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Stat. at Large Vol. V. p. 146.

Limits.

No. 210. - FEBRUARY 9, 1837. CHAP. XII. An Act to extend the Limits of the Port of New Orleans. Be it enacted, &c. That from and after the passage of this act, the port of New Orleans shall extend, on the river, from the lower to the upper corporate limits of the municipalities of the city of New Orleans.

No. 211. FEBRUARY 13, 1837.
CHAP. XIII. -
Stat. at Large,

An Act to change the Name of the Collection District of Dighton, in the Vol. V. p. 146.

State of Massachusetts, to Fall River, and for other Purposes. Name of dis

Be it enacted, &c. That from and after the first day of April next, the trict changed; said district, now known and called by the name of the Dighton District, made port of

shall be called the District of Fall River, and as such shall be made a entry for vessels from Cape port of entry for vessels arriving from the Cape of Good Hope, and from of Good Hope, places beyond the same, any law now in force to the contrary notwithc.

standing.

No. 212. MARCH 2, 1837. CHAP. XIX. - An Act respecting Discriminating Duties upon Dutch and Belgian Vessels Stat. at Large,

and their Cargoes. Vol. V. p. 152.

Be it enacted, &c. That the same duties shall be levied and collected The same du- in the ports of the United States, on Belgian vessels and their cargoes, on Belgian res- which are now levied and collected on Dutch vessels and their cargoes ; sels and their

but nothing in this act contained shall be be construed to prevent the cargoes as are now levied on

President of the United States from enforcing, whensoever he may deem Dutch vessels proper, both against Dutch and Belgian vessels, or either of them, and and their car

their cargoes, the provisions of the third section of the act entitled “ An goes.

act concerning discriminating duties of tonnage and imposts," approved Act of Jan. 7, 1824, ch. 4. the seventh day of January, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four.

No. 213. - MARCH 2, 1837.

CHAP. XXII. - An Act concerning Pilots.
Stat. at Large,
Vol. V. p. 153.

Be it enacted, &c. That it shall and may be lawful for the master or

commander of any vessel coming into or going out of any port situate Upon waters which are the upon waters, which are the boundary between two States, to employ any boundary of two pilot duly licensed or authorized by the laws of either of the States States, pilots licensed by

bounded on the said waters, to pilot said vessel to or from said port ; any either may be law, usage, or custom, to the contrary notwithstanding. employed.

No. 214. OCTOBER 12, 1837. CHAP. III. – An Act to regulate the Fees of District Attorneys in certain Cases. Stat. at Large, Vol. V. p. 204.

Be it enacted, &c. That in all cases of extension of the time of payment

of bonds given for duties on imports, it shall be according to such direcExtension of tions as may be given by the Secretary of the Treasury; and the extenbonds for duties.

sion of payment of the old bond, or the taking of a new bond, sball be by the respective collectors, subject to no other charge than such as may be legally receivable on the taking of original bond, upon the entry of

merchandise. District Attor- Sec. 2. That no fee shall accrue to any District Attorney on any bond ney's fees.

left with him for collection, or in a suit commenced on any bond for the renewal of which provision is made by law, unless the party or parties shall neglect to apply for such renewal for more than twenty days after the maturity of such bond.

25TH CONG. Sess. I. Ch. 10. 1837. Sess. II. Ch. 1, 34. Res. 4. Ca. 158. 1838. 257

No. 215. - OCTOBER 16, 1837. CHAP. X. — An Act making further Appropriations for the Year eighteen hundred and Stat. at Large, thirty-seven.

Vol. V. p. 207. Sec. 2. That, if the revenue from duties, or from the sales of public If the revenue lands remaining in the hands of the receiving and collecting officers, be remaining in the not sufficient at any time to pay debentures and other charges which are lecting officers by existing laws made payable out of the accruing revenue before it is be not sufficient transferred to the credit of the treasurer, the Secretary of the Treasury

at any time to

pay debentures, is hereby authorized to pay the said debentures and other charges out of &c. how to pay any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

them.

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CHAP. I. – An Act to authorize the President of the United States to cause the Public Stat. at Large,

Vessels to cruise, upon the Coast in the Winter Season and to relieve distressed Navi. Vol. V. p. 208. gators. Be it enacted, 8c. That the President of the United States be, and The President

authorized to hereby is, authorized to cause any suitable number of public vessels,

cause the public adapted to the purpose, to cruise upon the coast, in the severe portion of vessels to cruise the season, when the public service will allow of it, and to afford such aid upon the coast to distressed navigators as their circumstances and necessities may re- the relief of disquire; and such public vessels shall go to sea prepared fully to render tressed navigasuch assistance.

tors.

No. 217. - MARCH 19, 1838. CHAP. XXXIV. - An Act to continue in Force an Act therein mentioned, relating to the Stat. at Large, Port of Baltimore.

Vol. V. p. 215. Be it enacted, &c. That the act passed the seventeenth day of March, The act passed in the year one thousand eight hundred, entitled “ An act declaring the 17th March,

1800, chap. 15, assent of Congress to certain acts of the States of Maryland and Georgia,” so far as relates and which, by subsequent acts, has been revived and continued in force to the act of until the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred and thirty- tinued to za eight, be, and the same, so far as it relates to the act of Maryland, is March, 1843. hereby revived and continued in force until the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three. Provided, That nothing herein

Proviso. contained shall authorize the demand of a duty on tonnage on vessels propelled by steam, employed in the transportation of passengers.

No. 218. May 31, 1838.
NO. IV. - A Resolution relating to the Public Revenue and Dues to the Government.

Stat. at Largo,

Vol. V. p. 310. Resolved, &c. That it shall not be lawful for the Secretary of the

No difference Treasury to make or to continue in force, any general order, which shall to be made becreate any difference between the different branches of revenue, as to the tween the differ

ent branches of money or medium of payment, in which debts or dues, accruing to the

the revenue, as United States, may be paid.

to the money of

payment. No. 219. — JULY 5, 1838.

CHAP. CLVIII. . An Act to modify the Last Clause of the Fifth Section of the Deposite Stat. at Large, Act of the twenty-third of June, eighteen hundred and thirty-six.

Vol. V. Be it enacted, 8c. That the last clause of the fifth section of the act Act of June entitled “ An act to regulate the deposites of the public money,” approved 23, 1836, ch. 115, on the twenty-third day of June, eighteen hundred and thirty-six, declar- ified as to issues ing that the notes or bills of no bank shall be received in payment of any of notes under

p. 255.

five dollars. 33

debt due to the United States, which shall, after the fourth day of July, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, issue any note or bill of a less denomination than five dollars, shall be, and the same is hereby, so far modified as that the interdiction as to the reception of the bills and notes shall not continue against any bank which has, since the said fourth day of July, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, issued bills or notes of a less denomination than five dollars, or which shall issue any such bills or notes prior to the first day of October, in the year eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, but that from and after the said last-mentioned day, the bills or notes of no bank shall be received in payment of any debt due to the United States, which bank shall, after that date, issue, reissue, or pay out any bill or note of a denomination less than five dollars.

No. 220. — JULY 7, 1838. Stat. at Large, CHAP: CLXIX. —- An Act to provide for the Support of the Military Academy of the Vol. V. p. 264. United States for the Year eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, and for other Purposes.

Compensation Sec. 3. That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, of custom-house authorized to pay to the collectors, deputy collectors, naval officers, surofficers for 1838.

veyors, and their respective clerks, together With the weighers, gaugers, measurers, and markers, of the several ports of the United States, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sums as will give to the said officers, respectively, the same compensation in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight, according to the importa

tions of that year, as they would have been entitled to receive, if the act Act of July 14, of the fourteenth of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, had 1832, ch. 227. Proviso. gone into effect: Provided, That no officer shall receive, under this act, a

greater annual salary or compensation than was paid to such officer for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two; and that in no case shall the compensation of any other officers, than collectors, naval officers, surveyors, and clerks, whether by salaries, fees, or otherwise, exceed the sum of fifteen hundred dollars each per annum ; nor shall the union of any two or more of those officers in one person, entitle him to receive more than that sum per annum ; Provided, further, That the said collectors, naval officers, and surveyors, shall render an account quarterly to the treasury, and the other officers herein named, or referred to, shall render an account quarterly to the respective collectors of the customs where they are employed, to be forwarded to the Treasury, of all the fees and emoluments whatever by them respectively received, and of all expenses incidental to their respective offices; which accounts shall be rendered on oath or affirmation, and shall be in such form, and supported by such proofs, to be prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury, as will, in his judgment, best enforce the provisions of this section, and show its

operation and effect. * ** A collector to Sec. 8. That a collector shall be appointed at the port of Vicksburg be appointed at who shall give the usual bonds required by such officers in the penal sum Vicksburg

of ten thousand dollars, and be entitled to a salary of five hundred dollars per annum, and that the salary for the present year be paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Proviso.

No. 221. — JULY 7, 1838. Stat. at Large, CHAP. CLXXV. - An Act to establish a New Collection District in the State of Vol. V. p. 287.

Mississippi. Collection dis- Be it enacted, &c. That all that part of the State of Mississippi north trict to be estab- of the point where the range line strikes the Mississippi river, between lished, &c.

townships thirteen and fourteen, of the Washington land district, is hereby created a collection district, to be called the Vicksburg district, whereof Vicksburg to Vicksburg shall be the port of entry, subject to all the regulations and be a port of en

try. duties prescribed in regard to the district of Mississippi, by an act passed the thirtieth of. June, eighteen hundred and thirty-four, entitled “ An act 1834, ch. 185. to establish a port of entry át Natchez, in Mississippi, and creating certain other ports of delivery, and for other purposes ;” and that Grand Gulf

Grand Gulf to

be a port of deshall be a port of delivery within said district of which Natchez is the livery. port of entry.

steamboats ar

No. 222. JULY 7, 1838. CHAP. CLXXVIII. — An Act exempting from Duty the Coal which may be on Board of Stat. at Large,

Steamboats or Vessels propelled by Steam on their Arrival at any Port in the United Vol. V. p. 288. States.

Be it enacted, &c. That from and after the passage of this act, it shall Captains of be lawful for the captain or master of any steamboat or vessel propelled riving in the U. by steam, arriving at any port in the United States, to retain all the coal S. with coal on such boat or vessel may have on board at the time of her arrival, and board, may promay proceed with said coal to a foreign port, without being required to same to foreign land the same in the United States, or to pay any duty thereon ; and all ports without acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act, shall be, and the same are paying duty

. hereby repealed.

No. 223. — JULY 7, 1838.

CHAP. CXCI. — An Act to provide for the better Security of the Lives of Passengers on

Stat. at Large, Board of Vessels propelled in Whole or in Part by Steam.*

Vol. V. p. 304. Sec. 2. That it shall not be lawful for the owner, master, or captain of Shall not transany steamboat or vessel propelled in whole or in part by steam, to trans- port goods, &c. port any goods, wares, and merchandise, or passengers, in or upon the without a new bays, lakes, rivers, or other navigable waters of the United States, * * license. ** without having first obtained, from the proper officer, a license under the existing laws, and without having complied with the conditions imposed by this act ; and for each and every violation of this section, the owner or owners of said vessel shall forfeit and pay to the United States Penalty for the sum of five hundred dollars, one half for the use of the informer; and violation of this

section. for which sum or sums the steamboat or vessel so engaged shall be liable, and may be seized and proceeded against summarily, by way of libel, in How recoverany district court of the United States having jurisdiction of the offence. able.

Sec. 3. That it shall be the duty of the district judge of the United District judge States, within whose district any ports of entry or delivery may be, on the to appoint per

sons to inspect navigable waters, bays, lakes, and rivers of the United States, upon the

the boilers and application of the master or owner of any steamboat or vessel propelled machinery. in whole or in part by steam, to appoint, from time to time, one or more Their qualifi- . persons skilled and competent to make inspections of such boats and cations and duvessels, and of the boilers and machinery employed in the same, who shall not be interested in the manufacture of steam engines, steamboat boilers, or other machinery belonging to steam vessels, whose duty it shall be to make such inspection when called upon for that purpose, and to give to the owner or master of such boat or vessel duplicate certificates of such inspection ; such persons, before entering upon the duties enjoined by this act, shall make and subscribe an oath or affirmation before said district judge, or other officer duly authorized to administer oaths, well, faithfully, and impartially to execute and perform the services herein required of them.

Sec. 4. That the person or persons who shall be called upon to inspect

* See acts 1843, ch. 94; 1848, ch. 41; 1852, ch. 106; 1855, ch. 213; 1864, ch. 69, and ch. 249; and 1866, ch. 234.

the master or

often.

Inspectors of the hull of any steamboat or vessel, under the provisions of this act, shall, the bulls to give after a thorough examination of the same, give to the owner or master, as masters a certifi- the case may be, a certificate, in which shall be stated the age of the said cate, stating the boat or vessel, when and where originally built, and the length of time the age of the boat, &c.

same has been running. And he or they shall also state whether, in his Also a certifi- or their opinion, the said boat or vessel is sound, and in all respects seasoundness of the worthy, and fit to be used for the transportation of freight or passengers ; vessel. for which service, so performed upon each and every boat or vessel, the

Fee for inspec- inspectors shall each be paid and allowed by said master or owner applytion.

ing for such inspection, the sum of five dollars. Inspectors Sec. 5. That the person or persons who shall be called upon to inspect the boilers to make a certifi

the boilers and machinery of any steamboat or vessel, under the provisions cate as to the of this act, shall, after a thorough examination of the same, make a certifisoundness, &c. cate, in which he or they shall state his or their opinion whether said of said boilers.

boilers are sound and fit for use, together with the age of said boilers; and Duplicates of duplicates thereof shall be delivered to the owner or master of such vessel, said certificate to be given to

one of which it shall be the duty of the said master and owner to deliver

to the collector or surveyor of the port whenever he shall apply for a owner, &c.

license, or for a renewal of a license; the other he shall cause to be posted

up, and kept in some conspicuous part of said boat, for the information of Fee for in

the public; and for each and every inspection so made, each of the said spection.

inspectors shall be paid by the said master or owner applying, the sum of

five dollars. Hulls to be in

Sec. 6. That it shall be the duty of the owners and masters of steamspected, how

boats to cause the inspection provided under the fourth section of this act Boilers inspect- to be made at least once in every twelve months ; and the examination ed, how often.

required by the fifth section, at least once in every six months; and deliver to the collector or surveyor of the port where his boat or vessel has

been enrolled or licensed, the certificate of such inspection; and, on a Penalty. failure thereof, he or they shall forfeit the license granted to such boat or

vessel, and be subject to the same penalty as though he had run said boat

or vessel without having obtained such license, to be recovered in like Competent

And it shall be the duty of the owners and masters of the number of ex

steamboats licensed in pursuance of the provisions of this act to employ on perienced and skilful engineers board of their respective boats a competent number of experienced and to be employed. skilful engineers, and, in case of neglect to do so, the said owners and Penalty for

masters shall be held responsible for all damages to the property of any failing to do so.

passenger on board of any boat occasioned by an explosion of the boiler

or any derangement of the engine or machinery of any boat. Safety valve Sec. 7. That whenever the master of any boat or vessel, or the person to be opened when the vessel

or persons charged with navigating said boat or vessel, which is propelled stops for any in whole or in part by steam, sball stop the motion or headway of said purpose what

boat or vessel, or when said boat or vessel shall be stopped for the purpose of discharging or taking in cargo, fuel or passengers, he or they shall open the safety-valve, so as to keep the steam down in said boiler as near

as practicable to what it is when the said boat or vessel is under headway, Penalty

under the penalty of two hundred dollars for each and every offence. Long-boats or Sec. 8. That it shall be the duty of the owner and master of every yawls, when and steam vessel engaged in the transportation of freight or passengers, at sea where to be carried by steam: or on the Lakes Champlain, Ontario, Erie, Huron, Superior, and Michivessels,

gan, the tonnage of which vessel shall not exceed two hundred tons, to provide and to carry with the said boat or vessel, upon each and every voyage, two long-boats or yawls, each of which shall be competent to carry at least twenty persons ; and where the tonnage of said vessel shall exceed two hundred tons, it shall be the duty of the owner and master to provide

and carry, as aforesaid, not less than three long-boats or yawls, of the same Penalty.

or larger dimensions; and for every failure in these particulars, the said master and owner shall forfeit and pay three hundred dollars.

Sec. 9. That it shall be the duty of the master and owner of every

manner.

ever,

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