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SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the General of the army of the United States shall be invested with all the powers of suspension, removal, appointment, and detail granted in the preceding section to district commanders.
The general of the army invest
ed with power to remove, appoint, &c.
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That the acts of the officers of the Certain acts army already done in removing in said districts persons exercising the of army officers in the military functions of civil officers, and appointing others in their stead, are hereby districts conconfirmed: Provided, That any person heretofore or hereafter appointed firmed. by any district commander to exercise the functions of any civil office, may be removed either by the military officer in command of the district, or by the General of the army. And it shall be the duty of such commander to remove from office as aforesaid all persons who are disloyal to the government of the United States, or who use their official influence in any manner to hinder, delay, prevent, or obstruct the due and proper administration of this act and the acts to which it is supplementary.
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That the boards of registration provided for in the act entitled "An act supplementary to an act entitled An act to provide for the more efficient government of the rebel States,' passed March two, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, and to facilitate restoration," passed March twenty-three, eighteen hundred and sixtyseven, shall have power, and it shall be their duty before allowing the registration of any person, to ascertain, upon such facts or information as they can obtain, whether such person is entitled to be registered under said act, and the oath required by said act shall not be conclusive on such question, and no person shall be registered unless such board shall decide that he is entitled thereto; and such board shall also have power to examine, under oath, (to be administered by any member of such board,) any one touching the qualification of any person claiming registration; but in every case of refusal by the board to register an applicant, and in every case of striking his name from the list as hereinafter provided, the board shall make a note or memorandum, which shall be returned with the registration list to the commanding general of the district, setting forth the grounds of such refusal or such striking from the list: Provided, That no person shall be disqualified as member of any board of registration by reason of race or color.
Provisions as to removals.
Duties and powers of boards of registration. Ante, p. 8.
Race or color
not to disqualify for membership of the board. Intent of the
Ante. p. 2.
SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That the true intent and meaning of the oath prescribed in said supplementary act is, (among other things,) oath prescribed. that no person who has been a member of the legislature of any State, or who has held any executive or judicial office in any State, whether he has taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States or not, and whether he was holding such office at the commencement of the rebellion, or had held it before, and who has afterwards engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof, is entitled to be registered or to vote; and the words "executive or judicial office in any State" in said oath mentioned shall be construed to include all civil offices created by law for the administration of any general law of a State, or for the administration of justice. SEC. 7. And be it further enacted, That the time for completing the original registration provided for in said act may, in the discretion of the commander of any district be extended to the first day of October, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven; and the boards of registration shall have power, and it shall be their duty, commencing fourteen days prior to any election under said act, and upon reasonable public notice of the time and lists may be replace thereof, to revise, for a period of five days, the registration lists, and upon being satisfied that any person not entitled thereto has been registered, to strike the name of such person from the list, and such person shall not be allowed to vote. And such board shall also, during the Names of other same period, add to such registry the names of all persons who at that persons may be time possess the qualifications required by said act who have not been
Time of completing registra tion may be extended.
dons, &c. not to
Executive par- already registered; and no person shall, at any time, be entitled to be remove disquali- registered or to vote by reason of any executive pardon or amnesty for any act or thing which, without such pardon or amnesty, would disqualify him from registration or voting.
fication from voting.
Members of board of regis
tration may be removed, and
SEC. 8. And be it further enacted, That section four of said last-named act shall be construed to authorize the commanding general named therein, whenever he shall deem it needful, to remove any member of a board vacancies filled. of registration and to appoint another in his stead, and to fill any vacancy in such board.
Those elected or appointed to office in the military districts to
take the oath.
Opinions of civil officers not to affect action
of district commanders, &c. Provisions of
to be construed.
SEC. 9. And be it further enacted, That all members of said boards of registration and all persons hereafter elected or appointed to office in said military districts, under any so-called State or municipal authority, or by detail or appointment of the district commanders, shall be required to take and to subscribe the oath of office prescribed by law for officers of the United States.
SEC. 10. And be it further enacted, That no district commander or member of the board of registration, or any of the officers or appointees acting under them, shall be bound in his action by any opinion of any civil officer of the United States.
SEC. 11. And be it further enacted, That all the provisions of this act these acts, how and of the acts to which this is supplementary shall be construed liberally, to the end that all the intents thereof may be fully and perfectly carried out. SCHUYLER COLFAX, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
B. F. WADE,
President of the Senate pro tempore.
The President of the United States, having returned to the House of Representatives, in which it originated, the bill entitled "An act supplementary to an act entitled 'An act to provide for the more efficient gov ernment of the rebel States,' passed on the second day of March, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, and the act supplementary thereto passed on the twenty-third day of March, eighteen hundred and sixtyseven," with his objections thereto, the House of Representatives proceeded, in pursuance of the Constitution, to reconsider the same; and Resolved, That the bill do pass, two-thirds of the House of Representatives agreeing to pass the same. Attest:
The Senate having proceeded, in pursuance of the Constitution, to reconsider the bill entitled "An act supplementary to an act entitled 'An act to provide for the more efficient government of the rebel States,' passed on the second day of March, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, and the act supplementary thereto, passed on the twenty-third day of March, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven," returned to the House of Representatives by the President of the United States, with his objections, and sent by the House of Representatives to the Senate, with the message of the President returning the bill:
Resolved, That the bill do pass, two-thirds of the Senate agreeing to pass the same.
J. W. FORNEY,
By W. J. McDONALD,
July 20, 1867.
See post, p. 80.
Commission to treat with
CHAP. XXXII. An Act to establish Peace with certain Hostile Indian Tribes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to appoint a commission to hostile Indians, consist of three officers of the army not below the rank of brigadier gen- and make treaeral, who, together with N. G. Taylor, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, ties, &c. John B. Henderson, Chairman of the Committee of Indian Affairs of the Senate, S. S. Tappan, and John B. Sanborn, shall have power and authority to call together the chiefs and headmen of such bands or tribes of Indians as are now waging war against the United States or committing depredations upon the people thereof, to ascertain the alleged reasons for their acts of hostility, and in their discretion, under the direction of the President, to make and conclude with said bands or tribes such treaty stipulations, subject to the action of the Senate, as may remove all just causes of complaint on their part, and at the same time establish security for person and property along the lines of railroad now being constructed to the Pacific and other thoroughfares of travel to the western Territories, and such as will most likely insure civilization for the Indians and peace and safety for the whites.
Commissioners to select a dis
manent home for
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That said commissioners are required to examine and select a district or districts of country having trict or districts, sufficient area to receive all the Indian tribes now occupying territory subject to the east of the Rocky mountains, not now peacefully residing on permanent approval of Conreservations under treaty stipulations, to which the government has the gress, for a perright of occupation or to which said commissioners can obtain the right certain Indians. of occupation, and in which district or districts there shall be sufficient tillable or grazing land to enable the said tribes, respectively, to support themselves by agricultural and pastoral pursuits. Said district or districts, when so selected, and the selection approved by Congress, shall be and remain permanent homes for said Indians to be located thereon, and no person [s] not members of said tribes shall ever be permitted to enter thereon without the permission of the tribes interested, except officers and employees of the United States: Provided, That the district or districts shall be so located as not to interfere with travel on highways located by authority of the United States, nor with the route of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the Union Pacific Railroad, the Union Pacific Railroad Eastern Division, or the proposed route of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad by the way of Albuquerque.
tribes only to enter thereon, without, &c.
to interfere with travel on highways, nor with certain railroad
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the following sums of money are hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the treasury, to wit: To under this act. carry out the provisions of the preceding sections of this act, one hundred and fifty thousand dollars; to enable the Secretary of the Interior to subsist such friendly Indians as may have seperated or may hereafter seperate themselves from the hostile bands or tribes and seek the protection of the United States, three hundred thousand dollars.
Services of certain mounted volunteers may be accepted, if,
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of War be Transportation, required to furnish transportation, subsistence, and protection to the subsistence, &c. commissioners herein named during the discharge of their duties. SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That if said commissioners fail to secure the consent of the Indians to remove to the reservations and fail to secure peace, then the Secretary of War, under the direction of the President, is hereby authorized to accept the services of mounted volun- &c. teers from the Governors of the several States and Territories, in organized companies and battalions, not exceeding four thousand men in number, and for such term of service as, in his judgment, may be necessary for the suppression of Indian hostilities.
SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That all volunteers so accepted shall be placed upon the same footing, in respect to pay, clothing, subsistence, and equipment, as the troops of the regular army.
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Pay, subsistence, &c. of
such volunteers, if accepted.
SEC. 7. And be it further enacted, That said commissioners report to report to the their doings under this act to the President of the United States, including any such treaties and all correspondence as well as evidence by them taken.
APPROVED, July 20, 1867.
July 20, 1867. CHAP. XXXIII.-An Act to carry into Effect the Convention with the Republic of Venezuela for the Adjustment of Claims of Citizens of the United States on the Government of that Republic.
Pay, &c. of commissioner for adjustment of claims upon Venezuela.
Pay of Minister Resident in Venezuela, if appointed Commissioner. 1856, ch. 127, § 9.
Vol. xi. p. 66.
Contingent expense of the Commission, and pay of umpire and secretary.
July 20, 1867. 1867, ch. 13, § 6. Ante, p. 9.
Repeal of act prohibiting the making of treaties with Indian tribes, &c.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, for the purpose of carrying into effect the convention with the Republic of Venezuela, for the adjustment of claims of citizens of the United States on the Government of that Republic, signed at Caracas on the twenty-fifth day of April, eighteen hundred and sixty-six, the Commissioner to be appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall be allowed a compensation in full for his services of three thousand dollars, and ten dollars a day in commutation of travelling expenses for the time actually and necessarily occupied in going from the place of his residence to Caracas, and returning to his home, after the termination of his duties.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That if the President shall elect to appoint the Minister Resident of the United States in Venezuela to perform the duties of Commissioner under the convention aforesaid, such Minister shall receive a compensation for his services of fifty per centum of the sum hereinbefore mentioned pursuant to the provisions of the ninth section of the act of August eighteenth, eighteen hundred and fiftysix, "To regulate the diplomatic and consular systems of the United States."
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the President be, and hereby is, authorized to make such provision for the contingent expenses of the Commission under the convention, including the moiety of the United States for the compensation of the umpire, and of the secretary who may be chosen by the Commissioners, pursuant to the provisions of the convention, as he shall deem just and proper.
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That such sums of money as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this act, be, and they are hereby, appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
APPROVED, July 20, 1867.
CHAP. XXXIV. -An Act amendatory of "An Act making Appropriations to supply
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the concluding portion of section six of an act entitled "An act making appropriations to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for contingent expenses of the Senate of the United States for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven," approved March twenty-ninth, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, in the words following, to wit: "And all laws allowing the President, the Secretary of the Interior, or the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to enter into treaties with any Indian tribes are hereby repealed, and no expense shall hereafter be incurred in negotiating a treaty with any Indian tribe until an appropriation authorizing such expense shall be first made by law," be, and the same is hereby, repealed. APPROVED, July 20, 1867.
[No. 1.] A Resolution supplementary to other Joint Resolutions to enable the People of the March 12, 1867. United States to participate in the Advantages of the Universal Exhibition at Paris, in
sion of Unit
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, I. That the commission of the The commisUnited States at the Universal Exhibition to be held at Paris in the year ed States at the eighteen hundred and sixty-seven shall consist of the commissioner-gen- Universal Exhieral and honorary commissioner, whose appointment was approved by the bition of Paris joint resolution of January twenty-two [fifteen], eighteen hundred and to consist of sixty-six; also of the thirty commissioners whose appointment was provided for by the joint resolution of July five, eighteen hundred and sixtysix, and of twenty commissioners, whose appointment is hereinafter provided for.
Vol. xiv. pp. 847, 362.
President of the commission.
when and at
II. That the commissioner-general shall be the president of the commission thus constituted, with a vote on all questions that arise. may III. That the commission shall meet at Paris as early as possible Commission before the opening of the exhibition, upon the call of the commissioner- to meet in Paris, general, and, when properly organized, shall make such rules and regulations as may be necessary for efficient action, with power to elect a vice-president from their own number, who, in the absence of the commissioner-general, shall preside at all meetings of the commission, and to appoint committees and chairmen of groups.
to make rules, &c. elect vicepresident, and appoint committees and chairmen;
may designate honorary com
IV. That the commission may designate additional persons, not exceeding twenty in number, being citizens of the United States, known to be skilled in any branch of industry or art, who are hereby authorized to attend the exhibition in behalf of the United States, as honorary commis- tion; sioners without compensation.
missioners without compensa
V. That the commission may employ a secretary and clerks for the commission, the necessary scientific assistants and draughtsmen, and may engage suitable rooms for the commission.
VI. That no commissioner shall act as agent for the show or sale of any article at the exhibition, or be interested, directly or indirectly, in sioner to act as any profits from any such article.
SEC. 2. And be it further resolved, That fifty thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary for the purposes severally specified, are hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated:
For additional freights from New York to Havre.
For transportation and freight from Havre to Paris.
For return freight of articles owned by the United States or lent to the government by individuals.
For marine and fire insurance on the articles thus lent.
may employ secretary, clerks, and draughts
for insurance; steam-power at Paris;
For additional steam-power at Paris, in the "palace” and the “annex," or supplemental building, and in grounds adjacent.
For the exhibition of machines, agricultural and other, and for the erection of buildings illustrate the education and agriculture of the United States, and for the collection of specimens of agricultural produc- &c. tions, under the joint resolution for that purpose.
tion of buildings,