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Construction of Articles XII, XIV, XV, and XVII.

XVIII. Where, by the above rules, one of two ships is to keep out of the way, the other shall keep her course, subject to the qualifications contained in the following Article:

JProvito to save special cases.

XIX. In obeying and construing these rules, due regard must be had to all dangers of navigation; and due regard must also be had to any special circumstances which may exist in any particular case rendering a departure from the above rules necessary in order to avoid immediate danger.

No Ship, under any circumstances to neglect proper precautions.

XX. Nothing in these rules shall exonerate any ship, or the owner, or master, or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to carry lights or signals, or of any neglect to keep a proper look out, or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case.

BRITISH NOTIFICATION of The United States' Blockade of the Port of Galveston*London, February 27, 1863.

Foreign Office, February 27,1863.

It is hereby notified that Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has received from Her Majesty's Minister at "Washington, a ■despatch, dated Washington, February 6, 1863 (of which the following is an extract), enclosing a copy of a note from Mr. Seward, dated the 6th of February, respecting the blockade of the Port of Galveston.

"I have the honour to enclose a copy of a note which I received at two o'clock this afternoon from Mr. Seward, stating that tho blockade of Oalveston was 'resumed immediately, and will be continued until further notice.'"

Mi Loud. Department of State, Washington, February 5, 186-1.

As opinions may be entertained by merchants interested in trade to the Port of Galveston, in Texas, that the blockade of that port by a United States' naval force may, in consequence of recent events in that quarter, have been interrupted, I have the honour to acquaint you, with a view to obviate embarrassments to neutral commerce, which might be occasioned by such opinions, that the blockade was resumed immediately, and will be continued until further notice. Although due notice of such resumption will probably have been * « London Gwette" of February 27,1883.

given by the Commander of the blockading squadron to vessels which may attempt to enter Galveston, it is deemed advisable to communicate a similar notice to your Lordship.

I have, &c.

LordLtjons. "W. H. SEWAED.

BRITISH NOTIFICATION of the French Blockade of part of the Coast of the Gulf of Mexico.*London, October 27,1863.

Foreign Office, October 27, 1863. It is hereby notified, that Earl Eussell, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has received from Her Majesty's Vice-Consul at Vera Cruz, a notification, addressed to him by the Commander-in-chief of the French Naval Forces in the Gulf of Mexico, and dated the 5th of September, 1863, of the blockade by the French naval forces, on and from the 6th September, 1863, of the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, with the exception of Tampieo, Vera Cruz, Alvarado, Goatzacoalcos, Tabasco, and Carmen. The following is the official communication received by Earl Eussell:

Notification de Blocus. Nous Soussigné Contre-Amiral Commandant-en-chef les Forces Navales de Sa Majesté l'Empereur des Français dans le Golfe du Mexique,

Vu l'état de guerre existant entre la France et le Gouvernement de Juarez, agissant en vertu des pouvoirs qui nous appartiennent: déclarons, qu'à partir du 6 Septembre courant les ports et leurs issues, les rivières, havres, rades, criques, &c, des côtes du Mexique qui ne sont point occupés par nos troupes, et qui reconnaissent encore le pouvoir de Juarez, depuis la lagune à 10 lieues au sud de Matamoros, jusqu'à et y compris Campôche, entre 253 22' Nd., 99° 54' W., et 19° 52' N, 92° 50' W. (méridien de Paris), seront tenus en état de blocus effectif, par les forces navales placées sous notre commandement, et que les bâtiments amis ou neutres auront un délai de 25 jours pour achever leur chargement et quitter les lieux bloqués.

(Les points à excepter du blocus sont Tampico, Vera Cruz, Alvarado, Goatzaooalcos, Tabasco et Carmen).

Il sera procédé contre tout bâtiment qui tenterait de violer le dit blocus, conformément aux lois internationales et aux Traités en vigueur avec les Puissances neutres.

A bord de la frégate mixte la Bellone, de Sa Majesté l'Empereur des Français, mouillée en rade de Sacrificios, le 5 Septembre, 1863.

A. BOSSE.

.b«r 27, 1863.

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BRITISH ORDER IN COUNCIL, additional to the Orders in Council of June 13,1853,* and February 2,1857,t respecting the Government of British Subjects in China; relative to the non-return of British Subjects sent out of China.%Windsor, September 12, 1863.

At the Court at Windsor, the 12th day of September, 1863.
Phesent,

THE Qukbn'b MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL.

Wftebeas by two several Orders of Her Majesty in Council for the government of Her Majesty's subjects being within the dominions of the Emperor of China, or being within any ship or vessel at a distance of not more than 100 miles from the coast of China, bearing date the 13th day of June, 1858 * and the 2nd day of February, 1857,f respectively, Her Majesty was pleased (amongst other things) to give authority to any of Her Majesty's Consuls within the dominions of the Emperor of China to cause any British subject who, after having been twice convicted of, and punished for, any crime or offence, shall not be able to find good and sufficient security for bis good bohaviour, or who may be convicted befor<> such Consul of any of certain particular crimes therein enumerated, to be sent out of the dominions of the Emperor of China, in the manner therein mentioned:

And whereas it is expedient to make further provision agairst the return of any such British subject so cent out of the dominions of the Emperor of China as aforesaid:

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by virtue of all powers, enabling Her in this behalf, iB pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered as follows:—

I. It shall not be lawful for any person who shall hereafter be sent out of the dominions of tho Emperor of China by any of Her Majesty's Consuls within the said dominions under and by virtue of the authority given to such Consuls by the said Orders in Council of the 13th day of June, 1853, and the 2nd day of February, 1857, respectively, or under and by virtue of this present Order, ofterwards to return to, and attain take up his abode within, any part of the said dominions, without Her Majesty's permission, to be signified in writing by one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State.

II. If any such person shall return to, and tuko up his abode within, any part of the said dominions contrary to this present Order, he shall, if duly summoned to appear and answer for so doing before any of the said Consuls, be punishable by a fine not

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t "London Gazette" of September 15, 1868.

exceeding 200 dollars, or by imprisonment, for a term not exceeding one calendar month; and in addition to such punishment every such person be bound to find good and sufficient security, to the satisfaction of the Consul, for his future good behaviour; and, in the event of his failing so to do, it shall be lawful for the said Consul at any time afterwards to cause him to be again sent out of tbe dominions of the Emperor of China, in the manner by the said Orders in Council of the 13th day of June, 1853, and the 2nd day of February, 1857, respectively, provided in that behalf.

AKTHTJE HELPS.

BRITISH ORDER IN COUNCIL, additional to the Order in
Council of July 28, 1856,* providing for the exercise of
British Jurisdiction in Siam; relative to the non-return of
British Subjects sent out of Siam.Windsor, September 12,
1863.

At the Court at "Windsor, the 12th day of September, 1863.
Pbesent,

The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty In Council.

Wheeeas by an Order in Council for the government of Her Majesty's subjects being within the dominions of the Kings of Siam, bearing date the 28th day of July, 1856,f Her Majesty was pleased (amongst other things) to give authority to any of Her Majesty's Consuls within the dominions of the Kings of Siam, to cause any British subject who, after having been twice convicted of, and punished for, aay crime or offence, shall not be able to find good and sufficient security for his good behaviour, or who may be convicted before any such Consul of any of certain particular crimes therein enumerated to be sent out of the dominions of the Kings of Siam:

And whereas it is expedient to make further provision against the return of any such British subject so sent out of the dominions of the Kings of Siam as aforesaid:

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by virtue of all the powers enabling her in this behalf, is pleased, by and with the advice of her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:

I. It shall not be lawful for any person who shall hereafter bo sent out of the dominions of the Kings of Siam by any of Her Majesty's Consuls within the said dominions, under and by virtue of the authority given to such Consuls by the said Order in Council of the 28th day of July, 1856, or under and by virtue of this pre» Yol. XLVI. Page 646. t "London Gazette," of September 15, 1863.

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