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PART XX.-TRADE WITH HAWAII.
283. General provisions.
286. Fisheries. 284. Registry of vessels and coasting 287. Wharves; harbors; pilots. trade.
288. Seamen's laws. 285. Quarantine and public health.
283. General provisions. Apr. 30, 1900.
The Constitution, and, except as otherwise provided,
ing general appropriations, which are not locally inap-
The laws of Hawaii not inconsistent with the Constitu-
284. Registry of vessels and coasting trade.
day of August, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, and
285. Quarantine and public health.
Public Health Service of the United States shall direct, and the quarantine regulations for said islands relating to the importation of diseases from other countries shall be under the control of the Government of the United States. The quarantine station and grounds at the harbor of Honolulu, together with all the public property belonging to that service, shall be transferred to the Public Health Service of the United States, and said quarantine grounds shall continue to be so used and employed until the station is changed to other grounds which may be selected by order of the Secretary of the Treasury.
The health laws of the government of Hawaii relating to the harbor of Honolulu and other harbors and inlets from the sea and to the internal control of the health of the islands shall remain in the jurisdiction of the government of the Territory of Hawaii, subject to the quarantine laws and regulations of the United States. 286. Fisheries.
All laws of the Republic of Hawaii which confer exclu- Apr. 30, 1900. sive fishing rights upon any person or persons are hereby repealed, and all fisheries in the sea waters of the Territory of Hawaii not included in any fish pond or artificial inclosure shall be free to all citizens of the United States, subject, however, to vested rights; but no such vested right shall be valid after three years from the taking effect of this Act unless established as hereinafter provided.
Any person who claims a private right to any such Sec. 96. fishery shall, within two years after the taking effect of this Act, file his petition in a circuit court of the Territory of Hawaii, setting forth his claim to such fishing right, service of which petition shall be made upon the attorney-general, who shall conduct the case for the Territory, and such case shall be conducted as an ordinary action at law.
If such fishing right be established, the attorney-general of the Territory of Hawaii may proceed, in such manner as may be provided by law for the condemnation of property for public use, to condemn such private right of fishing to the use of citizens of the United States upon making just compensation, which compensation, when lawfully ascertained, shall be paid out of any money in the treasury of the Territory of Ilawaii not otherwise appropriated. 287. Wharves, harbors, pilots.
That there shall be a superintendent of public works, Apr 30, 1900. who shall have the powers and duties of the superintendent of public works and those of the powers and duties of the minister of the Interior which relate to * * * harbor improvements, wharves, landings,
explosives, eminent domain, public works,
* * buildings,
now under the control and management of the minister of the interior, and those of the powers and duties of the minister of finance and collectorgeneral which relate to pilots and harbor masters under the laws of Hawaii, except as changed by this Act and subject to modification by the legislature.
Until further provision is made by Congress the wharves and landings constructed or controlled by the Republic of Hawaii on any seacoast, bay, roadstead, or harbor shall remain under the control of the government of the Territory of Hawaii, which shall receive and enjoy all revenues derived therefrom, on condition that said property shall be kept in good condition for the use and convenience of commerce, but no tolls or charges shall be made by the government of the Territory of Hawaii for the use of any such property by the United States, or by any vessel of war, tug, revenue cutter, or other boat or transport in the service of the United States.
288. Seamen's laws. Apr. 30, 1900.
Provided, That no suit or proceedings shall be maintained for the specific performance of any contract heretofore or hereafter entered into for personal labor or service, nor shall any remedy exist or be enforced for breach of any such contract, except in a civil suit or proceeding instituted solely to recover damages for such breach: Provided further, That the provisions of this section shall not modify or change the laws of the United States applicable to merchant seamen.
PART XXI.-TRADE WITH PORTO RICO.
289. General provisions.
291. Quarantine and public health. 290. Registry of vessels and coasting 292. Harbors and navigable waters. trade.
293. Wharves and piers. 289. General provisions. The Secretary of the Treasury shall designate the sev- Apr. 12, 1900,
Sec. 4. eral ports and subports of entry in Porto Rico and shall make such rules and regulations and appoint such agents as may
be necessary to collect the duties and taxes authorized to be levied, collected, and paid in Porto Rico by the provisions of this Act, and he shall fix the compensation and provide for the payment thereof of all such officers, agents, and assistants as he may find it necessary to employ to carry out the provisions hereof: Provided, however, That as soon as a civil government for Porto Rico shall have been organized in accordance with the provisions of this Act and notice thereof shall have been given to the President he shall make proclamation thereof, and thereafter all collections of duties and taxes in Porto Rico under the provisions of this Act shall be paid into the treasury of Porto Rico, to be expended as required by law for the government and benefit thereof instead of being paid into the Treasury of the United States.
The laws and ordinances of Porto Rico now in force Sec. 8. shall continue in full force and effect, except as altered, amended, or modified hereinafter, or as altered or modified by military orders and decrees in force when this Act shall take effect, and so far as the same are not inconsistent or in conflict with the statutory laws of the United States not locally inapplicable, or the provisions hereof, until altered, amended, or repealed by the legislative authority hereinafter provided for Porto Rico or by Act of Congress of the United States:
The statutory laws of the United States not locally in- Sec. 14. applicable, except as hereinbefore or hereinafter otherwise provided, shall have the same force and effect in Porto Rico as in the United States, except the internalrevenue laws, which, in view of the provisions of section three, shall not have force and effect in Porto Rico.
Articles, goods, wares, or merchandise going into Porto Oct. 3, 1913. Rico from the United States shall be exempted from the Sec. IV, D. payment of any tax imposed by the internal-revenue laws of the United States. 290. Registry of vessels and coasting trade.
The Commissioner of Navigation shall make such regu- Apr. 12, 1900. lations, subject to the approval of the Secretary of Com- l'eb. 14, 1903 merce, as he may deem expedient for the nationaliza- Sec. 10. tion of all vessels owned by the inhabitants of Porto Rico
on the eleventh day of April, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, and which continued to be so owned up to the date of such nationalization, and for the admission of the same to all the benefits of the coasting trade of the United States; and the coasting trade between Porto Rico and the United States shall be regulated in accordance with the provisions of law applicable to such trade between any two great coasting districts of the United States. [See par. 182, p. 182.]
291. Quarantine and public health. Apr. 12, 1900. Quarantine stations shall be established at such places July 1, 1902, in Porto Rico as the Surgeon General of the Public
Health Service of the United States shall direct, and the quarantine regulations relating to the importation of diseases from other countries shall be under the control of the Government of the United States.
292. Harbors and navigable waters. Apr. 12, 1900. All property which may have been acquired in Porto
Rico by the United States under the cession of Spain in said treaty of peace in any public bridges, road houses, water powers, highways, unnavigable streams, and the beds thereof, subterranean waters, mines, or minerals under the surface of private lands, and all property which at the time of the cession belonged, under the laws of Spain then in force, to the various harbor-works boards of Porto Rico, and all the harbor shores, docks, slips, and reclaimed lands, but not including harbor areas or navigable waters, is hereby placed under the control of the Government established by this Act to be administered for the benefit of the people of Porto Rico; and the legislative assembly hereby created shall have authority, subject to the limitations imposed upon all its acts, to legislate with respect to all such matters as it may
deem advisable. July 1, 1902. The President be, and he is hereby, authorized to make,
within one year after the approval of this Act, such reservation of public lands and buildings belonging to the United States in the island of Porto Rico, for military, naval, light-house, marine-hospital, post-offices, customhouses, United States courts, and other public purposes, as he may deem necessary, and all the public lands and buildings, not including harbor areas and navigable streams and bodies of water and the submerged lands underlying the same, owned by the United States in said island and not so reserved be, and the same are hereby, granted to the government of Porto Rico, to be held or disposed of for the use and benefit of the people of said island: Provided, That said grant is upon the express condition that the government of Porto Rico, by proper authority, release to the United States any interest or claim it may have in or upon the lands or buildings reserved by the President under the provisions of this Act: And pro