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BELGIUM, 1863. 55 competent local authorities, and they shall prove, by exhibition of the vessel’s crew-list or other document, or, if she shall have departed, by copy of said documents, duly certified by them, that the seamen whom they claim formed part of the said crew. Upon such demand, thus supported, the delivery of the deserters shall not be refused. They shall, moreover, receive all aid and assistance in searching lor, seizing, and arresting such deserters, who shall, upon the requisition and at the expense of the Consul or Vice-Consul, be confined and kept in the prisons of the country until he shall have found an opportunity for sending them home. If, however, such an opportunity should not occur within three months after the arrest, the deserters shall be set at liberty, and shall not again be arrested for the same cause. It is, however, understood that* seamen of the country in which the desertion shall occur are excepted from these provisions, unless they be naturalized citizens or subjects of the other country. ARTICLE XVI. Articles of all kinds, the transit of which is allowed in Belgium, com- Tmngit duty, ing from or going to the United States, shall be exempt from all transit duty in Belgium, when the transportation through the Belgian territory is effected on the railroads of the State. ARTICLE XVII. The present treaty shall be in force during ten years from the date of Duration or the exchange of the ratiticaticns, and until the expiration of twelve ¤¤¤W· months after either of the high contracting parties shall have announced [Sy, Articles m to the other its intention to terminate the operation thereof, each party and V, convention reserving to itself the right of making such declaration to the other at <>fM¤Y 2*% 196*% PP- the end of the ten years above mentioned; and it is agreed that, after 56-57*] the expiration of the twelve months of prolongation accorded on both sides, this treaty and all its stipulations shall cease to be in force. Anrronn XVIII. This treaty shall be ratified, and the ratiiications shall be exchanged Ratmontioos. at Washington, within theterm of nine months after its date, or sooner if possible. 1 · In faith whereof the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed the Signatures. present treaty in duplicate, and have affixed thereto their seals, at Washington, the seventeenth of July, eighteen hundred and fifty-eight. D,,_,,,,_ 1.. s. LEW. CASS. {L. SA H. BOSCH SPENCER. BELGIUM, 1863. CONVENTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HIS May 20, 1863. MAJESTY THE KING OF THE BELGIANS RELATIVE TO IMPORT DUTIES ———————— AND CAPITALIZATION OF SCHELDT DUES, CONCLUDED AT BRUSSELS, MAY 20, 1863; RATIFICATION ADVISED BY SENATE FEBRUARY 26, 1864; RATIFIED BY PRESIDENT MARCH 6, 1864- RATIFICATIONS EXCHANGED AT BRUSSELS JUNE 24, 1864; PROCLAIMED NOVEMBER is, 1864. The President of the United States of America on the one side, His _Contracting par- Majesty the King of the Belgians on the other side, having deemed it *¤°¤· advantageous to complete, by new stipulations, the treaty of com mcrce and navigation entered into by the United States and Belgium on the seventeeth day of July, eighteen hundred and fifty-eight, have resolved to make a convention in addition to that arrangement, and have appointed for their Plenipoteutiaries, namely :