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March 9, 1868. CHAP. XXII. - An Act in Rdation to the Promulgation of the Laws of the United
Stutes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Duty of Sec- States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the passage retary of State in furnishing
of this act it shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to furnish the congressional congressional printer with a correct copy of every act and joint resoluprinter with copy of acts and
tion as soon as possible after its approval by the President of the United resolutions. States, or after it shall have become a law in accordance with the Con
stitution without such approval. And so much of section seven of the Repeal of. act entitled “An act to expedite and regulate the printing of the public 1864,ch: 165,6,7. documents, and for other purposes," approved June twenty-five, eighteen Vol. xiii. p. 185.
hundred and sixty-four, as requires the secretary of the Senate to furnish
such copy, is hereby repealed.
on receipt of the copy.provided for in the foregoing section, shall in
printed and sent to the Department of State fifty copies, and also cause Number of to be printed separately the usual number for the use of the two Houses copies.
of Congress : Provided, That on request of the Secretary of State the
congressional printer shall furnish to the Department of State any Additional
additional number of copies of any act or resolution, not exceeding five copies. hundred copies.
List of news Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the ized to publish Secretary of State to transmit to the congressional printer, at the beginlaws, to be fur- ning of each session of Congress, and thereafter when necessary, a list nished printer, who gball send
of all newspapers authorized by law to publish the laws of the United to them copy of States, with their respective post-offices, so far as the same shall have public laws and been communicated to him by the clerk of the House of Representaresolutions.
tives ; and it shall be the duty of the congressional printer, on the Secretary of printing of each act or resolution, excepting those which are of a private State to design character, and which shall be so designated by the Secretary of State, to as are of a pri- transmit a copy thereof to each of the editors of such newspapers for Vate character. prompt publication ; and the number of copies of the public acts and
resolutions requisite for this purpose are hereby authorized and required Letters, &c. to be printed; and all letters and documents to and from the congresto be free of
sional printer, relating to the duties and business of his office, shall be postage.
transmitted by mail, free of postage, under such regulations as may be
established by the Postmaster-General. Provisions of
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That all the provisions of this act this act to apply to treaties
which apply to public acts and resolutions shall in like manner apply to and postal con treaties between the government of the United States and foreign 1861, Ch. 20,6 2. governments, after they shall have been duly ratified and proclaimed by
the President of the United States ; and shall also apply to postal con1851, ch. 48, 92. ventions made between the Postmaster-General, by and with [the] Voleix. P.; 645. advice and consent of the President, on the part of the United States, Post, p. 347.
and equivalent officers of foreign governments on the part of their
States, and for other purposes," approved March three, eighteen hundred Proviso as to and fifty-one: Provided, "That it shall be the duty of the Postmasterpostal conven General to transmit a copy of each of said conventions to the Secretary
of State, for this purpose, and that the printed copy of said conventions
shall be revised by the Post-Office Department. Repeal of in
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws consistent laws.
requiring the Secretary of State to send the laws first directly to news
papers for publication, as well as all laws and parts of laws in conflict with the provisions of this act, are hereby repealed.
APPROVED, March 9, 1868.
CHAP. XXIV. - An Act for the temporary Relief of destitute People in the District of March 10, 1868.
Columbia. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of fifteen thousand Appropriation dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the destitute in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the temporary relief of the desti- District of Co tute population in the District of Columbia, to be expended under the lumbia ; supervision and direction of the commissioner of refugees, freedmen, and abandoned lands: Provided, That as far as practical (practicable] how to be exsaid som shall be expended in the employment of persons upon the public pended. grounds and works in the District of Columbia for which appropriations 1869, ch. 31. have been heretofore made by Congress, such laborers to be under the direc- Post, p. 269. tion of the officer acting as commissioner of pụblic buildings and grounds.
APPROVED, March 10, 1868.
CHAP. XXV. - An Act to amend the Act passed March twenty-third, eighteen hundred March 11, 1868.
and sixty-seven, entitled "An Act supplementary to An Act to provide for the more effi- 1867, ch. 6. cient Government of the rebel States, passed March second, eighteen hundred and sixty- Ante, p. 2. seven, and to facilitate their Restoration."
Vol. xiv. p. 428. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of Americà in Congress assembled, That hereafter any election Elections in authorized by the act passed March twenty-three, eighteen hundred and the States lately sixty-seven, entitled “ An act supplementary to · An act to provide for determined by a the more efficient government of the rebel States,' passed March two, majority of the
votes cast. [second,] eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, and to facilitate their restoration,” shall be decided by a majority of the votes actually cast ; and at the election in which the question of the adoption or rejection of any con
vote. stitution is submitted, any person duly registered in the State may vote in the election district where he offers to vote when he has resided therein for ten days next preceding such election, upon presentation of his certificate of registration, his affidavit, or other satisfactory evidence, under such regulations as the district commanders may prescribe. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the constitutional convention
be made for votof of the States mentioned in the acts to which this is amendatory ing for represen
any may provide that at the time of voting upon the ratification of the con- tatives to Constitution the registered voters may vote also for members of the House of gress and elecRepresentatives of the United States, and for all elective officers provided der the constitufor by the said constitution ; and the same election officers who shall make tion, at time of the return of the votes cast on the ratification or rejection of the consti- voting upon ratitution, shall enumerate and certify the votes cast for members of stitution. Congress.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
President of the Senate pro tempore.
[NOTE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF State. — The foregoing act having been presented to the President of the United States for his approval, and not have ing 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.]
March 12, 1868. CHAP. XXVI. - An Act to revive an Act to constitute Hannibal, Missouri, and Peoria,
Illinois, Ports of Delivery. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Hannibal. Mo. States of America in Congress assembled, That the second section of the and Peoria, II. made ports of
act of the fifth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six, delivery, entitled “ An act to constitute the cities of Hannibal, Missouri, and 1856, ch. 12. Vol. si. p. 2.
Peoria, Illinois, ports of delivery,” is hereby revived and declared to be in full force and effect for the term of two years from the passage of this act.
APPROVED, March 12, 1868.
March 12, 1868. CHAP. XXVII. — An Ad providing for holding a circuit Court at the City of Erie,
Pennsylvania. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United A term of the States of America in Congress assembled, That the circuit court of the circuit court of United States for the western district of Pennsylvania, in addition to the States to be held terms now held, shall be held at the city of Erie, in said western district, at Erie. at the same times now fixed by law for holding terms of the district court
for said western district of Pennsylvania, at the city of Erie.
APPROVED, March 12, 1868.
March 16, 1868.
CHAP. XXIX. · An Act to facilitate the Settlement of Paymasters' Accounts.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Army pay. States of America in Congress assembled, That the proper accounting masters to be allowed credits
officers of the treasury be, and they are hereby, authorized, in the settlefor certain over- ment of accounts of paymasters of the army, to allow such credits for payments. over-payments made in good faith on public account since the commence
ment of the rebellion, and prior to the passage of this act, as shall appear to them to be just, by such vouchers and testimony as they shall require.
APPROVED, March 16, 1868.
March 16, 1868. CHAP. XXX. An Act making Appropriations for the Support of the military Academy
for the fiscal Year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Military States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, academy appro- and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury priation.
not otherwise appropriated, for the support of the military academy for
the year ending the thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine. Officers, in- For additional pay of officers, and for pay of instructors, cadets, and structors, cadets, musicians, one hundred and eighty-two thousand seven hundred and forty
seven dollars and fifty cents. Subsistence. For commutation of officers' subsistence, five thousand eight hundred
and three dollars and fifty cents.
For pay in lieu of clothing to officers' servants, one hundred and fifty
six dollars. Current ex
For current and ordinary expenses, fifty-six thousand eight hundred penses. and five dollars: Provided, That the second section of the act approved Repeal of. 1869, ch.46.6 2. April first, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, “making appropriations for Vol. xiii. p. 89. the support of the military academy for the year ending June thirtieth,
eighteen hundred and sixty-five,” is hereby repealed. Library. For purchase of books for the library, two thousand dollars.
Board of vis- For expenses of board of visitors, two thousand dollars: Provided, itors.
That the second section of the act approved August eighth, eighteen hun
dred and forty-six, making appropriations for the support of the military Number of academy for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and not to exceed
forty-seven, be amended by striking out the first proviso in said section, 1846, ch. 96. and by inserting in lieu thereof the following: Provided, That the whole Vol. ix. p. 71. number of visitors each year shall not exceed seven.
For forage for artillery and cavalry horses, five thousand dollars. Military
academy approFor horses for artillery and cavalry practice, four thousand dollars.
For breast-bigh walls of water battery, five thousand dollars: Provided,
For reflooring academic building and barracks, fifteen hundred dollars.
For contingencies for the superintendent of the academy, five hundred Limitation dollars: Provided, That no part of the sums appropriated by the provis- ture of appropriions of this act shall be expended in violation of the provisions of an act ations, entitled “An act to prescribe an oath of office, and for other purposes,", vol. xii. p. 602.
1862, ch. 128. approved July second, eighteen hundred and sixty-two: And provided further, That no part of the moneys appropriated by this act shall be applied to the pay or subsistence of any cadet from any State declared to be in rebellion against the government of the United States, appointed after the first day of January, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, until such State shall have been returned to its original relations to the Union.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
President of the Senate pro tempore.
[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.)
CHAP. XXXI. — An Act to facilitate the Payment of Soldiers' Bounties under Act of March 19, 1868.
eighteen hundred and sixty-siz. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the
clerks author Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to employ, for ized to facilitate not more than one year, fifty additional clerks in the division of the sec- payment of solond auditor's office of the Treasury Department, to expedite furnishing diers' bounties: information to the paymaster-general in regard to soldiers claiming boun- \ 12, 13. ty under the provisions of sections twelve and thirteen of the act entitled Vol. xiv. p. 822. “An act making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the government for the year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty- See post, p. 64. seven, and for other purposes," approved July twenty-eight, eighteen hundred and sixty-six, giving in all cases preference in said employment to soldiers and sailors honorably discharged from the service of the certain soldiers United States.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Treasury Convenient be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to procure and to provide rooms to be adequate and convenient rooms for all clerks employed in the examina- procured. tion of the muster-rolls in said office.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the assistant treasurers of the United States in the cities of New York and San Francisco be, and they York and San
surers in New are hereby, directed to pay duplicate checks, for bounties granted under Francisco to pay the said act, upon notice and proof of the loss of the original check duplicate checks or checks, under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury may
upon notice, &c. direct.
Second comp- Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the second comptroller and troller and auditor each to detail second auditor are each hereby authorized to detail one clerk in his bu. a clerk to sign reau, who may sign all certificates and papers issued under any of the certain papers. several bounty acts for such comptroller and auditor, and such signature
shall be as valid in all respects as if signed by the said comptroller and auditor, who shall be responsible respectively for the official acts of said clerks.
APPROVED, March 19, 1868.
March 27, 1868. CHAP. XXXIV. - An Act to amend an Act entitled “An Act to amend the Judiciary
1789, ch. 20. Act, passed the twenty-fourth of September, seventeen hundred and eighty-nine." Vol. i. 'p. 78.
Certain final Be it enacted by the Senate and Horise of Representatives of the United judgments in States of America in Congress assembled, That final judgments in any circircuit courts, in civil actions
cuit court of the United States in any civil action against a collector or against revenue other officer of the revenue for any act done by him in the performance officers may be of his official duty, or for the recovery of any money exacted by or paid Supreme Court to him, which shall have been paid into the treasury of the United States, without regard may, at the instance of either party, be re-examined and reversed or to sum in con
affirmed in the Supreme Court of the United States, upon writ of error, troversy.
Act authoriz. without regard to the sum or value in controversy in such action. ing certain ap- Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That so much of the act approved ment of circuit February five, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, entitled “ An act to courts to Su- amend. An act to establish the judicial courts of the United States,' appreme Court of proved September twenty-fourth, seventeen hundred and eighty-nine," as States repealed. authorizes an appeal from the judgment of the circuit court to the Su1867, ch. 28.
preme Court of the United States, or the exercise of any such jurisdicVol. xiv. P. 386. tion by said Supreme Court on appeals which have been or may hereafter Court not to ex- be taken, be, and the same is, hereby repealed. ercise jurisdic
SCHUYLER COLFAX, tion in any such
Speaker of the House of Representatives. appeal.
B. F. WADE,
President of the Senate pro tempore.
IN THE SENATE March 26, 1968. States,}
March 26, 1868. The President of the United States having returned to the Senate, in which it originated, the bill entitled “ An act to amend an act entitled * An act to amend the judiciary act, passed the twenty-fourth of September, seventeen hundred and eighty-nine,
"" with his objections thereto, the Senate proceeded, in pursuance of the constitution, to reconsider the same; and
Resolved, That the said bill do pass, two thirds of the Senate agreeing to pass the same. Attest:
J. W. FORNEY,
Secretary of the Senate. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, U. S.,
March 27, 1868. The House of Representatives having proceeded, in pursuance of the constitution, to reconsider the bill entitled “ An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to amend the.judiciary act, passed the twenty-fourth of September, seventeen hundred and eighty-nine,'” returned to the Senate by the President of the United States, with his objections, and sent by the Senate to the House of Representatives, with the message of the President returning the bill,
Resolved, That the bill do pass, two thirds of the House of Representatives agreeing to pass the same. Attest:
Clerk of the H. R. U.S.