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Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the sum of twenty thousand dollars, in addition to that appropriated' by section tional appropri fifteen of 's An' act to establish the Territorial government of ated for erection Oregon," approved August fourteen, eighteen hundred and ings in Oregon. forty-eight, be, and the same is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be ap . plied by the Governor and legislative assembly of the Territory of Oregon, to the erection of suitable public buildings at the seat of government of said Territory.

Approved June 11, 1850. .

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CHAP. 20.-AN ACT to increase the rank and file of the army, and to en

courage enlistments.

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[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. resentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That hereafter each company of artillery designated Each company and serving as light artillery, shall, during such service, con- of artillery to

consist of a speci. sist of the commissioned officers as now provided by law, and fied number. of four sergeants, four corporals, two artificers, two musicians, and sixty-four privates.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President of Increase of prithe United States' be, and he is hereby, authorized, by volun- wates, en visumlem.

tary enlistment, tary enlistment, to increase the number of privates in each or authorized. any of the companies of the existing regiments of the army, at present serving, or which may hereafter serve, at the several military posts on the Western frontier and at remote and dislant stations, to any number not exceeding seventy-four, and to cause such portions of the army as may, by law, be serving on foot to be properly equipped and mounted whenever, in his opinion, the exigency of the public service may require the same: Provided, That the said enlistments shall be for the Proviso. . term of five years unless souner discharged..

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, Thạt whenever enlist-: Bounty to be ments are made at, or in the vicinity of, the said military posts, contingency.

a and remote and distant stations, a bounty equal in amount 10 the cost of transporting and subsisting a soldier from the principal recruiting depôt, in the harbor of New York, to the place of such enlistment, be, and the same is hereby allowed to each recruit so enlisted, to be paid in unequal instalments at the end of each year's service, so that the several amounts shall annually increase, and the largest be paid at the expiration of each enlistment. Approved June 17, 1850.

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CHAP. 21. AN ACT for the relief of James T. Shackleford.

[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That James T. Shackleford, of the State of Alabama, in a specified be, and he is hereby, confirmed in the following described tract tract of land, and of land, to wit: the southeast quarter of section number sixteen,

Title confirmed

patent to be issued therefor.

in township numbered seventeen, in range numbered one west, in the district of lands subject to entry at the land office at Demopolis, in the said State of Alabama, and that the Commissioner of the General Land Office, upon the passage of this act shall issue a patent for the same: Provided, The said Commissioner shall be first satisfied that the said James T. Shackleford has purchased the interest in the said tract of land of the person who originally entered the same: And provided further, That the said patent shall operate only as a relinquishment on the part of the United States of all right and title to the said land.

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Approved June 17, 1850.

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CHAP. 22.-AN ACT to supply a deficiency in the appropriation for the service of the fiscal year, ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty.

Deficiency in for expenses of U. S. courts provided for.

[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of fifty thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated by law, to supply a deficiency the appropriation in the appropriation for defraying the expenses of the Supreme, circuit and district courts of the United States, including the District of Columbia; also for jurors and witnesses in aid of the funds arising from fines, penalties and forfeitures incurred in the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and fifty and previous years, and likewise for defraying the expenses of suits in which the United States are concerned, and of prosecutions for offences committed against the United States, and for the safe keeping of prisoners..

Approved June 21, 1850.

MILLARD FILLMORE, President. WILLIAM R. KING, President of the Senate,
pro tempore. HOWELL COBB, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

CHAP. 23. AN ACT for the construction of certain roads in the Territory of
Minnesota, and for other purposes.

[SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as

made for the con

Appropriations sembled, That the following sums of money be, and they are struction of cer- hereby, appropriated for the construction of roads in the Terri

tain roads the

Besota.

Territory of Min tory of Minnesota, to wit: For the construction of a road from Point Douglass, on the Mississippi river, via Cottage Grove, Stillwater, Marine Mills, and Falls of St. Croix, to the falls or

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rapids of the St. Louis river of Lake Superior, fifteen thousand
dollars; for the construction of a road from Point Douglass, via
Cottage Grove, Red Rock, St. Paul, and Falls of St. Anthony,
to Fort Gaines, ten thousand dollars; for the construction of a
road from the mouth of Swan river, or the most available point
between it and the Sauk Rapids, to the Winnebago agency at
Long Prairie, five thousand dollars; for the construction of a
10ad from Wabashaw to Mendota, five thousand dollars; and
for the survey and laying out of a military road from Mendota
to the mouth of the Big Sioux river, on the Missouri, five thou
sand dollars. The said roads to be constructed under the direc-
tion of the Secretary of War, pursuant to contracts to be made war
by him.

HOWELL COBB,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.
WILLIAM R. KING,

President of the Senate pro tempore.

MILLARD FILLMORE.

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The Governors of Oregon and

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Governors of Oregon and Minnesota shall report to Congress annually a de- Minnesota to retailed statement of the expenditure of money appropriated by port to Congress Congress for the use or benefit of said Territories, which is ex- money expended. pended under the order or supervision of the Governor and Assembly.

the

of

Approved July 18, 1850.

CHAP. 24.-AN ACT authorizing the legislative assemblies of Minnesota and
Oregon Territories to prolong their next annual session to a period of ninety
days.

[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the legislative assemblies of Minnesota and Oregon Territories, be and they are hereby, authorized to prolong their next annual session to a period of ninety days, any thing contained in any former act or acts to the contrary notwithstanding.

Approved July 18, 1850.

CHAP. 25-AN ACT to grant the franking privilege to Mrs. Margaret S.
Taylor.

[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep resentatives of the United States of America in Congress as sembled, That the franking privilege heretofore accorded to the widows of the deceased Presidents, be, and the same is hereby, granted to Mrs. Margaret Şinith Taylor, relict of Zachary Taylor, late President of the United States.

Secretary of to make contracts.

Legislative assemblies of Min

nesota and Oreprolong their sessions.

authorized to

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lege granted to Smith Taylor, tey Taylor, late Pre

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Approved July 18, 1850.

sident of the United States.

CHAP. 26.-AN ACT for the relief of William B. Crews.

cers of the Trea

William B.Crews

his military services, &c.

[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress asAccounting offi- sembled, That the accounting officers of the Treasury be, and sury directed to they are hereby, directed to ascertain whether William B. ascertain whether Crews has been paid for all military services rendered by him has been paid for to the United States, from the eighth of August, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, to February fourteen, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, by examining the proper officers and other persons, as well as the proper rolls of the company to which he belonged. And the Secretary of the Treasury is directed to pay, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to said Crews, such sum of money as may be found Proviso, whole his due: Provided, The same does not exceed the sum of eighty dollars, and the same shall be in full of all claims by said Crews against the United States.

amount not to exceed $80:

Approved July 18, 1850. ·

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[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress asNo bill of sale, sembled, That no bill of sale, mortgage, hypothecation or con

&c., to be valid

unless recorded veyance of any vessel or part of any vessel of the United States, in the office of shall be valid against any person other than the grantor or

the collector

where mortgagor, his heirs, and devisees, and persons having actual istered and en- notice thereof; unless such bill of sale, mortgage, hypotheca

customs
the vessel is reg-

rolled.

tion or conveyance be recorded in the office of the collector of customs where such vessel is registered or enrolled: Provided, That the fien by bottomry on any vessel created during her voyage, by a loan of money or materials, necessary to repair or enable such vessel to prosecute a voyage, shall not lose its priority or be in any way affected by the provisions of this act.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the collectors of the customs shall record all such bills of sale, mortgages, hypothecations or conveyances, and, also, all certificates for discharging and cancelling any such conveyances, in a book or books to be kept for that purpose, in the order of their reception; noting in said book or books, and also, on the bill of sale, mortgage, hypothecation, or conveyance, the time when the same was received, and shall certify on the bill of sale, mortgage, hypothecation or conveyance, or certificate of discharge or cancellation, the number of the book and page where recorded; and shall receive, for so recording such instrument of conveyance, or certificate of discharge, fifty cents.

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CHAP. 27-AN ACT to provide for recording the conveyances of vessels, and for other purposes.

Collectors of the customs shall

record all bills of

sale, &c., and shall receive

therefor a fee of

fifty cents.

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An index of SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the collectors of

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be made out for the customs shall keep an index of such records, inserting althe convenience phabetically the names of the vendor or mortgagor, and of the ed, and the col- vendee or mortgagee, and shall permit said index and books

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of records to be inspected during office hours, under such rea:
sonable regulations as they may establish, and shall, when re-
quired furnish to any person, a certificate setting forth the names
of the owners of any vessel registered or enrolled,
the parts or
proportions owned by each, (if inserted in the register or enroll-
ment,) and also, the material facts of any existing bill of sale,
mortgage, hypothecation, or other incumbrance upon such ves-
sel, recorded since the issuing of the last register or enrollment,
viz., the date, amount of such incumbrance, and from and to
whom or in whose favor made, the collector shall receive for
each such certificate one dollar.

lectors to receive a fee of one dol

ing each certififrom said index.

lar for furnishcate of facts

SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That the collectors of
the customs shall furnish certified copies of such records on the copies.
receipt of fifty cents for each bill of sale, mortgage or other
conveyance.

SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That the owner, or agent
of the owner of any vessel of the United States, applying to a
collector of the customs for a register or enrollment of a vessel,
shall in addition to the oath now prescribed by law, set forth
in the oath of ownership, the part or proportion of such vessel
belonging to each owner, and the same shall be inserted in the
register or enrollment; and that all bills of sale of vessels regis-
tered or enrolled shall set forth the part of the vessel owned by
each person selling, and the part conveyed to each persou pur-
chasing.

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Collectors furnish certified

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or

ownership to be shown and insert

ed in the register.

Amendment of an act.

SEC 6. And be it further enacted, That the twelfth clause or section of the act entitled "An act in addition to the several acts regulating the shipment and discharge of seamen, and the duties of consuls," approved July twentieth, eighteen hundred and forty, be so amended, as that all complaints in writing to the consuls or commercial agents as therein provided, that a vessel is unseaworthy, shall be signed by the first, or the second and third officers, and a majority of the crew, before the consul or commercial agent shall be authorized to notice such complaint, or proceed to appoint inspectors as therein provided

stroying a vessel

a penal offence.

SEC. 7. And be it further enacted, That any person, not Wilfully de. being an owner, who shall on the high seas wilfully with intent at sea by burnto burn or destroy, set fire to any ship or other vessel, or other-ing, or otherwise, wise attempt the destruction of such ship or other vessel, being the property of any citizen or citizens of the United States, or procure the same to be done, with the intent aforesaid, and being thereof lawfully convicted, shall suffer imprisonment to hard labor, for a term not exceeding ten years nor less than three years according to the aggravation of the offence.

SEC. 8. And be it further enacted, That this act shall be in force from and after the first day of October next ensuing. Approved July 29, 1850.

To be in force from and after the first of October.

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