The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2 Page: 657
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In case one of the contracting parties should be at war with
another power, and her ships at sea should be compelled to exercise
the right of search, it is agreed that if they meet a vessel belonging
to the other, then neutral, party, they shall send their
boat on board said vessel with two persons charged to enter on an
examination of the nationality and cargo of said vessel. The commanders
shall be responsible for all vexations, acts of violence,
which they may either commit or tolerate on such occasion. The
search shall not be permitted but on board vessels which navigate
without convoy. It will be sufficient when they are convoyed, that
the commander of the convoy declares verbally, and on his word
.of honor, that the vessels placed under his protection, and under
his convoy, belong to the state under whose flag he sails, and that
he declares, when the vessels shall be destined to an enemy's port,
that'they have no goods on board, contraband of war.
In case one of the two countries should be at war with a third
power, the citizens of the other country, shall have a right to continue
their commerce and their navigation with the same power,
with the exception of the towns or ports, before which there shall
be established an actual and effective blockade. It is fully understood,
that this liberty of commerce and navigation, shall not extend
to articles reputed contraband of war, such as cannon and firearms,
swords, pikes, projectiles, powder, saltpetre, objects of military
equipment, and all instruments whatever manufactured for the
purposes of war. In no case a trading vessel belonging to citizens
of either of the two countries, which shall have sailed for a port
blockaded by the other state, shall be seized, captured, or condemned,
unless the commander has previously been notified of the existence
of the blockade, by some vessel making a part of the squadron
or division forming the blockade; and in order that no vessel
may allege ignorance of the facts, and really be liable to capture,
'on her re-appearance before the same port whilst the blockade is
enforced, the commander of the ships of war who shall first meet
her, must endorse on her papers his visa, indicating the date, the
place, or latitude, or longitude, where he has visited the vessel and
given the notification in question, which shall contain, besides,
all the other indications required for the visa.
The vessels of one of the two countries, forced into one of the
ports of the other by distress, shall be exempt from all duties
either upon the ship or cargo, if they enter into no commercial
42-VOL. II. (657)
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6726/m1/661/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .