite and proper for the purpose of storing away therein all the tools, machines, materials, and property of every description which may be required for the use in the construction, repairing, preservation, and management of said works, and should any portion of the lands or materials, or of the rivers, bays, ports, or their coasts or lakes, and their shores, which may be necessary and proper to be applied for the location and construction of said works and its appurtenances, belong to individuals, the State of Nicaragua agrees and undertakes to extinguish the titles thereto, and to procure the same upon a just principle of valuation for the aforesaid public works. The aforesaid cession and grant shall include a space of not less than three hundred feet on each side of the lines of said works, and extending all along the whole length thereof, so that ample space be secured on the margins of said works for the convenient use thereof. The just value of such of said lands and materials as may be private property at the date of this treaty will be paid for by said company.
It is agreed that if the Government of the United States shall decide not to undertake and construct the said works, then either the President or Congress thereof shall have the power and authority to frame, enact, and issue a charter or act of incorporation containing such liberal pro visions, and such grants of rights and privileges, not inconsistent with the rights of the contracting parties herein secured, as may be necessary, convenient and proper to effect the great objects in view, which charter and act of incorporation shall provide as follows:
1st. That the company which may be formed and organized under and by virtue of its provisions shall be composed exclusively of the citizens of one or both of the contracting parties, who may subscribe for and become the owners of the whole of the capital stock required for the said works. If, however, such citizens (thus having the preference) shall fail in due time to subscribe for and become the owners of the whole amount of the said capital stock, the residue thereof not taken by them may be taken, paid in, and owned by the governments of both or either of the contracting parties, or by the governments or citizens of any other nation, kingdom, or country.
2d. That said company shall have the sole and exclusive right and privilege of constructing and owning such works as are herein named within the State of Nicaragua, provided the same are commenced and prosecuted within the time limited in this convention.
3d. It shall authorize the said company to build and construct said canal or canals, in such directions and of such width and depth as they shall in their discretion determine, and if the plan of roads is in part or in whole adopted the route, width, kind, and number thereof shall be determined upon by the said company as they may think proper.
4th. It shall provide that said company may make contracts, sue, and be sued as a corporation, with a given name and style, have a corporate seal, and engage in all such trade and business as may be proper and convenient in promoting all the operations required for the attainment of the ends in view.
5th. It shall contain provisions adequate for the organization of said company; it shall provide for the appointment of the officers, agents, engineers, surveyors, superintendents, and other employés of said company; and that said company may make and adopt all its own by-laws and regulations, so that the same be not in conflict with the provisions of this convention.
6th. It shall provide that said company may not only build and construct, but also enlarge, alter, repair, and reconstruct the said works as they may think proper, and that they may manage and govern the same and manage and control the financial affairs of the corporation.
7th. It shall provide that the said company shall make annual reports to the executive governments of the United States and the State of Nicaragua, setting forth their receipts and expenditures, and the condition, operations, and affairs of the said company.
8th. It shall provide that the management of the affairs of said company shall be vested and lodged in nine managers, five of whom shall be appointed by the company for a period of time, and in a manner to be regulated by the said charter, and in like manner two of the said managers shall be appointed by the President of the United States and two by the Executive Chief of the State of Nicaragua, and the said nine managers shall appoint their own president.
9th. It shall provide that the governments of either of the contracting parties may, through their committees, freely examine and investigate the affairs, business operations, and condition, financial and otherwise, of the said company, and for such purpose such committees may examine the books and papers of the company, and examine the officers thereof and other witnesses on oath, and make reports thereon to their respective governments.
10th. It shall provide that said company shall have the sole and exclusive right and privilege of conveying persons and passengers, and of conveying all steamers, ships, and vessels of all kinds, by towage or otherwise, and of transporting in the vessels of others or of their own all property, goods, wares, and merchandise, over, through, and upon said navigable waters, canal or canals, road or roads, which shall be improved, made, or constructed by them, at such rates, charges, duties, and tolls as the said company may think proper to establish; except, however, that the said charter shall further provide that all the vessels of war and all other public vessels of every description belonging to the governments of the two contracting parties, as well also as all other vessels which may be engaged in the permanent or temporary employment of the said governments to transport their troops, munitions of war, their public property of all kinds, and to convey their public agents, consuls,
ministers, and all their officers, civil and military, shall be permitted to have the free and unrestricted use of the said canal or canals and navigable waters, and shall if necessary and required be conveyed through the same by the said company free of all costs and charge; said charter shall further provide also that the public mails of the contracting parties shall be conveyed and transported along and over the said works by the said company, in their own vessels or vehicles, free of cost or charge, and the contracting parties agree and stipulaté with all solemnity that the aforesaid rights and privileges shall be enjoyed by each other perpetually, and that said charter shall provide accordingly; said charter shall also further provide that the citizens of the two parties shall enjoy and possess the right and privilege with their vessels, goods, merchandise, and property, and persons to pass and be conveyed through, upon, and over the said canals, roads, and navigable waters on terms at least as favorable as the subjects or citizens of any other nation or country.
11th. Said charter shall provide that the said works shall be commenced by said company within ten years after it shall be fully organized under said charter, or otherwise forfeit their privileges; so likewise if they shall after said works are begun declare their intention to abandon them and cease to prosecute the same for four entire successive years intentionally.
The charter aforesaid may contain such other provisions and grants of rights and privileges not in violation of or in conflict with any of the preceding or subsequent articles of this treaty as may be deemed necessary, convenient, or proper for the objects in view by either the President or Congress of the United States, and the same when framed and issued shall be approved and legalized by the Government of the State of Nicaragua, and no privileges or emoluments shall be granted in said charter to either of the contracting parties which shall not likewise be held and enjoyed to the same extent by the other.
The Government of the United States shall have the right to erect such forts and fortifications at the ends and along the lines of said works, and to arm and occupy the same in such manner and with as many troops as may be deemed necessary by the said government for the protection and defense thereof, and also for the preservation of the peace and neutrality of the territories of Nicaragua, to whom pertains equal rights as inherent to her sovereignty.
The public armed vessels, letters of marque, and privateers, and the private merchant and trading vessels belonging either to the governments, or the subjects, or citizens of nations, kingdoms, or countries with which either of the contracting parties may be at war, shall not, during the continuance of such war, be suffered or allowed to come in the ports at the terminations of said canals nor be allowed to pass on or through the same, on any account whatever; neither shall the vessels of neutral nations, whether public or private, be allowed to convey by means of said canal articles contraband of war, to or for the enemies of either of the contracting parties, or to or for other nations or states who may be
at war with each other; nor shall the vessels of countries which are engaged in war with each other, owned or employed and armed by them to carry on such war, during the continuance be allowed to pass through the said canals. The public and private vessels of all nations, kingdoms, and countries which are in peace with both the contracting parties and with each other shall be permitted to enter said ports, and to pass or be conveyed through the said canals, but they shall be subject, however, to the payment of such duties, charges, and tolls as may be established by the proprietors of the said works.
The State of Nicaragua may, of course, exercise her right of erecting and establishing anywhere on the routes or margins, or at the points of termination of said works, custom-houses and warehouses, and to collect duties, according to her own laws, upon the goods, wares, and merchandise imported for sale or consumption into her territories by means of said works, and the State of Nicaragua may adopt and enforce all needful rules and regulations to prevent smuggling or the introduction of contraband goods in her territories; but it is expressly agreed that the State of Nicaragua shall not impose, enforce, or collect any taxes, charges, or duties of any kind or amount on the persons (for passports), or property, or on goods, wares, or merchandise of any class or kind on their travel or transit over, or for passing through her territories by means of said canals, roads, &c., provided the said property, goods, wares, and merchandise shall be not sold or not introduced for sale or consumption into the said State, but be exported to other states or countries.
The ports at the points of termination of said works shall be free to both the contracting parties and their citizens, respectively; and their public and private vessels of all kinds shall enter and remain therein and depart therefrom and not be subjected to the payment of any port charges, tonnage duties, or other imposition whatever.
The persons employed in the location and construction of said works, the owners thereof, and all their agents, and officers, and employés of every sort, shall be under the special protection of the governments of both the contracting parties, and they shall not be subject to any kind of taxation on their persons or property, nor shall they be required to pay any contributions or to perform any civil or military duty or service whatever for either of the two governments during their employment about the said works; and all provisions, including wines and liquors, and all merchandise imported into Nicaragua for their clothing and subsistence shall be free and exempt from all duties and taxes, direct or indirect; and all such articles, property, stores, tools, implements, and machines, &c., &c., as may be required for surveys and explorations, and for locating and constructing said works, shall be imported into the State of Nicaragua free from all taxes and duties whatever thereon, and the vessels employed in the importation of the said subsistence, clothing, tools, implements, &c., &c., shall also be free and exempt from all port charges and tonnage duties in all the ports, rivers, lakes, or harbors on the coasts or within the limits of the State of Nicaragua; and entire