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his approval shall be first bad before they shall be author

ized or made. Aids to navi. SEC. 7. That the said bridge herein authorized to be gation.

constructed shall be so kept and managed, at all times, as to afford proper ways and means for the passage of vessels, barges, or rafts under it, both by day and night. There

shall be displayed on said bridge, from sunset to sunrise, Lights, etc. such lights and signals as may be directed by the Light

House Board, and such changes may be made, from time to time, in the structure of said bridge as the Secretary of War may direct, at the expense of said railway, in order the more effectually to preserve the free navigation of said river, or the said structure shall be altogether removed, if, in the judgment of the Secretary of War, the public good may require such removal, and without expense or charge

to the United States. Commence SEC. 8. That this Act shall be null and void if actual con. ment and com-struction of the bridge herein authorized be not commenced

within one year and completed within three years from the

date of the approval of this Act. Amendment, SEC. 9. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act

is hereby specially reserved.

Approved, August 27, 1894.

etc.

RESOLUTIONS.

ment.

December 19, [No. 6.] Joint Resolution To authorize the Secretary of War to grant 1893.

permits for the use of the Monument grounds and reservations or public spaces in the City of Washington, and for other purposes.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of Knights of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Pythias encamp

the Secretary of War is hereby authorized to grant perPermit to use mits to the Executive Committee, Knights of Pythias, for grounds and res the use of the Monument grounds for temporary camp pur. in August, 1894.' poses, and the reservations or public spaces along the line

of Pennsylvania Avenue for the erection of stands with seats thereon on the occasion of the Pythian Conclave and Encampment to be held in the City of Washington in August, eighteen hundred and ninety-four, if, in his opinion, such use will inflict no serious or permanent injury upon such grounds, reservations or public spaces; and the District Commissioners are hereby authorized to designate such streets, avenues and sidewalks in the District as they may deem necessary and proper for the purposes of the occasion.

Approved, December 19, 1893,

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[No. 23.] Joint Resolution Directing the Secretary of War to cause May 4, 1894. an examination to be made to determine if there is probability anıl danger of the Mississippi River cutting through the space dividing such river from the Saint Francis River in the vicinity of Walnut Bend, Arkansas.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Mississippi Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized and Examination directed to cause an examination to be made to determine near Walnut if there is probability and danger of the Mississippi River danger to St. cutting through the space dividing such river from the Francis River. Saint Francis River in the vicinity of Walnut Bend, Arkansas, some twenty miles above the mouth of the Saint Francis River, and if such danger exists, to cause to be made a survey and estimate of the amount necessary to prevent damage to the navigation of the Saint Francis River.

Approved, May 4, 1894.

[No. 33.] Joint Resolution Directing the Secretary of War to appoint June 29, 1894. a commission of engineers to examine and report upon the cost of deepening the harbors of Superior and Duluth and their entrances to a uniform depth of twenty feet.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Harbors of DuSecretary of War be, and he is hereby, directed to appoint luth and Supea commission, to consist of three engineers, to examine the Commission to harbors of Superior and Duluth and the entrances thereto, deepen ings en with a view of ascertaining the cost of deepening said har- trance. bors and entrances to a uniform depth of twenty feet, and to report their conclusions to the Secretary of War without delay, to be by him transmitted to Congress.

Approved, June 29, 1894.

PRIVATE ACTS.

CHAP. 115.–An Act To provide for the adjustment and payment of June 23, 1894. le claim of Thomas Rhys Smith for work done and materials furnished for the breakwater at Bar Harbor, Maine.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Thomas Rhys

Smith. the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to examine and adjust the claim of Thomas Rhys Claim for work, Smith against the Government of the United States for etc., Bar Harbor, work done and materials furnished for the breakwater at justed. Bar Harbor, Maine, under a contract between said Thomas Rhys Smith and the United States, and determine what amount of work was done and materials furnished there. under, the amount paid on account thereof, and the balance remaining unpaid, which balance he shall certify to the proper accounting officers for payment in the manner prescribed by law; and for the payment of said claim the sum Payment.

Me., to be ad

Proviso.

of six thousand three hundred and ninety-one dollars and twelve cents, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated: Provided, That before making

any payment the Secretary of War shall exact from said Indemnity Thomas Rhys Smith a bond in the penal sum of ten thou

sand dollars, with sufficient sureties, to be approved by him, conditioned to indemnify the United States against any lawful claim of any other party or parties.

Approved, June 23, 1894.

bond.

August 8, 1894. CHAP. 240.-An Act To provide for the adjustment and payment

of the claim of the American Transportation Company for dredging done at Fairport Harbor, in the State of Obio.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives American of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Transportation Company the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized and

Payment of directed to examine and adjust the claim of the American ing Fairport Transportation Company against the Government of the Harbor, Ohio.

United States for dredging done at Fairport Harbor, in the State of Ohio, under a contract between said American Transportation Company and the United States, and determine what amount of dredging was done thereunder, the amount paid on account thereof, and the balance remaining unpaid, which balance he shall certify to the proper accounting officers for payment in the manner prescribed by law; and for the payment of said claim the sum of five thousand four hundred and thirty-four dollars and eighteen cents, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropri. ated.

Approved, August 8, 1894.

August 17, 1894. CHAP. 298.-An Act To authorize the appointment of James Will

iam Abert to the retired list of the Army.

Abert.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of James William the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the

President be, and he is hereby, authorized, by and with May be appoint: the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint James ed major, Army retired list. William Abert to the Army of the United States, and to

place said Abert on the retired list thereof with the rank of major of engineers.

Received by the President, August 6, 1894.

[NOTE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE.—The foregoing act having been presented to the President of the United States for his approval,and not having been returned by him to the house of Congress in which it originated within the time prescribed by the Constitution of the United States, has become a law without his approval.]

CHAP. 324.-An Act For the relief of B. D. Greene.

August 23, 1894.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Payment to, as the Secretary of the Treasury is directed to pay, out of bon dsman of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to George E. Ward. B. D. Greene, bondsman of George E. Ward, who shall file the proper vouchers for money advanced or labor and materials furnished in and about the work of improvement on the Rappahannock River during the year eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, the sum of one thousand nine hundred and sixteen dollars and ninety-seven cents, being the amount due George E. Ward by the Government, which said sum shall be paid to the said B. D. Greene.

Approved, August 23, 1894.

CHAP. 354.-An Act Directing the issue of a duplicate of a lost August 27, 1894. check drawn by Captain W. H. Bixby, Engineers United States Army, at Newport, Rhode Island, in favor of Messrs. Hughes Brothers and Bangs.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Hughes Broth Captain W. H. Bixby, Engineers United States Army, Duplicate check be, and is hereby, authorized and instructed to issue a to issue to. duplicate of an original check under such regulations in regard to its issue and payment as have been prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury for the issue of duplicate checks under the provisions of section thirty-six hundred R. S., sec. 3646, and forty-six, Revised Statutes of the United States. Said P. 717. duplicate check to take the place of an original check issued by said W. H. Bixby on September twenty-fifth, eighteen hundred and ninety-three, upon the subtreasury at New York, in favor of Hughes Brothers and Bangs, for the sum of five thousand and eleven dollars and ninetythree cents, and numbered two hundred and fifty-nine thousand and one, being for services in August, eighteen hundred and ninety-three, under their contract with the United States for work at Point Judith, Rhode Island, which check is alleged to have been lost in its transmission through the United States mail.

Approved, August 27, 1894.

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