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national boundary commission, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the case of said differences or questions.

ARTICLE II.

The International Boundary Commission shall be composed of a commissioner appointed by the President of the United States of America, and of another appointed by the President of the United States of Mexico, in accordance wih the constitutional provisions of each country, of a consulting engineer, appointed in the same manner by each Government, and of such secretaries and interpreters as either Government may see fit to add to its commission. Each Government separately shall fix the salaries and emoluments of the members of its commission.

ARTICLE III.

The International Boundary Commission shall not transact any business unless both commissioners are present. It shall sit on the frontier of the two contracting countries, and shall establish itself at such places as it may determine upon ; it shall, however, repair to places at which any of the difficulties or questions mentioned in this convention may arise, as soon as it shall have

been duly notified thereof. ARTICLE IV.

When, owing to natural causes, any change shall take place in the bed of the Rio Grande or in that of the Colorado River, in that portion thereof wherein those rivers form the boundary line between the two countries, which may affect the boundary line, notice of that fact shall be given by the proper local authorities on both sides to their respective commissioners of the International Boundary Commission, on receiving which notice it shall be the duty of the said commission to repair to the place where the change has taken place or the question has arisen, to make a personal examination of such change, to compare it with the bed of the river as it was before the change took place, as shown by the surveys, and to decide whether it has occurred through avulsion or erosion, for the effect of Articles I and II of the convention of November 12, 1884; having done this, it shall make suitable annotations on the surveys of

the boundary line. ARTICLE V.

Whenever the local authorities on any point of the frontier between the United States of America and the United States of Mexico, in that portion in which the Rio Grande and the Colorado River form the boundary between the two countries, shall think that works are being constructed, in either of those rivers, such as are prohibited by Article III of the convention of November 12, 1884, or by Article VII of the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of February 2, 1848, they shall so notify their respective commissioners, in order that the latter

may at once submit the matter to the International Boundary Commission,

and that said commission may proceed, in accordance with the provisions of the foregoing article, to examine the case, and that it may decide whether the work is among the number of those which are permitted, or of those which are prohibited by the stipulations of those treaties. The commission may provisionally suspend the construction of the works in question pending the investigation of the matter, and if it shall fail to agree on this point the works shall be suspended, at the instance of one of the two

Governments.
ARTICLE VI.

In either of these cases, the commission shall make a personal examination of the matter which occasions the change, the question or the complaint, and shall give its decision in regard to the same, in doing which it shall comply with the requirements established by a body of regulations to be prepared by the said commission and approved by both Governments.

ARTICLE VII.

The International Boundary Commission shall have power to call for papers and information, and it shall be the duty of the authorities of each of the two

countries to send it any papers that it may call for, relating to any boundary question in which it may have jurisdiction in pursuance of this convention.

The said commission shall have power to summon any witnesses whose testimony it may think proper to take, and it shall be the duty of all persons thus summoned to appear before the same and to give their testimony, which shall be taken in accordance with such by-law's and regulations as may be adopted by the commission and approved by both Governments. In case of the refusal of a witness to appear, he shall be compelled to do so, and to this end the commission may make use of the same means that are used by the courts of the respective countries to compel the attendance of witnesses, in conformity with their respective laws.

ARTICLE VIII.

If both commissioners shall agree to a decision, their judgment shall be considered binding upon both Governments, unless one of them shall disapprove it within one month reckoned from the day on which it shall have been pronounced. In the latter case, both Governments shall take cognizance of the matter, and shall decide it amicably, bearing constantly in mind the stipulation of Article XXI of the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of February 2, 1818.

The same shall be the case when the commissioners shall fail to agree concerning the point which occasions the question, the complaint, or the change, in which case each commissioner shall prepare a report, in writing, which he shall lay before his Government.

ARTICLE IX.

This convention shall be ratified by both parties, in accordance with the provisions of their respective constitutions, and the ratifications thereof shall be exchanged at Washington as speedily as possible and shall be in force from the date of the exchange of ratification for a period of five years.

In testimony whereof the undersigned plenipotentiaries have signed and sealed it.

Done in duplicate , in the city of Washington, in the English and Spanish languages, on the 1st day of March, 1889.

T. F. BAYARD. [SEAL. 1

M. ROMERO. . (SEAL. ) And whereas the said convention has been duly ratified on both parts, and the ratifications of the same were exchanged at the city of Washington on the 24th day of December, 1890.

Now, therefore, be it known that I, Benjamin Harrison, President of the United States of America, have caused the said convention to be made public, as amended, to the end that the same and every article and clause 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-sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and ninety and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and fifteenth. [SEAL.]

BENJ. HARRISON. By the President: JAMES G. BLAINE,

Secretary of State.

BOUNDARY CONVENTION.

[Concluded Oct. 1, 1895 ; ratification advised by Senate, Dec. 17. 1895; ratified by the

President, Dec. 20, 1895 ; ratifications exchanged, Dec. 21, 1895 ; proclaimed Dec. 21. 1895.]

Whereas the United States of America and the United States of Mexico desire to comply fully with the provisions of the convention, concluded and signed at Washington, March 1, 1889, to facilitate the carrying out of the principles contained in the convention of November 12, 1884, between the two high contracting parties, and to avoid the difficulties occasioned by reason of the changes which take place in the beds of the Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers

in that portion whereof they serve as a boundary line between the two Republics: And whereas the time fixed by Article IX of the convention of March 1, 1889, will expire December 24, 1895; And whereas the two high contracting parties deem it expedient to agree upon an extension of the time stipulated in Article IX aforesaid to the end that the International Boundary Commission may conclude the examination and decision of the cases submitted to it, they have appointed for this purpose their respective plenipotentiaries, to wit: The President of the United States of America, Richard Olney, Secretary of State of the United States of America; and The President of the United States of Mexico, Matias Romero, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of Mexico at Washington. Who, after having communicated to each other their respective full powers, found in good and true form, have agreed upon and concluded the following article : ARTICLE.—The duration of the convention of March 1, 1889, between the United States of America and the United States of Mexico, which, in virtue of the provisions of Article IX thereof, was to continue in force for a period of five years from the date of the exchange of its ratifications and which will terminate December 24, 1895, is hereby extended for the period of one year from that date. This convention shall be ratified by the high contracting parties in conformity with their respective Constitutions, and its ratifications shall be exchanged at Washington as soon as possible. In faith whereof, we, the undersigned, in virtue of our respective full powers have signed this convention, in duplicate, in the English and Spanish languages, and thereunto affixed our respective seals. Done at the city of Washington this 1st day of October, in the year of our Lord, 1895. RICHARD OLNEY. [SEAL.] M. ROMERO. [SEAL.]

convKNTION EXTENDING THE DURATION OF THE CONVENTION OF MARCH 1, 1889, CONCERNING THE WATER BOUNDARY BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.

[Signed at Washington, Nov. 6, 1896; ratification advised by the Senate, Dec. 10, 1896; ratified by the President of the United States, Dec. 15, 1896; ratifications exchanged at Washington, Dec. 23, 1896; proclaimed, Dec. 23, 1896.1

Whereas the United States of America and the United States of Mexico desire to give full effect to the provisions of the convention concluded and signed in Washington March 1, 1889, to facilitate the execution of the provisions contained in the treaty signed by the two high contracting parties on the 12th of November, 1884, and to avoid the difficulties arising from the changes which are takino place in the beds of the Bravo del Norte and Colorado Rivers in those parts which serve as a boundary between the two Republics; And whereas the period fixed by article 9 of the convention of March 1, 1889, extended by that of October 1, 1895, expires on the 24th of December, 1896; And whereas the two high contracting parties deem it expedient to extend the period fixed by article 9 of the convention of March 1, 1889, and by the sole article of the convention of October 1, 1895, in order that the International Boundary Commission may be able to conclude the examination and decision of the cases which have been submitted to it, they have for that purpose appointed their respective plenipotentiaries, to wit: The President of the United States of America, Hichard Olney, Secretary of State of the United States of America; and The President of the United States of Mexico, Matias Romero, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of Mexico in Washington ; Who, after having communicated to each other their respective full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon and concluded the following article: ARTICLE.—The duration of the convention of March 1, 1889, signed by the United States of America and the United States of Mexico, which, according to the provisions of article 9 thereof, was to remain in force for five years. counting from the date of the exchange of its ratifications, which period was extended by the convention of October 1, 1895, to December 24, 1896, is extended by the present convention for the period of one year counting from this latter date. This convention shall be ratified by the two high contracting parties in conformity with their respective Constitutions, and the ratifications shall be exchanged in Washington as soon as possible. In testimony whereof we, the undersigned, by virtue of our respective powers, have signed this convention in duplicate, in the English and Spanish languages, and have affixed our respective seals. Done in the city of Washington on the 6th day of November of the year 1896. RICHARD OLNEY. [SEAL.] M. ROMERO. | SEAL.]

CONVENTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO−WATER BOUNDARYEXTENDING THE DURATION OF THE CONVENTION OF MARCH 1, 1889.

[Signed at Washington, Oct. 29, 1897; ratification advised by the Senate, Dec. 16, 1897; ratified by the President, Dec. 20, 1897; ratified by Mexico, Nov. 2, 1897; ratifications exchan at Washington, Dec. 21, 1897; proclaimed Dec. 21, 1897.]

By the President of the United States of America.

A PROCLAMATION.

Whereas a convention between the United States of America and the United States of Mexico extending for a period of one year from December 24, 1897, the duration of the convention between the two high contracting parties of March 1, 1889, concerning the water boundary between the two countries, was concluded and signed by their respective plenipotentiaries at the city of Washington on the 29th day of October, 1897, the original of which convention, being in the English and Spanish languages, is word for word as follows: Whereas the United States of America and the United States of Mexico desire to give full effect to the provisions of the convention concluded and signed in Washington March 1, 1889, to facilitate the execution of the provisions contained in the treaty signed by the two high contracting parties on the 12th of November, 1884, and to avoid the difficulties arising from the changes which are taking place in the beds of the Bravo del Norte and Colorado Rivers in those parts which serve as a boundary between the two Republics; And whereas the period fixed by Article IX of the convention of March 1, 1889, extended by the conventions of October 1, 1895, and November 6, 1896, expires on the 24th of I)ecember, 1897 : And whereas the two high contracting parties deem it expedient to extend the period fixed by Article IX of the convention of March 1, 1889, and by the sole article of the convention of October 1, 1895, and that of November 6, 1896, in order that the international boundary commission may be able to conclude the examination and decision of the cases which have been submitted it, they have, for that purpose, appointed their respective plenipotentiaries, to wit: The President of the United States of America, John Sherman, Secretary of State of the United States of America; and The President of the United States of Mexico, Matias Romero, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of Mexico in Washington ; Who, after having communicated to each other their respective full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon and concluded the following article: ARTICLE. The duration of the convention of March 1, 1889, signed by the United States of America and the United States of Mexico, which, according to the provisions of Article IX thereof, was to remain in force for five years, counting from the date of the exchange of its ratifications, which period was extended by the convention of October 1, 1895, to December 24, 1896, and by the convention of November 6, 1896, to December 24, 1897, is extended by the present convention for the period of one year, counting from this last date. This convention shall be ratified by the two high contracting parties in conformity with their respective Constitutions, and the ratifications shall be exchanged in Washington as soon as possible.

In testimony whereof we, the undersigned, by virtue of our respective powers, have signed this convention in duplicate, in the English and Spanish languages, and have affixed our respective seals. Done in the city of Washington on the 29th day of October of the year 1897.

JOHN SHERMAN. (SEAL.]

M. ROMERO. [SEAL.] And whereas the said convention has been duly ratified on both parts and the ratifications of the two Governments were exchanged in the city of Washington on the 21st day of December, 1897.

Now, therefore, be it known that I, William McKinley, President of the United States of America, have caused the said convention to be made public, to the end that the same and every article and clause thereof may be observed and fuifilled 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-first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-seven, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-second. (SEAL.]

WILLIAM MCKINLEY. By the President:

JOHN SHERMAN,

Secretary of State.

CONVENTION RETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO-WATER BOUNDARY-EXTEND

ING THE DURATION OF THE CONVENTION OF MARCH 1, 1889.

[Signed at Washington, Dec. 2, 1898; ratification advised by the Senate, Dec. 8, 1898;

ratified by the President, Dec. 12, 1898; ratified by Mexico, Dec. 15, 1898; ratifications exchanged at Washington, Feb. 2, 1899 ; proclaimed Feb. 3, 1899.]

By the President of the United States of America.

A PROCLAMATION.

Whereas a convention between the United States of America and the United States of Mexico, extending for a period of one year from December 24, 1898, the duration of the convention between the two high contracting parties of March 1, 1889, concerning the water boundary between the two countries, was concluded and signed by their respective plenipotentiaries at the city of Washington on the 2d day of December, 1898, the original of which convention, being in the English and Spanish languages, is word for word as follows:

Whereas the United States of America and the United States of Mexico desire to give full effect to the provisions of the convention concluded and signed in Washington, March 1, 1889, to facilitate the execution of the provisions contained in the treaty signed by the two high contracting parties on the 12th of November, 1884, and to avoid the difficulties arising from the changes which are taking place in the beds of the Bravo del Norte and Colorado Rivers in those parts which serve as a boundary between the two Republics;

And whereas the period fixed by Article IX of the convention of March 1, 1889, extended by the conventions of October 1, 1895, November 6, 1896, and October 29, 1897, expires on the 24th day of December, 1898;

And whereas the two high contracting parties deem it expedient to extend the period fixed by Article IX of the convention of March 1, 1889, and by the sole article of the convention of October 1, 1895, that of November 6, 1896, and that of October 29, 1897, in order that the International Boundary Commission may be able to conclude the examination and decision of the cases which have been submitted to it, they have, for that purpose, appointed their respective plenipotentiaries, to wit:

The President of the United States of America, John Hay, Secretary of State of the United States of America; and

The President of the United States of Mexico, José F. Godoy, chargé d'afaires ad interim of the United States of Mexico at Washington ;

Who, after having communicated to each other their respctive full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon and concluded the following article:

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