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ACTS

OF

THE FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

OF

THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE DIS

TRICT OF COLUMBIA.

October 18, 1871.

CHAPTER I.–An Act appropriatiny one hundred thousanıl dollars for the

relief of the suffering people of Chicago, and providing for the issuing of bonils to meet deficiencies in the treasury.

$100, Wo for the rea

To be paid and

moneys.

Warrants to be drawn in favor of

mittee.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the District of Columbia, That the sum of one hundred thousand dollars Appropriation of be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, payable out of lief of Chicago. the funds of the treasury of the District of Columbia not otherwise appropriated by law, for the relief of the suffering people of Chicago, and the same shall be paid in buscam in the same the same manner as other moneys are disbursed from the manner as other treasury, by warrant drawn by the Comptroller and countersigned by the Auditor of the District; such warrant or warrants to be drawn in favor of, and the money Chicago Relief Comto be paid to, the Chicago Relief Committee appointed by the citizens of the District of Columbia, and composed of Richard T. Merrick, Alexander R. Shepherd, X. P. Chipman, James G. Berret, George F. Gulick, Hallet trict. Kilbourn, W. D. Cassin, W. H. Claggett, William Dickson, and Edwin L. Stanton, who shall be the agents of the District of Columbia for the purpose of applying said moneys exclusively for the relief of the suffering and destitution now prevalent in Chicago.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That to supply any deficiency in the treasury caused by the withdrawal there- this appropriation, from of the sum hereinbefore appropriated, the Governor bonds to amount of or acting Governor be, and he is hereby, authorized and empowered, in behalf of the District of Columbia, to

Who are niade agents of the Dis

To supply deti.

$100,000.

from taxation.

Interest.

in cur

Bonds to be signed

When prepared,

by Governor.

issue, or cause to be issued, registered or coupon bonds, designated on their face, “District of Columbla Fiveyear Bonds," to the amount of one hundred thousand

dollars, in suitable denominations, payable five years from Ronds to be free the date of their issue; the said bonds to be free from

taxation by the District of Columbia, bear interest not ex-
ceeding seven per centum per annum, payable on the first
day of January and July, in each and every year,
rent money of the United States, for the punctual pay-
ment of which interest, and for the gradual redemption

of said bonds in the manner provided for in the fourth Faith of District section of this act, the faith of the government of the pledged to payment. District of Columbia is hereby solemnly pledged.

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the bonds issued bydlievernos, comp: in pursuance of the foregoing section shall be signed by by or District. the Governor or acting Governor, and countersigned by

the Comptroller of the District, and attested by the seal

of said District ; and, when prepared for issue, the said the bonds to be sold bonds shall be sold by the Governor or acting Governor,

who shall deposit the proceeds thereof in the treasury of the District.

SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That there be, and is hereby, set apart, pledged, and appropriated out of the moneys of the treasury of the District not otherwise appropriated by law, such sum as may be necessary to pay the interest on said bonds for each and every year until they shall all have been redeemed, and that an amount of not less than twenty thousand dollars shall be set apart annually for the payment of the said bonds, by their gradual redemption, which money shall be invested by the commissioners of the sinking fund for the redemption of said bonds, by purchasing the same in open market, or by such other investment as they may deem best.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That, in view of the emergency arising from the necessity for applying at once the funds hereby appropriated, in order to afford relief to the existing want and distress in Chicago, and carry out the purpose of this act, the same shall take effect inimediately upon its passage.

Approved October 18, 1871.

Provision for gradual redemption.

Act to take effect at once.

ACTS

OF

THE SECOND SPECIAL SESSION

OF

THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE DIS

TRICT OF COLUMBIA.

CHAPTER 1.- An Act authorizing the Collector of Taxes to allow a dis- November 13. 1871.

count for the prompt payment of taxes.

Collector of taxes

discount upon cer.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the District of Columbia, That the Collector of Taxes be, and is hereby, authorized to allow authorized to allow upon all general taxes collected, in- tuin taxes. cluding the militia tax, a discount of four per centum upon all taxes accruing under act approved August nineteen, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, which shall be paid prior to December one, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, and two per centum upon all taxes paid between the first day of December, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, and the first day of January, eighteen hundred and seventytwo.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That, whereas an emergency exists which requires the prompt payment of taxes now due, this act shall be in force from and after its passage.

Approved November 13, 1871.

Act to take effect at once.

CHAP. II.-- An Act authorizing an extension of time within which un abate- December 12, 1871.

ment for prompt payment of taxes will be allowed.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the District of Columbia, That the Collector of Taxes be, and he is hereby, Collector of Taxes authorized to allow an abatement of four per centum from abatement upon certhe first to the twentieth day of December, eighteen hun

dred and seventy-one, and two per centum from the twentieth to the first day of January, eighteen hundred and seventy-two, on all general taxes paid prior thereto.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect from and after its passage.

Approved December 12, 1871.

Act to take effect at once.

December 16, 1871. CHAP. III.-An Act relative to the interest on the loans or bonis authorized

to be issued by the District of Columbia.

at his dis

cretion.

as he

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the District of Governor author: Columbia, That the Governor of the District of Columbia District bonds at six is hereby empowered to negotiate any of the bonds or loans seven percent, in heretofore authorized to be made for, and on behalf of,

said District, at six per centum interest per annum in gold, or seven per centum in currency, may

deem

proper Interest payable

and best for said District, which interest shall be payable semisuch places in the semi-annually, at such place or places in the United States Governor mas des as he may select or designate at the time

any

of said loans shall be made or bonds be issued.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That, in view of the emergency, arising out of the expediency and importance of immediate loans, or the immediate issuing of authorized bonds, therefore this act shall go into effect on its approval by the Governor.

Approved December 16, 1871.

ignate.

Act to take effect at once.

December 18. 1871.

CHAP. IV.-An Ad to proridle for a revision of the statutos.

Justice of Supreme

District

to statute laws of the District.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the District of Governor andChier Columbia, That the Governor and the Chief Justice of the Court of the District Supreme Court of the District of Columbia are hereby pint five commis authorized to appoint five commissioners, learned in the sioners, citizens of

revise law, and who shall be citizens of the District of Columbia,

whose duty it shall be to prepare a revision, under appropriate heads and chapters, of the statutes in force in the District of Columbia, to contain such additions and alter

ations that the whole shall constitute a harmonious body And to provide

of statute law; also, to include rules of practice and pleadpyles of practice and ing, but the chapters relating to practice and pleading pleading

shall be complete in themselves, and shall contain no other provisions.

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