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and the means by which it is proposed to effect that object. It sball further contain:

(a.) The name, residence, and profession of the applicant;

(6.) The name of the mineral which the applicant intends to mine;

(c.) A map of the area over which the proposed licence is to extend.

14. The Consul-General may then institute any further inquiries that may appear to him to be necessary, and may appoint a day when the applicant, or his agent, and the heads of the tribe or tribes concerned, will be heard. The applicant shall show to the satisfaction of the Consul-General that he has effected honest prospecting to a sufficient extent to gauge roughly the future prospects of the concern, or, at any rate, to indicate that there is some real chance of a successful issue being attained. The rights of the tribal owners, or occupiers, of the land will be considered, and a record made of the same. The terms of the arrangements entered into between the applicant and the tribal owners, or occupiers, of the land, will then be reduced to writing, and explained to both parties, their comments or objections, if any, being recorded :

Provided that when the applicant cannot appear, personally or by agent, written application may be dealt with as above.

15. When the terms of the arrangements between the applicant and the tribal owners, or occupiers, of the land have been finally settled and agreed to by the parties, the Consul-General may, if the applicant is entitled to a licence under Regulation 12, or if he thinks that the applicant should be granted a mining licence, grant the same in accordance with these Regulations over such one or more blocks, each not exceeding in extent the area specified in Schedule (A) annexed to these Regulations, as he may think fit:

Provided that no mining licence shall be granted by the ConsulGeneral under these Regulations so as to cause the total area held under mining licences by the licensee, or by those in joint interest with him, to exceed 10 square miles.

16. The term for which a mining licence may be granted sball not exceed thirty years, and no covenant for renewal may be inserted in the licence without the sanction of the Secretary of State.

17. Every mining licence shall contain such conditions and stipulations as may in each particular case seem necessary; but in every case the following conditions shall be implied, namely :

(1.) The licensee shall pay export duty at the rate fixed for the particular mineral in respect of which the licence is granted; and if any her mineral shall be discovered by him, then export duty shall be paid therefor at such a rate, not being less than 20 per

cent. of the value thereof, as the Consul-General may determine, until a mining licence has been obtained in respect of such mineral; but the licensee shall be entitled to require and obtain such licence for the term then unexpired of his original licence upon the terms hereinbefore mentioned in these Rules ;

(2.) Neither the licensee nor any person claiming through or under him shall assign the licence, or transfer any right or interest thereunder, or underlet the whole or any portion of the premises comprised in such licence, without the consent of the ConsulGeneral;

(3.) The licensee shall commence operations within two years from the date of the grant of the licence, and shall thereafter carry them on in a proper, skilful, and mining-like manner, unless prevented by unavoidable cause;

4.) The licensee shall keep correct accounts showing the quantity and particulars of all minerals obtained from the mine, and the number of persons employed therein, and also complete plans of the mine, and shall allow any officer authorized by the Consul-General at any time to examiue such accounts and plans, and shall furnish the Consul-General with such information and returns in respect of the aforesaid matter as he may prescribe; all information and returns obtained or furnished under this clause shall be treated as strictly confidential;

(5.) The licensee shall, without delay, send to the ConsulGeneral a report of any accident which may occur at or in the premises covered by the licence, and also the finding therein of any mineral not specified in the licence ;

(6.) In case of any breach on the part of the licensee or bis employés of any condition contained in the licence, or of of these Regulations, the Consul-General may determine the licence, and take possession of the pre nises and all minerals thereon ;

(7.) At the end or sooner determination of the licence, the licensee shall peacefully deliver possession of all lands occupied by him, and all mines dug therein, unless the licence be previously renewed.


4.- General.

18. All prospecting and mining licences granted under these Regulations will be subject to the following conditions, with which it is incumbent on the licensee to comply :

(1.) The licensee will admit the jurisdiction of the local Courts in all cases of dispute, and will abide by all orders of the ConsulGeneral;

(2.) The licensee shall abstain from all interference with tribal or inter-tribal matters;

(3.) The licensee will not sell, give, or barter aminunition to or with the natives; and will not introduce into the premises covered by his licence any spirituous liquors, except for the use of European employés;

(4.) All plant and material shall be imported, and all minerals be exported, through a Protectorate port;

(5.) The licensee shall abide by the orders of the ConsulGeneral with regard to the employment or non-employment of foreign labourers or workmen ;

(6.) The licensee shall make such arrangements for the arming of his servants or employés, and for the protection of his works, if any, as may appear to the Consul-General to be right and proper;

(7.) The Consul-General, or any officer or servant of Government deputed by him, shall bave access at all times to the land covered by the licence, and may inspect any operations being conducted;

(8.) Neither Her Majesty's Government nor the Administration of the Protectorate shall be under any liability to the licensee in the event of any raids or other interruptions by the tribes or inhabitants of the Protectorate.

19. Where any licence under these Regulations is applied for by a person who is not a British subject, the Consul-General may either require the applicant to give security by bond or deposit, and impose such special conditions as he thinks fit; or le may in his discretion refuse to grant any licence to such person.

20. These Regulations may be cited as “ Thu Somaliland Mining Regulations, 1899.” Berbera, February 16, 1900.

J. HAYES SADLER, Her Majesty's Consul-General.
SALISBURY, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary

of State for Foreign Affairs.


Coal ..

Maximum Area in square miles for a Mining Licence.

Sq. miles.


Gold or silver

Precious stones

Oil ..

• Will be decided by Her Majesty's Government in each case on its merits.


Export Duty.


Metals and oil
Gold and silver
Precious stones

1 per cent. ad valorem.

REGULATIONS as to Fire-arms, made for the Somaliland

Protectorate, under Article 32 of "The Somaliland Order in Council, 1899,"* und allowed by the Secretary of State.Berbera, February 16, 1900.


1. THESE Regulations may be cited as “The Somaliland Firearms Regulations, 1899."

2. In these Regulations

“Fire-arm ” means any cannon, gun, rifle, machine-gun, or other fire-arm, whether whole or in detached pieces ;

“ Ammunition ” means any gunpowder, cartridges, balls, caps, and any other material for loading fire-arms;

"Arm of precision" means any breech-loading or other rifle, or any magazine-gun or machine-gun;

“Public warehouse" means any building or place which the Consul-General shall have by Proclamation appointed for the deposit and storage of fire-arms and ammunition, and for the other purposes of these Regulations;

“The Protectorate” means the territories for the time being within the jurisdiction of Her Majesty's Consul-General for the Somaliland Protectorate ;

“ Consular officer" means, in relation to any district of the Protectorate, Her Majesty's Consul or Vice-Consul for that district; but any of the powers of a Consular officer under these Regulations may be exercised by the Consul-General;

“ Prohibited zone means the zone specified in Article VIII of the Brussels Act.

3. Except with the special sanction of the Consul-General, all fire-arms and ammunition imported into the Protectorate shall be imported at Zeyla or Berbera, and at no other place.

4. All fire-arms and ammunition imported into the Protectorate

* Vol. XCI, page 1114.

shall be deposited, at the cost, risk, and peril of the importer, in a public warehouse.

5. Any fire-arm or ammunition shall not be withdrawn from a public warehouse except in accordance with a permit in writing signed by a Consular officer.

6. Before a permit for withdrawal is granted, every complete fire-arm-and where the parts are not complete, every part of a fire-arm--and every package of ammunition shall be stamped with a distinctive mark and number, and registered according to such mark and number, and, if necessary, according to any other existing marks and numbers.

7. Before granting a permit for the withdrawal of any arms of precision, or any ammunition suitable thereto, and intended for use within the Protectorate, the Consular officer may require a guarantee (with or without security, as the Consular officer thinks fit) that the arms and ammunition will not be given, assigned, or sold to any person within the Protectorate, except as provided in these Regulations.

If the person applying for the permit is a subject of any European Power, a declaration by the competent authority of bis Government that the arms or ammunition are destined exclusively for bis personal defence will be accepted as a guarantee under this Regulation, and no other security shall be required.

8. Before granting a permit for the withdrawal of any fire-arma or ammunition intended for exportation the Consular officer may require a guarantee, with or without security, that the same are to be immediately exported to some place beyond the limits of the prohibited zone, or to some place within such zone for the service or with the approval of the Government having authority there.

9. Every permit shall specify the number and description of the fire-arms and ammunition authorized to be withdrawn. The Consular officer may, in his discretion, limit the number of fire-arms and the quantity of ainmunition permitted to be withdrawn at any one time.

10. The Consular officer may annex conditions to any permit for withdrawal of fire-arms or ammunition, and in particular he may

(a.) In the case of fire-arms or ammunition intended for exportation, specify the time within which the same are to be exported after withdrawal, and the place or places in which the same are to be secured in the interval;

(6.) In the case of fire-arms or aminunition intended for sale (other than arms of precision and ammunition suitable thereto), specify the store or depôt within which the same are to be kept before sale, and the region or district in which they may be sold,

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