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|Emigration from India to the West Indies.
Her Majesty's Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners announce that measures are underway to collect Indian emigrants from the ports of Calcutta and Madras to go to the West Indies. The Commissioners are ready to receive proposals from ship-owners as to how much they will charge to transport emigrants from India. The main conditions will be:-
1. Ships will go from India to Jamaica, British Guiana and Trinidad in turn. From Madras this will take place between the 1st of September and the 28th of February, and from Calcutta between the 1st of October and the 28th of February.
2. The Commissioners cannot guarantee this far ahead that there shall be a sufficient supply of emigrants. But for those emigrants that do come forward, the Commissioners will guarantee ship-owners that each ship with an agreement shall, upon arrival, have preference over all other ships without an agreement to receive emigrants.
3. If the emigration agent cannot supply at least three-fourths of the total number of emigrants the ship can carry within 15 days after the ship has arrived and is ready, the master of the ship will have the option of cancelling the contract and finding other freight if he is unwilling to wait longer on the chance of getting emigrants.
4. On the other hand, the owner must place his ship at the disposal of the emigration agent immediately on arrival, or after unloading any cargo or passengers he took to India, or be penalised.
5. The ship-owner's proposal must state whether the ship will go to one of the above colonies in particular, or any of them. It must also say where the ship is now and, unless already on the voyage to India, what day she is expected to sail from England.
6. The proposal must also state the owner's estimate of the time period (not more than 28 days) during which the ship will be available to the emigration agent in India. If the ship does not arrive within that period, the right to preference in receiving emigrants will be lost, although the contract will otherwise remain in force.
7. The proposals for taking emigrants should be at a price per adult, including supplies, medicines and medical attendance.
8. A surgeon approved on behalf of the government will be essential. No ship will be taken which is smaller than 400 tons or below a certain class.
9. The passage money will be paid on arrival in the West Indies for all emigrants landed there, as long as the colonial authorities are happy that Indian laws regarding the passengers and the charter-party have been fully and faithfully obeyed.
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