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                                  HAYTI.                               299
and enlightened principles and rules of war and neutrality agreed to by
the convention of July 22, 1854, between the United States and Russia;
that His late Majesty Kamehameha IV, by advice and consent of his cab-
inet and council, adopted said rules on the 26th March, 1855, but that
no action had since been taken by this government to make those prin-
ciples-and rules permanent and immutable by a convention.
  The publication of the King's roclamation was no doubt hastened by
the fact of the arrival here, since the 29th instant, of the Russian admiral
Pouzino, with three ships of War, under his' command, and others are
expected to follow.     Theyare from     San Francisco, and to sail in a
few days for the Occident.
  Admmiral Pouzino called upon me yesterday and I shall return his
visit to-morrow.
       With great respect, &c.,
                   ....... .. .HENLRY A. PEIRCE*
                                  [Inclosure.]
                                [Coat of arm8s.l
                                ]PROCLAMATION.
  KALAKAUA, by the grace of God, of the Hawaiian Islands, King:
  Whereas a state of war unhappily exists ormay be pending between certain
Euro-
pean powers; and whereas the kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands is on terms
of friend-
ship with all nations, and its laws impose upon all persons who may be within
its
territor"y and jurisdiction the duty of an impartial fieutrality in
time of war:
  Now, therefore, we, Ka~akana, býy the grace of God King of the Hawaiian
Islands, do
:hereby declare and proclaim the neutrality of this kingdom, its subjects,
and of all
persons within its territory and jurisdi, tion, in the war now existing or
impending be-
tween the great powers of Europe; that the neutrality is to be respected
by all bel-
ligerents to the full extent of our jurisdiction, including not less than
one marine
league from the low-water mark on the respective coasts of the islands composing
this
kingdom, and also all its ports, harbors, bays, gulfs, estuaries, and arms
of the sea cut
off by lines drawn from one headland to another; and that all captutes and
seizures,
enlistments, or other acts, in violation of our neutrality, within our jurisdiction,
are
unlawful.
  We do hereby further declare and proclaim that our subjects and all persons
within
the territory and jnrisdiction of this kingdom, and all vessels registered
or sailing un-
der the flag thereof, are hereby strictly enjoined to take no part, directly
or indirectly,
in said war, and that whatever privileges shall be accorded to -the vessels
of one bel-
ligerent within the ports of this. kingdom shall be in like manner accorded
to the ves-
sels of the others.
  Done at our palace of Honolulu this 29th day of May, A. D. 1877.
                                                           KALAKAUA R.
  By the King:
        HENRY A. P. CARTER,
             Ministet of Foreign Affair8.
                                 HAYTI.
                                 No. 10S.
                        Mr. Bassett to Mr. Evarns.
No. 503.]                      LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
            Port au Prince, Tayti, May'28, 1877. (Received June!19.)
 SIR: On the 8th instant President Canal submitted to the National
 Assembly his message, which was only last week printed for distribu-
 tion. It was read before the Assembly and a crowded andience by the


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