-290receipt was refused, and an affidavit by or on behalf of the plaintiff that notice of the mailing or refusal was forthwith sent to the defendant by ordinary mail. If notice of service is mailed to a foreign country, other official proof of delivery of the mail may be filed in case the postal authorities are unable to obtain a return receipt. The foregoing papers shall be filed within 30 days after the return receipt, other official proof of delivery, or original envelope bearing a notation of refusal is received by the plaintiff. Service of process is complete 10 days after such papers are filed. The return receipt or other official proof of delivery shall constitute presumptive evidence that the notice mailed was received by the defendant or a person qualified to receive his registered or certified mail; and the notation of refusal shall constitute presumptive evidence that the refusal was by the defendant or his agent. (e) In lieu of the mailing required by subsection (d) of this section, a notice of service on the executive secretary of the Canal Zone Government and a copy of the summons and complaint may be served on the defendant personally outside the Canal Zone. The service may be made by a resident of the Canal Zone not interested in the action, by a duly constituted public officer qualified to serve like process in the place where the service is made, by an attorney at law duly qualified to practice in the state or country where the service is made, or by a United States marshal or his deputy. Proof of personal service outside the Canal Zone shall be filed with the court within 30 days after the service, and service of process is complete 10 days after proof thereof is filed. (f) The court may order necessary continuances to afford the defendant reasonable opportunity to defend the action. (g) The executive secretary shall keep a record of all process served upon him under this section and the record shall show the day and hour of service. (h) This section also applies to a resident who departs from the Canal Zone subsequent to the accident or collision and remains absent therefrom for 30 days continuously, whether the absence is intended to be temporary or permanent, and to his executor or administrator. CHAPTER 9^PLEADINGS Sec.
201. Statute of limitations, how pleaded. 202. Counterclaim not barred by death or assignment 203. Libel and slander; complaint. 204. Same; answer. § 201. Statute of limitations, how pleaded I n pleading the statute of limitations it is not necessary to state the facts showing the defense, but it may be stated generally that the cause of action is barred by the provisions of section [giving the number of the section and subdivision thereof, if it is so divided, relied upon] of the title. If the allegation is controverted, the party pleading must establish, on the trial, the facts showing that the cause of action is so barred. § 202. Counterclaim not barred by death or assignment When cross demands have existed between persons under such circumstances that, if one had brought an action against the other, a counterclaim could have been set up, the two demands shall be deemed compensated, so far as they equal each other, and neither can be deprived of the benefit thereof by the assignment or death of the other.