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and returning from the seat of government of the United States, any act of Congress to the contrary notwithstanding,

Sec. 17. And be it further enacted, That all suits, process, All suits, proand proceedings, civil and criminal, at law and in chancery, ings, civil and all indictments and informations, which shall be pending criminal, indictand undetermined in the courts established by authority of ing in the courte the provisional government of Oregon, within the limits of of the provisional said Territory, when this act shall take effect, shall be trans- Oregohetransfert ferred to be heard, tried, prosecuted, and determined in the dis- courts of the Uni trict courts hereby established, which may include the coun- Territory ties or districts where any such proceeding may be pending. All bonds, recognizances, and obligations of every kind whatsoever, valid under the existing laws within the limits of said Territory, shall be valid under this act; and all crimes and misdemeanors against the laws in force within said limits may be prosecuted, tried, and punished in the courts established by this act; and all penalties, forfeitures, actions, and causes of action, may be recovered under this act, in like manner as they would have been under the laws in force within the limits composing said Territory at the time, this act shall go into operation : Provided, That the laws, penalties, and forfeitures and punishments, by this section required to be enforced by the courts provided for by this act, shall not be inconsistent with the constitution of the United States: And provided further, That no right of action whatever shall accrue against any person for any act done in pursuance of any law heretofore passed by the temporary government, andwhich may be declared contrary to ihe constitution of the United States.

Sec. 18. And be it further enacted, That all justices of the peace, constables, sheriffs, and all other judicial and ministe- bles, sheriffs, &c., rial officers, who shall be in office within the limits of said who shall be in Territory when this act shall take effect, shall be, and they act shall take are hereby, authorized and required to continue to exercise in office till they and perform the duties of their respective offices as officers of others of the Territory of Oregon until they or others shall be pointed, &c., to

fill their places. duly elected or appointed, and qualified to fill their places in the manner herein directed, or until their offices shall be abolished.

Sec. 19. And be it further enocted, That the sum of five Appropriation thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated out brany." of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be expended, by and under the direction of the said governor of the Territory of Oregon, in the purchase of a library, to be kept at the seat of government for the use of the govenor, legislative assembly, judges of the supreme court, secretary, marshal, and attorney of said Territory, and such other persons, and under such regulations, as shall be prescribed by law.

Sec. 20. And be it further enacted, That when the lands Reservation of in the said Territory shall be surveyed under the direction of lande for use of the government of the United States, preparatory to bringing

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the same into market, sections pumbered sixteen and thirtysix in each township in said Territory shall be, and the same is hereby, reserved for the purpose of heing applied to schools in said Territory, and in the States and Territories hereafter

to be erected out of the same. Until otherwise Sec. 21. And be it further enacted, That, until otherwise law the governor provided for by law, the governor of said Territory may de. judicial districts, fine the judicial districts of said Territory, and assign the and assign the judges who may be appointed for said Territory, to the seve. &c. but the leg ral districts, and also appoint the times and places for holding may organize, al courts in the several counties or subdivisions in each of said Such judicial din judicial districts by proclamation to be issued by him; but the

legislative assembly, at their first or any subsequent session, may organize, alter, or modify such judicial districts, and assign the judges, and alter the time and places of holding the

courts, as to them shall seem proper and convenient. required to give

Sec. 22. And be it further enacted, That all officers to be security for mor appointed by the President, by and with the advice and conthem for disburse. sent of the Senate, for the Territory of Oregon, who by vir

tue of the provisions of any law now existing, or which may be enacted during the present Congress, are required to give security for moneys that may be intrusted with them for dis. bursement, shall give such security at such time and place, and in such manner, as the Secretary of the Treasury may

prescribe. trict of Oregon

Sec. 23. And be it further enacted, That all the ports, harestablished, and bors, shores, and waters of the main land of the Territory Collector to be ap. aforesaid shall constitute a collection district, to be called the

district of Oregon; and a port of entry shall be established at Astoria, near the mouth of the Columbia river, and a col. lector of customs shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to reside at such

port of entry. Ports of deliv

Sec. 24. And be it further enacted, That the President of ery, and

the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to estab. lish such ports of delivery in the district created by this act, not exceeding two in number, (one of which shall be located

on Fugel's sound,) as he may deem expedient, and may ap. Surveyors to be point, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appointed.

surveyors to reside thereat. Compensation

Sec. 25. And be it further enacted, That the collector of of collector and said district shall be allowed a compensation of one thou.

sand dollars per annum, and the fees allowed by law; and the compensation of any surveyor appointed in pursuance of this act shall not exceed five hundred dollars per annum, including in said sum the fees allowed by law; and the amount collected by any of said surveyors, for fees in any one year, exceeding the sum of five hundred dollars, shall be accounted for and paid into the treasury of the United States.

Sec. 26. And be it further enacted, That the revenue laws said Territory.

of the United States be, and are hereby, extended over the Territory of Oregon.

surveyors.

Revenue laws extended over

Sec. 27. And be it further enacted, That the sum of fifteen Appropriation thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated out and busys.

for light-houses of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, for the construction of light-houses at Cape Disappointment and New Dunginess; and for the construction and anchoring of the requisite number of buoys, to indicate the channels at the mouth of the Columbia river, and the approaches to the harbor of Astoria; the said buoys to be placed and anchored under the direction of such persons as the Secretary of the Treasury shall appoint.

Approved August 14, 1848.

CHAP. 178.-AN ACT for the payment of the fourth regiment in the second

brigade of the third division of the Vermont militia, for services at the battle of Plattsburg.

[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. resentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the proper accounting officers of the treasury tain officers and

Claims of cerbe, and they are hereby, authorized and directed to adjust and soldiers of Versettle the claims for one month's services of the officers and adjusted and setsoldiers of the fourth regiment in the second brigade of the tled. third division of the militia of the State of Vermont, who served at the battle of Plattsburg on the eleventh day of September, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, for their military services on that occasion, and that the same be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Approved August 14, 1848.

CHAP. 179.-AN ACT for the relief of the widows and orphans of the of

ficers, séamen, and marines of the brig-of-war Somers.

Whereas the United States 'brig of-war Somers was found. ered at sea, in the offing of the harbor of Vera Cruz, while engaged, under very hazardous circumstances, in the prosecution of hostilities against an enemy of this republic: Therefore,

[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as. sembled, That the widows, if any such there be, and in case 12 months pay of there be no widow, the child or children, and if there be no their deceased re: child, then the parent or parents, and-if there are no parents, to the widows or to the brothers and sisters who were minors and under the children, &c., of age of eighteen years at the time of said loss of the officers, men, and marines seamen, and marines who were in the service of the United brig Somers. States, and lost in the United States brig.of-war Somers, shall be entitled to, and receive,'out of any money in the treasury

not otherwise appropriated, a sum equal to twelve months pay of their respective deceased relations aforesaid, in addition to the pay due to the said deceased at the date of the loss of said vessel.

Approved August 14, 1848.

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CHAP. 180.-AN ACT in relation to military land warrants.

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[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep

resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asLocation of cer; sembled, That any non-commissioned officer, musician, or warrants author- private, or his widow or heirs, who shall receive and hold in

his own right a land warrant, issued by the government of the United States for military service, may locate the same in on legal subdivision, on any public land subject to private entry, taking said land at the price at which the same is subject to private entry, and reckoning the warrant at one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre for the number of acres therein contained, and paying the balance, if any, in money; but no claim shall exist on the government to pay for any balance on said warrant in money.

Approved August 14, 1848.

CHAP. 181.-AN ACT for the relief of George V. Mitchell.

[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre

sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asReleased from sembled, That George V. Mitchell, late postmaster at Bellsthe payment of a judgment.

ville, Pennsylvania, be, and he hereby is, released from the payment of a judgment obtained against him in the United States court for the western district of Pennsylvania, held at Williamsport.

Approved August 14, 1848.

CHAP. 182.-AN ACT for the relief of Ward and Smith.

[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre

sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asThe Secretary sembled, That the Secretary of the Navy be, and he is hereby, of the Navy ho authorized and required to ascertain what sum should be sum is justly due justly and equitably, allowed the firm of Ward and Smith, for made for the use advances made by them for the use of the Navy Department of the navy and in California, in the month of February, eighteen hundred California certify the and forty-seven, and to certify the amount to the Secretary of Secretary of the the Treasury, who shall pay the same out of any money in shall pay the the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Approved August 14, 1848.

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CHAP. 183.-AN ACT for the relief of Messrs. Cook, Anthony, Mahony

and others.

To Doremus, Suydams & Nix

[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is Secretary of the hereby, authorized and directed to pay, out of any moneys in Treasury to pay the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to Cook, Anthony, To Cook, Anand Mahony, of New York, fifty dollars; to Doremus, Suy. thony & Mahony, dams, and Nixen, of New York, one hundred and fifty dollars; to Spellman and Fraser, of New York, fifty dollars ; en, $150; to West Oliver and Company, of New York, one hundred dol- To Spellman & lars; and to 0. B. White, of New York, 'two hundred and fifty dollars ; the said sums being the amount of treasury notes, the property of the aforesaid persons, which were de freios u fon certain. posited, enclosed in letters, in the post office at Van Buren, in longing to them, the state of Arkansas, in March, anno Domini one thousand stolen, and after eight hundred and forty-three, and were afterwards stolen forged, were paid from the mail by one Charles Botsford; and, after being by the Bank of altered and forged, were presented, by some person unknown, fiscal agent of the to the Bank of America, in the city of New York, then acting as the fiscal agent of the treasury, and paid by said bank, in behalf of the United States.

Approved August 14, 1848.

To West Oliver & Co., $100; and

To O. B. White

United States.

CHAP. 184.-AN ACT for the relief of Charles M. Gibson.

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[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is to be paid $300 hereby, authorized and directed to cause the sum of three tured hundred dollars to be paid to Charles M. Gibson, as remunera. by the Indians.

stroyed in Florida tion for a wagon captured and destroyed in Middle Florida by the Seminole Indians, in February, one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine, the same to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Approved August 14, 1848.

CHAP. 185.-AN ACT for the relief of William Friplett.

[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. resentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the right of William Triplett, of St. Louis Right to a pre county, Missouri

, to a pre-emption of the southeast quarter of land in Misof section thirty-six, in township forty-five, of range four east, souri, confirmed. as specified in the certificate of the receiver of the land office at St. Louis, numbered eleven thousand one hundred and seventy-one, held under the act of eighteen hundred and thirtyeight, being the land on which he, the said Triplett, has re

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