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PUBLIC ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS
CONTAINED IN THIS VOLUME.
Acts of the Fortieth Congress of the United States.
STATUTE I. - 1867.
National, Military, and Naval Asylum. An act to amend an act entitled " An act to amend an
act entitled An act to incorporate a National, Military, and Naval Asylum for the Relief of the totally disabled Officers and Men of the Volunieer Forces of the United States,'
approved March twenty-one, eighteen hundred and sixty-six. March 12, 1867, ch. 1..... Commissioners to the Indian Country. An act making appropriations for the expenses of commis
sioners sent by the President to the Indian country. March 14, 1867, ch. 2..... Wreck of Steamship Scotland. An act to repeal a joint resolution entitled “A Resolution to pro
vide for the Removal of the Wreck of the Steamship Scotland," approved January twenty
ninth, eighteen hundred and sixty-sever March 16, 1867, ch. 3... Maimed and Destitute Soldiers. An act to clothe the maimed and destitute soldiers. March 22,
1867, ch. 4.. Land in Burlington, Iowa. An act in relation to a certain tract of land in Burlington, Iowa.
March 22, 1867, ch. 5.. Rebel States. An act supplementary to an act entitled “ An Act to provide for the more efficient
Government of the Rebel States,” passed March second, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven,
and to facilitate restoration. March 23, 1867, ch. 6. Courts of the United States in Nebraska. An act to provide for a district and a circuit court of
the United States for the district of Nebraska, and for other purposes. March 25, 1867,
ch. 7.... Internal Tar, Wrapping-Paper, National Banking Associations, Ladders. An act to exempt wrap
ping-paper, made from wood or cornstalks, from internal tax, and for other purposes.
March 26, 1867, ch. 8... Deeds in the District of Columbia. An net in relation to the acknowledgment of deeds in the Dis
trict of Columbia. March 26, 1867, ch. 9... West Virginia. An act supplementary to an act entitled “ An act to reimburse the State of West
Virginia for Moneys expended for the United States in enrolling, equipping, and paying
and sixty-six. March 26, 1867, ch. 10... Long Island, in Boston Harbor. An act to authorize the entry and occupation of a portion of
Long Island, in Boston harbor, for military purposes. March 28, 1867, ch. 11... Government Warehouses in Atlantic Dock. An act to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to
sell the gover[n]ment warehouses on Atlantic Dock, Brooklyn, New York. March 28,
1867, ch. 12. Deficiency Ippropriution. An act making appropriations to supply deficiencies in the appropria
tions for contingent expenses of the Senate of the United States for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, and for other purposes. March 29, 1867, ch. 13..
Page Indiana and Ohio. An act to reimburse the States of Indiana and Ohio for moneys expended for
the United States in enrolling, equipping, and provisioning militia forces to aid in suppres
sing the rebellion. March 29, 1867, ch. 14... American Atlantic Cable Company. An act to grant to the American Atlantic Cable Telegraph
Company, of New York, the right of way and privilege to lay, land, and operate a sub-
Islands March 29, 1867, ch. 15....
vania. March 29, 1867, ch. 16 .....
11 Colorado Territory. An act amendatory of the organic act of Colorado Territory. March 30, 1867, ch. 21.
12 National Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphan Ilome. An act for the support in part of the National Sol
diers and Sailors' Orphan Home in the District of Columbia. Marih 30, 1867, ch. 22.. Agricultural College in Nebraska. An act extending to the State of Nebraska the provisions of an
act relating to agricultural colleges. March 30, 1867, ch. 23 Public Grounds. Capitol Building. An act to provide in part for grading the public grounds, and
for other purposes. March 30, 1867, ch. 24... Printing in Treasury Department. An act supplementary to an act entitled “ An Act making Appro
priations for Sundry Civil Expenses of the Government for the year ending June thirty, cighteen hundred and sixty-eight, and for other Purposes,” passed March second, eighteen
hundred and sixty-seven. July 19, 1867, clı. 27... Certain Soldiers and Sailors not to be deemeil Deserters. An act for the relief of certain soldiers and sailors therein designated. July 19, 1867, ch. 28
14 Posl-Rouls. An act to establish certain post-roads. July 19, 1867, ch. 29
14 Rebel Slutes. 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. July 19, 1867, ch. 30....
14 Hostile Indian Tribes. An act to establish peace with certain hostile Indian tribes. July 20, 1867, ch. 32..
17 Claims Convention with Venezuela. 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, July 20, 1867, ch. 33...
18 Treaties with Indians. An act amendatory of “An Act making Appropriations to supply Deficiencies
in the Appropriations for Contingent Expenses of the Senate of the United Siates for the fiscal year ending June thirty, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, and for other Purposes,” July 20, 1867, ch. 34
(No. 1.] Universal Exhibition at Paris. A resolution supplementary to other joint resolutions
to enable the people of the United States to participate in the advantages of the Universal
Exhibition at Paris, in 1867. March 12, 1867... [No. 2.] Fox and Wisconsin Rivers. A resolution extending the time for the completion of the im
provement of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers. March 12, 1867... [No. 3.) George Peabody. A resolution presenting the thanks of Congress to George Peabody.
March 16, 1867... (No. 4.] Freedmen in the District of Columbia. A resolution for the relief of freedmen or desti
tute colored people in the District of Columnbia. March 16, 1867.... (No. 5.) Discriminating Duties. Joint resolution to authorize the refunding of discriminating
duties exactal upon inerchandise imported in Hawaiian vessels. March 22, 1867...... (No. 6.) Special deposit of Coin and Bullion. Joint resolution in relation to certain coin and bullion
on special deposit in the treasury. March 22, 1867...
tary of War to turn over certain property of the United States, at Camp Chase, Ohio, for
March 22, 1867..
Act to provile Increased Revenue from Imported Wool, and for other Purposes." March
Page (No. 9.] Ship Canal between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. A resolution providing for the neces
sary surveys for a ship canal between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, for military, naval, and commercial purposes. March 22, 1867..
21 [No. 10.) Friction Matches in Passenger Steamboats. A resolution amending the ninth section of
" An Act to amend an act entitled 'An Act to provide for the better Security of the Lives of Passengers on board of Vessels propelled in whole or in part by Steam, and for other
Purposes," approved August thirtieth, eighteen hundred and fifty-two, March 22, 1867.... 22 [No. 11.) Customs Duties. Joint resolution fixing the rate of duty on umbrellas, and on wire spiral furniture springs. March 25, 1867..
22 (No. 12.) Contract for carrying the Mail. A resolution to terminate a contract of a member of
Congress with the Post-Office Department of the United States of America. March 26, 1867..
22 [No. 13.). Works of Art, Steam Ploughs, Collection of Direct Ta.res i.. Insuitectionary Districts.
Joint resolution providing for the importation into the United States of certain works of
art duty free, and for other Purposes. . March 26, 1867... (No. 14.] New Jerico. A resolution to make valid the laws of New Mexico passed at the
session of the Legislature held at Santa Fé, from the third day of December, eighteen hundred and sixty-six, to thirty-first day of January, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven. March
26, 1867... [No. 15.) Diplomatic Service. A resolution concerning the uniform of persons in the diplomatic service of the United States. March 27, 1867...
23 [No. 16.) Claimants for Lost Property. A resolution declaring the meaning of the second sec
tion of the act of the second of March eighteen hundred and sixty-one, relative to the property lost in the military service. March 28, 1867...
24 [No. 17.) Destitute in the South. Joint resolution to furnish transportation of provisions to the
destitute in the South. March 29, 1867... No. 18.) Members of Congress. Joint resolution in reference to the payment of the salaries of members of Congress. March 29, 1867..
24 (No. 19.) Customs Duties. Joint resolution to amend an act entitled " An Act to provide Increased Revenue from Imported Wool, and for other purposes.” March 29, 1867.
......... 24 (No. 20.] Ship Cunal. Louisville and Portland Canal. Joint resolution providing for the neces
sary surveys for a ship canal around the falls of the Ohio River, for military, naval, and commercial purposes. March 29, 1967..
25 (No. 21.) Dredge Boats. Joint resolution to authorize the Secretary of War to build dredge boats for use at the mouth of the Mississippi River. March 29, 1867...
25 [No. 22.] Army Officers. Joint resolution authorizing the second auditor to settle the accounts of officers of the army in certain cases. March 29, 1861...
25 (No. 23.) Agricultural College Scrip. Joint resolution relative to the issue of agricultural college
scrip to the States lately in rebellion. March 29, 1867. (No. 24.! District of Columbia. A resolution in relation to the educational interests of the District of Columbia. March 29, 1867...
26 [No. 25.] Colored Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines. A resolution in reference to the collection and
payment of moneys due colored soldiers, sailors, and marines, or their heirs. March 29, 1867..
26 (No. 26.) District Elections in the District of Columbin. A resolution relativo to the payment of
expenses incurred by the judges of election for the cities of Washington and Georgetown, District of Columbia. March 29, 1867.
27 [No. 27.), Western and Northwestern Rivers. A resolution in relation' to the execution of surveys of rivers ordered by Congress. March 29, 1867....
28 [No. 28.) Destilute in the Southern and Southwestern States. A resolution for the relief of the
destitute in the Southern and Southwestern States. March 30, 1867..... (No. 29.1 Purchase and Distribution of Seeds. A resolution authorizing the transfer of certain
funds, and providing for the purchase of seeds and their distribution in the Southern States. March 30, 1867.
28 [No. 30.) Arms and Equipments for Tennessee. A resolution directing the Secretary of War to
furnish certain arms and equipments to the State of Tennessee. March 30, 1867.......... 28 (No. 31.) Payment for Slaves drafted, 8c. (18 Volunteers. Joint resolution suspending all proceed
ings in relation to payment for slaves drafted or received as volunteers in the military
service of the United States. March 30, 1867.... (No. 32.] Rebel States. Joint resolution providing for the expenses of carrying into full effect
an act entitled "An Act to provide for the more efficient Government of the Rebel States." March 30, 1867...
29 [No. 33.) Traders at Military Posts. A resolution to authorize the commanding general of the
army to permit traders to remain at certain military posts. March 30, 1867.. (No. 34.) Ruggles Property at New York Nary-Yard. A resolution for the purchase of lands adjoining the navy-yard at Brooklyn. March 30, 1867..
I No 35.1 Jorris Rice Evans. Joint resolution au horizin: the Secretary of the Narr to admit
l examination Morris Rice Evans, for admission to the naval academy in Sep« inber next.
(No 39.1 Rebel States. Joint resolution to carry into ottime the several sets providing for the
more efficient goverment of the rebel States. July 19, 1867..
ship service between the United States and China and Ja, 11. July 20, 1867.
son River West Shore Railroad Coinpany. December 14, 1867, ch. I..
New Orleans, Mobile and Chattanooga Railroad Company. An act to establish and declare the rail-
road and bridges of the New Orleans, Mobile and Chattanooga Railroad Company, as here-