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The President of the Peruvian Republic: M. C. G. Candamo, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the Republic at Paris and at London ;

His Imperial Majesty the Shah of Persia: Mirza Samad Khan, momtazos saltaneh, His envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at The Hague;

His Majesty the King of Portugal and of the Algarves, etc. : M. Count de Šelir, His envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at The Hague;

His Majesty the King of Roumania : M. Jean N. Papiniu, His envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at The Hague;

His Majesty the Emperor of All the Russias: M. Martens, His privy councilor, permanent member of the council of the imperial ministry of foreign affairs;

His Majesty the King of Servia: M. M. Vesnitch, His envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Paris;

His Majesty the King of Siam : Phya Raja Nupraphandh, His envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at The Hague;

The Swiss Federal Council: M. G. Carlin, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the Confederation at The Hague; Who, after communication of their full powers, found to be in good and due form, have agreed on the following provisions:

ARTICLE FIRST. Hospital ships, concerning which the conditions set forth in Articles 1, 2 & 3 of the Convention concluded at The Hague on July 29, 1899, for the adaptation to Maritime Warfare of the principles of the Geneva Convention of August 22, 1864, are fulfilled shall be exempted, in time of war, from all dues and taxes imposed on vessels for the benefit of the State, in the ports of the Contracting Parties.

ARTICLE 2. The provision of the foregoing article does not prevent the application, by means of visitation or other formalities of fiscal or other laws in force at said ports.

ARTICLE 3. The rule laid down in article first is binding only on the Contracting powers in case of war between two or more of them.

The said rule shall cease to be binding from the time when a non Contracting Power shall join one of the belligerents, in a war between Contracting Powers.

ARTICLE 4. The present Convention which bearing the date of this day, may be signed until the first of October 1905 by the Powers expressing their desire to do so, shall be ratified as soon as possible. The ratifications shall be deposited at The Hague.

A proces verbal of the deposit of the ratifications shall be drawn up and a copy thereof, duly certified, shall be delivered through the diplomatic channel to all the Contracting Powers.

ARTICLE 5. The non signatory Powers are permitted to adhere to the present Convention after October first 1905.

They shall, to that end, make their adhesion known to the Contracting Powers by means of a written notification addressed to the Government of the Netherlands and communicated by the latter to the other Contracting powers.

ARTICLE 6. In the event of one of the High Contracting Powers denouncing the present Convention, such denunciation shall not take effect until one year after the notification made in writing to the Government of the Netherlands and immediately communicated by the latter to all the other Contracting Powers. This denunciation shall only affect the notifying Power.

In testimony whereof the Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Convention and affixed their seals thereto.

Done at The Hague the twenty-first of December one thousand nine hundred and four, in a single copy which shall remain filed in the archives of the Government of the Netherlands and copies of which, duly certified shall be delivered through the diplomatic channel to the Contracting Powers.

(L. 8.) VON SCHLÖZER.

(Under reservation of the dec

laration made at the meeting
of the Conference held De-

cember 21, 1904.)
(L. s.) OKOLICSANYI D'OKOLICSNA.
(L. s.)

GUILLAUME.
(L. S.) Hoo WEI-TEH.
(L, s.)

YOUNG CHAN MIN.
(L. S.) W. GREVENKOP CASTENSKIOLD.
(L. 8.) A. DE BAGUER.
(L. 8.) John W. GARRETT.
(L. s.) J. ZENIL.
L. s.)

MONBEL.
L. S.)

D. G. METAXAS.
(L. 8.) TUGINI
L. 8.) NOBUKATA MITSUHASHI.
(L. s.) Cte. DE VILLERS.
(L. S.) N. TCHARYKOW.
(L. S.) 'B. MELVIL DE LYNDEN.
(L. S.) T. M. C. ASSER.
(L. S.) C. G. CANDAMO.
L. 8.)

M. SAMAD.
(L. S. CONDE DE SELIR.
(L. S.) J. N. PAPINIU.
(L. S.) (Under reservation of reci-

procity and of pilotage dues.) (L. 8.) MARTENS.

MIL, R. VESNITCH.
(L. s.) RAJA NUPRAPHANDH.

(L. 8.) CARLIN. Certified to as a true copy:

HANNEMA,
Secretary General of the Ministry of For-

eign Affairs of the Netherlands.

L. S.)

[Translation.)

FINAL ACT.

At the moment of proceeding to sign the Convention having for its object the exemption of hospital ships in time of war in the ports of the Contracting Parties from all dues and taxes imposed on vessels for the benefit of the State, the Plenipotentiaries signing the present Act express the wish that, in view of the highly humanitarian mission of these ships, the Contracting Governments may take the measures necessary in order to exempt these ships within a short time also from the payment of the dues and taxes collected in their ports for the benefit of others than the State, especially those collected for the benefit of municipalities or of private companies or persons.

In witness whereof the Plenipotentiaries have signed the present procès-verbal, which, bearing the date of this day, may be signed up to the first of October, 1905.

Done at The Hague, the twenty-first of December, nineteen hundred and four, in a single copy, which shall remain on file in the archives of the Government of the Netherlands, and of which certified copies shall be delivered through the diplomatic channel to the Powers signing the aforementioned Convention.

The plenipotentiary of H. M. the Emperor of Germany, King of Prussia

v. SCHLÖZER. The plenipotentiary of His Imperial and Royal Apostolic esty

OKOLICSANYI D'OKOLICSNA.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the King of the Belgians

GUILLAUME.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the Emperor of China

Hoo WEI-TEH.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the Emperor of Korea

Y. C. Min.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the King of Denmark

W. GREVENKOP ČASTENSKIOLD.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the King of Spain

A. DE BAGUER.
The plenipotentiary of the United States of America

John W. GARRETT.
The plenipotentiary of the United Mexican States

J. ZENIL.
The plenipotentiary of the French Republic

MONBEL.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the King of the Hellenes

D. G. METAXAS.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the King of Italy

TUGINI.
The pler.ipotentiary of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan

NOBUKATA MITSUHASHI.
The plenipotentiary of H. R. H. the Grand Duke of Luxemburg,
Duke of Nassau

Cte. DE VILLERS.

The plenipotentiary of H. H. the Prince of Montenegro

N. TCHARYKOW.
The plenipotentiary of Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands

T. M. C. ASSER.
The plenipotentiary of the Peruvian Republic

C. G. CANDAMO.
The plenipotentiary of H. I. M. the Shah of Persia

M. SAMAD.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the King of Portugal and of the
Algarves, etc

CONDE DE SELIR.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the King of Roumania

J. N. PAPINIU.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the Emperor of All the Russias

MARTENS.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the King of Servia

VESNITCH.
The plenipotentiary of H. M. the King of Siam

RAJA NUPRAPHANDH.
The plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation

CARLIN.
Certified to as a true copy.

HANNEMA,
Secretary General of the Ministry of

Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

1905.

CONVENTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER POWERS FOR

THE CREATION OF AN INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE. Signed June 7, 1905; ratification advised by the Senate June 27,

1906; ratified by the President July 7, 1906; ratification deposited with the Government of Italy August 31, 1906; proclaimed January 29, 1908.

(The original convention is in the French language. The following translation is taken from the President's proclamation.)

ARTICLES

I. Creation of institute.
II. Composition.
III. Representation.
IV. Officers; meetings.

V. Control of general assembly.
VI. Executive power.

VII. Permanent committee.
VIII. Officers of permanent committee.
IX. Duties of institute.
X. Nations to be classed in five

groups.
XI. Ratification.

[Translation.] In a series of meetings held at Rome, from May 29 to June 6, 1905, the delegates of the Powers convened at the Conference for the creation of an International Institute of Agriculture, having agreed upon the text of a Convention to be dated June 7, 1905, and this text having been submitted for approval to the Governments which took part in the said conference, the undersigned, having been furnished with full powers found in good and due form,

e Since the proclamation of the convention by the President, January 29, 1908, all signatory governments have ratified except Chile, Guatemala, Paraguay, Servia, and Turkey. Convention adhered to by Republic of San Marino, and Eritrea and Italian Somaliland.

have agreed, in the names of their respective Governments, on what follows:

ARTICLE 1.

There is hereby created a permanent international institute of agriculture, having its seat in Rome.

ARTICLE 2.

The international institute of agriculture is to be a government institution, in which each adhering power shall be represented by delegates of its choice.

The institute shall be composed of a general assembly and a permanent committee, the composition and duties of which are defined in the ensuing articles.

ARTICLE 3.

The general assembly of the institute shall be composed of the representatives of the adhering governments. Each nation, whatever be the number of its delegates, shall be entitled to a number of votes in the assembly which shall be determined according to the group to which it belongs, and to which reference will be made in article 10.

ARTICLE 4.

The general assembly shall elect for each session from among its members a president and two vice-presidents.

The sessions shall take place on dates fixed by the last general assembly and according to a programme proposed by the permanent committee and adopted by the adhering governments.

ARTICLE 5.

The general assembly shall exercise supreme control over the international institute of agriculture.

It shall approve the projects prepared by the permanent committee regarding the organization and internal workings of the institute. It shall fix the total amount of expenditures and audit and approve the accounts.

It shall submit to the approval of the adhering governments modifications of any nature involving an increase in expenditure or an enlargement of the functions of the institute. It shall set the date for holding the sessions. It shall prepare its regulations.

The presence at the general assemblies of delegates representing two-thirds of the adhering nations shall be required in order to render the deliberations valid.

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