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PUBLIC ACTS OF THE THIRTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

OF THE

UNITED STATES,

Passed at the first session, which was begun and holden at the City of

Washington, in the District of Columbia, on Monday the third day of
December, 1855, and ended Monday the 18th day of August, 1856.

FRANKLIN PIERCE, President. JESSE D. Bright, President of the
Senate, pro tempore.

NATHANIEL P. BANKS, Jun., Speaker of the
House of Representatives.

CHAPTER I. – An Act to relieve the Commissioner of Pensions from the Performance of Feb. 20, 1856.

certain clerical Duties. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Commissioner of Pensions is hereby authorized, with the approval of the Secretary of the Appointment Interior, to appoint such person as may from time to time be thought sign bounty land proper to sign the name of said Commissioner of Pensions to certificates certificates or or warrants for bounty land ; and all such certificates or warrants so warrants. signed shall be as valid to all intents and purposes as if signed by said commissioner.

APPROVED, February 20, 1856.

375.

CHAP. IV. – An Act authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to change the Names of March 6, 1856. Vessels in certain Cases.

Repealed 1859. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Sh; 8. Post, P. States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and hereby is, authorized to permit the owner or owners of

Authority for

change of names any vessel to change the name of the same, when, in his opinion, there of vessels. shall be sufficient cause for so doing; and he may establish such rules and regulations as he shall deem proper for that purpose.

APPROVED, March 5, 1856.

CHAP. VIII.-- An Act to define the Jurisdiction of the District and Circuit Courts of the March 19, 1856.

United States for the District of East Tennessee. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the jurisdiction of the district and circuit courts of the United States for the eastern Extent of district of Tennessee be and the same is hereby declared to extend to district in Ten

eastern judicial and include the following counties of said State, to wit: Anderson, nessee. Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hawkins, Hamilton, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, McMinn, Meigs, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Scott, Sullivan, Washington, Union, and Cumberland, and any new county which may hereafter be formed out of the territory of one or more of said counties shall be included in said jurisdiction. APPROVED, March 19, 1856.

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March 28, 1856.

CHAP. IX. An Act relating to Punishment in the Penitentiary.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Place of con

United States of America in Congress assembled, That, where any finement for con judicial district has been or may hereafter be divided, the circuit and

district courts of the United States shall have power to sentence any judicial district has been or shall one convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment and hard labor,

to the penitentiary within the State, though it be out of the judicial district in which the conviction is had.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said courts in the northern Place of con- district of Ohio, and in the northern district of Illinois, be authorized finement of con- to transfer to the penitentiary of the respective States any prisoner or trict of Ohio and prisoners who may now be confined in jail in either district, whose N. District of offence by law is punishable by confinement to bard labor in the

penitentiary.

APPROVED, March 28, 1856.

Illinois.

zoo, Mich.

April 5, 1856. CHAP. XI.- An Act to continue temporarily the Land Offices at Kalamazoo, in the State

of Michigan, and at Palmyra, in the State of Missouri.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Land-office and States of America in Congress assembled, That the offices of register and officers contin

receiver of the Land-Office at Kalamazoo, in the State of Michigan, and ued at Kalama

the office itself, shall be continued until such time as, in the opinion of the President, the same can be discontinued without prejudice to the public

interests. And that until that time, the act of Congress approved June 1840, ch. 36.

twelfth, eighteen hundred forty, shall not apply to the said office or Vol. v. p. 384. officers. Pay of officers. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the compensation of the said

register and receiver shall be allowed them agreeably to law, during

the time of discontinuance under the existing order. Same provis- Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the provisions of sections one ions as to Pal- and two of this act are hereby made applicable to the Land-Office at

Palmyra, in the State of Missouri, and the register and receiver thereof.

APPROVED, April 5, 1856.

myra, Mo.

April 5, 1856. CHAP. XII. – An Act to constitute the Cities of Hannibal, Missouri, and Peoria, Illinois,

Ports of Delivery. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Hannibal, Mo., States of America in Congress assembled, That the city of Hannibal, in delivery in col- the State of Missouri, shall be and is hereby constituted a port of delivery, lection district annexed to and made a part of the collection district of New Orleans, of New Orleans, and shall be subject to the same regulations and restrictions as other

ports of delivery in the United States, and all the privileges and facilities

afforded by the act of Congress of the second March, eighteen hundred Act of 1831, and thirty-one, entitled “ An act allowing the duties on foreign merch. 87, extended to said port.

chandise imported into Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, Nashville, and Natchez, to be secured and paid at those places,”

shall be and are hereby extended to said port. A surveyor of the cusSurveyor. His toms shall be appointed to reside at said port and perform the duties

prescribed by law, and shall receive in full compensation for his services

a salary of one thousand dollars per annum. Peoria, Ill., Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That Peoria, in the State of Illinois, made a port of delivery in that

be and is hereby constituted a port of delivery within the collection district of New Orleans, and there shall be appointed a surveyor of the customs for such port, who shall be resident thereat.

Said surveyor Surveyor. His duties and pay.

shall perform the duties and receive the salary and emoluments prescribed

by the act of Congress approved on the second day of March, eighteen 1831, ch. 87. hundred and thirty-one, entitled "An act allowing the duties on foreign

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pay.

district.

merchandise imported into Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Nashville, and Natchez, to be secured and paid at those places.”

APPROVED, April 5, 1856.

Chap. XIII.— An Act making Appropriations for restoring and maintaining the peaceable April 5, 1856.

Disposition of the Indian Tribes on the Pacific, and for other Purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of three hundred Appropriations thousand dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated, out of any Indians

for peace with monies in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be expended under the direction of the President of the United States, for restoring and maintaining the peaceable disposition of the Indian tribes on the Pacific.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the sum of one hundred and Appropriation twenty thousand dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated, out of for purchase of any monies in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purchase the Pacific coast. of gunpowder for the Pacific coast.

APPROVED, April 5, 1856.

CHAP. XIV.- An Act making Appropriations for the Payment of invalid and other April 5, 1856.

Pensions of the United States for the Year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the payment of pensions for the year ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven :

For invalid pensions, under various acts, five hundred and three thousand three hundred dollars.

For pensions under acts of the eighteenth March, one thousand eight 1818, ch. 19. hundred and eighteen, fifteenth May, one thousand eight hundred and 1828, ch. 53. twenty-eight, and seventh June, one thousand eight hundred and thirty- 1882, ch. 126. two, one hundred and thirteen thousand-six hundred dollars.

For pensions to widows of those who served during the revolutionary war, under the third section of acts of fourth July, one thousand eight 1886, ch. 362. hundred and thirty-six, seventh July, one thousand eight hundred and 1838, ch. 189. thirty-eight, third March, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three, 1843, ch. 102. seventeenth June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-four, second 1844, ch. 102. February, one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight, and second section 1848, ch. 8. act of third February, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three, four 1853, ch. 41. hundred and sixty thousand dollars.

For pensions to widows and orphans, under act of twenty-first July, one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight, first section act of third 1848, ch. 108. February, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three, two hundred and 1853, ch. 41. four thousand dollars.

For half-pay pensions, payable through the second and third auditors of the treasury, thirty-eight thousand and forty-seven dollars and seven

cents.

For navy invalid pensions, thirty thousand dollars.
For navy pensions to widows and orphans, under act of eleventh 1848, ch. 155.

Vol. ix. p. 282. August, one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight, one hundred and ten thousand dollars.

For paying pensions of invalids who were wounded on board of private armed vessels during the last war with Great Britain, in addition to the unexpended balance of former appropriations for the same object, thirteen hundred and fifty-seven dollars.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That so much of the first section of the act entitled "An act for the relief of certain surviving officers and acts of 1828, sh. soldiers of the army of the Revolution,” approved fifteenth May, one part of 1848, ch!

So much of

155, as provides thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight, of the first section of the act for payment out of any money

entitled “ An act supplementary to the act for the relief of certain not otherwise surviving officers and soldiers of the army of the Revolution," approved appropriated, be seventh June, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, and of the first repealed.

proviso of the first section of the act entitled “An act renewing certain naval pensions, and extending the benefit of existing laws respecting naval pensions to engineers, firemen, and coal-heavers in the navy, and to their widows," approved eleventh August, one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight, as provides for the payment of all pensions under the aforesaid acts out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, be and the same is hereby repealed, from and after the

thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six. Certain Pen- Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That any moneys appropriated by sions how paid. the act of thirty-first May, eighteen hundred and fifty-four, to supply 1864, ch. 60.

deficiencies for the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June of that year,

and by the second section of the act of twenty-eighth February, eighteen 1855, ch. 126. hundred and fifty-five, making appropriations for the payment of pensions

applicable to the payment of pensions of invalids who were wounded on Vol. x. p. 616. board of private armed vessels during the last war with Great Britain,

not required under the provisions thereof, may be applied to the same purpose subsequent to the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-five, it being hereby provided that pensions to invalids thus wounded shall be paid from moneys in the treasury of the United States in the same manner, upon appropriations made or to be made, as other pensions for naval or military services.

APPROVED, April 5, 1856.

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290.

April 23, 1856. CHAP. XVIII. – An Act to change the Times of holding the United States Courts in the

Southern District of Illinois. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Times and States of America in Congress assembled, That, instead of the times here. place of holding tofore fixed by law, the circuit and district courts of the United States trict of Illinois. for the Southern District of Illinois, shall hereafter be held as follows:1855, ch. 96.

At Springfield, on first Mondays in January and first Mondays in Vol. X. p. 606. June, and all writs, pleas, suits, recognizances, indictments, or other

proceedings, civil or criminal, issued, commenced, or pending in either of said courts, shall be returnable to, be entered and have day in court, and be heard and tried according to the times of holding said courts as herein provided.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the clerk of the said district Transcript of court of the southern district of Illinois, is hereby authorized, under the records.

direction of the Judge of said district court, to make a transcript from the records of the district and circuit courts of the northern district of Illinois, of all such matters and proceedings as relate to or concern titles to real estate or causes originating in that part of the State of

Illinois included within said southern district aforesaid; and that the 1856, ch. 129, compensation of said services be [the] same as now allowed for like $ 12. Post, p. 92. services under existing laws, and Provided, That such transcripts and Proviso. records, when so made, shall be certified by said clerk to be true and

correct, the same shall be evidence as fully and effectually as though originally entered and made in the courts of the United States for the southern district of Illinois.

APPROVED, April 23, 1856.

CHAP. XIX. - An Act making Appropriations for the Support of the Military Academy April 28, 1856.

for the Year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the support of the Military Academy, for the year ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven :

For pay of officers, instructors, cadets, and musicians, ninety-one thou- Appropriations. sand one hundred and six dollars.

For commutation of subsistence, two thousand and forty-four dollars.
For forage for officers' horses, eight hundred and sixty-four dollars.

For current and ordinary expenses, as follows: repairs and improvements, fuel, and apparatus, forage, postage, stationery, transportation, printing, clerks, miscellaneous and incidental expenses, and departments of instruction, thirty-four thousand seven hundred and ninety dollars.

For gradual increase and expense of library, one thousand dollars.
For expenses of the board of visitors, three thousand dollars.

For forage for artillery and cavalry horses, eight thousand six hundred and forty dollars.

For replacing dead and worn out cavalry and artillery horses, one thousand dollars.

For repairs and additions to professors' quarters, five thousand dollars.
For furniture for hospital for cadets, one hundred and fifty dollars.
For a gun pendulum, six hundred dollars.
For a public clock, seven hundred dollars.

For additional stables for dragoons' and artillery horses, ten thousand dollars.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the amounts disbursed, or that Pay of libramay be disbursed, out of moneys appropriated for the support of the rian, assistant Military Academy by the acts of May tenth, eighteen hundred and fifty- certain enlisted four, and March third, eighteen hundred and fifty-five, in payment of men. additional compensation to the librarian, assistant librarian, and certain 1854, ch. 54. enlisted men at that post, be passed to the credit of the disbursing officer:

Vol. x. p. 276.

1855, ch. 208. Provided, That the additional pay to said librarian, and assistant librarian, Vol. x. p. 703. shall not exceed the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars each per annum, and to the non-commissioned officer in charge of mechanics and other labor at the post, the soldier acting as clerk in the Adjutant's office, and the four enlisted men in the philosophical and chemical departments, and lithographic office, not exceeding the sum of fifty dollars each per annum: and that a like measure of compensation be hereby authorized to be allowed bereafter for said services respectively. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Senate

Senate docufurnish annually the library of the Military Academy at West Point with ments to be sent a copy of all documents published by the Senate.

APPROVED, April 23, 1856.

Fees for

Char. XX.- An Act to repeal Part of an Act entitled An Act to provide for the Safe- April 28, 1858.

keeping of the Acts, Records, and Seal of the United States, and for other Purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 'I' hat so much of the act entitled "An act to provide for the safe-keeping of the acts, records, and seal of authenticating the United States, and for other purposes," as is embraced in the last copies from

State Departclause of the sixth section of said act, and which reads in words as follows: “ For authenticating a copy of a record or paper, under the seal of 1789, ch. 14:06.

p office, twenty-five cents,” shall be and the same is hereby repealed.

APPROVED, April 23, 1856.

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