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eight hundred and forty dollars each, and all other messengers or assistant messengers, now authorized by law to be employed in said departments, shall receive an annual salary of seven hundred dollars, and all Laborers at laborers in the employment of the government, in the Executive DepartWashington in departments and ments and on the public grounds, in the city of Washington, shall receive on public an annual salary of six hundred dollars each, from and after the first day grounds, pay of. of July, eighteen hundred and fifty-six; and such sum, in addition to the Appropriation appropriations otherwise provided, as may be required to pay the same, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise
APPROVED, August 18, 1856.
PUBLIC ACTS OF THE THIRTY-FOURTH CONGRESS
Passed at the second session,* which was begun and holden at the City of Washington, in the District of Columbia, on Thursday, the twenty-first day of August, 1856, and ended Saturday, the thirtieth day of August, 1856.
FRANKLIN PIERCE, President. JESSE D. BRIGHT, President of the
CHAP. XXVIII.-An Act to supply an Omission in the Enrolment of a certain Act. Whereas the following clauses of the act entitled "An act making appropriations for certain civil expenses of the government for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, approved the eighteenth day of August, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, to wit: "For completing the marine hospital at Cincinnati, Ohio, eighty-six thousand dollars.
"For improving Battery and Washington streets, and road-way O P around the custom-house at San Francisco, California, thirteen thousand four hundred and one dollars, and thirty cents," were omitted in the enrolment of the said act:
Therefore, be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
Aug. 28, 1856.
1856, ch. 129.
Ante, p. 81.
the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of eighty- Marine hospisix thousand dollars for completing the marine hospital, at Cincinnati, in tal at Cincinnati. the State of Ohio, and the sum of thirteen thousand four hundred and one dollars and thirty cents for improving Battery and Washington streets, and road-way O P around the custom-house, at San Francisco, in Custom-house in the State of California, be and the same are hereby appropriated out grounds at San of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. APPROVED, August 28, 1856.
CHAP. XXIX.-An Act making Appropriations for the Support of the Army for the Year Aug. 30, 1856. ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight 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 Appropriations. and the same are hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the support of the army for the year ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty
For expenses of recruiting, transportation of recruits, three months' Recruiting, &c. extra pay to non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates on reën
listment, one hundred thousand dollars.
For pay of the army, three million two hundred and seventy-five thou- Pay, &c. sand one hundred and seventy dollars.
* For the proclamation calling this session of Congress, see Appendix. Proclamation, No. 47, post, p. 794. :
southern boun- of the United States to execute the act entitled "An act to authorize the dary of Kansas. President of the United States to cause the southern boundary line of Kansas Territory to be surveyed and marked," the sum of thirty-five thousand four hundred dollars is hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury.
1856, ch. 59. Ante, p. 27.
APPROVED, August 18, 1856.
Aug. 18, 1856. CHAP. CLXXII.—An Act to continue the Land Offices at Vincennes, Indiana, and to ascertain and adjust the Titles to certain Lands in the States of Indiana and Illinois, formerly included within the Vincennes Land District.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United on certain land States of America in Congress assembled, That the register and receiver claims in Indiana of the land-offices at Vincennes, to be appointed, together with a fit and proper person learned in the law, and a citizen of Indiana, to be appointed by the President of the United States, are hereby constituted commissioners to ascertain and adjust the title of any claimant to any tract of land, or any part or subdivision thereof, granted by the resolution of Congress of the twenty-ninth of August, seventeen hundred and ninety-one, enVol. i. p. 221. titled "An act for granting lands to the inhabitants and settlers at Vincennes, and the Illinois country, in the territory northwest of the Ohio, and for confirming them in their possessions," and the several acts in aid of and supplementary thereto.
1791, ch. 27.
Claims to be filed in three months.
Notice to file claim.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That every such claimant to any tract of land so granted, or any part or subdivision thereof, shall, within three months after the publication of the notice herein provided for, file his claim in writing with the said register, in which he shall specifically set forth such facts as shall be required in the instructions of the Commissioner of the General Land-Office: Provided, That in any case in which good cause may be shown why the claim was not filed within the period stipulated, such claim may be presented and acted upon at any time before the expiration of the commission.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That such register, upon the receipt of such instructions, shall give notice in the several newspapers of general circulation within said district and in the vicinity of said lands, by publication, of his readiness to receive applications of claimants, to which notice shall be appended the instructions of the Commissioner and a copy of this act.
Meeting of SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That said commissioners shall meet commissioners. immediately after the time allowed for filing such claims, and shall hold their sessions at the town of Vincennes. They shall have power to issue subpoenas, and compel the attendance of witnesses, administer all necessary oaths, and to hear and decide, in a summary manner, all matters respecting such claims. Minutes of the proceedings, decisions, meetings, and adjournments of the board, shall be regularly entered in a book kept for that purpose.
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That every claimant to any tract of shall be confirm land so granted, or any subdivision thereof, who can produce to such commissioner a regular chain of title from the original confirmee or donee to himself, or who can show to their satisfaction a continuous and connected possession in himself, and those under whom he claims, for a period of twenty years or more next preceding the filing of his claim, or can show such a claim or title as would, in the courts of Indiana, bar an action of ejectment, such claimant shall be confirmed in his title.
Transcript of decisions.
SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That said commissioners shall, in one year from the date of organizing said commission under this act, or sooner, if the cases on their docket are all disposed of, transmit to the Commissioner of the General Land-Office a transcript of their decisions in favor of claimants, which shall contain a fair statement of the evidence
on which each respective claim is founded; and also a transcript of their decisions against claimants, with a like statement of the evidence, and the reason of such rejection.
Patent to issue when the claim
Revisal of re
SEC. 7. And be it further enacted, That the Commissioner of the General Land-Office, upon the receipt of such transcript of their decisions, shall issue a patent to such claimant so confirmed in his title by the said commissioners; and where any such claims have been rejected, the said Commissioner, upon application of the proper person, shall have jections. power to revise such decision of the said board, and may, if in his opinion the evidence warrants it, reverse such decision, and issue a patent therefor to such claimant: Provided, That this right to revise shall not extend to those claims rejected, where the same lands have been confirmed by the said board to some other claimant : And provided further, That the patents so issued shall only be a relinquishment of the title of the United only a relinquish States, and shall not be considered or construed into an abridgment of the ment of title. rights of third persons.
Patents to be
mitted to commissioners.
SEC. 8. And be it further enacted, That immediately after the passage Certain books, of this act, the Commissioner of the General Land-Office shall give &c. to be transdirections to the register and receiver of the land-offices at Indianapolis forthwith to transfer to the land-offices at Vincennes the books, documents, maps, plats, surveys, and all other papers and writings deposited in the land-offices at Indianapolis by the register and receiver of the land-offices at Vincennes, and which originally were deposited in the land-offices at Vincennes, and were transferred from said offices to the land-offices at Indianapolis, under the provisions of the act "for abolishing land-offices under certain circumstances, and for other purposes," approved June the twelfth, eighteen hundred and forty; and the said land offices at Vincennes are hereby reestablished and reorganized, as fully and effectually for the transaction of business and the sales of the public lands within tablished. said Vincennes land district, as if said land-offices had not been abolished by the provisions of the act last aforesaid.
1840, ch. 36.
Vol. v. p. 384.
SEC. 9. And be it further enacted, That the commissioner, appointed Pay of comunder this act by the President, shall receive as a full compensation for missioner. his services, a salary at the rate of three thousand dollars per annum, payable quarterly out of the treasury; and the register and receiver shall Pay of register receive such compensation for their services under this act as may be just and proper, in the discretion of the Commissioner of the General Land-Office.
Rules and reg
SEC. 10. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the *Commissioner of the General Land-Office, to prescribe such rules and ulations to be regulations as may be necessary to give full effect to the provisions of this
APPROVED, August 18, 1856.
shall be necessary, are hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated: And provided further, That no money shall be paid under this joint resolution until the Secretary of the Treasury shall contract for the completion of said so extended building at a cost within the sums heretofore and hereby appropriated therefor. APPROVED, May 9, 1856.
May 12, 1856. [No. 8.] Joint Resolution relating to the Appropriation for the Improvement of the Harbor at Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
1852, ch. 104. Vol. x. p. 58.
Whereas, by act of Congress entitled "An act making appropriations for the improvement of certain harbors and rivers," approved August thirtieth, eighteen hundred and fifty-two, the sum of ten thousand dollars was appropriated for the improvement of the harbor of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and whereas, the city and county of Sheboygan have from time to time made appropriations for the improvement of said harbor to the amount of fifty thousand dollars, to be expended by commissioners appointed by said State; and whereas it is desirable that said appropriations should be expended under one direction, therefore—
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Improvement States of America in Congress assembled, That after the Secretary of Sheboygan War shall have settled and paid all just charges existing against the said appropriation of ten thousand dollars, the balance thereof, together with all tools, implements, materials, and other property whatsoever, belonging to the United States and used in improving the said harbor, shall be transferred and turned over by the said Secretary of War to the commissioners for the improvement of the said harbor, appointed by the State of Wisconsin; Provided, That the said commissioners shall first give satisfactory security to the Secretary of War for the faithful expenditure of the money in the improvement of the said harbor.
May 14, 1856.
APPROVED, May 12, 1856.
[No. 9.] Joint Resolution for the Statistics of the Coastwise Commerce to be included hereafter in the Annual Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury on Commerce and Navigation. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the coastwise com- Treasury in his annual reports on commerce and navigation hereafter to merce to be an- be made to Congress, cause to be stated the kinds, quantities, and value of nually reported. the merchandize entered and cleared coastwise into and from the collection
districts of the United States, and the said Secretary of the Treasury is
May 15, 1856. [No. 10.] Joint Resolution for enlarging the Custom-House, Post-Office, and Court-House at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Extension of States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the public buildings at Milwaukee. Treasury be and he is hereby authorized to extend the building now in process of construction at Milwaukee, for a custom-house, post-office, courtrooms, &c., not exceeding twenty-five feet in length, and erect proper vaults therein, if, in his discretion, the public interest requires the same: Provided, That such extension can be completed at an expense not exceeding thirty-three thousand dollars, including the ten per cent. for contingencies, which sum, or so much thereof as shall be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money remaining in the treasury not otherwise appropriated; And provided further, That no money shall be paid under this joint resolution until the Secretary of the Treasury shall contract for the completion of said building so extended at a cost within the sum heretofore and hereby appropriated.
APPROVED, May 15, 1856.