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count with chief coiner.

Proviso.

1837. of the treasurer and assayer, and so secured that neither can

have access to its contents without the presence of the other. Disposition of clippings, &c.

SECTION 28. And be it further enacted, That the chief coiner shall, from time to time, deliver to the treasurer the clippings and other portions of bullion remaining after the process of coining, and that the treasurer shall keep a careful record of their

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SECTION 29. And be it further enacted, That in the treasurer's account with the chief coiner, the chief coiner shall be de. bited with the amount in weight of standard metal of all the bullion placed in his hands, and credited with the amount, also by weight, of all the coins, clippings, and other bullion delivered by him to the treasurer; and that once at least in every year, at such time as the director shall appoint, the chief coiner shall de

liver to the treasurer all the coins and bullion in his possession, Allowance forne so that his accounts may be settled up to that time; and, in this

settlement, he shall be entitled to a credit for the difference between the whole amount of the ingots delivered to him, and of the coins and bullion received from him, since the last settlement, as an allowance for necessary waste : Provided, That this allowance shall not exceed two thousandths of the whole amount of the silver, or one and one-half thousandth of the whole amount

of the gold, that had been delivered to him by the treasurer. Payment for bul.

SECTION 30. And he it further enacted, That when the coins lion deposited to be coined. which are the equivalent to any deposite of bullion are ready

for delivery they shall be paid over to the depositor, or his order, by the treasurer, on a warrant from the director; and the payment shall be made, if demanded, in the order in which the bullion shall have been brought to the mint, giving priority according to priority of deposite only; and that in the denominations of coin delivered, the treasurer shall comply with the wishes of the depositor, unless when impracticable or inconvenient to do so; in which case, the denominations of coin shall be designated

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SECTION 31. And be it further enacted, That for the purlic money io be kept in the min pose of enabling the mint to make returns to depositors with Treasury.

as little delay as possible, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to keep in the said mint, when the state of the treasury will adınit thereof, a deposite of such amount of public money, or of bullion procured for the purpose, as he shall judge convenient and necessary, not exceeding one million of dollars, out of which those who bring bullion to the mint may be paid the value thereof, as soon as practicable aster this value has been ascertained ; that the bullion so deposited shall become the property of the United States; that no discount or interest shall be charged on moneys so advanced; and that the Secretary of the Treasury may at any time withdraw the said deposite, or any part thereof, or may, at his discretion, allow the coins formed

at the mint to be given for their equivalent in other money. Annual trial of Section 32. And be it further enacted, That to secure a due coins.

conformity in the gold and silver coins to their respective standarus and weights, an annual trial shall be made of the pieces re

by Secretary of

served for this purpose at the mint and its branches, before the 1837. judge of the district court of the United States, for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, the attorney of the United States for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, and the collector of the port of Philadelphia, and such other persons as the President shall from time to time, designate for that purpose, who shall meet as commissioners, for the performance of this duty, on the second Monday in February, annually, and may continue their meetings by adjournment, if necessary; and if a majority of the commissioners shall fail to attend at any time appointed for their meeting, then the director of the mint shall call a meeting of the commissioners at snch other time as he may deem convenient; and that before these commissioners, or a majority of them, and in the presence of the officers of the mint, such examination shall be made of the reserved pieces as shall be judged sufficient; and if it shall appear that these pieces do not differ from the standard fineness and weight by a greater quantity than is allowed by law, the trial shall be considered and reported as satisfactory; but if any greater deviation from the legal standard or weight shall appear, this fact shall be certified to the President of the United States, and if, on a view of the circumstances of the case, he shall so decide, the officer or officers implicated in the error shall be thenceforward disqualified from holding their respective offices. Section 33. And be it further enacted, That copper bullion Purchase of cop

per bullion. shall be purchased for the mint, from time to time, by the treasurer, under instructions from the director ; that the cost shall be paid from the fund hereinafter provided for; and that the copper bullion shall be of good quality, and in form of planchets fit for passing at once into the hands of the chief cojner.

SECTION 34. And be it further enacted, That the copper Coinago of copplanchets shall be delivered, from time to time, by the treasurer to the chief coiner, to be by him coined ; and all such copper shall be returned to the treasurer, by the chief coiner, weight for weight, without allowance for waste.

SECTION 35. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the Copper duty of the treasurer of the mint to deliver the copper coins, in changed for o exchange for their legal equivalent in other inoney, to any persons who shall apply for them: Provided., That the sum asked Proviso. for be not less than a certain amount, to be determined by the director, and that it be not so great as, in his judgment to interfere with the capacity of the mint to supply other applicants.

SECTION 36. And be it further enacted, That the copper Copper coins may, at the discretion of the director, be delivered in any expense of the of the principal cities and towns of the United States, at the cost mint. of the mint for transportation.

Section 37. And be it further enacted, That the money ré- Disposition of ceived by the treasurer in exchange for copper coins shall form me interesse geliyo

ed in exchango a fund in his hands, which shall be used to purchase copper planchets, and to pay the expense of transportation of copper coins; and that if there be a surplus, the same shall be appropriated to defray the contingent expenses of the mint.

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SECTION 38. And be it further enacted, That all acts or parts Former acts re- of acts heretofore passed, relating to the mint and coins of the pealed.

United States, which are inconsistent with the provisions of this act, be, and the same are hereby repealed.

Approved, January 18th, 1837.

CHAP.4. An ACT making appropriations for the payment of the revolutionary

and other pensioners of the United States, for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven.

(Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for the pensioners of the United States, for the year

one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven: Revolutionary pensioners &c.,

For the revolutionary pensioners, under the several acts, other $712500. than those of the fifteenth of May, one thousand eight hundred

and twenty-eight; the seventh of June, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two; and the fourth of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, seven hundred and twelve thousand five

hundred and sixty dollars : Invalid pension. For the invalid pensioners, under various laws, three hundred ere, $325,376.

and twenty-five thousand three hundred and seventy-six dollars :

For pensions to widows and orphans, under the act of the phans,$552,000.

fourth of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, five hundred and fifty-two thousand dollars :

For pensions to widows and orphans, payable through the phans, $1,000. office of the Third Auditor, four thousand dollars.

Approved, January 18th, 1837.

Widows and or

Widows and or

CHAP.5. An ACT to provide for the payment of horses and other property lost

or destroyed in the military service of the United States.

horses lost.

[SEC. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represen

tatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Officers and oth: That any field, or staff, or other officer, mounted militiaman, the value of volunteer, ranger, or cavalry, engaged in the military service of

the United States since the eighteenth of June, eighteen hundred and twelve, or who shall hereafter be in said service, and has sustained or shall sustain damage, without any fault or negligence on his part, while in said service, by the loss of a horse in battle or by the loss of a horse wounded in battle, and which has died or shall die of said wound ,or being so wounded shall be abandoned by order of his officer and lost; or shall sustain damage by the loss of any horse by death, or abandonment, in consequence of the United States failing to supply sufficient forage, or because the rider was dismounted and separated from his horse, and ordered to do duty on foot at a station detached from his horse; or when the officer in the immediate command ordered

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or shall order the horse turned out to graze in the woods, prairies, 1837. or commons, because the United States failed or shall fail to supply sufficient forage, and the loss was or shall be consequent thereof; or for the loss of necessary equipage, in consequence of the loss of his horse as aforesaid, shall be allowed and paid the value thereof: Provided, That if any payment has been, or shall proviso. be, made to any one aforesaid, for the use and risk, or for forage after the death, loss or abandonment of his horse, said payment shall be deducted from the value thereof, unless he satisfied or shall satisfy the paymaster at the time he made or shall make the payment, or thereafter show, by proof, that he was remounted, in which case the deduction shall only extend to the time he was on foot : And provided, also, If any payment shall have further proviso. been, or shall hereafter be, made to any person above mentioned, on account of clothing, to which he was not entitled by law, such payment shall be deducted from the value of his horse or accoutrements.

SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That any person who, Volunteers in the said military service as a volunteer, or draughted militiaman, damen to be allo furnished or shall furnish himself with arms and military accou- lowed for arms, trements, and sustained or shall sustain damage by the capture or destruction of the same, without any fault or negligence on his part, or who lost or shall lose the same by reason of his being wounded in the service, shall be allowed and paid the value thereof.

SECTION 3. And be it further enacted, That any person who Payment for hor sustained or shall sustain damage by the loss, capture, or desconhecim wa truction by an enemy, of any horse, mule or wagon, cart, boat, sleigh, or harness, while such property was in the military service of the United States, either by impressment, or contract, except in cases where the risk to which the property would be exposed was agreed to be incurred by the owner, if it shall appear that such loss, capture, or destruction, was without any fault or negligence on the part of the owner; and any person who, without any such fault or negligence, sustained or shall sustain damage by the death or abandonment and loss of any such horse, mule, or ox, while in the service aforesaid, in consequence of the failure on the part of the United States to furnish the same with sufficient forage, shall be allowed and paid the value thereof.

SECTION 4. And be it further enacted, That the claims pro- Claims to be ad. vided for under this act shall be adjusted by the Third Auditor, Auditor, under under such rules as shall be prescribed by the Secretary of War, rules prescribunder the direction or with the assent of the President of the or War, &c. United States ; as well in regard to the receipt of applications of claimants, as the species and degree of evidence, the manner in which such evidence shall be taken and authenticated, which rules shall be such as, in the opinion of the President, shall be best calculated to obtain the object of this act, paying a due regard, as well to the claims of individual justice as to the interests of the United States, which rules and regulations shall be pub- Roubliablece to be lished for four weeks in such newspapers in which the laws of the United States are published, as the Secretary of War shall direct.

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1837. SECTION 5. And be it further enacted, That in all adjudicaEntry of all ad. tions of said Auditor upon the claims above mentioned, whether judicatiocfai no such judgment be in favor of, or adverse to, the claim shall be ants to be paid entered in a book provided by him for that purpose, and under certified copies his direction; and when such judgment shall be in favor of

such claim, the claimant, or his legal representative, shall be entitled to the amount thereof upon the production of a copy thereof

certified by said Auditor at the Treasury of the United States. Payment for los Section 6. And be it further enacted, That in all instances to be made 10 where any minor has been, or shall be, engaged in the military parents or guar' service of the United States, and was or shall be provided with

a horse or equipments, or with military accoutrements, by his parent or guardian, and has died or shall die without paying for said property, and the same has been or shall be lost, captured, destroyed, or abandoned in the manner before mentioned, said parent or guardian shall be allowed pay therefor on making satisfactory proof as in other cases, and the further proof that he

is entitled thereto by having furnished the same. Persons SECTION 7. And be it further enacted, That in all instances be paid for where any person other than a minor, has been or shall be enproperty risk gaged in the military service aforesaid, and has been or shall be which has been provided with a horse or equipments, or with military accoutre

ments by any person, the owner thereof, who has risked or shall take the risk of such horse equipments or military accoutrements on himself, and the same has been or shall be lost, captured, destroyed, or abandoned in the manner before mentioned, such owner shall be allowed pay therefor, on making satisfactory proof as in other cases, and the further proof that he is entitled thereto, by having furnished the same, and having taken the risk on himself.

Section 8. -And be it further enacted, That the act passed ruary, 1833, and

Fune, 1834, on the nineteenth of February, eighteen hundred and thirty-three, repealed. entitled “An act for the payment of horses and arms lost in the

military service of the United States against the Indians on the frontier of Illinois and Michigan Territory," and an act passed on the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and thirty-four, entitled “ An act to provide for the payment of claims for property lost, captured or destroyed by the enemy, while in the military service of the United States, during the late war with the Indians on the frontier of Illinois and Michigan Territory,” be

and the same are hereby, repealed. Limitation ofact. SECTION 9. And be it further enacted, That this act shall

be and remain in force until the close of the next session of Congress.

Approved, January 18th, 1837.

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CHAP. 6. An ACT 10 admit the State of Michigan into the Union, upon an

equal footing with the original States. Whereas, in pursuance of the act of Congress of June the fifth

teenth, eighteen hundred and thirty-six, entitled "An act to

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