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OFFICIAL.
I.awn of tbe United State* Pawed at tke
Third Sr«*ion of tbe l eity-Second
Congress.
[General Nature—No. 107.]
An act to provide for tbe Fale of lands of
tne United States containing coal,
lie it enacted by tbe Senate and House of
liepr^-entatives of the United States oi
America :n Congress assembled, That any
person above the age of "'.ventv-one years,
who is a citizen of the United States, or
who has declared his intention to become
»nch. or aty association of persons sever
ally qualified as above, shall, upon applica
tion to the register of the proper land office,
have the right to enter, by legal sabdi
v.sions. any quantity oi vacant coal lands
cf the United States not otherwise appro
priated or reserved by competent authority,
not exceeding one hundred and sixty acres
So such individual person, or three hundred
and twenty acres to such association, upon
payment to the receiver ol not less than
ten dollars per acre for such lands, where
•he S8ine shall be situated more than fifteen
miles from any completed railroad, and not
j.-ss than twenty dollars per acre for such
lands as shall be within fifteen miles of
tr.ch road.
Sec. 2. That any person or association
cl persons severally qualified as above, who
lave opened and improved, or shall here
after open and improve, any coal mine or
mines upon the public lands, and shail be in
actual possession of the same, shall be en
titled to a preference right oi entry, under
the foregoing piovisions, of the mines so
opened and improved; provided, that when
any association of not less than four per
sons. severally qualified us in section one
of this act. shall have expended not less
than live thousand dollars in working and
improving any such mine or mines, snch
association may enter not exceeding six
hundred and forty acres, including such
mining improvements.
.Sec. i. That all claims under section two
el this act must be presented to the register
of the proper land district within sixty days
after the date of actual possession and the
commencement of improvements on the
le.ud, by the filing of a declaratory state
ment therefor; provided, that when tbe
township plat is not on file at the date of
such improvement, filing must be made
W.tbin sixty days from tbe receipt of such
plat at the district office; and provided fur
ther, that where the improvements shall
Lave been made prior to the expiration oi
three months from the passage of this act,
sixty davs from tbe expiration ol said three
months shail be allowed for the filing of a
declaratory statement, and no* sale under
the provisions of this act shall be allowed
until the expiration of eix months from the
date hereof.
8'ec. 1. That this act shall be held to
authorize only one entry by the same per
son or association ol persons under its
I lovisions ; and no association of persons
any member of which shall have taken the
benefit of this act either as an individual or
as a member of any other association, shall
enter or held any other lands under the
provisions of this act; and no member of
any association which shall have taken the
benefit of this act shall enter or hold anv
ether lands under its provisions ; and all
per u ons claiming under section two Lereol
shaii be required to prove their respective
rights and pay for the lands tiled upon
within one year from the time prescribed
lor filing th^ir sespective claims; and upon
failure to file the proper notice, or to pay
lor the land within the required period, the
same shall be subject to entry by any other
qualified applicant.
Sec - . 5. That in case of conflicting claims
ijion lands where the improvements sha.l
be hereafter commenced, priority ol posses
sion and improvement, followed by proper
dug and continued good faith, shall de
vrmine the preference right to purchase.
And also where improvements have already
*>een made at the date of the passage of
this act, division oi' the land claim
may he made by legal subdivisions,
to include, as near as may be, the
-ai cable improvements of the respective
laities; and Commissioner of the General
Land Office shall be and is hereby author
liied to issue all needful rules and regula
tions for carrying into effect the provisions
«f this act.
Sec. 0. That nothing in this act shall be
eimstrued to destroy or impair any rights
which may have attached prior to its pass*
ige, or to authorize the saie of lands vaiu
*Ke for mines of gold, silver or copper.
Approved Mart-ii 3,1873.
[General Nature—No. 108.]
An act for the relief of Howard P. Moflat.
lie it enacted by the Senate and House of
.representatives of the United States of
America in Congress assembled, That the
President of the United States be and he is
lereby authorized to nominate, and by and
with the advice and consent of the Senate
I) appoint, upon the retired list of the navy,
with the rank of master. Howard F. Mof
lat, now a volunteer officer cn ;he active
list of the navy.
Approved March 3, 1873.
(General Nature—N o. 109«]
An act to extend the time for tiling claims
tor additional bounty under the act of
July twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred
and sixty-six.
Be it enacted by tbe Senate and House
of Representatives of the United States ot
America in Congress assembled, That the
•ime for filing claims for additional bounty,
tndfer the act of July twenty-eighth, eight
ten hundred and sixty-six, and which
»xpired by limitation January thirtieth,
•igliteen hundred and seventy-three, be,
sud the same is hereby revived and ex
ended until the thirtieth day of January,
-ighteen hundred and seventy-tour; and
'h at all claims for such bounties filed in the
iroiier department after the thirtieth day
•f January, eighteen hundred and seyenty
•hree, and before the passage ot this act,
•hall be deemed to have been tiled in due
ime, and shall he considered and decided
without filing.
Approved March 3, 1873.
[General Nature—No. 110]
An act to authorize and direct the Secre
tary of War to distriiiute arms and mili
tary equipments under the act oi April
twenty-three, eighteen hundred and eight,
Sind the acts amendatory thereot.
Be it amended by the Senate and House
el Representatives of the United States of
America in Congress assembled. I hat the
Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, au
thorized and directed to distribute to such
States as did not. from the year eighteen
hundred and sixty-two to the year eighteen
hundred and sixty-nine, receive the same,
their proper quota cf arms and military
• quipments for each year, from eighteen
1 undred and sixty-two to eighteen hundred
and sixty-nine, under the act of Congress
approved Apiil twenty-third, eighteen hun
dred and eight, and the several acts amend
atory thereof; provided, that in the organiz
ation and equipment of military companies
and organizations with said arms, no dis
crimination shall be made between said
companies and organizations on account of
taco, color or former condition of servi
tude.
Approved March 3, 1873.
[General Nature—N o. • 1
An act to revise, consolidate, and amend
the laws relating to pensions.
l!c- it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United Spates ol
America in Congress assembled. That if
the ability of any officer cf the army, in
cluding regulars, volunteers, and militia, or
anv officer in the navy or marine corps, or
anv edisted man, however employed, in the
military or naval service ot the United
•Sfiites. or in its marine corps, whether regu
i Ay mustered or not, disabled by reason of
anv wound'or injury received, or disease
contracted, while in the service ol tne
United States and in the line of duty; any
master serving on a gunboat, or any pilot,
engineer, sailor or other person not regu
larly mustered, serving upon any gunboat
or war vessel of the United States, disabled
by any wound or injury received, or other
wise incapacitated, while in the line ot
duty, lor procuring his subsistence bv
manual labor; any person not an enlisted
soldier in the army, serving for the time
being as a member of tbe militia of any
State under orders of an officer of the
United States, cr who volunteered for the
t.rne being to serve with any regularly or
ganized military or naval force of the Lni
;ed States, or who otherwise volunteered
and rendered service in any engagement
with rebels or Indians, disabled in conse
quence of wounds or injury received m the
line of duty in such temporary service: any
acting assistant or contract Eurgeon, dis
abled by any wound cr injury received or
diseas# contracted in the line of duty while
actually performing the duties ol assistant
surgeon or acting assistant surgeon with
anv military force m the field or in transitu
or "in hospital, or any provost marshal, dep
irv provost marshal, or enrolling oriicer,
disabled by reason of any wound cr injury
received ia the discharge ot his duty, to
irocure a subsistence by manual labor, has
ieen since the fourth cay of March, eight
een hundred and sixty-one, or shall here
after be impaired by reason of such disa
bility, he shail, upon making due proof of
the fact, according to such Itiruis and regu
lations as are or may he provided by am. in
pursuance of law, be plat ed upon the list ct
invalid pensioners of the United States, and
be entitled to receive, for a total disability
o j a permanent specific disability, such pen
sion as is hereinafu r provided in such cases,
and far an infeiior disability, except in cases
of permanent specific disability for which
the rate of pension is expressly pro
vided, an amount proportionate to that pro
vided for total disability, to commence as
hereinafter provided, ami to continue dur
ing the existence of the disability; provided,
that no claim of a State militiaman, ornon
eulisted person, « n account oi disability
from wounds or injury ieeeived in battle
with rebels or Indians, while temporarily
rendering service, shall he valid unless pro
secuted to a succe.-'siul issue prior to the
fourth day of July, eighteen hundred and
seventy-four; and provided further, that no
person shall be entitled to a pension by
reason of wounds or injury received or dis
ease contracted in the service of the U nited
States subsequent to the twenty-seventh
day of July, eighteen hundred and sixty
eight, unless the person who was wounded
or contracted the disease was in the
line of duty; and, if in the military ser
vice, was at the time actually in the field,
or on the march, or at some post, fort,
or garrison, or eu roffite by direction oi
competent authority to some post, fort or
garrison: or, if in the naval service, was
at the time borne on tbe books of some
ship or other vessel of tbe United States, at
sea or in harbor, actually in commission, or
was at some naval station, or on h.s way,
by direction ol competent authority, to tlie
United States, or to some other vessel, or
naval station, or hospital.
Sec. 3 hat the pension for total disa
bility shall be as follows, namely; For
lieutenant colone 1 and all officers of higher
rank in the military service and in the ma
rine corps, and for captains, and ail oticeis
of higher iank, commander, surgeon, piav
niaster, and chief engineer, respectively
ranking with commander by law, lieutenant
commanding and master commanding, in
the naval service, thirty dollars per month;
for major in the militaiy service anu m the
marine corps, and lieutenant, surgeon, pay
master, and chief engineer, respective.y
ranking with lieutenant by law, and passed
assistant surgeon .n tbe naval service,
twenty-live dollars per month; for captain
in the military service and in the marine
corps, chaplain in the army, and provost
marshal, professor o; mathematics, master,
assistant surgeon, assistant paymaster, and
chaplain in the naval service, twenty dol
lars per month; for first lieutenant in tne
militarv service and in the marine e-rpis,
acting'assistant or contract surgeon, and
deputy provost marshal, seventeen dol
lars per month; lor second lieutenant
in the military service and in the marine
corps, first assistant eng-neer. ensign, and
pilot in the naval service, and enrolling
officer, fifteen dollars per month; for cadet
midshipman, passed midshipman, midship
men, clerks of admirals and paymasters,
and ol other officers commanding vessels,
second and Third assistant engineer, mas
ter's mate, and all wariant officers in the
naval service, ten do Jars pier month: and
for all enlisted men whose rank or office ;»
not mentioned in this section, eight dollars
Tier month; and the masters, pilots, engi
neers, sailors, and crews upon the gunboats
and war vessels shail bo entitled to receive
the pension allowed herein to those of like
rank in the naval service: and every com
missioned officer of the army, navy, or ma
rine corps shail receive such and only such
pensions as is herein p rovided for the rank
he held at the time he received the injury,
or contracted the disease which resulted in
the disability, on account of which he may
be entitled to a pension: and any commis
sion or presidential appointment, regularly
issued to such )>ertou, shall he taken to
determine l ^rank from and after the date,
as given in uie body of the commission or
appointment conferring said rank; pro
vided. that a vacant existed in the rank
thereby conferred; that the Tierson commis
sioned was not so disabled for military
duty: and that he did not williully neglect
or refuse to be mustered.
Sec. 3. That lor the period commencing
July fourth, eighteen hundred and sixty
four, and ending July third, eighteen hun
dred and seventy-two, those persons entitled
to a less piension than hereinafter men
tioned, who shall Lave lost both feet in the
military or naval service and in the line of
duty, shall be entitled to a pension ci
twenty dollars per month: for the same pe
riod those persons who, under like circum
stances, shall have lost both hands or the
sight of both eyes, shall be entitled to a
pxmsion of twenty-five dollars per month;
and for the period commencing March third,
eighteen hundred and sixty-five, and end
ing June third, eighteen hundred and seven
ty-two, those persons who under like cir
cumstances shall have lost one hand and
one foot, shall be entitled to a pension
of twenty dollars per month: and for
the period commencing June sixth, eigh
teen hundred and sixty-six. and ending
June third, eighteen hundred and sev
enty-two, those persons who under like
circumstances shall Lave lost one hand or
one foot, shail be entitled to a pension of
fifteen dollars per month: and for the pe
riod commencing June sixth, eighteen hun
dred and sixty-six, and ending June third,
eighteen hundred and seventy-two, those
persons entitled to a less piension than here
inafter mentioned, who by reason of injury
received or disease contracted in the mili
tant or naval service of the United States
and in the line of duty, shall have been per
manently and totally disabled in _bo:n
hands, or who shail have lost the sigut ot
one eye, the other having been previously
lost, or who shail have been otherwise sj
totally and permanently disabled as to
render them utterly helpless, or so nearly
so as to require regular personal aid and
attendance of another person, shail be en
titled to a pension of twenty-five dollars
per month: and for the same period those
who under like circumstances shall have
been totally and permanently disabled in
both feet, or in one hand and one foot, or
otherwise so disabled asto be incapacitated
for the performance of any manual labor,
but not so much as to require regular per
sonal aid and attention, shall he entitled to
a piension of twenty dollars pier month;
and for the same period all persons who
under like circumstances Shall have been
totally ami permanently disabled in cue
hand, or one foot, cr otherwise so disabled
as to render their inability to perform man
ual Labor equivalent to the los3 of a hand
or foot, sha.l he entitled to a piens.ou of fif
teen dollars per month.
Sec. 4. That from and after June fourth,
eighteen hundred and seventy-two. all per
sons entitled by law to a less pension than
hereinaf ter spiecmed, who, while m the mili
tary or naval service of the United States,
and in line of duty, shail have lost the sight
of both eves, or shall have lost the sight oi
one eve. the sight of the other having been
■previously lost, or shall have lost bo.h
hand's, or shall have lost both feet, or been
permanently and totaJy disabled in the
same, or otherwise so permanently and
totailv disabled as to render them utterly
helpiless, or so nearly so as to require i-ie
regular piersonai aid and attenuanee ot an
other pierson, shall be entitleu to a pension
of thirty-one dollars and twenty-five cents
per month; and ail piersons who, under like
circumstances, shall have lost one hand
and one foot, or been totally and perma
nently disabled in the same, or otherwise so
disabled as to be incapacitated for perform
ing any manual labor, but not so much as
to require regular piersonai aid and
attendance, shall be entitled to a
pension cf twenty-four dollars per
month ; and a.l piersons who, under
like circumstances, shall have lost
one hand, or one foot, or been totally and
permanently disabled in the same, or other
wise so disabled as to render their inca
pacity to perform manual labor equivalent
eo the loss of a hand or foot, shall be en
titled to a pension cf eighteen dollars p er
month; provided, that all persons who. un
der like circumstances, have lost a leg
above the knee, and in consequence thereof
are so disabled that they can no: use artifi
cial iitnbs, shall be rated in the second class
and receive twenty-four dollars pier month;
and ail persons who, under iike circum
stances shall have lest the hearing of both
ears, shall be entitled to a pension of thir
teen dollars per month; provided, that the
pension for a disability not permanent, equiv
alent in degree to any provided for in this
section, shall/ during the continuance of
the disability in such degree, be at the same
rate as that herein provided for a perma
nent disability of like degree; provided
further, that, except in cases of permanent
specific disabilities, no increase of piension
shall be allowed to commence prior to the
<iate of the examining surgeon's certificate;
and that in this, as well as all other cases,
the certificate of an examining surgeon, or
of a board of examining surgeons, shall be
subject to the apipiroval of the Cumm.s
sinner of Pensions.
Sec. 5. That the rate of eighteen dollars
per month may be proportionately divided
for any degree of disability established for
which the second section of this act makes
no provision.
Sec. 6. That officers absent on sick leave,
and enlisted men absent en sick furlough,
or on veteran furlough, while with the or
ganization to which they belong, shall he
regarded in the administration of the, pea
sion laws in the same manner as a they
were :n the field or hospital.
Sec. 7. That tne pieriod of service of all
persons entitled to the benefit of the pien
sion laws, or on account of whose death any
person may become entitled to a pension,
shall be construed to extend to the time of
disbanding the organization to which such
person belonged, or until their actual dis
charge lor other cause than the expiration
of the service of such organization.
Sec. 8. That if any person embraced with
in the provisions ol'tne first section of this
act has died since the fourth day of March,
eighteen hundred and sixty-one, or shall
hereafter die, by reason of any wound,
injury, or disease whien, under tLe contri
tions and limitations of said section, would
have entitled him to au invalid piension Lad
he been disabled, his wi low. or it there be
no widow, or in ease oi her death. witL
out payment to her of any part of the (ten
sion hereinafter mentioned, his child or
children, under sixteen years of age, shall
he entitled to receive tile same pension as
the husband or father would have been en
titled to had he been fatally disabled, to
commence from The death id the husband
or lather, to continue to the widow during
her widowhood, and to nis child or children
until they severally attain the age of six*een
years, atid no longer, and that if the widow
remarry, the child or children shall be enti
tled from the date of remarriage. That the
provisions of this act are hereby extended
to and made to embrace the officers anil
P'rivates of the Missouri State militia, and
the provisional Missouri militia, disabled
by reason of injury received or disease con
tracted in the ime* of duty while such rni
litia was co-operating with United States
lorees, and the widow or children of any
such pierson. dying of injury received or dis
ease contracted under the circumstances
herein set forth, shall lie entitled to the bene
fits ot this act; provided, that the pensions
on account of such militia shall not com
mence pinor to the diate of the passage ot
act. That the provisions of this section
shall be so interpreted as to apply to the
widows, child or children ol officers and
privates of the Missouri State militia, and
tbe provisional Missouri militia, it the hus
i and or father was wounded, or contracti-d
the disease of which he died, while iu the
service of-the government of the United
S'ates.
Sec. 9. That the pienrions of widows
shall be increased from and alter the twen
ty-fifth day of July, eighteen hundred and
sixty-six, at the rate ol two dollars per
month for each child under the age o: six
teen years, cl the husband on account oi
whose death the claim has been, or shall
b- 1 . granted. And in every ease in which
the deceased husband Las left, or shall
leave, no widow, or where his widow has
died or married again. ir where she has
been deprived of her pension under the
provisions of the pension law. the pension
granted to such child or children shall he
increased to 'he same amount pier month
that would be allowed under the foregoing
provisions to the widow, if living and en
titled to a pension; provided, that the ad
ditional pension herein granted to _!he
widow on account of the child or children
of the husband by a former wife shall be
paid to her only for such pieriod ol her
vr'h
lowhootl as she
has been, or shall
be.
eba
.rged with the m
aintenance of such th
aid
or
children: for anv period during wii
ich
fLc
has not been.
or she saa.I not
be,
BO
charged, it shall
be granted and paid
to
tL?
guardian of s
uch child or childr*
■n ;
pro
vided further, ti
:at a widow or guard:
an
whom increase
of pension has been.
or
slia
11 hereafter be.
granted on account
of
mil
.or children,
shall not be depriv
*ed
the
reef by reason ol
: their being maintained
in
whole cr in tia
rt at tne expense ol 1
:Le
Sta
te or the publi
c iu any educational
fil
stit
ution, or in an
y institution organ!;
led
to r
the care of sold:
ers' orphan*.
EC. Iff. That in t
he admistration of t
:he
pension laws, children born before the mar
riage of their parents, i: acknowledged by
the father before or after the marriage,
shall be deemed legitimate.
Sec. II. That the widows of colored or
Indian soldiers and sailors who have died,
or shall hereafter die. bv reason of wounds
or injuries received, or casualty receive or
disease contracted, in the military or naval
service of the United States, and in the line
ci duty, shall be untitled to received the
piension p rovided by law without other
evidence of marriage than satisfactory
piroof that the piarties were joined in mar
riage by some ceremony deemed by them
obligatory, or habitually recognized each
o*htr as man and wife, and were .-o recog
nized by their neighbors, and lived together
as such up to the date of enlistment,
when such soldier or sailor died in
the service, or. if otherwise, to date of
death; and the children born of any mar
riage so piroved shill be deemed and held
to be lawful children of such soldier or
sailor: provided, that this section snail not
he applicable to any claims on account of
persons who shall have enlisted alter the
piai-sage of this act.
Sec. l'-'. That if any person has died, or
shall hereafter die, leaving a widow en
titled to a piension by reason of Lis death,
and !>. child or children under sixteen years
of age by such widow, and it shall he duly
certified under seal by any court having
probate jurisdiction, that satisfactory evi
iience has been produced before such court
upon due notice to the widow that the
widow aforesaid has abandoned the care of
each child or children, or that she is an un
suitable person, by reason of immoral con
duct. to iiave the custody of the same, or
on presentation of satisfactory evidence
thereof to the Commissioner of Pensions,
then m p*ension shall be allowed to such
widow until such child or children sh -II
have attained the age or sixteen years, any
provisions of this act or of any previous
act to the contrary notwithstanding: and
the said child or children aforesaid shall
be piensioned in the same manner and from
the same date as it no widow had survived
such pierson. and such pension shall be paid
to the guardian of such child or children:
provided, that if in any case payment of
piension shall have been made to the widow,
the pension to the child or children shall
commence from the date to which uer pen
sion has been paid.
Sec. 23. That if any person embraced
within the provisions of the erst section oi
this act has died since the fourth day ol
March, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, or
shail hereafter die. by reason of any wound,
injury, casualty, or disease, which, under
the conditions and limitations oi said sec
tion would have entitled him-to an invalid
piension, and has not left or shall not leave
a widow or legitimate child, but has left or
shall leave other relative or relatives who
were dependent upon him tor support at
the date of his death, such relative or rela
tives shall be entitled in the following order
of precedence to receive the same pension,
as such person wouldhave been entitled to
had he been totally disabled, to commence
from the death of such person, namely, first,
the mother; secondly, the father; thirdly,
orphan brothers and sisters under sixteen
years of age, who shall be pensioned jointly:
provided, that where orphan children of
the same parent have different guar
dians. or a portion of them only are under
guardianship, the share of the joint pension
to which each ward shail be entitled shall
be piaid to the guardian of such wart:: pro
vided, that if w any case said person sha.l
1 have left father and mother who are depen
dent upon him, then, on the death of the
mother, the father shail become entitled to
the pension, commencing from and after
the death of the motner; and upion the
death of the mother and father, or upon
the death of the father and the remarriage
of the mother, the dependent brothers and
sisters under sixteen years of age shall
jointly become entitled to such pension
until*they attain the age of sixteen years
lespectively, commencing from the death
or remarriage the party who had the prior
right to tbe piensioc; provided, that a
mother shall be assumed to have been de
pendent upon her son. within the meaning
of this act. if, at the date cf his death, she
Lad no other adequate means of supiport
ti an the ordinary proceeds of her
own manual labor and the contributions of
said eon or of any other persons not legally
bound to aid in* her support; and if, by
actual contributions or :n any < ther way,
the son had recognized his obligations to
aid in support of said mother, or was by
law bound to such support, and that a
father or a minor brother or sis
ter shall, in like manner and
under like conditions, be assumed to have
been dependent, except 'hat the income
which was derived ot derivable from llis
actual or possible manual labor shall he
taken into account iu estimating a father's
means of independent support; provided,
further, that the pension allowed to any
person on account of his or her dependence
as hereinbefore provided shall not be paid
for any period during which it shall not be
necessaiy as a means of adequate subsist
ence.
Sec. 14. That the remarriage of any
widow, dependent mother or dependent
sister, entitled to piension. shall not bar her
right to such pension to the date of her re
marriage, whether an application therefor
was filed before or after such marriage;
and that on *he remarriage of any widow,
dependent mother cr dependent sister, hav
ing a pension, such pension shall cease.
Sec. 15. That all pensions which Lave
been, or which may hereafter be, granted
in consequence of ueath occurring from a
cause which originated in the service since
the fourth day of March, eighteen hundred
and sixty-one, or in consequence of wounds
or injuries received or disease contracted
since said date, shall commence from the •
death or discharge of the person on whose
account tbe claim has been or shall here
after be granted, or from the termination
of the right of party having prior title to
such pension; provided, that the "applica
tion lor such pension has been, or shall
hereafter he, filed with the Commissioner
of Pensions within five years after the
right thereto shall have accrued; other
wise the pension shall commence from the
date of filing the last evidence necessary to
establish the same; provided further, that
the limitation herein prescribed shall not
apply to claims by or in behalf of insane
persons or persons under sixteen years.
Sec. 10. That in construing the preceding
section, the right of persons entitled to pen
sions shall be recognized as accruing at the
date therein stated for the commencement
of such pension, and that the right of a de
pendent father or dependent brother to
pension shall not in any case be held to
have accrued prior to the sixth day of Jane,
eighteen hundred and sixtv-six; and the
right of all other classes of claimants, if ap
plying on account of the death of a person
who was regularly mustered into the ser
vice, or regularly employed in the navy, or
upon the gunboats or war vessels of the
United States, shall not be held to have ac
crued prior to the fourteenth day
of July, eighteen hundred and sixty
two: if applying on account of a chaplain
of tne army, their right shall not be held to
have accrued prior to the ninth day of
April, eighteen'hundred anu sixty-four; if
applying on account of au enlisted soldier
who'was not mustered, or a nun-enlisted
man in temporary service, their right shall
not be held to have accrued jlrior to the
fourth day of July, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four; if applying on account of an act
ing assistant or c ontract surgeon, their right
shall not be held to have accrued prior to
the third day of March, eighteen hundred
and sixty-five; if applying on account of
persons tnlisted as teamsters, wagoners, ar
tificers, hospital stewards, or farriers, their
right shall not be he'd to have accrued prior
to the sixth day of June, eighteen hundred
and sixty-six; and the right of ail classes of
claimants, applying on account ol a provost
marshal, deputy provost marshal, or enroll
ing officer, shall not he held to Lave ac
crued prior to the twenty fifth day of July,
eighteen hundred and sixty-six: provided,
that the right of a widow or dependent
mother who married prior, and did not ap
ply til! subsequent to the twenty-seventh
day of July, eighteen hundred and sixty
eight, shall not be held to Lave accrued
prior to that date.
Sec. 17. That it shall be the duty of the
Commissioner of Pensions, upon any ap
plication by letter or otherwise by or on
behalf of any pensioner entitled to arrears
of pension under the fifteenth section ot
this act, or, if any such pensioner shall
have died, upon a similar application by or
on behalf of any person entitied to receive
the accrued pension due such pensioner at
his or her death, to pay or cause to he paid
to such pensioner, or other person, all such
arrears of pensions as the pensioner may
be entitled to. or (if dead) would have been
entitled to under the provisions of said
sectfon had he or she survived: and no
claim agent or other persons shail be en
titled to receive any compensation for ser
vices in making application for arrears of
pension.
Sec. 18. That the provisions of this act
in respect to the rates of piension are here
by extended to pensioners'whose right to
pension accrued under general acts passed
since the war of the Revolutien and prior
to the fourth of March, eighteen hundred
and sixty-one, to take effect from and alter
the twenty-fifth day of July, eighteen hun
dred and sixty-six: and that the widows of
revolutionary soldiers and sailors receiving
a less sum stall he paid at the rate of eight
dollars pier month from and after the twen
ty-seventh day of Juiy, eighteen hundred
and sixty-eight.
Sec. 19. That in ail c-ases in which the
cause of disability, nr death originated in
the service p>rior to the fourth day of
March, eighteen hundred and sixty-one,
and an apinlieation for pension shall not
have been filed within three years from the
discharge or death of the person on whose
account the claim is made, or within three
years of the termination of a pension previ
ously granted on account of tue service and
death of the same person, the pension shall
commence from the date of filing, by the
party prosecuting the claim, the last papier
requisite to establish the same : provided,
that no claim allowed prior to the sixth day
of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-six,
shall be affected by anything herein con
tained.
Sec. 20. That nothing in this act shall be
so construed as to allow more Thau one pen
sion a; the same time to the same person or
to persons entitled jointly: but any pen
sioner who shall so elect may surrender hi3
or her certificate, and receive in lieu there
of a certificate for any other piension to
which he or she would have been entitied
had not the surrendered certificate been
issuid: provided, that all payments pieyi
ously made f ir any pieriod covered by the
new certificate shall be deducted from the
amount allowed by said certificate.
8ec. 21. That 'declarations of pension
claimants shall be made before a court oi
record, or before some officer thereof having
custody of its seal, said officer hereby being
fully authorized and empowered to admin
ister and certify any oath or affirmation re
lating to any pension or application there
for; provided, that the Commissioner of
Pensions may designate, in localities more
than twentv-five miles distant from any
place at which suc-ll court is holden, piersons
duly qualified to administer oaths, before
whom declarations may be made and testi
mony Taken, and may accepit declarations
of claimants residing in foreign countries
made before a United States minister or
consul, or before some officer of the country
duly authorized to administer oaths for gen
eral purposes, and whose official character
and signature shall be duly authenticated
by the certificate ot a United States minis
ter or consul: declarations in claims ol In
dians made before a United States agent:
and declarations in claims under the act oi
February fourteenth, eighteen hundred and
seventy-one, made before an officer duly au
thorized to administer oaths for general pur
poses, when the applicants, by reason of in
firmity of age, are unable to travel; pro
vided, that any declaration made before an
officer duly authorized to administer oaths
for general purposes sha.l be accepted to
exempt a claim from the ..m.ta.i-.n as to

date of tiling prescribed in the fifteenth sec
tion of this act.
Sec. 22. That the Commissioner of Pen
sions, on application being made to bimfin
person or by letter by any claimant or ap
plicant for pension, bounty land, or other
allowance required by law to be adjusted
or piaid by the Pension Office, shall furnish
cuch person.free of all expense to him or her.
all such printed instructions and forms as
may he necessary in establishing and ob
taining said claim; and on the issuing oi a
certificate of pension, or of a bounty land
warrant, he shall forthwith notify the
claimant or applicant, and also the agent
or attorney in the case, if there be one. that
such certificate has been issued, or allow
enee made, and the date and amount
thereof.
Sec. 23. Tnat no money on account of
pension shall be paid to any person, or to
the widow, children or heirs of any de
ceased person, who in any manner volun
tarily engaged in, or aided or abetted, the
lute rebellion against the authority of the
United States.
Sec. 24. That no claim for pension not
prosecuted to successful issue within
five years from the date of filing
the same shall he admitted witnout
record evidence from the War or
Navy Department of the injury or the
disease which resulted in the disability or
death of The person on whose account the
claim is made : provided, that in any case
in which the 'limitation prescribed by this
section bars the further prosecution of the
claim, the claimant may present through
the Pension Office, to the Adjutant General
of the army or the Surgeon General of the
navy, evidence that the disease or injury
which resulted in the disability or death of
the person on whose account the claim is
made originated in the service and in fhe
line of duty; and if such evidence is deemed
satisfactory by fhe officer to whom it may
be submitted, he shall cause a record of the
fact so proved to be made, and a eopiy of
the same to be transmitted to the Commis
sioner of Pensions, and the bar to the prose
cution of the claim shall thereby be re
moved.
Sec. 25. That if any pensioner, or any
person entitled to a 'pension, who during
tbe piendency of his application therefor has
died since March fourth, eighteen bnndred
•ami sixty-one. or shall hereafter die. his
widow, or if no widow, his child or children
under sixteen years of age at the time of
his death, shall be entitled to receive the
accrued pension to the date of
death, such accrued piension shall
not be considered as a piart of the assets of
the estate of deceased, nor liable to be ap
plied to the payment of the debts of said
estate in any case whatever, but shall inure
to t^e sole and exclusive benefit of the
widow or children; and if no widow or
child survive, no payment whatsoever of
the accrued pension shall be made or
allowed, except so much as may be neces
sary to reimburse the pierson who'bore the
expienses of the last sickness and burial of
the decedent, in eases where he did not
leave sufficient assets to meet such ex
penses.
Sec. 26. That the failure of any pensioner
to claim his or her pension lor three years
after the same shall have become due shall
be deemed p>resumptive evidence that such
pension has legally terminated by reason of
the pensioner's death, remarriage, recovery
from The disability, or otherwise, and the
pensioner's name shall be stricken from the
list of pensioners, subject to the right of
restoration to the same on a new applica
tion bv the pensioner, or, if the pensioner
is dead, by the widow' or minor children
entitled to receive the accrued piension,
accompanied by evidence satisfactorily ac
counting for the failure to claim such pen
sion. and by medical evidence in eases of
invalids who were not exempit from biennial
examinations as to the continuance ot the
disability.
Sec. 27. That when the rate, commence
ment and duration of a pension allowed by
special act are fixed by such act, they shall
not be subject to be varied by the provis
ions and limitations of the general pension
laws, but when not thus fixed the rate and
continuance of the piension shall be subject
to variation in accordance with the general
laws, and its commencement shall date
from the passage of the special act, and the
Commissioner of Pensions shall, upon satis
factory evidence that fraud was perpetrated
in obtaining such special act. suspend pay
ment thereupon until the propriety of re
pealing the same can be considered by
Congress.
Sec. 28. That the term of limitation pre
scribed by se'etions sixteen and twenty
three of this act shall, in pending claims of
Indians, be extended to two years from and
after the passage of this act: that all proof
which has heretofore been taken before an
Indian agent, or before an officer of any
tribe, eompietent according to the rules of
said tribe to administer oaths, shall be
held and regarded by the Pension office, in
the examining and determining of claims
of Indians now on file, as of the same va
lidity as if taken before an officer recog
nized by the law at the time as compe
tent to" administer oaths; that all proof
wanting iu said claim hereafter, as
well as in those filed alter the passage
of this act, shall be taken before the agent
ot the tribe to which the claimants respect
ively belong; that in regard to dates, all
apiriiic-ations of Indians now on file be
treated as though they were made before
a competent officer at their respective
dates, and if found to be in all other re
spects conclusive, they shall bo, allowed:
and that Indians shall be exempted from
the obligation to take the oath to supiport
the constitution of the United States, re
quired bv the act of February fourteenth,
eighteen hundred and seventy-one, provid
ing for pensions to certain soldiers and
sailors of the war of eighteen hundred and
twelve, and to widows of deceased soldiers.
Sec. 29. That the President shall appoint
in the Departmeht of the Interior, by and
with the advice and consent of the Senate
a eompietent person, who shall be called
the Depiuty Commissioner of Pensions,
with an annual salary of twenty-five
hundred dollars, who shall he charged
with such duties in the Pension bureau as
may be prescribed by the Secretary of the
Interior or may he required by law; and
in case of the death, resignation, absence,
or sickness of the Commissioner, his duties
shall devolve upon the Deputy Commis
sioner until a successor shall be appointed,
or such absence or sickness shail cease.
Sec. 30. That the Commissioner of Pen
sions is hereby authorized and empowered
to detail, from time to {ime, clerks in his
office to investigate suspected attempts at
fraud on the government of the United
States, through and by virtue ol the provi
sions of this or any other act of Congress
providing for pensions, and to aid in prose
cuting any nerson so offending, with such
additional*compensation as is customary in
cases of special service; and that any pierson
so detailed shall have the piower to admin
ister oaths and take affidavits iu the course
of any such investigation.
Sec. 31. That no agent or attorney or
other pierson instrumental in prosecuting
any claim for piension or bounty land shall
demand or receive any other compensation
lor his services in prosecuting a claim for
pension or bouutv land than such as the
Commissioner of Pensions shall direct to be
paid to him. not exceeding twenty-five dol
lars: and any agent or attorney or any other
person instrumental in prosecuting any claim
lor pension or bounty land, who shall direct
ly or indirectly contract for, demand, or re
ceive or retain any greater compiensation for
his services or instrumentality in prosecut
ing a claim for piension or bounty land than
is hereinbefore provided, or who shall
wrongfully withhold from a pensioner or
claimant the whole or any part of the pen
sion allowed and due such pensioner or
claimant, or the land warrant issued to any
such claimant, shall be deemed guilty of a
high misdemeanor, and, upon conviction
thereof, shall, for every such offense, be
fined not exceeding five hundred dollars,
or imprisoned at hard labor not exceeding
.two years, or both, at the discretion of the
*court. And if any guardian having the
charge and custody of the piension of his
ward shall embezzle tbe same in violation
of his trust, or fraudulently convert the
same to his own use, he shall be punished
by fine not exceeeding two thousand dol
lars or imprisonment at hard labor for a
term not exceeding five years, or both, at
the discretion of the court.
Sec. 32. That any pledge, mortgage, s.a!e,
assignment or transfer of any right, claim
or interest in any pension which has been
or may hereafter be granted, shall be void
and of no effect: and any person acting as
attorney to receive and receipt for money
for and in behalf of any person entitled to a
pension, shall, before receiving said money.
take and subscribe an oath, to be filed with
the piension agent, and by him to be
transmitted, with the vouchers now re
quired by law-, to the proper accotuiting
officer of tbe treasury, that he has not in
terest in said money by any pledge, mort
gage, sale, assignment, or transfer, and
that be does not know or believe that the
same has been so dispoeed of to any per
son; and any pierson who shall falsely take
the said oath shall he guilty of perjury,
and, on conviction, shall be liable to the
pains and penalties of perjury.
Sec. 33. That any' person who shall
knowingly or willfully in any wise procure
the making or presentation of any false or
fraudulent affidavit concerning any claim
for piension or piayment thereof, or pertain
ing to any other matter within the juris
eiction of the Commissioner of Pensions, or
shall knowingly or willfully present or
cause to be presented at any pension
agency any power of attorney, or ctper
piaper required as a voucher in drawing a
pension, which piaper shall bear a date
subsequent to that on which it was actually
signed" or executed, such person so offend
ing shall he deemed guilty of a high mis
demeanor and shall, on conviction there
of. be punished by a fine not exceeding
five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment
for a term not exceeding three years, or by
both, at the discretion of the court before
whom such conviction shall be had; and no
sum of uipney due or to become due, to any
pensioner under the laws aforesaid, shall be
liable to attachment, levy or seiznre, by or
under any legal or equitable process what
ever, whether the same remains with the
Pension office, or any officer or agent thereof,
or is in course of transmission to the pen
sioner entitled thereto, but shall inure
wholly to the benefit of such pensioner.
Sec. 34. That in all cases of application
for the piayment of pensions to invalid pen
sioners to the fourth day of September of
an odd year, the certificate of an examining
surgeon duly appointed by the Commis
sioner of Pensions, or of a surgeon of the
army or navy, stating the continuance of
the disability for which the pension was
originally granted (describing it), and the
degree of such disability at the time of
making the certificate, shall be required to
accompany the vouchers, and a duplicate
thereof sfiall be filed in the office of the
Commissioner of Pensions; and if in a case
of continued disability it shall be stated
at a degree below that for which the pen
sion was originally granted, or was last
paid, the pensioner shall only be paid for
the quarter then due at the rate stated in
the certificate; provided, that when a pen
sion shall be granted for a disability conse
quent upon the loss ol' a limb, or other es
sential portion of the body, or for other
causes which can not in whole or iu part be
removed, or when a disability is certified
by eompietent examining surgeons, to the
satisfaction of the Commissioner of Pen
sions, to have become permanent in a de
gree equal to the whole rate of piension. the
above certificate shall not be necessary to
entitle the pensioner to piayment; and pro
vided further, that this section shall not he
construed to prevent the Commissioner of
Pensions from requiring a more frequent
examination if, in his judgment, it is neces
sary.
Sec. 35. That the Commissioner of Pen
sions be, and he is hereby, empowered to
appoint, at his discretion, civil surgeons to
make the pieiiodic-al examinations ot pen
sioners which are, or may be, required by
law, and to examine applicants for piension,
where he shall deem an examination by a
surgeon appointed by him necessary: and
the fee for'such examinations, and there- ,
qaisite certificates thereof in duplicate, in
cluding postage on such as are transmitted
to pension agents, shall be two dollars,
which shall be paid by the agent for paying
pensions in the district within which the
pensioner or claimant resides, out of any
money appropriated lor the payment of
jiensions, under such regulations as the
Commissioner of Pensions may prescribe.
Sec. 36. That the Commissioner of Pen
sions be authorized to organize, at his dis
cretion, boards of examing surgeons, not to
exceed three members, and that, each mem
ber of a hoard thus organized who shall
have been actually present and made, in
connection with other members or member,
an ordered or periodical examination, ehali
be entitled to tne fee of one dollar, on the
receipt of a piroper certificate of said exam
ination by the Commissioner of Pensions.
Sec. 37. That examining surgeons duly
appointed by the Commissioner of Pen
sions, and such other qualified surgeons as
t .ay he empiioyed in the Pension Office, may
e required by him, irorn time to tifte. as
he shall deem lor the iii'erests of the gov-'
eminent, to make special examinations of
such pensioners, or applicants for piension,
and examinations shall have precedence over
pirevious examinations, whether special or
biennial; but when injustice is alleged to
have been done by an examinatiob so or
dered, the Commissioner of Pensions may,
at his discretion, select a board of three
duly appointed examining surgeons, who
shall meet at a place to be designated by
him, and shall review such cases as may he
ordered before them on appeal from any
siieeia! examination as aforesaid, and the
decision of such board shall be final on the
question so submitted thereto, provided the
commissioner approve the same. The com
pensation of each of such surgeons shall he
three dollars, and shall be paid out of any
appropriations made far the piayment of
jiensions, in the same manner as the ordi
nary fees of appointed surgeons are or may
he authorized to be piaiu.
Sec. 38. That tbe Secretary of the In
terior be, and is hereby, authorized to api
point a duly qualified surgeon as medical
referee, who, under the control anl direc
tion of the Commissioner of Pensions, Shall
have charge of the examination and revis
ion of the reports of examining surgeons,
and such other duties touching medical and
surgical questions in the' Pension Office as
the interests of the service may demand;
and his salary shall he two thousand live
hundred dollars per annum. And the See
ret&iy of the Interior is further authorized
to appoint such qualified surgeons (not ex
ceeding lour) as the exigency of the service
may require, who may perform the duties of
examining surgeons when so required, and
who shall be borne upon the rolls as clerks
of the fourth class: pirovided, that such ap
pointments shall not increase the clerical
force of said bureau.
Sec. 39. That all aefis and parts of acts
inconsistent or .in confiiet wi'h" the fore
going provisions of this act are hereby re
pealed.
Apiproved March 3,1873.
[General Nature—No. 63 ]
An act to declare the true Intent and mean
ing of the act apiproved June eight, eight
een hundred and seventy-two, amenda
tory of the general bankrupitlaw.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States of
America in Congress assembled, That it
was the true intent and meaning of an act
approved June eighth, eighteen hundred
and seventy-two, entitled "An act to amend
an act entitled 'An act to establish a uni
form system of bankruptcy throughout the
United Spates,' approved March second,
eighteen hundred and sixty-seven," that
the exemptions allowed ttie bankrupt by the
said amendatory aet^ihould, and it is hereby
enacted that they shall, be the amount al
lowed by the constitution and laws of each
.State, respectively, as existing in the year
eighteen hundred and seventy-one, and that
such exemptions be valid against debts
contracted before the adoption and passage
of such State constitution and laws, as w;< ;1
as those contracted after the same, and
against liens by judgment or decree of any
State court, any decision of any such court
rendered since the adoption and piaasage oi
such constitution and laws to the contrary
notwithstanding.
Approved March 3, 1873.
[General Nature—No. 64 ]
An 2 d to extend for lour years the act es
tablishing the Board of Commissioners of
Claims, and the acts relating thereto.
l!e it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representatives cf the United States of
Amerea in Congress assembled, That the
second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth sec
tions of the act entitled "An act inak.ng
appropriations for the support of the army
for the vear ending' June thirtieth
eighteen hundred and seventy twb.
and lor other purposes," approved
March third, eighteen hundred and
seventy-one, and the act entitled
• An act to authorize the commissioners of
claims to appoint special commissioners to
take testimonv. and for other purposes,"
apiproved May eleventh, eighteen hundred
and seventy-two, be, and the Ibuie are
hereby, extended and continued in force
for four years from the tenth day of March,
anno Domini eighteen hundred and seventy
three.
Sec. 2. That the commissioners of Glaim*
shall not receive any pietition for the allow
ance ot any claim or claims unless such T'e
tition shall be presented To and tiled with
them on or before the third day of March,
eighteen hundred and seventy-three; and
ad claims not so presented shall be deemed
to be barred forever thereafter.
Approved March 3, 1873.
[General Nature—No. 65.]
An act to amend an act entitled "An act
making appropriations for the support of
the army for the year ending June thir- *
tieth, eighteen hundred and seventy."
apiproved March third, eighteen hundred
and sixty-nine.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House ot .
Representatives of the United States of
America in Congress assembled- That the
sixth section of an act entitled "An act
making appropriations for the support if
the army for the year ending June thirtieth,
eighteen hundred and seventy," approve 1
March third, eighteen hundred and sixty
nine. is so far modified as to authorize ami
permit the President of the United States
to nominate, and by and with the advice
and consent of the Senate to appoint, one
assistant adjutant general, with the rank,
pay and emoluments of a major in the said
department.
Ajiproved March 3, 1873.
[General Nature—No. 6b.) *
An act to amend an act entitled "au ao: to
establish the Department of Justice, an J
for other purjioses."
Be it enacted by the Senate aud House ct
Representatives of the United States m.
America in Congress assembled, That the
twelfth section ot the act entitled "An a t
to establish the Department ot Justice, and
lor other purposes." approved June tweu:;,
second, eighteen hundred and seventy, is
hereby amended so as to read as follows
"That it shall be the duty of the Attorney
General to niaka to Congress, at the
commencement of each regular session
of Congress, a rejiort of flit? business
of the said Department for the last preced
ing fiscal year, and of any other matters
appertaining thereto, that he may deem
propel, including a statement of the sev
eral appropriations now, or which may
hereafter be, placed under its control, tho
amount appropriated, and a detailed state
ment of the amounts used for defraying the
expenses of the United States courts iu each,
judicial district: also the statistics of crime
under the laws of the United States, and a
statement of the number of causes, civil
and criminal, pending during the preceding
year in each ol the*several courts of tho
United States.
Sec. 2. That the Secretary of the Interior
he, and he is hereby, authorized ami re
quired to furnish to the head of the De
partment of Justice, from time to time, an
they may be jiublished, a sufficient number
ol the statuses of the United States, an.l
the reports ot the Supreme Court of the
United States, to ho by him distributed
such officers of the courts of the United
States as are now or may hereafter be by
law entitled to receive them; and all laws
or parts of laws authorizing the distribu
tion of such statutes aud reports of the Su
preme Court to the officers of the courts u
the United States by the head ol any other
executive department of the government
be. and tbe same are hereby, repealed.
Seo. 3. That a register of such books
shall be kept, under the authority of tha
head of the Department of Justice, showing
the quantity ol each kind received by him
in pursuance of this act; and it shall be i ts
duty to cause to be entered in such regis
ter.'and at the proper time, when, wher-',
and to whom the same, or any piart of them,
have been distributed and delivered, and
to report the same to Congress in his an
nual rejiort.
Approved Marzli 3, 1873.
[General Nature—N o. < 7.)
An act fixing the time for the election oi
Representatives from the State of Cali
fornia to the Forty-fourth Congress.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House oi
Representatives of the United States oi
America in Congress assembled. That cu
the first Wednesday in September, in the
year eighteen hundred and seventy-four,
there shall be elected iu each congressional
district in the State of California one Rep
resentative to represent said State in tho
Forty-fourth Congress of the United S:at;s.
Approved March 3, 1873.
[General Nature—No. 63.j
An act to authorize the unlading of steam
ships at uight.
Be it exacted by the Senate and House ci
Representatives of the United States oi
America in Congress assembled. That it
shall he the duty of the collector of customs
(with the concurrence of the naval officer,
if there he one) of any port at Vhich u
steamship from a foreign port or place may
arrive, upion or after the issuing of a general
order, to grant, upon proper applicati in
therefor, a special license to unlade the
cargo of said vessel at night, that is to say,
between sunset and sunrise; but before
any such special license is granted, the
master, agents, or consignees of the vees-t
shall execute and deliver to the said col
lector a good and sufficient bond, to be ap
proved by him, conditioned to indemnify
and save the said collector harmless from
anv and ail losses and liabilities which
may occur or be occasioned by reason of tics
granting of such special license; and piro
Tided, that any liability of the master or
owner of any such steamship to the owner
or consign* e ot any merchandise landed
from said vessel shail not be affected bv tao
granting of such special license or of any
general order, but snch liability shail con
tinue until said merchandise is properly re
moved from the dock whereon the sa:; -i
may be landed; and the collector, under
such general regulations as the Secretary
of the Treasury may prescribe, shall fix a
uniform and reasonable rate of compensa
tion for like service, to be paid by the mas
ter, owner or consignee whenever such spe
cial license is granted, and shall coll* 1
and distribute the same among the n
spec-tors assigned to supierinttffid the
lading of the cargo.
Apiproved March 3, 1873. .
[General Nature— No. 7b.}
An act to provide for the apportionin': * ot
tbe Territory of Wyoming for legisl;-.::v :
purposes.
Bo it enacted by the Senate and Ileus : m
R epresentatives of the United >i
America in Congress assembled. That th-i
ap portionment of the Territory of Wyoui.ng
for the election of members^of the nix",
legislative assembly of said Territory "..a.l
be made by the governor thereof, iu accord
ance with the provisions o! an act ot Con
gress entitled "An act to provide a ten.: >
rary government for the Territory of Wy
oming," api-rove.il July twenty-tilth, eight
een hundred and sixty eight; provided,
that for the purpiose of such apportionrnc .t
it shall not he necessary to take a new
additional census or enumeration ot *v *
Territory.
Apiproved March 3. 1873.
[General Nature— No. 111.!
An act authorizing joint entry by :
emption settlers, and for other pmrpioses.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House . i
Representatives of the United States . i
America in Congress assembled,That w.ira
settlements have been made upion agricul
tural public lands of the United States,
prior to the survey thereof, and it has been
or shall be ascertained, after the public sur
veys have been extended over such land-,
that two or more settlers have improve
ments upon the same legal subdivision. .*.
shall be lawful for such settlers to make
joint entry of their lands at the local land
office, or ;or either of said settlers to enter
into contract with his co-settlers to convey
to them their portion ot said laud after
piatent is issued to him, and, after raak.r: •
said contract, to tile a declaratory state
ment in his owu name, and provo upi an 1
piay lor sa: 1 land, and proof of joint oco J
piation by him.-elf and others, and of such
contract with them made, shall be equiva
lent to proof of sole occupation and pre
emption by tbe applicant; provided, tha: i:r
no case shall the amount patented under
this act exceed one hundred and .sixty
acres, nor shall this act apply to lands net
subject to homestead or pre-emption entry.
» Sec. 2. That effect shall bo given to this
act by regulations to be prescribed by the
Commissioner of the General Bind Office.
. Approved March 3, 1373.

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