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AN ACT TO Amend the acT ENTITLED "AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR SUN-
January 22, 1874.
18 Stat. L., 5.
Debates of Congress to be printed under direction of Joint Committee on Printing. Be it enacted, &c., That the act entitled "An an act making appropri- Debates of Conations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year gress to be printed under direction of ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-four, and for other Joint Committee purposes," approved March third, eighteen hundred and seventy-three, on Printing. be, and the same is hereby, amended by adding to the proviso (1) in the 1873, Mar. 3, ch. clause of said act relating to the public printing and binding the follow- 227; ing words: "and of the House of Representatives." [January 22, 1874.] R. S., § 78.
NOTE.-(1) The provision here referred to in act of 1873, ch. 227 (17 Stat. L., 510), is incorporated into the Revised Statutes, § 78.
AN ACT IN RELATION TO THE PRINTING OF THE BIENNIAL REGISTER COMMONLY January 23, 1874.
CALLED THE BLUE BOOK.
Biennial Register; 1,500 copies to be printed.
18 Stat. L., 5.
R. S., §§ 510, 3800.
Be it enacted, &c., (Sup.) [That in lieu of the number of copies of the Biennial Register now authorized by law to be printed, the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, directed to cause to be printed Superseded. fifteen hundred copies of the said work.] [January 23, 1874.]
1877, Dec. 15, ch.
AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO `Y FOR REPORTING THE DEBATES AND PRO- January 28, 1874.
Provided, (Sup.) [That from and after the passage of this act a sum Pay for reportnot exceeding forty-two thousand dollars shall be paid for reporting the ing proceedings of proceedings of each House of Congress for any one Congress, under the direction of the respective Houses; and all laws inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.] [January 28, 1874.]
R. S., 54. Superseded 1874, June 22, ch. 388, par. 5.
AN ACT TO ABOLISH THE OFFICE OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE. January 29, 1874. Two deputy commissioners of internal revenue only:-one to be designated First Deputy. 18 Stat. L., 6. Be it enacted, &c., That the office of Deputy Commissioner of Internal Two deputy comRevenue, made vacant by the death of General B. J. Sweet, be, and the missioners of Internal Revenue only: same is hereby, abolished; and that the Secretary of the Treasury may, -one to be desigupon the recommendation of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, nated First Depudesignate one of the two remaining deputy commissioners as First Dep- ty. uty Commissioner, who shall perform the duties and be paid only the R. S., §§ 235, 322. salary prescribed for the office of deputy commissioner hereby abolished. [January 29, 1874.]
AN ACT AUTHIORIZING COINAGE TO BE EXECUTED AT THE MINTS OF THE UNITED
STATES FOR FOREIGN COUNTRIES.
January 29, 1874. 18 Stat. L., 6.
Coinage for foreign countries may bo executed at United States mints. Coinage for for- Be it cnacted, &c., That it shall be lawful for coinage to be executed at eign countries may the mints of the United States for any foreign country applying for the be executed at United States mints.
same, according to the legally prescribed standards and devices of such R. S., 99 3495, country, under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury may 3516.
prescribe; and the charge for the same shall be equal to the expenses thereof, including labor, materials, and use of machinery, to be fixed by the director of the mint, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury: Provided, That the manufacture of such coin shall not interfere with the required coinage of the United States. (January 29, 1874.]
February 4, 1874. AN ACT IN RELATION TO THE LINES OF TELEGRAPH CONNECTING THE CAPITOL WITH
THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT. 18 Stat. L., 14.
Telegraph lince between Capitol and Departments - Operation of, how conducted.
public buildings, &c. Telegraph be
Be it enacted, &c., That the lines of telegraph, connecting the Capitol tween Capitol and Departments to be with the various Departments in Washington, constructed under and under supervision by virtue of the act of Congress approved March third, eighteen hunof officer in charge dred and seventy-three, entitled "An act making appropriations for of public build- sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June ings, &c.
1813, ch. 227 (17 thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-four, and for other purposes," Stat. L., 519).
be, and the same are hereby, placed under the supervision of the officer R. S., $ 1797. in charge of the public buildings and grounds; and that the said officer 1874, Mar. 7, ch. be authorized and empowered to make rules and regulations for the 50; June 23, ch. working of said lines. .
And the Secretary or Head of each Executive Department, and the
Congressional Printer, are hereby authorized to detail one person from - operation of, their present force of employees to operate the instruments in said Dehow conducted.
partments and printing office, and each House of Congress may provide for the employment of an operator in their respective wings of the Capitol, at a compensation not exceeding one hundred dollars per month, during the sessions of Congress. (February 4, 1874.]
DISTRICT COURTS OF THE
February 9, 1874.. AN ACT CHANGING THE TIMES FOR HOLDING CERTAIN
UNITED STATES, FOR THE STATE OF IOWA. 18 Stat. L., 15. SECTION
SECTION 1. District courts in Iowa, terms of.
2. Processes to be entered at said terms. District courts in Be it enacted, &c. Iowa, terms of.
(SECTION 1], That instead of the times now fixed by law, the terms of R. S., 9 572
the district courts of the United States for the district of Iowa, to be held in the city of Keokuk and the city of Council Bluffs, shall commence
At Keokuk on the third Tuesday of January and the third Tuesday of June, and
At Council Bluffs on the fourth Monday of March and the fourth
Monday of September, in each year. Processes to be SEC. 2. That all causes, processes, suits, and proceedings now pend. entered at said ing or commenced for said terms of court, or hereafter to be commenced, terms.
shall be continued or returned in and to said courts at the several times herein specified. (February 9, 1874.]
AN ACT TO AMEND THE ACT ENTITLED “AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE REMOVAL OF February 11, 1874.
THE FLATHEAD AND OTHER INDIANS FROM THE BITTERROOT VALLEY, IN TIIE
18 Stat. L., 15. SEVENTY-TWO. SECTION
SECTION 1. Pre-emption lands in Bitterroot Valloy; timo 2. Settlers on, to havo benefit of homestead of sale and payment extended.
laws. Be it enacted, &c.
[SECTION 1], That the time of sale and payment of pre-empted lands Pre-emption lands in the Bitterroot Valley, in the Territory of Montana, is hereby extended in Bitterroot Valfor the period of two years from the expiration of the time allotted in ley; time of sale
and payment exthe act entitled (1) “An act to provide for the removal of the Flathead tended. and other Indians from the Bitterroot Valley, in the Territory of Mon- R. S., $ 2267. tana," approved June fifth, eighteen hundred and seventy-two.
SEC. 2. That the benefit of the homestead act is hereby extended to Settlers on, to all the settlers on said lands who may desire to take advantage of the have benefit of
homestead laws. same. (February 11, 1874.)
R. S., O Ø 2289, NOTE.— (1) The time allotted by the act here referred to, 1872, ch. 308 (17 Stat. L., 226), was within 2317. twenty-one months from the dato of settlement, or of the passage of this act," which act was passed June 5, 1872.
AN ACT GRANTING CERTAIN SWAMP-LANDS IN HOLT COUNTY, MISSOURI, TO SAID INOLT February 19, 1874.
COUNTY, FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES.
18 Stat. L., 16. 1. Lands granted to Holt County, Missouri, for Rights of homestead and pro-cmption settlers school purposes.
to be preserved. 2. - To be surveyed.
Cost of surveying to be paid by county. Be it enacted, &c.
[SECTION 1], That all the tract of land embraced in what is known as Lands granted to Tarkio Lake, in Congressional Township, numbered sixty, of range Holt County, Misthirty-nine, in the county of Holt, State of Missouri, and which was souri, for school left unsurveyed at the time the Government of the United States had purposes. made a survey of the other lands in said township and county, and which was described on the plat of the survey of said lands as a meandering lake, be, and the same is hereby, granted to the said county of Holt, in the State of Missouri, for school purposes.
SEC. 2. That the Commissioner of the General Land-Office is hereby – to be surveyed. directed to have said lands surveyed, and to cause to be executed to the said county of Holt, a patent for the same:
Provided, That nothing in this act contained shall be so construed as to Rights of homeaffect the rights of any person who may have in good faith gone upon stead and pre-empsaid lands prior to January first, eighteen hundred and seventy-four, with tion settlers pre
served. the intent of pre-empting or homesteading the same; and the said county of Holt is hereby required to make a title to any such person to an amount of land not exceeding one hundred and sixty acres upon the payment to the county of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre: Cost of surveying
And be it further provided, That all cost of surveying said lands shall to be paid by counbe paid by said county of Holt. (February 19, 1874.)
AN ACT TO CHANGE THE TITLES OF CERTAIN NAVAL OFFICERS, AND FOR OTHER February 24, 1874. PURPOSES.
18 Stat. L., 17. SECTION
SECTION 1. Assistant and passed assistant engineers in 2. Cadet-engipcers, course of instruction of, nt Navy: their title, &c.
Naval Academy. Be it enacted, &c.
Assistant and (SECTION 1], That from and after the passage of this act the title of
passed assistantenfirst assistant engineer shall be changed to passed assistant engineer,
gineers in Navy: and that the title of second assistant engineer shall be changed to their title, &c. assistant engineer: Provided, That the regulations of the Navy Department in relation to the examinations and amount of sea-service previous to each examinations be complied with.
R. S., 1390, 1394, 1476, 1556.
Cadet-engineers; course of instruction of, at Naval Academy. R. S., § 1524.
SEC. 2. That from and after the thirtieth day of June eighteen hundred and seventy-four, the course of instruction at the Naval Academy for cadet engineers shall be four years, instead of two as now provided by law; and this provision shall first apply to the class of cadet-engineers entering the academy in the year eighteen hundred and seventyfour, and to all subsequent classes; and that all acts or parts of acts inconsistent herewith be, and are hereby, repealed. [February 24, 1874.]
February 24, 1874. AN ACT TO WITHHOLD FROM SALE THE SITE OF THE OLD LIGHT-STATION AT NAYATT 18 Stat. L., 18.
Site of old light-station at Nayatt Point reserved from sale.
Site of old light- Be it enacted, &c., That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is station at Nayatt hereby, authorized and directed to withhold from sale the site of the old light-station at Nayatt Point. [February 24, 1874.]
R. S., § 4675.
March 3, 1874.
18 Stat. L., 18.
La Messilla land district
in New Mexico; location of land-office.
R. S., § 2256, 2d Ed., p. 411.
Register and receiver of, and
where to reside. R. S., § 2234.
AN ACT CREATING AN ADDITIONAL LAND DISTRICT IN THE TERRITORY OF NEW MEXICO.
1. La Messilla land district in New Mexico; lo-
Be it enacted, &c.
2. Register and receiver of, and where to reside.
[SECTION 1], That all that portion of the Territory of New Mexico lying south of the principal base line of said Territory shall constitute separate land district, to be called the La Messilla land-district, the office of which shall be located at such place in said district as the President of the United States may direct, which may be changed from time to time as the public interest may require.
SEC. 2. That the President shall appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, a register and receiver of public moneys for said district, and said officers shall reside in the place where said land-office is located, and they shall have the same powers, perform the same duties, and receive the same emoluments as are or may be prescribed by law in relation to land offices of the United States in other Territories [March 3, 1874.]
March 4, 1874.
18 Stat. L., 19.
Secretary of War
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CHIEF CLERK OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT TO SIGN REQUI-
Secretary of War may authorize chief clerk to sign requisitions, &c., in his absence. Be it enacted, &c., That when, from illness or other cause, the Secremay authorize tary of War is temporarily absent from the War Department, he may chief clerk to sign authorize the chief clerk of the Department to sign requisitions upon requisitions, &c., in his absence. the Treasury Department, and other papers requiring the signature of R. S., 177, 215, said Secretary; the same, when signed by the chief clerk during such 179, 3673. 1877, Feb. 27, ch. temporary absence, to be of the same force and effect as if signed by the Secretary of War himself. [March 4, 1874.]
69, par. 2.
AN ACT TO AMEND THE FIFTEENTH SECTION OF AN ACT APPROVED JUNE EIGHTH,
Oath to be taken by Postmaster-General and all persons in postal service.
Before what officer may be taken.
March 5, 1874.
18 Stat. L., 19.
Oath to be taken
Be it enacted, &c., (1) That section fifteen of the act "to revise, consolidate and amend the statutes relating to the Post Office Department," by Postmaster Genapproved June eighth, eighteen hundred and seventy-two, be amended eral and all per
to read as follows:
"SEC. 15. That before entering upon the duties, and before they shall receive any salary, the Postmaster General, and all persons employed in the postal service, shall respectively take and subscribe before some magistrate or other competent officer authorized to administer oaths by the laws of the United States, or of any State or Territory, the following oath or affirmation:
"I, A. B. do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be,) that I will faithfully perform all the duties required of me and abstain from everything forbidden by the laws in relation to the establishment of post-offices and post-roads within the United States; and that I will honestly and truly account for and pay over any money belonging to the said United States which may come into my possession or control; "And I also further swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States; so help me God.'
sons in postal service.
R. S., § 391.
before what offi
R. S., § 392.
"And this oath or affirmation may be taken before any officer civil or military holding a commission under the United States, and such officer cer may be taken. is hereby authorized to administer and certify such oath or affirmation." [March 5, 1874.]
NOTE.(1) Section fifteen of the act of 1872, ch. 335 (17 Stat. L., 287), here referred to, is incorporated into the Revised Statutes in § 391.
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO DISCONTINUE THE
Secretary of the Treasury may use revenue-cutter Relief as a boarding station in district of Mobile.
March 5, 1874.
18 Stat. L., 20.
Be it enacted, &c., That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and is here- Sec'y of Treasury by, authorized to discontinue the use of the "Relief" as a revenue cut- may use ter, and to station said vessel in Mobile Bay for use as a boarding sta- cutter "Relief" as tion for the customs officers of the district of Mobile, under such rules, in district of Moa boarding station regulations, and conditions as the Secretary of the Treasury may from bile. time to time prescribe. [March 5, 1874.]
R. S., § 2758.
AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO PAY THE OPERATORS OF THE GOVERNMENT
March 7, 1874. 18 Stat. L., 20.
That said lines of telegraph shall be for the use only of Senators, Telegraph Members of Congress, Judges of the United States courts, and officers tween Capitol and of Congress and of the Executive Departments, and solely on public used. Departments; how business. [March 7, 1874.]
1874, Feb. 4, ch. 22; June 23, ch. 461.