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70-1 TREATY-SAMOAN ISLANDS. JAN. 17, 1878. Jan. 17, 1878. Treaty between the United States of America and the Government of the it Samoan Islands. Friendship and Commerce. Concluded January 17, 1878; ratification advised by Senate, with amendments, January 30, 1878; ratified by President February 8, 1878; ratified by the Samoan Envoy February 11, 1878; ratifications exchanged at Washington February 11, 1878; proclaimed February 13, 1878. BY run Pansmnrvr or THE UNITED Sums OF Amnmoa. A PROCLAMATION. Preamble. Whereas a treaty of friendship and commerce between the United States and the Government of the Samoan Islands was concluded and signed by their respective Plenipotentiaries at the city of Washington on the seventeenth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight; which treaty, after having been amended and ratied by the contracting parties, is word for word as follows: _Contracting par- The Government of the United States of America and the Govern-

        • 1- ment of the Samoan Islands, being desirous of concluding a treaty of

friendship and commerce, the President of the United States has for this purpose conferred full powers upon William M. Evarts, Secretary of State; and the Government of the Samoan Islands has conferred like powers upon MK. Le Mamea-, its Envoy Extraordinary to the United States. And the said Plenipotentiaries having exchanged their full powers, which were found to be in due form, have agreed upon the following articles: Aarrotn I. l`·‘¤¢6¤¤d friend- There shall he perpetual peace and friendship between the Govern-

  • ‘l"l’· ment of the United States and the Government of the Samoan Islands.

Antrrctn II. Naval station. Naval vessels of the United States shall have the privilege of entering and using the port of Pagopago, and establishing therein and on the shores thereof a station for coal and other naval supplies for their naval and commercial marine, and the Samoan Government will hereafter neither exercise nor authorize any jurisdiction within said port adverse to such rights of the United States or restrictive thereof. The same vessels shall also have the privilege of entering other ports Ft-w].,¤m,mds_ of the Samoan Islands. The citizens of the United States shall likewise have free liberty to enter the same ports with their ships and cargoes of whatsoever kind, and to sell the same to any of the inhabitants of those islands, whether natives or foreigners, or to barter them for the products of the Islands. All such traffic in whatever articles of trade or barter shall be free, except that the trade in hre-arms and munitions of war in the Islands shall be subject to regulations by that government. Aucrrotn III. - Du""- No import or export duty shall be charged on the cargoes of the vessels of the.United States entering or clearing from the ports of the Samoan Islands, and no other than a tonnage duty of one-half of one per cent. per ton actual measurement shall be charged on the entrance of such vessels. Anrtonn IV. ulgzgzgggtf ““‘l All disputes between citizens of the United States in the Samoan Islands, whether relating to civil matters or to offences or crimes, shall