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FRCIAL JOURNAL Of THE UNITED STATES, if HUM. JOURNAL Of THE STATE Of LOUISIANA. esiiBAL h. airr thohpcOii. •ae af the PI meers of Improvement la at. Jneph [From the St Jowpb, Miuoori, Gazette.] The visit of M. Jeff Thompson to onr city, after nine years' absence, is an occasion of Interest to many, and amply Justifies oar devoting more than the orflntry space allotted to a personal notice In mentioning it. To the old settlers of the Platte Pur chase any mention of the incidents of his life white among them, or those peculiari ties which distinguish him from the mass of mankind, is wholly unnecessary. Ail of them have known him well in days gone by, and are familiar with all the incidents con nected with his history while in Northwest Missouri. But we have had many, new comers since 1861, and while most cf them have heard his name and incidents illustrat ing his character, few probably have any very correot idea of the real man. A short biography, therefore, may not be unin teresting. M. Jeff Thompson was born at Harper's Ferry. Virginia, on the 221 day of January, 1826. At an early age he began to exhibit a decided genius and inclination to become a soldier, and he was educated for that pur pose, and at one time contemplated enter ing the military academy at West Point. He finally, however, engaged in the mercan tile business, in which he continued as a clerk for Fome time. In 1846 he removed to Liberty. Clay county, and engaged in busi ness. While here he formed the acquaint ance of the lady who aiterward became his wife. In 1817 he came to 8t. Joseph, and procured employment in a m'ereautiie house where his energy and ability were brought into lull play with most satisfactory results to his employers. In the winter of 1850 he made a trip, a'one, to Salt Lake City, for the firm of Middleton & Biley. This at that time, was a difficult and perilous journey, and one that tew men would have cared about undertaking. He got through safely, how ever, transacted the business entrusted to his care and returned to St. Joseph, In 1852 iztner&l Thompson with Major Robert Boyle, went into the mercantile busiuess. .At the time the firm started, their available means were rather limited and a resort to credit wm necessary. An order ior goods was scut to a house in 8t Louis, but the wholesale men didn't care about filling it until they knew something of the financial standing of their customers They accordingly dropped a noie to Messrs, Thompson & Boyle, making inquiries as to their available assets. To this note General Thompson promptly replied in the following characteristic language: ''You wish to know the amount of our assets. Put them down at $1200; Major Boyle has $400, and I owe $800." The goods were shipped at once, and the firm started in business under the most favorable auspices, and continued for about a year. Just about this time the great public im provements, which have since reached such a state of perfection in Missouri, were being commenced; and among them the Hanniba and St. Joseph Railroad, then the only rail road in process of construction north of the Missouri river, and the second in the State. General Thompson immediately manifested a deep interest in this enterprise, and sought employment in the service of the company. Here he labored with an energy and earnestness seldom equalled by any one, discharging the duties of almost every position, from cook and chain-bearer to that of eDgiDeer. Indeed, it was upon this work that he studied the science of civil engineering, and probably no man ever mastered a science under greater difficulties Prosecuting his s tudies by the dim light of the campfire, or the dimmer 'firelight at home, amid the wants of extreme poverty with a large family dependent on him at home, in mss than two years' time he was c sidered competent to build railroads and shortly thereafter did make the pre iiminary surveys and plats of the present line of the Missouri Valley Railroad, from this city to the State line. In 1857, General Thompson surveyed In 1857, General Thompson surveyed under government contract, a large dis triot in Nebraska, executing the work with great facility and exactness. No other con tractor, though some of them were the most experienced and scientific in the West, sue ceeded so well. Soon thereafter be enlisted all his energies in urging the necessity of building the St. Joseph, Denver and Pacific Railroad, jastly viewing it as an enterprise vital to the prosperity of St. Joseph. It due to his efforts that a company was formed and the project inaugurated. He made in person, the preliminary survey cf part of the line, was e>ected first President of the road, and there is not ashadow of doubt that had the coantry remained at peace, the city of St. Joseph would have years ago been connected by bands of iron with the Pacific. Jeff was a man, who, when once he put his shoulder to the wheel, never paused, or faltered, or looked behind. His whole heart and soul were in the work—he had one definite, distinct object in view—and he never sufferer! the croakings of the timid, or the muttermgs of the discontented, to turn him aside from his purpose for a single moment. He was elected Mayor of St. Joseph 1856, and his administration of the affairs of the city, and his influence before and after, are now acknowledged by all to have been one of the prime causes of our wonderful growth at that period. His attention was directed to the necessity of improvements, and the wisdom of his policy was attested by its success. He was for many years engaged in the real estate business, where histaients shone forth pre eminently in attracting immigra tion to this portion of the West. His im mense advertising, his vast and accurate knowledge of the whole country, his un tiring and intelligent efforts to make known the merits cf the city and country, coupled with his unbounded hope and faith, were productive of results to this city, the value of which it is not easy to estimate. Ht was for many years Inspector of the Fourth Military District of this State, with the rank of Colonel, and was called into active service by Governor Jackson in the spring of 1861. His career afterwards is familiar to ail. As the commander of the Ninth Military District of Missouri, and by bis various services on the lower Mississippi and the coast, he became famous through out the entire country. We shall only men tion one incident connecied with his military career, not only to show that it was ever marked by humanity, bat to give "the devil liis due." At one time during the war Geuerai Thompson succeeded in captur ing a number of prisoners belonging to General Butler's c unmaud, among them some of the latter's stiff. Several of these prisoners were sick and some wounded. General Thon pson was un ible to render them medical assistance, hav ing neither surgeons nor medicine. He promptly sent the unfortunate men through the lines with a note to General Butler, stating the facts. It is due the lat ter to say he never forgot the act; and when Jeff himself became a prisoner, he at once wrote to Washington earnestly soliciting his release, and failing in this, had him trans ferred to his own department, where he treated him with the utmost couitesy and kindness. He is now Chief Engineer of the Board of Public Works of Louisiana, at a handsome salary, which fact his myriad of friends will be delighted to know. We venture to say Louisiana could not fi§d in the country a more faithful and thoroughly efficient ser vant in the capacity of engineer than Gen eral M. Ji ff Thompson. His life has been a marvei of activity, en terprise, triumph, defeat, dangers, and all that goes to make up a career of the greatees interest. The Boston Herald of Saturday is hardly complimentary in this paragraph: The Legislature adjourned yesterday for very shame, having made the longest ses sion ever known in the Commonwealth, and done as little that was wise or useial. Al most six months have been spent, two-thirds of the time, probably, on special legislation; whi- h lias been pushed forward by a lobby as contemptible in its composition ns can be found this bide of Washington. On the whole, we can not place the Legislature of S70 very high, but we bid it farewell with ensure. The Massachusetts Legislature was in '■tinuous session nearly six months, but 0 Legislature is restricted to sixty days. OFFICIAL LAWS OF THE WAITED STATES. Fomd at the Second Soul on of the Forty First Comrreee. [Public —No. 67.] AN ACT to incorporate the Washington Market Company. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Thomas Berry. D. W. Bliss, Henry D. Cooke, William B. Todd, Peter Gardner, Henry S. Davis, George W. Riggs, Byron G. Daniels, M. G. Emery, Frederick P. Stanton, Thomas C. Connolly, S. P. Brown, John S. Crocker. Alexander R. Shepherd, William Clark, Hallett Kilbourn, John R. El vans, B. F. French, C. H. Michner, James L. Barbour, I. T. Mitchell. T. T. Fowler, T. H. Alexander, J. W. Angus, W. W. Rapley, and Thomas Lewis, their suc cessors, and each of their assigns, be, and they are hereby created a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of the Washington Market Company, and by that name shall have perpetual succession, and shall be able to sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, to defend and be de fended, in all courts of law and equity; and may make and use a common seal, ordaia and establish such by-laws, ordinances and r egulations, not inconsistent with this act or of the laws of the United States, as may be necessary and proper for the man agement of the concerns of said company. Said company shall have power, to issue and sell bonds, or to borrow money and execute mortgages and deeds of trust upon it3 property and franchise. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That said company is hereby authorized and empowered to locate and construct a suit able building or buildings upon the fol lowing described grounds, namely: Com mencing at the intersection of the centre line of B street north, with the west line of Seventh street weet, running thence north along the west side of Seventh street to the southerly side of Pennsylva nia avenue; thence westerly along the southerly side of Pennsylvania avenue to the southerly side of Louisiana avenue; thence westerly along the southerly side of Louisiana avenue to the east side of Ninth street west; thence along the east line of Ninth street to the centre line of B street; thence along the centre line of B street to the place of beginning: and to use and occupy the same by the erection of a suitable building or buildings for a public market-house, including the neces sary stalls and sheds, and also for stores public halls, and such other purposes as may be determined by said company, not inconsistent with its use as a public mar ket. The buildings herein designated to be used for the purposes of a market shall be used for no other purpose inconsistent therewith, but the same shall remain public market as hereinbefore described. And the said company shall, whenever as And the said company shall, whenever any part or parts of said buildings, stalls, stands, and so forth, for market purposes are ready for use or occupancy, offer the same for sale at public auction for one or more years, to the highest bidder or bid ders, subject to the payment of an annual rent, the amount of which to be fixed by the mayor and common council of the city of Washington and the directors of this in corporation, and public notice shall be given of the day of said sale in two or more daily newspapers published in the city of Washington, for two weeks pre vious to said sale, and by handbills to be posted up iu said market grounds, ten days previous thereto, and all subsequent sales and leases thereof shall be made on similar notice and in the same manner and the said company shall have full power to assess and collect rents for the use of said buildings, stands, stalls, and grounds aforesaid. The stalls, stands, and privileges of all kinds in said mar ket to be used for market purposes when offered at public sale, shall be let to the highest bidder, and there shall be no bidding on the part of said company, directly or indirectly; but said company with the consent of the Mayor and Aldermen of the city of Washington may fix a minimum rate of bids at such sale, and the person who sball offer the highest price at or beyond such minimum for any such stand, stall, or privilege shall be entitled to the occupation thereof, and shall be considered as having the good will and the right to retain the possession thereof so long as he chooses to occupy the same for his own business and pay the rent therefor; and the rent shall only be raised on application to the Mayor and Common Council, who, 'after hearing the parties, may change and determine the same; provided, however, that such right to the possession of such stands or stalls may be sold and transferred by such pur chaser under regulations to be fixed by the by-laws of said company, and in the case of the death of any such purchaser during the existence of his lease, it shall be disposed of as other personal property, and the municipal government of said city shall at all times have power to make and enforce such regulations with regard to said markets and the management thereof in their judgment the convenience, health and safety of the community may require. require. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the capital stock of said company shall be one million of dollars, and shall con sist of twenty thousand shares of fifty dollars each. The stock may be sub scribed for upon the books of the company, which shall be open at the Department of the Interior, in the city of Washington, on the second Monday following the final passage of this act, at twelve o'clock noon; said books to be kept open until the whole amount of said stock shall be subscribed, or so much thereof, not less than fifty per centum of the whole amount, as a majority of said corporators shall deem sufficient to authorize the said company to commence work. A cash payment of ten per cent um shall be paid at the time of subscrip tion to said stock to the person or persons authorized to receive the same by the said corporators. After the books, as afore said, shall have been kept open for the space of two days, if a larger amount than the capital stock of said company shall have been subscribed, the books shall be cloned, and the said corporators shall forthwith apportion said capital stock among the subscribers in such manner that citizens of the city of Washington shali have the full amount individually subscribed for, so far as may be practica ble; and any deductions necessary in con sequence of any excess of subscripiion shall be made from subscriptions of the largest amount, so that no bona fide sub scription shall be diminished while any larger subscription shall be maintained. That as soon as the stock is subscribed and apportioned as above mentioned, and the payment made as aforesaid, the said corporators, or a majority of them, shall call a meeting of the stockholders at some place in Washington city, District of Co lumbia, by advertisement in one or more of the daily newspapers in said city ten days previous thereto, and the stockhold ers, in person or by proxy, shall proceed to the election from among the stockhold ers, by ballot, of thirteen directors for conducting and managing the business of said company, for the term of one year from the lime of their election, or until the first Monday of January next" ensuing their election, if that should happen to be less than one year from the election; that said directors, when elected, shall imme diately appoint one of their number to be president of the boald of directors, and also appoint a treasurer of said company. In the absence of the president, a majority of said directors may appoint a president pro tempore; and a majority of said di rectors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That said directors may fill any vacancy which may happen in their own body during the time for which they are elected, and in case of the death, resignation, or disquali fication of the president or treasurer, to fill the vacancy, to serve for the residue of the term; and the stockholders, on the first Monday of January in each and every year thereafter, shall elect by ballot, at the office of the said company,a new board of thirteen directors from among the stock holders, from whom a president and treas urer shall be appointed as above men tioned, to hold their offices fur one year from the time of their election, and until their successors are elected and qualified. Each stockholder shall be entitled to one vote for every share of stock held by him or her at the time, which may be given by the stockholder, or by proxy, at any gen eral or special election, of which general or special election notice sball be given by advertisements in one or more of the daily newspapers in said city ten days previous thereto. Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the plans submitted by the incorporators, as set forth in the schedule annexed to this act, and which schedule is made part of this act, and a3 set forth in the draw ings referred to in said schedule, shall be adopted for such new buildings and mar ket square. There shall be one or more entrances to said market grounds between Seventh and Ninth streets* on Pennsylva nia avenue or Louisiana avenue, of suita ble width and height, for the accommoda tion of pedestrians. Sec. 6. And be it farther enacted, That the treasurer of said company shall, be fore he acts as such, give a bond to the company, in such penalty and with such security as the president and directors shall require, conditional for the faithful discharge of the duties and trusts com mitted to him. All salaries shall be fixed by the president and directors. Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the shares in said company shall be deemed personal and not real estate, and shall be transferable in such manner as the by-laws of tne company shall pre scribe; and the shares held by any indi vidual sball be liable to be attached or taken in execution to satisfy the debts due from any such stockholder in like manner as other personal property may be. Sec. 8. And be it farther enacted. That the said president and direc[t]ors of said company shall have power to demand and receive of the stockholders the remainin nine-tenths of said stock from time to time as they shall deem necessary: Pro vided, That suca calls shall not exceed the rate of fitteen per centum thereof per mouth; aud if any stockholder shall neg lect or refuse to pay the amount due and demanded, within thirty days after said demand, the said shares may be forfeited, or not, by said directors at tiieir option. Sec. 9. And be it further enacted. Tfiat the said president aud directors shall have power to contract with any person or per sons for the necessary work on the grounds, and for the construction of buildings, stands, stalls, and all necessary fixtures; to appoint a general superintendent and other laborers, and to affix the amount of compensation for labor, as well as for all materials furnished said company, and to do all acts which by this act and the by laws of said company they may be author ized to do. Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That the said company is hereby required to purchase and pay for all buildings and fixtures which may be upon the above mentioned ground belonging to individu als, within a reasonable time after the passage of this act, the price of which shall be agreed upon by the president and directors of said company and the owners (should they demand any pay therefor) of the aforesaid buildings and fixtures ; and whenever the president and directors and the owners of said pro perty can not agree as to the price of said buildings or fixtures, then in such case the company shall select one competent per son, and the owner shall select one com petent person, and they, the two, shall choose a third one, who shali proceed to value the buildings and fixtures, and a de cision of a majority of the three shall be fioal as to the value ot said properly, and the amount so agreed upon shall be paid to the owner thereof before the same is re moved from the grounds aforesaid. That in case the owner of said property will neither sell said property nor choose an ar bitrator, as aforesaid, te value said pro perty, after ten days' notice so to do, then, in such case, the said company may pro ceed to remove the same to some place off said grounds without being liable to an action for damages. the said company shall, within sixty days from the time it gets quiet and peaceable possession of the real estate men tioned in this act, commence work thereon, and so prosecute the same that buildings for stores, halls, market grounds, stands, stalls, and other purposes, and all market buildings, shall be fully completed within two years or less from the commencement thereof; or incase said company shall not commence said buildings within the time aforesaid, or, having commenced, shall fail to complete the same within the time afore said, or [having completed the same, shall permit the same to get out cf repair or become dilapidated, and should the said company fail to comply with anj of the conditions of this act for the space of six consecutive months, the franchise hereby granted to said company shall be forfeited, and the rights and privileges hereby granted shall revert to the United States. Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That the privileges conferred by this act shall be enjoyed by said company for the term of ninety-nine years, unless sooner terminated for a non-compliance or abuse of the conditions herein imposed upon said company, which may be done by suit in the name of the United States, to lecover possession of said property. At the end of said period of ninety-nine years, the said lands, with all (he erec tions and improvements thereon, shall revert to the United States, unless Con gress shall by law extend the period of occupation thereoi by said company: Pro vided. That if the corporation ot the city of Washington shall, after a period of thirty years from the approval of this act, by a vote of the councils thereof express a desire to possess itself of the said market buildings and grounds, Congress may au thorize the corporate authorities to take possession of the same upon payment to the said Market House Company of a sum of money equal to a fair and just valuation of the buildings and improvements then standing on said grounds, and the mode and manner of ascertaining such valuation shall be determined by Congress. Sec. 13. And be it further enacted, That the real estate herein described is hereby vested in the said corporation for and dur ing the said term of ninety-nine years, or until a forfeiture of its rights and privi leges by a breach of the conditions herein imposed on said company, and said estate shall be taken and considered as a deter minable fee. The real and personal pro perty of said corporation shall be subject to assessment and taxation for all District and municipal purposes, in the same man ner and to the same extent that like property in the city ot Washington owned and possessed by individuals is liable to assessment and taxation. Seo. 14. And be it further enacted, That in consideration of the privileges granted by this act to the Washington Market Company, the said company shall pay, yearly, every year during the said term of ninety-nine years, unto the city of Washington, the sam of twenty-five thousand dollars; which sum Bhall be Teceived by said city, and set apart and expended .by and under the direction of the city . government of said city for the support aud relief of the poor of said city and of the District of Columbia; and said city may enforce the payment of said sum from time to time as the same shall become dne, either by an action at law or by the same proceedings now authorized by law for the collection of taxes by said city. Sec. 15 And be it farther enacted, That if the corporators named in this act, or a major part of them, Bhall refuse or neglect for sixty days from and after the passage of this act, to accept the franchise hereby created, or if, having accepted the same, they shall have forfeited the same within two years from aud after the passage of this act, then and in that'ease it shall and may be lawful for any citizens of the city of Washington, to the number of twenty or more, to associate themselves together by articles in writing snbscribed by them, whereby they shall undertake and agree to accept the franchise conferred by this act and to perform all the conditions therein imposed; said articles shall be re corded in the office of the register for the city of Washington, and thereupon such associates shall become a body corporate and be invested with all the rights, privil eges, and immunities conferred by this act upon the corporators named therein. Sec. 16. And be it further enatfted, That the city government of Washington shall have the right to hold and use, under such rules and regulations as the said cor poration may prescribe, the open space at the intersection of Ohio and Louis iana avenues with Tenth and Twelfth streets as a market for the purchase and sale of the following articles, to wit : Hay, straw, oats, corn, corn-meal, seed of all kinds, wood for sale from the wagon, cattle on the hoof, swine on the hoof, country produce, sold in quantities "from the wagon, and such other bulky and coarse articles as the said corporation may designate. And from and after sixty days from the passage of this act market ing of the products named herein shall be excluded from Pennsylvania and Louisi ana avenues, and the sidewalks aud pave ments thereon. Sec. 17. And be it further enacted, That all acts and parts of ac's of the Board of Aldermen and Board of Common Council, and ot Congress, inconsistent with this act are hereby repealed, and that this act shall be deemed a public act, and shall take effect from and after its passage. But Congress hereby reserves the right to legislate in respect to said property hereby granted, and to amend or repeal this act SPECIFICATIONS FOR WASHINGTON CITY MARKET BUILDING. SCHEDULE. Specifications of materials and workman ship required in carrying out and complet ing the improvements proposed to be made by the Washington City Market Company, on Center Market Space, at Washington, District of Columbia, and more particularly within the metes and bounds prescribed and enumerated in the accompanying act. The work to be executed according to the annexed drawings, which are hereby made a part of these specifications, and which consist of— 1. An elevational view in perspective ; 2. Ground plans of first story ; 3. Ground plans of second story; 4. Ground plans of third story ; 5. Ground plans of fourth and fifth sto ries, and sectional views, showing the interior arrangement of the main building, as well as the open structures for market purposes, to wit: 6. By a line running due east and we3t through center of square; 7. By a line running due north and south through center of the square; 8. By a line running transversely through wings of main building. The work must be doue also in accord ance with all working plans and detail sheets in explanation ot the above d■'signs such as the architect may find necessary in order to give full artistic effect to most substantial and permanent structures. DESCRIPTION OF THE IMPROVEMENTS. A. Main building on the northern front.— The northern or avenue front will be ap propriated to an edifice which consists, as per design, of projecting pavilions, with deep returns on Seventh and Ninth streets. These are five stories in height above the ground, exclusive of the promi nent Mansard roofs; turther. it consists of connecting wings, four stories high above ground, and having also Mansard roots. The main part of thi3 building will be eighty ieef in depth, exclusive of wide pro jections at center and at ends, toward the south, and of light, ornamental pro ctions to the north. The first story of this building is occu pied by stores, and the upper s cries wi" contain all the necessry and useful ac commodations for offices, rooms, or other lawful purposes, the servants' department of which is located in a basement, w r hich has also cellars for the stores, aud the necessary cold air ducts, hot air flues, coils of steam pipes, chambers and fixtures for heating all the rooms and corridors of the whole build ing with low pressure steam generated in non explosive boilers, walled in fire proof. Among the modern accommodations are prominent separate elevators, with best mechanical appliances for the conveyance of persons and baggage to the different stories, liberal allowances for lobbies, public and private parlors, reading rooms, large and well ventilated modern public and private halls, suites of rooms and single rooms, with communicning bath rooms and alcoves, good-sized plain rooms, spacious corridors, twelve feet in width, easy and wide stairways insufficient number, which afford ea-y egress in case ot alarms; turther, large dust shafts through the house; also, speaking tubes in all directions, electric bells and clocks. The whole avenue front, as well as the fronts of the pavilions, returned around their northern corners on Seventh and Ninth stieets, will be faced with granite for entrance story, aud with marble or cut sandstone of equal style and durability for upper stories up to the main cornioe. The ornamental and molded or carved trim mings of the windows, and other details implying the art of the sculptor, will be constructed of metal. All the above cut stone and ornamental work to be backed with and anchored to brick work of pro portionate thickness, consisting of best hard-burnt bricks, laid in cement mortar. The Mansard roofs will be covered with ornamental slate laid to chaste and tasty patterns ; the roof of the cupola will be covered in likewise with projecting ribs of galvanized metal running up along the hips, and the prominent parts of which are gilded. The flat part of the Mansard roof^will receive a metal covering, laid on English felt, the scroll-work forming the crest-railings along the upper edges of the French roofs ; and all sim.iar parts, whether purely con-tractive or decorative, wherever they are exposed to the destruc tive agency of the elements, will be of cast or wrought iron, aud bronzed. The shell of the buiiding, respectively, the substance and finish of its exterior being thus clearly defined, we now proceed to specify the character and substance of construction and interior finish. The foundations and cellar walls to be started upon two courses of blue stones, of extra size, well bedded on the natu ral ground, and flashed in solid with good cement mortar. All the faundations to go down to solid natural ground, and wher ever this or its equivalent can not be ob tained, recourse must be bad to pile foun dations. The basement and cellar walls will be built with best blue-stone masonry, laid in cement mortar; the floors of cellars and basement to consist of a layer of con crete, consisting of cement, brickbats and broken stones iu due proportions and of a proportionate thickness ter the different purposes. The floors to be laid upon this substratum ot cement will consist of brioks, pure cement or woodeu flooring, as the considerations of safety, health and comfort of the occupants will require. The ceiling of the cellar, or, rather, floor of the entrance story, will be con structed fire-proof, of rolled iron beams with intermediate brick arches wherever any remote danger may be appre hended, but those sections between the stores and their cellars will be laid, with wooden joists, the intervals between which will be counter-ceiled and filled in with layer of hair-mortar two inches thick. All the wooden floors of the building which separate the upper stories will be con structed with these same precautions against the progress or communication of fire from one story to another. The floors of lobby and private en trances to the upper stories will be laid with encaustic English tile, and the rest of the floors of this and the upper stories of best Darrow North Carolina pine. All the principal partitions of entrance story to be constructed of brick work. The fronts of the stores to consist mainly of French plate glass of first quali ty, set in hard-wood finish. The upper stories will be divided off by what externally shows qs pavilions, into fire-proof compartments formed by sub stantial brick partition walls, but the minor subdivisions will be formed by studded partitions, thoroughly bridged and trussed where necessary, all plastered in three-coat work with hard finish, pro portionate eornices, pilaster caps, and cen tre pieces of ornamental stucco work for the more prominent rooms. The outside walls must be stripped and lathed, preparatory to plastering. All the windows to have double box frames and one and three inch thick sash All the sash of fronts to be in imitation of French sash, to be glazed with best crystal sheet-glass of double thickness, they, as well as the rear windows to have boxed inside shutters. Door frames and modern-styled interior doors to be one and three-quarier inches thick. The trimmings of windows and doors to con sist of heavy and bold mouldings, well proportioned in width and projections, and graduated for the different stories, All the wash-boards to have sub-bases, screwed to the floors and top moldings, The roofs and cupola must be framed aod trussed in best and scientific manner. All the rooms inside the Mansard roof to be studded out square. Well-secured and largest sized sky-lights will run for the whole length of the longitudinal corridors, so as to introduce an abundance of light and ventilation by means of shafts. Or namental skylights on top of well-holes ot stairs will also serve for this purpose. Ornamental and heavy marble mantels for all the principle rooms. All the hardware required will be of the best American manufacture, sufficiently strong for the different pur. posrs, and in elegance graduated ior the different stories and departments. Particular attention must be paid to tho successful and substantial execution of successful and substantial execution of the plumber's work, with galvanized iron supply-pipes for Potomac water, sufficient ly large to feed fire-plugs for two-inch hose in each and every story. Globe valves or compression stop-cocks must be introduced in sufficient numbers to shut off each story, and again, each bath room, or section of the work, independently, so as to reduce the inconveniences to the particular locality where any repairs may be required hereafter. These stop-cocks must be connected by tubes with the waste-pipes, so as to empty the pipes without the possibility or injury to the building. All the plumber's fixtures, such as stationary wash-travs, ranges, sinks washstands, water-closets, urinarie3, and bath-tubs, must be of the best and most approved patterns and manufacture; all of them will have inaependent, large-sized stink traps, with trap-screws to afford best facilities for removing any obstructions, All this plumber's work in upper stories must be Fet on lead-lined floors, which must be connected by trapped tubes with the waste-pipes, so as not to expose the rooms to any contingencies of overflows by leaks in the connections of fixtures with pipes. All the wash-trays and sinks to be of soapstone or enameled iron; the washstands for principal stories to have China bowls and countersunk marble slabs; for basement, entrance story, and and upper stories, the washstands will consist of enameled iron. The public water-closets to Lave self acting hopper closets; the private closets to be pau-lever pull closets; all the bath tubs to be copper planished with seamless bottom, to be set on well-boxes, let into the lead-lined floors. The plumber's work ior principal story bath-tubs will all be provided with silver-plated cocks, plugs, and chains. Lead lined small tanks with bells and ball cocks for the supply ot evoporating pans of the coil chambers, so as to supply moist ure to the heated air throughout the house. No waste-pipe to be less than two inches, and no soil pipe to be less than five inches, interior diameter, and all to be securely and well connected with and trapped from the main sewer pipes lead ing to the canal. Three-inoM main gas pipes to be introduced for the supply of the house, and to be properly graduated throughout all the rooms, corridors, and passages of the house, stop-cocks to be in troduced in sufficient number, so as to enable the gas to be shut off immediately from any section of the building where any alarm of fire may be given. All the painting through the house, outside and inside, to be done in four coats, with best Lewis's white lead and linseed oil, or zinc paint, as the case may require it. The parlors and public rooms of second and third stories to bo finished artistically in p irti colors, with China gloss. The glaz ing of rear elevation and sky light, and so forth, to be done with best Baltimore glass, single or double, as the case may require. All the down spouts from the roof to be connected with the sewer, so as to keep them from freezing, aud serve the purpose of ventilating the sewer. B. Wing along Seventh street front.— The entire frontage on Seventh street, to the south of the above described building, will be appropriated to a two-story build ing. seventy-five feet in width, and covered with a metal roof. For character of the foundations, reference is made to that spec ified for building on the avenue. There will be a cellar, containing au independent steam heating apparatus for the second story of this building, a-ranged fully equal to the one described before. The first story will be arranged for a large and open market hall, prepared to receive convenient, large-sized and tasty modern market stalls, not less than twenty feet high; the floor to be laid with a proper fall toward traps for each stall or s6t of stalls, connecting by large sized drain pipes with the sewer. This hall will have a brick floor upon a concrete foun dation, except that part constituting the drive-way for wagons leading into the hollow square, and which will be laid with the most approved wood pavement Ample light and air will be thrown into this hall by pivoting windows on the east and west side, which will be glazed with ground glass to intercept the solar rays. Two rows of wrought iron columns will support rolled iron girders, supporting a fire-proof floor, constructed by brick arches Bprung between rolled iron double T beams. . Wide fire-proof stairs of wrought and cast iron lead to the second story of this wing, containing ample and spacious office rooms. All these rooms to have wooden floors laid on concrete, filling up the haunches of the brick arches. The finish of this wing to be equal in substance and style to that sf the office rooms in the new .building lately erected for the De partment of Agriculture; the partitions to be of brick wherever feasible, and the ceiling to be light but fire-proof. The outside walls of tbi3 building to be con structed of the best hard-burned bricks, with a chastely ornamented pressed brick front, facing Seventh street; window sash iu imitation of French sash, glazed with crystal sheet glass. The frame of the roof tobe solidly constructed, and to be thor oughly trussed, ventilation shafts to reach above roof for market hall, and ven tilating flues for all the office rooms, with the necessary registers. Light wells above corridors. All the details required for the successful execution of the work tobe pro vided for and done, such as plumbiog and gas-fitting, fully equal to that specified be fore. . C. Wing along Ninth street.—This wing will be laid out similar to that on Seventh street, to which reference is made, there' fore, for the construction of foundations, walls, floors and roof. But the width of this wing will be eighty feet outside measure. The first story of this building will be appropriated again for market stalls, and all the appointments made for the Seventh street wing will therefore be also applicable for this wing. The second story ef this wing will be reached by wide and commodious iron stairs at both ends, aud will be appropriated in toto for £ grand hall, with surrounding galleries and extra height, so as to be useful for con ventions and other extraordinary occasions of national importance. All the necessary dressing and retiring rooms, aud water closets are amply provided. The galleries to be supported by ornamental brackets of cast and wrought iron, firmly secured and anchored through the whole thickness of outside walls. Floor of narrowest North Caroliua yellow pine, to be waxed. Heavy and wide doors will open outward. Heavy trimmings for windows and doors^ coved aod paneled; ornamental ceiling with perforated largest sized rosettes above the chandeliers, arranged so as to discharge the foul air into large ventiducts reaching above roof. This hall to be heated by steam like the other building? C. Market shed on south front—Along the south front of the square, and con necting the two wiDgs on Seventh and Ninth streets, there will be built a one story market shed, sixty feet in width, and in style as marked out in the sectional drawings and ground plans. This shed will be erected on a sufficient foundation and will be supported by cast-iron columns, carrying a neat and appropri ately designed, plc.ned, open roof con struction. The drainage will be so regu lated as to afford facilities for keeping live fish in badns during the hot season. The south side of this shed between the iron columns, will be inclosed by a light brick base wall, seven feet in height, and wide s'ationary blinds above. All the ex posed iron, tin and wood work, inside and outside, to be well painted in three-coat work and tints, as will be directed by the arcfiitect. Roof to be covered by best bright roofing, tin on felt, laid upon a tongued and grooved planed narrow sheathing. Dowa-spouts and surface drainage to be connected with sewer. D. Alley.—Along the south front of the principal*building on the avenue (de scribed under head A) there will be a paved alley twenty feet iu width, with covered entrance and exit for wagons on Seventh and Ninth streets. The covered part to be paved with wood and the open part to be paved with wood or paving stone, as will be found most suitable. E. Additional market sheds.—Along the southern line of the alley, and parallel with the main building, also against the inner walls of the wings on Seventh and Ninth streets, and in a manner so a3 to urround the hollow square formed by the improvements previously described, and as laid down distinctly and well defined onground plan and sectional drawings, there will be built market stands in style, substance, and finish similar to that de scribed for southern front, (under head C.) These structures being lewer than the market halls under the main roofs, abundant space is left for heacMights above the light roofs of the sheds, through which to pass light and air into these closed market halls. All these sheds have brick floors. F. Court-yard.—The court-yard will be paved with wood, by either one of the best tested or most approved systems, in best manner, and with a due fall, so as to afford an ea=y surface drainage. At the most convenient place iu centre of court-yard there will be constructed an ornamental fountain, The covered en trances for pedestrians from the avenue front into the market sqnare will also be laid with wood pavement, as above. G. Sewer.—Through the center of the square, from north to south, an egg shaped sewer of brick-work laid iu ce ment will be built, into which all the large-sized drain-pipes irom the different sections of \he whole improvement will discharge in a manner so as to sweep off all the rain-water, waste and soil, and also to drain efficiently the ground of the whole square. GENERAL CONDITIONS. The specifications and drawings are in tended to co-operate, so that anything exhibited in the drawings, and not men tioned in the specifications, or vice versa, to be executed the same as is if both were mentioned in the specifications, and set forth in the drawings, to.the true meaning and spirit of said drawings. All the work to be done under the direction and according to the designs of the archi tect of the company. It is to be under stood that these specifications are intended to include all and everything necessary to the completion of all the improvements in good, substantial, and workmanlike manner, and modem style, with best sound materials for each and every part and department, at the company's own cost. Approve!, May 20, 1870. [The drawings referred to in this act are on file with the original iu the Depart ment ot S'ate.] [Public— No. 66 ] AN ACT for the relief of the widows and orphans of the officers, seamen, and marines, of the United States vessel of war Oneida, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the widow or child or children, aod in case there be no widow or child or children, then the parent or parents, and if there be no parents, the brothers and sisters of the officers, seamen, ma rines, and others in service who were lost in the United St&tes vessel of war Oneida, on the twenty-fourth day of January, eighteen hundred and seventy, shall be en titled to and receive, out of any m#ney in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, a sum equal to twelve months' sea pay of their respective deceased relations afore said, in addition to the pay due to the said deceased at the date of the loss of said vessel, and the proper accounting officers of the Treasury Department are hereby authorized to compute said pay up to and including the said twenty-fourth day of January, eighteen hundred ^and seventy, the day upon which said vessel was sunk in Yokohama bay, Japan; and the said ac counting offioers are hereby authorized, in adjusting the accounts of such of the offi cers who were lost on board the Oneida as were entitled by law or regulation to ex amination for promotion, to allow them the increased pay from the date they became entitled to examination, and the Secretary of the Navy is authorized to issue the commissions of those who were confirmed by the Senate. Sec. 2. And be it farther enacted, That the proper accounting officers of the treasury be, and they are hereby, author ized and directed to settle upon the prin ciples of justice and equity the accounts of the officers, sailors, marines, and oth ers, including captain's clerk, on board the said vessel of war Oneida, and to as sume the last quarterly return of the pay master of said vessel as the basis of com putation of the subsequent credits to those on board to the date of such loss, if there be no official evidence to the contrary. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the proper accounting officers of the Treasury Department be, and are hereby, authorized and directed to settle the ac counts of Thomas L. Tullock, junior, late paymaster in the navy, who was lost in the said vessel of war Oneida, with all bis accounts and vouchers, for expenditures and payments made by him, and with all the money, stores and supplies, procured for the use of said vessel, and to allow him a credit for whatever sum appears to be due from him on the books of the de partment. Approved May 18, 1870. [Pcblic—N o. 71.] AN ACT creating an additional land dis trict in the Territory of Colorado. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives ot the United States of America in Congress assembled. That all that portion of the Territory of Colorado embraced in the following described limits, to wit: Commencing at the eastern boundary of the Territory at the intersec tion of the second correction line south and running thence west ou that line to the line dividing ranges numbered seventy five and seventy-six west of the sixth prin cipal meridian; thence south with the range line to the third correction line south: thence west on said line to the western boundary of the Territory; thence south to the southern boundary of said Territory; thence east to the eastern boundary of said Territory; th«nce north to the place of beginning; shall constitute a separate land district, to be called the Arkansas Valley land district, the office of which shall be located at such place in said district as tbe President of the United States may direct, which may be changed by him from time to time as the public interest may require. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted. That the President sball appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, or in the recess of the Senate, a register and receiver of public moneys for said district: and said officers shall reside in the place where said land office is located, and shall have the same powers and receive the same emoluments as the same efficer3 now receive in the land districts in the State of Nevada. Approved May 27, 1870. [Public Resolution—N o. 30] JOINT RESOLUTION making an appro priation to defray the expenses of the Committee on Education and Labor, incurred in pursuance of investigations ordered by the House of Representa tives. Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of three thonsand dollars. as mnch thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to defray the expenses to be incurred by the Comnfittee on Education and Labor, in conducting the investigation ordered by the House of Representatives by resolution of April sixth, eighteen hundred and seventy. Approved May 4, 1870. [Public Resolution —No. 32.] A RESOLUTION to provide for survey and estimates of cost of removing ob structions from the Bayou Teche, in the State of Louisiana. Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives cf the United States of America ia Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, in structed to cause a survey and estimates of cost of removing obstructions from and improving the navigation of the Bayou Teche, in the State of Louisiana : Pro vided, That tbe expense of said survey and estimate shall not exceed tbe sum of five hundred dollars. And the same is hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. Approved May 5,1870. [Public Resolution —No. 33.] RESOLUTION for the transfer of ao unexpended balance of appropriation to the book fund of the Library of Con gress. Resolved by tbe Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars, appropriated by acts approved July thirty, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, and March three, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, "for the expenses of exchang ing public documents for the publications of foreign g ivernments," tbe same being an unexpended balance not required for that purpose, be and the same is hereby transferred to the fund for the purchase of books for the library of Congress. Approved May 5, 1870. [Public Resolution —No. 41.] JOINT RESOLUTION for the relief of Helen Lincoln and Heloise Lincoln, and for the withholding of moneys from tribes of Indians holding American captives. Whereas, the Kiowa Indians, on or about the fifth day of January, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, captured iu Cook county, in the State of Texas, two female children, whose family name is unknown, aged about three and five years, after hav ing murdered the parents and all the known relatives of said children; and whereas said children have recently been recovered from said Indians and are now in the care of J. H. Leavenworth, and are without any means of support: Therefore, Be it resolved bv the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States ot America in CoDgress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior is hereby di rected to reserve from any annuities due or to become due to said Kiowa Indians the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars for each one of said children, and cause the same to be placed to their credit on the books of the treasury of the United States, to bear interest at tbe rate of five per centum per annum, and use from time to time the income from the same in such manner as he may deem ex- .