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FRANOE, 1853. 251 The respective Consuls General, Oonsuls, Vice-Consul or consular Verincation or agents, shall have the right, also, to receive at their offices; or bureaux, P°P°'•· conformably to the laws and regulations of their country, all acts of agreement executed between the citizens of their own country and citizens or inhabitants of the country in which they reside, and even all such acts between the latter, provided that these acts relate to property situated, or to business to be transacted, in the territory of the nation {::5 which the Consul or the agent before whom they are executed may long. Copies of such papers, duly authenticated by the Cousuls General, Authenticated Consuls, V105COD8D1S, or consular agents, and sealed with the onicial °°P*°¤ *° N °'*· seal of their consulate or consular agency, shall be admitted in courts °°“°°· of justice throughout the United States and France, in like manner as the originals Anrrcmn VII. In all the States of the Union, whose exisdng laws permit it, so long A u i rement and to the same extent as the said laws shall remain in force, French· ¤¤d°}ii¤1{¤¤¤i of men shall enjoy the right of possessing personal and real property by the P“’*‘°’°V· same title and in the same manner as the citizens of the United States. They shall be free to dispose of it as they may please, either gratuitously or for value received, by donation, testament, or otherwise, just as those citizuns themselves; and in no case shall they be subjected to taxes on transfer, inheritance, or any others diferent from those paid by the latter, or to taxes which shall not be equally imposed. As to the States of the Union, by whose existing laws aliens are not permitted to hold real estate, the President engages to recommend to them the passage of such laws as may be necessary for the purpose of conferring this right. In like manner, but with reservation of the ulterior right of establishing reciprocity in regard to possession and inheritance, the Govern-‘ ment of France accords to the citizens of the United States the same rights within its territory in respect to real and personal property, and to inheritance, as are enjoyed there by its own citizens. Anrrcnn VIII. The respective Consuls General, Consuls, Vice-(lonsuls, or consular sctt1smcut or agents, shall have exclusive charge of the internal order of the mer- d¤¤v¤¢¤¤ l>¢*W¤¤¤ chant-vessels of their nation, and shall alone take cognizance of differ- "'““°"‘“d °'°"'· ences which may arise, either at sea or in port, between the captain, odieers, and crew, without exception, particularly in reference to the adjustment of wages and the execution of contracts. The local authorities shall not, on any pretext, interfere in these differences, but shall lend forcible aid to the Gonsuls, when they may ask it, to arrest and imprison all persons composing the crew whom they may deem it necessaryto eontine. Those persons shall be arrested at the sole request of the (lonsuls, addressed in writing to the local authority, and supported by an official extract from the register of the ship or thelist of the crew, and shall be held, during the whole time of their stay in the port, at the disposal of the Consuls. Their release shall be granted at the mere request of the Consuls made in writing. The expenses of the arrest and detention of those persons shall be paid by the Gonsuls. Aarrcma IX. The respective Consuls General, Consuls, Vice·0onsuls, or consular Dsmtsm from agentsé may arrest the onlcers, sailors, and all other persons making v¤¤¤¤1¤· part o the crews of ships of war, or merchant vessels_ of their nation, who may be guilty or be accused of having deserted said hips and vessels, for the purpose of sending them on board, or back to their coun-