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temporary line wherever the trail crosses to such side, and, subject to such reasonable regulations for the protection of the revenue as the Canadian Government may prescribe, to carry with them over such part or parts of the trail between the said points as may lie on the Canadian side of the temporary line, such goods and articles as they desire, without being required to pay any customs duties on such goods and articles; and from said junction to the summit of the peak east of the Chilkat River, marked on the aforesaid Map No. 10 of the United States' Commission with the number 5410, and on the Map No. 17 of the aforesaid British Commission with the number 5490.

“On the Dyea and Skagway Trails, the summits of the Chilkoot and White Passes.

“ It is understood, as formerly set forth in communications of the Department of State of the United States, that the citizens or subjects of either Power, found by this arrangement within the temporary jurisdiction of the other, shall suffer no diminution of the rights and privileges which they now enjoy.

“The Government of the United States will at once appoint an officer or officers, in conjunction with an officer or officers to be named by the Government of Her Britannic Majesty, to mark the temporary line agreed upon by the erection of posts, stakes, or other appropriate temporary marks."

It shall be understood that the foregoing Agreement is binding upon the two Goveroments from the date of

your

written acceptance of its terms.

I have, &c., R. Tower, Esq.

JOHN HAY.

No. 2.-Mr. Tower to Mr. Hay.

SIR,

Washington, October 20, 1899. I HAVE the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 20th instant, submitting the following as the text of the Agreement to be observed by the two Governments as a provisional boundary between the territory of Alaska and the Dominion of Canada in the region about the head of Lynn Canal:

"It is hereby agreed between the Governments of the United States and of Great Britain that the boundary-line between Canada and the territory of Alaska in the region about the head of Lynn Canal shall be provisionally fixed as follows, without prejudice to the claims of either Party in the permanent adjustment of the international boundary :

"In the region of the Dalton Trail, a line beginning at the peak west of Porcupine Creek, marked on the Map No. 10 of the United States' Commission, December 31, 1895, and on sheet No. 18 of the British Commission, December 31, 1895, with the number 6500; thence running to the Klebini (or Klaheela) River, in the direction of the peak north of that river, marked 5020 on the aforesaid United States' Map, and 5025 on the aforesaid British Map; thence following the high or right bank of the said Klehini River to the junction thereof with the Chilkat River, a mile and a-balf, more or less, north of Klukwan: Provided that persons proceeding to or from Porcupine Creek shall be freely permitted to follow the trail between the said creek and the said junction of the rivers into and across the territory on the Canadian side of the temporary line wherever the trail crosses to such side, and, subject to such reasonable regulations for the protection of the revenue as the Canadian Governmeut may prescribe, to carry with them over such part or parts of the trail between the said points as may lie on the Canadian side of the temporary line, such goods and articles as they desire, without being required to pay any customs duties on such goods and articles; and from said junction to the summit of the peak east of the Chilkat River, marked on the aforesaid Map No. 10 of the United States' Commission with the number 5410, and on the Map No. 17 of the aforesaid British Commission with the pumber 5490.

"On the Dyea and Skagway Trails, the summits of the Chilkoot and White Passes.

“It is understood, as formerly set forth in communications of the Department of State of the United States, that the citizens or subjects of either Power, found by this arrangement within the temporary jurisdiction of the other, shall suffer no diminution of the rights and privileges which they now enjoy.

“The Government of the United States will at once appoint an officer or officers, in conjunction with an officer or officers to be named by the Government of Her Britannic Majesty, to mark the temporary line agreed upon by the erection of posts, stakes, or other appropriate temporary marks."

It shall be understood that the foregoing Agreement is binding upon the two Governments from the date of this, my written acceptance of its terms.

I have, &c., J. Hay, Esq.

REGINALD TOWER

66

CONVENTION between Great Britain and the United States,

relative to the Disposal of Real and Personal Property.Signed at Washington, March 2, 1899.

[Ratifications exchanged at Washington, July 28, 1900.]

Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the United States of America, desiring to improve the condition of the subjects and citizens of each of the respective countries in relation to the tenure and disposition of real and personal property situated or being within the territories of the other, as well as to authorize the representation of deceased persons by the Consuls of their respective nations in the settlement of estates, bave resolved to conclude a Convention for those purposes, and bave named as their Plenipotentiaries :

Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the Right Honourable Sir Julian Pauncefote, Knight Grand Cross of the Orders of the Bath and of St. Michael aud St. George, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Great Britain; and

The President of the United States of America, the Honour. able John Hay, Secretary of State of the United States of America;

Who, having exchanged their said full powers, found in due and proper form, have agreed to and signed the following Articles :

ART. I. Where, on the death of any person holding real property (or property not personal) within the territories of one of the Contracting Parties, such real property would, by the laws of the land, pass to a subject or citizen of the other, were he not disqualified by the laws of the country where such real property is situated, such subject or citizen shall be allowed a term of three years in which to sell the same, this term to be reasonably prolonged if circumstances render it necessary, and to withdraw the proceeds thereof without restraint or interference, and exempt from any succession, probate, or administrative duties or charges other than those which may be imposed in like cases upon the subjects or citizens of the country from which such proceeds may be drawn.

II. The subjects or citizens of each of the Contracting Parties shall bave full power to dispose of their persoual property within the territories of the other by testament, donation, or otherwise; and their heirs, legatees, and donees, being subjects or citizens of the other Contracting Party, whether resident or non-resident, sball succeed to their said personal property, and may take possession thereof either by themselves, or by others acting for them, and dispose of the same at their pleasure, paying such duties only as the citizens or subjects of the country where the property lies shall be liable to pay in like cases.

III. In case of the death of any subject of Her Britannic Majesty in the United States, or of any citizen of the United States of America in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, without having, in the country of his decease, any known heirs or testamentary executors by him appointed, the competent local authorities shall at once inform the nearest Consular officer of the nation to which the deceased person belonged of the circumstance, in order that the necessary information may be immediately forwarded to persons

interested. The said Consular officer shall have the right to appear, personally or by delegate, in all proceedings on behalf of the absent heirs or creditors until they are otherwise represented.

IV. The stipulations of the present Coavention shall not be applicable to any of the Colonies or foreign possessions of Her Britannic Majesty unless notice to that effect shall have been given, on behalf of any such Colony or foreign possession, by Her Britannic Majesty's Representative at Washington to the United States' Secretary of State within one year from the date of the exchange of the ratifications of the present Convention.

It is understood that, under the provisions of this Article, Her Majesty can in the same manner give notice of adhesion ou behalf of any British Protectorate or sphere of influence, or on behalf of the Island of Cyprus, in virtue of the Convention of the 4th June, 1878, between Great Britain and Turkey.*

The provisions of this Couvention shall extend and apply to any

* The following Colonies, &c., have acceded to the Convention :-
Bahamas.

Jamaica.
Barbados.

Labuan.
Bermuda.

Lagos.
Borneo, State of North.

Leeward Islands.
British Guiana.

Mauritius.
British Honduras.

New Zealand.
Cape Colony,

Nigeria, Northern.
Ceylon.

Nigeria, Southern.
Cyprus.

Rhodesia, Southern.
Falkland Islands.

St. Helena.
Fiji.

St. Lucia,
Gambia.

St. Vincent.
Grenada.

Sierra Leone.
Gold Coast.

Straits Settlements.
Hong Kong.

Trinidad.

territory or territories pertainiug to or occupied and governed by the United States beyond the seas only upon notice to that effect being given by the Representative of the United States at London, by direction of the Treaty-making power of the United States.

V. In all that concerns the right of disposing of every kind of property, real or personal, subjects or citizens of each of the High Contracting Parties shall, in the dominious of the other, enjoy the rights which are or may be accorded to the subjects or citizens of the most favoured nation.

VI. The present Convention shall come into effect ten days after the day upon which the ratifications are exchanged, and shall remain in force for ten years after such exchange. In case neither of the High Contracting Parties shall have given notice to the other twelve months before the expiration of the said period of ten years of the intention to terminate the present Convention, it sball remain in force until the expiration of one year from the day on which either of the High Contracting Parties shall liave given such notice.

Her Britannic Majesty or the United States shall also bave the right separately to terminate the present Convention at any time, ou giving twelve months' notice to that effect in regard to any British Colony, foreign possession, or dependency, as specified in Article IV, which may

have acceded thereto. VII. The present Convention sball be duly ratified by Her Britannic Majesty and by the President of the United States, by and with the approval of the Senate thereof, and the ratifications shall be exchanged in London or in Washington.

In faith whereof we, the respective Plenipotentiaries, have signed this Treaty, and have hereunto affixed our seals.

Done in duplicate at Washington, the 2nd day of March, 1899.

(L.8.) JULIAN PAUNCEFOTE. (L.S.) JOHN HAY.

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Australia also acceded, but the notice to that effect was given a day too
late.
The following have not acceded :-
Gibraltar.

Natal.
Malta.

Seychelles.

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