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effect as if the respective terms of June and November, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five, had been regularly held by a judge or judges competent to do business and continuances in respect to writs or other process returnable to the two l'alt-mentioned terms had been regularly entered. . JONATHAN DAYTON, Speaker of

the House of Representatives. JOHN ADAMS, Vice-President of the United

States, and President of the Senate. APPROVED, March the 31st, 1796 :

GEORGE WASHINGTON,

President of the United States.

! CHAPTER XI.
An Act to continue in Force An A&t to ascer.

tain the Fees in admiralty Proceedings in the
district Courts of the United States, and for

other Purposes.
D E it enačled by the Senate and House of Re-
D presentatives of the United States of Ameri-

Continued ca, in Congress assembled, That the act, intitled, ir forct 2 " An act to ascertain the fees in admiralty years, &c. proceedings in the district courts of the Uni. ted States, and for other purposes," be, and is hereby, continued in force, for the term of {wo years from the passing of this act, and from thence to the end of the next session of Congress thereafter, and no longer. JONATHAN DAYTON, Speaker of

the House of Representatives. JOHN ADAMS, Vice-President of the United

States, and President of the Senate. APPROVED, March the 31st, 1796:

GEORGE WASHINGTON,

'President of the United States.

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Sec. 1. D E it enacted by the Senate and House

' D of Representatives of the United President States of America, in Congress allembled, That it to eltablish

trading shall be lawful for the President of the United houses, States, to establish trading houses at such posts and places on the western and southern frontiers, or in the Indian country, as he shall judge most convenient for the purpose of carrying on a liberal trade with the several Indian na. tions, within the limits of the United States.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the and appoint President be authorized to appoint an agent agents for for each trading house established, whose dua ty it shall be, to receive, and dispose of, in trade, with the Indian nations aforemention. ed, such goods as he shall be directed by the President of the United States to receive and the dispose of, as aforesaid, according to the rules and orders which the President shall prefcribe; and every such agent shall take an oath or affirmation, faithfully to execute the and oath, trust committed to him ; and that he will not, directly or indirectly, be concerned or interelted in any trade, commerce or barter, with any Indian or Indians whatever, but on the public account; and shall also give bond, with fufficient security, in fuch fum as the President of the United States shall direct, truly and To give honestly to account for all the money, goods”

and other property whatever, which shall · come into his hands, or for which, in good

faith, he ought so to account, and to perform all the duties required of him by this act :

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Accounts And his accounts shall be made up, haif. to be made 4 up half yearly, and transmitted to the Secretary of yearly. the Treasury of the United States.

. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the merits, agents, their clerks, or other persons emaclerks, &c. ployed by them, shall not be, directly or in

directly, concerned or interested in carrying but on ac- on the business of trade or commerce, on count of the United their own, or any other than the public acStates, nor count, or take, or apply to his or their own take other emolument use, any emolument or gain for negociating than fuch or transacting any business or trade, during as is provided by this their agency or employment, other than is

provided by this act. And if any such per fon shall offend against any of the prohibi

tions aforesaid, he or they shall be deemed Penalty.

guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit to the United States, a fum not exceeding one thousand dollars,

and shall be removed from fuch agency or Half of the

employment, and forever thereafter be inca

proy penalty tó pable of holding any office under the United

© States : Provided, That if any other person, ufe of the informer, than a public prosecutor, shall give informa

not tion of any such offence, upon which a proa public prosecutor. fecution and conviction shall be had, one-half

the aforesaid penalty, when received, shall be for the use of the perfon giving such infor*mation.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That Prices of

is the prices of the goods supplied to, and to be to be regu- paid for by the Indians, shall be regulated in leted.

such manner, that the capital-tock furnished by the United States may not be diminished.

Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That during the continuance of this act, the President of the United States be, and he is hereby authe.

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