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and, second section act of third February, eighteen hundred and fifty-three, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

For pensions to widows and orphans, under first section act fourth July, eighteen hundred and thirty-six, act of twenty-first July eighteen hundred and forty-eight, first section act of third February, eighteen hundred and fifty-three, act third Juue, eighteen hundred and fifty-eight, and act fourteenth July, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, three million eight hundred thousand dollars.

For navy invalid pensions, one hundred and thirty-five thousand dollars.

For navy pensions to widows and orphans, under act eleventh August, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, and fourteenth July, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, five hundred thousand dollars.

For privateer invalid pensions, three hundred dollars: Provided, That no pension shall be paid under this act to any person who has been engaged in the the present rebellion against the government of the United States, or has in any way given aid and comfort to those engaged in the rebellion. Approved February 3, 1863.

CHAPTER XIX.

February 4, 1863. AN ACT making appropriations for the consular and diplomatic expenses of the government for the year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four.

plomatic priation.

appro

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Consular and di- 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 objects hereinafter expressed, for the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, namely:

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For salaries of envoys extraordinary, ministers, and commissioners of the United States at Great Britain, France, Russia, Prussia, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, China, Italy, Chili, Peru, Portugal, Switzerland, Rome, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Turkey, New Grenada, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Sandwich Islands, Costa Rica, Honduras, Argentine Confederation, Paraguay, and Japan, three hundred and one thousand dollars.

For salaries of secretaries of legation, thirty thousand dollars. For salaries of assistant secretaries of legation at London and Paris, three thousand dollars.

For salary of the interpreter to the legation of China, five thousand dollars.

For salary of the secretary of legation to Turkey, acting as interpreter, three thousand dollars.

For salary of the interpreter to the legation to Japan, two thousand five hundred dollars.

For contingent expenses of all the missions abroad, sixty thousand dollars.

For contingent expenses of foreign intercourse, eighty thousand dollars.

For expenses of intercourse with the Barbary Powers, three thousand dollars.

For expenses of the consulates in the Turkish dominions, Turkish consunamely, interpreters, guards, and other expenses of the consulates lates.

at Constantinople, Smyrna, Candia, Alexandria, and Beirut, two

thousand five hundred dollars.

For the relief and protection of American seamen in foreign Relief, &c., of countries, two hundred thousand dollars.

For expenses which may be incurred in acknowledging the services of the masters and crew of foreign vessels in rescuing citizens of the United States from shipwreck, five thousand dollars.

For the purchase of blank books, stationery, arms of the United States, seals, presses, and flags, and for the payment of postages, and miscellaneous expenses of the consuls of the United States, forty-five thousand dollars.

seamen.

Blank

&c.

Office

consuls

books, .

rent

of

general,

suls general and

For office rent for those consuls general, consuls, and commercial agents who are not allowed to trade, including loss by exchange &. thereon, forty-one thousand eight hundred and ninety dollars. For salaries of consuls general at Quebec, Calcutta, Alexandria, Salaries of conHavana, Constantinople, Frankfort-on-the-Main, consuls at Kanaga- consule." wa and Nagasaki, in Japan, Liverpool, London, Melbourne, HongKong, Glasgow, Mauritius, Singapore, Belfast, Cork, Dundee, Demarara, Halifax, Kingston, (Jamaica) Leeds, Manchester, Nassau,(New Providence,) Southampton, Turk's Island, Prince Edward's Island, Havre, Paris, Marseilles, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Lyons, Moscow, Odessa, Revel, Saint Petersburgh, Matanzas, Trinidad de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, San Juan, (Porto Rico,) Cadiz, Malaga, Ponce, (Porto Rico,) Trieste, Vienna, Aix-la-Chapelle, Canton, Shanghai, Fouchou, Amoy, Ningpo, Beirut, Smyrna, Jerusalem, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Funchal, Oporto, Saint Thomas, Elsineur, Genoa, Basle, Geneva, Messina, Naples, Palermo, Leipsic, Munich, Leghorn, Stuttgardt, Bremen, Hamburg, Tangiers, Tripoli, Tunis, Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco, Vera Cruz, Acapulco, Callao, Valparaiso, Buenos Ayres, San Juan del Sur, Aspinwall, Panama, Laguayra, Honolulu, Lahaina, Capetown, .Falkland Islands, Venice, Stettin, Candia, Cyprus, Batavia, Fayal, Santiago, (Cape de Verdes,) Sainte Croix, Spezzia, Athens, Zanzibar, Bahia, Maranham Island, Para, Rio Grande, Matamoras, Guaymas, Mexico, (city,) Tampico, Paso del Norte, Tabasco, Paita, Tumbez, Talcahuane, Carthagena, Sabanillo, Omoa, Guayaquil, Cobija, Montevideo, Tahiti, Bay of Islands, Apia, Lanthala, Bristol, Cardiff, Malta, Saint John, (Newfoundland,) Saint John, (New Brunswick,) Pictou, (Nova Scotia,) La Union, Barbadoes, Bermuda. Antigua, Nantes, Napoléon-Vendée, Nice, Lisbon, Gottenburg, Tehuantepec, Santos, Saint Catherine, Balize, Gaspé Basin, Valencia, Port Mahon, Martinique, Taranto, Santander, Galatz, Bilbao, Scio, Paramaribo, Macao, Stockholm, Ancona, Otranto, Swatow, La Paz, Bergen, Trinidad, Barcelona, Quebec, Maricaibo, Algiers, San Domingo, (city,) Monrovia, Cape Haytien, Aux Cayes, and New-Castle-upon-Tyne; commercial agents at San Juan del Norte, Saint Paul de Loando, (Angola,) Gaboon, Saint Marc, Curaçoa, and Amoor River, including the loss by exchange thereon, four hundred and sixteen thousand three hundred and fifty-four dollars and thirty-four cents; and the salary of the consul at Guaymas shall be fifteen hundred dollars per annum, to commence on the fifth day of August, eighteen hundred and six- at Guaymas.

Salary of consul

William L. Baker

to

Amount due ty-one Provided, That the amount due to the late William L. be paid his Baker be paid to his widow.

widow.

Interpreters in

China.

Bringing home persons charged with crime.

Marshals in consular courts.

Prisons in Japan, China, &c.

Commissioners, &c.. to Liberia and Hayti.

Treaty for sup

slave-trade.

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 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, China, Siam, and Turkey, including loss by exchange thereon, nine 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 commissioners and consuls general to Hayti and Liberia, eleven thousand five hundred dollars.

For expenses under the act of Congress to carry into effect the pression of African treaty between the United States and her Britannic Majesty for the suppression of the African slave-trade, passed July eleventh, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, seventeen thousand dollars. Approved, February 4, 1863.

CHAPTER XX.

February 4, 1863. AN ACT in relation to commissioned officers of the United States revenue

Commissioned

cutter service.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of officers of revenue the United States of America in Congress assembled. That the cutter service to Commissioned officers of the United States revenue cutter service be appointed by the President. shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Grades of engi.

neers.

Wages of petty

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the grades of engineers shall be chief engineers, first and second assistant engineers, with the pay and relative rank of first, second, and third lieutenants, respectively.

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the wages of petty officers and crew. officers and crew shall not exceed the average wages paid for like services on the Atlantic or Pacific coasts, respectively, in the merchant service.

Relative rank of

when serving as part of navy.

SEC. 4. And be it further enacted. That the officers of the revenue officers revenue cutter service, when serving in accordance with law, as part of the navy, shall be entitled to relative ranks, as follows: Captains, with and next after lieutenants commanding in the navy; first lieutenants, with and next after lieutenants in the navy; second lieutenants, with and next after masters in line in the navy; third lieutenants, with and next after passed midshipmen Pay not to be in- in the navy: Provided, That no change of rank by this bill shall creased thereby. increase the pay to which such officer is now entitled by law. Approved February 4, 1863.

CHAPTER XXI.

AN ACT to amend an act entitled "An act for the collection of direct February 6, 1863. taxes in insurrectionary districts within the United States and for other purposes," approved June seven, eighteen hundred and sixty-two.

sioners to adver

unpaid.

To sell the same to highest bidder.

When to bid in

and for what sum.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Amendment of act 1862, ch. 98, § seventh section of an act entitled "An act for the collection of 7; ante, p. 423. direct taxes in insurrectionary districts within the United States and for other purposes," approved June seven, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, be amended so as to read as follows: Section 7. And be it further enacted, That the said board of commissioners shall Тах commisbe required, in case the taxes charged upon the said lots and par- tise for sale lands cels of land shall not be paid, as provided for in the third section on which taxes are of this act, to cause the same to be advertised for sale in a newspaper published in the town, parish, district, or county where situate; and if there be no such newspaper published in said town, parish, district, or county, or if the publisher thereof refuse to publish the same, then in any other newspaper to be selected by said commissioners in said district, or in the city of Washington, for at least four weeks, and by posting notices of said sale in three public places in the town, parish, district or county within which said lands are situate, at least four weeks previous to the day of sale; and at the time and place of sale to cause the same to be severally sold to the highest bidder for a sum not less than the taxes, penalty, and costs, and ten per centum per annum interest on said tax, pursuant to said notice; in all cases where the owner of said lots or parcels of ground shall not, on or before the for the U. States, day of sale, appear in person before the said board of commissioners and pay the amount of said tax, with ten per centum interest thereon, with the cost of advertising the same, or request the same to be struck off to a purchaser for a less sum than two-thirds of the assessed value of said several lots or parcels of ground, the said commissioner shall be authorized at said sale to bid off the same for the United States at a sum not exceeding two-thirds of the assessed value thereof, unless some person shall bid a larger sum; and in that case the same shall be struck off to the highest bidder, who shall, upon paying the purchase-money in gold and silver coin, or in the treasury notes of the United States, or in to be made. United States notes, or in certificates of indebtedness against the United States, be entitled to receive from said commissioners their certificate of sale; which said certificate shall be received in all courts and places as prima facie evidence of the regularity and sale, effect of. validity of said sale, and of the title of the said purchaser or purchasers under the same: Provided, That the owners of person may said lots of ground, or any loyal person of the United States deem. having any valid lien upon or interest in the same, may, at any time within sixty days after said sale, appear before the board of tax commissioners, in his or her own proper person, and, if a citizen, upon taking an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, and paying the amount of said tax and penalty, with interest thereon from the date of the said proclamation of the President mentioned in the second section of this act, at the rate of fifteen per centum per annum, together with

Payment, how

Certificate

of

Owner or loyal

re

Proceedings for redemption.

Redemption

is a minor or under disability.

the expenses of the sale and subsequent proceedings, to be determined by said commissioners, may redeem said lots of land from said sale; and any purchaser under the same having paid moneys, treasury notes, or other certificates of indebtedness of the United States, shall, upon such redemption being made, be entitled to have the same, with the interest accruing after said sale, returned to him by the said commissioners, upon surrendering up the certificates of sale: And provided further, That if the owner of said where the owner lots of ground shall be a minor, a non-resident alien or loyal citizen beyond seas, a persons of unsound mind, or under a legal disability, the guardian, trustee, or other person having charge of the person or estate of such person, may redeem the same at any time within two years after the sale thereof, and in the manner above provided, and with like effect: And provided further, That Certain tracts at such sale any tracts, parcels, or lots of land which may be semay be bid off for lected under the direction of the President for government use, for war, military, naval, revenue, charitable, educational, or police purposes, may, at said sale, be bid in by said commissioners, under the direction of the President, for and struck off to the United of States: And provided further, That the certificate of said commissioners shall only be effected as evidence of the regularity and validity of sale by establishing the fact that said property was not subject to taxes, or that the taxes had been paid previous to sale, or that the property had been redeemed according to the provisions of this act.

government use.

Certificate

commissioners, how alone peached.

im

Approved February 6, 1863.

CHAPTER XXII.

February 7, 1863. AN ACT to increase the clerical and other forces of the quartermaster general's office, and for other purposes.

Clerical force in

quartermaster

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there the office of the shall be added to the clerical and other force in the office of the general increased. quartermaster general, to be appointed by the Secretary of War, four clerks of class four, and ninety clerks of class one; also thirty copyists and six laborers, at an annual compensation of six hundred dollars each.

Affidavit of commander of a com

pany may be received to show loss

of vouchers, &c,

may

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That in settling the accounts of the commanding officer of a company for clothing, and other military supplies, the affidavit of any such officer be received to show the loss of vouchers, or company books, or any matter or circumstance tending to prove that any apparent deficiency was occasioned by unavoidable accident, or loss in actual service, without any fault on his part, or that the whole or any part of such clothing and supplies had been properly and legally used and appropriated; and such affidavit may be considered as evidence to establish the facts set forth, with or without other evidence, as may seem to the Scretary of War just and proper under the circumstances of the、ise.

Approved February 7, 1863.

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