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V. COMMERCIAL AGENCIES.
SCHEDULE C. Amoor River, Apia, Gaboon, Saint Paul de Loando, [Loanda,] including loss by exchange thereon, four hundred thousand dollars, and the salary of the consul at Guaymas shall be one thousand dollars per annum: Provided, That all moneys received for fees at any vice-consulates or consular agencies of the Uni. ted States, beyond the sum of one thousand dollars in any one year, and all moneys received by any consul or consul general from consular agencies or viceconsulates in excess of one thousand dollars in the aggregate from all such agencies or vice-consulates, shall be accounted for and paid into the treasury of the United States, and no greater sum than five hundred dollars shall be allowed for the expenses of any vice-consulate or consular agency for any one year: Provided, That hereafter the compensation of consuls whose annual salaries do not, under existing law, exceed one thousand five hundred dollars, and the fees collected at the consulates where they are located and paid into the treasury of the United States amount to three thousand dollars, shall be two thousand dollars per annum.
For interpreters to the consulates in China, including loss by exchange thereon, five thousand eight hundred dollars.
For expenses incurred, under instructions from the Secretary of State, in bringing home from foreign countries persons charged with crime, and expenses incident thereto, ten thousand dollars.
For salaries of the marshals for the consular courts in Japan, including that at Nagasaki, and in China, Siam, and Turkey, including loss by exchange thereon, nine thousand dollars.
For the salaries of the consuls at Osaca and Yeddo, Japan, whose salaries are hereby fixed at three thousand dollars each, six thousand dollars.
For rent of prisons for American convicts in Japan, China, Siam, and Turkey, and for wages of the keepers of the same, nine thousand dollars.
For salaries of ministers resident and consuls general to Hayti and Liberia, eleven thousand five hundred dollars.
For expenses under the act of Congress to carry into effect the treaty between the United States and her Britannic Majesty for the suppression of the African slave trade, twelve thousand five hundred dollars.
For expenses under the neutrality act, twenty thousand dollars.
For the payment of the fourth annual instalment of the proportion contributed by the United States towards the capitalization of the Scheldt dues, to fulfil the stipulations contained in the fourth article of the convention between the United States and Belgium of the twentieth of May, eighteen bundred and sixty-three, the sum of fifty-five thousand five hundred and eighty-four dollars in coin, and such further sum as may be necessary to carry out the stipulation of the convention providing for payment of interest on the said sum and on the portion of the principal remaining unpaid.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That any officer of the army or navy of the United States who shall, after the passage of this act, accept or hold any appointment in the diplomatic or consular service of the government, shall be considered as having resigned his said office, and the place held by him in the military or naval service shall be deemed and taken to be vacant, and shall be. filled in the same manner as if the said officer had resigned the same.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That no diplomatic or consular officer shall receive salary for the time during which he may be absent from his post by leave or otherwise, if such absence shall exceed sixty days in any one year.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the act entitled "An act to encourage immigration,” approved July fourth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.
Approved, March 30, 1868.
(PUBLIC_No. 31.) AN ACT to exempt certain manufactures from internal tax, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That sections ninety-four and ninetyfive of the act entitled “ An act to provide internal revenue to support the government, to pay interest on the public debt, and for other purposes," approved June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, and all acts and parts of acts amendatory of said sections, be, and the same are hereby, repealed, except only so much of the said sections and amendments thereto as relates to the taxes imposed thereby on gas made of coal wholly or in part, or of any other material; on illuminating, lubricating, or other mineral oils or articles the products of the distillation, redistillation, or refining of crude petroleum, or of a single distillation of coal, shale, peat, asphaltum, or other bituminous substances, on wines therein described, and on snuff and all the other manufactures of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, and cheroots : Provided, That the products of petroleum and bituminous substances hereinbefore mentioned, except illuminating gas, shall, from and after the passage of this act, be taxed at one-half the rates fixed by the said section ninety-four.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this act contained shall be construed to repeal or interfere with any law, regulation, or provision for the assessment or collection of any tax which, under existing laws, may accrue before the first day of April
, anno Domini eighteen hundred and sixty-eight. And nothing herein contained shall be construed as a repeal of any tax upon machinery or other articles which have been or may be delivered on contracts made with the United States prior to the passage of this act.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That after the first day of June next, no drawback of internal taxes paid on manufactures shall be allowed on the exportation of
any article of domestic manufacture on which there is no internal tax at the time of exportation; nor shall such drawback be allowed in any case unless it shall be proved by sworn evidence in writing, to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, that the tax had been paid, and that such articles of manufacture were, prior to the first day of April, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, actually purchased or actually manufactured and contracted for, to be delivered for such exportation; and no claim for such drawback, or for any drawback of internal tax on exportations made prior to the passage of this act, shall be paid unless presented to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue before the first day of October, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That every person, firm, or corporation who shall manufacture by hand or machinery any goods, wares, or merchandise, (breadstuffs and unmanufactured lumber excepted,) not otherwise specifically taxed as such, or who shall be engaged in the manufacture or preparation for sale of any articles or compounds not otherwise specifically taxed, or shall put up for sale in packages with his own name or trade mark thereon any
articles or compound not otherwise specifically taxed, and whose annual sales exceed five thousand dollars, shall pay for every additional thousand dollars in excess of five thousand dollars, two dollars, and the amount of sales in excess of the rate of five thousand dollars per annum shall be returned quarter-yearly to the assistant assessor, and the tax on the excess of five thousand dođars shall be assessed by the assessor and paid quarter-yearly in the months of January, April, July, and October of each year, as other taxes are assessed and paid. And the first assessment herein provided for shall be made in the month of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, for the three months then next preceding.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That every person engaged in carrying on the business of a distiller who shall defraud or attempt to defraud the United States of the tax on the spirits distilled by him, or any part thereof, shall for
feit the distillery and distilling apparatus used by him, and all distilled spirits and all raw materials for the production of distilled spirits found in the distillery and on the distillery premises, and shall, on conviction, be fined not less than five hundred dollars, nor more than five thousand dollars, and be imprisoned not less than six months, nor more than three years.
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That if any officer or agent appointed and acting under the authority of any revenue law of the United States shall be guilty of gross neglect in the discharge of any of the duties of his office, or shall conspire or collude with any other person to defraud the United States, or shall make opportunity for any person to defraud the United States, or shall do, or omit to do, any act with intent to enable any other person to defraud the United States, or shall make or sign any false certificate or return in any case where he is by law or regulation required to make a certificate or return, or having knowledge or information of the violation of any revenue law by any person, or of fraud committed by any person against the United States under any revenue law of the United States, shall fail to report, in writing, such knowledge or information to his next superior officer, and to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, he shall, on conviction, be fined not less than one thousand dollars, nor more than five thousand dollars, and shall be imprisoned not less than six months, nor more than three years.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That no compromise, or discontinuance, or nolle prosequi of any prosecution under this act shall be allowed without the permission in writing of the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General.
Approved, March 31, 1868.
[PUBLIC-No. 32.] AN ACT making appropriations for the expenses of the trial of the impeachment of Andrew
Johnson and other contingent expenses of the Senate for the year ending June thirty, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, 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, and the same are hereby, appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated for the payment of the expenses of the trial of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, and other contingent expenses of the Senate of the United States for the year ending June thirty, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight:
For expenses of the trial of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, ten thousand dollars.
For miscellaneous items, forty thousand dollars.
For deficiency in the appropriation for the payment of the Capitol police, and for additional policemen and incidental expenses thereof, seventeen thousand dollars.
For deficiency in the appropriation for the payment of additional messengers, fifteen thousand dollars.
Approved, May 19, 1868.
[Public-No. 33.] AN ACT to grant the right of way to the Whitehall and Plattsburgh Railroad Company.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Whitehall and Plattsburgh Railroad Company, be, and is hereby, authorized to locate, construct, and operate its rail
road across the land belonging to the United States at Plattsburgh, in the State of New York, upon a line commencing in the highway leading from Plattsbnrgh to Peru, at a point one hundred feet north from the north line of the enclosure surrounding the government buildings, running thence in a northeasterly direction about sixteen hundred feet to the bank of Lake Champlain, thence northwardly along the bank of said lake to the north line of the land belonging to the United States, such line of said road being designated on a map of survey of the same, made by James P. Campbell, and now on file in the office of the Secretary of War: Provided, That the right of way herein granted shall be subject to such restrictions as the Secretary of War may think necessary to protect the interests of the United States : And provided further, That no more than four rods in width of the government land shall be occupied under the provisions of this act.
Approved, May 20, 1868.
[PUBLIC—No. 34.] AN ACT to extend the charter of Washington city, also to regulate the selection of officers,
and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That an act entitled “An act to continue, alter, and amend the charter of the city of Washington," approved May seventeenth, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, and the several amendments thereof now in force, are hereby continued in force for the term of one year from the date hereof, or until Congress shall by law determine otherwise. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the mayor
of the city of Washington, District of Columbia, the board of aldermen, and the board of common council thereof, to assemble in joint convention at the city hall in said city on the first Tuesday of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, and proceed to select by ballot all officers whose appointments, upon the nomination of the mayor, are now authorized by the charter, or by any law of the United States, or act or ordinance of said city, or which may hereafter be authorized thereby, who shall hold their offices respectively for one year, and until a successor is appointed ; and on the same day of the month in each year thereafter the joint convention shall proceed to a new selection : Provided, That no person shall be regarded as incompetent to hold any of said offices, or be disqualified therefor, who is a qualified elector in said District.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That in all meetings of the mayor of the city of Washington and of the boards of aldermen and common council for the purposes mentioned in the second section of this act, the mayor or the president of either of said boards shall preside, and the secretaries of said boards shall act as tellers, and keep a record of the proceedings, and the mayor, or any member of either of said boards may nominate one or more persons for the offices required to be filled, and the person having the highest number of votes shall be publicly declared selected, and a certificate of his election shall within five days be made out and be signed by the presiding officer and secretaries, and be transmitted to the person
selected, who shall within ten days thereafter enter on the discharge of the duties of his office, which shall be immediately vacated by any person then holding the same.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That all questions arising in the joint convention authorized by this act shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the members thereof present at any of its meetings, and it shall have power to adjourn from time to time until all the duties imposed upon it shall be completed, and to require of the persons selected for any office such security as may be
deemed necessary. And in the event of any vacancy from disability, death, or resignation, it shall be the duty of the mayor to call a meeting of the joint convention to select a successor for the unexpired term of service.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That when the mayor, the board of aldermen, and the common council shall be assembled in joint convention, as provided for in this act, they shall, by a majority vote, designate a bank in which the various moneys of the city of Washington shall be deposited, and they shall make such regulations in relation to the mode in which such funds shall be kept and paid out as shall be deemed advisable for the interests of the city ; and within five days after such designation a certificate of the bank selected shall be made out and placed in the hands of the president or cashier thereof, and thereafter it shall not be lawful to retain or deposit the funds of the city, or any part thereof, in any other bank or place, unless by order of the board.
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the first section of the act entitled " An act to regulate the elective franchise in the District of Columbia,” passed January eight, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, be, and the same is hereby, amended so as to require electors in the city of Washington to reside in the ward or election precinct in which they shall offer to vote fifteen days prior to the day of any election, instead of three months : Provided, That said section shall not be construed as conferring the elective franchise in said city on noncommissioned officers, soldiers, sailors, or marines in the regular service of the United States, stationed or on duty in said city, except such as may have become actual residents with their families in said city for one year previous to any election: Provided further, That no person claiming to be a naturalized citizen shall be registered as an elector, nor shall the name of any such person be retained on the list of woters, without the production of his naturalization papers or duly certified copies thereof, or satisfactory proof of the loss of the same; and for the purpose of correcting said list as regards the aforesaid classes of persons, and in all other respects, the judges of election shall meet in some proper place in said city between the hours of nine o'clock A. M. and seven o'clock P. M., on three days instead of two days, as now required : Provided further, That all the original lists of voters both before and after their correction shall remain in the custody of the member of the board of judges first named in their appointment by the supreme court of the District of Columbia ; and, in the event of his removal or resignation, in the custody of his regularly appointed successor, except when being copied for publication and for the use of the commissioners of elections, and said original lists shall at all times be open for the use and inspection of either of said judges: Provided further, That no property qualification shall be required for any of the officers of said city, and that three days prior to any election each board of commissioners of election shall appoint two clerks to assist them in registering the names of voters in their respective election precincts, and in making returns of the elections, who shall be sworn before the clerk of the supreme court of said District truly and faithfully to perform their duties, and for any misconduct in office be subject to the same penalties to which said commissioners are now subject: And provided further, That it shall be the duty of the judges of election to make any regulations and give any notice which may be proper or necessary to carry out any of the provisions of this section.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That all acts and ordinances, or parts thereof, or parts of the charter of the city of Washington inconsistent herewith, be, and the same are hereby, repealed.
SCHUYLER COLFAX, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
B. F. WADE,
President of the Senate pro tempore. Endorsed by the President: “Received May 16th, 1868.”