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considered and treated as finally settled, barred, and thenceforth inadmissible. And, pursuant to the stipulation contained in the fourth article of the convention of the fourth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, the total amount awarded in cases already decided, and which may be decided before the exchange of ratifications of this convention, and in all cases which shall be decided within the times in this convention respectively named for that purpose, either by the commissioners or by the umpire, in favor of citizens of the one party shall be deducted from the total amount awarded to the citizens of the other party, and the balance, to the amount of three hundred thousand dollars, shall be paid at the city of Mexico, or at the city of Washington, in gold or its equivalent, within twelve months from the 31st day of January, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six, to the government in favor of whose citizens the greater amount may have been awarded, without interest or any other deduction than that specified in article VI of that convention. The residue of the said balance shall be paid in annual instalments, to an amount not exceeding three hundred thousand dollars, in gold or its equivalent, in any one year, until the whole shall have been paid.
The present convention shall be ratified, and the ratifications shall be exchanged at Washington, as soon as possible.
In witness whereof the abovenamed Plenipotentiaries have signed the same and affixed thereto their respective seals.
Done in Washington the twentieth day of November, in the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy-four.
[SEAL.] HAMILTON FISH.
tas, y se considerarán y tratarán como finalmente arregladas y en lo Adjustment and futuro inadmisibles. Y, conforme payment of balance á la estipulacion contenida en el of awards. artículo cuarto de la convencion del cuatro de Julio de 1868, la suma total fallada en casos ya decididos, y que se decidan ántes del cange de ratificaciones de esta convencion, y en todos los casos que estuvieren decididos dentro de los plazos respectivamente fijados con tal fin en la convencion presente, ya sea por los comisionados ó por el árbitro, en favor de ciudadanos de una de las partes, será deducida de la suma total fallada en favor de las ciudadanos de la otra parte, y la diferencia hasta la cantidad de trescientos mil pesos, se pagará en la ciudad de México ó en la de Washington, en oro ó su equivalente, dentro de doce meses contados desde el 31 de Enero de mil ochocientos setenta y seis, al gobierno en favor de cuyos ciudadanos se hubiere fallado la mayor cantidad, sin interes, ni otra deduccion que la especificada en el artículo VI de aquella convencion. El resto de dicha diferencia se pagará en abonos anuales que no excedan de trescientos mil pesos en oro, ó su equivalente, hasta que se haya pagado el total de la diferencia.
La presente convencion será rati- Ratifications and ficada y las ratificaciones se can- exchange of. gearán en Washington á la brevedad posible.
En testimonio de lo cual, los Plenipotenciarios ántes mencionados firmaron la presente y le pusieron sus respectivos sellos.
Hecho en Washington el dia veinte de Noviembre del año mil ochocientos setenta y cuatro.
[SELLO. IGNO. MARISCAL. SELLO.] HAMILTON FISH.
And whereas the said convention has been duly ratified on both parts, and the respective ratifications were exchanged in this city on the 28th instant:
Now, therefore, be it known that I, ULYSSES S. GRANT, President of the United States of America, have caused the said convention to be inade public, to the end that the same, and every clause and article thereof, may be observed and fulfilled with good faith by the United States and the citizens thereof.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this twenty-ninth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy[SEAL.] five, and of the Independence of the United States the ninetyninth.
U. S. GRANT.
By the President:
Postal arrangement between the United States and the Dominion of Canada.
The Post-Office Department of the United States of America, and the Post Office department of the Dominion of Canada, being desirous of effecting, by means of a new arrangement, the unification of the postal systems of the United States and Canada, in respect to correspondence exchanged between them, the undersigned, duly authorized for that. purpose by their respective governments, have agreed upon the following articles:
Jan. 27, and Feb.
Correspondence of every kind, written and printed, embracing letters, postal cards, newspapers, pamphlets, magazines, books, maps, plans, postage rates engravings, drawings, photographs, lithographs, sheets of music, &c., country of origin. and patterns and samples of merchandise, including grains and seeds, mailed in the United States and addressed to Canada, or, vice versa, mailed in Canada and addressed to the United States, shall be fully prepaid at the domestic postage rates of the country of origin, and the country of destination will receive, forward, and deliver the same free. of charge.
Each country will transport the domestic mails of the other by its ordinary mail-routes, in closed pouches, through its territory, free of of each country charge.
transported by the other, &c.
Patterns and samples of merchandise not exceeding the weight of Patterns and samples of mereight ounces may be exchanged in the mails between the two countries, chandise. under such regulations in regard to the forwarding and delivery of the same as either of the Post-Office Departments shall prescribe, to prevent violations of the revenue laws. They must never be closed against inspection, but must always be so wrapped or inclosed that they may be readily and thoroughly examined by postmasters. The postage on each pattern or sample shall be ten cents, prepayment obligatory.
No accounts shall be kept between the Post-Office Departments of Postage to be rethe two countries in regard to international correspondence of any kind tained by parties exchanged between them, but each department will retain to its exclu- respectively. sive use all the postage it collects on mail-matter of every kind sent to the other for delivery.
The Post-Office Departments of the United States and Canada shall each return to the other all dead letters, unopened and without charge, monthly or oftener, as may best suit the regulations of each department.
The expense of transporting the mails between the frontier exchange offices, where the conveyance is by water, shall be borne equally by the between frontier two departments; but when the transportation is by land, the expense
Transportation exchange offices.
Offices of exchange.
Taking effect and duration of con
shall be borne by each in proportion to the distance traveled over the territory of each country. All contracts for such transportation shall, before they go into operation, be approved by the Post-Office Department of each country.
All offices now exchanging mails shall continue to act as offices of exchange under this convention. The two departments may at any time, by mutual agreement, discontinue any of said offices of exchange, or establish others.
The existing arrangement for the exchange of registered letters between the two countries shall continue in full force; but the registration-fee on registered letters sent from the United States to Canada, shall be the same as the registration fee charged in the United States or domestic registered letters.
This arrangement, except so far as it relates to letter-postage, shall take effect from the first day of January, 1875. The reduced letter-rate will come into operation on the first of February, 1875. It shall continue in force until terminated by mutual agreement; and it may be anuulled at the desire of either Department, upon six months' previous notice given to the other.
Done in duplicate, and signed at Washington the first day of February, 1875, and at Ottawa the 27th day of January, 1875. [SEAL.]
Postmaster-General of the United States.
I hereby approve the aforegoing postal arrangement, and, in testimony thereof, I have caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. [SEAL.] U. S. GRANT.
By the President: