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Special tax for Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the city of Georgetown, the public schoolhouses and city of Washington, and the levy court of the county of Washington, schools for District of Columbia, be, and they are hereby, authorized to levy and colWashington,
lect a special tax on the taxable property within their respective jurisdicGeorgetown, and Washington tions, for the erection of school-houses and the support of public schools, County, not exceeding fifty cents on each one hundred dollars for any one year, to
be assessed and collected as other taxes. Laws regulat- Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws that ing price of la- regulate the prices of labor in the government printing office be, and bor at government printing
are hereby, repealed ; and it shall be the duty of the conoffice repealed gressional printer to contract with the persons in that employment at
Price how de- such prices' as are for the interest of the government, and are just to termined.
those employed. Payments to
Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That for the purpose of executing Maine and Mas- the fourth article of the treaty of Washington, concluded on the ninth sachusetts, under treaty of
day of August, eighteen hundred and forty-two, the Secretary of the Washington, for Treasury is hereby authorized and directed to pay to the State of Maine land assigned to for ninety-one thousand one hundred and twenty-five acres of land asVol. viii. p. 574. signed by said State to settlers under said article, a sum equal to one dol
lar and twenty-five cents per acre ; and to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for twenty-six thousand one hundred and fifty acres of land a sum equal to one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre: Provided, That
before said sums are paid the States of Maine and Massachusetts shall Settlers to be agree with the United States that the settlers upon their public lands in first quieted in the late disputed territory in Maine entitled to be quieted in their possestheir possession. sion, as ascertained by commissions heretofore instituted by said States,
shall have been or shall be quieted by a release of the title of the said
States. Penitentiary Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Interior, in Colorado.
in his discretion, is authorized to expend the appropriation heretofore made icr the purpose of erecting a penitentiary for the Territory of Col
orado, on the site belonging to and provided by the said Territory for the Proviso. purpose : Provided, That no part of this property shall be sold or trans
ferred without the consent of the United States first had and received.
APPROVED, July 20, 1868.
July 20, 1868. CHAP. CLXXVIII. — An Act to facilitate the Settlement of certain Prize Cases in the
Southern District of Florida. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United $50,000 to be States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the tlement of claims Treasury is hereby authorized and directed, upon the execution and deof the United livery to him by the administratrix of the estate of James C. Clapp, States against deceased, late United States marshal for the southern district of Florida, James C. Clapp, of a proper written release of all claims and demands for, or on account and the sureties of, all costs, charges, fees, and expenses due, or claimed to be due, the on his bond, after release,
said Clapp as marshal aforesaid, or to his estate, in any prize or other cases in said district, to accept from said administratrix the sum of fifty thousand dollars in full satisfaction of all claims and demands of the United States against the estate of the said James C. Clapp, and against
the sureties in said Clapp's official bond, and that said sum of fifty thouto be with sand dollars when paid, together with the sums now on deposit with the other sums de assistant treasurer in New York to the credit of the said Clapp and to the sistant treasurer credit of the United States district court for the southern district of Florat Washington ida, shall be deposited with the assistant United States treasurer at Washof distribution ington, District of Columbia, subject to the order of the United States in certain prize district court for the southern district of Florida, for the purpose of meetcauses. ing decrees of distribution or restitution in the following prize causes
pending in said district : Schooner Lucy No. 1, the cargo of the steamer
Adela, schooner Alicia and cargo, schooner Isabel and cargo, the steamer
Names of James Battle, schooner Diana and cargo, schooner Sea Lion and cargo, the cargo of the steamer Nita, steamer Pearl and cargo, schooner Teresa No. 2, steamer Union, steamer Victor and cargo, and schooner John Williams.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Navy is Secretary of hereby authorized and directed to deposit with the assistant United States Navy to deposit treasurer at Washington, District of Columbia, the appraised values of the of certain prize prize steamers Adela and Nita, condemned in said district court, and steamers taken taken into the naval service, and, after deducting all proper charges and jito naval serexpenses, a moiety of the same shall be distributed under the decree of
Amounts, how the said district court, according to law, among the captors entitled to to be distributed. share in said prizes, the steamers Adela and Nita respectively, and the remaining moiety of the same shall be subject to the order of the said district court, as hereinafter provided.
SEC. 3. And be. it further enacted, That of the moneys mentioned in Sufficient the first section of this act, when deposited as herein provided, there shall fund to be rebe retained by the said district court a sufficient fund to await final final decrees ; decrees in those of the cases enumerated in the first section of this act, wherein appeals have been taken to the Supreme Court of the United States, and that the balance of said moneys, together with one half of the balance, with, appraised values of the prize steamers Adela and Nita, mentioned in the &c. to be dis
tributed among second section of this act, shall be distributed as prize-money among the
captors. captors in those of the cases enumerated in the first section of this act, in which final decrees of condemnation have been entered and which are ready for distribution, without reference to the interest of the United States in any and all of the said cases, which said interest of the United States in each of the said cases, and the proceeds for distribution therein, Interest of the as well as the interest of the United States in the appraised value of the United States prize steamers Adela and Nita, is hereby relinquished for distribution to
relinquished. the captors in those of the cases enumerated and mentioned in the first section of this act wherein decrees of condemnation have been or shall be entered, and for payment to the claimants in those of said cases wherein final decrees of restitution have been or may be passed; and that in each of said cases wherein final decrees of condemnation and distribution have be paid into
treasury in each been or shall be entered, the sum to be paid into the treasury of the case. United Stalės for distribution to the captors shall be one half of the gross proceeds of sale in said cases, less the costs taxed and allowed by the court: Provided, That any sum or sums remaining after execution of all
Certain sums decrees of distribution and restitution as hereinbefore provided, be paid credit' of navy
to be paid to the into the treasury of the United States to the credit of the navy pension pension fund. fund: And provided further, That nothing herein contained shall be United States deemed an admission on the part of the United States of any liability for not liable for
Clapp's defalcathe defalcation of the said Clapp as marshal aforesaid.
APPROVED, July 20, 1868.
What sum to
CHAP. CLXXIX. — An Act authorizing the Construction of a Bridge across the Mis- July 20, 1868.
souri River, upon the military Reservation at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it shall be lawful for the Kansas and Missouri Bridge Company, a corporation having authority Missouri Bridge from the State of Kansas, to build a railroad, transit, and wagon bridge build bridge across the Missouri River upon or near the military reservation of Fort across Missouri Leavenworth ; and that when constructed all trains of all roads terminat- river ; ing at the Missouri River at or near the location of said bridge, shall be allowed to cross said bridge for a reasonable compensation to be paid to the owners thereof. And in case of any litigation arising from any ob In case of litis struction or alleged obstruction to the free navigation of said river, the gation, where
what trains may cross.
causes may be cause may be tried before the district court of the United States of any tried.
State in which any portion of said obstruction or bridge touches. Height of
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That any bridge built under the bridge.
provisions of this act shall not be in any case of less elevation than fifty
feet above extreme high-water mark, as understood at the point of locaSpans and
tion, to the bottom chord of the bridge; nor shall the spans be of less piers.
than two hundred and fifty feet in length, in the clear, and the piers of said bridge shall be parallel with the current of the river, and the main
span shall be over the main channel of the river, at low water. Right of way Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That for the use of railroads leading through Fort Leavenworth
to said bridge from either side of the river there is hereby granted a right military reserva- of way through said Fort Leavenworth military reservation not exceed
ing for all of said roads three hundred feet in width: Provided, That said roads do not in any way interfere with the public buildings on said mili
tary reservation. Bridge made a
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the Kansas and Missouri post-road.
bridge be, and the same is hereby, established as a post-road, and that said bridge company shall have the right to take from said reservation, at such places as shall be designated by the Secretary of War, all stone, tim
ber, and earth necessary to use in the construction of said budge. Act may be Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the right to alter or amend altered, &c.
this act, so as 10 prevent or remove all material obstructions to the navigation of said river by the construction of bridges, is hereby expressly
reserved. St. Joseph & Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the Saint Co. may bridge Joseph and Denver City Railroad Company, a corporation created by the Missouri at the laws of the State of Kansas, to build a bridge over and across the St. Joseph. Missouri River at Saint Joseph, Missouri; and all the rights and privi
leges conferred by sections 1, 2, 4, and 5 of this act are hereby extended,
so far as they are applicable, to the Saint Joseph and Denver City RailRights, re road Company, and the restrictions, limitations, and conditions contained strictions, &c.
in said sections are hereby made applicable to said company.
APPROVED, July 20, 1868.
July 20, 1868. CHAP. CLXXX. An Act for the Registration or Enrolment of certain foreign Vessels.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Certificates of States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the registry or enrolment to issue
Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to issue certifito certain for cates of registry or enrolment and license to the schooner “ Bob,” of St. eign built ves Andrew, New Brunswick; and to the following-named Canadian-built sels.
vessels, to wit: The schooner “Royal Albert,” of Oakville; the bark “ John Breden,” the schooner “ Prince Alfred,” and the brigantine • Orkney Lass," all of Kingston ; the schooner - George Henry," of Toronto; the schooner “ Annexation,” of Port Hope; and the schooner“ Emperor,” of St. Catherines; also the barges “ Champlain ” and “ Hochelega,” of Quebec; the bark “ Monarch," the brig "Sea Gull,” and the schooner " Smith & Post,” all of Oakville; the schooner “ Welland," of St. Catherines; the schooner Governor,” of Montreal; the schooner “ L. S. Shicklana,” of St. Catherines; the schooner “ Victoria,” of Toronto; said
vessels being owned by citizens of the United States, and having been at Tax to be all times employed upon the waters of the lakes : Provided, That there paid on vessels shall be paid upon each of said foreign-built vessels a tax equal to the revenue tux, &c. internal revenue tax upon the materials and construction of similar ves
sels of American build.
APPROVED, July 20, 1868.
CHAP. CLXXXI. An Act concerning the Tax Commissioners for the State of July 20, 1868.
Certain pro States of America in Congress assembled, That the acts and proceedings
ceedings of tax which have been had performed by any two of the tax commissioners, commissioners in and for the State of Arkansas, shall have the same force and effect as of Arkansas
ratified, if had and performed by all three of said commissioners.
APPROVED, July 20, 1868.
CHAP. CLXXXII. – An Act amendatory of an Act approved July twenty-six (five), July 20, 1868.
eighteen hundred and sixty-sir, entitled "An Act to authorize the Construction of certain 1866, ch. 246. Bridges, and to establish them as Post-Roads."
Vol. xiv. p. 244. WHEREAS the St. Louis and Illinois Bridge Company, organized un Preamble. der the laws of the State of Missouri, and the Illinois and St. Louis Bridge Company, organized under an act of the general assembly of the State of Illinois, have been consolidated, in pursuance of the authority granted to the said Illinois and St. Louis Bridge Company, in their act of incorporation, and the authority granted to the St. Louis and Illinois Bridge Company, by an act of the general assembly of the State of Missouri
, approved March nineteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight: Therefore,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the company formed by Illinois & St. this consolidation, under the name and style of the Illinois and St. Louis Louis Bridge Co. Bridge Company, is hereby recognized and declared to be a corporation across the Mis by that name, with full power and authority to construct a bridge across sissippi, oppothe Mississippi River opposite the city of St. Louis, in conformity to the site St. Louis; act of which this act is amendatory, with all the rights, privileges, and pow
rights and ers granted and conferred by the several acts of the general assemblies privileges ; of the States of Illinois and Missouri to the respective companies by the consolidation of which the said Illinois and St. Louis Bridge Company was forined, and not inconsistent with the provisions of the act to which this act is amendatory: And provided further, That in constructing said bridge there shall be one span of at least five hundred feet clear between piers.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said corporation may exe Corporation cute a mortgage and issue bonds payable, principal and interest, in gold, may execute and their bridge across the Mississippi River and approaches thereto, issue bonds. when constructed, shall be a post-road to carry the mails of the United Bridge to be a States, and enjoy the rights and privileges of other post-roads.
post-road. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That said corporation may hold their Meetings of meetings in either the State of Ilinois or the State of Missouri, as the corporation. board of directors may elect, and the directors may be citizens of any of Directors. the United States ; and said corporation may sue and be sued in any cir Suits by and cuit court of the United States : Provided, That nothing in this act or in a gainst corporaany previous legislation affecting the premises shall be so construed as to deprive the legislatures of the States of Illinois and Missouri of the right to regulate the tolls and fares which may be charged by said company for the use of such bridge: Provided further, That the tolls now fixed Tolls and by the legislatures of Illinois and Missouri shall not be increased.
fares. APPROVED, July 20, 1868.
CHAP. CLXXXIII. - An Act providing for the Sale of a Portion of the Fort Gratiot July 20, 1868.
military Reservation in St. Clair County, in the State of Michigan. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized to sell
, at such times as he may deem military reser. most advantageous to the interests of the government, and in such man- sold.
ner as hereinafter provided, all that portion of the military reservation known as Fort Gratiot, in St. Clair County, in the State of Michigan, which lies south of a line running due west from the south end of the Grand Trunk railroad wharf, on the St. Clair river, until it intersects the road known as the Lexington ro and all that portion which lies west
of said Lexington road. Portion of Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all that portion of the abovereservation to be divided into
described lands which lies east of a line running due south from the point blocks, &c. and of intersection with the Lexington road, mentioned in the foregoing secsold by lots at tion of this act, shall be divided into blocks and lots of convenient size for public auction.
building purposes, with public streets conforming as near as may be, without detriment to the interests of the government or the State, to the public streets of the city of Port Huron, adjoining such ground, and sold
by lots at public auction, at the city of Port Huron, to the highest bidder, Notice. public notice of such sale having first been given for thirty days by ad
vertisement in all the papers published in the city of Port Huron, and in Plat of divis- at least two papers published in the city of Detroit, Michigan. A plat ion.
of this division, made in accordance with the laws of the State of Michi
gan, shall be filed with the register of deeds of the county of St. Clair, Rest of reser.State of Michigan. The remaining portion of said military reservation, vation to be sold for the sale of which provision is made in the first section of this act, shall
be sold at public auction at the city of Port Huron, after due notice, as prescribed in the foregoing paragraph, at such times and in such parcels as may be deemed most advantageous to the interests of the government,
by the Secretary of War. Proceeds of Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the proceeds arising from the sales.
sale herein provided for, shall be paid into the treasury of the United States in the same manner as the proceeds from the sale of other public lands.
APPROVED, July 20, 1868.
July 20, 1868. CHAP. CLXXXIV. - An Act to aid the Improvement of the Des Moines and Rock
Island Rapids, in the Mississippi River. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Right of way, States of America in Congress assembled, That whenever in the prosemay be taken in cution of the improvements of the Mississippi River, at either the Des making inn- Moines or Rock Island rapids therein, it becomes necessary or proper to provements at Des Moines or
take possession of the right of way over any lands, or to use any earth, Rock Island quarries, or other material lying adjacent or near to either of said works, Rapids; and needful for its prosecution, the officer in charge of said work, or his
assistant, may, in the name of the United States, take possession of and value to be first use the same, after having first paid, or secured to be paid, the value paid or secured. thereof, which may have been ascertained in the mode provided by the
laws of the State wherein such property or material lie[s], for adjudging
the value of private property which may be needed for any public imProviso. provement: Provided, however, That when the owner of such property
or material shall fix a price for the same, which, in the opinion of the said officer in charge, shall be reasonable, he may take the same at such
price without further delay, Part of appro- Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That a portion of the appropriations priation may be made or to be made for the prosecution of the improvements aforesaid, applied, &c.
not exceeding fifty thousand dollars in amount, may be applied in payment of the property or material taken and used as aforesaid.
APPROVED, July 20, 1868.