Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 18 Part 2c.djvu/659

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652 runmc ranuins. ensue from their proceeding, paying, however, a reasonable compensation for the loss such arrest shall occasion to the proprietors; and it shall further be allowed to use in the service oi the captors the whole or any part of the military stores so detained, paying the owners the full value of the same, to be ascertained by the current price at the place of its destination. But in the case supposed of a vessel stopped for articles of contraband, if the master of the vessel stopped will deliver out the goods supposed to be of contraband nature, he shall be admitted to do it, and the vessel shall not in that case be carried into any port, nor further detained, but shall be allowed to proceed on her voyage. _ Contraband arti- All cannons, mortars, hre-arms, pistols, bombs, grenades, bullets, cies- balls, muskets, Hints, matches, powder, saltpetre, sulphur, cuirasses, pikes, swords, belts, cartouch boxes, saddles and brndles, beyond the quantity necessary for the use of the ship,»or beyond that which every man serving on board the vessel, or passenger, oughtto have; and in general whatever is comprized under the denomination ot arms and military stores, of what description soever, shall be deemed objects of contraband. Aarrcrn XIV. ships papers to To ensure to the vessels of the two contracting parties the advantage be <=¤¤i¤d· of being readily and certainly known in time of war, it is agreed that they shall be provided with the sea—letters and documents hereafter specified: ' 1. A passport, expressing the name, the property, and the burthen of the vessel, as also the name and dwelling of the master, which passport shall be made out in good and due form, shall be renewed as often as the vessel shall return into port, and shall be exhibited whensoever required, as well in the open sea as in port. But if the vessel be under convoy of one or more vessels of war, belonging to the neutral party, the simple declaration of the officer commanding the convoy, that the c said vessel belongs to the party of which he is, shall be considered as establishing the tact, and shall relieve both parties from the trouble of further examination. 2. A charter-party, that is to say, the contract passed for the freight of the whole vessel, or the bills of lading given for the cargo in detail. 3. The list of the sbip’s company, containing an indication by name and in detail of the persons composing the crew of the vessel. These documents shall always be authenticated according to the forms established at the place from which the vessel shall have sailed. As their production ought to be exacted only when one of the contracting parties shall be at war, and as their exhibition ought to have no other object than to prove the neutrality of the vessel, its cargo, and company, they shall not be deemed absolutely necessary on board such vessels belonging to the neutral party as shall have sailed from its ports before or within three months after the Government shall have been informed of the state of war in which the belligerent party shall be engaged. In the interval, in default of these specific documents, the neutrality of the vessel may be established by such other evidence as the tribunals authorised to judge of the case may deem sufficient. Aucrrcnn XV. wg; gtnslgticn of _And to prevent entirely all disorder and violence in such cases, it is · stipulated that, when the vessels of the neutral party, sailing without convoy, shall be met by any vessel of war, public or private, of the other party, such vessel of wa1·_ shall not send more than two or three men iu their boat on board the said neutral vessel to examine her passports and documents. And all persons belonging to any vessel of war, public or private, who shall molest or insult in any manner whatever, the people,