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ury be, and hereby is, authorized to change the name of the pleasure yacht "Lois” yacht “ Lois," owned by Frank H. Stott, of the State of New York, to changed to “Sea
Witch"; that of “Sea Witch," and grant said vessel registry in said name.
Sec. 2. That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, au- that of the thorized to change the name of the yacht “ William M. Tweed,” owned William M. by A. B. Stockwell, of the State of New York, to that of “Julia,” and Julia.” grant said yacht registry in said name.
APPROVED, April 1, 1872. CHAP. LXXVIII. An Act to authorize the President to appoint George Plunkett a April 2, 1872.
Paymaster in the Navy. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President be, and he is George Plunkett hereby, authorized to appoint George Plunkett a paymaster in the United may be appointed States navy, if, in his opinion, the interests of the public service will be the navy. thereby promoted.
APPROVED, April 2, 1872.
CHAP. LXXIX. — An Act to provide for the Reporting and Printing of the Debates in Con- April 2, 1872.
gress. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembied, That the congressional printer Contract to be is hereby directed to enter into a contract, in behalf of the general govern- ing, &c., the dement, with Franklin Rives, Jefferson Rives, and George A. Bailey, for the bates in Congress reporting and printing of the debates in Congress for the term of two years, March 1871. on and from the fourth day of March, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, in accordance with a proposed form of contract from the said Rives and Bailey, submitted to and approved by the joint committee on public printing on the part of the Senate.
Sec. 2. That for the purpose aforesaid there be appropriated and paid, Appropriation. out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of four hundred thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, the accounts having been approved, as in previous years, by the secretary of the Senate and by the clerk of the House, or their representatives.
SEC. 3. That no person shall be employed as a reporter for the House No person to without the approval of the Speaker of the House: Provided, That it shall be employed as a be the duty of the joint committee on public printing to publish an adver- House without tisement once a week, for four weeks, in one newspaper in each of the cities the approval of
the Speaker. of Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, and San Francisco, inviting proposals in detail for Proposals to be reporting and for printing, together and separately, the debates of the invited by adverforty-third, the forty-fourth, and the forty-fifth Congresses, together or porting, &c., the separately, and to report all proposals which may be received before the debates of the designated day to Congress, at the earliest practicable date, with estimates, 45th Congresses. hereby directed to be made by the congressional printer, of the cost of reporting the debates and of printing them at the government printing office, accompanied by the recommendations of the joint committee on No debates to public printing on all proposals and estimates so submitted ; and that the
be reported, &c.,
at public expense bills for such advertising be paid in equal parts from the contingent funds after, &c., exof the Senate and of the House of Representatives : And provided further, cept, &c. [Last That no debates shall be reported or published at public expense, after the See Post, p. 510.) close of the present Congress, except upon written contracts entered into therefor under the authority of Congress.
APPROVED, April 2, 1872.
CHAP. LXXX. - An Act to establish a Port of Entry and Delivery at the City of Pitts- April 2, 1872.
burgh, Pennsylvania. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That a port of entry and deliv- Pittsburgh, PA.. made a port of ery be, and is hereby, established at the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, entry and deliv- which shall be entitled to the same provisions and subject to the same regulaery.
tions and restrictions as other ports of entry and delivery in the United States.
APPROVED, April 2, 1872.
April 2, 1872. CHAP. LXXXI. - An Act to amend an Act entitled “ An Act to authorise Protection to be 1856, ch. 164. given to Citizens of the United States who may discover Deposits of Guano," approved Vol. xi. p. 119.
August 18, 1856.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Protection States of America in Congress assembled, That the provisions of the act given to discote of Congress approved August eighteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, of guano, ex- entitled " An act to authorize protection to be given to citizens of the tended to their United States who may discover deposits of guano,” be, and the same are widows, &c., in certain cases.
hereby, extended to the widow, heirs, executors, or administrators of such discoverer, where such discoverer shall have died before perfecting proof of discovery or fully complying with the provisions of said act approved
as aforesaid, after complying with the requirements of the act of Congress Rights of dis- of August eighteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-five: Provided, That covery, &c., not impaired.
nothing herein contained shall be held to impair any rights of discovery or
any assignment by a discoverer heretofore recognized by the government Prohibition of of the United States. the export of
Sec. 2. That section three of an act approved July twenty-eighth, guano suspended as to certain per- eighteen hundred and sixty-six, entitled “ An act to protect the revenue, sons until July and for other purposes," amendatory of the act aforesaid, approved 1856, ch. 164, § 2. August eighteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, be, and the same is Vol
. xi. P: 119. hereby, amended by striking out the word “ five,” wherever the same Vol.'xiii
. p. 494. occurs, and inserting in lieu thereof the word “ten." 1866, ch. 298, $ 3. APPROVED, April 2, 1872. Vol. xiv. p. 328. April 2, 1872. CHAP. LXXXII. – An Act to provide for the Exchange and Transfer of two small Parcels
of Land'in the City of St. Louis, Missouri. Preamb.e. WHEREAS the United States marine hospital grounds, situated in the
city of St. Louis, Missouri, lie adjoining lands of John G. Woerner, upon an angular line of division ; and whereas it is represented that an alteration and straightening of said division line, and an exchange of certain irregular strips of land, will be conducive to the interest and convenience of both par
ties: Therefore, A commission Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United to determine a new division line
States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasbetween property ury be, and he is hereby, authorized to appoint a commission, to consist of of John G. two persons, to determine upon a new division line between the property Woerner and the St. Louis marine of John G. Woerner, of St. Louis, Missouri, and the St. Louis marine hospi. hospital tract. tal tract, which shall be a continuous straight line; and the Secretary of
Conveyance to the Treasury is authorized, if he shall be satisfied that the said exchange John G. Woerner shall be beneficial to the government of the United States, to convey to c.
John G. Woerner the strip of land that may be found to lie on the south side of the line so determined upon, in exchange for the strip
of land that may be found to lie on the north side of said line: Provided, That the said division line shall be so located that the exchange of said strip of land, and the location of said line, shall involve no expense to the government; and upon the further condition that the said John G. Woerner shall pay unto the United States the sum of the difference of value, if any, between the two parcels of land thus exchanged, such sum to be ascertained by the said
commissioners, who, in case of disagreement, shall choose an umpire; a Secretary of majority of the commission thus constituted, to determine the location of the Treasury to said division line, and the difference in value as aforesaid, the appraisement ment and loca-and location to be approved by the Secretary of the Treasury. And upon tion.
the full payment of the sum aforesaid, if any difference in value should be
in favor of the United States, and conveyance by John G. Woerner to the United States of a valid title to the said strip or parcel of land lying north of the said new division line, and adjoining the southeast corner of the said St. Louis marine hospital grounds, and the payment of all expenses that may be incurred in locating said new line, determining the difference in value of the two parcels of land, and the transfer herein provided for, and compliance with the other conditions herein set forth, the Secretary of the Treas- Secretary of ury shall execute the necessary deeds for the conveyance to John G. Woerner the Treasury to of the parcel of land lying on the south side of said new division line, and
cessary deeds. adjoining the southwest corner of the St. Louis marine hospital grounds.
APPROVED, April 2, 1872.
CHAP. LXXXIII. — An Act authorizing an American Register to the Dutch Bark “ Alice April 2, 1872.
Tarlton." Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treas- Register to ury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to issue an American issue to the bark
* Alice Tarlton." register to the Dutch bark “ Alice Tarlton," owned by John S. Emery and Company, of Boston, Massachusetts. APPROVED, April 2, 1872.
April 4, 1872 CHAP. LXXXV.- An Act to enable honorably discharged Soldiers and Sailors, their [Amended.
Widows and orphan Children, to acquire Homesteads on the public Lands of the United 1872, ch. 338. States.
Post, p. 333. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Post, p. 605.j
1873, ch. 274. States of America in Congress assembled, That every private soldier and Certain honorofficer who has served in the army of the United States during the recent ably discharged
soldiers, sailors, rebellion for ninety days, or more, and who was honorably discharged, and and marines, has remained loyal to the government, including the troops mustered into may enter upon, the service of the United States by virtue of the third section of an act &co- not covere entitled "An act making appropriations for completing the defences of tion of certain Washington, and for other purposes," approved February thirteenth, public lands as a eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and every seaman, marine, and officer who has served in the navy of the United States, or in the marine corps, Vol. xii
. p. 339.
1862, ch. 25, $ 3. during the rebellion, for ninety days, and who was honorably discharged, 1862, ch. 75. and has remained loyal to the government, shall, on compliance with the Vol. xii. p. 392. provisions of an act entitled " An act to secure homesteads to actual settlers on the public domain," and the acts amendatory thereof, as hereinafter modified, be entitled to enter upon and receive patents for a quantity of public lands (not mineral) not exceeding one hundred and sixty acres, or one quarter-section, to be taken in compact form according to legal subdivisions, including the alternate reserved sections of public lands along the line of any railroad or other public work, not otherwise reserved or appropriated, and other lands subject to entry under the homestead laws of the United States : Provided, That said homestead settler shall be allowed six Settlement, months after locating his homestead within which to commence his settle- &c., may be
commenced withment and improvement: And provided also, That the time which the home- in, &c. stead settler shall have served in the army, navy, or marine corps aforesaid, Certain time to shall be deducted from the time heretofore required to perfect title, or if be deducted. discharged on account of wounds received, or disability incurred in the line of daty, then the term of enlistment shall be deducted from the time heretofore required to perfect title, without reference to the length of time he may have served: Provided, however, That no patent shall issue to any. Patent not to homestead settler who has not resided upon, improved, and cultivated his issue until, &c. said homestead for a period of at least one year after he shall commence his improvements as aforesaid.
Sec. 2. That any person entitled under the provisions of the foregoing ander this act to section to enter a homestead, who may have heretofore entered under the a homestead, who
have hereto VOL. XVII. PUB. 4
entered less than homestead laws a quantity of land less than one hundred and sixty acres, 160 acres as a homestead, may
shall be permitted to enter under the provisions of this act so much land now make up the as, when added to the quantity previously entered, shall not exceed one difference. hundred and sixty acres.
The widows and Sec. 3. That in case of the death of any person who would be entitled orphan children of those entitled
to a homestead under the provisions of the first section of this act, his widow, to a homestead if unmarried, or in case of her death or marriage, then his minor orphan under this act, children, by a guardian duly appointed and officially accredited at the may enjoy its benefits.
Department of the Interior, shall be entitled to all the benefits enumerated
in this act, subject to all the provisions as to settlement and improvements Proviso. therein contained : Provided, That if such person died during his term of
enlistment, the whole term of his enlistment shall be deducted from the time
heretofore required to perfect the title. Actual service Sec. 4. That where a party at the date of his entry of a tract of land in the army or under the homestead laws, or subsequently thereto, was actually enlisted deemed equiva- and employed in the army or navy of the United States, his services lent to a resi therein shall, in the administration of said homestead laws, be construed dence for the same time upon
to be equivalent, to all intents and purposes, to a residence for the same the tract entered length of time upon the tract so entered : Provided, That if his entry has as a homestead been cancelled by reason of his absence from said tract while in the milwhen, &c.
itary or naval service of the United States, and such tract has not been Provisos.
disposed of, his entry shall be restored and confirmed: And provided further, That if such tract has been disposed of, said party may enter another tract subject to entry under said laws; and his right to a patent therefor shall be determined by the proofs touching his residence and
cultivation of the first tract, and his absence therefrom in such service. Persons entitled Sec. 5. That any soldier, sailor, marine, officer, or other person coming under this act to within the provisions of this act, may,
as well by an agent as in person, make entry by enter upon said homestead : Provided, That said claimant in person shall, an agent. within the time prescribed, commence settlements and improvements on the
Settlements, &c., to be made
same, and thereafter fulfil all the requirements of this act. in person. Sec. 6. That the commissioner of the general land office shall have
Commissioner authority to make all needful rules and regulations to carry into effect the of land office to make rules.
provisions of this act.
APPROVED, April 4, 1872.
April 5, 1872. CHAP. LXXXVI. — An Act to amend the thirty-second Section of an Act entitled " An 1870, ch. 255, $ 32.
Act to reduce internal Taxes, and for other Purposes," approved July fourteenth, eighteen Vol. xvi. p. 271.
hundred and seventy.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Merchandise States of America in Congress assembled, That section thirty-two of an imported at cer- act entitled “ An act to reduce internal taxes, and for other purposes," destined for cer- approved July fourteenth, eighteen hundred and seventy, be, and the tain other ports, same is hereby, amended to read as follows: Section 32. And be it furveyed and under ther enacted, That merchandise transported under the provisions of this whose control. act shall be conveyed in cars, vessels, or vehicles, securely fastened with
locks or seals, under the exclusive control of the officers of customs; and Inspectors. inspectors shall be stationed at proper points along the designated routes,
or upon any car, vessel, vehicle, or train, at the discretion of the said
Secretary, and at the expense of the said companies respectively. No unlading, such merchandise shall not be unladen or transhipped between the ports &c., between first of first arrival and final destination, unless authorized by the regulations unless, &c. of the Secretary of the Treasury, in cases which may arise from a differ
ence in the gauge of railroads, or from accidents, or from legal intervention, or from low water, ice, or other unavoidable obstruction to navigation; but in no case shall there be permitted any breaking of the original packages of such merchandise.
APPROVED, April 5, 1872.
CHAP. LXXXVII. - An Act to change the Location of the First National Bank of April 5, 1872.
Seneca, State of Illinois, to the City of Morris, Illinois. Be it ēnacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the First National Bank First National of Seneca, now located at Seneca, La Salle county, State of Illinois, is Bank of Seneca, hereby authorized to change its location to the city of Morris, county of change its locaGrundy, and State aforesaid. Whenever the stockholders, representing tion. three-fourths of the capital of said bank, at a meeting called for that pur- Proceedings. pose, determine to make such change, the president and cashier shall execute a certificate under the corporate seal of the bank specifying such determination, and shall cause the same to be recorded in the office of the comptroller of the currency, and thereupon such change of location shall be effected, and the operations of discount and deposit shall be carried on in the city of Morris.
Sec. 2. That nothing in this act contained shall be so construed as in Obligations and any manner to release the said bank from any liability, or affect any duties of the bank
. action or proceeding in law, in which the said bank be a party or interested; and when such change shall have been determined upon as aforesaid, notice thereof, and of such change, shall be published in at least one weekly newspaper in each of the counties of Grundy and La Salle, in the State of Illinois, for not less than four successive weeks.
Sec. 3. That this act shall take effect and be in force from and after Act when to its passage.
take effect. APPROVED, April 5, 1872. CHAP. LXXXVIII. - An Act for the Relief of Sufferers by Fire at Chicago. April 5, 1872.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That on all goods, wares, and Goods, &c., sent merchandise which may be sent from places without the limits of the from without the United States as gratuitous contributions to the relief of sufferers by the the relief of suffire which occurred at Chicago, Illinois, October seventh, eighth, and ferers by the ninth, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, shall, when imported and con- Chicago fire, to
be admitted free signed to the proper authority at Chicago for distribution, be admitted free of duty. of duty.
Sec. 2. That there shall be allowed and paid, under such regulations Drawback to as the Secretary of the Treasury shall prescribe, on all materials, except import duties on lumber, imported to be and actually used in buildings erected on the certain building site of buildings burned by said fire, a drawback of the import duties paid materials. on the same : Provided, That said materials shall have been imported Proviso. and used during the term of one year from and after the passage of this act.
Sec. 3. That the commissioner of internal revenue is hereby author- The Commisized to suspend the collection of such taxes as may have been assessed, revenue may or as may have accrued, prior to the ninth of October, eighteen hundred suspend the coland seventy-one, in the first collection district of the State of Illinois, lection of certain against any person residing or doing business and owning property in the
first collection that portion of the city of Chicago recently destroyed by fire, and who, in district of Illithe opinion of said commissioner, has suffered material loss by such fire: Provided, That such suspension shall not be continued after the close of Proviso. the next regular session of Congress.
APPROVED, April 5, 1872.
CHAP. XC. – An Act defining the Rights of Part Owners of Vessels in certain Cases. April 9, 1872.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any person or persons or
Right of part body corporate having more than one-half ownership of any vessel shall gowy ters of a person have the same power to remove a captain, who is also part owner of such captain. vessel, as such majority owners now have to remove a captain not an