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Jan. 28, 1875. CHAP. 27.-An act to provide an appropriation for continuing the construction of
. the post office and custom house at Saint Louis, Missouri. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, Tbat the sum of one hundred Appropriation. and fifty thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, out
of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be availa.
ble immediately, for the purpose of continuing the construction of the Custom-house custom-house and post office at Saint Louis, Missouri, now in course of and post office at construction. Saint Louis, Mo.
Approved, January 28, 1875.
Ton 00 1595 CHAP. 29.-An act to constitute Patchogue on the south side of Long Island, in
the State of New York, a port of delivery.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Patchogue, Long States of America in Congress assembled, That the village of Patchogue, Island, to be a port on the south side of Long Island, State of New York, shall be, and the of delivery.
same is hereby, made a port of delivery within the collection district of the port of New York, and shall be subject to the same regulations as other ports of delivery in the United States; that a surveyor be appoint
ed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to reSurveyor at.
side at the said port of Patchogue, who shall have the power to enroll Power to enroll, and license vessels to be employed in the coasting trade and fisheries, &c., vessels. under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury may deem peces
sary, and who sball give the usual bond, perform the usual duties in the manner prescribed, and receive the fees he may be entitled to by law as allowed to surveyors for the same duties, and no more.
Approved, January 29, 1875.
Jan. 30, 1875. CHAP. 30.-An act for the relief of certain officers of the Navy who were dropped,
furloughed, or retired under the act of February twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred 1855, c. 128, v. and fifty-five. 10, p. 616.
· Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Difference of pay States of America in Congress assembled, That all officers now in the Navy, to be paid certain and the widows or heirs of those who have died while attached to the otticers dropped or Navy, including the widow of Captain Elisha Peck relieved by special furloughed, and
" act of March three, eighteen hundred and seventy-three, who were after moted and re- dropped, furloughed, or retired under the act of February twenty-eighth, stored.
eighteen hundred and fifty-five, and who were afterward promoted and
restored to the active list of the Navy, under the operations of the act 1855, c. 128, v. 10, of January sixteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, or by the Presi
dent under the operation of subsequent laws, shall be entitled to receive
out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated the differ1857, c. 12, v. 11, ence between the pay respectively received by them and the pay at that p. 153.
time designated by law for officers on the active list of the rank to
which they were respectively promoted, for and during the time they 1873, c. 465, v. 17, were affected by the operation of the said acts of February twenty. p. 791.
eighth, eighteen hundred and fifty-five, and January sixteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven.
Approved, January 30, 1875.
Jan. 30, 1875. CHAP. 31.-An act authorizing the President to nominate Holmes Wikoff an assistant
surgeon in the Navy. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Authority to ap- States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is hereby point Holmes Wi- authorized to nominate and, with the advice and consent of the Senate, kolt assistant-sur. appoint Ilolmes Wikoff, an assistant surgeon in the Navy, waiving his gcon in the Navy.
disqualification by age, but subject in all other respects to existing law and regulations.
Approved, January 30, 1875.
CHAP. 32.-An act for the relief of John T. Smith.
Jan. 30, 1875. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the Authority to arUnited States be, and he is hereby, authorized to nominate, and, by and point John T. with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint, upon the retired Smith ..
qant-engineer on relist of the Nary, with the rank of first assistant engineer, John T. Smith, tired list of Navy. now a second assistant engineer on the active list of the Navy.
Approved, January 30, 1875.
CHAP. 33.-An act for the payment of interest on three-sixty-five bonds of the Dis
trict of Columbia.
Feb. 1, 1875.
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 Appropriation. and eighty-two thousand and five hundred dollars, in currency or so much thereof as may be pecessary, be, and is hereby, appropriated for Payment of interthe payment of the interest on the bonds of the District of Columbia, est on three-sixtyknown as three-sixty-five bonds, due on February first, eighteen hun.
my first johtoon hon. five bonds of D.C.,
de Feb. 1, 1875. dred and seventy-five, issued under the act entitled "An act for the “. government of the District of Columbia, and for other purposes," ap- 1874, c. 337 ; ante, proved June twentieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-four; said inter- p. 116. est to be paid by the Treasurer of the United States, or the assistant treasurer of the United States in New York, on surrender of the proper coupons: Provided, That the said sum hereby appropriated shall be considered and adjusted as a part of the proper proportional sum to be paid by the United States toward the expenses of the government of the District of Columbia, and toward the payment of the interest on the funded debt of the District.
Approved, February 1, 1875.
CHAP. 34.-An act to grant title to certain lands in the Territory of Arizona. Feb. 5, 1875. Whereas, certain lands in Santa Cruz Valley, county of Pima, and
Preamblo. Territory of Arizona, have for many years been occupied and possessed by persons of Mexican birth, who became citizens of the United States under the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Gadsden treaty; and whereas the said persons desire to secure patents for said lands in the small and irregular tracts in which they were originally taken up under Mexican authority, and have been held and cultivated to the present time, and they cannot do so under the existing land laws of the United States; Therefore,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all the right and title of
certain lands in the United States to the land embraced in sections two, eleven, and Pima County, Arifourteen, and the east half of sections three, ten and tifteen of town- zona, to certaiu ocship fourteen south, range thirteen east, Gila and Salt River meridian, cupants. in the county of Pima, Territory of Arizona, be, and the same are hereby, relinquished and granted to the person or persons who have been in the actual bona-fide occupancy or possession of said land, by themselves or their ancestors or grantors for twenty years next preceding the date of the passage of this act; and it shall be the duty of the register and Facts to be dethe receiver of the United States land-office for the district in which
hich termined by regis
ter and receiver. said land lies, to hear and determine, subject to the approval of the Commissioner of the General Land Office, the rights of the parties claiming under this act; and for that purpose the said register and the said receiver shall have power to summon witnesses, administer oaths, and take testimony relative to such occupancy or possession : Provided, That no claim as aforesaid shall be of any validity under this act unless it shall have been duly filed with the said register and the
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Claim to be filed said receiver within one year after the passage of this act: And prowithin one year. vided further, That this grant shall not extend to any reservation of the Grant not to ex
à. United States, nor prejudice any valid adverse right or claim, if such tions, nor affect ad- exist, to said land, or any part thereof, nor preclude a judicial exami. verse rights. nation and adjustment thereof.
SEC. 2. That whenever it shall have been determined by the said register and the said receiver, or on appeal by the Commissioner of the General Land Office or Secretary of the Interior that any tract has
been occupied as aforesaid, it sball be the duty of the surveyor-general Survey of claims. for said Territory to cause the said claims to be surveyed in accordance
with the lines of such occupancy, and to furnish approved plats of the
same, upon the receipt and approval of wbich said plats, and the field. Patent: when to notes thereof by the Commissioner of the General Land Office, patents be issued
shall issue as in other cases. Lands not occu- SEC. 3. That any part or parts of said designated lands that are not pied for twenty shown, to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of the General Land for settlement.
en Office, to have been so occupied for twenty years, shall be held by bim
as open to settlement under the provisions of the preëmption or homestead laws of the United States, and patents may be issued therefor for any number of acres not exceeding one hundred and sixty that
parties complying with said legal provisions may desire to hold: ProPrior right of oc
vided, That all existing occupants who have settled on said lands within cupants for less a period of less than twenty years shall have the prior right to acquire than twenty years. the same under the homestead laws of the United States.
Approved, February 5, 1875.
Feb. 5, 1875.
CHAP. 35.-An act granting the right of wily and depot-grounds to the Oregon
Central Pacific Railway Company through the public lands of the United States, from Winnemucca, in the State of Nevada, to the Columbia River, via Portland, in the State of Oregon.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, That for the purpose of aiding Grant of right in the construction of a railway and telegraph-line from a point at or of way and depot- near Winnemucca, on the Central Pacific Railroail, in the State of Negrounds to Oregon vada. thence
regon vada ; thence northwesterly to and across Goose Lake Valley, and by Central Pacific Railway Company. way of Sprague River Valley, to the waters of the Middle Fork of the
Willamette River, in the Cascade Mountains; thence down said river, on the north side, to Springfield ; thence crossing to and continuing upon the west side of said river to the waters of the Columbia River, via Portland, Oregon, there is hereby granted to the Oregon Central Pacific Railway Company, organized under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Oregon on the sixteenth day of September, eighteen hundred and seventy-four, and to their successors and assigns, a strip of land, one hundred feet wide, on each side of the central line of said road, through the public lands, and the necessary lands for depots, sta
tions, side-tracks, and other needful uses in operating said road and Limitation of
04telegraph, not exceeding twenty acres at any one place: Provided, That grant for depotgrounds, &c.
the locations for depots, stations, and side-tracks shall not exceed for the whole line of said road more than one location of twenty acres for
every ten miles of the same, and when made upon surveyed lands shall Power of States conform to the Government surveys thereof: And provided further, That to regulate cost of the State or States, within the limits of which said road or any part transportation.
thereof shall be hereafter situated, shall have the power to regulate and
limit the cost of transportation of persons or freight over the same. Plat and proof of SEC. 2. That said company shall, within six months after the location locate
of of any section of twenty miles or more of their said road, if the same twenty miles, when to be filed.
* be upon surveyed lands, and if upon unsurveyed lands, then witbin six months after the survey thereof by the United States, file a plat of such located section, together with proof thereof, with the register of the land-offi e for the district wherein said located section may be situated,
and upon approval tbereof the same shall be noted upon the township.
Lands to be sold plats in said office; and thereafter all lands over wbich the line of said s
sard subject to located road shall pass shall be sold, located, or disposed of by the United rigøt of way.” States, subject to such right of way so located as aforesaid : Provided, Time for comThat the line of said road shall be completed within ten years thereafter: pleting road. Provided further, Tbat this act shall not take effect on any lands to which auy bona fide preëmption or homestead claim has attached before Prior homestead the definite location of the line of road, and the notice of the same has and pre-emption been given to tbe land-office in the district where the same is located. rights
SEC. 3. That the rights herein granted shall not preclude the construc- Rights reserved tion of other railroads or telegrapb-lines through any canyon, defile, or to other companies. pass on the route of said road, or the crossing of the same at grade by other railroads.
SEC. 4. That said company shall locate its road within three years Location and confrom the passage of this act, and complete the said railroad within ten struction, when to years from the same date, failing in which, this act shall be null and void. be completed.
Sec. 5. That Congress hereby reserves the right to alter, amend, or Right of amend, repeal this act at any time that the public interest may require it. ment or repeal.
Approved, February 5, 1875.
CHAP. 36.-An act to amend existing customs and internal-revenue laws, and for
Feb. 8, 1875. other purposes.
Post 340. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That froin and after the date of
Customs duties the passage of this act, in lieu of the duties heretofore imposed on the imposed. importation of the goods, wares, and merchandise hereinafter specified, the following rates of duty shall be exacted, namely: On spun silk, for
Spun silk, silk in filling, in skeins or cops, thirty-five per centum ad valorem ; on silk in
gum, floss-silk, the gum, not more advanced than singles, tram, and thrown or organ- sewing silk. zine, thirty-five per centum ad valorem ; on floss-silks, thirty-five per centum ad valorem ; on sewing-silk, in the gum or purified, forty per centum ad valorem ; on lastings, mohair cloth, silk twist, or other manu. factures of cloth, woven or made in patterns of such size, shape, or Cloth fit for butform, or cut in such manner as to be fit for buttons exclusively, ten per
usively, ten per Goods, of which centum ad valorem ; ou all goods, wares, and merchandise not other silk is component wise herein provided for, made of silk, or of which silk is the compo- material of chief nent material of chief value, irrespective of the classification thereof value, &c. " for duty by or under previous laws, or of their commercial designation, Goods, of which sixty per centum ad valorem : Provided, That this act shall not apply
tannly twenty-five per
APPY centum of compoto goods, wares, or merchandise which have, as a component material nent material in thereof, twenty-five per centum or over in value of cotton, fax, wool, or cotton, flax, wool, worsted.
or worsted. SEC. 2. That from and after the passage of this act, in lieu of the duties now imposed by law on the merchandise hereinafter enumerated, imported from foreign countries, there shall be levied, collected, and paid the following duties, that is to say: On all still wines imported in casks, forty cents per gallon.
Still wines. On all still wines imported in bottles, one dollar and sixty cents per case of one dozen bottles, containing each not more than one quart and more than one pint, or twenty-four bottles, containing each not more than one pint; and any excess beyond those quantities found in such bottles shall be subject to a duty of five cents per pint or fractional part thereof, but no separate or additional duty shall be collected on Imported wines the bottles: Provided, That any wines imported containing more than containing more twenty-four per centum of alcobol shall be forfeited to the United States: than twenty-four Provided also, That there shall be an allowance of five per centum, and hol.com no more, on all effervescing wines, liquors, cordials, and distilled spirits, Deduction for in bottles, to be deducted from the invoice quantity in lieu of breakage. breakage.
Wines in public SEC. 3. That all imported wines of the character provided for in the store when this act preceding section which may remain in public store or bonded waretakes effect.
house on the day this act shall take effect shall be subject to no other duty upon the withdrawal thereof for consumption than if the same were imported after that day : Provided, That any such wines remaining on shipboard within the limits of any port of entry in the United States on the day aforesaid, duties unpaid, shall, for the purposes of this section, be considered as constructively in public store or bonded warebouse.
SEC. 4. That on and after the date of the passage of this act, in lieu of the duties imposed by law on the articles in this section enumerated, there sball be levied, collected, and paid on the goods, wares, and merchandise in this section enumerated and provided for, imported from foreign countries, the following duties and rates of duties, that is to
On bops, eight cents per pound.
On macaroni and vermicelli, and on all similar preparations, two
cents per pound. Nitro-benzole. On nitro-benzole, or oil of mirbane, ten cents per pound. Tin plates, &c. On tin in plates or sheets and on terne and tagger's tin, one and one
tenth cents per pound. Anchovies and On anchovies and sardines, packed in oil or otherwise, in tin boxes, sardines.
fifteen cents per whole box, measuring not more than five inches long, four inches wide, and three and one-balf inches deep; seven and one. half cents for each balf-box, measuring not more than five inches long, four inches wide, and one and five-eightbs inches deep; and four cents for each quarter-box, measuring not more than four inches and three. quarters long, three and one-half inches wide, and one and one-half
inches deep; when imported in any other form, sixty per centum ad Packages of fish valorem : Provided, That cans or packages made of tin or other mateberetof
rial containing fish of any kind admitted free of duty under any exist. ing law or treaty, not exceeding one quart in contents, shall be subject to a duty of one cent and a balf on each can or package; and when exceeding one quart, shall be subject to an additional duty of one cent
and a half for each additional quart, or fractional part thereof. Yellow sheath- SEC. 5. That yellow sheatbing-metal and yellow-metal bolts, of which ing-metal and yel- the component part of chief value is copper, shall be deemed manufaclow-metal bolts.
tures of copper, and shall pay the duty now prescribed by law for mauufactures of copper, and shall be entitled to the drawback allowed by law to copper and composition-metal whenever the same shall be used in the construction or equipment or repair of vessels built in the Uuited States for the purpose of being employed in the foreign trade, including
the trade between the Atlantic and Pacific ports of the United States. Moisic iron.
SEC. 6. That section four of the act entitled "An act to reduce duties 1872, c. 315, s. 4, on imports and to reduce internal taxes, and for other purposes,” apv. 17, p. 233. proved June sixth, eighteen hundred and seventy-two, be, and the
same is hereby, amended by striking out the thirtieth paragraph of
said section in relation to the duty on Moisic iron; and from and after R. S., 204, p. 467. the passage of this act, the duty on Moisic iron, of whatever condition,
grade, or stage of manufacture, shall be the same as on all other species
of iron of like condition, grade, or stage of manufacture. Juto-butts. SEC. 7. That the duty on jute-butts shall be six dollars per ton: Pro
inery vided, That all machinery not now manufactured in the United States for manufactures adapted exclusively to manufactures from the fiber of the ramie, jute, fron ramie, &c. or flax, may be admitted into the United States free of duty for two
years from the first of July, eighteen hundred and seventy-five: And Toroin hors provided further, Tbat bags, other than of American manufacture, in used in export of which grain shall bave been actually exported from the United States, grain.
may be returned empty to the United States free of duty, under regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury.
SEC. 8. That on and after the date of the passage of this act, tho