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- An Act making Appropriations to supply Deficiencies in the Appropria- Feb. 12, 1868. tions for the Execution of the Reconstruction Laws, and for the Service of the Quartermaster's Department of the Government, for the fiscal Year ending June thirty, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, and for other Purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums, or so
Deficiency ap much thereof as may be necessary, be, and the same are hereby, appro
propriation. priated out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the objects hereinafter expressed, for the fiscal year ending June thirty, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, namely: To provide for the expenses of carrying into effect the “ Act to pro
expenses. vide for the more efficient government of the rebel States”: for the first
1867, ch. 158. military district, the sum of fifty thousand dollars ; for the second military Vol. xiv. p. 428 district, the sum of one hundred and ten thousand dollars ; for the third Military dis
tricts. military district, the sum of ninety-seven thousand dollars ; for the fourth military district, the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars; and for the fifth military district, the sum of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ; making, in all, the sum of six hundred and fifty-seven thousand dollars. To supply deficiencies in the service of the quartermaster's depart- Quartermas
ter's department, to wit:
For regular supplies, three million five hundred thousand dollars. Regular supFor incidental expenses, seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars. plies.
Army. For the purchase of cavalry and artillery horses, four hundred thousand dollars.
For transportation of the army, seven million three hundred and fifty thousand dollars ; making, in all, the sum of twelve million dollars. Office of the chief of engineers :
Engineers. To supply deficiencies in the office of the chief of engineers, for blank books, stationery, and miscellaneous items, two thousand dollars. Building corner of F and Seventeenth streets :
Building corTo supply deficiency for fuel, compensation of fireman, and miscella- ner of F and
17th Streets. neous items, eight thousand dollars.
Legislative. — For increased compensation to congressional printer, to Congressional June thirty, eighteen hundred and sixty eight, one thousand three hun- printer. dred and forty-four dollars and forty-four cents. To supply a deficiency in the contingent expenses of the House of
House of Repo Representatives for the present fiscal year, the following sums, namely: For stationery, fifteen thousand dollars : Provided, That from and after
Senators and the third day of March, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, no senator or limited in nows
representatives representative shall receive any newspapers except the Congressional papers and sta Globe, or stationery, or commutation therefor, exceeding one hundred and tionery. twenty-five dollars for any one session of Congress.
For furniture, repairs, and packing-boxes for members, twenty thousand dollars.
For miscellaneous items, fifteen thousand dollars.
Senate. present fiscal year, namely:
For clerks to committees, and pages, horses, and carryalls, thirty-three thousand eight hundred and four dollars.
For additional messengers and laborers, fifteen thousand dollars.
For labor and materials in the folding-room, to be provided by the sergeant-at-arms, five thousand dollars.
Judiciary. - For salary of the marshal of the Supreme Court of the Judiciary United States from April third, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, to June thirty, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, at thirty-five hundred dollars per annum, four thousand three hundred and fifty-five dollars and seventy-seven cents.
Department Department of Education. - For amount required for salary of com of education.
missioner to March thirty, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, one hun
dred and ninety-two dollars. Transfers of Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That so much of the first section of appropriations between differ
the act of March third, eighteen hundred and pine, entitled “ An act furent branches of ther to amend the several acts for the establishment and regulation of the any department, Treasury, War, and Navy Departments," as authorizes the President, on 1809, ch. 28, \ 1. the application of the secretary of any department, to transfer the moneys Vol. ii. p. 635. appropriated for a particular branch of that department to another
branch of expenditure in the same department, be, and the same is hereby, repealed ; and all acts or parts of acts authorizing such transfers of appropriations be and the same are hereby repealed, and no money appropriated for one purpose shall hereafter be used for any other purpose ihan that for which it is appropriated.
Speaker of the House of Representatives. B. F. WADE,
President of the Senate pro tempore. Indorsed by the President: “Received Friday, January 31, 1868.”
[NOTE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. — The foregoing act having been presented to the President of the United States for his approval, and not having been returned by him to the House of Congress in which it originated within the time prescribed by the Constitution of the United States, has become a law without his approval.]
Feb. 21, 1868. CHAP. IX.- An Ad to facilitate the Collection of the direct Tax in the State of
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Direct tax in States of America in Congress assembled, That the valuation enumerated Delaware, pro-, in the assessment list for direct tax in the State of Delaware, completed visions as to collection of. April nineteenth, A. D. eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, being the val
1861, ch. 45, uation of real estate as owned at or near the time of the completion of $ 13, 63. Vol. xii. pp. 297,
said assessment, is hereby declared and made a lawful assessment of the direct tax of seventy-four thousand six hundred and eighty-three dollars and thirty-three and one-third cents, apportioned to the State of Delaware by virtue of an act of Congress entitled "An act to provide increased revenue from imports to pay interest on the public debt and for other purposes," approved August fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, upon the valuation therein enumerated, with the same force and effect as if made with reference to the date mentioned in the thirteenth section of said act; and that all existing provisions of law for the collection of said direct tax in the loyal States, except as provided in the fifty-third section of said act, shall be applicable to the collection of the tax therein assessed. The notification of the time and place where appeals would be received and determined relative to said assessment, given by the assessor immediately after said completion, shall be deemed a lawful notice, and all proceedings under said notice, and in general in relation to said assessment, are hereby made as valid and legal as they would have been bad the
assessment been valid from its commencement. Assessment
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the time within which the aslist when to be delivered to col- sessor is required to deliver the assessment list to the collector shall be lector.
within twenty days from the passage of this act. Lien for how Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the lien provided for by the long
thirty-third section shall be and remain in force during two years after the Vol. xii.p. 303.
taxes assessed in accordance with the first section of this act shall become due and payable.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That all necessary expenses in pro, how to be paid. curing copies of the State assessment lists and for advertising connected with the assessment and collection of the tax shall be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the accounts for such expenses being first approved by the Secretary of the Treasury.
APPROVED, February 21, 1868.
CHAP. X.- An Ad to authorize the Southern Minnesota Railroad Company to construct Feb. 21, 1868.
and maintain a Bridge across the Mississippi River and establish a Post Route. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Southern Minnesota . Southern MinRailroad Company, a corporation existing under the laws of the State of nesota R. R. Co. Minnesota, is hereby authorized to construct and operate a railroad bridge Mississippi, at across the Mississippi river, between the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and La Crosse, Wisa point opposite, in the State of Minnesota, with the consent of the legislatures of the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and said bridge by this Bridge made a act authorized to be constructed is hereby declared a post route and sub- post route. ject to all the terms, conditions, restrictions, and requirements, and enti- Vol. xiv. p. 244. tled to all the privileges, named in an act approved July twenty-fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-six, entitled “ An act to authorize the construction of certain bridges and to establish them as post roads."
APPROVED, February 21, 1868.
CHAP. XI. – An Act in Relation to additional Bounty.
Feb. 21, 1868. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, if any person or persons
Additional entitled to the bounty provided by sections twelve and thirteen of the act tain enlisted solmaking appropriations for the civil service, approved July twenty-eight, diers, may be eighteen hundred and sixty-six, shall have died or shall die before receiv- paid to heirs, if,
&c. ing said bounty, it shall be paid to the heirs of the soldiers as designated
1866, ch. 296, in said act in the order therein named, and to none other. APPROVED, February 21, 1868.
Vol. xiv. p. 822.
$ 12, 13.
CHAP. XIII. - An Act for the Protection in certain cases of Persons making Disclosures Feb. 25, 1868.
as Parties, or testifying as Witnesses. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That no answer or other plead- The testimony ing of any party, and no discovery, or evidence obtained by means of any the disclosure of judicial proceeding from any party or witness in this or any foreign coun- a party in juditry, shall be given in evidence, or in any manner used against such party not to be used or witness, or his property or estate, in any court of the United States, or against him in in any proceeding by or before any officer of the United States, in respect criminal cases in to any crime, or for the enforcement of any penalty or forfeiture by rea
courts, &c. son of any act or omission of such party or witness : Provided, That noth Proviso. ing in this act shall be construed to exempt any party or witness from prosecution and punishment for perjury committed by him in discovering or testifying as aforesaid.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect from Act to apply its passage, and shall apply to all pending proceedings, as well as to those to pending pro bereafter instituted.
ceedings, &c. APPROVED, February 25, 1868.
Maroh 2, 1868. CHAP. XV. - An Act to establish and declare the Railroad and Bridges of the Nero
Orleans, Mobile, and Chattanooga Railroad Company, as hereafter constructed, a Post-
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United The New Or. States of America in Congress assembled, That the New Orleans, Mobile, Jeans, Mobile, & and Chattanooga Railroad Company is hereby authorized and empowered Chattanooga R. Co. may con- to construct, build, and maintain bridges over and across the navigable struct bridges waters of the United States on the route of said railroad between New bavigable wa
Orleans and Mobile, for the use of said company and the passage of its
engines, cars, and trains of cars, passengers, mails, and merchandise Roads and theroon; and said railroad and its bridges aforesaid, when constructed, bridges declared
completed, and in use, in accordance with this act and the laws of the lawful structures, &c. a post several States through whose territory the same shall pass, shall be road.
deemed, recognized, and known as lawful structures and a post road, and Drawbridges are hereby declared as such: Provided, however, That the said company, to be maintained in the construction of its bridges over and across in channels;
he waters known as the East Pascagoula river, and the Bay of Biloxi, [and] the Bay of St. Louis, shall construct and maintain draw-bridges in the channels thereof, which, when open, shall give a clear space for the passage of vessels of not less than eighty feet in the channels of the East Pascagoula, and of the Bay of Biloxi, and of the Bay of St. Louis, and of not less than one hundred
feet in the channel of the Great Rigolet; and said company shall at all when to be
times open the said draw-bridges, and shall provide reasonable and necesopened.
sary facilities for the passage of all vessels requiring the same, except during and for ten minutes prior to and after the time of the passage of
the mail and passenger trains of said company. Right to Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the right to alter or amend amend act expressly re
this act, so as to prevent or remove all material obstructions to the naviserved. gation of said rivers, growing out of the construction of said bridges, is
hereby expressly reserved.
APPROVED, March 2, 1868.
March 2, 1868. CHAP. XVI. – An Act extending the Time for the Completion of the Dubuque and Siour
City Railroad. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Time for com- States of America in Congress assembled, That the time for completing pleting the Du- a line of railroad from Dubuque to Sioux City, in the State of Iowa, for buque & Sioux City railroad ex. the construction of which lands were granted in alternate sections to said tended. State by act entitled “ An act making a grant of lands to the State of
1856, ch. 28. Vol. xi. p. 9.
Iowa in alternate sections to aid in the construction of railroads iu said 1864, ch. 108. State," approved May fifteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, be, and Vol. xiii. p. 95. the same is, extended until the first day of January, eighteen hundred and
seventy-two, subject to the reverter mentioned in said act at the expiration Route of road. of the time herein limited : Provided, [That] said road shall be con
structed on the most practical route by way of Webster City and Fort
Dodge to Sioux City, which route shall be at all points within the limits Rate of com
of said land grant, and the same shall be completed to Fort Dodge on or pletion. before the first day of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, and there Road to be
after at the rate of not less than forty miles each year; and the said road one line. shall be constructed, operated, and maintained as one continuous and un
Limitation to broken line of road from Dubuque to Sioux City; and no lands shall be disposal of lands. disposed of, or patented, or certified for said purposes more than forty
miles in advance of the point to which said road may be constructed from time to time.
APPROVED, March 2, 1868.
CHAP. XVIL - An Act in Relation to Islands in the Great Miami River. March 2, 1868. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in the case of such islands Islands in the
Great Miami in the Great Miami river, in the State of Ohio, as are undisposed of, or any vacant public lands adjacent thereto, which are in the actual and exclusive occupancy of any persons who have made improvements thereon, or of their heirs or assigns, such occupants thereof shall have the preference right to enter the same at two dollars and fifty cents per acre, on making proof of the facts to the satisfaction of the commissioner of the general land office, and paying for the land within twelve months from the passage of this act, and patents shall issue for the tracts so entered as Usual in entries of public lands.
APPROVED, March 2, 1868.
CHAP. XIX. – An Act authorizing the Sale of an unoccupied military Site at Water- March 4, 1868.
ford, Pennsylvania. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the
at Waterford, Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized in his discretion to sell to the Pa., may be highest and best bidder the military site of three acres of land at Water- sold. ford, Erie county, Pennsylvania, belonging to the United States, and pay the proceeds into the Treasury of the United States.
APPROVED, March 4, 1868.
CHAP. XX. - An Act restoring Lands to Market along the Line of the Pacific Rail- March 6, 1868.
roads and Branches. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That nothing in the act approved Lands on line
of July first, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, entitled “ An act to aid in the roads and construction of a railroad and telegraph line from the Missouri river to the branches restorPacific ocean, and to secure to the government the use of the same for ed to market,
1862, ch. 120. postal, military, and other purposes," and the acts amendatory thereof, Vol. xii.
p. shall be held to authorize the withdrawal or exclusion from settlement 1864, ch. 216. and entry, under the provisions of the pre-emption or homestead
Vol. xiii. p. 356.
1866, ch. 156. laws, the even-numbered sections along the routes of the several Vol
. xiv. p. 79. roads therein mentioned which have been or may be hereafter located : Vol. xiv. pp. 355, Provided, That such sections shall be rated at two dollars and fifty cents Price of lands. per acre, and subject only to entry under those laws; and the Secretary Homestead of the Interior be, and is hereby, authorized and directed to restore to and pre-emption homestead settlement, pre-emption, or entry, according to existing laws,
rights. all the even-numbered sections of land belonging to the government, and now withdrawn from market, on both sides of the Pacific railroad and branches, wherever said road and branches have been definitely located.
APPROVED, March 6, 1868.
CIIAP. XXI. An Act for the Relief of Settlers on the late Sioux Indian Reservation in March 6, 1868.
the State of Minnesota. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all actual settlers, who Actual settlers have duly filed their declaratory statements under the pre-emption laws on the late Sioux with the register of the proper local land office, upon the unsold lands now Minnesota, who included within the limits of the late Sioux Indian reservation, in the State have filed stateof Minnesota, shall be allowed two years from and after the passage of
pre-emption this act within which to make proof and payment for their claims, in ac- laws, to have cordance with the provisions of the second and third sections of the act two years to
make proof and approved March third, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, providing for pay. the disposal of said reservation.
1863, ch. 119. APPROVED, March 6, 1868.
Vol. xii. p. 819.