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8. Law relative to occupational training schools
The law of July 30, 1919, relative to manual training schools
empowers the Secretary of State for Public Instruction, in accord-
ance with appropriations, to organize in the primary schools already
existing courses in manual trades.
Those two laws are purely technical in their character and have
no connection whatever with the convention of September 1915, as
a perusal of those laws, copies of which are hereto appended, will
clearly show.
The American Minister nevertheless hampered the creation of
some of those classes and sections although the appropriations there-
for had been made in full accord with the Financial Adviser who
had recognized their urgent necessity. Those laws have since been
communicated to the American Minister, who has never answered
the communication.
9. Law relative to steam railways and street railways
What has been said about the. law on mines also applies to that
on railways. Yet, although that last-named law is not included in
the category of those referred to in the note of August 24, 1918, it
was sent to the Department, of Foreign Affairs to be communicated
to the American Legation by way of simple information. The Lega-
tion, which received it in October 1918, held it until August 1919
without comment. It might be inferred from that silence and on
good grounds that it had no objections to make.
10. Law relative to flrearmns and ammunition
In 1919, General Williams, then Chief of the Gendarmerie recom-
mended to the Government a law relative to firearms and ammuni-
tion. After several exchanges of views with the Chief of the
Gendarmerie, the bill was introduced in the Council of State and
passed. The Government thought that the Chief of the Gendarmerie
had communicated a draft of the bill to the Minister. But it learned
otherwise only when the American Minister protested against the
law and asked to have it amended. The amendments, introduced in
the Council of State were partly accepted and partly rejected. The
American Minister again protested against the promulgation and
the publication of the, law. Therefore this law can only be repealed
after having been promulgated and published.
11. Law relative to survey
The bill relative to survey was introduced in the Council of State
in May 1919 and passed on June 16, 1920.
It may be remarked that this law, which is of a purely technical
character, goes no further than adding a few provisions which
experience showed to be necessary to the old law of September 1,
1845, particularly in respect to: (1) the number of surveyors and
the conditions for their examination, (2) their residence, (3). the
fee to be collected. As for the method of operations of the survey-
ors, it remains with few differences what it was at the time of the
law of 1845. A few sanctions were added which were lacking in the
earlier texts.
This law cannot be included among those which, under the agree-
ment of August 24, 1918, must be communicated.

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