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tion under any of the laws of the United States: Provided, further, That the provisions of the act of August eighteen, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, relative to certain reservations in the State of Florida, shall continue in force.

[Approved, June 12, 1858.]

CHAPTER 83.-Approved, March 3, 1859.-Vol. 11, p. 431.

An Act making appropriations for the support of the army for the year ending thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and sixty.

4. Commissioners of the military asylum; two a quorum. Duties. 5. Invalid soldiers of war of 1812, &c., to have benefits of this asylum. 6. Pensioners to surrender pensions to asylum while inmates. 7. Monthly deduction reduced to twelve and a half cents; inmates made subject to rules and articles of war.

[SEC. 1. Provides that no permanent barracks or quarters shall hereafter be constructed, unless detailed estimates shall have been previously submitted to Congress, and shall have been approved by a special appropriation for the same. And that mileage (to officers) shall not be allowed when the officer has been transferred or relieved at his own request.]

SEC. 4. That the second section of the act of third March, eighteen hundred and fifty-one,' entitled "An act to found a military asylum for the relief and support of invalid and disabled soldiers of the army of the United States," be so amended as to reduce the number of commissioners authorized by that section to three, and to consist of the commissary-general of subsistence, the surgeon-general, and the adjutant-general, (any two of whom shall be a quorum for the transaction of business,) whose duty it shall be to examine and audit the accounts of the treasurer quarter-yearly, and to visit and inspect the military asylum once in every month.

SEC. 5. That the benefits of said act be, and they are hereby, extended so as to include the invalid and disabled soldiers, whether regulars or volunteers, of the war of eighteen hundred and twelve, and of all subsequent wars; and that so much of the act of third March, eighteen hundred and fifty-one, as is inconsistent herewith, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.

SEC. 6. That all pensioners on account of wounds or disability 2 Chap. 25.

1 Chap. 25.

incurred in the military service shall transfer and surrender their pensions to the institution for and during the time they may remain therein and voluntarily continue to receive its benefits.

SEC. 7. That the deductions of twenty-five cents per month from the pay of the non-commissioned officers, musicians, artificers, and privates in the army shall be reduced, from and after the thirtieth June next, to twelve and a half cents per month; and that the title of the act' be, and the same is hereby, changed from the "Military Asylum" to that of "Soldiers' Home:" And provided, further, That all persons now in, or that may hereafter be admitted into, the institution, shall be, and are hereby, made subject to the rules and articles of war, and will be governed thereby in the same manner as soldiers in the army.

[Approved, March 3, 1859.]

CHAPTER 88.-Approved, March 3, 1859.-Vol. 11, p. 439.

An Act making appropriations for the payment of invalid and other pensions of the United States, for the year ending thirtieth June, one thousand eight hundred and sixty.

SEC. 2. That in all cases of application for the payment of pensions to invalids, under the several laws of Congress granting pensions to invalids, the affidavit of two surgeons or physicians, whose credibility, as such, shall be certified by the magistrate before whom the affidavit is made, stating the continuance of the disability for which the pension was originally granted, (describing it,) and the rate of such disability at the time of making the affidavit, shall accompany the application of first payment which shall fall due after the fourth day of March next, and at the end of every two years thereafter; and if, in a case of a continued disability, it shall be stated at a rate below that for which the pension was originally granted, the applicant shall only be paid at the rate stated in the affidavit: Provided, That where the pension shall have been originally granted for a total disability, in consequence of the loss of a limb, or other cause which cannot, either in whole or in part, be removed, the above affidavit shall not be necessary to entitle the applicant to payment."

1 Chap. 25.

2 This supersedes chap. 81, 3 March, 1819.

CHAPTER 66.-Approved, June 15, 1860.—Vol. 12, p. 23. An Act to amend an Act1 entitled “ An Act to organize an institution for the insane of the army and navy and of the District of Columbia, in said District."

That section four of the act of March 3, 1855, entitled "An act to organize an institution for the insane of the army and navy and of the District of Columbia, in the said District," be, and the same is hereby, amended so as to read as follows:

SEC. 4. That the order of the secretary of war, and that of the secretary of the navy, and that of the secretary of the treasury, shall authorize the superintendent to receive insane persons belonging to the army and navy and revenue cutter service, respectively, and keep them in custody until they are cured, or removed by the same authority which ordered their reception.

CHAPTER 132.-Approved, June 15, 1860.-Vol. 12, p. 39.

An Act authorizing the sale of the Western Military Asylum, in Harrodsburg, Ky.

That the Board of Commissioners of the Soldiers' Home be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to sell and dispose of the Western Military Asylum at Harrodsburg, Kentucky, at such time and manner and upon such terms and conditions as they may deem best, and that the proceeds of such sale be restored to the fund of the said Soldiers' Home: Provided, That no sale shall be made until at least sixty days' public notice thereof shall be given: Provided, further, That said sale be made within twelve months from and after the passage of this act; but said sale is not to take place unless the property shall bring at least $25,000.

SEC. 2. That the said Commissioners of the Soldiers' Home, or such person as they may duly and legally appoint, shall, upon the full payment of the purchase-money for said Western Military Asylum, agreeably to the terms of sale, and upon the approval of such sale by the secretary of war, make and deliver to the purchaser or purchasers, on behalf of the United States, a deed in fee simple for said property.

[SEC. 3. Sec. 10 of 3 March, 1857, chap. 106, repealed.]

1 Chap. 199, 3 March, 1855. See chap. 36, 7 February, 1857, and chap. 60, 28 February, 1861.

2 This property cost $100,000, of which $10,000 was appropriated by Congress; but it had not been sold at the date of this publication.

CHAPTER 163.-Approved, June 21, 1860.—Vol. 12, p. 67. An Act making appropriations for the support of the army for the year ending thirtieth June, one thousand eight hundred and exty one,

For the manufacture and purchase of apparatus and equip ments for field signals, two thousand dollars, and that there be added to the staff of the army one signal officer, with the rank, pay, and allowances of a major of cavalry, who shall have charge, under the direction of the secretary of war, of all signal duty and of all books, papers, and apparatus connected therewith.

Sze. 2. That there be added to the medical corps of the army four surgeons and four assistant surgeons, to be appointed in accordance with the existing laws.

SEC. 4. That the allowance of sugar and coffee to the noncommissioned officers, musicians, and privates of the army, as fixed by the seventeenth section of the act of 5 July, 1838, shall hereafter be ten pounds of coffee and fifteen pounds of sugar for every one hundred rations.

Sec. 8. That upon the passage of this act, or as soon thereafter as praeticable, a commission shall be appointed in the manner hereinafter desig nated, to exsist of two senators, two members of the house of representatives, and two officers of the army, which commission shall examine into the organization, system of discipline, and course of instruction of the United States Military Academy, with a view to ascertain what modification or changes, if any, are desirable, in order that the academy shall best accomplish the object of its establishment. That the said commission shall report the result of its examination to the President of the senate and Speaker of the house of representatives. That the Commissi ners from the senate shall be appointed by the President of the senate those from the house of representatives by the Speaker of the house, and those from the army by the President of the United States,

[SEC. 9. $15,000 appropriated to defray the expenses of the commission]

The medical e rps was further increased by see 2, chap. 42, 3 Aug 1861, and by chapters an 1127 Jiv, 1-62

3 Was 6 pounds of e fre and 12 poun is of sugar by that set, chap 162

* The emmin n, erinsting of Jefferson Davis and *, mn Fot of the Senate, and John («hrane -f the H use, at 1 Major Robert Anderson and Captain Humphreys of the army, reported a fail to reorganize the Military Academy, which has not been considered by Congress,

CHAPTER 205.--Approved, June 23, 1860.-Vol. 12, p. 91. An Act making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of government for the year ending June thirtieth, one thousand eight hundred and sixty


SEC. 3. [That all purchases and contracts for supplies or services in any of the departments of the government, except for personal services, when the public exigencies do not require the immediate delivery of the article or articles, or performance of the service, shall be made by advertising, a sufficient time previously, for proposals respecting the same. When immediate delivery or performance is required by the public exigency, the articles or service required may be procured by open purchase or contract at the places and in the manner in which such articles are usually bought and sold or such services engaged between individuals. No contract or purchase shall hereafter be made unless the same be authorized by law, or be under an appropriation adequate to its fulfilment, except in the War and Navy Departments for clothing, subsistence, forage, fuel, quarters, or transportation, which, however, shall not exceed the necessities of the current year.]

No arms nor military supplies whatever, which are of a patented invention, shall be purchased, nor the right of using or applying any patented invention, unless the same shall be authorized by law and the appropriation therefor explicitly set forth that it is for such patented invention.

CHAPTER 49.-Approved, February 21, 1861.-Vol. 12, p. 147.

An Act making appropriations for the naval service for the year ending thirtieth June, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two.

SEC. 5. That the third section of the act entitled "An act making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the government for the year ending 30 June, 1861," approved June 23, 1860, be, and the same is hereby, repealed, except so far as the said section prohibits the purchase of patented fire-arms, as to which the said section shall still be in force.3

1 Sec. 5, chap. 49, 21 February, 1861, repeals this section, except so much thereof as relates to the purchase of patented fire-arms; but see. 10, chap. 84, 2 March, 1861, after reinstating the part repealed, which is between brackets above, repeals the remainder of the section.

2 Chap. 205, ante.

3 Sec. 10, chap. 84, 2 March, 1861, repeals all of sec. 3, chap. 205, referred to above, but re-enacts all but the concluding sentence. See note thereto.

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