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the following shall have access to the halls of its sessions, to wit: The President, the Delegates and their secretaries, and the secretaries, interpreters, and stenographers of the Conference. The President or other presiding officer will, moreover, take such measures as may be necessary for effectually securing the prescribed privacy.

ARTICLE XXI.

To amend or repeal any of the foregoing rules a twothirds vote of the delegations present at the session in which the amendments shall have been offered, shall be required.

NAMES AND DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES.

[Adopted December 7, 1889.]

1.- Executive Committee.

An Executive Committee, composed of the President, the Vice-Presidents, and three Delegates, to direct and supervise the labors of the Secretaries, and also to direct and supervise the editing and printing of the journals and verbatim reports of the Conference.

II.-Committee on Customs Union.

A committee of five Delegates, to report upon the practicability and advisability of an American Customs Union, and to formulate the basis for the establishment of such an Union, if any may be proposed.

III.Committee on Communication on the Atlantic. A committee of five, to consider and report upon the best means of extending and improving the facilities for transportation and postal and telegraph communication between the several countries represented in this Conference that border on the Atlantic Ocean.

IV.-Committee on Communication on the Pacific. A committee of five, to consider and report upon the best means of extending and improving the facilities for transportation and postal and telegraphic communication between the several countries represented in this conference that border upon the Pacific Ocean.

V.-Committee on Communication on the Gulf of Mexico

and the Caribbean Sea.

A committee of five, to consider and report upon the best means of extending and improving the facilities for transportation and postal and telegraphic communication between the several countries represented in this Conference that border upon the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

VI.-Committee on Railway Communication.

A committee of seventeen, to consider and report upon the subject of railway, postal, and telegraphic communication between the several countries represented in this Conference.

VII.-Committee on Customs Regulations.

A committee of five, to consider and report upon the best methods of simplifying the port and customs regulations in the several ports of the countries represented in this Conference.

(a) Formalities to be observed in the importation and exportation of merchandise.

(6) The classification, examination, and valuation of merchandise.

(c) Methods of imposing and collecting fines and penalties for the violation of customs and harbor regulations.

VIII.-Committee on Port Dues.

A committee of five, to consider and report upon the best methods of securing uniformity in respect of consular, port, light-house, pilot, and other harbor dues.

IX.-Committee on Weights and Measures. A committee of three, to consider the adoption of a uniform system of weights and measures by the countries represented in this Conference.

X.-Committee on Sanitary Regulations.

A committee of seven, to considerand report upon the best methods of establishing and maintaining sanitary regulations in commerce between the several countries represented in this Conference.

XI.-Committee on Patents and Trade-marks.

A committee of three, to consider and report upon the best methods of protecting patent, publication, and trade-mark rights in commerce between the countries represented in this Conference.

XII.-Committee on Eartradition.

A committee of three, to consider and report upon the establishment of a general convention between the countries represented in this Conference for the extradition of criminals.

XIII.-Committee on Monetary Convention.

A committee of seven, to consider all questions relating to the adoption of a common silver coin to be issued by each Government, the same to be a legal tender in all commercial transactions between the citizens of all the American States; to report the basis of a monetary convention between the countries represented in this Conference.

XIV.-Committee on Banking.

A committee of five, to consider and report upon the methods of improving and extending the banking facilities and credit system between the several countries represented in this Conference.

XV.-Committee on International Law.

A committee of five, to report uniform rules of private international law in civil and commercial matters and the legalization of documents.

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