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pensation, together with the postmaster's salary, shall not in any case ex Limit of ceed the salary established by law for postmasters of the first class.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That section thirty-five of the act of Weekly paMarch third, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, shall be so construed as to pers may be permit weekly newspapers, properly folded and addressed, when sent to subscribers in regular subscribers, in the county where printed and published, to be de- county, free of livered free of postage, when deposited at the office nearest to the office postage
1863, ch. 71, of publication ; but nothing in this act shall be so construed as to require 35. carriers to distribute said papers, unless postage is paid upon them at the Vol zii.p.707. rate of five cents per quarter, and such postage must be prepaid for required to disa term of not less than one quarter or more than oue year, either at the tribute them, office of mailing or of delivery, at the option of the subscriber.
unless, &c. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That in case of the loss of a money Duplicate order, a duplicate thereof shall be issued by the superintendent of the money order to money-order office without charge, on the application of the remitter or out charge in payee of the original : Provided, That the applicant furnish a certificate case of loss, from the postmaster on whom the same was drawn that it had not been or where origand would not thereafter be paid, and a similar certificate from the post- for want of premaster by whom it was issued that it had not been and would not be repaid sentment for to the purchaser; and a second fee shall not be charged for a duplicate Proviso. money order issued to replace an order that has been rendered invalid because of non-presentation for payment within one year after its date, or because of illegal endorsements.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That if any person shall falsely Penalty for forge or counterfeit, or willingly aid, assist, or abet in falsely forging or
forging, &c. counterfeiting, or shall procure, directly or indirectly, to be falsely forged Order, with inor counterfeited any postal money orher, or any material signature or en- tent, &c.; dorsement to any postal money order issued by the Post-Office Department, or any of its agents, for the purpose and with the intent of obtaining or receiving, directly or indirectly, or of procuring or enabling others to obtain or receive, directly or indirectly, any sum or sums of money, and thereby to defraud either the United States or any person of such sum or sums of money, or any part thereof, or shall pass, utter, or for knowingly publish or attempt to pass, utter, or publish as true, any such forged uttering, &c. or counterfeited postal money order with intent to defraud either the with intent, &c. United States or any person of any sum or sums of money, knowing such postal money order, or any signature or endorsement thereon, to be 60 falsely forged or counterfeited, every such person shall be deemed guilty of felony, and being thereof duly convicted shall be sentenced to be imprisoned and kept at hard labor for a period of not less than two years nor more than five years, and to be fined in a sum not exceeding five thousand dollars.
SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That the Postmaster-General be, Government and he is hereby, authorized to appoint and employ on board of each of agent on each the mail steamers plying on the route between San Francisco, Japan, and mail steamer beChina, and between San Francisco and Honolulu, (Hawaiian Islands,) a cisco, Honolulu, government agent in charge of the United States mails, at an annual Japan, and salary of two thousand dollars each per annum.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the Postmaster-General be, General postal and he is hereby, authorized to establish in connection with the United agency may be States mail steamship service to Japan and China a general postal Shanghai, and agency at Shanghai, China, with such branch agencies at other ports in branches at China and Japan as shall, in his judgment, be necessary for the prompt China and Japand efficient management of the postal service in those countries ; and to an. pay the postal agents so appointed and employed a reasonable compensa- postal agents,
Pay of such lion for their services, in addition to the necessary expenses for rent, fur- &c. niture, clerk hire, and so forth, to be allowed at each agency for conducting the postal business, a report on which shall be embraced in the annual Report. report of the Postmaster-General.
Superintend Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That for the more efficient manageent of foreign mails and ad
ment of the increased postal business connected with the foreign mail serditional clerks vice, the Postmaster-General be, and he is hereby, authorized to appoint authorized.
in his department a superintendent of foreign mails at an annual salary Salary.
of three thousand dollars, and also three additional clerks for that branch Salary of su of the postal service, to wit: one of class four, and two of class three; perintendent of and that the salary of the superintendent of the money-order system shall money-order
be three thousand dollars per annum. system.
Chief of di Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the Postmaster-General be, vision for dead- and he is hereby, authorized to appoint in the office of the third assistant thorized. postmaster-general, a chief of division for the dead-letter office, at a
Salary. salary of two thousand five hundred dollars per annum.
Penalty upon Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That, if any person employed in persons em
any department of the post-office establishment of the United States shall, post-office, &c. wilfully and knowingly, use or caused to be used in prepayment of postage for knowingly using, &c. to
any postage stamp or stamped envelope issued or wbich may hereafter be prepay postage, issued by authority of any act of Congress or of the Postmaster-General any stamp or which has already been once used for a like purpose, or shall remove or stamped enveiope already attempt to remove the cancelling or defacing marks from any such postage so used; stamp or stamped envelope with intent to use or cause the use of the
for removing, same a second time, or to sell or offer to sell the same, or shall remove marks, with in- from letters or other mail matter deposited in or received at a post-office tent, &c.
the stamps attached to the same in payment of postage, with intent to use for removing the same a second time for a like purpose, or to sell or offer to sell the stamps, &c. with same, every such offender shall, upon conviction thereof, be deemed guilty intent, &c.
of felony, and shall be imprisoned for not less than one year nor more
than three years. Penalty upon Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That if any person not employed persons noem in any department of the post-office establishment of the United States
in postOffice for comshall commit
of the offences described in the preceding section of this mitting fore
act, every such person shall, on conviction thereof, be deemed guilty of a going offences. misdemeanor, and be punished by imprisonment for not less than six
months nor more than one year, or by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for each offence, or by both
such fine and imprisonment. Sales of post
Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That section nine of an act of age stamps, &c. at discount,
Congress, approved July one, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, authorlimited in izing the sales of postage stamps and stamped envelopes at a discount, be amount, and as
so modified that the quantities of each sold at any one time to the same to persons who
party shall not exceed one hundred dollars in value ; and that such sales 1861, ch. 197.9.9. shall be restricted to certain designated agents who will agree to sell again Vol. xiii. p. 337. without discount under rules to be fixed by the Postmaster-General.
Letters, &c. Sec. 13. And be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful to deconcerning lot
posit in a post-office, to be sent by mail, any letters or circulars concerning teries, &c. not to be deposited in lotteries, so-called gift concerts, or other similar enterprises offering prizes any post-office of any kind on any pretext whatever. to be sent by mail.
Sec. 14. And be it further enacted, That the Postmaster-General be, Blank agency and he is hereby, authorized and empowered to establish a blank agency for Post-Ollice
for the Post-Office Department, to be located in the city of Washington, Department ese tablished at
District of Columbia, and to appoint one superintendent at an annual Washington. salary of eighteen hundred dollars, one assistant superintendent at an Superintend
annual salary of sixteen hundred dollars, and three other assistants at an ent and assistants, and their annual salary of one thousand dollars each, and two laborers at an annual salaries.
salary of seven hundred and twenty dollars each; and all other blank Other blank agencies abol agencies are hereby abolished. ished.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the Postmaster-General be, Postal orders and he is hereby, authorized to conclude arrangements with the post on foreign countries for ex
departments of foreign countries, with which international postal convenchange of small tions have been or shall be concluded, for the exchange of small sums of sums of money.
in United States courts.
money by means of postal orders, the maximum amount of which shall not exceed that fixed by law for domestic money orders, at such rates of exchange and under such rules and regulations as he may deem expedient; and that the expense incurred in establishing and conducting such system
The failure to
institute a suit of exchange may be paid out of the proceeds of the money-order business. for two years
Sec. 16. And be it further enacted, That the proviso in section three against defaultof the act approved March three, eighteen hundred and twenty-five, not to discharge entitled "An act to reduce into one the several acts establishing and regu- his sureties. lating the Post-Office Department,” be, and the same is hereby, repealed: 1825, ch. 64, 6,3. Provided, That nothing herein contained shall repeal any of the provisions Proviso. of the act approved July eleven, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, entitled 1862, ch. 139. “ An act in relation to the Post-Office Department.”
Vol. xii. p. 630. Sec. 17. And be it further enacted, 'That if on the final settlement of Sureties to be the account of any postmaster it shall appear that such postmaster is in- discharged if
suit is not debted to the United States, and suit shall not be instituted within three
brought within, years after the close of such account, then, and in that case, the sureties on &c. the bond of such postmaster shall not be liable to the United States.
Sec. 18. And be it further enacted, That copies of the quarterly Certified copreturns of postmasters, and of any papers pertaining to the accounts in the and papers to office of the auditor of the treasury for the Post-Office Department, cer- be evidence in tified by him under his seal of office, shall be admitted as evidence in the criminal cases courts of the United States in criminal prosecutions, in the same manner as the same are now admitted in civil cases, as provided in section fifteen 1836, ch. 270, of an act entitled “An act to change the organization of the Post-Office $ 15.
Vol. v. p. 83. Department, and to provide more effectually for the settlement of the accounts thereof," approved July second, eighteen hundred and thirty-six.
Sec. 19. And be it further enacted, That in all suits for the recovery In suits to reof balances due from postmasters, a copy, duly certified under the seal of cover balances the auditor of the treasury for the Post-Office Department, of the state- masters, what to inent of any postmaster, special agent, or other person employed by the be sufficient eviPostmaster-General or the said auditor for that purpose, that he has dence of a der mailed a letter to such delinquent postmaster at the post-office where the postinaster. indebtedness accrued, or at his last and usual place of abode, and that a sufficient time has elapsed in the ordinary course of mail to have reached its destination, and has not received payment of such balance within the time designated in his instructions, shall be received as sufficient evidence in the courts of the United States or other courts that a demand has been made on such delinquent postmaster: Provided, nevertheless, That when the account of a late postmaster has been once adjusted and settled, and
Further dea demand made for the balance appearing to be due, and afterwards mand not neces
sary, when, &c. allowances shall be made or credits entered on the account, it shall not be necessary to make a further demand for the new balance found to be due.
Sec. 20. And be it further enacted, That the Postmaster-General is Uniform dress hereby authorized to prescribe a uniform dress to be worn by the letter-car
scribed for lettere riers at the several free delivery offices, and that any person not connected carriers. with this branch of the service who shall wear the uniform that may Penalty for
those not letterprescribed in accordance herewith, shall be deemed guilty of a mis
carriers, &c. demeanor and being convicted thereof, shall, for every such offence, be wearing the fined not more than one hundred dollars, or imprisoned not more than uniform. six months, or both, in the discretion of the court before which such con viction shall be had.
APPROVED, July 27, 1868.
July 27, 1868. CHAP. CCXLVII. An Act making an Appropriation of Money to carry into Effect
the Treuty with Russia of March thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven. Preamble. WHEREAS the President of the United States, on the thirtieth of March,
eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, entered into a treaty with the Emperor of Russia, and the Senate thereafter gave its advice and consent to said treaty, by the terms of which it was stipulated that, in consideration
of the cession by the Emperor of Russia to the United States of certain terPost, p. 543.
ritory therein described, the United States should pay to the Emperor of Russia the sum of seven million two hundred thousand dollars in coin ; and whereas it was further stipulated in said treaty that the United States shall accept of such cession, and that certain inhabitants of said territory shall be admitted to the enjoyment of all the rights and immunities of citizens of the United States; and whereas said stipulations cannot be carried into full force and effect except by legislation to which the consent of both houses of Congress is necessary: Therefore,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Appropriation States of America in Congress assembled, That there be, and hereby is, to carry into effect the treaty
appropriated, from any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, with Russia. seven million and two hundred thousand dollars in coin, to fulfil stipula
tions contained in the sixth article of the treaty with Russia, concluded at Washington on the thirtieth day of March, eighteen hundred and sixty
APPROVED, July 27, 1868.
July 27, 1868. CHAP. CCXLVIII. – An Acl making. Appropriations for the current and contingent
Expenses of the Indiun Department, and for fulfilling Treaty Stipulations with various Indian Tribes for the Year ending thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and sirty-nine, and for other Purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Appropriation States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, for expenses of and they are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not the Indian department and
otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of paying the current and contreaty stipula- tingent expenses of the Indian Department and fulfilling treaty stipulalations.
tions with the various Indian tribes :
For the current and contingent expenses of the Indian Department,
namely:Superintend For the pay of superintendents of Indian affairs and of Indian agents, ents of Indian
one hundred and thirteen thousand five hundred and fifty dollars, as folaffairs.
Superintendents of Indian Affairs. Three superintendents for the tribes east of the Rocky Mountains ; one for Oregon; one for Washington Territory; one for the Territory of New Mexico ; one for the Terri
tory of Utah; one for California ; one for the State of Nevada; one for Salary of, &c. the Territory of Arizona ; and one for Montana and Idaho ; the salary
of said last-named superintendent shall be three thousand dollars per
For vaccination of Indians and furnishing vaccine matter, one thousand two hundred and fifty dollars. Indian Agents.
Three for the tribes in Oregon ; four for the tribes in New Mexico; one additional for the Indians in New Mexico; one for the tribes in New Mexico; one for the tribes in Utah; one additional for the Indians in Utah; one for the tribes in the Territory of Utah; eleven for the tribes east of the Rocky Mountains ; two for the tribes east of the Rocky Mountains; four for the Indians east of the Rocky Mountains, viz. Sioux and Seminoles, the Omaha, Kickapoo, Kansas, and Neosho agencies; three for the tribes east of the Rocky Mountains; one for the Indians in the State of New York; one for the Delaware Indians; one for Green Bay, Wisconsin; three for the tribes in Washington Territory; one for the Wichitas and neighboring tribes west of the Choctaws and
Chickasaws ; one for the tribes east of the Rocky Mountains; one for the Indians in the Territory of New Mexico; one for the Ponca tribe; one for the Pawnees; one for the Yancton Sioux; three for the tribes in the Territory of Washington; one for the Grand River and Uintah bands of Indians in the Territory of Colorado; two for the Upper Missouri and the country adjacent thereto; one for the Ottawas, Chippewas of Swan Creek and Black River, and Christian Indians in Kansas ; four agents for the State of California ; one for the Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche Indians; one for the Sisseton and Warpeton bands of Dakota or Sioux Indians; one for the bands of Sacs and Foxes of the Mississippi, now in Tama County, Iowa; one for the Indians in the State of Nevada: Provided, That it shall be the duty of the President to dispense with the Services of services of such Indian agents, herein mentioned, as may be practicable; agents to be and where it is practicable, he shall require the same person to perform when practicathe duties of two agencies for one salary. For pay of sub-agents, six thousand dollars.
Sub-agents. For pay of clerk to superintendent of central superintendency, one Clerks. thousand two hundred dollars.
For pay of clerk to superintendent of Indian affairs in California, one thousand eight hundred dollars.
For temporary clerks to superintendents of Indian affairs, five thousand dollars. For pay of interpreters, twenty thousand four hundred dollars.
Interpreters. For buildings at agencies and repairs thereof, five thousand dollars. Buildings.
For contingencies of the Indian Department twenty-five thousand dol- Contingencies. lars.
For fulfilling treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes :
Assinaboines. For second of twenty payments to be made during Treaty stiputhe pleasure of Congress, to be expended at the discretion of the Presi- lations with the
Assinaboines. dent, in such articles, goods, and provisions as he may from time to time determine, ten thousand dollars of which may be expended in the purchase of stock, animals, and agricultural implements, in instructing in agricultural and mechanical pursuits, in employing mechanics, in educating their children, providing necessary and proper medicines and medical attendance, care for and support of their aged, infirm, and sick, for their helpless orphans, and in any other respect to promote their civilization, comfort
, and improvement, and also for pay of head chief, thirty thousand dollars.
Arickarees, Gros Ventres, and Mandans. For second payment, to be Arickarees, made during the pleasure of Congress, to be expended in such goods, Gros Ventres,
and Mandans. provisions, and other articles as the President may from time to time determine, five thousand of which may be expended in the purchase of stock animals, and agricultural implements, in instructing in agricultural and mechanical pursuits, in employing mechanics, educating their children, providing medicines and medical attendance, care for and support of the aged, sick, and infirm, for the helpless orphans of said Indians, and in any other respect to promote their civilization, comfort, and improvement, and also for pay of head chief, soldier chiefs, second chief, and Pierre Gavneaux, for his services to the Arickarees, forty thousand dol- Pierre Gavlars.
Apaches, Kiowas, and Comanches. — For the first of thirty instalments Apaches, Kioprovided to [be] expended under the tenth article of the treaty of Octo- was, and Co
manches. ber twenty-first, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, concluded at Medi
Post, pp. 584, cine Lodge Creek, in Kansas, with the Kiowas and Comanches, and under 590. the third article of the treaty of the same date, made with the Apaches, the amount herein appropriated to be in lieu of the third of forty instalments, to be paid to the Kiowas and ches under the fifth article Vol. xiv. p. 719. of the treaty of October eighteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-five, and in lieu of the second article of the treaty with the Apaches of October