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February 9, 1900. CHAP. 13.-An Act To amend section forty-eight hundred and forty-three of the Revised
Be it enacted, &c., That section forty-eight hundred and forty-three Hospital for the In- of the Revised Statutes be amended by inserting the word "Pay" in line eight after the word "Quartermaster's," so that the paragraph 4843, will read:
Substitute for R. S., par. 2.
February 10, 1900.
31 Stat. L., 27. Cuban vessels.
-entitled to rights of most fa
vored nations, etc.
-refund of ton
R. S., § 4219.
"Second. Civilians employed in the Quartermaster's, Pay, and Subsistence Departments of the Army who may be, or may hereafter become, insane while in such employment." [February 9, 1900.]
NOTE. (1) For a review of legislation_affecting admissions to the Government Hospital for the Insane, see note to 1899, January 31, ch. 78 (2 Supp. R. S., 936).
CHAP. 15.-An Act Relating to Cuban vessels.
Beit enacted, &c., That vessels owned by citizens of Cuba and documented as such by officers of the United States shall hereafter be entitled in ports of the United States to the rights and privileges of vessels of the most favored nation, and they and their cargoes shall be subject to no higher charges in ports of the United States than are imposed on the vessels and cargoes of the most favored nation in the same trade.
SEC. 2. That the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized to nage taxes and refund, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, light dues. upon application and satisfactory evidence, tonnage taxes and light 1886, June 19, dues which have been imposed on vessels owned by citizens of Cuba ch. 421, § 11 (1 entering ports of the United States since April eleventh, eighteen hunSupp. R. S., 495). dred and ninety-nine, which have been in excess of the tonnage taxes ch. 13, (2 Supp. prescribed by section eleven of the Act of June nineteenth, eighteen ch. 13, (2 Supp. hundred and eighty-six. [February 10, 1900.]
R. S., 714).
February 10, 1900.
31 Stat. L., 27.
Substitute for 1896, June 11, ch. 422, §1 (2 Supp. R. Terms of court.
CHAP. 16.-An Act To amend the first section of an Act to change the time and places for the district and circuit courts of the northern district of Texas, approved June eleventh, eighteen hundred and ninety-six. (1)
Be it enacted, dec., That the first section of an Act to change the time and places for the district and circuit courts of the northern district of Texas, approved June eleventh, eighteen hundred and ninetysix, be, and the same is, so amended to provide:
S., 527). R. S., §§572, 658.
"That the United States district and circuit courts for the northern district of Texas shall be held in each year at the time and places as follows:
At Dallas, in the county of Dallas, on the third Monday in January and the fourth Monday in May;
at Fort Worth, in the county of Tarrant, on the first Monday in March and the fourth Monday in November;
at Abilene, in the county of Taylor, on the first Monday in April and the fourth Monday in September;
at San Angelo, in the county of Tom Green, on the third Monday in April and the third Monday in November;
NOTE.-(1) See 1899, March 2, ch. 393 (2 Supp. R. S., 969), fixing the terms of court for the western district of Texas; and note to 1899, March 2, ch. 369 (2 Supp. R. S., 966), for a review of legislation affecting the courts and judicial districts of that State. By 1900, April 12, ch. 186, post, p. 1127 Foard County was attached to the Fort Worth division, and by 1900, May 26, ch. 590, post, p. 1178 Concho County was attached to the northern judicial district.
at Waco, in the county of McLennan, on the fourth Monday in April and the second Monday in October."
SEC. 2. That this Act take effect and be in force from and after its passage. [February 10, 1900.]
CHAP. 19.—An Act To amend section forty-two hundred and ninety of the Revised Statutes February 14, 1900. relating to log entry of collisions. (1)
Be it enacted, &c., That section forty-two hundred and ninety of the Revised Statutes be amended by adding the following:
"Twelfth. In every case of collision in which it is practicable so to do, the master shall, immediately after the occurrence, cause a statement thereof, and of the circumstances under which the same occurred, to be entered in the official log book. Such entry shall be made in the manner prescribed in section forty-two hundred and ninety-one, and failure to make such entry shall subject the offender to the penalties prescribed by section forty-two hundred and ninety-two."
SEC. 2. That this Act shall take effect sixty days after its passage. [February 14, 1900.]
NOTE. (1) Rules to prevent_collisions and providing a penalty for violations thereof are prescribed by 1897, June 7, ch. 4 (2 Supp. R. S., 633).
31 Stat. L.,29. Navigation. R. S., § 4290. sion in log book. Entry of colliR. S., §§ 4291, 4292.
CHAP. 22.—An Act Relating to lights on steam pilot vessels. (1)
February 19, 1900.
Be it enacted, &c., That a steam pilot vessel, when engaged on her station on pilotage duty and in waters of the United States, and not at anchor, shall, in addition to the lights required for all pilot boats, carry at a distance of eight feet below her white masthead light a red light, when visible all around the horizon and of such a character as to be visible chored. on a dark night with a clear atmosphere at a distance of at least two miles, and also the colored side lights required to be carried by vessels when under way.
When engaged on her station on pilotage duty and in waters of the when anUnited States, and at anchor, she shall carry in addition to the lights chored. required for all pilot boats the red light above mentioned, but not the colored side lights.
When not engaged on her station on pilotage duty, she shall carry the same lights as other steam vessels.
-when not on duty.
1897, June 7, ch.
SEC. 2. That this Act shall be construed as supplementary to article eight of the Act approved June seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety- 4, § 8 (2 Supp. R. seven, entitled "An Act to adopt regulations for preventing collisions S., 635). upon certain harbors, rivers, and inland waters of the United States," and to article eight of an Act approved August nineteenth, eighteen hundred and ninety, entitled "An Act to adopt regulations for pre- 802, §8 (1 Supp. venting collisions at sea. R. S., 783). Effect.
SEC. 3. That this Act shall take effect on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred. [February 19, 1900.]
NOTE. (1) For a review of laws regulating lights upon the navigable waters of the United States and the high seas, see note to 1897, June 7, ch. 4 (2 Supp. R. S., 633). Section 9 of this act prescribes for pilot vessels on duty a white light at the masthead, and that they shall exhibit a flare-up light or lights at short intervals; and on the near approach of other or to other vessels their side lights must be ready and flashed or shown at short intervals, but the green light is not to be shown on the port side nor the red light on the starboard side, and in case it is of a class to go alongside of a vessel for the purpose of putting on a pilot a lantern with red and green glass may be used.
1890, Aug. 19, ch.
February 24, 1900.
31 Stat. L., 32.
1899, Mar. 3, ch.
CHAP. 24.—An Act To amend an Act entitled "An Act to amend an Act to suspend the operation of certain provisions of law relating to the War Department, and for other purposes." (1)
Be it enacted, &c., That an Act entitled "An Act to amend an Act entitled 'An Act to suspend the operation of certain provisions of law 436 (2 Supp. R. S., relating to the War Department, and for other purposes,"" approved March third, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, is hereby amended so as to read as follows:
"That the operation of the following provisions of law be, and is certain provisions hereby, continued suspended for such further time as, in the discretion of the Secretary of War, may be found necessary, or until otherwise provided by Congress, not longer, however, than June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and one:
1888, Sept. 22, ch. 1027, par. 2 (1 Supp. R. S., 619).
"First. The provision of the first section of the Act entitled 'An Act making appropriations for the support of the Army for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, and for other purposes,' in the following words:
"Provided, That hereafter no part of this appropriation shall be to number of draft expended in the purchase for the Army of draft animals until the number on hand shall be reduced to five thousand, and thereafter shall only be expended for the purchase of a number sufficient to keep the supply up to five thousand.'
1898, Mar. 15,
ch. 69, par. 1 (2 Supp. R. S., 739).
Department. -printing contract for, etc.
-purchase supplies, etc.
-limit to pur
Second. The provisions of the first section of the Act entitled 'An Act making appropriations for the support of the Army for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, and for other purposes,' in the following words:
"Provided, That hereafter no part of the appropriations for the Quartermaster's Department shall be expended on printing unless the same shall be done by contract, after due notice and competition, except in such cases as the emergency will not admit of the giving notice for competition:
"Provided further, That after advertisement, all the supplies for the use of the various departments and posts of the Army and of the branches of the army service shall hereafter be purchased where the same can be purchased the cheapest in the markets of the United States, quality and cost of transportation and the interest of the Government considered, except that purchases may be made in open market, in the manner common among business men, when the aggregate amount required does not exceed two hundred dollars, but every such purchase shall be immediately reported to the Secretary of War.' "And the words:
"Provided, That the number of horses purchased under this approchases of horses, priation, added to the number on hand, shall not at any time exceed the number of enlisted men and Indian scouts in the mounted service, and that no part of this appropriation shall be paid out for horses not purchased by contract, after competition duly invited by the Quartermaster's Department and an inspection by such department, all under the direction and authority of the Secretary of War.'
-limit for civilian employees.
"And the words:
"Provided, That not more than one million dollars of the sums appropriated by this Act shall be paid out for the services of civilian employees in the Quartermaster's Department, including those heretofore paid out of the funds appropriated for regular supplies, incidental expenses, barracks and quarters, army transportation, clothing, camp and garrison equipage; that no employee paid therefrom shall
NOTE.-(1) See the act of 1899, March 3, ch. 436 (2 Supp. R. S., 1100), for which the one in the text is a substitute, and notes thereto. This suspended the several provisions of law referred to until March 1, 1900.
receive a salary more than one hundred and fifty dollars per month unless the same be specially fixed by law.'
1898, Mar. 15,
Third. So much of the Act approved March fifteenth, eighteen hun- Ordnance Dedred and ninety-eight, entitled 'An Act making appropriations for the partment. support of the Army for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen ch. 69 (30 Stat. L., hundred and ninety-nine,' under the heading Ordnance Department,' 323). as provides that not more than sixty-five thousand dollars of the money -limit for civilappropriated for the Ordnance Department in all its branches shall be ian clerks. applied to the payment of civilian clerks in said department."
SEC. 2. That during the time the operation of the foregoing provisions of law shall remain so suspended pursuant to this Act, materials required by the War Department may, in the discretion of the Secretary of War, be purchased abroad and shall be admitted free of duty.
Bureau of Ord
SEC. 3. That during the same time the Bureau of Ordnance of the War Department is authorized to purchase, without advertisement, nance. such ordnance and ordnance stores as are needed for immediate use; contracts without and when such ordnance and ordnance stores are to be manufactured, advertisement. then to make contracts without advertisement for such stores, to be delivered as rapidly as manufactured. [February 24, 1900.]
CHAP. 25.—An Act For the relief of claimants having suits against the United States February 26, 1900. pending in the circuit and district courts of the United States affected by the Act of June twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, amending the Act of March third, eighteen hundred and eighty-seven. (1)
31 Stat. L., 33.
Suits in U. S.
Be it enacted, &c., That no suit shall abate or be affected by the Act of June twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, courts by Governentitled "An Act to amend sections one and two of the Act of March third, eighteen hundred and eighty-seven," which was pending in any ch. 503 (2 Supp. circuit court of appeals, circuit or district court of the United States R. S., 813). at the time of the passage of said Act; and all such suits which have -pending not been dismissed by reason of said Act shall be restored to their places in such courts and proceeded with as if the same had not been enacted; and time within which an appeal or writ of error may be taken or prosecuted in any case affected by this Act is hereby extended six peal extended. months from the passage hereof. [February 26, 1900.]
NOTE.-(1) See note to 1898, June 27, ch. 503 (2 Supp. R. S., 813), for a discussion of the jurisdiction of the Court of Claims and the circuit and district courts over suits against the United States.
-time for ap
CHAP. 41.—An Act To define and fix the standard of value, to maintain the parity of all forms of money issued or coined by the United States, to refund the public debt, and for other purposes. (1)
March 14, 1900.
31 Stat. L., 45.
Be it enacted, &c., That the dollar consisting of twenty-five and eight-tenths grains of gold nine-tenths fine, as established by section value fixed. thirty-five hundred and eleven of the Revised Statutes of the United -gold dollar. R. S., § 3511. States, shall be the standard unit of value, and all forms of money. 1890, Sept. 26, issued or coined by the United States shall be maintained at a parity ch. 945 (1 Supp. of value with this standard, and it shall be the duty of the Secretary R. S., 807). of the Treasury to maintain such parity.
NOTES (1) For a review of legislation relating to silver coinage, see note to act of 1890, July 14, ch. 708 (1 Supp. R. S., 774), directing the purchase of silver bullion and the issue of Treasury notes thereon.
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-parity of value to be maintained.
Treasury notes. SEC. 2. That United States notes, and Treasury notes issued under 1890, July 14, the Act of July fourteenth, eighteen hundred and ninety, when prech. 708 (1 Supp. sented to the Treasury for redemption, shall be redeemed in gold coin R. S., 774). -redeemable in of the standard fixed in the first section of this Act, and in order to
secure the prompt and certain redemption of such notes as herein provided it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to set apart in the Treasury a reserve fund of one hundred and fifty million dollars in gold coin and bullion, which fund shall be used for such Maintenance of redemption purposes only, and whenever and as often as any of said notes shall be redeemed from said fund it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to use said notes so redeemed to restore and maintain such reserve fund in the manner following, to wit:
-by accepting deposits of gold. by procuring
R. S., § 3700.
-by bond issue.
First, by exchanging the notes so redeemed for any gold coin in the general fund of the Treasury;
second, by accepting deposits of gold coin at the Treasury or at any subtreasury in exchange for the United States notes so 'redeemed;
third, by procuring gold coin by the use of said notes, in accordance with the provisions of section thirty-seven hundred of the Revised Statutes of the United States.
If the Secretary of the Treasury is unable to restore and maintain the gold coin in the reserve fund by the foregoing methods, and the amount of such gold coin and bullion in said fund shall at any time fall below one hundred million dollars, then it shall be his duty to restore the same to the maximum sum of one hundred and fifty million dollars by borrowing money on the credit of the United States, and for the debt thus incurred to issue and sell coupon or registered bonds of the United States, in such form as he may prescribe, in denomina-rate of inter- tions of fifty dollars or any multiple thereof, bearing interest at the rate of not exceeding three per centum per annum, payable quarterly, such bonds to be payable at the pleasure of the United States after one year from the date of their issue, and to be payable, principal and interest, in gold coin of the present standard value, and to be exempt from the payment of all taxes or duties of the United States, as well as from taxation in any form by or under State, municipal, or local authority; and the gold coin received from the sale of said bonds shail first be covered into the general fund of the Treasury and then exchanged, in the manner herein before provided, for an equal amount of the notes redeemed and held for exchange, and the Secretary of the Treasury may, in his discretion, use said notes in exchange for gold, or to purchase or redeem any bonds of the United States, or for any other lawful purpose the public interests may require, except that they shall not be used to meet deficiencies in the current revenues.
Disposition of funds from sale of
-redemption of bonds, etc.
-notes to be reissued.
Limit to reserve fund.
Quality of silver dollar, etc., unaffected.
Divisions of is
That United States notes when redeemed in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be reissued, but shall be held in the reserve fund until exchanged for gold, as herein provided;
and the gold coin and bullion in the reserve fund, together with the redeemed notes held for use as provided in this section, shall at no time exceed the maximum sum of one hundred and fifty million dollars.
SEC. 3. That nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to affect the legal tender quality as now provided by law of the silver dollar, or of any other money coined or issued by the United States.
SEC. 4. That there be established in the Treasury Department, as a sue and redemp- part of the office of the Treasurer of the United States, divisions to be designated and known as the division of issue and the division of redemption, to which shall be assigned, respectively, under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury may approve, all records and accounts relating to the issue and redemption of United States notes, gold certificates, silver certificates, and currency certificates.
There shall be transferred from the accounts of the general fund of