556 PUBLIC TBEATIES. Anxious. XXIII. Vessels under It is further agreed that the stipulations above expressed relative to ¤¤¤V°Y- the visiting and examination of vessels shall apply only to those which sail without convoy; and when said vessels shall be under convoy, the verbal declaration of the commander of the convoy, on his word of honor, that the vessels under his protection belong to the nation whose flag he carries, and when they may be bound to an en_emy’s port that they have no contraband goods on board, shall be sufficient. Aacrrcms XXIV. 9,;,,, ggurtg and It is further agreed that in all cases the established courts for prize decrees. causes, in the country to which the prizes may be conducted, shall alone take cognizance of them. And whenever such tribunals of either party shall pronounce judgment against any vessel, or goods, or property claimed by the citizens of the other party, the sentence or decree shall mention the reasons or motives upon which the same shall have been founded, and an authenticated copy of the sentence or decree and of all the proceedings in the case, shall, if demanded, be delivered to the commander or agent of said vessel without any delay, he pa-ying the legal fees for the same. Anrrcnn XXV. Who may carry For the purpose of lessening the evils of war, the two high contract- ¤¤ h¤¤tili¤i¤¤· ing parties further agree that, in case a war should unfortunately take place between them, hostilities shall only be carried on by persons duly commissioned by the Government, and by those under their orders, cxcept in repelling an attack or invasion, and in the defense of property. ARTICLE XXVI. L e t the r s c £ Whenever one of the contracting parties shall be engaged in war with m¤»¤n¤¤· another State, no citizen of the other contracting party shall accept a commission or letter of marque for the purpose of assisting or co-operating hostilely with the said enemy against the said parties so at war, under the pain of being treated as a pirate. Aarronn XXVII, Agreement in If by any fatality, which cannot be expected, and God forbid, the <=¤¤¤ of WM`- two contracting parties should be engaged in a war with each other, they have agreed and do agree now for then, that there shall be allowed the term of six months to the merchants residing on the coasts and in the ports of each other, and the term of one year to those who dwell in the interior, to arrange their business and transport their eileets wherever they please, giving to them the safe-conduct necessary for it, which may serve as a sufllcient protection until they arrive at the designated port. The citizens of all other occupations who may be established in the territories or dominions of the United States or of New Granada, shall be respected and maintained in the full enjoyment of their personal liberty and property, unless their particular conduct shall cause them to for/'cit [forfeit] this protect-ion, which, in consideration of humanity, the contracting parties engage to give them. Anriomr. XXVIII. Debt, exempt Neither the debts due from individuals of the one nation to the indifrom confiscation. viduals of the other, nor shares, nor money, which they may have 1H public funds nor in public or private banks, shall ever, in any event of war or of national difference, be sequestered or confiscated.