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Ecuador,   pp. 490-492 PDF (1023.2 KB)

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                                  No. 346.
                         Mr. Leinberg to Mr. Rives.
                Guayaquil, October 17, 1888. (Received November 14.)
    SIR: I have to inform the Department that a decree has been passed
  by the last Ecuadorian Congress, to take effect from January 1, 1889,
  allowing vessels flying foreign flags to engage in the river and coasting
  trade of Ecuador. This was formerly allowed only to vessels flying the
  national flag, the Government reserving the right to stop all traffic and
  close any or all ports daring a time of revolution or in the event of a
  war with any foreign nation.
        I have, etc.,
                                              MARTIN REINBERG,
                                                   Vice- Consul- General.
                                 No. 347.
                       Mr. Rives to iIr. McGarr.
 No. 60.1                             DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                          Washington, October 24, 1888.
   SIR: I inclose herewith an instruction addressed to Mr. J. G. Walker,
 now at Quito on a special mission to the Government of Ecuador.
   The instruction relates to the law recently passed by the Ecuadorian
 Congress for the purpose of exempting the Government of the country
 from  diplomatic claims growing out of the acts and omissions of its
 authorities. It; at the time of the reception by you of this document,
 Mr. Walker is still at Quito, you will at once forward it to him, retain-
 ing a copy for your files.
   If not, you are instructed to retain the original and to execute its
 directions by writing to the Ecuadorian minister for foreign affairs the
 following note:
 I am instructed by my Government to inform you that it has had brought to
its at-
 tention a law recently passed by the Ecuadorian Congress in relation to
the respon-
 sibility of the Government of Ecuador for losses and injuries suffered by
foreigners in
 this country by reason of the acts and omissions of its authorities. In
this law it is
 declared that Ecuador is not responsible for losses and damages caused by
the enemy,
 either in a civil or international war, or by mobs, riots, or mutinies;
or for losses and
 damage caused by the Government in its military operations, or in the measures
 may adopt for the restoration of public order; that the country is not liable
for losses
or damages consequent upon measures adopted by the Government towards natives
or foreigners, involving their arrest, banishment, imprisonment, etc., whenever

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