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Great Britain,   pp. 685-828 PDF (61.2 MB)

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                              GREAT BRITAIN.                            
  "(2) The high contracting parties undertake to adopt, or to propose
to their re-
spective legislatures, a system of taxation of the quantities of sugar produced,
ready for consumption, as the only plan which permits of the suppression
of the pre-
miums in question, and to submit to the same arrangement the factories of
and factories for the extraction of sugar from molasses.
  "(3) Belgium not being under the same conditions with regard to the
of the system of taxing the quantities of sugar produced, the system at present
force in that Kingdom may be maintained with the following modifications:
The as-
sessment of the tax shall be reduced from 45 francs to 25 francs, from the
time the
present convention shall be put in force. The capacities of the compounding
shall be increased from 1,500 to 1,700 grams.
  "ha(4) States or colonies and foreign possessions of the high contracting
who, though not adopting the system mentioned in Article II, do not levy
taxes on
sugars, or who agree not to allow upon raw or refined sugars which are being
ported any drawback, re-imbursement, or reduction of charge of dues or quantities,
shall also be admitted to the convention.
  ",(5) In case a State which does not levy duties on sugar shall impose
them, this
State must levy those duties upon the quantities of sugar produced and intended
consumption, or at least must not give any drawback, re-imbursement, or discharge
of duties or quantities.
   "(6) The high contracting parties shall communicate the laws which
may have
 been already adopted, or which are about to be enacted, in their respective
 with reference to the object of the present convention.
   "(7) States which have not taken part in the present convention are
admitted to
adhere to it on their demand. This adhesion shall be notified in diplomatic
to the Government of Her Britannic Majesty, and by them to other contracting
  r"(8) The stipulations of the present convention shall be applicable
to the colonies
  and possessions of her Britannic Majesty, with the exception of those here
  that is to say, the East Indies, Canada, Newfoundland, the Cape, Natal,
ew South
  Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia,
and New
  "In any case the stipulations of the present convention shall be applicable
to any
  of the colonies above indicated from the time when the British Government
  notify the adhesion of that colony or possession to the other contracting
  Each of the colonies or possessions above named which may have adhered
to the
  present convention preserves the power of retiring in the same manner as
the con-
  tracting powers. In case one of the colonies or possessions alluded to
should desire
  to withdraw from the convention, a notification to this effect shall be
given by the
  British Government to the other contracting parties.
  "(9) The present convention shall be put in force from  . It shall
remain in
  force for ten years from that day, and in case none of the high contracting
  shall have notified twelve months before the expiration of the said period
of ten
  years its intention to put an end to it, it shall continue in force for
a year, and thus
  from year to year. In case one of the signatory powers shall denounce the
  tion, this denunciation shall have no effect save with respect to that
  "(10) The present convention.shall be ratified, and the ratifications
shall be ex-
  changed in London within - months or sooner, if possible."
                                    No. 504.
                          Mr. Bayard to Mr. Phelps.
                                         DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                             Washington, January 31, 1888.
        Minister, London:
   It is reported by the United States consul-general at Halifax that two
 American fishing vessels have put into that port for repairs, with car-
 goes of fresh fish on board, and that the Canadian authorities have
 forbidden the sale of the fish as being in violation of treaty and British
 statutes. A persistent refnsal will necessitate throwing the fish over-

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