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or employment, he shall on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or by imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both.

Books, &c., of SEC. 3. That all records, books, files, maps plats, surveys, drawings, Washington, writings and other papers, of the late corporations of Washington Georgetown, and Georgetown, or of the levy court of the District of Columbia, or made levy court to belong to District. by persons in the employment or service of either of them, or of the District of Columbia, in the course of such employment or service, or which shall hereafter be so made, are, and shall be the property of the District of Columbia;

&c.

And whoever shall steal any such record, book, file, map, plat, sur-punishment for stealing, secreting, vey drawing or other paper, or instruments used in surveying or engineering work, such property of said District of Columbia shall upon conviction thereof, be imprisoned not more than three years, or pay a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or both, without reference to the value of the property or thing so taken.

-penalty for se- SEC. 4. That all persons who shall willfully secrete or remove from creting, removing, the office, room or place where the same are usually kept, any record, altering, &c. book, file, writing, paper map, plat, survey, drawing, field note, or any note in reference to the same, or instruments used in surveying or engineering work, the property of the District of Columbia, or within the care or custody of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, or of any officer or employé of said District, or shall alter, change, deface, obliterate or destroy the same or who having removed from such office room or place where the same was usually kept any article or thing hereinbefore named, or who having come into possession of any such article or thing, so removed, and who knowing such to be the property of the District of Columbia shall hereafter on demand of the Commissioners of said District, their agent or attorney, refuse or neglect forthwith to return the same, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be imprisoned not more than three years, or be fined not exceeding five thousand dollars, or both. [February 4, 1878.1

Feb. 11, 1878.

20 Stat. L., 24.

Name of consul

CHAPTER 14.

AN ACT TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE "CONSULATE AT OMOA AND TRUXILLO.”
Name of consulate at Omoa, &c., Honduras, changed to Ruatan and Truxillo.

Be it enacted, &c., That the name of the "Consulate at Omoa and ate at Omoa, &c., Truxillo" be, and the same is hereby, changed to the "Consulate RuaHonduras, tan and Truxillo." [February 11, 1878.] changed to Ruatan

and Truxillo. R. S., § 1690, Sch. C, p. 302. 1874, June 11, ch. 275, Sch. C, § 1, p. 35. 1876, Feb. 18, ch. 12.

CHAPTER 20.

AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE COINAGE OF THE STANDARD SILVER DOLLAR, AND TO
RESTORE ITS LEGAL-TENDER CHARACTER.

Feb. 28, 1878.

20 Stat. L., 25.

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Silver dollars to

be coined and to be legal tender.

1. Silver dollars to be coined and to be legal
tender.

Bullion therefor to be purchased.
Seigniorage to be accounted for.

Silver bullion fund limited.

Silver not to be used in payment of gold cer-
tificates.

Be it enacted, &c.

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[SECTION 1], That there shall be coined, at the several mints of the United States, silver dollars of the weight of four hundred and twelve R. S-3009, and a half grains Troy of standard silver, as provided in the act of January eighteenth, eighteen hundred thirty-seven, on which shall be the

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devices and superscriptions provided by said act; (1) which coins together with all silver dollars heretofore coined by the United States, of like weight and fineness, shall be a legal tender, at their nominal value, for all debts and dues public and private, except where otherwise expressly stipulated in the contract.

Bullion therefor

And the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and directed to purchase, from time to time, silver bullion, at the market price thereof, not to be purchased less than two million dollars worth per month, nor more than four million dollars worth per month, and cause the same to be coined monthly, as fast as so purchased, into such dollars; and a sum sufficient to carry out the foregoing provision of this act is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Seigniorage to

And any gain or seigniorage arising from this coinage shall be accounted for and paid into the Treasury, as provided under existing laws be accounted for. relative to the subsidiary coinage:

Provided, That the amount of money at any one time invested in such silver bullion, exclusive of such resulting coin, shall not exceed five million dollars:

R. S., § 3552.

Silver bullion

fund limited.
R. S., § 3526.
Silver not to be

used in payment of
gold certificates.
R. S., § 254.
International

And provided further, That nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize the payment in silver of certificates of deposit issued under the provisions of section two hundred and fifty-four of the Revised Statutes. SEC. 2. That immediately after the passage of this act, the President shall invite the governments of the countries composing the Latin conference invited. Union, so-called, and of such other European nations as he may deem advisable, to join the United States in a conference to adopt a common ratio between gold and silver, for the purpose of establishing, internationally, the use of bi-metallic money, and securing fixity of relative value between those metals;

Such conference to be held at such place, in Europe or in the United States, at such time within six months, as may be mutually agreed upon by the executives of the governments joining in the same, whenever the governments so invited, or any three of them, shall have signified their willingness to unite in the same.

The President shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint three commissioners, who shall attend such conference on behalf of the United States, and shall report the doings thereof to the President, who shall transmit the same to Congress.

Commissioners.

Said commissioners shall each receive the sum of two thousand five compensation. hundred dollars and their reasonable expenses, to be approved by the Secretary of State; and the amount necessary to pay such compensation and expenses is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Certificates for

be issued.

SEC. 3. That any holder of the coin authorized by this act may deposit the same with the Treasurer or any assistant treasurer of the United silver deposited to States, in sums not less than ten dollars, and receive therefor certificates of not less than ten dollars each, corresponding with the donominations of the United States notes.

tained.

The coin deposited for or representing the certificates shall be retained-coin for, to be rein the Treasury for the payment of the same on demand. Said certificates shall be receivable for customs, taxes, and all public dues, and, when so received, may be reissued.

SEC. 4. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act are hereby repealed. [Became a law February 28, 1878, notwithstanding the President's veto.]

NOTE.-(1) The provisions of the act of 1837, ch. 3 (5 Stat. L., 137), here referred to, are as follows:
"SEC. 8. That the standard for both gold and silver coins of the United States shall hereafter be
such, that of one thousand part by weight, nine hundred shall be of pure metal, and one hundred of
alloy; and the alloy of the silver coins shall be copper.

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SEC. 9. That of the silver coins, the dollar shall be of the weight of four hundred and twelve and one-half grains;

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receivable for

customs, taxes,
and public dues.
R. S., §§ 3009,

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Repeal.

silver coin.

Standard of gold and

Weight of silver dol

lar.

Devices, &c., on

"SEC. 13. That upon the coins struck at the mint there shall be the following devices and legends: Upon one side of each of said coins there shall be an impression emblematic of liberty, with an coins. inscription of the word LIBERTY, and the year of the coinage; and upon the reverse of each of the gold and silver coins there shall be the figure or representation of an eagle, with the inscription United States of America, and a designation of the value of the coin.

CHAPTER 25.

March 8, 1878.

20 Stat. L., 26.

In case of vacan

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION FOUR THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-EIGHT
OF THE REVISED STATUTES

In case of vacancy in office of pension agent during session of Senate, President may designate officer to perform duties temporarily, &c.

Be it enacted, &c., That whenever during a session of the Senate a cy in office of pen- vacancy shall occur in the office of Pension Agent, by reason of resig sion agent during session of Senate nation, death, removal or expiration of the term of office, or where any President may des- such agent lawfully appointed shall have failed to qualify and assume ignate officer to the duties of such office, the President may when the public exigency perform duties requires it, designate any officer of the United States to perform the temporarily, &c. R. S., 1769, duties of such office, but such designation shall not be for a longer time than twenty days,

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And such officer so designated shall give bonds if required by the President for the faithful discharge of the said duties, and the Secretary of the Interior shall allow in the settlement of the accounts of such officer, the necessary expenses incurred by him in the discharge of his duties under this act.

The foregoing provisions shall apply to any vacancy now existing. [March 8, 1878.]

March 9, 1878. 20 Stat. L., 27.

Revised Stat

but not to control

R. S., §§ 5595,

CHAPTER 26.

AN ACT TO AMEND AN ACT ENTITLED "AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE PREPARATION
AND PUBLICATION OF A NEW EDITION OF THE REVISED STATUTES OF THE UNITED

STATES", APPROVED MARCH SECOND, EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SEVEN.
Revised Statutes; second edition to be evidence, but not to control acts passed since December 1, 1873.

Be it enacted, &c., That an act entitled "An act to provide for the utes; second edi- preparation and publication of a new edition of the Revised Statutes of tion to be evidence, the United States", approved March second, eighteen hundred and acts passed since seventy-seven, be, and the same is hereby, amended as follows, to wit: Dec. 1, 1873. By striking out from the ninth and tenth lines of section four as published in the nineteenth volume of the Statutes at Large, the words "and conclusive"; and, in the tenth line, the words "and treaties"; and, by inserting after the word "Territories" at the end of the eleventh line, the following words, to wit: "but shall not preclude reference to, nor control, in case of any discrepancy, the effect of any original act as passed by Congress since the first day of December, eighteen hundred and seventy-three." [March 9, 1878.]

5601.

1874, June 20, ch. 333.

1877, March 2,

ch. 82.

March 9, 1878.

20 Stat. L., 27.

District court of

CHAPTER 27.

AN ACT CHANGING THE TIMES OF HOLDING TERMS OF THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA.

District court of West Virginia; when to be held.

Be it enacted, &c., That hereafter the district court of the United West Virginia; States for the district of West Virginia shall be held at the times and R. S., § 572, 24 places following; but when any of said dates shall fall on Sunday the ed., p. 101. term shall commence the following Monday, to wit:

when to be held.

At the city of Wheeling, on the first day of March and the first day of September;

At Clarksburg, on the first day of April and the first day of October; At Charleston, on the first day of May and the first day of November. And all pending process, rules, and proceedings shall be conducted in the same manner and with the same effect as to time as if this act had not passed. [March 9, 1878.]

CHAPTER 28.

AN ACT AMENDING THE LAWS GRANTING PENSIONS TO THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS
OF THE WAR OF EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND TWELVE, AND THEIR WIDOWS, AND
FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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[SECTION 1], That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, War of 1812; authorized and directed to place on the pension rolls the names of the soldiers and sailors surviving officers and enlisted and drafted men, without regard to color, of, to be placed on pension-rolls. including militia and volunteers, of the military and naval service of R. S., § 4732the United States, who served for fourteen days in the war with Great 4738. Britain of eighteen hundred and twelve, or who were in any engage- 16 Opin. Att'yment, and were honorably discharged, and the surviving widows of such Gen., 134. officers and enlisted and drafted men.

cluded.

SEC. 2. That this act shall not apply to any person who is receiving Persons exa pension at the rate of eight dollars per month or more, nor to any person receiving a pension of less than eight dollars per month except for the difference between the pension now received (if less than eight dollars per month) and eight dollars per month.

Rate and term

Pensions under this act shall be at the rate of eight dollars per month, except as herein provided, and shall be paid to the persons of pension. entitled thereto, from and after the passage of this act, for and during their natural lives:

Provided, That the pensions to widows provided for in this act shall Widows. cease when they shall marry again.

SEC. 3. That before the name of any person shall be placed upon the Proof, and penpension-rolls under this act, proof shall be made, under such rules and alty for false oath. regulations as the Commissioner of Pensions, with the approval of the

Secretary of the Interior, shall prescribe, that the applicant is entitled

to a pension under this act;

And any person who shall falsely take any oath required to be taken

under the provisions of this act shall be guilty of perjury;

Rolls may be cor

And the Secretary of the Interior shall cause to be stricken from the rolls the name of any person, when it shall appear, by proof satisfactory rected, &c. to him, that such name was put on said rolls by or through false or fraudulent representations, or by mistake as to the right of such person to a pension under this act.

Certificate of dis

The loss or lack of a certificate of discharge shall not deprive the applicant of the benefit of this act, but other proof of the service per- charge and record formed and of an honorable discharge, if satisfactory, shall be deemed evidence not necsufficient; and when there is no record evidence of such service and such discharge, the applicant may establish the same by other satisfactory testimony:

essary.

Grant of land

Provided, That when any person has been granted a land-warrant under any act of Congress for and on account of service in the said warrant prima war of eighteen hundred and twelve, such grant shall be prima-facie facie evidence. evidence of his service and honorable discharge, so as to entitle him, if living, or his widow, if he be dead, to a pension under this act; but such evidence shall not be conclusive, and may be rebutted by evidence that such land-warrant was improperly granted.

SEC. 4. That all applications for pensions of the classes provided for in this act heretofore or which may hereafter be made shall be considered and decided as though made under this act;

What applications to be consid

ered under this act. R. S., § 4692

And all laws now in force in regard to the manner of paying pensions, 4791.

Restoration of

who were stricken from rolls on ac

and in reference to the punishment of frauds, shall be applicable to all claims under the provisions of this act.

SEC. 5. That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorcertain pensioners ized and directed to restore to the pension-rolls the names of all persons now surviving heretofore pensioned on account of service in the war of count of the rebell- eighteen hundred and twelve against Great Britain, or for service in any ion. of the Indian wars, and whose names were stricken from the rolls in pur1862, ch. 18 (12 suance of the act entitled "An act authorizing the Secretary of the InStat. L., 337). 1867, Res. No. 46 terior to strike from the pension-rolls the names of such persons as have (14 Stat. L., 571). taken up arms against the government, or who have in any manner enR. S., § 3480, couraged the rebels," approved February fourth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two;

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1877, March 3, ch. 120.

And that the joint resolution (1) entitled "Joint resolution prohibiting payment by any officer of the government to any person not known to have been opposed to the rebellion and in favor of its suppression," approved March second, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, and section four thousand seven hundred and sixteen of the Revised Statutes of the United States, shall not apply to the persons provided for by this act: -without pay Provided, That no money shall be paid to any one on account of penduring suspension. sions for the time during which his name remained stricken from the rolls. Pension given to SEC. 6. That the surviving widow of any pensioner of the war of eightwidows and or- een hundred and twelve where the name of said pensioner was stricken phans of those who were so stricken from the pension-rolls in pursuance of the act entitled "An act authoroff and died before izing the Secretary of the Interior to strike from the pension-rolls the names of such persons as have taken up arms against the government, 1862, ch. 18 (12 or who have in any manner encouraged the rebels," approved February Stat. L., 337). R. S., $ 3480, fourth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and where, under the existing provisions of law, said pensioner died without his name being restored to the rolls, shall be entitled to make claim for a pension as such widow after the passage of this act:

restoration.

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Repeal.

Provided, That no such arrearages shall be paid for any period prior to the time of the removal of the disability of the pensioner, as provided in section five:

And provided further, That under this act any widow of a Revolutionary soldier who served fourteen days or was in any engagement shall be placed upon the pension-rolls of the United States, and receive a pension at the rate of eight dollars per month.

SEC. 7. That all laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this act be, and they are hereby, repealed. [March 9, 1878.]

NOTE. (1) The joint resolution here referred to of 18C7, No. 46 (14 Stat. L., 571), is incorporated into
Revised Statutes in § 3480.

March 13, 1878.

20 Stat. L., 29.

Railroad and

CHAPTER 32.

AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE ACROSS THE MISSOURI
RIVER AT OR NEAR GLASGOW, MISSOURI.

SECTION

1. Railroad and wagon bridge may be built over
Missouri River at Glasgow, Mo.

2. Post-route; rate payable by United States.

3. How to be constructed.

- as a draw-bridge.

Opening of draw; signals.

Obstruction of navigation prohibited, &c.

Be it enacted, &c.

SECTIO N

Laws for protection of navigation of river not modified.

4. All railroad companies to have equal use of
bridge.

5. Regulations by Secretary of War.
6. Act may be altered, &c.

[SECTION 1], That any corporation existing, or which may be organwagon bridge may ized, under the laws of the State of Missouri, be, and is hereby, authorbe built over Mis- ized to construct and maintain a bridge, and approaches thereto, over souri River at Glas- the Missouri River, at or near Glasgow, in the county of Howard, in gow, Mo. R. S., § 5244- said State.

5255.

Said bridge shall be constructed to provide for the passage of rail

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