BETWEEN THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN AND THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF HAWAI`I, CONCERNING THE EXCHANGE OF MONEY ORDERS.
The Government of the Republic of the United States of America and the Government of His Majesty the King of Hawaii, being desirous of facilitating the exchange of sums of money between the two countries by making use of postal money orders, the undersigned, W.Q. Gresham, Post Master General of the United States of america, in virtue of the powers vested in him by law, and H.A.P. Carter, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of His Majesty the King of Hawaii, in the name of his government, and by virtue of the powers which he has formally presented to this effect, have agreed upon the following Convention:
ARTICLE I. There shall be a regular exchange of money orders between the two countries.
ARTICLE II. The Hawaiian Post Office Department shall have power to fix the rates of commission on all money orders issued in the Kingdom of Hawaii, and the Post Office Department of the United States shall have the same power in regard to all money orders issued in the United States.
ARTICLE III. Each country shall keep the commission charged on all money orders within its jurisdiction, but shall pay to the other country three-fourths of one per cent on the amount of such orders.
ARTICLE IV. The service of the postal money order system between the two countries shall be performed exclusively by the agency of offices of exchange. On the part of the United States the office of exchange shall be San Francisco, California, and on the part of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Honolulu.
ARTICLE V. No money order shall be issued unless the applicant furnish the name and address of the person to whom the amount is to be paid, and his own name and address; or, the name of the firm, or company who are the remitters or payees, together with the addresses of each.
ARTICLE VI. The advices of all money orders issues upon the Hawaiian Kingdom by the post offices in the United States shall be sent to the office of exchange at San Francisco, where they shall be examined, and, if found correct, impressed with the dated stamp of that office, and transmitted, by the next direct mail, to the exchange office at Honolulu accompanied by a list, in duplicate, drawn upon the model of Form "A."
ARTICLE VII. The lists, dispatched from each office of exchange, shall be numbered consecutively, commencing with No. 1 at the beginning of the month of July in each year; and the entries in these lists shall also have consecutive numbers.
ARTICLE VIII. Duplicate orders shall only be issued by the Postal Administration of the country, on which the original orders were drawn, and in conformity with the regulations established, or, to be established in that country.
ARTICLE IX. The orders issued by each country on the other shall be subject, as regards payment, to the regulations which govern the payment of inland orders of the country, on which they were drawn.
ARTICLE X. Repayment of orders to remitters shall not be made until an authorization for such repayment shall first have been obtained by the country of issue from the country where such orders are payable; and the amounts of the repaid orders shall be duly credited to the former country in the quarterly account (ARTICLE XII)
ARTICLE XI. Orders which shall not have been paid within 12 calendar months from the month of issue, shall become void, and the sums received shall accrue to and be at the disposal of the country of origin.
ARTICLE XII. At the close of each quarter an account shall be prepared at the Hawaiian Post Office Department shown in detail the totals of the lists, containing the particulars of orders issued I either country during the quarter, and the balance resulting from such transactions.
ARTICLE XIII. In the exchange of money orders between the two countries, one dollar in Hawaiian money shall be taken as the equivalent of one dollar in the United States money. This standard in either country shall be gold value.
ARTICLE XIV. The United States Postal Administration undertakes to serve as intermediary for the exchange of postal orders from the Hawaiian Kingdom to be paid in any European country with which that Administration maintains an exchange of postal orders, and with which the Postal Administration of the Hawaiian Kingdom does not have such exchange, as well as for the exchange of orders from any such European country destined for payment in the Hawaiian Kingdom, provided the European country interested consent to an arrangement of this nature.
ARTICLE XV. The Postal Administration in each country shall be authorized to adopt any additional rules, (if not repugnant to the foregoing,) for the greater security against fraud, or, for the better working of the system generally.
ARTICLE XVI. This present Convention shall take effect on the first day of January, 1884, and shall continue in force until twelve months after either of the contracting parties shall have notified to the other its intention to terminate it.
ARTICLE XVII. The ratifications of the present Convention shall be changed prior to the first day of December, 1883.
In witness whereof, the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Convention and have affixed thereto their seals.
Executed in duplicate and signed at Washington, the eleventh day of September, 1883.
Postmaster General of the United States
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
of Hawaii to the United States.
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