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ARMY AND NAVY.

SIXTY-SECOND CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION.

Dec. 22, 1911.

(H. R. 15930. ] CHAP. 6.-An Act Making appropriations to supply urgent deficiencies in appropriations for the fiscal year nineteen hundred [Public, No.

51.) and twelve, and for other purposes.

37 Stat. L., pt. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa- Urgent de

1, . 47. tives of the United States of America in Congress assem-ficlencies apbled, That the following sums be, and are hereby, appro

propriations. priated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to supply urgent deficiencies in appropriations for the fiscal year nineteen hundred and twelve, and for other purposes, namely:

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Wreck of battleship Maine: For additional amount for .. Battleship the raising or the removal of the wreck of the battleship Removing Maine from the harbor of Habana, in accordance with wreck of, the provisions of the Act approved May ninth, nineteen hundred and ten, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary.

The Secretary of War is authorized to transfer to the Memorial at Republic of Cuba, for incorporation into a memorial Portion monument to be erected in Habana, some part of the wreck of the United States ship Maine, or of its equipment, now in the harbor of Habana, such as is no longer required for preservation or use by the United States.

The Secretaries of War and Navy are further authorized to donate any parts of the wreck of the Maine, or nicipalities, of its equipment, or of any property found therein, not etc. needed by the United States, to any municipality of the United States, or to any military or naval association or society in the United States, or to the former officers and crew of the Maine, or their heirs or representatives: Provided, That such parts can be recovered and removed Provisori from the wreck without interference with the general work of removal now in progress under the War Department: Provided further, That all labor and costs of such Expenses, removal shall be defrayed by the municipality or other donees. body desiring the relic, and that reasonable assurance shall be furnished that the parts so donated will be properly preserved and cared for as memorials and shall not be sold or otherwise disposed of without prior authority of the original donors.

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War with Spain.

For payment of amounts for arrears of pay and allowances on account of service of officers and men of the Army during the War with Spain and in the Philippine Islands that may be certified to be due by the accounting officers of the Treasury during the fiscal year nineteen hundred and twelve and that are chargeable to the appropriations that have been carried to the surplus fund, eight thousand dollars.

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Mar. 7, 1912.

CHAP. 53.-An Act Authorizing that commission of ensign be (S. 3211.)

given midshipmen upon graduation from the Naval Academy. [Public, No. 98.]

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa37 Stat. L.pt. tives of the United States of America in Congress assempt. 1, p73 Naval Acad-bled, That the course at the Naval Academy shall be Course re

four years, and midshipmen on graduation shall be comduced. missioned ensigns: Provided, That midshipmen now per

R. S., sec. 1520, p. 261, forming two years' service at sea in accordance with examended.

isting law shall be commissioned forthwith as ensigns Commissions from the date of the passage of this Act: And provided, to midshipmen

That those midshipmen of the class which was graduated graduates of

in nineteen hundred and nine, who have completed two class of 1909. years' service afloat, and who are due for promotion,

shall be commissioned ensigns to take rank with the other members of their class, according to their standing as determined by their final multiples, respectively, for the six years' course, from the fifth day of June, nineteen hundred and eleven, the date of rank to which they were entitled prior to the passage of this Act: And provided

further, That no back pay or allowances shall result by No back pay, reason of the passage of this Act.

at sea.

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etc.

Mar. 11, 1912.

CHAP. 55.–An Act To amend section fifteen hundred and five (S. 2004.)

of the Revised Statutes of the United States providing for the [Public, No. suspension from promotion of officers of the Navy if not pro

99.) 37 Stat. L.,

fessionally qualified. 1, p. 73.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa

tives of the United States of America in Congress assemNavy. bled, That section fifteen hundred and five of the Re

R. S., sec. 1505, p. 259, vised Statutes be, and is hereby, amended to read as amended.

follows: Officers. “ Sec. 1505. Any officer of the Navy on the active list Suspended

below the rank of commander who, upon examination from promotion for six

for promotion, is found not professionally qualified, shall months if failing on exami. be suspended from promotion for a period of six months nation.

from the date of approval of said examination, and shall suffer a loss of numbers equal to the average six months' rate of promotion to the grade for which said officer is undergoing examination during the five fiscal years next preceding the date of approval of said examination, and

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upon the termination of said suspension from promotion he shall be reexamined, and in case of his failure upon such reexamination he shall be dropped from the service tion, etc. with not more than one year's pay: Provided, That the proviso. provisions of this Act shall be effective from and after from Jan. 1, January first, nineteen hundred and eleven.”

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1911.

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time of war.

CHAP. 90.–An Act To provide for the use of the American Apr. 2463962; National Red Cross in aid of the land and naval forces in time of actual or threatened war.

(Public, No.

132.]

37 Stat. L., Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa- sot. Iqat oo. tives of the United States of America in Congress assemBled, That whenever in time of war, or when war is im- National Red minent, the President may deem the cooperation and use Cross. of the American National Red Cross with the sanitary vices in services of the land and naval forces to be necessary, he is authorized to accept the assistance tendered by the said Red Cross and to employ the same under the sanitary services of the Army and Navy in conformity with such rules and regulations as he may prescribe. Sec. 2. That when the Red Cross cooperation and as

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transportation sistance with the land and naval forces in time of war or and subsisthreatened hostilities shall have been accepted by the tence. President, the personnel entering upon the duty specified in section one of this Act shall, while proceeding to their place of duty, while serving thereat, and while returning therefrom, be transported and subsisted at the cost and charge of the United States as civilian employees employed with the said forces, and the Red Cross sup- Supplies.

. plies that may be tendered as a gift and accepted for use in the sanitary service shall be transported at the cost and charge of the United States.

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CHAP. 157.–An Act Making appropriations for fortifications June 6, 1912. and other works of defense, for the armament thereof, for the [H. R. 20111.) procurement of heavy ordnance for trial and service, and for other [Public, No. purposes.

183.)

37 Stat. L., Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa- pt. 1, p. 126. tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sums of money herein provided for be, Fortifica. and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money priations. in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be immediately available and to continue available until expended, namely:

FORTIFICATIONS IN INSULAR POSSESSIONS.

ENGINEER DEPARTMENT.

For construction of seacoast batteries, as follows:

Seacoast In the Hawaiian Islands, one hundred and seventy batteries. thousand dollars;

Hawaiian Islands.

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shall not operate to deprive them upon discharge at the termination thereof of any right, privilege, or benefit to which they would be entitled at the expiration of a fouryear term of enlistment.

That section fifteen hundred and seventy-three of the ReenlistRevised Statutes of the United States as amended by sec. tion sixteen of an Ast entitled "An Act to reorganize and 1573, p. 269,

. increase the efficiency of the personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States," approved March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, be, and the same is hereby, amended to read as follows:“ If any ...isted Bounty to

be given. man or apprentice, being honorably discharged, shall reenlist for four years within four months thereafter, he shall, on presenting his honorable discharge or on accounting in a satisfactory manner for its loss, be entitled to a gratuity of four months' pay equal in amount to that which he would have received if he had been employed in actual service: Provided, That any enlisted man in the Provisos

Payment at Nary whose term of enlistment has been extended for an end of four aggregate of four years shall, after the expiration of the years afterm preceding four-year term of enlistment upon which the extension is made and if otherwise entitled to an honorable discharge, be paid the gratuity above provided : And provided, That any man who has received an honorable Increased discharge from his last term of enlistment, or who has psimfors reen

Îistments. received a recommendation for reenlistment upon the expiration of his last term of enlistment, who reenlists for à term of four years within four months from the date of his discharge, shall receive an increase of one dollar and thirty-six cents per month to the pay prescribed for the rating in which he serves for each successive reenlistment: And provided further, That an extension of the Extension

equivalent to period of enlistment as hereinbefore authorized, aggre continuous gating four years, shall be held and considered as equivalent to continuous service with respect to all rights, privileges, and benefits granted for such service pursuant to law."

That under such regulations as the Secretary of the windscherpes Navy may prescribe, with the approval of the President, months of exany enlisted man may be discharged at any time within pération of three months before the expiration of his term of enlistment or extended enlistment without prejudice to any right, privilege, or benefit that he would have received, except pay and allowances for the unexpired period not served, or to which he would thereafter become entitled, had he served his full term of enlistment or extended enlistment: Provided, That nothing in this Act shall be held Provised reduce or increase the pay and allowances of enlisted tion or inNavy now authorized pursuant to law.

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