Marshall Islands History Sources No. 10
The Jaluit-Gesellschaft is granted the following exclusive rights and privileges within the domain of the aforesaid Protectorate:
|a)||the right to take possession of ownerless land,|
|b)||the right to engage in fishing for pearl shell, insofar as this is not carried on by the natives in accordance with tradition,|
|c)||the right to mine guano deposits, without prejudice to the duly acquired rights of third parties.|
The Imperial Commissioner will appoint the requisite officials for the local administration of the Protectorate as proposed by the agents of the Company in Jaluit, subject to the assent of the German Chancellor.
A budget for the administration of the Protectorate will be drawn up annually, to be agreed upon between the Foreign Office and the Jaluit-Gesellschaft.
Pending further agreement, the budget for the preceding year will apply.
The Jaluit-Gesellschaft undertakes to meet the costs arising from the administration. It is consequently liable to:
|a)||pay to the Foreign Office, in quarterly instalments as from 1 April 1888, the sum of M23,460.00 (twenty-three thousand four hundred and sixty marks) for the remuneration of the two Government officials named in Section 2 plus retirement and widows' pension contributions;|
|b)||upon presentation of the balance-sheet, to reimburse the Foreign Office annually for any deficit due to an excess of local expenditure as provided for in the budget (Section 1) over local revenue, any surplus being credited to the Company;|
|c)||to provide free accommodation for all officials in quarters provided by the Company as specified in Appendix B; to maintain and replace the same as required, and also to make available suitable office accommodation.|
|d)||to equip the residence of the Imperial Commissioner and the Secretary, as also the office, with appropriate furniture and furnishings, as. specified in Appendix B.|
|e)||to provide free passage and board within the Protectorate at all times to the Government officials named in Section 2 on board all ships belonging to the Company.|
Laws and Ordinances affecting the administration of the Protectorate are to be introduced only after a hearing before the Jaluit-Gesellschaft.
In the promulgation of local administrative regulations, the Imperial Commissioner will, as far as possible, act in agreement with the agents of the Jaluit-Gesellschaft.
Jaluit will be proclaimed the exclusive port of entry and departure for the whole Protectorate.
Voluntary liquidation of the Company may take place only after previous notice of severance of this agreement. Any amalgamation of the Company with another company requires the approval of the Foreign Office.
The Company has the right to give notice of severance of this agreement after the expiry of two years. If the Company avails itself of this right, the agreement will lapse after the expiry of one year from the date of such notice. The Foreign Office has the right to give notice if the severance of the agreement is necessary for political reasons or if the Company fails to fulfil its obligations under this agreement.
Pleasant (Navoda) Island will be subject to the terms of this agreement as soon as the same is placed under the protection of the Reich. This agreement has been executed in duplicate and signed by both parties.
Berlin, on the twenty-first day of January, eighteen hundred and eighty-eight.
The Jaluit Gesellschaft
for the Board of Directors
A. Weber       Hernsheim
The Secretary of State
The German Foreign Office
Count von Bismarck
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