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other maritime nations to the end of securing their adherence to and a common agreement with the terms of any satisfactory revision of the rules and regulations specified in section one of this Resolution which may be agreed upon by the Governments of Great Britain and the United States.
SEC. 3. That all expenses incident to said review, investigation, acquisition of authentic data, and the preparation of expert reports of the case of the United States, ordered and approved by the President, shall be paid by the Secretary of the Treasury, out of any moneys in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, and which amounts are hereby appropriated.
FIFTY-EIGHTH CONGRESS, THIRD SESSION.
CHAP. 41.-An Act To aid the Western Alaska Construction Jan. 18, 1905. Company. [S. 5088.]
[Public, No. 33 Stats. L.,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa- 10.] tives of the United States of America in Congress assem- pt. 1, p. 605. bled, That it shall be lawful for the Western Alaska Con- Western struction Company to hereafter operate its railroad in struction Comthe district of Alaska for a period of five years after the pan mithout passage of this Act without the payment of the license fee payment of liof one hundred dollars per mile per annum on each mile operated, as provided in section twenty-nine, chapter one, of the Act entitled "An Act for making further provisions for a civil government for Alaska, and for other purposes," approved June sixth, nineteen hundred: Provided, however, That this exemption from said license fees is upon the condition that said company shall build at least ten miles of railroad each year; but if more than ten miles be built in any one year it shall be credited to the work of the succeding year.
CHAP. 277.-An Act To provide for the construction and maintenance of roads, the establishment and maintenance of schools, and the care and support of insane persons in the district of Alaska, and for other purposes.
Proviso. Condition of exemption.
Jan. 27, 1905. [S. 3728.] [Public, No. 26.] 33 Stats. L., pt. 1, p. 616.
towns to con
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all moneys derived from and collected for Liquor, trade, liquor licenses, occupation, or trade licenses outside of the fees outside inincorporated towns in the district of Alaska shall be de- corporated posited in the Treasury Department of the United States, stitute the "Althere to remain as a separate and distinct fund, to be known as the "Alaska fund," and to be wholly devoted to the purposes hereinafter stated in the district of Alaska. One-fourth of said fund, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be devoted to the establishment and maintenance of public schools in said district; five per centum of said fund shall be devoted to the care and maintenance of insane persons in said district, or so much of said five per centum as may be needed; and all the residue of said fund shall be devoted to the construction and maintenance of wagon roads, bridges, and trails in said district.
Division and use of fund.
appointed by Secretary
Construction SEC. 2. That there shall be a board of road commisroads, etc. sioners in said district, to be composed of an engineer Board of officer of the United States Army to be detailed and apsioners to be pointed by the Secretary of War, and two other officers of of that part of the Army stationed in said district and to be designated by the Secretary of War. The said engineer officer shall, during the term of his said detail and of appointment, abide in said district. The said board shall have the power, and it shall be their duty, upon their own motion or upon petition, to locate, lay out, construct, and maintain wagon roads and pack trails from any point on the navigable waters of said district to any town, mining or other industrial camp or settlement, or between any such town, camps, or settlements therein, if in their judgment such roads or trails are needed and will be of permanent value for the development of the district; but no such road or trail shall be constructed to any town, camp, or settlement which is wholly transitory or of no substantial value or importance for mining, trade, agricultural, or manufacturing purposes. The said board shall prepare maps, plans, and specifications of every road or trail they may locate and lay out, and whenever more than five thousand dollars in the aggregate shall have to be expended on the construction of any road or trail, contract for the work shall be let by them to the lowest responsible bidder, upon sealed bids, after due notice, under rules and regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of War. The board may reject any bid if they deem the same unreasonably high or if they find that there is a combination among bidders. In case no responsible and reasonable bid can be secured, then the work may be carried on with material and men procured Supervision and hired by the board. The engineer officer of the board shall in all cases supervise the work of construction and see that the same is properly performed. As soon as any road or trail laid out by the board has been constructed and completed they shall examine the same and make a full and detailed report of the work done on the same to the Secretary of War, and in such report they shall state whether the road or trail has been completed conformable to the maps, plans, and specifications of the same. It shall be the duty of said board, as far as practicable, to keep in proper repair all roads and trails constructed under their supervision, and the same rules as to the manner in which the work of repair shall be done, whether by contract or otherwise, shall govern as in the case of the original construction of the road or trail. The cost and expenses of laying out, constructing, and repairing such roads and trails shall be paid by the Secretary of the Treasury out of the road and trail portion of said "Alaska fund" upon vouchers approved and certified by said board. The Secretary of the Treasury shall, at the end of each month, send by mail to each of the members
of said board a statement of the amount available of said "Alaska fund" for the construction and repair of roads and trails, and no greater liability for construction or repair shall at any time be incurred by said board. than the money available there for at that time in said. fund. The members of said board shall, in addition to their salaries, be entitled to receive their actual traveling expenses paid or incurred by them in the performance of their duties as members of the board.
SEC. 3. That the governor of the district of Alaska Governor shall be ex officio superintendent of public instruction in tendent of pubsaid district, and as such shall have supervision and di- lic instruction. rection of the public schools in said district and shall prescribe rules and regulations for the examination and qualification of teachers, and shall make an annual report of the condition of the schools in the district to the Secretary of the Interior.
Term of office.
SEC. 4. That the common council of the incorporated School distowns in said district shall have the power, and it shall incorporated be their duty, in their respective towns to establish school towns to be esdistricts, to provide the same with suitable schoolhouses, the common and to maintain public schools therein and to provide the necessary funds for the schools; but such schools when established shall be under the supervision and control of a school board of three members, consisting of a director, a treasurer, and a clerk, to be elected annually by the vote of all adults who are citizens of the United States or who have declared their intention to become such and who are residents of the school district. The members of said board first elected shall hold their offices for the term of two, and three years, respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualified, and one member of such board shall be elected each year thereafter and shall hold his office for a period of three years and until his successor is elected and qualified; and they shall each, before entering upon the duties of their office, take an oath in writing to honestly and faithfully discharge the duties of their trust. In case a vacancy in the membership of said board occurs from death, resignation, removal, or other cause, such vacancy may be filled by a special election, upon ten days' notice, called by the remaining members of the board upon the petition of five qualified voters. All money available for school purposes, except for the Expenditure construction and equipment of schoolhouses and the acquisition of sites for the same, shall be expended under the direction of said board, and the treasurer of said board shall be the custodian of said money, and he shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, give his bond, Bond. with sufficient sureties, to the school district, in such sum as the common council may direct, and subject to its approval, but not less than twice the amount that may come into his hands as treasurer, conditioned that he will honestly and faithfully disburse and account for all money
of school fund.
School dis- SEC. 5. That the clerk of the district court shall have tricts outside
Petitions for establishing.
of incorporated the power, and it shall be his duty, in the division to which he is appointed and in which he resides, upon petition as hereinafter specified, to establish by order in writing a school district at any camp, village, or settlement outside of the limits of any incorporated town, but such school district shall not embrace more than forty square miles of territory nor contain less than twenty resident white children between the ages of six and twenty years. Location, The said petition shall specify as near as may be the locaof districts. tion and boundary of the proposed school district, the number of people, the number of families, and the number of children between the ages of six and twenty years, resident therein, and such other material facts as tend to show the necessity for the establishment of the school Signatures to district. Said petition shall be signed by not less than twelve persons of adult age who are citizens of the United States or have declared their intention to become such and who reside within the boundaries of the proposed school Order estab-district. If the clerk of the court is satisfied that it is necessary and proper to grant such petition, he shall make an order in writing establishing the school district prayed for, describing the same and defining its boundaries, and he shall also in said order appoint three of the petitioners Election no-to supervise and give notice of the first election, and shall specify the time and place of the same. The original order shall remain on file in the records of the court, and a copy of the same shall be posted at three public places in the school district at least ten days before the election, and such posting shall be deemed a sufficient notice of such election. All persons qualified to sign said petition Election of. shall be qualified to vote at said election. The qualified voters of said school district shall at said election choose by a plurality vote a school board of three members, consisting of a clerk, a treasurer, and a director, who shall, before entering upon the duties of their trust, each take an oath in writing to honorably and faithfully discharge the duties of their office. In case a vacancy in the membership of said board occurs from death, resignation, removal, or other cause, such vacancy may be filled by a special election, upon ten days' notice, called by the remaining members of the board upon the petition of five qualified voters. The treasurer shall be the custodian of the moneys of the school district, and he shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, give his bond to the school district, with sufficient sureties, to be approved by the clerk of the court, and in such sum as he may direct,
that may come into his hands as such treasurer. The said board shall have the power to hire and employ the necessary teachers, to provide for heating and lighting the schoolhouse, and in general to do and perform everything necessary for the due maintenance of a proper school.