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Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of Secretary of the the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized to purchase, ized to purchase at any time before the period herein limited for the redemp- such stock in cer. tion of the stock hereby created, such portion thereof at the market price, not below par, as the funds of the government may admit of, after meeting all the demands on the treasury; and any surplus that hereafter may be in the treasury is hereby appropriated to that object. Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the Report to be
made to Congress duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to report to Congress, at of proceedings the commencement of the next session, the amount of money borrowed under this act, and of whom, and on what terms it shall have been obtained, with an abstract or brief statement of all the proposals submitted for the same, distinguishing be. tween those accepted and those rejected, with a detailed statement of the expense of making such loans.
Approved March 31, 1848. .
under this act.
CHAP. 27.-AN ACT to provide for the compensation of Samuel Leech, for
services in the investigation of suspended sales in the Mineral Point district, Wisconsin.
(Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as. sembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is $580 to be paid hereby, authorized to pay, out of any money in the treasury services performnot otherwise appropriated, to Samuel Leech, the sum of five ed by him under hundred and fifty dollars, in full compensation for services General Land Of. performed by him pursuant to instructions from the General Land Office, in taking testimony at Mineral Point, Wisconsin, during the past year; and for making a report in the cases of entry in that land district, in which patents have been withheld, on account of alleged frauds in making said , entries.
Approved April 4, 1848.
CHAP. 28--AN ACT to change the location of certain light-houses and buoys.
Location of cer
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as. sembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby author- tain light-houses
and buoys chang. ized and directed to change the location of the following ed. named light-houses, directed to be built by the act of the last session, to wit: From Telless point, on the Hudson river, to Tarrytown point, on said river, from Galveston island to Bol. ivar point; from Long Island, in Savannah river, to the knoll connected with Cockspur island, in the said river; and that the Secretary of the Treasury be authorized to substitute a dumb beacon, instead of a light house, if he shall deem it best
for the public interest, from Santee river to the outer point of Bull's island, at the entrance of Bull's bay; and that the buoy authorized by the said act to be placed at the entrance of Bull's bay shall be placed at such point as the collector of the port of Charleston, South Carolina, shall direct.
Approved April 8, 1848.
CHAP. 29.-AN ACT granting a pension to Patrick Walker.
A pension of
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre
sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as$40 per month sembled, That there be allowed and paid Patrick Walker, a the pension he soldier of the first regiment of artillery in the war with Mex
ico, a pension at the rate of forty dollars per month, in lieu of the pension he now receives, to commence on the twentyeighth of October last, and to continue for one year; the said Walker having lost his right arm, and nearly the whole of his left hand, by a cannon-ball, in the action at Churubusco, on the twentieth of August, eighteen hundred and fortyseven.
Approved April 8, 1848.
CHAP. 30.-AN ACT for the relief of the legal representatives of George
Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as
sembled, That the Second Auditor of the Treasury of the The Second Au. United States be, and he is hereby, authorized and required and adjust their to examine and adjust the claims of the legal representatives ples of equity and of George Fisher, deceased, on principles of equity and jus
tice, and having due regard to the proofs, for the value of property taken or destroyed by the troops of the United States
engaged in suppressing Indian hostilities in the year eighteen Amount found hundred and thirteen; and that the said legal representatives be due to be paid paid for the same out of any money in the treasury not other
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if it shall be by Undia troops found impracticable for the claimants to furnish distinct proof spectively, to be as to the specific quantity of property respectively taken or such manner u destroyed by the troops and by the Indians, it shall be law. full indemnity for ful for the said accounting officer to apportion the losses losses.cused by caused by said troops and Indians respectively, in such manner said troops.
as from the proofs he may think just and equitable, so as to afford a fair and full indemnity for all losses and injuries oc.
casioned by said troops, and allow the claimants accordingly: [Proviso-prop: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall authorize any Indians not to be payment for property destroyed by Indians. paid for.
Approved April 12, 1848.
CHAP. 31.-AN ACT for the relief of Peter Engels, senior.
(Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre. sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as
A pension for
disability sembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, granted. directed to place the name of Peter Engels, senior, on the pension roll, and to allow and pay him a pension for a total disability during his natural life, to commence on the fifteenth day of December, eighteen hundred and forty-five.
Approved April 12, 1848.
CHAP. 32.—AN ACT relating to the collection district of New Orleans, and
for other purposes.
[Sec. 1.) Be it cnacted by the Senate and House of Repre. sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as. City of Lafay. sembled, That from and after the passage of this act, the altero e torbe city of Lafayette, in the State of Louisiana, shall be added New Orleans. to and included in the port of entry of New Orleans; and that the office of surveyor for the city of Lafayette be, and is hereby, abolished.
Approved April 14, 1948.
CHAP. 33.-AN ACT to authorize the issuing of a register to the brig Pal
[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represenlatives of the United States of America in Congress as
A register to be sembled, That there be issued, under the direction of the issued. Secretary of the Treasury, a register for the brig Palmetto, formerly a vessel called the Roger Bontemps, but now owned by Moses D. Hyams, S. B. Barnard, James Vidal, and A. H. Abraham, of the State of South Carolina; and which said vessel, having been condemned at Charleston, in said State, in consequence of injuries sustained at sea, was purchased by them, and which they have repaired and refitted for sea again : Provided, It shall be proved to the satisfaction of the Proviso. Secretary of the Treasury that the cost of the repairs made in the United States, after the purchase of the said vessel by the present owners, exceeds three-fourths of the original cost of building a vessel of the same tonnage in the United States.
Approved April 19, 1848.
CHAP. 34.-AN ACT to change the name of Photius Kavasales to that of
(Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre.
sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asPhotius Kava. sembled, That Photius Kavasales, a chaplain in the navy of
take the United States, of the District of Columbia, be, and he is
hereby, authorized, from and after the passage of this act, to take and use the name of Photius Fisk; and that the name of said Photius Kavasales be hereafter Photius Fisk; by which name all acts and engagements done or made by him may be enforced, and have the same effect and operation in law, as if his name had originally been Photius Fisk.
Approved May 3, 1848.
CHAP. 35.–AN ACT authorizing a term of the United States circuit and
district courts at Chicago, Illinois.
[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of RepCourts of the resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asthe State of mbi. sembled, That a term of the circuit and district courts of the nois to be here: United States for the State of Illinois shall hereafter be held at cago on first Mon the city of Chicago, on the first Monday of July in each year. day of July, annually.
Approved May 9, 1848.
CHAP. 36.-AN ACT in addition to an act therein mentioned.
Whereas, by a certain act approved March second, eighteen * See vol. 7, p. hundred and twenty-seven,* there was granted to the State of
Indiana, to aid in constructing the Wabash and Erie canal, "a quantity of land equal to one-half of five sections wide on each side of said canal;” and whereas, by an act approved February twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and forty-one, there was confirmed to said State the lands selected under said grant for that part of said canal between the mouth of Tippecanoe river and Terre Haute, and license was given to said State to select other lands subject to private entry, or
such part of said selection as was holden against the State by See vol. 10, p. the legal incumbrance or title of others ;t which last selections
have never been made and completed: Therefore,
[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep
resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asState of Indiana authorized to se sembled, That the State of Indiana be, and is hereby, author. quantity of vacant
ized to select out of any of the public land in said State subject to private entry, a quantity of land which, together with the land already received and holden by said State for the construction of the said Wabash and Erie canal, will make the full amount equal to one-half of five sections in width on
each side of said canal: Provided, nevertheless, That no seProviso.
lection shall be made of any land but such as was subject to private entry on the first day of April, anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight.
Approved May 9, 1848.
CHAP. 37.-AN ACT for the relief of Christopher Cunningham.
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, placed on the list directed to place the name of Christopher Cunningham, now sioners. resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, on the list of invalid pensioners; and that the said Cunningham receive a pension at the rate of eight dollars a month, to commence from and after the passage of this act.
Approved May 9, 1948.
CHAP. 38.-AN ACT for the relief of Mrs. Harriet Barney.
[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the pension heretofore allowed Harriet Bar. God for five years ney, and which expired on the first day of December, eighteen ber, 1943. hundred and forty three, shall be, and the same is hereby, renewed for five years, to be computed from and after the first day of December, one thousand eight hundred and fortythree.
Approved May 9, 1848.
CHAP. 39.--AN ACT for the relief of John Black, late consul of the United
States at the city of Mexico.
(Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as. To be paid for
diplomatic sembled, That there be paid to John Black, late consul of the services in Mexi. United States at the city of Mexico, the rate of compensation comensalida allowed by law to a chargé d'affaires of the United States, for allowed by law to his diplomatic services to the United States in Mexico during the suspension of diplomatic intercourse between Mexico and the United States, from the tenth of May, eighteen hundred and forty five, to the third day of April, eighteen hundred and forty-seven, inclusive, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That there be paid as such
Also to be paid aforesaid, to the aforesaid John Black, such additional sum sum as may be found due by the proper accounting officers of the traordinary treasury, to cover his extraordinary expenditures incurred by Ped by hin.
as may be found due for ex