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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, wbich period was extended by the convention of October 1, 1895, to December 24, 1896, by the convention of November 6, 1896, to December 24, 1897, and by the convention of October 29, 1897, to December 24, 1898, 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 2d day of December, 1898.

John Hay. [SEAL)
José F. GODOY. [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 2d day of February, 1899.

Now, therefore, be it known that I, William McKinley, President of the Uniteil 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 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 third day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-nine, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-third. [SEAL.]

WILLIAM. McKINLEY. By the President:

John HAY,

Secretary of State.

CONVENTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES OF

MEXICO, EXTENDING FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR FROM DECEMBER 24, 1899, THE PROVISIONS OF THE CONVENTION OF MARCH 1, 1889, TO FACILITATE THE EXECITION OF THE TREATY OF NOVEMBER 12, 1881, AND TO AVOID DIFFICULTIES ARISING FROM CHANGES IN THE BEDS OF THE BRAVO DEL NORTE AND COLORADO RIVERS.

[Signed at Washington, Dec. 22, 1899; ratification advised by the Senate, Feb. 8. 1900;

ratified by the President, Feb. 14, 1900; ratifications exchanged, May 5, 1900 ; proclaimed May 7, 1900.]

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, 1899, 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 22d day of December, 1899, 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, October 29, 1897, and December 2, 1898, expires on the 24th of December, 1899;

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, that of October 29, 1897, and that of December 2, 1898, 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 for the United States of America; and

The President of the United States of Mexico, Manuel de Azpiroz, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States of Mexico at 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, 1899, 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, by the convention of November 6, 1896, to December 24, 1897, by the convention of October 29, 1897, to December 24, 1898, and by the convention of December 2, 1898, to December 24, 1899, 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 22d day of December, 1899.

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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 5th day of May, 1900;

Now, therefore, be it known that I, William McKinley, President of the United States of America, have cause the said convention to be made public, 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 seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred, and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-fourth.

| L. S.] WILLIAM McKINLEY.

By the President:

Joh N HAY,
Secretary of State.

CONVENTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES OF MExico ExtENDING For AN INDEFINITE PERIOD THE TREATY of MARCH 1, 1889, BET weeN THE Two GovKRNMENTs, KNOWN As THE WATER BOUNDARY CONVENTION.

[Signed at Washington, Nov. 21, 1900; ratified by Mexico, Dec. 12, 1900; ratification advised by the Senate, Dec. 15, 1900; ratified by the President, Dec. 24, 1900; ratifications exchanged, Dec. 24, 1900; proclaimed Dec. 24, 1900. I

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 an indefinite period from December 24, 1900, 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 21st day of November, 1900, 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, October 29, 1897, December 2, 1898, and December 22, 1899, expires on the 24th of December, 1900: And whereas the two high contracting parties deem it expedient to indefinitely continue 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, that of October 29, 1897, that of December 2, 1898, and that of December 22, 1899, in order that the International Boundary Commission may be able to continue the examination and decision of the cases 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, Manuel de Azpiroz, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of Mexico at 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 said convention of March 1, 1889, as extended on the several dates above mentioned, and the commission established thereunder shall continue in force and effect indefinitely, subject, however, to the right of either contracting party to dissolve the said commission by giving six months' notice to the other; but such dissolution of the commission shall not prevent the two Governments from thereafter agreeing to revive the said commission or to reconstitute the same according to the terms of the said convention; and the said convention of March 1, 1889, as hereby continued, may be terminated 12 months after notice of a desire for its termination shall have been given in due form by one of the two contracting parties to the other. This convention shall be ratified by the two high contracting parties in conformity with their respective Constitutions, and the ratification shall be exchanged in Washrington 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 21st day of November, 1900. John HAY. [SEAL.] M. DE Azpiroz. [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 24th day of December, 1900: Now, therefore, be it known that I, William McKinley, Presidet 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 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 of America to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington this twenty-fourth day of December in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-fifth. [SEAL.] By the President: DAVID J. HILL, Acting Secretury of State.

WILLIAM McKINLEY.

EXHIBIT D.

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE, DEVELOPMENT, COLONIZATION, AND INDUSTRY.

SECTION FIFTH.

The President of the Republic has been pleased to address me the following decree:

* Porfirio Diaz, Constitutional President of the United States of Mexico, to its inhabitants, be it known:

" That the Congress of the Union has seen fit to decree as follows: " That Congress of the United States of Mexico decrees :

ONLY ARTICLE. Hereby is approved the contract that on the 17th of this month of May, 1904, was made between Gen. Manuel Gonzales Cosio, secretary of state and of development, in representation of the Executive of the Union and Sr. Lic. Ignacio Sepveda, as representative of the Sociedad de Riego y Terrenos de la Baja California, S. A., to carry the waters of the Colorado River through Mexican territory and for the use of said waters.

“Luis Perez Verdia, president of the House of Deputies. T. Reyes Retana, president of the Senate. Carlos M. Saavedra, secretary of the House of Deputies. Carlos Flores, secretary of the Senate. Signed.

“ Therefore, I order it to be printed, published, circulated, and duly complied with.

“Given in the palace of the Executive Federal power on the 7th day of the month of June, 1904. Porfirio Diaz.

“To Gen. Manuel Gonzales Cosio, Secretary of State and of Development, Colonization, and Industry. Addressed.'

And I communicate it to you for its fulfillment and other purposes.
Mexico, June 10, 1904. G. Cosio. To -
Revenue stamps for $25 duly canceled.

Contract entered into between the Citizen General D. Manuel Gonzales Cosio,

secretary of state and of development, in representation of the Executive Government, and Lic. Ignacio Sepulved, as representative of the Sociedad de Riego y Terrenos de la Baja California, S. A., to carry the waters of the Colorado River through Merican territory, and for the use of said waters.

ARTICLE 1. The Sociedad de Riego y Terrenos de la Baja California, S. A., is authorized to carry through the canal which it has built in Mexican territory and through other canals that it may build, if convenient, water to an amount of 284 cubic meters per second from the waters taken from the Colorado River in territory of the United States by the California Development Co., and which waters this company has ceded to the Sociedad de Riego y Terrenos de la Baja California, S. A. It is also authorized to carry to the lands of the United States the water with the exception of that mentioned in the following article:

ART. 2. From the water mentioned in the foregoing article enough shall be used to irrigate the lands susceptible of irrigation in Lower California with the water carried through the canal or canals, without in any case the amount of water used exceeding one-half of the volume of water passing through said canals.

ART. 3. Within the term of six months, counted from the publication of the present contract, the company shall deliver to the office of the secretary of development, in duplicate, properly arranged in decimal, metrical scale, the maps and profiles of the canal already built and of the other hydraulic works connected therewith, with a descriptive report.

ART. 4. The company is also authorized to connect. In Mexican territory, the aforesaid canal or canals with the Colorado River, so that it may be able, without injuring the rights of a third party nor the navigation as long as the river is destined for navigation, to take from said river as much as 284 cubic meters of water per second. Those waters shall be used in the irrigation of lands in Mexico and the United States in the proportion established in articles 1 and 2.

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RT. 5. The Executive Government may authorize the company, while the needs of the country do not require the use of the total amount of the waters appropriated, to use them where it may find it convenient. ART. 6. The company, grantee, is under the obligation to deliver to the office of the secretary of development, within the term fixed in the following article, the design of the hydraulic works referred to in article 4, with a descriptive report, and the necessary maps on profiles for greater clearness of the details of the works. ART. 7. The surveys of the land to locate the hydraulic works shall be begun by the company, grantee, within the term of six months from the date of the promulgation of the present contract, and within the term of 12 months, counted from the same date, it will deliver to the secretary of development the respective maps of said works in duplicate, and properly arranged in a decimal. metrical scale, with the approval of the inspector to be appointed, and requesting the approval of the secretary of development. The duplicate of the maps shall be returned to the company, grantee, with the annotation of having been approved or not, and the other copy shall remain in the archives of the office of the Secretary. ART. 8. Within the term of 24 months counted from the date of the promulgation of this contract, the company, grantee, shall begin the construction of the works, which shall be ended at the latest within 7 years, counted from the same date. ART. 9. The company, grantee, may build over the canals it may construct the bridges it may think necessary for private traffic, presenting previously to the secretary of development for his approval the maps, and the company shall be obliged also to build, at its own expense, the bridges which may be required for the local or general traffic whenever its canals shall traverse any road or highway of public use, presenting the respective maps and requesting the previous approval of same, either from the secretary of interior and the government of the Territory of Lower California or from the secretary of communications and public works, as the case may be. ART. 10. The company, grantee, is subject, in all that refers to the present contract, to the inspection of the engineer to be appointed by the secretary of development and obliged to contribute to the expenses of said inspection with the sum of $300 every month, which amount shall be delivered in advance to the general treasury of the federation from the date of the promulgation of the contract. In case that the company, grantee, should not fulfill the provisions of the present article it agrees with the right given the revenue collectors to seize and sell its property to pay the debts due to the treasury. ART. 11. The company shall have the right of way of 20 meters in all the length of its canals on each side of said canals, besides the width of the said Canals. ART. 12. The lands belonging to the Nation and which the company, grantee, may occupy in all the extension, as set forth in the foregoing article, and the lands which it may need for dams, reservoirs or basins, storehouses, depots, and other buildings shall be taken freely by the company in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 3, article 3, of the law of the 6th of June, 1894. ART. 13. The company, grantee, may take, in accordance with the laws of condemnation by reason of public utility, the private lands needed for the establishment of its aqueducts and their appurtenances, depots, stations, and other accessories in accordance with Fraction IV of article 3 of the law of June 6, 1894, as per the following rules: 1. If there should be no agreement between the company, grantee, and the owners of the land, there will be appointed an expert appraiser by each one of the parties, and both appraisers shall deliver to said parties their respective valuations within the term of eight days from the day of their appointment. If the valuations are not in accord, the case shall be submitted to the district judge of the Territory of Lower California, and he shall appoint a third expert, who shall render his decision within the peremptory term of eight days from the day of his appointment of the amount which in justice should be given to indemnify the owner of the lands to be occupied. The district judge, taking into consideration the opinion of the experts and the proofs presented by the parties, while the experts formulate their decision, shall fix the amount of indemnity within three days. The decree of the judge shall be final, unless it shall appear to be biased.

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