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United States Department of State / The executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the fiftieth Congress. 1887-'88
(1887-1888)

France,   pp. 271-368 PDF (45.1 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS.
                                  ARTICLE S.
  The Kings cannot form any alliance or make any treaty with foreign powers,
this
right remaining vested in His Majestythe Emperor of the French or in agents
whom
Ve9shall be pleased to designate. Consequently, no nation will have the right
to
found:establishments of any kind in the country withoult having previously
obtained
permission of the French Government.
  In case the captain of a man-of-war or of a foreign merchantman should
take steps
towards obtaining from the Kings any concession for himself or his countrymen,
the
present treaty shall be communicated to him that he may know of the engagements
made with F rance.
                                  ARTICLE 4.
  Peaceable frequenting of the whole country subject to the authority of
the afore-
said Kings and the free navi gation of all the water-courses traversing it,
are secured
to the French, as well the free trade in all the products of the country
itself as of
those which are imported into it from the interior.
  The Kings and all the people they govern, bind themselves in fact to act
in good
faith in regard to the French, to cause them to be respected in their person
and their
property or merchandise in all parts of the territory they shall be pleased
to visit.
  French merchantmen shall be equally respected and protected, if necessary.
  If one of them is shipwrecked, a donation not to exceed a third of the
objects saved
shall be given to the natives who shall assist in the salvage.
                                  ARTICLE 5.
  If any difficulty arises betwe en the traders and the natives, it shall
be decided by
  the- commander of the first French war vessel coming to the country,-and
prompt jus.
  tice will be meted to the offenders, whoever they may be, Europeans or
natives.
                                  ARTICLE 6.
  In exchange for these concessions the protection of French men-of-war will
be ac-
  corded to the Kings and their subjects against any aggression from anyNnationwhat
  ever.
  As evidence of thisprotection and proof of the subjection of the Kingsto
His Majesty
  the Emperor of the French and their faithfulness in observing the clauses
of the pres-
  ent treaty, the Kings should raise the French flag every time a vessel
of war or a
  merchantman, of whatever nation, shall come to anchor, sa that the French
authority
  shall become established in the country.
                                  ARTICLE 7.7
  The present treaty shall take effect dating from this very day, as to the
stipulated
  dominions, or else the signatory powers expose their country to all the
rigors of war
  made upon them by the French war vessels as a consequence of their bad
faith.
  Besides, it will not be binding upon the French until after the ratification
by His
  Majesty the Emperor of the French, their sovereign.
  Done in triplicate, of which one has been left in the hands of eachK-ing
after its
  having been read to him and giving him a translationt on board the steam
advice
  boat the Renaudin, at anchor in Little B6riby, the 4th February, 1868.
  The Kings of Little Bdriby, of Bassa, and of Grand Bdriby, not knowing
how to
  sign, have authorized William Moosis Owa, nephew of the King of Little
B6riby, and
  acting as interpreter, to sign in their name.
                                                            CRE sPIN (E.),
                                       Lieutenant, Commanding the 8hip enaudin.
   Witnesses:
       PETOu, Second BEnsign of the R enaudin.
       GUiSOLPHE, Ensign of the vessel the Benaudin.
                                                      WILLIAM MOOSlS OWA.
                                    No. 225.
                         Mr. MeLano to Mr. Bayard.
 No. 305.]                    LEGAT'ION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                    Paris, November 5, 1886.     (Received November 17.)
   Sip: Referring to my dispatch No. 220, of May 20, 1880, and that oi
 M r. Vignaud, No. 225, of May 27, 1886, 1have the honor to call your at-
 tention to the fact that I have not received your approval of the pro.


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