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Twenty thousand dollars addi
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the sum of twenty thousand dollars, in addition to that appropriated by section tional appropri fifteen of "An act' to establish the Territorial government of ated for erection Oregon," approved August fourteen, eighteen hundred and ings in Oregon. forty-eight, be, and the same is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be ap. plied by the Governor' and legislative assembly of the "erritory of Oregon, to the erection of suitable public buildings at the seat of government of said Territory.
Approved June 11, 1850.
CHAP. 20.-AN ACT to increase the rank and file of the army, and to en
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. resentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That hereafter each company of artillery designated and serving as light artillery, shall, during such service, con- of artillery sist of the commissioned officers as now provided by law, and fied number. of four sergeants, four corporals, two artificers, two musicians, and sixty-four privates.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President of Increase of prithe United States.be, and he is hereby, authorized, by volun- vates, enlistmem, tary enlistment, to increase the number of privates in each or authorized. any of the companies of the existing regiments of the army, at present serving, or which may hereafter serve, at the several military posis on the Western frontier and åt remote and dislant stations, to any number not exceeding seventy-four, and to cause such portions of the army as may, by law, be serving on foot to be properly equipped and mounted whenever, in his opinion, the exigency of the public service may require the same: Provided, That the said enlistments shall be for the term of five years unless souner discharged.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, Thạt whenever enlist-; Bounty to be ments are made at, or in the vicinity of, the said military posts, given open certain
contingency and remote and distant stations, a bounty equal in amount 10 the cost of transporting and subsisting a soldier from the principal recruiting depôt, in the harbor of New York, to the place of such enlistment, be, and the same is hereby allowed to each recruit so enlisted, to be paid in unequal instalments at the end of each year's service, so that the several amounts shall annually increase, and the largest be paid at the expiration of each enlistment.
Approved June 17, 1850.
CHAP. 21.-AN ACT for the relief of James T. Shackleford.
[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. resentatives of the United States of America in Congress as
sembled, That James T. Shackleford, of the State of Alabama, a specified be, and he is hereby, confirmed in the following described tract tract of land and of land, to wit: the southeast quarter of section number sixteen,
in township numbered seventeen, in range numbered one west, in the district of lands subject to entry at the land office at Demopolis, in the said State of Alabama, and that the Commissioner of the General Land Office, upon the passage of this act shall issure a patent for the same: Provided, The said Commissioner shall be first satisfied hat the said James T. Shackleford has purchased the interest in the said tract of land of the person who originally entered the same: And provided further, That the said patent shall operate only as a relinquishment on the part of the United States of all right and title to the said land.
Approved June 17, 1850.
CHAP. 22.-AN ACT to supply a deficiency in the appropriation for the service of the fiscal year, ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty.
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of fifty thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Trea
sury not otherwise appropriated by law, 10 supply a deficiency Deficiency in the appropriation in the appropriation for defraying the expenses of the Supreme, U. s. courts pro- circuit and district courts of the United States, including the
District of Columbia; also for jurors and witnesses in aid of the funds arising from fines, penalties and forfeitures incurred in the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and fifty and previous years, and likewise for defraying the expenses of suits in which the United States are concerned, and of prosecutions for offences committed against the United States, and for the safe keeping of prisoners.,
Approved June 21, 1850.
MILLARD FILLMORE, President. WILLIAM R. King, President of the Senate,
pro tempore. HoweLL COBB, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
CHAP. 23.--AN ACT for the construction of certain roads in the Territory of
Minnesota, and for other purposes. [Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep
resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asAppropriations sembled, That the following sums of money be, and they are
herebỳ, appropriated for the construction of roads in the l'erritain roads in the tory of Minnesota, to wit: For the construction of a road from
Point Douglass, on the Mississippi river, via Cottage Grove,
made for the construction of cer
rapids of the St. Louis river of Lake Superior, fifteen thousand dollars; for the construction of a road from Point Douglass, via Cottage Grove, Red Rock, St. Paul, and Falls of St. Anthony to Fort Gaines, ten thousand dollars; for the construction of a road from the mouth of Swan river, or the most available point between it and the Sauk Rapids, to the Winnebago agency at Long Prairie, five thousand dollars; for the construction of a load from Wabashaw to Mendota, five thousand dollars; and for the survey and laying out of a military road from Mendota to the mouth of the Big Sioux river, on the Missouri, five thou: sand dollars. The said roads to be constructed under the direction of the Secretary of War, pursuant to contracts to be made by him.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Governors of Oregon and Minnesota shall report to Congress annually a de- Minnesota to retailed statement of the expenditure of money appropriated hy loopt tam congres Congress for the use or benefit of said Territories, which is ex- money expended. pended under the order or supervision of the Governor and Assembly.
WILLIAM R. KING,
President of the Senate pro tempore. Approved July 18, 1850.
Secretary of War
to make contracts.
CHAP: 24.-AN ACT authorizing the legislative assemblies of Minnesota and
Oregon Territories to prolong their next annual session to a period of ninety days.
[Sec. 1.} Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the legislative assemblies of Minnesota and Legislative as. Oregon Territories, be and they are hereby, authorized to pro- nesota and Orelong their next annual session to a period of ninety days, any prolong their sesthing contained in any former act or acts to the contrary not- sions. withstanding,
Approyed July 18, 1850.
CHAP. 25.--AN ACT to, grant the franking privilege to Mrs. Margaret S.
(Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. resentatives ojthe United States of America in Congress as: Franking privisembled, That the franking privilege heretofore accorded to ihe lege granted to widows of the deceased Presidents, be, and the same is hereby, Smith Taylor, regranted to Mrs'. Margaret Şirith 'Taylor, relict of Zachary Tay- Taylor, late Pre lor, late President of the United States.'
sident of the UniApproved July 18, 1850,
CHAP. 26.-AN ACT for the relief of William B. Crews.
[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep
resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asAccounting offi- sembled, That the accounting officers of the Treasury be, and sury directed to they are hereby, directed to ascertain whether William B. ascertain whether Crews has been paid for all military services rendered by him has been paid for to the United States, from the eighth of August, eighteen hunbicces,ilitary ser- dred and thirty-seven, to February fourteen, eighteen hundred
and thirty-eight, by examining the proper officers and other persons, as well as the proper rolls of the company to which he belonged. And the Secretary of the Treasury is directed to pay, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appro
priated, to said Crews, such sum of money as may he found Proviso, whole his due: Provided, The same does not exceed the sum of
eighty dollars, and the same shall be in full of all claims by said Crews against the United States.
Approved July 18, 1850.
amount not to exceed $80.
CHAP. 27.--AN ACT to provide for recording the conveyances of vessels,
and for other purposes.
Collectors of the customs shall
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep
resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asNo bill of sale, sembled, That no bill of sale, inortgage, hypothecation or conunless recorded veyance of any vessel or part of any vessel of the United States, ine hcollectice of shall be valid against any person other than the grantor or customs where mortgagor, bis heirs, and devisees, and persons having actual istered and en- notice thereof; unless such bill of sale, mortgage, hypotheca
tion or conveyance be recorded in the office of the collector of customs where such vessel is registered or enrolled: Provided, That the lien by bottomry on any vessel created during her voyage, by a loan of money or materials, necessary to repair or enable such vessel to'prosecute a voyage, shall not lose its priority or be in any way affected by the provisions of this act.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the collectors of record all bills of the customs shall record all such bills of sale, mortgages, hysale; &cecand pothecations or conveyances, and, also, all certificates for disthere for a fee of charging and cancelling any such conveyances, in a book or
books to be kept for that purpose, in the order of their reception; noting in said book or books, and also, on the bill of sale, mortgage, hypothecation, or conveyance, the time when the same was received, and shall certify on the bill of sale, mortgage, hypothecation or conveyancey or certificate of discharge or cancellation, the number of the book and page where recorded; and shall receive, for so recording such instrument of conveyance, or certificate of dischargé, fifty cents.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the collectors of &., be made out for the customs shall keep an index of 'such records, inserting al
phabetically the names of the vendor or mortgagor, and of the ed, and the col- vendee or mortgagee, and shall permit said index and books
An index of
the convenience of those concern
ing each certifi
of facts from said index.
Collectors to furnish certified
In addition to the oath now tak
of records to be inspected during office hours, under such rea: lectors to receive
the parts or
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the collectors of
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That the owner, or agent
ed in the register. in the oath of ownership, the part or proportion of such vessel belonging to each owner, and ihe same shall be inserted in the register or enrollment; and that all bills of sale of vessels registered or enrolled shall set forth the part of the vessel owned by each person selling, and the part conveyed to each person purchasing
Sec 6. And be it further enacted, That the twelfth clause or section of the act entitled "An act in addition to the several acts regulating the shipment and discharge of seamen, and the duties of consuls," approved July twentieth, eighteen hundred and forty, be so amended, as that all complaints in writing to the consuls or commercial agents as therein provided, that a vessel is unseaworthy, shall be signed by the first, or the second and third officers, and a majority of the crew, before the consul or commercial agent shall be authorized to notice such complaint, or proceed to appoint inspectors as therein provided SEC.7. And be it further enacted, That any person, not
stroying a vessel being an owner, who shall on the high seas wilfully with intent at sea by burnto burn or destroy, set fire to any ship or other vessel, or other. ing, otherwise, wise attempt the destruction of such ship or other vessel, being the property of any citizen or citizens of the United States, or procure the same to be done, with the intent aforesaid, and being thereof lawfully convicted, shall suffer imprisonment to hard labor, for a term not exceeding ten years nor less than three years according to the aggravation of the offence.
Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That this act shall be in force from and after the first day of October next ensuing.
Approved July 29, 1850.
Amendment of an act.
To be in force from and after the first of October.