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APPENDIX No. II.
EXTRACTS FROM THE STATUTES OF THE UNITED STATES
RELATIVE TO THE CONSULAR SERVICE.
EXTRACTS FROM THE REVISED STATUTES AND OTHER ACTS OF CONGRESS RELATING TO THE
778. In determining the meaning of the revised statutes, or of any act or resolution of Congress passed subsequent to February twenty-fifth, Fighteen hundred a nd seventy-one, words importing the singular number may extend and be applied to several persons or things; words importing the plural number may include the singular; words importing the masculine gender may be applied to females; the words “insane person" and "luna tic” shall include every idiot, non compos, lunatic, and insane person; the word “person" may extend and be applied to partnerships and corporations, and the reference to any officer shall include any person authorized by law to perform the duties of surh office, unless the context shows that such words were intended to be used in a more limited sense; and a requirement of an “oath " shall be deemed complied with by making affirmation in judicial form.
779. SEC. 3. The word “vessel” includes every description of watercraft or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on water.
780. SEC. 6. In all cases where a seal is necessary by law to any commission, process, or other instrument provided for by the laws of Congress, it shall be lawful to affix the proper seal by making an impression therewith directly on the paper to which such seal is necessary; which shall be as valid as if made on wax or other adhesive substance.
781. SEC. 896. Copies of all official documents and papers in the offit of any consul, vice-consul, or commercial agent of the United State and of all official entries in the books or records of any such offic certified under the hand and seal of such officer, shall be admitted evidence in the courts of the United States. [See $ 1707.]
782. Sec. 1226. All officers who have served during the rebellion 1 volunteers in the Army of the United States, and have been honorabl mustered out of the volunteer service, shall be entitled to bear the of cial title, and, upon occasions of ceremony, to wear the uniform of tł highest grade they have held, by brevet or other commissions, in the vo unteer service. The highest volunteer rank which has been held i officers of the Regular Army shall be entered, with their names respe tively, upon the Army Register. But these privileges shall not entit any officer to command, pay, or emoluments.
DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR OFFICERS.
783. SEC. 1674. The official designations employed throughout th Title shall be deemed to have the following meanings, respectively:
First. “Consul-general,” “consul," and "commercial agent." shall i deemed to denote full, principal, and permanent consular officers, i distinguished from subordinates and substitutes.
Second. "Deputy consul” and “consular agent” shall be deemed to lenote consular officers subordinate to such principals, exercising the lowers and performing the duties within the limits of their consulates r commercial agencies respectively, the former at the same ports or laces, and the latter at ports or places different from those at which uch principals are located respectively.
Third. “Vice-consuls "and “vice-commercial agents "shall be deemed o denote consular officers, who shall be substituted, temporarily, to fill be places of consuls-general, consuls, or commercial agents, when they hall be temporarily absent or relieved from duty.
Fourth. “Consnlar officer "shall be deemed to include consuls-general, casuls, commercial agents, deputy consuls, vice-consuls, vice-commerial agents, and consular agents, and none others.
Fifth. “ Diplomatic officer” shall be deemed to include ambassadors, nroys extraordinary, ministers plenipotentiary, ministers resident, ommissioners, chargés d'affaires, agents, and secretaries of legation, and none others.
784. Sec. 1689. The various provisions of this Title which are expressed in terms of general application to any particular classes of consular bficers, shall be deemed to apply as well to all other classes of such offibers, so far as may be consistent with the subject-matter of the same, und with the treaties of the United States.
785. SEC. 1690. Consuls-general, consuls, and commercial agents appointed to the ports and places specified in Schedules B and C, are untitled to annual salaries respectively, at the rates specified therein. And whenever the President thinks proper to appoint a consul to any port or place named in the Schedules B and C for a commercial agency instead of such commercial agent, or vice versa, and an appointment is made accordingly, the compensation for such consular officer shall be the same in any such case as that fixed for such port of place in the schedule embracing the same; or whenever the President thinks the public interests will be subserved by appointing to any such port or place a consul-general instead of a consul or commercial agent, and an appointment is made accordingly, the compensation for such consulgeneral shall be the same as that fixed for such port or place in the schedule embracing the same.