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for, will be carefully preserved and sold, as convenient, to the highest bidder, after advertisement.

The same rule will apply to products of the public lands, by-products from works carried on by the public service such as old iron from refuse, manure from stables, etc.

PAR. 121. Should an official or agent of the government charged with public property fail to render the prescribed returns thereof within a reasonable time, a settlement of his accounts will be made by the secretary of public works, and the money value of the property with which he is charged will be reported against him for stoppage.

INSPECTION OF PUBLIC PROPERTY.

PAR. 122. The secretary of public works shall, with the approval of the governor, appoint an inspector of public property at such times as the needs of the service require one. It will be the duty of the inspector to examine all property properly presented for inspection. His action will be to condemn, recommend to be sold, or declare such property still serviceable.

PAR. 123. Inventories of unserviceable property will be prepared and the articles arranged for inspection. Every article will be inspected, and the officials responsible will accompany the inspector and be prepared to give all necessary information in regard to it.

PAR. 124. Condemned property will be destroyed in the presence of the inspector, and it will be his duty to see that the destruction is so complete that the property may not be again presented for condemnation. Such articles will, upon certificates from the inspector, be dropped from the returns, copy of certificate to be attached. PAR. 125. When the property is thought by the inspector to be still serviceable no action will be taken.

PAR. 126. When in the opinion of the inspector the property is no longer of service to the government, but has marketable value, he will prepare triplicate lists of same, referring to the returns upon which the property is carried. One of these lists will be given to the responsible officer, one retained by the inspector, and the other forwarded to the secretary of public works with the recommendation that the articles enumerated be sold at public auction. The secretary of public works will, if he approves the action of the inspector, order the sale, which will be made after public advertisement.

PAR. 127. Public property will not be reported as unserviceable nor condemned by an inspector merely because worn or shabby in appearance, when really strong and serviceable.

EMPLOYEES.

PAR. 128. The employees of the department will be divided into two classes-"permanent" and "temporary. The number, grade, and pay of permanent employees shall be fixed from time to time by the governor of the island. Temporary employees may be engaged from time to time, as the exigencies of the works may demand, under specific authority from the secretary of public works, and as prescribed in these regulations.

PAR. 129. Employees will be nominated in every case by the official in immediate charge of the office or work in which they are to be employed, and will be retained in office only so long as the exigencies of the work may demand, and their services are efficient, honest, and faithful. They will not be dismissed on account of political or religious opinions.

PAR. 130. Employees will be required to devote their entire time to the work in which they are employed. While permitted to exercise the rights and duties of a citizen, they are forbidden to take an active part in politics. Their service is for the state, and not for any party.

PAR. 131. Officials having authority to employ have also authority to dismiss or reduce in grade, subject to these regulations.

PAR. 132. All expenditures for pay of employees must be confined within the allotment and rates authorized by proper authority.

PAR. 133. Employees will be engaged by the month, day, or piece, as best suits the needs of the service. They will be designated upon the rolls in the capacity in which employed, and at the rates established. Salaried employees will, in general, be paid monthly. Laborers will be paid monthly, semimonthly, or at the completion of the work for which engaged, if this be for a shorter period than one-half a month. When employees are discharged and not paid, certificates may be given them, as provided in paragraph 94. These certificates are not transferable.

PAR. 134. Eight hours constitute a day's work for all mechanics and laborers

CUBA 1900-VOL 1, PT 1—10

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