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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.

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[Par. 9.] For the salary of the Director of the Geological Survey, which office is hereby established, under the Interior Department, who shall logical Surveys; be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of appointment, dnties, &c. 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;

Certain surveys

R. S., § 2406.

And the Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, and the Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, discontinued. 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, eighteen hundred and seventy nine.

And all collections of rocks, minerals, soils, fossils, and objects of natural history, Archaeology, and e hnology, made by the Coast and Interior Survey, the Geological Survey, or by any other parties for the Government of the United States, when no longer needed for investigations in progress shall be deposited in the National Museum.

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surveys to be deposited in National Museum.

Publications of

[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 general 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, distributed, &c. cartographic 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;

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Half of support

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[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 Coexpenses of the District by the general government, without regard to lumbia. the date of their admission.

R. S., § 4844. 1877, March 3, ch. 105. Archives, &c.,

[Par. 12.] That all the archives, records and materials relating to the Indians of North America, collected by the Geographical and Geological relating to Indians Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, shall be turned over to the

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 Smithsonian Insti- approval of the Secretary of the Interior and of the Secretary of the R. S., §§ 5579-5594. Smithsonian Institution.


towns of Madison


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.


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,

ch. 154.

"SEC. 2. That the clerk of the district court and the clerk of the circuit court for the district of Indiana, 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;

Allowances to

R. S., §§ 128, 130.

Bounty to colored soldiers; how paid.


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:

-identity of 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:

- attorney's fee. 1866, Res. 86, (14 Stat. L., 368).

-payments to claimants, &c.

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 Appropriations. 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.



SEC. 3.

[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.

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[Par. 2.] And there is hereby appropriated, out of the proportional sum which the United States may contribute toward the expenses of the District of Columbia in pursuance of the Act of Congress, approved June eleventh, eighteen hundred and seventy-eight, for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, and annually 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 Columbia, 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.

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[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

by the Auditor of the District of Columbia, upon vouchers certified by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia as now required by law. Provision requir- And section two of an act approved March third, eighteen hundred ing certain distri- and seventy seven, entitled "An act for the support of the government bution of taxes col- of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, lected repealed. 1877, ch. 117, § 2 eighteen hundred and seventy eight, and for other purposes" be and the (19 Stat. L., 396). same is hereby, repealed. [March 3, 1879.]

March 3, 1879.

20 Stat. L., 410.

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[Par. 1.] That upon the request of the head of any department, the nition may be furnished to the de- Secretary of War be, and he hereby is, authorized and directed to issue partments to proarms and ammunition whenever they may be required for the protection tect public prop- of the public money and property, and they may be delivered to any officer of the department designated by the head of such department, to be accounted for to the Secretary of War, and to be returned when the necessity for their use has expired.


Clerks of district

Arms and ammunition heretofore furnished to any department by the War Department, for which the War Department has not been reimbursed, may be receipted for under the provisions of this act.

[Par. 2.] No clerk of the district or circuit courts of the United States and circuit courts or their deputies shall be appointed a receiver or a master in any case not to be appointed receivers or except where the judge of said court shall determine that special reasons masters, except. exist therefor to be assigned in the order of appointment.

R. S., § 748.

Provision requir[Par. 3.] That so much of the act "making appropriations for sundry ing District of Co- civil expenses of the government for the fiscal year ending June lumbia to pay for support of boys at thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, and for other purposes", Reform School not approved June twentieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-eight, which repealed. makes an appropriation for the expenses of the Reform School of the 1876, May 3, ch. District of Columbia, shall not be considered as modifying or repealing 90, § 13. 1878, ch. 359 (20 the thirteenth section of the act entitled "An act revising and amendStat. L., 208). ing the various acts establishing and relating to the Reform School of the District of Columbia", approved May third, eighteen hundred and seventy-six.

Payments from contingent fund of Senate; how made and vouched for. R. S., §§ 56, 76,



[Par. 4.] That when any duty is imposed upon a committee of the Senate involving expenses which are ordered to be paid out of the contingent fund of the Senate, upon vouchers to be approved by the chairman of the committee charged with such duty, the receipt of the chairman of such committee for any sum paid to him or his order out of said contingent fund by the Secretary of the Senate shall be taken and passed by the accounting officers of the Treasury as a full and sufficient voucher; but it shall be the duty of such chairman, as soon as practicable, to furnish vouchers in detail for the disbursement of such moneys to the Secretary of the Senate, who shall file them with the accounting officers

aforesaid; and this provision shall apply to all cases in which orders of the Senate have already been made.


Settlement of ac

[Par. 5.] That for the proper adjustment of the accounts of the Union Pacific, Central Pacific, Kansas Pacific, Western Pacific, and Sioux City counts of Pacific and Pacific Railroad Companies, respectively, for services which have ury Department. been or may be hereafter performed for the government for transporta- R. S., § 5260. tion of the Army and transportation of the mails, the Secretary of the 1878, May 7, ch. Treasury is hereby authorized to make such entries upon the books of the department as will carry to the credit of said companies the amounts so earned or to be earned by them during each fiscal year and withheld under the provisions of section fifty-two hundred and sixty of the Revised Statutes and of the act of Congress approved May seventh, eighteen hundred and seventy-eight:

·Provided, That this shall not authorize the expenditure of any money from the Treasury nor change the method now provided by law for the auditing of such claims against the government;

Provided further, That this paragraph shall not be so construed as to be a disposition of any moneys due or to become due to or from said companies respectively, or to, in any way, affect their rights or duties or the rights of the United States, under existing laws, it being only intended hereby to enable the proper accounting officers to state on the books of the Treasury the accounts between the government and said companies respectively. [March 3, 1879.]

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Whereas, the trustees, superintendents, and teachers of the various State and public institutions for the instruction of the blind, representing the in- blind. terests of over thirty thousand blind persons in the United States, have united in a petition to Congress to take into consideration the needs of the blind of the United States; and

Whereas the Association of the American Instructors of the Blind, at their session in Philadelphia, in August, eighteen hundred and seventy-six, representing twenty-six State and public institutions for the instruction of the blind, have set forth in a series of resolutions that the especial needs of the blind are embossed books and tangible apparatus, and have recommended that if any aid should be given by Congress it would most efficiently come through increasing the means of the American Printing House for the Blind, located at Louisville, Kentucky; and

Whereas it appears that the Kentucky legislature, in eighteen hundred and fifty-eight, by an act of special legislation, declared James Guthrie, W. F. Bullock, Theodore S. Bell, Bryce M. Patten, John Milton, H. T. Curd, and A. O. Brannin, and their successors, a body corporate under the name and style of the Trustees of the American Printing House for the Blind, with the avowed purpose of printing books and making apparatus for the instruction of the blind of the United States, for general distribution, and for the sake of philanthropy, and with no desire for pecuniary gain; and Whereas the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Delaware have made appropriations for the aid of said American Printing House for the Blind, of which, on account of the outbreak of

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