« AnteriorContinuar »
perform the duties enjoined by this act, shall forfeit and pay the sum of one hundred dollars. And it is hereby declared to be the duty of every such collector, to prosecute for any forfeiture that may be incur. red under this act:
13. Sect. VII. The collector of every port of entry in the united states shall send a list of the seamen registered under this act, once every three months, to the secretary of state, together with an account of such impressments or detentions, as shall appear, by the protests of the masters, to have taken place.
Sect. VIII. limits the three first sections to one year, and thence to the end of the next session of congress thereafter; which are revived by the first section of the next following law, and continued in force for one year.
ACT of March 2, 1799. (Vol. IV. p. 502.) 14. SECT. II. The secretary of state shall be, and hereby is required to lay before congress, within ten days after the commencement of each ordinary session, an annual statement, containining an abstract of all the returns made to him, by the collectors of the different ports, pursuant to the above act, and of the communications received by him, from the agents employed by virtue of the same, in foreign countries.
ACT of July 16, 1798. (Vol. IV, p. 223.) 15. Sect. I. From and after the first day of September next, the master or owner of every ship or vessel of the united states, arriving from a foreign port into any port of the united states, shall, before such ship or vessel shall be admitted to an entry, render to the collector a true account of the number of seamen, that shall have been employed con board such vessel since she was last entered at any port in the united states, and shall pay to the said collector, at the rate of twenty cents per month for every seaman so employed; which sum he is hereby authorized to retain out of the wages of such seamen.
Sect. II. From and after the first day of September next, no collector shall grant to any ship.or vessel whose enrolment or license for carry. ing on the coasting trade has expired, a new enrolment or license before the master of such ship or vessel shall first render a true account to the collector, of the number of seamen, and the time they have sererally been employed on board such ship or vessel, during the continuance of the license which has so expired, and pay to such collector twenty cents per month for every month such seamen have been severally employed, as aforesaid ; which sum the said master is hereby authorized to retain out of the wages of such seamen.
16. And if any such master shall rendera false account of the number oi men, and the length of time they have severally been employed, as is herein required, lie shall forfeit and pay one hundred dollars.
17. SECT. III. It shall be the duty of the several collectors to make a quarterly return of the sums collected by them, respedively, by virtue of this act, to the secretary of the treasury; and the president of the united states is hereby authorized, out of the same, to provide for the temporary relief and maintenance of sick or disabled seamen, in the
hospitals or other proper institutions now established in the several ports of the united states, or, in ports where no such institutions exist, then in such other manner as he shall direct: Provided, That the mo. nies collected in any one district, shall be expended within the same.
18. Sect. IV. If any surplus shall remain of the monies to be col. lected by virtue of this act, after defraying the expense of such temporary relief and support, the same, together with such private dona. tions as may be made for that purpose (which the president is hereby authorized to receive) shall be invested in the stock of the united states, under the direction of the president; and when, in his opinion, a sufficient fund shall be accumulated, he is hereby authorized to purchase or receive cessions or donations of ground or buildings, in the name of the united states, and to cause buildings, when necessary, to be erected as hospitals for the accommodation of sick and disabled seamen.
19. Sect. V. The president of the united states shall be, and he is hereby authorized to nominate and appoint, in such ports of the unit. ed states, as he may think proper, one or more persons, to be called directors of the marine hospital of the united states, whose duty it shall be to direct the expenditure of the fund assigned for their respective ports, according to the third section of this act; to provide for the accommodation of sick and disabled seamen, under such general instructions as shall be given by the president of the united states, for that purpose, and also subject to the like general instructions, to direct and govern such hospitals as the president may direct to be built in the respective ports : And the said directors shall hold their offices during the pleasure of the president, who is authorized to fill up all vacancies that may be occasioned by the death or removal of any of the persons so to be appointed. And the said directors shall render an account of the monies received and expended by them, once in every quarter of a year, to the secretary of the treasury, or such other person as the president shall direct ; but no other allowance or compensation shall be made to the said directors, except the payment of such expenses as they may incur in the actual discharge of the duties required by this act.
ACT of March 2, 1799. (Vol. IV. p. 497) 20. Sect. I. The president of the united states shall be, and he hereby is authorized to direct the expenditure of any monies which have been or shall be collected by virtue of an act, entitled “ An act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen,' to be made within the state wherein the same shall have been collected, or within the state next adjoining thereto, excepting what may be collected in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Conneclicut ; any thing in the said act contained to the contrary thereof, notwithstanding,
21. Sect. II. The secretary of the navy shall be, and he hereby is authorized and directed to deduct, after the first day of September next, from the pay thereafter to become due, of the officers, seamen and marines of the navy of the united states, at the rate of twenty Cent per month, for every such officer, seaman and marine, and to pay the same quarter-annually to the secretary of the treasury, to be applied to the same purposes, as the money collected by virtue of the above mentioned act is appropriated.
22. SECT. III. The officers, seamen and marines of the navy of the united states, shall be entitled to receive the same benefits and advantages, as by the act above mentioned are provided for the relief of the sick and disabled seamen of the merchant vessels of the united states.
ACT of May 3, 1802. (Vol. VI. p. 174.) 23. Sect. I. The monies heretofore collected in pursuance of the Several acts « for the relief of sick and disabled seamen," and at present unexpended, together with the monies hereafter to be collected by authority of the buforementioned acts, shall constitute a general fund, which the president of the united states shall use and employ as circumstances shall require for the benefit and convenience of sick and disabled American seamen : Provided, That the sum of ffteen thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated for the erection of an hospital in the district of Massachusetts.
24. SECT. II. It shall be lawful for the president of the united states to cause such measures to be taken as, in his opinion, may be expedient for providing convenient accommodations, medical assistance, necessary attendance, and supplies for the relief of sick or disabled seamen of the united states, who may be at or near the port of New Orleans, in ease the same can be done with the assent of the government having jurisdiction over the port ; and for this purpose, to establish such regulations, and to authorize the employment of such persons as he may judge proper; and for defraying the expense thereof, a sum not exceeding three thousand dollars shall be paid out of any monies arising from the said fund not otherwise appropriated.
25. Sect. III. From and after the thirtieth day of June next, the master of every boat, raft or fiat, belonging to any citizen of the united states which shall go down the Missisippi with intention to proceed to New Orleans shall, on his arrival at fort Adams, render to the collector or naval officer thereof, a true account of the number of persons cmployed on board such boat, rast or flat, and the time that each person has been so employed, and shall pay to the said collector or naval officer at the rate of twenty cents per month, for every person so employed, which sum, he is hereby authorized to retain out of the wages of such person : And the said collector or naval officer shall not give a clearance for such boat, raft or fiat, to proceed on her voyage to Nerf Orleans, until an account be rendered to him of the number of persons employed on board such boat, rast or hat, and the money paid to him by the master or owner thereof: And if any such master shall render a false account of the number of persons, and the length of time they have severally been employed, as is hercin required, he shall forfeit and pay fifty dollars, which shall be applied to, and shall make a part of, the said general fund for the purposes of this act : Prorided, That all persons employed in navigating any such boat, rast or fiat, shall be considered as seamen of the united states, and entitled to the relief extended by law to sick and disabled seamnen.
26. Sect. IV. The president of the united states shall be, and he is hereby authorized to nominate and appoint for the port of New Orleans, a fit person to be director of the marine hospital of the united states, whose duties shall be in all instances the same as the directors of the marine hospital of the united states, as directed and required by the act, entitled “ An ad for the relief of sick and disabled seamen." [See antea 19.]
27. SECT. V. Each and every director of the marine hospitals within the united states, shall, if it can with convenience be done, admit into the hospital of which he is director, sick foreign seamen, on the application of the master or commander of any foreign vessel to which such sick seamen may belong ; and each seaman so admitted shall be subject to a charge of seventy-five cents per day for each day he may remain in the hospital, the payment of which the master or commander of such foreign vessel shall make to the collector of the district in which such hospital is situated : And the collector shall not grant a clearance to any foreign vessel, until the money due from such master or commander, in manner and form aforesaid, shall be paid; and the director of each hospital is hereby directed under the penalty of fifty dollars, to make out the accounts against each foreign seaman that may be placed in the hospital, under his direction, and render the same to the collector.
28. Sect. VI. The collectors shall pay the money collected, by virtue of this and the act to which this is an amendment, into the treasury of the united states, and be accountable therefor, and receive the same commission thereon, as for other money by them colleçied.
29. Sect. VII. Each and every director of the marine hospitals, shall be accountable at the treasury of the united states for the money by them received in the same manner as other receivers of public mo, ney, and for the sums by then expended shall be allowed a commission at the rate of one per cent.
[See Fisheries. Foreign Nations 7, 8, Medical Establishment. Min litia 3. Ships or Vessels.]