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independence of the United States of America the one hundred and forty-second. (SEAL.]

WOODROW WILSON. By the President, ROBERT LANSING,

Secretary of State.

[No. 1411.)

VESSELS IN PORTS OF THE UNITED STATES.

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

A PROCLAMATION.

Whereas, under and by virtue of an act of Congress entitled "An act to punish acts of interference with the foreign relations, the neutrality, and the foreign commerce of the United States, to punis'ı espionage, and better to enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and for other purposes," approved by the President on the 15th day of June, 1917, it is provided among other things as follows:

Section 1. Whenever the President by proclamation or Executive order declares a national emergency to exist by reason of actual or threatened war, insurrection, or invasion, or disturbance or threatened disturbance of the international relations of the United States, the Secretary of the Treasury may make, subject to the approval of the President, rules and regulations governing the anchorage and movement of any vessel, foreign or domestic, in the territorial waters of the United States, may inspect such vessel at any time, place guards thereon, and, if necessary in his opinion in order to secure such vessels from damage or injury, or to prevent damage or injury to any harbor or waters of the United States, or to secure the observance of the rights and obligations of the United States, may take, by and with the consent of the President, for such purposes, full possession and control of such vessel and remove therefrom the officers and crew thereof and all other persons not specially authorized by him to go to or remain on board thereof.

And, whereas, in a proclamation made by me on the 6th day of April, 1917, it was proclaimed that a state of war exists between the United States and the Imperial German Government,

And, whereas, it is essential, in order to carry into effect the provisions of the said Act, which are quoted herein, that the powers conferred upon the President therein be at this time exercised,

Now, therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the powers conferred upon me by the provisions of the said act of Congress quoted herein, do hereby proclaim that a national emergency exists by reason of the existence of a state of war between the United States and the Imperial German Government,

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And the Secretary of the Treasury is therefore hereby authorized to make rules and regulations governing the anchorage and movement of any vessel, foreign or domestic, in the territorial waters of the United States, and to inspect such vessel at any time, place guards thereon, and, if necessary in his opinion in order to secure such vessels from damage or injury, or to prevent damage or injury to any harbor or waters of the United States, or to secure the observance of the rights and obligations of the United States, to take, for such purposes, full possession and control of such vessel and remove therefrom the officers and crew thereof and all other persons not specially authorized by him to go or remain on board thereof.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done in the District of Columbia, this third day of December, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventeen, and of the independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and forty-second.

WOODROW WILSON. (SEAL.] By the President: ROBERT LANSING,

Secretary of State.

(No. 1413.)

LIMITING ALCOHOLIC CONTENT OF MALT LIQUOR.

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

A PROCLAMATION.

Whereas, undur and by virtue of an act of Congress entitled “An sct to provide further for the national security and defense by encouraging the production, conserving the supply, and controlling the distribution of food products and fuel," approved by the President on August 10, 1917, it is provided in section 15, among cther things, as follows:

Whenever the President shall find that limitation, regulation, or prohibition of the use of foods, fruits, food materials, or feeds in the production of malt or vinous liquors for beverage purposes, or that reduction of the alcoholic content of any such malt or vinous liquor, is essential, in order to assure an adequate and continuous supply of food, or that the national security and defense will be subserved thereby, he is authorized, from time to time, to prescribe and give public notice of the extent of the limitation, regulation, prohibition, or reduction so necessitated. Whenever such notice shall have been given and shall remain unrevoked, no person shall, after a reasonable time prescribed in such notice, use any foods, fruits, food materials, or feeds in the production of malt or vinous liquors, or import any such liquors except under license issued by the President and in compliance with rules and regulations determined by him governing the production and importation of such liquors and the alcoholic content thereof;

Now, therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the powers conferred on me by said act of Congress, do hereby find and determine that the national security and defense will be subserved by the limitation of the amount of foods, fruits, food me teriels, and feeds used in the production of melt liquor, and by reduction of the alcoholic content of malt liquor produced in the United States. And by this proclamation I prescribe and give public notice that on and after January 1, 1918, the total amount of foods, fruits, food materials, and feeds used by any person in the production of malt liquor shall not exceed seventy per cent (70%) of the average consumption of any such foods, fruits, food materials, or feeds in the production of such molt liquor by such person during the period from Januory 1, 1917, to January 1, 1918, the unit of time to be fixed by regulation; and that on and after January 1, 1918, no malt liquor except ale and porter shall be produced in the United States containing more than two and threequarters per cent (2.75%) of alcohol by weight.

No person shall, after Janusry 1, 1918, use any foods, fruits, food materials, or feeds in the production of malt liquor, unless he secures a license so to do, to be issued by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and complies with rules and regulations to be hereafter promulgated governing the production of such liquor and the alcoholic content thereof; and no person shell import any such liquor except under license to be issued by the Division of Customs, Treasury Department, and in compliance with any rules and regulations governing the importe tion of such liquors which may be promulgated.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done in the District of Columbia, this eighth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and seventeen, and of the independence of the United States of America the one hundred and forty-second. (SEAL.]

WOODROW WILSON. By the President: ROBERT LANSING,

Secretary of State.

(No. 1416.)

DECLARING ESTABLISHMENT OF RESERVATION FOR PROPOSED

PROVING GROUND.

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

A PROCLAMATION.

Whereas, by the urgent deficiency act, approved October 6, 1917 (Pub. No. 64, 65th Cong.), an appropriation of $7,000,000 was made for increasing the facilities for the proof and test of ordnance material, including necessary buildings, construction, equipment, land, and damages and losses to persons, firms and corporations resulting from the procurement of the land for this purpose; and also the salaries and expenses of any agents appointed to assist in the procurement of said land, or damages resulting from its taking;

And whereas, by said act it is further provided as follows: That if the land and appurtenances and improvements attached thereto, as contemplated under the foregoing appropriation, can not be procured by purchase, then the President is hereby authorized and empowered to take over for the United States the immediate possession and title, including all easements, rights of way, riparian and other rights appurtenant thereto, or any land selected by him to be used for the carrying out of the purpose named in the aforesaid appropriation. That if said land and appurtenances and improvements shall be taken over as aforesaid the United States shall make just compensation therefor, to be determined by the President, and if the amount thereof, so determined by the President, is unsatisfactory to the person entitled to receive the same, such person shall be paid seventy-five per centum of the amount so determined by the President and shall be entitled to sue the United States to recover such further sum, as, added to the said seventy-five per centum, will make up such amount as will be just compensation therefor, in the manner provided for by section twenty-four, paragraph twenty, and section one hundred and fortyfive of the Judicial Code. Upon the taking over of said property by the President as aforesaid the title to all such property so taken over shall immediately vest in the United States: Provided further, That section three hundred and fifty-five of the Revised Statutes of the United States shall not apply to the expenditures authorized hereunder.

Now, therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the said act of Congress, do hereby order and declare that the following described tract of land is necessary for the purposes specified in said appropriation, namely, all lands within metes and bounds described as follows: Beginning at a point on the westerly side of Chesapeake Bay, at the south side of the mouth of Swan Creek, Harford County, Maryland, known as Plum Point; thence, on a straight line in a southwesterly direction to a point on the west of the southernmost arm of Swan Creek, three hundred feet southeast of and opposite to the stable on the Sidney Hall property; thence, by a straight line in a southwesterly direction to a point formed by the intersection of what is known as the New Cut Road with the road leading from Aberdeen to Michaelsville; thence along the southeasterly side of the New Cut Road and following its various meanderings and in a southwesterly direction to the bridge across the east fork of Long Bridge Creek; thence, by a straight line, still in a southwesterly direction, except such variations as may be necessary to exclude the Wirsing property, to a point formed by the intersection of the southwesterly side of the main road leading from Perryman to Michaelsville with the southeasterly side of what is known as Sod Run Road; thence, by a straight line in a southwesterly direction, except such variations as may be necessary to exclude the Williams and Kirby properties, to the point of intersection of the easterly side of the road to Perryman with the northerly side of the Short Lane Road, said point of intersection being some distance south of the canning factory on the Chelsea Farm; thence, by a straight line in a southwesterly direction across Bush River to Fairview Point, on the west side of said river; thence, in a southwesterly and westerly direction on a line parallel with and one hundred yards distant north or inland from the low water mark on the northern shore of Bush River and the salient points of Lauderick Creek, to the northern boundary line of the Cadwallader estate; thence, following the northern boundary line of said estate to a point southeast of and two hundred and ten feet distant on a line at right angles to the center line of the right of way of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad; thence, southwesterly along a line distant two hundred and ten feet southeasterly from the center line of said railroad to an intersection with Reardon Inlet; thence, in a southerly direction along the center line of Reardon Inlet to Gunpowder River; thence, in a southwesterly direction in a straight course to Marshy Point, at the junction of Dundee Creek and Saltpetre Creek; thence, on the same course to a point in Seneca Creek, on the extension of a straight line through Briar Point and the southwesterly point of the small islands lying close to and southwest of Lower Island Point on Carroll Island; thence, on the said extension and on said line to the southwesterly point of the said islands; thence, in a southeasterly direction to the most southwesterly point of Spry Island; thence, including all of Spry Island, in a southeasterly direction to the southwesterly point of Poole's Island, in Harford County, Maryland; thence, northeasterly in a straight course, except such variations as may be necessary to include all of Poole's Island, to Mulberry Point, Chesapeake Bay; thence, northeasterly to the point of intersection of the center line of Spesutie Narrows with Chesapeake Bay; thence, northerly along the center line of Spesutie Narrows to a point southeast of the westerly landing of the ferry across said narrows; thence, due northwest to said landing; thence, northwesterly to and along the low water mark on the shore of Chesapeake Bay to the point of beginning.

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