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PUBLIC ACTS OF THE FIFTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

OF THE

UNITED STATES

Passed at the first session, which was begun and held at the city of Washington, in the

District of Columbia, on Monday, the second day of December, 1895, and was adjourned irithout day on Thursday, the eleventh day of June, 1896.

GROVER CLEVELAND, President; ADLAI E. STEVENSON, Vice-President, and Presi.

dent of the Senate; ISHAM G. HARRIS, President of the Senate, pro tempore; on the seventh day of February, 1896, WILLIAM P. FRYE was elected President of the Sen. ate, pro tempore; THOMAS B. REED was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives on the second day of December, 1895.

December 21, 1895.

CHAP. 1.-An Act Making an appropriation for the expensos of a commission to investigate and report on the true divisional line between the Republic of Venezuela and British Guiana.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United

Venezuela-British States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of one hundred

Guiana boundary. thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, be, and the Appropriation for

cominission to report same is hereby appropriated, for the expenses of a commission to be

on. appointed by the President to investigate and report upon the true Post, p. 438. divisional line between the Republic of Venezuela and British Guiana.

Approved, December 21, 1895.

December 27, 1895.

CHAP. 2.-An Act To amend section twenty-six hundred and one of the Revised
Statutes relative to Ports of Entry.

Indiana and Illinois customs district.

R. S., sec. 2601, P. 514. amended.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section twenty-six hundred and one, Revised Statutes, be, and the same is hereby, amended so as to read as follows:

Section 2601. There shall be in the States of Indiana and Illinois one Collection District as follows:

The District of Chicago; to comprise the State of Illinois, and the Chicago district. waters and shores of Lake Michigan, within the State of Indiana; in which Chicago shall be the port of entry, and Waukegan and Michigan City ports of delivery: Prorided, That all present ports of delivery in the State of Illinois now a part of the New Orleans District, shall be delivery, few Orleans ports of delivery in the new District of Illinois and shall have all priv- district. ileges which they have under existing law: Provided further, That 608, amended. nothing in this Act shall be construed to repeal the provisions of the Act approved August seventh, eighteen hundred and eighty-two, which embraces East Saint Louis, Illinois, within the limits of the port of

Vol. 22, p. 349. Saint Louis, Missouri. Approved, December 27, 1895.

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January 4, 1896. CHAP. 3.-An Act Fixing the times for holding the Circuit and District Courts

of the Northern District of lowa, and of the Southern District of Iowa.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Lowa judicial dis. States of America in Congress assembled, That hereafter terms of the

R. S., secs. 572, 658, Circuit and District Courts of the United States shall be held in the pp. 99, 120. Vol. 27, p. 1.

several divisions of the Northern district of Iowa, as follows: Terms, northern dis. In the Cedar Rapids division at Cedar Rapids, on the first Tuesday

in April, and the second Tuesday in September.

In the Eastern division at Dubuque, on the fourth Tuesday in April, and the first Tuesday in December.

In the Western division at Sioux City, on the fourth Tuesday in May, and the first Tuesday in October.

In the Central division at Fort Dodge, on the second Tuesday in June,

and the second Tuesday in November. Terms, southern dis. Section 2. That hereafter terms of the Circuit and District Courts of trict.

the United States shall be held in the several divisions in the Southern district of Iowa, as follows:

In the Western division at Council Bluffs, on the second Tuesday in March, and the third Tuesday in September.

In the Eastern division at Keokuk, on the second Tuesday in April, and the Third Tuesday in October.

In the Central division at Des Moines, on the second Tuesday in May,

and the third Tuesday in November. Pending actions. Section 3. That no action, suit, proceeding, information, indictment,

recognizance, bail-bond, or other process, in any of said Courts, shall abate or be rendered invalid by reason of the change of time in the holding of the terms of said Courts, but the same shall be deemed to be returnable to, and pending and triable at, the terms provided for in this Act.

Approved, January 4, 1896.

January 6, 1896. CHAP. 4.-An Act To make Palm Beach, Florida, a subport of entry and

delivery.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Palm Beach, Fla. States of America in Congress assembled, That Palm Beach, in the State made subport of entry and delivery. of Florida, shall be and is hereby made a subport of entry and delivery,

and a customs officer, or such officers, shall be stationed at said subport with authority to enter and clear vessels, receive duties, fees and other moneys, and perform such other services and receive such compensation as in the judgment of the Secretary of the Treasury the exigencies of commerce may require.

Approved, January 6, 1896.

January 21, 1896.

CHAP. 5.-An Act To amend an Act entitled “An Act to provide a permanent system of bighways in that part of the District of Columbia lying outside of cities,” approved March second, eighteen hundred and ninety-three.

Be it enacted by the Senate and Ilouse of Representatives of the United District of Columbia. States of America in Congress assembled, That section seventeen of the

system of higl:ways.

Act approved March second, eighteen hundred and ninety-three, entiVol. 27, p. 537.

tled "An Act to provide a permanent system of highways in that part of the District of Columbia lying outside of cities,” be, and the same is

hereby, amended so as to read as follows: Court of appeals to SEC. 17. That said court in special term may certify to the court of decido.. questions, appeals of the District of Columbia for decision there, in the first appeals, etc.

instance, any question of law that shall arise during any proceedings in said court in special term under this Act. Any party aggrieved by the final order or decree of said court in special term fixing the amount

of damages, or the assessment for benefits as to any parcel of land,
may take an appeal to said court of appeals, and shall be entitled to a
bill of exceptions as in civil cases triable by jury, and said court of
appeals may affirm, reverse, or modify the order or decree appealed
from: Provided, That said court of appeals shall consider only ques- Provisos.

Limitation. tions of law arising on such appeal. From a final judgment of said

Appeals from final court in special term under this Act, distributing the damages among judgmeuts. contending claimants, any party aggrieved may in like manner take an appeal to the court of appeals, which court in such cases shall consider both questions of law and fact. Any appeal under this Act to the court of appeals shall be taken within twenty days after the making of the final order or decree appealed from, and not afterwards, and shall be subject to the laws and rules of court regulating appeals to said court of appeals. Cases arising under this Act shall have precedence in said court over all other cases, except criminal cases, and the decision of said court of appeals upon any question arising under this Act shall be final: Provided, That from any judgment or order of said Appeals to Supreme court of appeals involving any question as to the constitutionality of Couri. this Act or of any part thereof, any party aggrieved may, within thirty days after such judgment or order shall be entered, appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. Said court shall determine only Jurisdiction. the questions of constitutionality involved in the case, and shall have power to make such special rules and regulations applying to appeals under this Act as may be proper to bring such cases to a speedy hearing and determination.

Approved, January 21, 1896.

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Aransas Pass Har. bor.

CHAP. 6.--An Act For improving Aransas Pass.

January 21, 1896. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the time within which the Aransas Pass Harbor Company was required, by an Act entitled "An Time for completing Act to amend an Act of Congress, approved May twelfth, eighteen work extended

Vol. 26, p. 106; Vol. hundred and ninety, granting to the Aransas Pass Harbor Company 28, p. 26. the right to improve Aransas Pass,” to obtain the navigable depth of twenty feet over the outer bar therein mentioned is hereby extended until January twenty-second, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine.

Approved, January 21, 1896.

CHAP. 7.–An Act To provide an American register for the steamer Miami. January 22, 1896.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Commissioner of Nerito." Navigation is hereby authorized and directed to cause the foreign-built granted, and name steamer Nerito, owned by Charles W. Hogan, a citizen of the United changed to '* Miami.” States, to be registered as a vessel of the United States under the name of Miami.

SEC. 2. That the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized and Inspection. directed to cause the inspection of said vessel, steam boilers, steam pipes, and their appurtenances, and cause to be granted the usual certificate issued to steam vessels of the merchant marine without reference to the fact that said steam boilers, steam pipes, and appurtenances were not constructed pursuant to the laws of the United States, and were not constructed of iron stamped pursuant to said laws; and the tests in the inspection of said boilers, steam pipes, and appurtenances shall be the same in all respects as to strength and safety as are required in the inspection of boilers constructed in the United States for marine purposes.

Approved, January 22, 1896.

January 23, 1896. CHAP. 8.-An Act To amend an Act entitled "An Act to amend an Act entitled

‘An Act to forfeit certain lands heretofore granted for the purpose of aiding in the construction of railroads, and for other purposes,'approved September twenty-ninth, eighteen hundred and ninety, and the several Acte amendatory thereof."

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United

States of America in Congress assembled, That “An Act to amend an Forfeited land Act entitled 'An Act to forfeit certain lands heretofore granted for the grants.

purpose of aiding in the construction of railroads, and for other purVol. 26, p. 496.

poses,' approved September twenty-ninth, eighteen hundred and ninety, and the several Acts amendatory thereof,” approved December twelfth, eighteen hundred and ninety-three, be, and the same is hereby, amended

so as to read as follows: Right of settlers to " That section three of an Act entitled “An Act to forfeit certain lands purchase extended. Vol. 27, pp. 59, 427.

heretofore granted for the purpose of aiding in the construction of Vol. 28, p. 15. railroads, and for other purposes,' approved September twenty-ninth, Post, p. 535.

eighteen hundred and ninety, and the several Acts amendatory thereof, be, and the same is, amended so as to extend the time within which persons entitled to purchase lands forfeited by said Act shall be permitted to purchase the same, in the quantities and upon the terms

provided in said section, at any time prior to January first, eighteen Proviso.

hundred and ninety-seven: Provided, That actual residence upon the Actual residence not required.

lands by persons claiming the right to purchase the same shall not be required where such lands have been fenced, cultivated, or otherwise

improved by such claimants, and such persons shall be permitted to Limit to purchases. purchase two or more tracts of such lands by legal subdivisions, whether

contiguous or not, but not exceeding three hundred and twenty acres in the aggregate."

Approved, January 23, 1896.

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February 5, 1896. CHAP. 9.-An Act To reconvene the delegates of the United States to the Inter

national Marine Conference of eighteen hundred and eighty-nine.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United International Ma: States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of State is rine Conference to prevent collisions at sea.

hereby authorized to reconvene the delegates of the United States to Bricean vening au- the Washington International Marine Conference of eighteen hundred thorized.

Vol. 25, p. 243. and eighty-nine, whenever in his judgment it is expedient, for the further Post, p. 381.

consideration of rules to prevent collisions at sea and in the waters of

the United States. Appropriation. SEC. 2. That the sum of two thousand dollars, or so much thereof as

may be necessary, is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, for neces

sary expenses incurred under this Act. Report of expenses. SEC. 3. That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to trans

mit to Congress a detailed statement of expenditures incurred under this Act.

Approved, February 5, 1896.

February 7, 1896. CHAP. 10.-An Act To incorporate the Post Graduate School of Medicine of the

District of Columbia.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United District of Columbia. States of America in Congress assembled, That Henry L. E. Johnson, School of Medicine in. Edmund L. Tompkins, J. Foster Scott, William W. Johnston, Samuel corporated.

C. Busey, Charles W. Richardson, James Kerr, Middleton F. Cuthbert,
Edward M. Parker, G. Wythe Cook, G. Byrd Harrison, Samuel s.

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