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The SECRETARY read the same as above printed.
Mr. Alfonso. I desire simply to ask the Chair whether what has just been read is all that is to be adopted upon this subject, or whether it is intended to proceed as in other cases of reports consisting of more than one article, which were discussed and voted on article by article. I believe the present report contains fifteen articles, each embodying a distinct provision.
The First VICE-PRESIDENT. The Chair proposed to take first a vote upon the report as a whole, in the form presented by the chairman of the committee, because the Chair is not authorized to change that form; but after that there will be no difficulty in discussing and voting on article by article, as has been done in the case of other reports.
Mr. ALFONSO. Then I have no objection to interpose.
The PRESIDENT. The Secretary will read the report as presented by the committee.
(The Secretary reads.)
VOTE. The vote being taken, resulted in the approval of the report as a whole, by 16 affirmative votes, as follows:
The PRESIDENT. The resolution presented by the committee has been unanimously adopted.
COMMUNICATION ON THE PACIFIC.
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATION ON
THE PACIFIC OCEAN.
[As submitted to the Conference March 14, 1890.]
The Committee on Communication on the Pacific has the honor to propose that it be recommended to the Governments represented in the Conference whose territories bor. der on the Pacific Ocean, with reference to transportation companies :
First. That the nations lying along the western coast of the American continent, and represented in this Conference, agree to subsidize one or more lines of steam-ships of the first-class, which shall make regular voyages between the port of San Francisco, in the State of California, United States of America, and that of Valparaiso, in the Republic of Chili, and the intermediate ports. Said vessels shall make bi-monthly round trips, at least, to each port; shall be of not less than 4,000 tons capacity, with triple expansion engines of not less than 3,500 indicated horsepower, and a minimum speed of 15 knots an hour. The vessels so employed shall be suitably constructed for the transportation of passengers as well as freight, and firstclass in every respect, with all modern improvements.
Second. That the companies or individuals owning said vessels shall transport both passengers and freight thereon between all the ports of said coast which can be safely visited; and that they shall not enter directly or indirectly into any arrangement or combination with any other company or individual to increase the rate of passage or freight by sea or land, and no preference shall be given one ship over another.
Third. That the nations named shall pay annually, directly to the company, companies, or individual owners of said lines, as a compensation for the services rendered them and in the terms and under the conditions established, a subsidy, the total amount of which shall not exceed thirty cents per gross registered ton of said vessels, for each 1,000 miles sailed, outward and homeward.
Fourth. That the subsidy provided for in the preceding article shall be distributed among the subscribing nations in proportion to their population, as determined by their last census, and in default of such data, by the most reliable official sources. As an approximate proportion the following figures are indicated :
65,000,000 12,000,000 1, 300,000
750,000 500,000 250,000 500,000 4,000,000 1,000,000 3,000,000 2,500,000 3,000,000
Fifth. That the bids shall be presented in Washington, before the Federal Government of the United States; and the proposals therefor shall be published in not less than three daily newspapers among those having the largest circulation, and also in each of the countries contributing to said subsidy. The advertisement shall describe the service required; the frequency of the proposed voyages; the dimensions, speed, and conditions of said vessels, and such other details as the subscribing nations may deem proper to enumerate. The period of one hundred and
enty days shall be allowed for the presentation of bids, and the same shall be opened in the presence of the representatives of said nations, authorized to this effect; the
bidders shall conform to the rules prescribed by said representatives, who shall have the right to accept or reject the bids which may be offered.
Sixth. That the vessels of the subsidized line or lines shall register in the merchant marine of the countries referred to in these recommendations, whenever the Government interested shall require it, in proportion to the quota of subsidy paid by each.
Seventh. That in the event of war between one or more of the countries subscribing to the subsidy with any of the nations represented in the Conference, the vessels of said line registered in such merchant marine shall register under the remaining countries, in the proportion indicated, until a state of peace shall be established.
Eighth. That whatever be the flag of the subsidized vessels they shall enjoy in the ports of the contracting Governments, in all that pertains to international commerce, the rights and privileges of national vessels, including the coasting trade in those countries in which it is or may hereafter be declared free.
Ninth. That this convention shall last ten years, at the expiration of which it shall be considered extended ten years, provided that twelve months before the expiration of said period formal notification of its dissolution shall not have been given. Such dissolution may be partial; and in such event the nation or nations separating shall be exempt from the payment of said subsidy.
J. M. P. CAAMAÑO.
The Committee on Communication on the Pacific has the honor to propose that it be recommended to the Governments represented in the Conference and whose countries
border on the Pacific Ocean, with respect to telegraphic communication:
First. That Government aid be given to the company which shall connect the principal ports of the nations bordering on the Pacific by means of a submarine telegraphic cable, whose termini shall be, for the present, the port of San Francisco, in the United States of America, and that of Valparaiso, in Chili; taking as a basis, for the purpose of determining the total amount of aid, that the cost of transmission for each word shall be less than the minimum amount now charged by the existing companies, at whatever distance the city or locality to which the cablegram is addressed may be situated.
Second. That the total amount of aid agreed upon shall be paid by the Governments interested, in the proportion established for the payment of the aid to the steam-ship transportation companies; proceeding, with respect to the presentation and acceptance of bids, in accordance with the fifth article of its report on Communication on the Pacific.
J. M. P. CAAMAÑO.
The Committee on Communication on the Pacific has the honor to propose that it be recommended to the Governments represented in the Conference, and whose countries border on the Pacific Ocean, with respect to postal communication:
That the Governments with which this committee is concerned, and all of which have accepted the convention entered into in Paris on the 1st of January, 1878, for a “Universal Postal Union," adopt the conventions as to postal drafts and as to the exchange of postal money-orders, respectively entered into, at the said city of Paris, on the