488 PUBLIC TREATIES. And whereas the parties to said convention are still, and equally, desirous of terminating the discussions which have taken place between them in respect to said claims, arising from injuries to the persons and property of citizens of the United States by Mexican authorities, in a manner equally advantageous to the citizens of the United States, by whom said inj nries have been sustained, and more convenient to Mexico than that provided by said convention : Negotiators. The President of the United States has named for this purpose, and furnished with full powers, John Forsyth, Secretary of State of the said United States; and the President of the Mexican Republic has named His Excellency Seiior Don Francisco Pizarro Martinez, accredited as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Mexican Republic to the United States, and has furnished him with full powers tor the same purpose; And the said Plenipotentiaries have agreed upon and concluded the following articles: Anrricim I. Claims to be re- It is agreed that all claims of citizens of the United States upon the f<=¤‘¤‘¤*l_ *9 board Of Mexican Government, statements of which, soliciting the interposition °°'"”"”‘°“°”· of the Government of the United States, have been presented to the Department of State or to the diplomatic agent of the United States at [S60 Articles I Mexico until the signature of this convention, shall be referred to four Q33v8g,;?;???,?? commissioners, who_shall form a board, and be appointed in the follow- ,,_50;;_] ’ ing manner, namely : two commissioners shall be appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate thereof, and two commissioners by the President of the Mexican Republic. The said commissioners, so appointed, shall be sworn impartially to examine and decide upon the said claims according to such evidence as shall be laid before them on the part of the United States and the Mexican Republic respectively. Anrronn II. secretaries. The said board shall have two secretaries, versed in the English and Spanish languages; one to be appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate thereof, and the other by the President of the Mexican Republic. And the said secretaries shall be sworn faithfully to discharge their duty in that capacity. ARTICLE III. Meetingotboard. The said board shall meet in the city of Washington within three months after the exchange of the ratifications of this convention, and within eighteen months from the time of its meeting shall terminate its duties. The Secretary of State of the United States shall, immediately after the exchange of the ratiiications of this convention, give notice of the time of the meeting of the said board, to be published in two newspapers in Washington, and in such other papers as he may think proper. Anmrcnm IV. Documents and All documents which now are in, or hereafter, during the continug:g;‘;‘;Q°"“ m b° ance of the commission constituted by this convention, may como into [Sm ‘4_,6_486 the possession of the Department of State of the United States, in relam°’ '] tion to the aforesaid claims, shall be delivered to the board. The MGXP can Government shall furnish all such documents and explanations as may be in their possession, for the adjustment of the said claims according to the principles of justice, the law of nations, and the stipulations of the treaty of amity and commerce between the United States and Mexico of the 5th of April, 1831; the said documents to he specified when demanded at the instance of the said commissioners.