Life of Maximilian i., late emperor of Mexico, with a sketch of the empress Carlota

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Page 252 - By the grace of God and the national will, Emperor of the French...
Page 229 - But the general usage of nations regards such a war as entitling both the contending parties to all the rights of war as against each other, and even as respects neutral nations (6).
Page 224 - International law, as understood among civilized nations, may be defined as consisting of those rules of conduct which reason deduces as consonant to justice from the nature of the society existing among independent nations.
Page 294 - ... country, I shall lose my life with pleasure if its sacrifice can contribute to the peace and prosperity of my new country. Fully persuaded that nothing solid can be founded on a soil drenched in blood and agitated by violent commotions, I conjure you, in the most solemn manner and with the true sincerity of the moments in which I find myself, that my blood may be the last to be spilt ; that the same perseverance, which I was pleased to recognize and esteem in the midst of prosperity — that...
Page 228 - Until the revolution is consummated, whilst the civil war civil war. involving a contest for the government continues, other States may remain indifferent spectators of the controversy, still continuing to treat the ancient government as sovereign, and the government de facto as a society entitled to the rights of war against its enemy ; or may espouse the cause of the party which they believe to have justice on its side.
Page 228 - ... any right to complain, provided it maintains an impartial neutrality. In the latter it becomes, of course, the enemy of the party against whom it declares itself, and the ally of the other ; and as the positive law of nations makes no distinction, in this respect, between a just and unjust war, the intervening State becomes entitled to all the rights of war against the opposite party.
Page 258 - The government of the United States has sincerely sympathized with the republic of Mexico, and feels a deep interest in its success ; but I have to express the belief that a repetition of the reported severities referred to would shock its sensibilities and check the current of its sympathies. It is believed that such acts to prisoners of war...
Page 225 - ... are taken in arms, or compelling them to give security that they will not bear arms against the victor for a limited period, or during the continuance of the war. The killing of prisoners can only be justifiable in those extreme cases where resistance on their part, or on the part of others who come to their rescue, renders it impossible to keep them. Both reason and general opinion concur in showing, that nothing but the strongest necessity will justify such an act.
Page 107 - Your noble nation, by a universal vote, has elected me hencefoith the guardian of your destinies. I gladly obey your will. Painful as it has been for me to bid farewell forever to my own, my native country, I have done so, being convinced that the Almighty has pointed out to me, through you, the great and noble duty of devoting all my might and heart to the care of a people who, at last tired of war and disastrous contests, sincerely wish for peace and prosperity — a people who, having gloriously...
Page 258 - Mexico as may be the residence of President Juarez ; or, in your discretion, you will proceed to any other place in Mexico not held or occupied at the time of your arrival by enemies of the republic of Mexico ; or you will stop at any place in the United States or elsewhere, near the frontier or coast of Mexico...

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