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SEC. 5. That all railway companies desiring to use said Use by other

companies. bridge shall be entitled to equal rights and privileges in using the same, including the machinery and fixtures thereto belonging, and also the approaches thereto, upon such terms and conditions as shall be prescribed by the Secretary of War upon hearing the allegations and proofs of the parties in interest, in case they shall not be able to agree upon such terms and conditions.

SEC. 6. That the said railway company, before entering Secretary upon the construction of said bridge, shall submit to the plans, etc. Secretary of War plans and drawings of said structure, together with a map of the location thereof, giving the topography of the banks of the river, the shore lines at high and low water, showing the bed of the river and the channel, with such other and further information as the Secre tary of War may require: which said drawings and information aforesaid shall be examined by him, and if he shall approve the same ne shall so notify the said railway company of such approval, and thereupon said company may proceed to the erection of said bridge. The Secretary of Alterations. War may direct such alterations in such plans as he may deem necessary to the better protection of navigation, and such alterations shall be adopted by the said railway company. The said railway company may at any time make any alterations deemed advisabie to be made in said bridge, but must first submit such proposed alterations to the Secretary of War, and his approvai stall be first had before they shall be authorized or made.

SEC. 7. That the said bridge herein authorized to be constructed shall be so kept and managed at all times as to gation. 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 such lights and signals as may be directed by the Light- Lights, etc. 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 expenso or charge to the United States.

SEC. 8. That this Act shall be null and void if actual con Commencement struction of the bridge herein authorized be not commenced and com;letion. within thirty days and completed within ninety days from the date of the approval of this Act.

SEC. 9. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act is hereby specially reserved.

Approved, August 23, 1894,

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August 23,1894. CHAP. 315.–An Act To repeal House Resolution numbered one

hundred and four, first session Fifty-first Congress, granting to Secretary of War a permit to license to use a pier at mouth of Chi.

cago River.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires Chicago, III. of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That

Licenses of pier revoked.

House Resolution numbered one hundred and four, first session of the Fifty-first Congress, approved October first, eighteen hundred and ninety, entitled “ Joint Resolution to permit the Secretary of War to grant a revocable license to use a pier as petitioned by vessel owners of Chicago, Illinois," be, and the same is hereby, repealed, and the property mentioned in the said joint resolution, to wit,

the south pier of the Chicago River. shall be excepted Vol. 27, p. 321. from the provisions of an Act entitled "An Act authoriz

ing the Secretary of War to lease public property in certain cases," approved July twenty-eightli, eighteen hun

dred and ninety-two, and said pier shall not be subject to Proriso. Exception.

be leased by the Secretary of War: Proridei, That noth: ing herein contained shall be so construed as to abrogate the permit already granted by the Secretary of War to the Western Seamen's Friend Society for the use of a part of the said pier.

Approved, August 23, 1994,

August 23, 1894. CHAP. 317.--An Act To amend an Act entitled “An Act to incor

porate the Washington and Great Falls Electric Railway.”

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of Washington the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Electric Railway the Act of Congress entitled “An Act to incorporate the Charteramend. Washington and Great Falls Electric Railway Company,"

approved July twenty-nintlı, anno Domini eighteen hinnVol. 27, p. 326.

dred and ninety-two, be, and the same is hereby, amended

ed.

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SEC. 4. That the street-railway companies mentioned in changes, water mains, etc. this act, and hereafter all street-railway companies in the

District of Columbia, respectively, shall bear all the expenses that may be incurred by the United States in making and inspecting such changes to the water mains, fixtures, or apparatus of the Washington Aqueduct as may be rendered necessary by the construction or extension of such several roads; and the Secretary of War is hereby authorized and directed to make all regulations to carry into effect the provisions of this section.

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Sec. 6. That Congress reserves the right at any time to etc.

alter, amenal, or repeal this act.

Approved, August 23, 1894.

CHAP. 318.–An Act To authorize the Washington Alexandria and August 23, 1894. Mount Vernon Electric Railway Company to extend its line of road into and within the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Washington the Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Mount Vernon Railway Company, a body incorporated under the laws of Electric Railway

Company may the State of Virginia, be, and is hereby, authorized to con- lay tracks, etc., struct and lay down a double-track street railway, except as hereinafter provided,

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And the said Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Ferry slip. Electric Railway Company is hereby authorized and empowered to construct and maintain, after acquiring title to the same, at the foot of Fourteenth street, a necessary landing and slip for the operation of a ferryboat or transfer steamer, said landing and slip to be constructed on plaus approved by the Secretary of War, and for the purpose of connection to use an overhead wire for a distance of not exceeding Overhead wire. four hundred feet, commencing at the extreme southern end of the slip.

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SEC. 8. That the said company shall, before commencing Deposit for ex. work on said railroad on such street, deposit with the lensest of inspec.

tion, Treasurer of the United States to the credit of the Washington Aqueduct such sum as the Secretary of War may consider necessary to defray all the expenses that may be incurred by the United States in connection with the inspection of the work of construction of said railroad on such street, and in making good any damages done by said company, or its works, or by any of its contracting agents, to any of said mains, fixtures, or apparatus, and in completing, as the Secretary of War may consider necessary, any of the work that the said company may neglect or refuse to complete, and that the Secretary of War may consider necessary for the safety of said mains, fixtures, or apparatus, and the said company shall also deposit as aforesaid such further sums for said purposes at such times as the Secretary of War may consider necessary: Provided, That the said sum shall be disbursed like other moneys appro. priated for the Washington Aqueduct, and that whatever shall remain of said deposits at the end of one year after the completion of said railroad in such street shall be returned to said company on the order of the Secretary of Return of balWar, with an account of its disbursement in detail: And provided also, That disbursements of said deposits shall, except in cases of emergency, be made only on the order of the Secretary of War. The exercise of the rights by this Act granted are to terminate at the pleasure of the Neglect, etc, to

rights. Secretary of War in case of persistent neglect by said company, or by its successors, to make the deposits, or to comply with any of the conditions, requirements, and regulations aforesaid.

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SEC. 22. * * Provided, That the limitations, requireRestrictions, etc.

ments, and restrictions imposed by this Act upon the Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Railway Company shall apply to the Falls Church and Potomac Railway Company; and the said Falls Church and Potomac Railway Company shall be subject, in case of any violation of the limitations, requirements, and restrictions afore. said, to the same fines, penalties, and forfeiture of the privileges and rights herein granted as the Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Railway Company is subject to.

Conditions, SEC. 24. That all the conditions, requirements, and oblietc., binding on assigne.

gations imposed by the terms of this Act upon the Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Railway Company shall be complied with by any and all the successors to and assigns of said company.

SEC. 25. That this Act may at any time be altered, amended, or repealed by the Congress of the United States.

Approved, August 23, 1894.

Amendment, etc.

August 23, 1894. CHAP. 320.-An Act To authorize the Saint Louis, Avoyelles and

Southwestern Railway Company to bridge Bayou Des Glaises and
Atchafalaya River in the State of Louisiana.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires
St. Louis, of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That
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thie Saint Louis, Avoyelles and Southwestern Railway Railway Com. C'ompany, its successors or assigns, be, and is hereby, Bayou Des Glai. authorized to construct and maintain a railway bridge and les and vars Latin approaches thereto over and across Bayou Des Glaises, in

the parish of Avoyelles, State of Louisiana, and also a railway bridge and approaches thereto over and across the Atchafalaya River, between Melville and the mouth of Red River, in said State, at such point as may be selected by said railway company for crossing said bayou and river

with its railroad line, subject to the approval of the Secre. Railway, wagon, tary of War. Said bridges shall be constructed to proanıl footbridges. vide for the passage of railway trains, and, at the option

of said company, may be used for the passage of wagons and vehicles of all kinds, for the transit of animals, and for foot passengers, for such reasonable rates of toll as may be approved from time to time by the Secretary of War.

That the bridges over said streams shall be constructed Draw piers.

as draw or pivot bridges; the draw or pivot pier shall be over the main channel of the stream at an accessible navi. gable point, and the openings on each side of the pivot pier shall not be less than one hundred feet in the clear, unless otherwise expressly directed by the Secretary War, and if so directed shall be according to such direction, and the said openings shall be accessible at all stages of water, and the spans shall be not less than ten feet above extreme high water, as understood at the point of location, to the lowest part of the superstructure of the bridge, and the

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piers and draw rests shall be parallel with, and the bridge or bridges at right angles to, the current of the stream or streams, and no riprap or other outside protection for imperfect foundations shall be permitted to approach nearer than four feet to the surface of the water at its extreme low stage, or otherwise to encroach upon the channel ways provided for in this Act; and all and each of said draws shall be opened promptly upon reasonable signals for the passage of boats; and said company shall maintain, at its own expense, from sunset till sunrise, throughout the season of navigation, such lights or other Lights, etc. signals on said bridges as the Light-House Board may prescribe. SEC. 2. That any bridge built under this Act, and sub

post ject to its limitations, shall be a lawful structure, and shall be recognized and known as a post route, upon which also no higher charge shall be made for the transmission over the same of the mails, the troops, and the munitions of war of the United States than the rate per mile paid for the transportation over the railroad or public highways leading to the said bridge; and it shall enjoy the rights and privileges of other post roads in the United States.

SEC. 3. That no bridge shall be erected or maintained Free navigaunder the authority of this Act which shall at any time sub. tion. stantially or materially obstruct the free navigation of said streams; and if any bridge erected under such authority shall, in the opinion of the Secretary of War, obstruct such Changes, navigation he is hereby authorized to cause such change or alteration of said bridge or bridges to be made as will effectually obviate such obstruction; and all such alterations shall be made and all such obstructions be removed at the expense of the owner or owners of said bridge. And in case of any litigation arising from any obstruction or alleged Litigation. obstruction to the free navigation of said streams, caused or alleged to be caused by said bridge, the case may be brought in the district court of the United States for the western district of Louisiana: Prorided, That nothing in this act shall be so construed as to repeal or modify any of Existing laws. the provisions of law now existing in reference to the pro. tection of the navigation of rivers or to exempt said bridges from the operation of the same. SEC. 4. That all railway companies desiring the use of Use by other

. said bridges, or either of them, shall have and be entitled to equal rights and privileges relative to the passage of railway trains over the same, and over the approaches thereto, upon payment of a reasonable compensation for such use.

SEC. 5. That the bridges authorized to be constructed Secretary of under this Act shall be built and located under and subject plans, etc. to such regulations for the security of navigation of said streams as the Secretary of War shall prescribe; and to secure that object the said company or corporation shall submit to the Secretary of War, for his examination and approval, a design and drawings of said bridges, and each of them, and a map of the location, giving, for the space of one-half mile above and one-half mile below the proposed

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