864 TREATY WITH GREAT BRITAIN. MAY 8, 1871. by her Majesty’s government for the escape, under whatever circumstances, of the Alabama and other vessels from British ports, and for the depredations committed by those vessels: Now, in order to remove and adjust all complaints and claims on the part of the United States, and to provide for the speedy settlement of such claims, which are not admitted by her Britannie Majesty’s government, Arbiu-stars, the high contracting parties agree that all the said claims, growing out ggglggw t° be of acts committed by the aforesaid vessels, and generically known as the t “Alabama claims," shall be referred to a. tribunal of arbitration to be composed of five arbitrators, to be appointed in the following manner, that is to say: One shall be named by the President of the United States; one shall be named by her Britannic Majesty; his Majesty the King of Italy shall be requested to name one; the President of the Swiss Confederation shall be requested to name one; and his Majesty the Emperor of Brazil shall be requested to name one. Vacancies how In case of the death, absence, or incapacity to serve of any or either of m1°d• the said arbitrators, or, in the event of either of the said arbitrators emitting or declining or ceasing to act as such, the President of the United States, or her Britannic Majesty, or his Majesty the King of Italy, or the President of the Swiss Confederation, or his Majesty the Emperor of Brazil, as the case may be, may forthwith name another person to act as arbitrator in the place and stead of the arbitrator originally named by such head of a state. And in the event of the refusal or omission for two months after receipt of the request from either of the high contracting parties of his Majesty the King of Italy, or the President of the Swiss Confederation, or his Majesty the Emperor of Brazil, to name an arbitrator either to fill the original appointment or in the place of one who may have died, be absent, or incapacitated, or who may omit, decline, or from any cause cease to act as such arbitrator, his Majesty the King of Sweden and Norway shall be requested to name one or more persons, as the case may be, to act as such arbitrator or arbitrators. Amrorn II. A,b,,m0,.w, The arbitrators shall meet at Geneva, in Switzerland, at the earliest meet when and convenient day after they shall have been named, and shall proceed im- “'h‘”?i partially and carefully to examine and decide all questions that shall be the" p°w°"l laid before them on the part of the governments of the United States and ,, mgjgyity to her Britannic Majesty respectively. All questions considered by the decide tribunal, including the final award, shall be decided by a majority of all the arbitrators. Agent of each Each of the high contracting parties shall also name one person to Pm}'- attend the tribunal as its agent to represent it generally in all matters connected with the arbitration. Anrronn III. 0,,5,, 0; each The written or printed case of each of the two parties, accompanied by party, fiw-, when the documents, the official correspondence, and other evidence on which ggxrglgfg t° each relies, shall be delivered in duplicate to each of the arbitrators and to the agent of the other party as soon as may be after the organization of the tribunal, but within a period not exceeding six months from the date of the exchange of the ratiiications of this treaty. Anrrcnn IV. ` Comm mm, Within four months after the delivery on both sides of the written or 8*- printed case, either party may, in like manner, deliver in duplicate to each
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