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the King of the Belgians, Mr. Charles Rogier, Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold, decorated with the Iron Cross, &c., &c., &c., his Minister of Foreign Affairs;

Who, after having exchanged their full powers, found to be in good and due form, have agreed upon the following articles:

ARTICLE I.
The high contracting parties take note of, and record:

Ist. The treaty concluded on the twelfth of May, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, between Belgium and the Netherlands, which will remain annexed to the present treaty, and by which His Majesty the King of the Netherlands renounces forever the dues established upon navigation in the Scheldt and its mouths, by the third paragraph of the ninth article of the treaty of the nineteenth of April, eighteen hundred and thirty-nine, and His Majesty the King of the Belgians engages to pay the capital sum of the redemption of those dues, which amount to 17,141,610 florins.

21. The declaration made in the name of His Majesty the King of the Netherlands on the fifteenth of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, to the Plenipotentiaries of the high contracting apple to all tlaze. parties, that the extinguishment of the Scheldt dues, consented to by his said Majesty, applies to all tlags; that these dues can never be reëstablished under any form whatsoever; and that this suppression shall not affect in any manner the other provisions of the treaty of the nineteenth of April, eighteen hundred and thirty-nine,which declaration shall be considered inserted in the present treaty, to which it shall remain also annexed.

Extinguishment

ARTICLE II.

Same subject.

His Majesty the King of the Belgians makes, for what concerns him, the same declaration as to that which is mentioned in the second paragraph of the preceding article.

ARTICLE III. It is well understood that the tonnage dnes suppressed in Belgium, in conformity with the convention of the twentieth of May, eighteen hundred sixty-three, cannot be reëstablished, and love and local that the pilotage dues and local taxes reduced under the same convention cannot be again increased.

The tariff of pilotage dues and of local taxes at Antwerp, shall be the same for the United States as those which are set down in the protocols of the conference at Brussels.

· ARTICLE IV.

Tonnase dues,

taxes,

Proportion of the

In regard to the proportion of the United States in the capital sum of the extinguishment of the Scheldt dues, and the manner, place, and time of the payment thereof, reference is made United States. by the high contracting parties to the convention of the twentieth May, eighteen hundred and sixty-three.

ARTICLE V.

The execution of the reciprocal engagements contained in the present treaty is made subordinate, in so far as is necessary, to the formalities and rules established by the constitutional laws treaty. of the high contracting parties.

Execution of this

ARTICLE VI.

III applies.

It is well understood that the provisions of Article III will only be To whre Article obligatory with respect to the State which has taken part in,

or those which shall adhere to, the treaty of this day, the King of the Belgians reserving to limself expressly the right to establish the manner of treatment as to fiscal and customs regulations of vessels belonging to States which shall not be parties to this treaty.

ARTICLE VII.

Ratifications

The present treaty shall be ratified, and the ratifications

thereof shall be exchanged at Brussels with the least possi. ble delay.

In faith whereof the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed the same in duplicate, and aifised thereto their seals.

Done at Brussels, the twentieth day of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-three. L. S.]

II. S. SANFORD. L. S.]

CH. ROGIER.

[Translation.]

Treaty

,

Plenipotentiaries,

Treaty of Jay 12, 1963, between Belgium and the Netherlands, annexed to

the treaty of July 20, 1863. His Majesty the King of the Belgians and IIis Majesty the King of the

Netherlands, having come to an agreement upon the condiBetrium and the tions of the redemption, by capitalization, of the dues estab.

lished upon the navigation of the Scheldt and of its mouths, by paragraph three of the ninth article of the treaty of the 19th April, 1839, have resolved to conclude a special treaty on this subject, and have appointed for their Plenipotentiaries, namely: His Majesty the King of the Belgians, M. Aldephonse Alexander Felix,

Baron du Jardin, Commander of the Order of Leopold, deco

rated with the Iron Cross, Commander of the Lion of the Netherlands, Chevalier Grand Cross of the Oaken Crown, Grand Cross and Commander of several other orders, bis Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary near to His Majesty the King of the Netherlands. This Majesty the King of the Netherlands, Messrs. Paul Vander Maesen de Sombreif, Chevalier Grand Cross of the Order of the Nichan Iftihar of Tunis, his Minister of Foreign Affairs, M. Jean Rudolphe Thorbecke, Chevalier Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands, Grand Cross of the Oriler of Leopold of Belgium, and of many other orders, his Minister of Interior, and M. Gerard Henri Betz, his Minister of Finance;

Who, after having exchanged their full powers, foud in good and due form, have concluded upon the following articles:

ARTICLE I.

His Majesty the King of the Netherlands renounces forever, for the

sum of 17,140,610 fiorins of Holland, the dues levied upon.

the navigation of the Scheldt and of its months, by virtue of paragraph three of Article IX of the treaty of 19th April, 1839.

Scheldt dyes.

ARTICLE II.

Payment by Bel

This sum shall be paid to the Government of the Netherlands by the Belgian Government, at Antwerp, or at Amsterdam, at the choice of the latter, the franc calculated at 471 cents of the fiumi. Netherlands, as follows:

One-third immediately after the exchange of ratifications, and the two other thirds in three equal installments, payable on the 1st May, 1864, 1st Mar, 1865, and 1st May, 1866. The Belgian Government may anticilate the above-bamed payments.

ARTICLE III.

From and after the payment of the first installment of one-third, the dues shall cease to be levied by the Government of the Netherlands.

The suns not iinmediately paid shall bear interest at the rate of 4 per cent. per annum, in favor of the treasury of the Netherlands.

When dues shall cease to be levied.

ARTICLE IV.

It is uwderstood that the capitalization of the dues shall not in any way affect the engagements by which the two States are Treaty engagements. bound, in what concerns the Scheląt, by treaties in force.

ARTICLE V.

Pilotage dues,

The pilotage dues now levied on the Scheldt are reduced 20 per cent. for sailing vessels, 25 per cent. for towed vessels, and 30 per cent. for steam vessels.

It is, moreover, agreed that the pilotage dues on the Scheldt can never be higher than the pilotage dues levied at the mouths of the Meuse.

ARTICLE VI.

Ratifications.

The present treaty shall be ratified, and the ratifications shall be exchanged at the Hague within four months, or earlier if possible.

In faith whereof the Plenipotentiaries above named have signed the same and affixed their seals. Done at the Hague, the 12th May, 1863.

BARON DU JARDIN. L. S.

P. VANDER MAESEN DE SOMBREFF.

THORBECKE. L. s.

BEIZ.

L. S.

L. S.

[Translation.]

Protocol of July 15, 1863, annered to the treaty of July 20, 1863. . The Plenipotentiaries undersigned, having come together in conference to determine the general treaty relative to the redemption of the Scheldt dues, and having judged it useful, before drawing up this arrangement in due form, to be enlightened

Protocol.

with respect to the treaty concluded the 12th of May, 1863, between Belgium and Holland, have resolved, to this end, to invite the Minister of the Netherlands to take a place in the conference.

The Plenipotentiary of the Netherlands presented himself in response to this invitation, and made the following declaration:

“The undersigned, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, declares, in virtue of the special powers which have been delivered to him, that the extinguishment of the Scheldt dues, consented to by his August Sovereign in the treaty of the 12th May, applies to all flags; that these dues can never be reëstablished in any form whatsoever; and that this extinguishment shall not affect in any way the other provisions of the treaty of the 19th April, 1839."

"BARON GERICKE D'HERWYNEN. “ BRUSSELS, July 15, 1863."

Note has been taken and record made of this declaration, which shall be inserted in or annexed to the general treaty.

Done at Brussels, the 15th July, 1863. (L. S.)

BARON GERICKE D'HERWYSEX. L. S.

BARON DE IIUGEL. L. S.

J. T. DO AMARAL. L. S.

M. CARVALLO. L. S.

P. BILLE BRAHE. L. S.

D, COELLO DE PORTUGAL. (L. S.

H. S. SANFORD. L. S.

MALARET. L. S.

HOWARD DE WALDEN ET SEAFORD. L. S.

VON HODENBERG, L. S.

CTE. DE MONTALTO. L. S.

MAN. YRIGOYEN. L. S.

V'TE. DE SEISAL. L. S.

SAVIGNY. L. S.

ORLOFF. L. S.

ADALBERT MUNSBACII. L. S.

C. MUSURUS. L. S.

GEFFEKEN. L. S.

CH. ROGIER. L. S.

BN. LAMBERMONT.

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Preamble.

BELGIUM, 1865.*
CONVENTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND BELGIUM-NATURALI-

ZATION-CONCLUDED NOVEMBER 16, 1302; RATIFICATIONS EXCHANGED
JULY 10, 1869; PROCLAIMED JULY 30, 1869.
The President of the United States of America and His Majesty the

King of the Belgians, led by the wish to regulate the citi.

zenship of those persons who emigrate from the United States of America to Belgium, and from Belgium to the United States of America, have resolved to make a convention on this subject, and have appointed for their Plenipotentiaries, namely: The President of the Cvited States of America, Henry Shelton San

ford, a citizen of the United States, their Minister Resident near Ilis Majesty the King of the Belgians; and His Maj. Pamphlet Laws, 41st Congress, 21 session, p. 341 et seq.

Negotiator

*

esty the King of the Belgians, the Sieur Jules Vander Stichelen, Grand Cross of the Order of the Dutch Lion, &c., &c., &c., his Minister of Foreign Affairs;

Who, after having communicated to each other their full powers, found to be in good and proper form, have agreed upon the following articles:

ARTICLE I. Citizens of the United States who may or shall have been naturalized in Belgium will be considered by the United States as citi. zens of Belgium. Reciprocally, Belgians who may or who zrno correre shall have been naturalized in the United States will be citizens of the other. cousidered by Belgium as citizens of the United States.

When native citi

are to be treated 19

ARTICLE II.

Liability for

mitte! before natur

Citizens of either contracting party, in case of their return to their original country, can be prosecuted there for crimes or misdemeanors committed before naturalization, saving to them in the more such limitations as are established by the laws of their alization. original country::

ARTICLE III.

Military servie,

Naturalized citizens of either contracting party who shall have resided five years in the country which has naturalized them cannot be held to the obligation of military service in their original country, or to incidental obligation resulting therefrom, in the event of their return to it, except in cases of desertion from organized and embodied military or naval service, or those that may be assimilated thereto by the laws of that country.

ARTICLE IV.

Recovery of citi.

Ortial corintry.

Citizens of the United States naturalized in Belgium shall be consid. ered by Belgium as citizens of the United States when they shall bave recovered their character as citizens of the United zenship in States, according to the laws of the United States. Reciprocally, Belgians naturalized in the United States shall be considered as Belgians by the United States when they shall have recovered their character as Belgians according to the laws of Belgium.

ARTICLE V.

Duration of con

The present convention shall enter into execution immediately after the exchange of ratifications, and shall remain in force for ten years. If, at the expiration of that period, neither of vention. the contracting parties shall have given notice six months in advance of its intention to terminate the same, it shall continue in force until the end of twelve months after one of the contracting parties shall have given notice to the other of such intention.

ARTICLE VI.

The present convention shall be ratified by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and by

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