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individuals on the date of the exchange of ratifications are reserved
and do not pass by this cession; and where the Danish Government
at that date holds property taken over by the Danish Treasury for
sums due by private mdividuals, such property shall not pass by this
cession, but the Danish Government shall sell or dispose of such
property and remove its proceeds within two years from the date of
the exchange of ratifications of this convention; the United States
Government being entitled to sell by public auction, to the credit of
the Danish Government, any portion of such property remaining
unsold at the expiration of the said term of two years.

6) The Colonial Treasuries shall continue to pay the yearly allow-
ances now^ given to heretofore retired functionaries appointed in the
islands but holding no Royal Commissions, unless such allowances
may have until now been paid in Denmark.

Article 4.

The Danish Government shall appomt with convenient despatch
an agent or agents for the purpose of formally delivering to a similar
agent or agents appomted on behalf of the United States, the terri-
tory, dominion, property, and appurtenances which are ceded hereby,
and for doing any other act which may be necessary in regard thereto.
Formal delivery of the territory and property ceded shall be made
immediately after the payment by the United States of the sum of
money stipulated in this convention; but the cession with the right
of immediate possession is nevertheless to be deemed complete on
the exchange of ratifications of this convention without such formal
dehvery. Any Danish mihtary or naval forces which may be in the
islands ceded shall be withdrawn as soon as may be practicable after
the formal delivery, it being however understood that if the persons
constituting these forces, after having terminated their Danish serv-
ice, do not wish to leave the Islands, they shall be allowed to remain
there as civilians.

Article 5.

In full consideration of the cession made by this convention, the
United States agrees to pay, within ninety days from the date of the
exchange of the ratifications of this convention, m the City of Wash-
ington to the diplomatic representative or other agent of His Majesty
the King of Denmark duly authorized to receive the money, the sun?
of twenty-five million dollars in gold coin of the United States.

Article 6.

Danish citizens residing in said islands may remain therein or may
remove therefrom at will, retaining in either event all their rights of
property, includmg the right to sell or dispose of such property or its
proceeds; in case they remain in the Islands, they shall continue until
othenvise provided, to enjoy all the private, municipal and religious
fights and liberties secured to them by the laws now in force. If



14 CESSIOX OF THE DANISH WEST INDIES.

the present laws are altered the said inhabitants shall not thereby be
placed in a less favorable position in respect to the above-mentioned
rights and liberties than they now enjoy. Those who remain in the
islands may preserve their citizenship in Denmark by making before
a court of record, within one year from the date of the exchange of
ratifications of this convention, a declaration of theu' decision to
preserve such citizenship; in default of which declaration they shall
be held to have renounced it, and to have accepted citizensliip in the
United States : for children under eighteen years the said declaration
may be made by their parents or guardians. Such election of Danish
citizenship shall however not, after the lapse of the said term of one year,
be a bar to their renunciation of their preserved Danish citizenship and
their election of citizenship in the United States and admission to the
nationahty thereof on the same terms as may be provided according
to the laws of the United States, for other inhabitants of the islands.

The civil rights and the pohtical status of the inhabitants of the
islands shall be determined by the Congress, subject to the stipula-
tions contained in the present convention.

Danish citizens not residing m the islands but owning property
therein at the time of the cession shall retain their rights of property,
iiicludmg the right to sell or dispose of such property, being placed
in this regard on the same basis as the Danish citizens residing in the
islands and remaining therein or removing therefrom, to whom the
first paragraph of this article relates.

Article 7.

Danish subjects residing in the Islands shall be subject in matters
civil as well as criminal to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Islands,

Eursuant to the ordinarv laws governing the same, and they shall
ave the right to appear before such courts, and to pursue the same
course therein as citizens of the country to which the courts belong.

Article 8.

Judicial proceedings pending at the time of the formal dehvery in
the islands ceded shall be determined according to the following niles :

(1) Judgments rendered either in civil suits between private indi-
viduals, or in criminal matters, before the date mentioned, and with
respect to which there is no recourse or right to review under Danish
law, shah be deemed to be final, and shall be executed in due form and
without any renewed trial whatsoever, by the competent authority
in the territories within which such judgments are to be carried out.

If in a criminal case a mode of punishment has been apphed which,
according to new rules, is no longer apphcable on the islands ceded
after dehvery, the nearest corresponding punishment in the new rules
shall be applied.

(2) Civil suits or criminal actions pending before the first courts,
in which the pleadings have not been closed at the same time, shall
be confirmed before the tribunals estabhshed in the ceded islands
after the dehvery, in accordance with the law which shall thereafter
be in force.

(3) Civil suits and criminal actions pending at the said time before
the Superior Court or the Supreme Court in Denmark shall continue



CESSION OF THE DANISH WEST INDIES. 15

to be prosecuted before the Danish courts until final judgment accord-
ing to the law liitherto in force. The judgment shall be executed in
due form by the competent authority in the territories within which
such judgment should be carried out.

Article 9.

The rights of property secured by copyrights and patents acquhed
by Danish subjects m the islands ceded at the time of exchange of
the ratifications of this treaty shall continue to be respected.

Article 10.

Treaties, conventions, and all other international agreements of
any nature existing between Denmark and the United States shall
eo ipso extend, in default of a provision to the contrary, also to the
ceded islands.

Article 11.

In case of differences of opinion arismg between the High Contract-
ing Parties m regard to the interpretation or application of this con-
vention, such differences, if they can not be regulated through diplo-
matic negotiations, shall be submitted for arbitration to the perma-
nent Court of Arbitration at The Hague.

Article 12.

The ratifications of this convention shall be exchanged at Wash-
ington as soon as possible after ratification by both of the High
Contracting Parties accordmg to their respective procedure.

In faith whereof the respective plenipotentiaries have signed and
sealed this convention in the English and Danish languages.

Done at New York this fourth day of August, one thousand nine
hundred and sixteen.

(seal) Robert Lansing.

(seal) C. Brun.

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