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Aug. 16, 1856. CHAP. CXXI-An Act for the Improvement of the Navigation of the Patapsco River, and to render the Port of Baltimore accessible to the War Steamers of the United States.
Appropriation for deepening
the channel of the Patapsco.
propriated, the sum of four thousand and nine dollars and eighteen cents, the same being the amount expended by said State in paying and subsisting her militia called out to preserve the neutrality of the United States, then involved in the troubles on the Canada frontier.
APPROVED, August 16, 1856.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of one hundred thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be expended, under the direction of the Secretary of War, in deepening the channel of the Patapsco River, and in rendering the port of Baltimore accessible to the steam frigates and other war vessels of the United States.
In the Senate of the United States, August 16th, 1856.
The President of the United States, having returned to the Senate, in which it originated, the bill entitled "An act for the improvement of the navigation of the Patapsco River, and to render the port of Baltimore accessible to the war steamers of the United States," with his objections thereto, the Senate proceeded, in pursuance of the constitution, to reconsider the same; and Resolved, That the said bill do pass, two-thirds of the Senate agreeing to pass the same.
In the House of Representatives of the United States, August 16th, 1856.
The House of Representatives having been notified by the Senate that the bill entitled, "An act for the improvement of the navigation of the Patapsco River, and to render the port of Baltimore accessible to the war steamers of the United States," had been returned by the President, with his objections, to the Senate, in which it originated, and that the Senate having proceeded, in pursuance of the constitution, to reconsider the same, had "Resolved, that the said bill do pass, two thirds of the Senate agreeing to pass the same," the House of Representatives proceeded, in pursuance of the constitution, to reconsider the said bill, and,
Resolved, That the said bill do pass, two thirds of the House of Representatives agreeing to pass the same.
Aug. 16, 1856. CHAP. CXXII.-An Act making Appropriations for the Naval Service for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven.
Clerk House of Reps
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be and they are hereby appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the year ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-sev even.
For pay of commission, warrant, and petty officers, and seamen, including the engineer corps of the navy, three million four hundred and twenty-one thousand seven hundred and eighteen dollars.
For provisions for commission, warrant, and petty officers and seamen, including engineers and marines attached to vessels for sea service, eight hundred and forty thousand four hundred and fifty dollars.
For increase, repair, armament, and equipment of the navy, including Increase and the wear and tear of vessels in commission, fuel for steamers, and pur- repair of navy; fuel and hemp. chase of hemp for the navy, two million seven hundred and ninety-nine thousand five hundred dollars.
For ordnance and ordnance stores and small arms, including incidental Ordnance, &c. expenses, two hundred and twenty-one thousand dollars.
For contingent expenses that may accrue for the following purposes, Contingencies. viz: freight and transportation, printing and stationery, advertising in newspapers, books, maps, models, and drawings, purchase and repair of fire engines and machinery, repairs of and attending to steam engines in navy yards, purchase and maintenance of horses and oxen, and drawing teams, carts, timber wheels, and the purchase and repairs of workmen's tools, postage of public letters, fuel, oil, and candles, for navy yards and shore stations, pay of watchmen and incidental labor, not chargeable to any other appropriation, transportation to, and labor attending the delivery of provisions and stores on foreign stations, wharfage, dockage, and rent, travelling expenses of officers and others under orders, funeral expenses, store and office rent, stationery, fuel, commissions and pay of clerks to navy agents and storekeepers, flags, awnings, and packing boxes, premiums and other expenses of recruiting, apprehending deserters, per diem pay to persons attending courts-martial and courts of inquiry, and other services authorized by law, pay to judges-advocate, pilotage and towage of vessels, and assistance to vessels in distress, bills of health, and quarantine expenses of vessels of the United States navy in foreign ports, eight hundred and fifty-nine thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars: Provided, That the expenditures under the foregoing appropriations shall be so accounted for as to show the disbursements by each bureau, under each respective appropriation.
To enable the Secretary of the Navy to publis! the charts of the explorations of La Plata River, and the charts of the surveys of the Behrings Straits Expedition, twenty-six thousand two hundred and eightysix dollars.
That each purser attached to a sloop-of-war, or other vessel smaller than a frigate, shall be authorized to appoint a clerk in lieu of the steward heretofore allowed, subject to the approval of the commanding officer of such vessel; and such clerk shall have the privileges allowed to the clerk of the commanding officer, and his yearly compensation shall be four hundred dollars and one ration per day.
Marine Corps. For pay of the officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, clerks, messengers, stewards, and servants, for rations and clothing for servants, subsistence and additional rations for five years' service of officers, for undrawn clothing and rations, bounties for reënlistments, and pay for unexpired terms of previous service, three hundred and twenty-three thousand, two hundred and thirty-three dollars and ninety-four cents.
For provisions for marines serving on shore, forty thousand nine hundred and thirty-four dollars and seventy-five cents.
For clothing, fifty-five thousand two hundred and sixty-four dollars. For fuel, twenty thousand one hundred and eighty dollars and sixtytwo cents.
For military stores, repairs of arms, pay of armorer, for accoutrements, ordnance stores, flags, drums, fifes, and musical instruments, nine thousand dollars.
For transportation of officers and troops, and expenses of recruiting, twelve thousand dollars.
For the erection and completion of marine barracks at Brooklyn, New York, ninety-six thousand dollars.
For the erection and completion of marine barracks at Pensacola, Florida, sixty thousand dollars.
Publication of of the La Plata and
of the surveys of the Behrings Straits expedition. Purser's clerk.
For repairs of barracks and rent of temporary barracks and offices, eight thousand dollars.
For contingencies, viz: freight, ferriage, cartage, and wharfage, compensation to judges-advocates, per diem for attending courts-martial and courts of inquiry, for constant labor, house-rent in lieu of quarters, burial of deceased marines, printing, stationery, postage, apprehension of deserters, oil, candles, gas, forage, straw, furniture, bed sacks, spades, shovels, axes, picks, carpenter's tools, keep of a horse for the messenger, pay of matron, washerwoman, and porter at the hospital head-quarters, and for the building of two cisterns at head-quarters, thirty-two thousand five hundred dollars.
For the construction and completion of works, and for the current repairs at the several navy yards, viz:
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.-For completing launching ways of ship house number four, pitch house, tools for machinists and smiths, timber slip, dredging, fences, completing the extension of ship house number four, repairs of all kinds, seventy-eight thousand two hundred dollars.
Boston. For stone wall and filling around machine shop, battery and ordnance quay, paving, pile wharf, gas pipes and burners for yard and officers' quarters, cleaning out timber dock, braiding machine, fittings for hide cutter, bobbins for ropewalk, and strop gauging machine for block shop, dry dock engines, (deficiency,) completing shear wharf, engine for gun carriage shop, steam pump for watering ships, and for repairs of all kinds, one hundred and twenty-one thousand three hundred and fifty dollars.
New York. For building and completing store-house, building and completing coal house, extending quay wall, launching ways in ship houses D and E, dredging channels, repairs of cob wharf, dry dock paving and flagging, permanent fixtures for heating saw mill, improvement of new purchase for site of marine barracks, and piling for the same, if necessary filling low places, completing water pipes, lightning conductors, extending sewers, completing steaming house and machinery, completing oakum picking machine and engine for the same, stable for commandant's horse, and for repairs of all kinds, four hundred and twenty-one thousand four hundred and twenty-two dollars.
For deficiency for castings for engine house, one thousand four hundred and sixty-six dollars and fifty-eight cents.
Philadelphia. For steam house and stoves, dredging channels, repairs of dock, basin, and railway, building and completing guard houses, building and completing offices, and repairs of all kinds, sixty-four thousand five hundred and twenty dollars.
Washington. For completing extension of boiler shop, completing conversion of old ordnance to machine shop, timber shed, pavements, drains, and gutters, grading and filling, dredging, extension of iron foundry, machinery and tools, and for repairs of all kinds, two hundred and twenty-one thousand and eighty-eight dollars.
For completing repairs of brass foundry, destroyed by fire, five thou sand five hundred and fifty dollars.
Norfolk. For grading and draining, iron railway and cars, dredging, continuing quay wall, timber landing and slip at saw mill, masting shears, engines, tools, cranes, and lighters, completing and extending saw mill, and for repairs of all kinds, two hundred and six thousand five hundred dollars.
Pensacola. For completing permanent wharf, deep basin and dredging, completing rail tracks, completing removal of sunken caisson, completing extension of granite wharf, dredging and piers in front of basin, mast shears, kitchen to ordinary quarters, repairs of dock, basin, and railway,
completing wharves, paint shop, lightning conductors, and for repairs of all kinds, one hundred and seventy-seven thousand nine hundred and thirty-four dollars.
San Francisco.-For four houses for officers, steam box, pitch kettles, San Francisco. wharf, with stone wall, saw mill, artesian well, grading, completing smithery, joiners' shop and timber shed, storehouse, and wharf, three hundred and twenty-two thousand dollars.
For the construction and completion of works, and for current repairs of the several naval hospitals:
Boston. For building and completing surgeon's house, and for repairs Boston. of all kinds, sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars.
New York. For brick building, machinery, and fixtures for warming and ventilating hospital, for filling and grading cemetery, repairs of laboratory buildings, repairs of all kinds, twenty thousand six hundred and fifty dollars.
Naval Asylum, Philadelphia.-For painting and repairing main build- Naval Asylum, ing, governor's and surgeon's houses, iron railing for southwest wall, Philadelphia. repairs of furnaces, grates, furniture, cleaning and whitewashing, gas, water rent, and miscellaneous repairs, eight thousand nine hundred dollars. Norfolk.-For repairs of all kinds, six thousand dollars.
Pensacola. For wall around burial-ground, steam-boiler, pump and reservoir, draining and filling ponds, and for general repairs, eighteen thousand five hundred dollars.
For the construction and completion of works, and for the current repairs at the several naval magazines :
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.-For ordnance building, shell house for Portsmouth. loaded shells, gun skids and shot beds, forty thousand dollars.
Boston. For repairs of all kinds, one thousand dollars.
New York.-For altering gunner's to store house, shot beds, skids, powder boat, dredging, and repairs of all kinds, sixteen thousand dollars. Washington. For building and completing iron shed for ordnance purposes, twenty-two thousand dollars.
Norfolk. For repairs of wall at Fort Norfolk, shot beds, gun skids and crane, new machinery and tools, eleven thousand dollars.
Pensacola. For brick wall around shell house, and for current repairs, Pensacola. two thousand six hundred dollars.
For pay of superintendents, naval constructors, and all the civil estabPay of navy lishments at the several navy yards and stations, one hundred and twenty- yard civil estabfive thousand seven hundred and eighty-two dollars.
For the purchase of nautical instruments required for the use of the Purchase of navy; for repairs of the same, and also of astronomical instruments; and nautical instruments, &c. for the purchase of nautical books, maps, and charts, and for backing and binding the same, twenty thousand dollars.
For printing and publishing sailing directions, hydrographical surveys, Printing and astronomical observations, fifteen thousand dollars: Provided, That and publishing the charts shall be sold when completed, and the instruments used be of American manufacture.
Charts to be
Wind and cur
For continuing the publication of the series of wind and current charts, and for defraying all the expenses connected therewith, eighteen thousand rent charts. dollars.
For models, drawings, and copying, postage, freight, and transportation, Naval Obserfor working lithographic press, including chemicals, for keeping grounds vatory. in order, for fuel and lights, and for all other contingent expenses of the United States Naval Observatory and hydrographical office, twelve thousand dollars.
For the wages of persons employed at the United States Naval Obser
Stevens's war steamer.
Basin, &c., at San Francisco.
Coal depot at Key West.
vatory and hydrographical office, viz: one lithographer, one instrument maker, two watchmen, and one porter, three thousand one hundred and sixty dollars.
For erection, improvement, and repairs of buildings and grounds, and support of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, thirty-nine thousand five hundred and ninety-five dollars and twenty-two cents.
For preparing the American Nautical Almanac, twenty-five thousand seven hundred and thirty-two dollars and sixty-four cents.
This law to apply to this Congress.
For Stevens's war steamer, eighty-six thousand seven hundred and seventeen dollars and eighty-four cents.
For completing basin and railway at the navy yard at San Francisco, three hundred and five thousand dollars.
of marine corps
Appropriation SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That out of the sum of thirty-one for contingencies thousand five hundred dollars, appropriated by "Act making appropriain act of 1855, tions for the naval service for the year ending the thirtieth June, eighteen ch. 198, may be hundred and fifty-six," approved third March, eighteen hundred and fiftyfive "For contingencies of the Marine Corps," there be allowed and paid any expenses which have been incurred for the purpose of introducing gas into the quarters and hospital head-quarters, and for lighting the same. APPROVED, August 16, 1856.
applied to gas
ense of the death of any member.
For completing coal depot at Key West, Florida, twenty-five thousand dollars.
Aug. 16, 1856.
CHAP. CXXIII.-An Act to regulate the Compensation of Members of Congress. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Compensation of each senator States of America in Congress assembled, That the compensation of each and member of senator, representative and delegate in Congress shall be six thousand the House of dollars for each Congress, and mileage as now provided by law for two sessions only, to be paid in manner following, to wit: on the first day of each regular session each senator, representative and delegate shall receive his mileage for one session, and on the first day of each month thereafter during such session, compensation at the rate of three thousand dollars per annum during the continuance of such session, and at the end of such session he shall receive the residue of his salary due to him at such time at the rate aforesaid still unpaid; and at the beginning of the second regular session of the Congress each senator, representative, and delegate shall receive his mileage for such second session and monthly during such session compensation at the rate of three thousand dollars per annum till the fourth day of March terminating the Congress, and on that day each senator, representative, and delegate shall be entitled to receive any balance of the six thousand dollars not theretofore paid in the said monthly instalments as above directed.
Pay of President of Senate,
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President of the Senate
of the Speaker.
pro tempore, and pro tempore when there shall be no Vice-President, or the Vice-President shall have become President of the United States, shall receive the compensation provided by law for the Vice-President; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall receive double the compensation above provided for representatives, payable at the times and in the manner above provided for payment of the compensation of representatives.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That this law shall apply to the present Congress, and each senator, representative, and delegate shall be entitled to receive the difference only between their per diem compensation already received under the law now in force and the compensation provided by this act.
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That in the event of the death of any senator, representative, or delegate prior to the commencement of the first session of the Congress, he shall be neither entitled to mileage or compensation; and in the event of death after the commencement of any session, his representatives shall be entitled to receive so much of his com