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capture, according to any written agreement which shall be made between them; and in case of no such agreement then in the same manner and upon the principles hereinbefore provided in cases of capture. Sect. 7th That before [breaking?] [bulk?] of any vessel which shall be captured, as aforesaid, or other disposal or conversion thereof or of any articles which shall be found on board the same, such captured vessels goods, or effects shall be brought into some port of the Confederate States, or of a nation or state in unity with the Confederate States, and shall be proceeded against before a competent tribunal; and after condemnation and forfeiture thereof, shall belong to the owners, officers, and crew of the vessel capturing the same and be distributed as before provided; and in case of all captured vessels, goods, and effects which shall be brought within the jurisdiction of the Confederate States, the district courts of the Confederate States shall have exclusive, original cognizance thereof, as in civil causes of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction; and the said courts, or the courts, being courts of the Confederate States into which such cases shall be removed, and in which they shall be finally decided, shall and may decree restitution, in whole, or in part, when the capture shall have been made without just cause. And if made without probable cause , may order and decree damages and costs to the party injured, for which owners and commanders of the vessels making such capture and also the vessels, shall be liable. Sect 8th That all persons found on board any captured vessels, or on board any recaptured vessel, shall be reported to the collector of the port in the Confederate States in which shall first arrive, and shall be delivered into the custody of the Marshall of the district or some court or military officer of the Confederate States, or of any state in or near such port, who shall take charge of their safe keeping and support, at the expense of the Confederate States. Sect 9th That the President of the Confederate States is hereby authorized to establish and order suitable instructions for better governing and directing the conduct of the vessels so commissioned, their officers and crews, copies of which shall be delivered by the collector of the customs, to the commander, when they

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