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the dog in case the tax is not paid or in case the dog is vicious or dangerous to life or health.

Ninth. To assess, levy, and collect a general tax for school and municipal purposes, not to exceed two per centum of the assessed valuation, upon all real and personal property, and to declare the same a lien upon such property and to enforce the collection of such lien by foreclosure, levy, distress, and sale: Provided, however, That all property belonging to the municipality, all property used exclusively for religious, educational, and charitable purposes, and the household furniture of the head of a family or a householder not exceeding two hundred dollars in value, shall be exempt from such tax: Provided further, That the laws exempting certain property from Exception. levy and sale on execution shall not apply to said taxes or the collection of the same.

School tax.



Tenth. To prohibit drunkenness, gambling, houses or Drunkenness, places of ill-fame, disorderly conduct, or conduct endangering the public peace, public health, or public safety, to define such offenses, and to prescribe the punishment therefor, but such punishment shall not exceed in any case a fine of one hundred dollars or imprisonment in the municipal jail not exceeding ninety days, or both, in the discretion of the court, together with the costs of prosecution. The costs of such imprisonment shall be borne by the municipality and not by the United States. All fines and costs imposed and collected for violation of municipal ordnances shall belong to the municipality and be paid over to its treasurer. The municipal magistrate shall have jurisdiction of all actions for violation of municipal ordinances, and appeals shall lie from his judgments to the district court in the same manner as appeals from the judgments of ex officio justices of the peace.

Eleventh. To make due provision for the maintenance of a municipal jail and to provide the same with a keeper.

Jail, etc.

Twelfth. To establish one or more school districts, to provide the same with suitable schoolhouses, and to provide the necessary funds for the maintenance of schools, but such school districts and 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 Term. board shall hold their office for the term of one year and until their successors are 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. All money available for school purposes, except for the construction and equipment of schoolhouses and the acquisition of sites for the same, shall be transferred to the treasurer of said board,

Schools, etc.

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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 Treasurer's of his office, give his 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 that may come into his hands Teachers. 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.

Thirteenth. To take such action by ordinance, resolution, or otherwise, as may be necessary to protect and preserve the lives, the health, the safety, and the well-being of the people in the town and to publish all ordinances.

SEC. 5. That the common council may exercise their powers by ordinance or resolution, but no ordinance or resolution shall be valid unless adopted by a vote of four members of the council, at a meeting where not less than Bond issue, five members are present. The council shall have no authority to issue bonds or incur any bonded indebtedness, nor shall they have authority to incur a greater indebtedness or liability of any kind in any year than the current revenues of the municipality for that year.

etc., prohibited.

SEC. 6. That the clerk appointed by the council shall attend its meetings, keep a full record of all its proceedings and of all disbursements of public money, and he shall also file and duly keep all the records and public papers of the town, and he shall to all intents and purposes be deemed to be the clerk and bookkeeper of the town and shall officiate as such. The treasurer appointed by the council shall be the custodian of all the moneys of the town: Provided, That said treasurer shall pay over to the treasurer of the school district all moneys available for the maintenance of schools. He shall keep an itemized, full, and correct account of all moneys received and disbursed, he shall pay out no an order signed by the ex officio mayor and countersigned by the clerk and specifying the object and purpose of the payment, and no such order shall be issued except upon vote of four members of the council at a meeting in which five members are present. He shall before entering upon the duties of his office give his bond to the town, with sufficient sureties to be approved by the council, in such sum as the council may direct, not less, however, than twice the amount of the public money that may come into his hands as treasurer during his term, which bond shall be conditioned that he will faithfully and honestly collect, keep, and disburse all the moneys belonging to the town, which bond shall be filed with and kept by the clerk of the town. The assessor appointed by the council





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shall once each year, at such time as the council may direct, duly list and assess all the taxable property of the town at its just and fair value. He shall file such list and assessment as soon as completed with the clerk of the town, and shall serve a notice of the filing of the same upon each person residing in the town whose property has been assessed. The council may review and revise the assessment, and may, upon proper evidence and conformable to justice, increase or diminish the same in individual cases, and when so revised and reviewed, and finally approved by the council, the same shall be deemed to be the true basis for the levy and assessment of taxes. The municipal attorney shall be the legal adviser of the Attorney. council and the other town officials in reference to their official duties, and he shall represent the town as attorney in all civil and criminal prosecutions in which the town is interested. All officers appointed by the council shall, before entering upon the duties of their office, severally take an oath, in writing, to honestly, faithfully, and impartially perform the duties of their office, which oath shall be filed with the clerk of the town. The council shall, at the beginning of the term of each officer appointed by them, by ordinance fix his compensation for the term, which compensation when so fixed shall be neither increased nor diminished during the term, nor shall said officers be entitled to receive, in any form or shape, any other or additional compensation. Any officer of the town, whether elective or appointive, may be removed from office for malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office, by the district court, in proceedings initiated upon the complaint of a taxpayer, and in which the officer complained of shall have full opportunity to appear and defend himself.


cense funds.

SEC. 7. That all license moneys collected by the clerk of Use of the district court from any person for any business, trade, or occupation carried on within the limits of any incorporated town in the district of Alaska pursuant to the provisions of an Act entitled "An Act to define and punish crimes in the district of Alaska and to provide a code of criminal procedure for said district," approved March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, and all Acts or parts of Acts amendatory thereof, shall by said clerk be paid over to the treasurer of such town, to be used for school and municipal purposes within the town. The clerk shall take a receipt for such money in tripli- Receipts. cate, one of which receipts shall be filed with the Secretary of the Treasury, one with the Attorney-General of the United States, and one shall be retained by the clerk.

SEC. 8. That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act are, to the extent of such inconsistency, hereby repealed; and the provisions of this Act shall apply to and govern all municipal corporations heretofore created in the district of Alaska.





Removal from office.


Apr. 28, 1904.

CHAP. 1807.-An Act Providing for the removal of the port of [H. R. 1925.] entry in the customs collection district in Alaska from Sitka, [Public, No. Alaska, to Juneau, Alaska.


33 Stat. L., pt. 1, p. 554.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Alaska cus-section twenty-five hundred and ninety-two of the Revised. Juneau made Statutes of the United States, second edition, eighteen hunport of entry. dred and seventy-eight, be amended by striking out the word "Sitka" in the last line of the section and inserting in lieu thereof the word "Juneau." The collector of customs for the customs collection district of Alaska shall reside at Juneau, which is hereby made and constituted the port of entry for said district instead of Sitka.

Apr. 28, 1904.

CHAP. 1812.-An Act Authorizing the Union Pioneer Mining [H. R. 6780.] and Trading Company to construct and maintain a bridge across [Public, No. the Catalla Creek, in the district of Alaska.


33 Stat. L.,

Creek, Alaska.


pt. 1, p. 560. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of Americain Congress assembled, That Catalla the Union Pioneer Mining and Trading Company, a corUnion Pio-poration created and existing under and by virtue of the neer Mining laws of the State of California, be, and it is hereby, auand Trading Company may thorized to construct and maintain a bridge across the Location. Catalla Creek, in the district of Alaska, to be located at such point as shall be approved by the Secretary of War. Wagon and Said bridge may be used for the passage of wagons and vehicles of all kinds, and for the transit of animals, and for foot passengers, for such reasonable rates of toll as may be fixed by said company and approved by the Secretary of War.

foot bridge.


etc., rights.

SEC. 2. That such bridge shall be constructed as a draw bridge, and the draw shall be opened promptly upon reasonable signal for the passage of boats. And whatever kind of bridge is constructed, the said company shall maintain thereon, at its own expense, from sunset to sunLights, etc. rise, during the season of navigation, such lights or other signals as the Light-House Board shall prescribe; and the United States shall have the right of way across said Telegraph, bridge and approaches for postal telegraph and other purposes; and equal privileges in the use of said bridge shall be granted to all telegraph and telephone companies, and said bridge shall be so constructed and operated as not to interfere with the navigation of said river: Provided, Lawful strue. That any bridge constructed under this Act and according to its limitations shall be a lawful structure and shall be known and recognized as a post route, and the same is hereby declared to be a post route, upon which, also, no higher charge shall be made for the transportation over the same of the mails, the troops, or munitions of war of the United States than the rate per mile paid for transportation over railroads or public highways leading to the said bridge.


ture and post route.


War to ap


SEC. 3. That the bridge authorized to be constructed Secretary of under this Act shall be located and built under and sub-prove plans, ject to such regulations for the security of the navigation of said creek as the Secretary of War shall prescribe; and to secure that object the said corporation shall submit to the Secretary of War, for his examination and approval, a design and drawings of the proposed bridge, and shall furnish such other information as may be required for a full and satisfactory understanding of the subject; and until the said plan and location of the bridge are approved by the Secretary of War, no work upon the bridge shall be commenced; and should any change be made in the plan of said bridge during the progress of construction, or after completion, such change shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of War; and any changes in said bridge which the Secretary of War may at any time deem necessary and order in the interests of navigation shall be made by the said corporation at its own expense.

SEC. 4. That this Act shall be null and void if actual construction of the bridge herein authorized be not commenced within one year and completed within three years from the date of approval hereof.

SEC. 5. That Congress hereby expressly reserves the right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act.



Time of construction.


Apr. 8, 1904. [S. J. R. 61.] 99.]

[No. 18.] Joint Resolution Requesting the President of the United States to negotiate and, if possible, conclude negotiations [Pub. Res., No. 18.] with the Government of Great Britain for a review and revision 33 Stats. L., of the rules and regulations which now govern the taking of fur pt. 1, p. 586. seals in the open waters of the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, and so forth.


Revision of


Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President be, and he is hereby, requested Alaskan fur to negotiate and, if possible, conclude negotiations with the Government of Great Britain for a review and revi- regulations of, sion of the rules and regulations which now govern the taking of fur seals in the open waters of the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, pursuant to the treaty articles of the award of the Bering Sea Tribunal of Arbitration, made at Paris, August sixteenth, eighteen hundred and ninety-three; said review to determine what revision of these rules and regulations shall be made, if any can be devised and agreed upon, which will restore and preserve the fur-seal industry upon the Seal Islands of Alaska and abate the killing of nursing mother seals on the high seas, now permitted and conducted.

Negotiation s with Russia,

SEC. 2. That the President be, and he is hereby, requested to negotiate and, if possible, conclude negotia- Japan, etc. tions with the Governments of Russia and Japan and

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