Mr. Bartleman to Mr. Gresham.

No. 156.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith, in copy and translation, an additional decree (first transmitted with No. 58, of July 10, 1893),1 with reference to the navigation of the Orinoco River and its channels.

I have, etc.,

R. M. Bartleman.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 156.—Translation—Official Gazette.]

Additional decree regulating the navigation of the Orinoco and its channels.

Joaquin Crespo, constitutional President of the United States of Venezuela, considering:

That the executive decree of the 1st of July, 1893, with reference to the navigation of the Orinoco and its channels, has had impediments in its execution by not having established in it the lines that are to be incurred by the infractors. Considering:

That by No. 9, Article 13 of the constitution, it is reserved to the general power all legislative jurisdiction concerning the marine navigation, coast and rivers; and considering:

That by Article i, law 6 of the Código de Hacienda, the President of the Republic has the supreme direction and administration of the national finances, with power to regulate the laws of the same in order to secure its most complete execution.


  • Art. 1. The captain of the vessel that shall violate the regulations established in Article I of the decree of July 1, 1893, shall incur a fine of 5,000 bolivars, payable into the custom-house at Ciudad Bolivar, and for which the vessel and gear is to be held responsible.
  • Art. 2. A repetition of the act stated in the previous article will bring the vessel incurring it within the provisions of article 63 of the law 20 of the Código de Hacienda.
  • Art. 3. The ministers of interior and finance are charged with the execution of this decree, and shall give note of it to the congress at its next reunion.

Joaquin Crespo.

Countersigned, the minister of interior,
Jose R. Nuñez.

Countersigned, the minister of finance,
Fabricio Condo.