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vnuuznnm, ieee. 793 such said vessels may be detained, to be adjudged by the competent tribunal, and may declared legal prize, unless the said defect shall be proved to be owing to accident, and satisfied or supplied by testimony entirely equivalent. Anzrrcnn XXIII. It is further agreed, that the stipulations above expressed relative to V¤¤¤¤1¤ u n der the visiting and examination of vessels, shall apply only to those which °°'“'°Y· sail without convoy, and when said vessels shall be under convoy the verbal declaration of the commander of the convoy, on his word of honour, that the yessels under his -protection belong to the nation whose ilag he carries, and, when they are bound to an enemy’s port, that they have no contraband goods on board, shall be sumcient. Anrronn XXIV. It is further agreed that in all cases the established courts for prize Prine courts and causes, in the country to which the prizes may be conducted, shall alone d°°’°°'· take coguizance 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 reason or motives on 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 paying the legal fees for the same. Anrxomr XXV. Whenever one of the contracting parties shall be engaged in war Letters or with another State, no citizen of the other contracting party shall ac- ¤¤¤1¤¤· cept a commission or letter of marque, for the purpose of assisting or co-operating hostilely with the said enemy against the said party so at war, under the pain of being considered as a pirate. Armour XXVI. If, by any fatality which cannot be expected and which God for- 3*8*****. °f *°°i‘ bid, the two contracting parties should be engaged in a war with each '3,:,.'}°"‘ °“° °f 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 effects wherever the[y] please, giving to them the safe-conduct necessary for it, which may serve as a sufficient 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 and of the Republic of Venezuela, shall be respected and maintained in the full enjoyment of their personal liberty and property, unless their particular conduct shall cause them to forfeit this protection, which, in consideration of humanity, the contracting parties engage to give them. Anerronn XXVII. Neither the debts due from individuals of the one nation to the indi- D¤l>¢¤. M-. ¤¤f viduals of the other, nor shares, nor moneys which they may have in *°b° °°“°“°“°d· public funds, nor in public or private banks, shall ever, in any event of war or of national difference, be sequestered or condscated. Anrrcnn XXVIH. Both the' contracting parties being desirous of avoiding all inequality E¤v¤y¤. mininin relation to their public communications and oillcial intercourse, have *°"·*»°· agreed, and do agree, to grant to the Envoys, Ministers, and other pub-