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[No 14.1 A Resolution authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to modify the Plan of Aug. 1, 1856.
the Custom-House at Ellsworth, Maine. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury Modification of be and hereby is authorized to modify the plan of the custom-house in plan of customprocess of construction at Ellsworth, Maine, provided the increased ex- worth, Me. pense by so doing, shall not exceed the sum of three thousand dollars. And said sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury for that purpose: Provided, That none of the money hereby appropriated, shall be used until the Secretary of the Treasury has contracted for the completion of the said work for the sums hereby and heretofore appropriated.
APPROVED, August 1, 1856.
No. 17.) Joint Resolution extending the Time for the creditors of Texas to present their Aug. 18, 1856.
Claims. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That as agreeably to the pro- Extension of visions of the fourth section of the act of twenty-eighth February, eighteen time to present
Texas claims. hundred and fifty-five, “ to provide for the payment of such creditors of the late republic of Texas as are comprehended in the act of Congress 1855, ch. 129. of September nine, eighteen hundred and fifty,” notice by public adver- Vol. x. p. 617. tisement was duly given for the space of ninety days, by the Secretary of the Treasury, of the time at which payments of the amount appropriated by the fifth section of said act would be made pro rata, on any bond, certificate, or evidence of debt of said State, which should be presented at the Treasury Department thirty days preceding the thirteenth day of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, the limit of said notice; and as it is represented by the said Secretary of the Treasury, that of said bonds, certificates, and evidences of debt, which have been recognized by the State of Texas, the same, equal to the sum of three hundred and eighty-nine thousand six hundred and ninety-three dollars and seven cents were not presented to the Treasury Department prior to the said thirteenth of June; Therefore, in order to do full justice to the holders of said debt, the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized to pay to the holders of any of the said bonds, certificates, or evidences of debt not presented before the thirteenth day of June last, who may present and prove the same at the Treasury Department between the thirteenth day of June last and the first day of January next, and execute the proper releases to the United States and the State of Texas, their pro rata share of the said seren millions seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars, and after payment thereof, the said Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and required to distribute and pay the residue of the said seven millions seven Repealed. hundred and fifty thousand dollars then remaining in the treasury, pro
Post, p. 252. rata amongst all the said holders, who may have proved their claims and executed the proper releases on or before the first day of January next.
APPROVED, August 18, 1856.
[No. 18.) Joint Resolution giving an increased Compensation to all Laborers in the Employ, Aug. 18, 1856. ment of the Erecutive and Legislative Departments of the Government in the City of Washington.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Sates of America in Congress assembled, That instead of the compen- Messengers in sation now allowed by law, there shall be one principal messenger in departiments and each of the offices of the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Interior, War, pay. and Nary, Postmaster-General, and Attorney-General, at an annual sal- Post, pp. 242, ary of nine hundred dollars, and one principal messenger in each of the Bureaus of the several Executive Departments, at an annual salary of
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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 depart
ments, 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, therefor. 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
Senate, pro tempore. NATHANIEL P. BANKS, Jun., Speaker of the
CHAP. XXVIII.-An Act to supply an Omission in the Enrolment of a certain Act.
Aug. 28, 1856. Whereas the following clauses of the act entitled “ An act making ap- Preamble. propriations for certain civil expenses of the government for the year 1856, ch. 129. ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, approved Ante, p. 81. 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 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-se
-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 fiftyseven :
For expenses of recruiting, transportation of recruits, three months' Recruiting, &c. extra pay to non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates on reënlistment, 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. :
For commutation of officers' subsistence, six hundred and sixty-one thousand nine hundred and sixty-seven dollars.
For cornmutation of forage for officers' horses one hundred and twentytwo thousand three hundred and four dollars.
For payment in lieu of clothing for officers' servants, thirty-nine thou. sand four hundred and forty dollars.
For subsistence in kind, one million nine hundred and eighty-nine thousand eight hundred and thirty-four dollars.
For clothing for the army, camp, and garrison equipage, six hundred Clothing, &c. and twenty-four thousand eight hundred and thirty-three dollars and
fifty-seven cents. Quarter mas- For the regular supplies of the Quarter-master's Department, consistter's Depart- ing of fuel for the officers, enlisted men, guard, hospitals, storehouses, and
offices; forage in kind for the horses, mules, and oxen of the quartermaster's department, at the several posts and stations, and with the armies in the field; for the horses of the two regiments of dragoons, the two regiments of cavalry, the regiment of mounted riflemen, the companies of light artillery, and such companies of infantry as may be mounted, and for the authorized number of officers' horses, when serving in the field and at the outposts; of straw for soldiers' bedding, and of stationery, including company and other blank books for the army, certificates for discharged soldiers, blank forms for the pay and quartermaster's departments; and for the printing of division and department orders, army regulations, and reports, one million and ten thousand dollars.
For the incidental expenses of the Quarter-master's Department, consisting of postage on letters and packets received and sent by officers of the army on public service; expenses of courts-martial and courts of
inquiry, including the additional compensation to judge advocates, record1802, ch. 9, ers, members, and witnesses, while on that service, under the act of VÝ 21, 22. Vol. ii.
March sixteenth, eighteen hundred and two; extra pay to soldiers employed, under the direction of the Quarter-master's Department, in the erection of barracks, quarters, store-houses and hospitals; the construc
tion of roads and other constant labor, for periods of not less than ten 1819, ch. 45. Vol. iii. p. 488.
days, under the acts of March second, eighteen hundred and nineteen, 1854, ch. 247, 66. and August fourth, eighteen hundred and fifty-four, including those emVol. x. p. 576. ployed as clerks at division and department head-quarters, expenses of ex
presses to and from the frontier posts and armies in the field; of escorts to paymasters, other disbursing officers and trains, when military escorts cannot be furnished ; expenses of the interment of non-commissioned officers and soldiers ; authorized office furniture; hire of laborers in the Quartermaster's Department, including hire of interpreters, spies, and guides for the army; compensation of clerks to officers of the Quarter-master's De
partment; compensation of forage and wagon-masters, authorized by the 1838, ch. 162, act of July fifth, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight; for the apprehension $ 10. Vol. v. p. 257.
of deserters, and the expenses incident to their pursuit; the following expenditures required for the two regiments of dragoons, the two regiments of cavalry, the regiment of mounted riflemen, and such companies of infantry as may be mounted, viz: the purchase of travelling forges, blacksmiths and shoeing tools, horse and mule shoes and nails, iron and steel for shoeing, hire of veterinary surgeons, medicines for horses and mules, picket ropes, and shoeing the horses of those corps, three hundred and fifiy thousand dollars.
For constructing barracks and other buildings at posts which it may Barracks and Garters.
be necessary to occupy during the year; and for repairing, altering, and enlarging buildings at the establish(lish)ed posts, including hire or commutation of quarters for officers on military duty; hire of quarters for troops, of storehouses for the safe keeping of military stores, and of grounds for
summer cantonments; for encampments and temporary frontier stations, five hundred thousand dollars.
For mileage or allowance made to officers of the army; for the trans- Mileage of offiportation of themselves and their baggage when travelling on duty with cers. out troops or escorts, one hundred and twenty thousand dollars.
For transportation of the army, including the baggage of the troops Transportation. when moving either by land or water; of clothing, camp, and garrison equipage from the depot at Philadelphia to the several posts and army depots ; horse equipments and of subsistence from the places of purchase and from the places of delivery under contract, to such places as the circumstances of the service may require it to be sent; of ordnance, ordnance stores, and small arms, from the foundries and armories, to the arsenals, fortifications, frontier posts, and army depots; freights, wharfage, tolls, and ferriages; for the purchase and hire of horses, mules, and oxen, and the purchase and repair of wagons, carts, drays, ships, and other sea-going vessels and boats for the transportation of supplies and for garrison purposes ; for drayage and cartage at the several posts ; hire of teamsters ; transportation of funds for the pay and other disbursing departments; the expense of sailing public transports on the various rivers, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic and Pacitic; and for procuring water at such posts as from their situation require that it be brought from a distance ; and for clearing roads, and removing obstructions from roads, harbors, and rivers, to the extent which may be required for the actual operations of the troops on the frontier, one million five hundred thousand dollars.
For the purchase of horses for the two regiments of dragoons, the two Horses. regiments of cavalry, the regiment of mounted riflemen, the companies of light artillery, and such infantry as it may be found necessary to mount at the frontier posts, two hundred thousand dollars. For contingencies of the army, twelve thousand dollars.
Contingencies. For the medical and hospital departments, seventy-five thousand Medical and dollars.
hospital departFor contingent expenses of the Adjutant-General's Department, at di- "Miscellaneous. vision and department head-quarters, four hundred dollars. For compensation of the clerk and mess
essenger in the office of the commanding general, two thousand dollars.
For contingent expenses of the office of the commanding general, three hundred dollars.
For armament of fortifications, one hundred and twenty-five thousand Fortifications. dollars.
For ordnance, ordnance stores, and supplies, including horse equip- Ordnance, &c. ments for the mounted regiments, two hundred and three thousand dollars.
For the current expenses of the ordnance service, one hundred thousand dollars.
For the manufacture of arms at the national armories, two hundred Arms at armoand fifty thousand dollars.
To enable Thomas H. Barlow, of Kentucky, to manufacture one of his Rifle cannon of newly-invented rifle cannon, for the purpose of testing the feasibility of Thos. H. Barlow. their use in the military or naval service of the country, three thousand dollars, to be paid to said Barlow from time to time, as he progresses with the manufacture of the same: Provided, That said cannon shall not be of less calibre than a twelve-pounder: And provided further, That the said Barlow shall give good and sufficient security to the Secretary of War, for the faithful expenditure of the money hereby appropriated in the construction of said cannon.
For arsenals, including the purchase of sites for new arsenals of deposit Arsenals. in Texas and New Mexico, and for the erection of suitable magazines and other arsenal buildings in Texas, in California, in Washington or