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SEC. 30. That section thirty-nine hundred and fifty-five of the Revised Statutes be, and the same is hereby, amended so as to read as follows: "The Postmaster-General, whenever, he may deem it consistent with the public interest, may accept or require new surety upon any contract existing or hereafter made for carrying the mails, in substitution for and release of any existing surety".
New sureties for mail contracts may be required. Substitute for
R. S., § 3955.
SEC. 31. Any person performing the duties of postmaster, by author- Acting postmasity of the President, at any post-office where there is a vacancy for any ters during vacancause, shall receive for the term for which the duty is performed the cy of office to resame compensation to which he would have been entitled if regularly appointed and confirmed as such postmaster; and all services heretofore rendered in like cases shall be paid for under this provision.
SEC. 32. That the Postmaster-General is hereby authorized to take the necessary steps to introduce and furnish for public use a letter- velopes. sheet envelope, on which postage-stamps of the denominations now in use on ordinary envelopes shall be placed.
And the Postmaster-General is also authorized to introduce and furnish for public use a double postal card, on which shall be placed two cards and doubleletter envelopes. one-cent stamps, and said card to be so arranged for the address that R. S., § 3914, it may be forwarded and returned, said cards to be sold for two cents 3917. apiece; and also to introduce and furnish for public use a double-letter envelope, on which stamps of the denominations now in use may be placed, and with the arrangement for the address similar to the double postal card;
Said letter-sheet and double postal card and double envelope to be issued under such regulations as the Postmaster-General may prescribe.
And provided, That no money shall be paid for royalty or patent on but no royalty any of the articles named.
SEC. 33. That so much of this act as is embraced in sections four to thirty-one both inclusive, shall take effect from the first day of May, 1879, and all acts or parts of acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act, are hereby repealed. [March 3, 1879.]
for patent thereon to be paid.
When act takes
AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR SUNDRY CIVIL EXPENSES OF THE GOVERN-
1. Par. 1. Members of Congress to have ten charts of Coast Survey each session.
Par. 2. Issue of coin certificates for bullion, except, &c., repealed.
Par. 3. Secretary of Treasury may lease unproductive public property.
Par. 4. Water power at Moline may be leased by Secretary of War.
Par. 5. Pikesville arsenal and grounds may
Par. 6. Military prison to make supplies for
Par. 7. Home for Disabled Soldiers; pur-
Par. 8. Disbursements for Capitol extension,
Par. 9. Director of Geological Surveys; ap.
Par. 10. Publication of geological surveys and
distribution and sale of copies, &c. Par. 11. Half of support of indigent insane in Government Hospital to be paid by District of Columbia.
Archives, &c., relating to Indians,
Par. 13. Repeal of requirement that towns of
Par. 15. Allowances to contestants of seats in
2. Par. 1. Bounty to colored soldiers; how paid.
payment to claimants, &c.
Disposition of colored bounty-fund
3. Par. 1. In District of Columbia, inspector of
Par. 2. Permanent appropriation for sinking
Provision requiring certain distribu-
March 3, 1879.
20 Stat. L., 377.
Members of Congress to have ten
Be it enacted, &c.
[SECTION 1.] *
[Par. 1.] That Senators, Representatives, and Delegates to the House charts of Coast of Representatives shall each be entitled to not more than ten charts Survey each ses- published by the Coast Survey, for each regular session of Congress.
R. S., § 4691. 1878, June 20, ch. 359, § 1, Par. 5.
Issue of coin cer
[Par. 2.] And so much of the act "making appropriations for the legtificates for bull-islative, executive, and judicial expenses of the government for the fiscal ion, except, &c., repealed. year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, and for R. S., §§ 254, other purposes", approved June nineteenth, eighteen hundred and seventy-eight, as authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to issue coin certificates in exchange for bullion deposited for coinage at mints and assayoffices other than those mentioned in section thirty-five hundred and forty-five of the Revised Statutes, be, and the same is hereby, repealed; said repeal to take effect at the end of the present fiscal year.
1878, June 19, ch. 329, § 1, par. 9.
Secretary of Treasury may lease unproductive public property. R. S., § 3749.
[Par. 3.] That authority be, and is hereby, given to the Secretary of the Treasury to lease, at his discretion for a period not exceeding five years, such unoccupied and unproductive property of the United States under his control, for the leasing of which there is no authority under existing law, and such leases shall be reported annually to Congress.
Water power at [Par. 4.] That the Secretary of War is hereby authorized and emMoline may be powered to lease the water power, at Moline, or such portion as may be leased by Secretary agreed upon, to the Moline Water Power Company upon such terms and conditions, and for such term of years as may be agreed upon, if the same can be done consistently with the interests of the Government of the United States.
Said lease to be made upon the condition that the said Moline Water Power Company shall go on and complete the development of the water power and maintain it at its own cost and expense
[Par. 5.] That the Secretary of War is hereby authorized and directed senal and grounds to dispose of the grounds, buildings, and appurtenances known as the may be sold by Pikesville arsenal in the State of Maryland, by public sale to the highest Secretary of War or donated to Ma- bidder, turning into the Treasury the net proceeds after paying cost of advertisement sale, and so forth:
Provided, That if the State of Maryland shall, prior to the first of March, eighteen hundred and eighty, accept the same, it is hereby granted and donated to said State, to be used for such militia or other purposes as the necessities of the State may require; and the Secretary of War is hereby authorized and directed to transfer said property to the State of Maryland, to be held by it in trust for the use, benefit, and execution of the purposes of this grant.
Military prison [Par. 6.] Support and improvement of the Leavenworth military to make supplies prison, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: * Provided, That the Secfor Army. retary of War shall cause to be fabricated at the said prison such supR. S., § 1351. plies for the Army as can be economically and properly manufactured at the said prison.
Home for Disa
[Par. 7.] Support of National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers: bled Volunteers; Current expenses, including repairs: * * Provided, That all purpurchases to be chases of supplies exceeding the sum of one thousand dollars at any one tisement; expend- time shall be made upon public tender after due advertisement, and that for new the expenditure for new buildings shall be expressly authorized in writbuildings; estim- ing:
made after adver
ates for support of. R. S., § 4831.
1875, March 3, ch. 129.
Provided, That the estimates hereafter submitted for the support of the National Home shall be made in detail, specifying the several items of expenditure, and separating the cost of food and other supplies in the
form usually adopted for the Army, and that this specification be made for each soldiers' home separately.
[Par. 8.] And hereafter the disbursing clerk of the Department of the Interior is hereby required to act as disbursing clerk of the architect of for Capitol extension, &c., to be the Capitol, and to disburse all moneys appropriated for the United made by disbursStates Capitol extension and improvement of the grounds, and to re- ing clerk of Inteceive an annual compensation of one thousand dollars, to be paid out rior Department. of said appropriation. R. S., § 1816.
[Par. 9.] For the salary of the Director of the Geological Survey, which office is hereby established, under the Interior Department, who shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, six thousand dollars:
Provided, That this officer shall have the direction of the Geological Survey, and the classification of the public lands and examination of the Geological Structure, mineral resources and products of the national domain
And that the Director and members of the Geological Survey shall have no personal or private interests in the lands or mineral wealth of the region under survey, and shall execute no surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations;
And the Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, and the Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, under the Department of the Interior, and the Geographical Surveys West of the One hundredth Meridian, under the War Department, are hereby discontinued, to take effect on the thirtieth day of June, eightcen hundred and seventy nine.
Director of Geo
logical Surveys; appointment, dnties, &c.
Certain surveys discontinued. R. S., § 2406.
And all collections of rocks, minerals, soils, fossils, and objects of natural history, Archaeology, and e hnology, made by the Coast and In- surveys to be deterior Survey, the Geological Survey, or by any other parties for the Museum. posited in National Government of the United States, when no longer needed for investigations in progress shall be deposited in the National Museum.
[Par. 10.] The publications of the Geological Survey shall consist of
the annual report of operations, geological and economic maps illustrat- geological surveys. ing the resources and classification of the lands, and reports upon gen
eral and economic geology and paleontology.
The annual report of operations of the Geological Survey shall accom- of reports. pany the annual report of the Secretary of the Interior.
All special memoirs and reports of said survey shall be issued in uniform quarto series if deemed necessary by the Director, but otherwise in ordinary octavos.
Three thousand copies of each shall be published for scientific ex- copies to be changes and for sale at the price of publication; and all literary and printed, distribcartographic materials, received in exchange shall be the property of the United States and form a part of the library of the organization: And the money resulting from the sale of such publications shall be covered into the Treasury of the United States, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior;
Proceeds of sale.
Half of support
[Par. 11.] Current expenses, Government Hospital for the Insane: Provided, That one half of the expense of the indigent patients of indigent insane from the District of Columbia shall be reported to the Treasury Depart- Hospital to be paid ment, and charged against the appropriations to be paid toward the by District of Columbia. the date of their admission.
expenses of the District by the general government, without regard to 44.
[Par. 12.] That all the archives, records and materials relating to the Indians of North America, collected by the Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, shall be turned over to the
R. S., § 4844. 1877, March 3, ch. 105.
Archives, &c., relating to Indians
collected by Geographical and Ge
ological Surveys to Smithsonian Institution, that the work may be completed and prepared be turned over to for publication under its direction; Provided That it shall meet the approval of the Secretary of the Interior and of the Secretary of the R. S., §§ 5579–5594. Smithsonian Institution. Repeal of re- [Par. 13.] That so much of the act "making appropriations for sundry quirement that civil expenses of the government for the fiscal year, ending June thirand Jackson, tieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, and for other purposes", apTenn., shall fur- proved June twentieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-eight, as requires nish buildings for the authorities of the county of Madison or town of Jackson, Tennessee, to provide suitable buildings free of any expense to the United States, for holding the United States district and circuit courts, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.
towns of Madison
1878, June 20, ch. 359, § 1, Par. 17.
Clerks of courts
duties at terms of
[Par. 14.] That the second section of an act entitled "An Act to proand marshal for vide for the holding of terms of the district and circuit courts of the Indiana to perform United States at Fort Wayne, Indiana" approved June eighteenth eightcourt at Fort een hundred and seventy eight, be and the same is, amended to read as Wayne, and ap- follows; point deputies. Substitute for 1878, June 18, ch. 269, § 2.
1881, March 3,
"SEC. 2. That the clerk of the district court and the clerk of the circuit court for the district of Indiava, and the marshal and the district attorney for said district, shall perform the duties appertaining to their offices respectively for said courts; and the clerks of said courts and the marshal shall appoint deputies, to reside and keep their offices at Fort Wayne, and who shall in the absence of their principals, do and perform all the duties appertaining to their said offices respectively" [Par. 15.] That hereafter no contestee or contestant for a seat in the contestants of seats House of Representatives shall be paid exceeding two thousand dollars in House of Repre- for expenses in election contests;
Bounty to colored soldiers; how paid.
-identity of claimant.
- attorney's fee. 1866, Res. 86, (14 Stat. L., 368).
-payments to claimants, &c.
And before any sum whatever shall be paid to a contestant or contestee for expenses of election contests, he shall file with the clerk of the Committee on Elections a full and detailed account of his expenses, accompanied by the vouchers and receipts for each item, which account and vouchers shall be sworn to by the party presenting the same, and no charges for witness fees shall be allowed in said accounts unless made in strict conformity to section one hundred and twenty eight Revised Statutes of the United States.
SEC. 2. [Par. 1.] That all sums due upon certificates issued, or which may be issued by the accounting officers of the Treasury in settlement of claims for pay, bounty, prize money, or other moneys due to colored soldiers, sailors or marines, or their legal representatives, shall be paid by the officers of the Pay Department of the Army, under the direction of the Paymaster General, who is already charged with the payment of like dues to white soldiers:
Provided, first, That no such certificate shall be issued until it shall have been ascertained that the application is made by the original claimant, or, if he be dead, by his true living legal representative, nor until the identity of such claimant or representative as the case may be, shall have been duly established:
Provided, That if an agent or attorney be employed, the allowance for his services shall not in any case exceed that contemplated in the scale of fees and allowances fixed by the second section of a joint resolution approved July twenty sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty six, entitled "Joint resolution amendatory of a joint resolution respecting bounties to colored soldiers, and the pensions, bounties, and allowances to their heirs", approved June fifteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty six, and such allowance shall be stated in a separate certificate in favor of the agent or attorney simultaneously with the issue of a certificate for the amount due the claimant:(1)
Provided further, That the amount due the claimant, or his living representative, or the balance due after deducting the attorney's fee, if any, NOTE. (1) The fees allowed by the resolution here referred to are "for the preparation and prosecution of claims for, and the collection and remittance of all sums not exceeding fifty dollars, five dollars for all sums exceeding fifty and less than one hundred dollars, seven dollars and fifty cents; and for all sums exceeding one hundred dollars, the sum of ten dollars.'
shall be paid only to the party named in the certificate, and in current funds or by post office money order, and not by checks or drafts;
An no power of attorney, transfer or assignment of the amount of such claims, or any part thereof, shall in any case be recognized;
And the sum of four thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy nine, and ten thousand dollars for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty, to meet the expenses incurred on account of payment of these claims, for salaries of agents and clerks, rent of offices, fuel and lights, stationery and printing, office furniture, mileage and transportation of officers and agents, telegraphing, postage and post office money orders; and the sum of fifty thousand dollars is hereby appropriated, under the title "Pay of two and three years' volunteers reappropriated", for the payment of such of the claims in question as may be covered by Treasury certificates issued after the passage of this act, and previous to July first, eighteen hundred and eighty:
Disposition of colored bounty
fund now in Treasury.
And provided further, That the sum or sums now held by the Treasurer of the United States, turned over to him under the Attorney General's decision of December thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy eight, by the chief disbursing officer of the Freedmen's Branch of the Adjutant 16 Opin. Att'ysGeneral's Office, as the balance in said officer's hands of moneys due and Gen., 236. unpaid on account of adjusted claims of the class contemplated in the first clause of this section, shall be turned over to the paymaster who may be charged by the Paymaster General with the payment of such claims, to be by him paid to the proper claimants under the restrictions imposed in said section.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
[Par. 1.] That the inspector of buildings of the District shall have authority and control over and supervision of the construction and repairs of all school buildings if the Commissioners deem best to delegate
the same to him.
In District of Columbia, inspector of buildings to have control of repair, &c., of school buildings.
[Par. 2.] And there is hereby appropriated, out of the proportional sum which the United States may contribute toward the expenses of the propriation for District of Columbia in pursuance of the Act of Congress, approved 3-65 bonds. June eleventh, eighteen hundred and seventy-eight, for the fiscal year 1874, June 20, ch. ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, and annually 337. thereafter, such sums as will, with the interest thereon at the rate of three and sixty-five hundredths per centum per annum, be sufficient to pay the principal of the three-sixty five bonds of the District of Colum- 180, § 4. bia, issued under the act of Congress approved June twentieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-four, at maturity;
Which said sums the Secretary of the Treasury shall annually invest in said bonds at not exceeding the par value thereof; and all bonds so redeemed shall cease to bear interest, and shall be cancelled and destroyed in the same manner that United States bonds are cancelled and destroyed.
1875, Feb. 20, ch.
1878, June 11, ch.
[Par. 3.] All moneys appropriated under this act, together with all Deposit of revrevenues of the District of Columbia from taxes or otherwise, shall be enues of District, deposited, to the credit of the Treasurer of the United States, in the and how drawn. 1878, June 11, ch. Treasury, as required by the provisions of section four of an act approved 180, § 4. June eleventh, eighteen hundred and seventy eight, and shall be drawn 1880, June 4, ch. therefrom upon requisition of the Commissioners of the District of 121, § 2. Columbia, such requisitions specifying the appropriation upon which the same is drawn; and in no case shall such appropriations be exceeded, either in requisition or expenditure; and the accounts for all disbursements shall be made monthly to the accounting officers of the Treasury