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of the United States, the said Commissioner shall thereupon issue, in the usual form, a patent for such vacant land to the party entitled thereto. Nothing in this section contained shall apply to any land which may have been ceded to, or acquired by, the United States for public purposes.
Of the regulation of trade in certain cases.
CHAPTER 22. Of certain liens on personal property.
OF CERTAIN LIENS ON PERSONAL PROPERTY.
property for labor bestowed.
SECTION 1. Any person who, having possession of the same, shall make, alter, repair, or bestow any labor on any article of personal property, at the request of the owner or lawful possessor thereof, shall have a lien on such property so made, altered, or repaired, or upon which labor has been bestowed, for his just and reasonable charges for the labor he has performed and the materials he has furnished; and such person may hold and retain possession of the same until such just and reasonable charges shall be paid.
Seo. 2. Any person who is a common carrier, or who shall, at the request of the owner or lawful possessor of any personal property, carry, convey, or transport the same from one place to another; and any person who shall safely keep or store any personal property at the request of the owner or lawful possessor thereof; and any person who shall depasture or feed any horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, or other live stock, or bestow any labor, care, or attention upon the same, at the request of the owner or lawful possessor thereof, shall have a lien upon such property for his just and reasonable charges for the labor, care, and attention he has bestowed, and the food he has furnished ; and he may retain the possession of such property until such charges
Sec. 3. If such just and reasonable charges be not paid within six months after the care, attention, and labor shall have been performed or bestowed, or the materials or food shall have been furnished, the person having such lien may proceed to sell, at public auction, the property mentioned in the preceding sections of this chapter, or a part thereof, sufficient to pay such just and reasonable charges. Before selling, he shall give notice of such sale by advertisement, at least once a week for three weeks, in some newspaper published in this District, and the proceeds of such sale shall be applied, first, the discharge of such lien, and the costs and expenses of keeping and selling such property, and the remainder, if any, shall be paid over to the owner thereof.
Sec. 4. Where the property is of a perishable nature and will be greatly injured by delay, or where the property bailed or kept be horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, or other live stock, the person to whom the charges may be due may, after the expiration of thirty days from the time when such charges shall have become due, proceed to dispose of so much of the property as may be necessary, as herein before provided.
Sec. 5. The provisions of this chapter shall not interfere with any special agreement of the parties.
OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY.
unknown, may be sold by the person
public schools. 6. Perishable property may be sold after
Section 1. Whenever any personal property shall be consigned to or deposited with any forwarding merchant, wharf, warehouse, or tavern keeper, or the keeper of any depot for the reception and storage of trunks, baggage, merchandise, or other personal property, and the owner of such property shall be unknown, the person having possession of such property may, if the same be not claimed before the expiration of one year from the time of the consignment or delivery thereof, proceed to sell such property at public auction. Trunks shall be opened in the presence of a justice of the peace, and an inventory taken of the contents.
Sec. 2. Before selling, the person having possession of such propersy shall give notice of such sale by advertisement, at least once a week for three weeks, in some newspaper published in this District.
Sec. 3. The proceeds of such sale shall be applied, first, to pay the costs and expenses of keeping and selling such property, and the remainder, if any, shall be paid over to the clerk of the circuit court, together with a statement containing a description of the property sold, the gross amount of such sale, and the amount of costs, charges, and expenses. Such statement shall be filed in the clerk's office.
Sec. 4. If the owner of the property sold, or his legal representatives, shall, at any time within three years after such money shall have been deposited with the clerk of the circuit court, furnish satisfactory evidence to any judge of the said court of the ownership of such property, he or they shall be entitled to an order from such judge, directing the clerk to pay over the amount so deposited with him.
Sec. 5. If the amount so deposited with the clerk shall not be claimed by the owner of such property or his legal representatives within three years, the same shall be paid over by the clerk for the benefit of public schools in this District, in the manner provided in chapter seven,
Sec. 6. When the property is of a perishable nature, and will be greatly injured by delay, the person having the possession thereof as aferesaid may, after the expiration of thirty days from the time of the consignment or delivery, proceed to sell the same as herein before provided.
OF CERTAIN CONSIGNMENTS.
1. Who for certain purposes may be deemed
the true owner of merchandise. 2. When the lien shall not exist., 3. When factor or agent may be deemed
the true owner.
only to have the rights of agent.
claim merchandise. 6. Agent for storage or transportation not
to sell or hypothecate.
Section 1. Hereafter, every person in whose name any merchandise shall be shipped or delivered to the keeper of any warehouse, or other factor or agent, to be shipped, shall be deemed the true owner thereof, so far as to entitle the consignee of such merchandise to a lien thereon
1. For any money advanced or negotiable security given by such consignee, on the faith of such consignment, to or for the use of the person in whose name such shipment, or such delivery of merchandise to be shipped, shall have been made;
2. For money or negotiable security received, on the faith of such consignment, by the person in whose name such shipment, or such delivery of merchandise to be shipped, shall have been made, to or for the use of such consignee.
Sec. 2. The lien provided for in the preceding section shall not exist when such consignee shall have notice, by the bill of lading or otherwise, at or before the advancing of any money or security by him, or at or before the receiving of such money or security by the person in whose name the shipment or the delivery of the merchandise to be shipped shall have been made, that such person is not the actual and bona fide owner thereof.
Sec. 3. Every factor or other agent entrusted with the possession of any bill of lading, custom-house permit, or warehouse keeper's receipt for the delivery of any such merchandise, and every such factor or agent, not having the documentary evidence of title, who shall be entrusted with the possession of any merchandise for the purpose of sale, or as a security for any advances to be made or obtained thereon, shall be deemed the true owner thereof, so far as to give validity to any contract made by such agent or factor with any other person for the sale or disposition of the whole or any part of such merchandise, for any money advanced, or negotiable instrument, or other obligation in writing, given by such other person upon the faith thereof.
Sec. 4. Every person who shall hereafter accept any such merchandise in deposit from any such agent as security for an antecedent debt or demand, shall not acquire thereby or enforce any right or interest in or to such merchandise, other than was possessed or might have been enforced by such agent at the time of such deposit.
Sec. 5. Nothing contained in the two last preceding sections shall be construed to prevent the true owner of any merchandise so deposited from demanding or receiving the same, upon repayment of the money advanced, or on restoration of the security given on the deposit of such merchandise, and upon satisfying such lien as may exist thereon in favor of the agent who may have deposited the same; nor from recovering any balance which my remain in the hands of the person with whom such merchandise shall have been deposited, as the produce of the sale thereof, after satisfying the amount justly due to such person by reason of such deposit.
Sec. 6. Nothing in this chapter contained shall be construed to authorize a common carrier, warehouse keeper, or other person to whom merchandise or other property may be committed for transportation or storage only, to sell or hypothecate the same.
OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. SECTION
1. 2. Respecting weights and measures, and authorizing certain regulations to be made in 3. relation thereto. 4.
SECTION 1. The Secretary of the Treasury is hereby directed to cause a complete set of all weights and measures, adopted as standards, to be delivered to the clerk of the circuit court of this District, for the use of this District, to be kept by the said clerk as the standards of weights and measures.
SEC. 2. The corporations of Washington City and Georgetown, respectively, and the levy court of Washington county, shall provide