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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Costa Rica,   pp. 455-471 PDF (9.0 MB)


Page 456


           456                FOREIGN RELATION8.
     have been laid before me in due time, so that all-evidence and arguments
necessary to
     a decision of the point or points in dispute are now before me as arbitrator
thereof3
       And whereas, by the final paragraph of the fifth article of the said
convention of
     arbitration of December 24, 1886, it is provided that the arbitrator
may delegate
     his powers, provided that he does not fail to intervene directly in
the pronunciaton
     of the final decision"
       Now, therefore, I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States
of America, in
     the capacity of arbitrator as aforesaid between the Governments of the
Republics of
     Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and to the end that the fullest examination
of the point
     or points in dispute between those Governments shall be made-to enable
me to reach
     a just and equitable conclusion in the premises and pronounce a final
decision or
     -award thereon, do by this present instrument delegate my powers to
George L. Rives,
     Assistant Secretary of State, to the extent contemplated and permitted
by the afore-
     said convention of arbitration, hereby enjoining the said George L.
Rives to use all
     due circumspection and diligence in examining the arguments and evidence
sub-
     mitted on both sides, and to make to me, as soon as may be, a report
thereon for my
     consideration and upon which my decision of the matter in contention
may rest.
     Given under my hand and the seal of the United States this 16th day
of January,
     in. the year of -our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight,
and ofthe in-
     dependence of the United States the one hundred and twelfth.
       [SEAL.]                                            GROVER CLEVELAND.
       By the President:
            T. F. BAYARD,
            Secretary of State.
                                     No. 313.
                Mr. Bayard to Setlor Don Pedro Perez Zeledon.
                                            DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                              Washington, March 22, 1888.
      SIR: I have the honor to inform you* that I have received from the
    President, in triplicate, his award and decision in regard to the validity
    ..of the treaty of, limits made between the republics of Costa Rica and
    -Nicaragua on April 15, 1858, and the other questions submitted in con-
    nection therewith to the President's arbitration.
       I am  directed by the President to deliver one original of this award
    to the representative of the Government of Costa Rica and one origi-
    nal thereof to the representative of the Government of Nicaragua, in
    compliance with the terms of the treaty signed at Guatemala on the
    24th of December, 1886.. The third original will be retained in the cus-
    tody of the Secretary of State of the United States.
      I have the honor therefore to name the Department of State, at 12
    So'clock noon of Saturday, the 24th instant, as the place and time to
so
    deliver the President's award and decision.
  °        I have, etc.
           Ihvec                                           T. F. BAYARD.
                                    No. 314.
    Award of the Arbitrator, the President of the United States, upon the
      validity of the Treaty of Limits of 1858 between Nicaragua and Costa
 .    Rica.
    Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, to whom it shall
                               concern, greeting:
 .    The functions of arbitrator having been conferred upon the President
:   of the United States by virtue of a treaty signed at the City of Guate-
              *A similar note was addressed to the minister of Nicaragua.


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