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the right to connect or cross with its tracks the tracks and railroad of any other company or person owning or operating a railway in the said Choctaw Nation. In case of failure to make amicable settlement with any such corporation or person for such crossing, such compensation shall be determined in the same manner as hereinbefore provided for determining the compensation for land and other property taken and damaged.
SEC. 6. That said railway company shall not charge the inhabitants Freight charges. of said nation a greater rate of freight than the rate authorized by the laws of the State of Arkansas for services or transportation of the same kind: Provided, That passenger rates on said railway shall not exceed three cents per mile. Congress hereby reserves the right to
Regulation, etc. regulate the charges for freight and passengers on said railway and messages on said telegraph and telephone lines until a State government or governments shali exist in said nation within the limits of which said railway or a part thereof shall be located, and then such State government or governments shall be authorized to fix and regulate the cost of transportation of persons and freights within their respective limits of said railway; but Congress expressly reserves the right to fix and regulate at all times the cost of such transportation by said railway or said company whenever such transportation shall extend from one State into another or shall extend into more than one State: Prorided, however, That the rate of such transportation of passengers, local or interstate, shall not exceed the rate above expressed: And prorided further, That said railway company shall carry the mail at such prices as Congress may by law provide; and until such rate is fixed by law the Postmaster-General may fix the rate of compensation. SEC. 7. That said railway company shall pay to the Secretary of the
Additional to Choo. Interior, for the benefit of the Choctaw Nation, the sum of fifty dollars, in addition to the compensation provided for in this Act, for property taken and damages done to individual occupants by the construction of the railway, for each mile of railway that it may construct in said pation, said payments to be made in installments of five hundred dollars as each ten miles of road is graded: Provided, That if the general Appeal to Secretary
Provisos. council of the Choctaw Nation, within four months after the filing of of the Interior. maps of definite location, as hereinafter set forth, dissents from the allowance hereinbefore provided for, and shall certify the same to the Secretary of the Interior, then all compensation to be paid to said pation under the provisions of this Act shall be determined as provided in section three for the determination of the compensation to be paid to the individual occupant of lands, with the right of appeal to the courts upon the same terms, conditions, and requirements as therein provided: Provided further, That the amount awarded or adjudged to
of compensation. be paid by said railway company for said dissenting nation shall be in lieu of the compensation said nation would be entitled to receive under the foregoing provision. Said company shall also pay, so long as said Territory is owned and occupied by the Choctaw Indians, to the Secretary of the Interior the sum of fifteen dollars per annum for each mile of railway it shall construct in the said nation. The money paid to the Secretary of the Interior under the provisions of this Act shall be disbursed by him in accordance with the laws and treaties now in force within said nation: Provided, That Congress shall have the right, so long as said lands are occupied and possessed by said nation, to impose such additional taxes upon said railway as it may deem just and proper for the benefit of said nation, and any Territory or State hereafter forined through which said railway shall have been established may exercise the like power as to such part of said railway as may lie within its limits. Said railway company shall have the right to survey and
Surveys. locate its railway immediately after the passage of this Act.
SEC. 8. That said company shall cause maps showing the route of its Maps. located lines through said nation to be filed in the office of the Secre. tary of the Interior, and also to be filed in the office of the principal chief of the said nation; and after the filing of said maps no claim for
Award to be in lieu
a subsequent settlement and improvement upon the right of way shown Proviso.
by said maps shall be valid as against said company: Provided, That Construction.
a map showing the entire line of the road in the Indian Territory shall be filed with and approved by the Secretary of the Interior before the
construction of the same shall be commenced. Employees may re- SEC. 9. That the officers, servants, and employees of said company side on right of way.
necessary to the construction and management of said railroad shall be allowed to reside, while so engaged, upon such right of way, but subject to the provisions of the Indian intercourse laws and such rules and regulations as may be established by the Secretary of the Interior in
accordance with said intercourse laws. Construction. SEC. 10. That said railway company shall build at least seventy-five
miles of its railway in said nation within three years after the passage of this Act, or the rights herein granted shall be forfeited as to that portion not built; that said railway company shall construct and maintain continually all roa is and highway crossings and necessary bridges over said railway wherever said roads and highways do now or may hereafter cross said railway's right of way or may be by the proper
authorities laid out across the same. Condition of accept- SEC. 11. That the said Arkansas and Choctaw Railway Company
shall accept this right of way upon the express condition, binding upon itself, its successors and assigns, that they will neither aid, advise, nor assist any effort looking toward the changing or extinguishing the present tenure of the Choctaw Indians in their land, and will not attempt to secure from the Choctaw Nation any further grant of land or its
occupancy than is hereinbefore provided: Provided, That any violation Violation to forfeit.
of the condition mentioned in this section shall operate as a forfeiture of
all the rights and privileges of said railway company under this Act. Record of mort. SEC. 12. That all mortgages, deeds of trust, and other conveyances
executed by said railway company, conveying any portion of its railroad, telegraph and telephone lines, with its franchises, that may be constructed in said Choctaw Nation shall be recorded in the Department of the Interior, and the record thereof shall be evidence and tice of their execution and shall convey all rights and property of said com
pany as therein expressed. Amendment, etc.
SEC. 13. That Congress may at any time amend, add to, alter, or
repeal this Act. Not assignable prior
SEC. 14. That the right of way herein and hereby granted shall not to construction,
be assigned or transferred in any form whatever prior to the construction and completion of the road except as to mortgages or other liens that may be given or secured thereon to aid in the construction thereof.
Received by the President, February 12, 1896.
XOTE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE.-The foregoing act having been presented to the President of the United States for his approval, and not having been returned by him to the house of Congress in which it originated within the time prescribed by the Constitution of the United States, has become a law without his approval.]
Yankton tion, S. Dak.
February 26, 1896.
CHAP. 31.-An Act Granting leave of absence for one year to homestead settlers upon the Yankton Indian Reservation, in the State of South Dakota, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Reserva- States of America in Congress assembled, That all settlers who made setHomestead settlers tlement under the homestead laws upon lands in the Yankton Indian granted leave of ab. Reservation, in the State of South Dakota, during the year eighteen
hundred and ninety-five are hereby granted leave of absence from such homestead for one year from and after the date of this Act, and that
by such absence such homestead settler shall not lose por forfeit any Proviso.
right whatever: Provided, That the settler shall not receive credit upon No credit for time the period of actual residence required by law for the time he is absent SEC. 2. That any such homestead settler may avail himself of the Notice. benefits of this Act by filing a notice with the local land office describing his land and date of settlement thereon, which notice shall be signed by the settler and attested by the register of the land office.
Time for final proof, SEC. 3. That the time for making final proof and payment for all lands
etc., in South Dakota located under the homestead laws of the United States upon any lands extended one year. of any former Indian reservation in the State of South Dakota, be, and the same is hereby, extended for the period of one year from the time proof and payment would become due under existing laws.
Approved, February 26, 1896.
Sales of lands eur
CHAP. 32.-An Act To amend an Act entitled "An Act for the relief and civiliza
February 26, 1896. tion of the Chippewa Indians in the State of Minnesota.”
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the fifth section of the Chippewa Indians Act of Congress passed January fourteenth, eighteen hundred and Sale of pine lands. eighty-nine, providing for the relief and civilization of the Chippewa Vol. 25, p. 614. Indians in the State of Minnesota, be, and the same is, amended so far as the same relates to the White Earth and Red Lake reservations, and as to the other reservations mentioned in said Act whenever all the ailotments of land in severalty shall have been made to the Indians of each reservation, respectively, therein provided, so as to read as follows: “SEC. 5. That whenever, and as often as the survey, examination,
veyed. and appraisal of one hundred thousand acres of said pine lands, or of a less quantity, in the discretion of the Secretary of the Interior, have been made, the portion so surveyed, examined, and appraised shall be proclaimed as in market and offered for sale in the following manner: The Commissioner of the General Land Office, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, shall cause notices to be inserted once in each week, for four consecutive weeks, in one newspaper of general circulation published in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth, Stillwater, Taylors Falls, Fosston, Saint Cloud, Brainerd, Crookston, and Thief River Falls, Minnesota; Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts, of the sale of said land at public auction to the highest bid- Auction sale. der for cash at the local land office of the district within which said lands are located, said notice to state the time and place and terms of such sale. At such sale said lands shall be offered in forty-acre parcels, except in case of fractions containing either more or less than forty acres, which shall be sold entire. In no event shall any parcel be sold for a less sum than its appraised value. The residue of such lands remaining unsold after such public offering shall thereafter be subject to private sale for cash at the appraised value of the same, upon appli- Private sale. cation at the local land office: Provided, That sections numbered six- Proviso. teen and thirty-six in each township so surveyed shall not be sold until the claim of the State of Minnesota to the ownership of said sections as part of the school lands of said State, shall have been determined.”
Approved, February 26, 1896.
CHAP. 33.-An Act Making appropriations to supply urgent deficiencies in the appropriations for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety- February 26, 1896. six, and for prior years, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, Urgent deficiencies and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury appropriations.
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not otherwise appropriated, to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the fiscal year eighteen hundred and ninety-six, and for other objects hereinafter stated, namely:
OFFICE OF PUBLIC PRINTER.
H. L. Strawn.
To pay H. L. Strawn for services rendered by him as inspector of paper and material in the Government Printing Office from March seventeenth to June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-five, five hundred and eighty-three dollars and thirty-three cents.
Public printing and
PUBLIC PRINTING AND BINDING. binding.
For printing and binding, to be executed under the direction of the
Public Printer, as follows: Department of Jus. For the Department of Justice, three thousand dollars. For the Geological Survey. United States Geological Survey, namely: For printing advance copies Vol. 28, p. 960. of papers on the economic resources of the United States, as provided
in the sundry civil Act of March second, eighteen hundred and ninety
five, four thousand dollars. For printing five hundred thousand copies Agricultural Ro. of Part two, of the Annual Report of the Secretary of Agriculture for Vol. 28, p. 612.
the year eighteen hundred and ninety-five, as required by section seventythree of the Act entitled, “An Act providing for the public printing and binding and the distribution of public documents,” approved January twelfth, eighteen hundred and ninety-five, three hundred thousand dollars.
International Bound- To enable the International Boundary Commission, appointed under ary Commission, Mex. ican.
the conventions of July twenty-ninth, eighteen hundred and eighty-two, Vol
. 22, p. 986; Vol. and February eighteenth, eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, to complete 26, p. 1493.
the survey and re-marking of the boundary between the United States Preparation of re- and Mexico by the preparation of the manuscripts, including tables and port, etc.
results, for the joint report, together with a map of the survey covering a belt of territory two and one-half miles wide on the American side of the boundary, to be incorporated with a similar map of the Mexican territory prepared by the Mexican section of the Commission; also the preparation of the special reports of the American section, including astronomical and geodetic tables and results, and a geographical map, a work requiring the employment of expert draftsmen, a clerk, the rent of an office, and the expenses of the Commissioners, twenty thousand
dollars. Tokyo, Japan. For the purchase, subject to a ground rent of not exceeding two
Purchase of legation hundred dollars per annum, from the Imperial Japanese Government buildings.
of the present building and site occupied by the United States legation at Tokyo, sixteen thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be
necessary. Transportation of For payment of cost of transportation furnished by certain railway negro colonists.
companies in connection with the failure of the scheme for the colonization of negroes in Mexico, necessitating their return to their homes in Alabama, as reported to Congress at its present session by the Presi. dent in House Document Numbered One hundred and sixty-nine, five thousand and eighty-seven dollars and nine cents.
The Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized and directed to Salary as minister.
pay to Matt W. Ransom, out of the appropriation for “Salaries of ambassadors and ministers," eighteen hundred and ninety-six, the sum of two thousand eight hundred and six dollars and forty-eight cents, being the amount of the salary of the minister to Mexico from July first, to August twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and ninety-five, during which period he performed the duties of minister to Mexico and has received no compensation therefor.
Matt W. Ransom.
ment. To enable the Secretary of the Treasury to employ temporarily in the Export money Treasury Department, under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe, not exceeding twenty-five expert money counters, at a rate not exceeding sixty dollars per month each, seven thousand five hundred dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary. For purchase of horses and wagons, for office and mail service, to be
Horses and wagons. used only for official purposes, care and subsistence of horses, including shoeing, and of wagons, harness, and repairs of the same, one thousand dollars.
CUSTOM-HOUSE BUILDING, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: The Secretary of Chicago, III. the Treasury is authorized to cause such furniture and records used by porary building:
Furniture, etc., temthe Government officials in the custom-house building in Chicago, Illinois, as may be necessary, to be removed to rented quarters; and for necessary expenses of such removal, for altering and fitting old counters, screens, and cases, so that they may be utilized in the rooms to which they are to be transferred, and for any additional furniture that may be necessary, he is authorized to expend not exceeding three thousand five hundred dollars of the appropriation for furniture and repairs of furniture for public buildings made in the Sundry Civil
Vol. 28, p. 930. Appropriation Act for the fiscal year eighteen hundred and ninety-six.
CONTINGENT EXPENSES, INDEPENDENT TREASURY: For contingent Contingent 6x expenses under the requirements of section thirty-six hundred and penses.
R. S., sec. 3653, p. fifty-three of the Revised Statutes of the United States, for the collec- 719. tion, safe-keeping, transfer, and disbursement of the public money, and for transportation of notes, bonds, and other securities of the United States, one hundred thousand dollars.
TRANSPORTATION OF SILVER COIN: For transportation of silver coin, Transporting silver including fractional silver coin, by registered mail or otherwise, forty coin. five thousand dollars; and in expending this sum the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and directed to transport from the Treasury or subtreasuries, free of charge, silver coin when requested to do so: Pro- Proviso,
Deposit. rided, That an equal amount in coin or currency shall have been deposited in the Treasury or such subtreasuries by the applicant or applicants. And the Secretary of the Treasury shall report to Congress the cost arising under this appropriation.
To pay amounts found due by the accounting officers of the Treasury on account of the appropriation for transportation of silver coin, for the fiscal year eighteen hundred and ninety-five, eleven thousand one hundred and forty-three dollars and five cents.
RECOINAGE OF SILVER COINS: For recoinage of the uncurrent frac- Recoinage of silver tional silver coins in the Treasury, to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. MEDALS AND DIPLOMAS, WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION: To
Exposition. supply a deficiency in the appropriation for medals and diplomas, Esleditis and diplo
. World's Columbian Exposition, provided by the Act of August fifth, mas.
Vol. 27, pp. 389, 587. eighteen hundred and ninety-two, as amended by the sundry civil act
Post, p. 466.
For payment of the rental of a building for the division of awards,
For the entire compensation of George R. Davis, Director-General of Georgo R. Davis. the World's Columbian Exposition, in the work of preparing his final
Expenses. report, and for all sums expended or paid out by him upon such work, and for any sums due under agreements or contracts for assistants for such work, such sum to be in full for all claims therefor, eighteen thousand and six dollars and ten cents: Provided, That the original
Bureau of awards.