30 PUBLIC TREATIES. Aarrcm VI. m im. of ming In the event of incapacity, absence, or death of Consuls General, Con. ccusglar nflioors. snls, Vice-Consuls, their Consular Pupils, Chanoellors, or Secretaries, whose onlcial character may haye been previously made known to the respective authorities in the United States, or in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, shall be admitted at once to the temporary exercise of the consular functions, and they shall, for the duration ot it, enjoy all the 1m munities, rights, and privileges conferred upon them by the convention. Armcm VlI. Appointment or Consuls General and Consuls shall have the power to appoint Vice- 'i°°·°°”°°]°» *·°· Consuls and Consular Agents in the cities, ports, and_towns within their consular districts, subject, however, to the approbation of the Government of the country where they reside. Those Vice-Consuls and Consular Agents may be selected indiscriminately from among citizens of the two countries or from foreigners, and they shall be furnished with a commission issued by the appointing Consul, under whose orders they aretobe placed. They shall enjoy the privileges and liberties stipulated in this convention. To Vice-Consuls and to Consular Agents who are not citizens of the State which appoints them, the privileges and immunities specified in Article II shall not extend. ARTICLE VIH. Application or Consuls General, Consuls, Vice-Consuls, or Consular Agents of the ¤°"¤¤l¤* °m°€¤°° two countries may, in the exercise of their dudes, apply to the author- 1°°“l ““°]‘°'""°°‘ ities within their district, whether federal or local, judicial or executive, in the event of any infraction of the treaties and conventions between the two countries; also for the purpose of protecting the rights of their countrymen. Should the said authorities tail to take due notice of their application, they shall be at liberty, in the absence of any diplomatic representative of their country, to apply to the Government of the country where they reside. Aarrcmsz IX. Power to take Consuls General, Consuls, ViceConsuls, or Consular Agents of the d*=P<>•l*l°¤¤» V¤¤i*">’ two countries, also their chancellors, shall have the right to take at P“P°"’* °‘°* their office, at the residence of the parties, or on board ship, the depositions of the captains and crews of vessels of their own nation, of passengers on board of them, of merchants, or any other citizens of their own country. They shall have the power also to receive and verify, conformably to the laws and regulations of their country: lst. Wills and bequests of their countrymen, and all such acts and contracts between their countrymen as are intended to be drawn up in an authentic form, and verified. 2nd. Any and all acts of agreement entered upon between citizens of their own country and inhabitants of the country where they reside. All such acts of agreement, and other instruments, and also copies thereof, when duly authenticated by such Consul General,Consu1, Vice-Consul,or Consular Agent under his oillcial seals, shall be received in courts of justice as legal documents, or as authenticated copies, as the case may be, and shall have the same thrco aud effect as if drawn up by competent public officers of one or the other of the two countries. Consuls General, Consul , Vice-Consuls, or Consular Agents of ·the respective countries shall have the power to translate and legalize all documents issued by the authorities or fuuctiommes of their own country, and such papers shall have the same force and eifect in the country where the aforesaid officers reside as if drawn up by sworn interpreters.