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ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, April 18, 1879.
fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty, and for other purposes, Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the l’nited States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated for the objects hereinafter expressed, for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eigly, namely:
SEC. 2. That all sums due upon certificates issued, or which may be issued by the accounting officers of the Treasury in settlement of claims for pay, bounty, prize money, or other moneys due to colored soldiers, sailors or marines, or their legal representatives, shall be paid by the officers of the Pay Department of the Army, under the direction of the Paymaster General, who is already charged with the payment of like dues to white soldiers: Provided, first, That no such certificate shall be issued until it shall have been ascertained that the application is made by the original claimant, or, if he be dead, by his true living legal representative, nor until the identity of such claimant or representative as the case may be, shall have been duly established: Prorided, That if an agent or attorney be employed, the allowance for his services shall not in any case exceed that contemplated in the scale of fees and allowances fixed by the second section of a joint resolution approved July twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-six, entitled “Joint resolution amendatory of a joint resolution respecting bounties to colored soldiers, and the pensions, bounties, and allowances to their heirs", approved June fifteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-six, and such allowance shall be stated in a separate certificate in favor of the agent or attorney simultaneously with the issue of a certificate for the amount due the claimant: Provided further, That the amount due the claimant, or his living representative, or the balance due after deducting the attorney's fee, if any, shall be paid only to the party named in the certificate, and in current funds or by post office money order, and not by checks or drafts; an[d] no power of attorney, transfer or assignment of the amount of such claims, or any part thereof, shall in
any case be recognized; and the sum of four thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, and ten thousand dollars for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty, to meet the expenses incurred on account of payment of these claims, for salaries of agents and clerks, rent of offices, fuel and lights, stationery and printing, office furniture,
, mileage and transportation of officers and agents, telegraphing, postage and post office money orders; and the sum of fifty thousand dollars is hereby appropriated, under the title “Pay of two and three years' volunteers reappropriated", for the payment of such of the claims in question as may be covered by Treasury certificates issued after the passage of this act, and previous to July first, eighteen hundred and eighty :
And provided further, That the sum or sums now held by the Treasurer of the United States, turned over to him under the Attorney Generals decision of December thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-eight, by the chief disbursing officer of the Freedmen's Branch of the Adjutant General's Office, as the balance in said officer's hands of moneys due and unpaid on account of adjusted claims of the class contemplated in the first clause of this section, shall be turned over to the paymaster who may be charged by the Paymaster General with the payment of such claims, to be by him paid to the proper claimants under the restrictions imposed in said section.
Approved March 3, 1879.
E. D. TOWNSEND,
Adjutant General, OFFICIAL:
Assistant Adjutant General.
GENERAL ORDERS HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, dpril 22, 1879. Ry direction of the Secretary of War, the following order is issued :
To manifest the great respect of the Army for the memory of Major General John A. Dix, whose early life was spent in the Army, and whose whole most patriotic career reflected honor on his profession and on his country, it is ordered that the flags of all the harbor forts of New York will be displayed at half-mast until sundown of the day of his funeral.
The Commanding General of the Department of the East will tender a suitable military escort to participate in the funeral ceremonies.
Minute-guns will be fired from the battery at Governor's Island during the funeral and whilst the cortege is en route from his late residence to the grave. BY COMMAND OF GENERAL SHERMAN:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
Adjutant General. OFFICIAL: