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ENACTED BY THE
FORTY-THIRD CONGRESS-SECOND SESSION,
THE YEARS 1874-1875.
[NOTE.-The omitted chapters and parts of chapters are private, special, local, or temporary acts not of general interest.
R. S. refers to Revised Statutes; STAT. L. to Statutes at Large.
AN ACT TO CONFIRM AN AGREEMENT MADE WITH THE SHOSHONE INDIANS (EASTERN
Dec. 15, 1874..
18 Stat. L., 291.
[SECTION 1], That the agreement entered into on the twenty-sixth Agreement with day of September, in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and sev- eastern band of enty-two, between Felix R. Brunot, commissioner on the part of the Shoshone Indians United States, and the chief, head-men, and men of the eastern band of Shoshone Indians, in the words and figures following, be, and the same is hereby, confirmed, satisfied, (1) and approved by the Congress and President of the United States:
Provided; That the cattle furnished under this agreement shall be good, young American cattle, suitable for breeding purposes.
What cattle to be furnished.
Articles of agree
of a convention made and concluded at the Shoshone and Bannock
That whereas by article eleven of a treaty with the Shoshone (eastern band) and Bannock tribes of Indians, made the third day of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, at Fort Bridger, Utah Territory, a reservation was set apart for the use and occupancy of said tribes 673). of Indians in the following words: "The United States further agrees that the following district of country, to wit; commencing at the mouth of Owl Creek and running, due south, to the crest of the divide between the Sweetwater and the Papo-Agie Rivers; thence along the NOTES.--(1) This word is so written on the roll. It should be,-ratified.
(2) So written on the roll, should be,-or.
Cession to United
States of part of reservation in Wyoming Territory.
- compensation to be paid by United States.
Salary to be paid to the chief. Southern line of reservation to be sur veyed, &c.
Agreement subject to ratification.
crest of said divide and the summit of Wind River Mountains to the longitude of North Fork of Wind River; thence due north, to mouth of said Nork Fork, and up its channel to a point twenty miles above its mouth; thence in a straight line to head-waters of Owl Creek, and, along middle of channel of Owl Creek, to place of beginning,' shall be, and the same is, set apart for the absolute and undisturbed use and occupation of the Shoshone Indians herein named;" And whereas, previous to and since the date of said treaty, mines have been discovered, and citizens of the United States have made improvements within the limits of said reservation, and it is deemed advisable for the settlement of all difficulty between the parties, arising in consequence of said occupancy, to change the southern limit of said reservation:
I. The Shoshone band or tribe of Indians (eastern band) hereby cede to the United States of America that portion of their reservation in Wyoming Territory which is situated south of a line beginning at a point on the eastern boundary of the Shoshone and Bannock reservation, due east to the mouth of the Little Papo-Agie, at its junction with the Papo-Agie, and running from said point west to the mouth of the Little Papo-Agie; thence up the Papo-Agie to the North Fork, and up the North Fork to the mouth of the canyon; thence west to the western boundary of the reservation.
II. The United States agree to pay to the Shoshone (eastern band) or tribe the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars; said sum to be expended under the direction of the President for the benefit and use of said Indians in the following manner, viz:
On or before the tenth day of August of each year, for the term of five years after the ratification of this agreement, five thousand dollars shall be expended in the purchase of stock-cattle, and said cattle delivered to the Shoshones on their reservation. Second. The salary of five hundred dollars per annum shall be paid by the United States for the term of five years to Wash-a-kie, chief of the Shoshones.
III. Within the term of six months, and as soon as practicable after the ratification of this agreement, the United States shall cause the southern line of the Shoshone reservation, as herein designated, to be surveyed, and marked at suitable points on the ground, and until said line has been so surveyed and marked, the United States binds itself not to permit the intrusion of any white person upon any of the agricultural or other lands within the limit of the district proposed to be ceded.
IV. This convention or agreement is made subject to the approval of the President and the ratification or rejection of the Congress of the United States. [December 15, 1874.]
Dec. 21, 1874. 18 Stat. L., 293.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF CERTAIN LANDS TO BE RECLAIMED IN
Reclaimed swamp lands in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, released to adjoining owners on payment, &c. Reclaimed Be it enacted, &c., That so much of the bed of the marsh or pond in swamp lands in sections fourteen, twenty-three, and twenty-six, in township sixteen Sheboygan Coun- north, of range twenty east of the fourth principal meridian, in the ty, Wisconsin, released to adjoining county of Sheboygan, in the State of Wisconsin, as shall or may be owners on pay- reclaimed by draining the water from the same, shall be owned and held, ment, &c. so far as any rights or interests of the United States are concerned, by the owners of the lands abutting upon said marsh or pond, and draining the same to the centre or thread thereof, and divided among the several owners adjoining and abutting said marsh or pond, according to the rules of law, upon payment by said adjoining owners into the treasury of the United States of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre for the amount of land that has been or may be so reclaimed. [December 21, 1874.]
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE AUTHENTICATION OF THE REVISED STATUTES OF THE
Dec. 28, 1874.
18 Stat. L., 293.
Certificate to Re
vised Statutes, 1st edition.
Be it enacted, &c.
2. Bills, orders, resolutions, and votes of Congress which become laws to be preserved by Secrotary of State.
[SECTION 1], That the certificate to the printed volume of the Revised Statutes of the United States required by section two of "An act pro
1874, June 20,
15 Ct. Cl., 86.
viding for publication of the Revised Statutes and laws of the United
And so much of said section as provides that such certificate shall be not to be under under the seal of the United States, is hereby repealed.
Bills, orders, resolutions, and votes of Congress
SEC. 2. That section number two hundred and four of the revised statutes of the United States shall hereafter read as follows: (1) Whenever a bill, order, resolution or vote of the Senate and House which become laws of Representatives, having been approved by the President, or not having been returned by him with his objections, becomes a law or takes effect, it shall forthwith be received by the Secretary of State from the President.
And whenever a bill, order, resolution or vote is returned by the President with his objections, and, on being reconsidered, is agreed to be passed, and is approved by two-thirds of both Houses of Congress, and thereby becomes a law or takes effect, it shall be received by the Secretary of State from the President of the Senate, or Speaker of the House of Representatives in whichsoever House it shall last have been so approved, and he shall carefully preserve the originals. [December 28, 1874.] NOTE.—(1) This amendment is incorporated in the second edition of the Revised Statutes.
to be preserved by
AN ACT FOR THE RELIEF OF CERTAIN SETTLERS ON THE PUBLIC LANDS.
1. Homestead and pre-emption settlers whose lands were injured by grasshoppers in 1874 and 1875 may be absent without prejudice. Be it enacted, &c.
2. During absence no adverse rights acquired.
Dec. 28, 1874.
18 Stat. L., 294.
were injured by
[SECTION 1], That it shall be lawful for homestead and pre-emption Homestead and settlers on the public lands, whose crops were destroyed or seriously pre-emption setinjured by grasshoppers in the year eighteen hundred and seventy-four tlers whose lands to leave and be absent from said lands until July first, eighteen hundred grasshoppers in and seventy-five, under such regulations as to proof of the same as the 1874 and 1875 may Commissioner of the General Land Office may prescribe; And where such grasshoppers shall re-appear in eighteen hundred and seventy-five, to the like destruction of the crops of settlers, the right to leave and be absent as aforesaid shall continue to July first, eighteen hundred and seventy-six.
SEC. 2. That during such absence no adverse rights shall attach to said lands; such settlers being allowed to resume and perfect their settlement as though no such absence had been enjoyed or allowed.
SEC. 3. That the time for making final proof and payment by preemptors whose crops have been destroyed or injured as aforesaid, is hereby extended for one year after the expiration of the term of absence provided for in the first section of this act. [December 28, 1874.]
AN ACT SUSPENDING SO MUCH OF THE ACT ENTITLED "AN ACT RE-ORGANIZING THE
be absent without
1876, June 19, ch.
1879, July 1, ch.
During absence no adverse rights acquired. 1876, June 19, ch. 134.
Time for making proof extended.
Jan. 1, 1875.
18 Stat. L., 294.
Be it enacted, &c., That so much of the act entitled "An act re-organizing the several staff-corps of the Army", approved June twenty-third, number of coneighteen hundred and seventy-four, as applies to contract-surgeons, be, tract-surgeons in and is hereby, suspended until otherwise provided by law. [January Army suspended. [January R.S., § 1168. 1, 1875.]
1874, June 23, ch. 458, § 4.
Jan. 11, 1875.
18 Stat. L., 294.
The Dalles landdistrict, in Oregon, established.
R. S., 2256, 2d ed., p. 409.
AN ACT TO CREATE AN ADDITIONAL LAND-DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF OREGON, TO BE
1. The Dalles land-district in Oregon established.
Be it enacted, &c.
2. Register and receiver.
Sales at office of old district confirmed.
[SECTION 1], That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to establish an additional land-district in the State of Oregon, which district shall be bounded as follows, viz:
Commencing on the Columbia River at the intersection of the rangeline, between ranges eight and nine east, thence south on said rangeline to the fourth standard parallel, which is the north boundary of the Linkton land-district; thence east on said parallel to range twenty-seven east; thence north on range-line between ranges twenty-six and twentyseven to the Columbia River; thence down said river to the place of beginning, comprising all that land in Oregon situate north of the Linkton land-district and between ranges eight and twenty-seven east of the Willamette meridian.
Said district, as above bounded, shall be known and designated as The Dalles, but The Dalles district; and the office of said district shall be located at may be changed the city of The Dalles, or such place as the President shall direct, in by President. the State of Oregon; and the President of the United States shall have power to change the location of said land-office, in said State, from time to time, as the public interests may seem to require.
SEC. 2. That the President is hereby authorized to appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, or during the recess thereof, a register and a receiver for the district hereby created, who shall each reside in the place where said land-office is located, and shall have the same powers, responsibilities, and emoluments, and be subject to the same acts and penalties, which are, or may be, prescribed by law in relation to other land-officers in said State.
SEC. 3. That the public lands in said district shall be subject to sale and disposal upon the same terms and conditions as other public lands of the United States:
Provided, That all sales and locations made at the office of the old district of lands situated within the limits of the new district, which shall be valid and right in other respects, up to the day on which the new office shall go into operation, be, and the same are hereby, confirmed. [January 11, 1875.]
Jan. 11, 1875. 18 Stat. L., 295.
AN ACT EXPLANATORY OF THE RESOLUTION ENTITLED “A RESOLUTION FOR THE RE-
Settlers on Absentee Shawnee lands in Kansas may purchase same.
Whereas several tracts of land ceded to the Shawnee Indians by the treaty concluded between them and the United States which was proclaimed Treaty with Shaw- November second, eighteen hundred and fifty-four, were erroneously set nee Indians (10 apart and allotted to various individuals of the Shawnee tribe of Indians, and which said allotments were subsequently canceled, and therefore form a part of the residuum of the land which by the treaty aforesaid was to be set apart for the Absentee Shawnees: Therefore,
Stat. L., 1053).
Be it enacted, &c., That the terms of the resolution approved seventh Settlers on Ab- April, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, (1) for the relief of the settlers sentee Shawnee upon the Absentee Shawnee lands in Kansas, should be extended to
lands in Kansas
NOTE.-(1) See note on following page.
those settlers who now occupy and have improved tracts of land known may purchase and described as the east half of the northeast quarter and the south- same. 1869, Res. No. 9 west quarter of the northeast quarter of section twenty-nine, in town- (16 Stat. L., 53). ship twelve, of range twenty-three east, of the sixth principal meridian; 1881, March 1, the south half of the southwest quarter of section five; the south half ch. 97. of the southwest quarter, the north half of the southwest quarter, and the northwest quarter of section eight, in township thirteen of range twenty-two east, of the sixth principal meridian; all located in the State of Kansas, within the boundaries of the tract ceded to the Shawnees by the treaty proclaimed on the second November, eighteen hundred and fifty-four. [January 11, 1875.]
NOTE.-(1) The resolution referred to in this act is as follows:
"Resolved, &c., That each bona fide settler now occupying said lands and having made improvements thereon, or the heirs at law of such, who is a citizen of the United States, or who has declared his intention to become such, shall be entitled to purchase the land so occupied and improved by him, not to exceed one hundred and sixty acres in each case, at the price of two dollars and fifty cents per acre, under such rules and regulations as the Secretary of the Interior shall prescribe:
"Provided, however, That the proceeds of said sales shall be applied in accordance with the provisions [of the treaty] between the United States and the said Shawnee Indians, proclaimed November second, anno Domini eighteen hundred and fifty-four."
Silver coins to be
[SECTION 1], That the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized and required, as rapidly as practicable, to cause to be coined at the mints issued and fractional currency reof the United States, silver coins of the denominations of ten, twenty deemed. five, and fifty cents, of standard value, and to issue them in redemption R. S., § 3513of an equal number and amount of fractional currency of similar denom- 3517, 3572. inations, or, at his discretion, he may issue such silver coins through the mints, the subtreasuries, public depositaries, and post-offices of the United States; and, upon such issue, he is hereby authorized and required to redeem an equal amount of such fractional currency, until the whole amount of such fractional currency outstanding shall be redeemed. SEC. 2. That so much of section three thousand five hundred and Charge for cointwenty-four of the Revised Statutes of the United States as provides ing gold repealed. R. S., § 3524. for a charge of one-fifth of one per centum for converting standard gold bullion into coin is hereby repealed, and hereafter no charge shall be made for that service.
SEC. 3. That section five thousand one hundred and seventy-seven of Aggregate circuthe Revised Statutes of the United States, limiting the aggregate lation of national amount of circulating-notes of national banking-associations, be, and banks not limited; repealing. is hereby, repealed; and each existing banking-association may increase R. S., §§ 5177its circulating-notes in accordance with existing law without respect to 5180. said aggregate limit; and new banking-associations may be organized 1874, June 20, in accordance with existing law without respect to said aggregate limit; and the provisions of law for the withdrawal and redistribution of national-bank currency among the several States and Territories are hereby repealed.
[Rep.] [And whenever, and so often, as circulating-notes shall be is- United States sued to any such banking-association, so increasing its capital or circu- notes in excess of lating-notes, or so newly organized as aforesaid, it shall be the duty of three hundred milthe Secretary of the Treasury to redeem the legal tender United States
lion to be with