4 December 1897
Zelaya, JosÃ© Santos (1853-1919)
Title: Monopoly of lead, fulminating caps and cartridges for shot guns and revolvers
Contract approved by Zelaya as President of Nicaragua. Contract given by Minister of Finance Enrique Lopez. Probably arranged by Walker in retirement from the U.S. Navy working on the canal commission in Nicaragua, but his signature is not on the document. The president offered this contract to "increase the sources of revenue, so as to meet the increased expenditures which the public service demand." The contract contains 8 articles, the more important of which state that lead, caps, and cartridges can only be sold at government depots; lists of the stocks of these items owned by merchants must be made and the stock then delivered to the collector of revenue for their department; private citizens cannot keep more than 2 pounds of powder, 5 pounds of shot, 500 caps, and 200 cartridges.