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transmit all the

Secretary of the Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That immediately after point an agent to the passage of this act, the Secretary of the Treasury shall proceed to Flori; appoint an agent to proceed forthwith to the different county da, where the said lands lie, to re seats of the counties of the State of Florida, where said lands lation to such set lie, who shall attend at least ten successive days at each tlement and occu

county, seat, if so long time be necessary, to take and receive pation.

proof by depositions before him, or in such manner as he may prescribe in relation to such settlement or occupation, and of settlers being entitled under this act to a grant or donation of land as aforesaid ; and said agent shall also attend at such other places in said settlements as the convenience of such set

tlers in furnishing their proofs may demand, under the instrucSaid agent to

in the tions of the General Land Office; and said agent shall, within proots taken by five months after he shall commence his duties in said State, opinion in each transmit all the proofs he may take, and make report of his case, to the Com. missioner of the opinion as to each case to said Commissioner of the General

Land Office, who shall proceed forth with to examine and decide said cases : Provided, That if any settler does not submit his proof to such agent within four months after reasonable notice, by advertisement of the times and places of his attendance to receive such proof, said settler shall not have the benefit of this act; and all the cases reported as aforesaid shall be definitively decided by the Commissioner of the General Land Office within two months after the report thereof is received at his office; and said agent shall be allowed the same compensation as is allowed by law to examining agents of the Treasury Department.

Approved July 1, 1848.

him, with

his

Land

General
Office.

Proviso.

CHAP. 91.-AN ACT for the relief of Jonathan Fitzwater.

[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. resentatives of the United States of America in Congress as.

sembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, A pension of twenty dollarg, directed to place the name of Jonathan Fitzwater on the roll

of invalid pensioners, and pay him at the rate of twenty dollars per month during his natural life, to commence on the eighteenth day of August, one thousand eight hundred and fortyseven.

Approved July 1, 1848.

per month allow. ed him.

CHAP. 92-AN ACT supplemental to the act passed on the ninth day of July, in the year eighteen hundred and forty-six, entitled “An act to retroeede the county of Alexandria, in the District of Columbia, to the State of

Court of the U.S.

removed into said court from the

the

District

of

exandria county,

the jurisdiction and laws lately

City had finally

(Sec. 1.) Be it enaced by the Senate and Ilouse of Repre. sentatices of the United States of America in Congress ussembird. That the Supreme Court of the United States shall

the United Stotoo shall The Supreme bare full power and jurisdiction to hear and determine, and to have power to shall proceed in due course to hear and determine, all causes mine all causes which had been removed into said court from the circuit court of the District of Columbia, holden in and for the late cirouit court of county of Alexandria, by writ of error or appeal, at the time Columbia for Alwhen the jurisdiction and laws lately existing in said county at the time when had finally ceased and determined in the manner provided for in and by the third section of the act to which this is existing in said supplemental, and shall deal with and dispose of the same ceased." in the same manner, and pursuant to the same laws, rules, and regulations as would have applied to and governed the said causes if the same had been duly heard and deterinined in the said Supreme Court before the said jurisdiction and laws had ceased and determined as aforesaid ; and all judgments, decrees, and mandates, after that time, issuing from the said Supreme Court in any such cause or causes, shall be certified and transmitted by the clerk of said Supreme Court to such court, or to the judge or judges of such court, as has Deen vested, or shall or may be vested, with jurisdiction or authority to take cognizance of the same, or in any manner to carry the same into effect, or to act judicially touching the same, by any law of the State of Virginia in such case provided, or hereafter to be enacted and provided.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the Theo duty of the circuit court of the District of Columbia for the of the county of county of Washington, and of the clerk of said court, and the clerk of said they and each of them are hereby authorized and required, to o Certify and transmit exemplifications of all proceedings, and transmit exempli

fications of all of all judgments, decrees, and orders rendered or passed, or proceedings, &c.,

rendered in any at any time hereafter to be rendered or passed, in any action, SUN, or prosecution originally commenced in the said circuit menced Court holden for the county of Alexandria, and thence re. the county of Al.

exandria. Noved into the said circuit court holden for the county of Washington, together with all original documents and other papers filed in the same, to such court, judge, judges, or Clerk, be now required or authorized, or as shall or may be required or authorized, by any such law of Virginia as afore. said, to receive or take cognizance of the same, or to carry the same into effect, or in any manner to act judicially or officially touching the same.

Approved July 5, 1848.

The circuit court

Washington, and

court, required to certify and

action

com. menced in said circuit court for

CHAP. 93.-AN ACT further to extend the time for locating Virginia military

land warrants, and returning surveys thereon to the General Land Office.

Act further to

for locating Vir. ginia military

until Jansary
1860.

ANAAL

(Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep.:

resentatives of the United States of America in Congress as. extend the time sembled, That the act entitled “An act further to extend the

time for locating Virginia military land warrants, and returnJand warrants, ing surveys thereon to the General Land Office," approved continued in force August nineteen, eighteen hundred and forty-one, and as to

asy 1, all warrants issued prior to the tenth day of August, eighteen

hundred and forty, and no others, be, and the same is hereby, revived and continued in force until the first day of January, eighteen hundred and fifty.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the same right and privilege is hereby also extended for the same time to all such warrants as have issued subsequent to said. tenth day of August, A. D. eighteen hundred and forty: Provided, That before the location thereof it shall be shown to the satisfac. tion of the Secretary of the Treasury that such warrant was issued justly and legally, and that the person who received said warrant was legally entitled to the same.

Approved July 5, 1848.

Proviso,

CHAP. 94.-AN ACT giving the consent of the government of the United

States to the State of Texas to extend her eastern boundary, so as to include within her limits one-half of Sabine pass, Sabine lake, and Sabine river, as far north as the thirty-second degree of north latitude.

Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senale and House of Rep.

resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asThe legislature of Texas may ex. sembled, That this Congress consents that the legislature of tend her eastern the State of Texas may extend her eastern bouadary so as to boundary.

include within her limits one-half of Sabine pass, one-half of Sabine lake, also one-half of Sabine river, from its mouth as far north as the thirty-second degree of north latitude.

Approved July 5, 1948.

CHAP. 95.—AN ACT for the relief of Stalker and Hill.

to audit and ad

counts

for

[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre. 'The Secretary scntatives of the United Stales of America in Congress as. of the Treasury sembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is just their ac. hereby, authorized and directed to audit and adjust the claim steamboat sunk of Gilbert Stalker and N. B. Hill, for a steamboat called the So “James Boatwright,” which was sunk in Indian river, in

Florida, in the month of April, eighteen hundred and thirty. eight, while in the service of the United States, as represented by them, by reason of her bottom being eaten through by the worms which infest those waters, and which was prevent ed from being repaired after she had been ascertained to have

in the service of
the United States,
&c.

been seriously injured, and application had been made for ber relief to the officer under whose command she was, in consequence of the exigency of the public service; and that the said Secretary, on finding the facts aforesaid to be true, pay the said Stalker and Hill whatever damage they may have sustained by the loss of the steamboat aforesaid, estima. tog the value of the said steamboat not to exceed fifteen thousand dollars, and deducting therefrom what, in his judg. ment, it would have cost to overhaul and repair the said Steamboat at the time application was made to take her to Charleston for repairs, including the expense of taking her there, and the value of the engine saved from the wreck of said steamboat-; and that the said Secretary be authorized to take additional evidence upon any or all of the points arising in the case, if deemed necessary.

Approved July 5, 1848.

CHAP. 96.-AN ACT to incorporate the Washington Gas Light Company.

pany

incorpo.

(Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. resentatives of the United States of America in Congress as

Washington sembled, That John F. Callan, Jacob Bigelow, B. B. French, Gas Light ComW.H. Harover, M. P. Callan, W. A. Bradley, and W. H. fated. English, and their present and future associates, are hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of the “ Washington Gas Light Company," and by the same name shall have perpetual succession, and shall be able to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, in all couris of law and equity in the District of Columbia and elsewhere; . and to make and have a common seal, and the same to break, alier, and renew at pleasure ; to ordain and establish such by-laws, ordinances, and regulations, and generally to do every act and thing necessary to cary into effect this act, or to promote the objects and design of this corporation.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the capital stock Capital stock. of this corporation shall not exceed fifty Thousand dollars;

not to exceed that a share in the same shall be twenty dollars; and books of subscription to the said capital stock, or to such portions thereof as from time to time may, by the directors for the tiine being, be deemed proper and necessary, shall be opened by the appointment or under the direction of the directors hereinafter named, subject to such rules, limitations, and conditions, as by them shall be prescribed ; and the stock of the said corporation shall be deemed personal property.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the stock, prop- Anairs, &c., of erty, and affairs of the said corporation shall be managed and conducted by or under the direction of five directors, be- five directors.-ing stockholders; that the said directors shall hold their of. be close'n. fices for one year from the second Monday, and shall be elected on the first Monday in January, in each year, at such

$50,000.

said corporation to be managed by

how they are to

president.

who shall be di.

uary, 15-19.

time and place in the city of Washington as a majority of the directors for the time being shall appoint; and that notice of such election shall be published in at least two of the public newspapers printed in the city of Washington, at least fourteen days previous to the time of holding such election ; and every such election shall be by ballot, and by such of the stockholders who shall attend for that purpose, either in person or by proxy; and each stockholder shall be entitled to one vote for each share of the stock which he or she may have held in his or her own name for at least fourteen days before the time of voting; and the persons having the greatest number of votes shall be the directors; and if it shall happen that two or more persons have an equal number of votes, the directors in office at the time of such election shall, by a plurality of votes, given by ballot, determine which of the persons so hav.

ing an equal number of votes shall be director or directors, so Directors to as to complete the whole number to be chosen ; and the di. choose one of their number for rectors so chosen shall, as soon as may be thereafter, proceed

by ballot to elect one of their number for their president; and whenever any vacancy shall happen, the same shall be filled up by the remaining directors, by plurality of votes,

until the next annual election. Five persons Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That John F. Callan, rectors until Jan: Jacob Bigelow, B. B. French, W. H. Harover, M. P. Callan,

and W. A. Bradley shall be the first directors of the said company, who shall hold their offices until the second Monday of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-nive, and until others are chosen in their places : and they shall proceed to choose their president at such time and place as they, or a majority of them, shall de

termine. This corpora. Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That in case it shall Solved in case of at any time happen that an election for directors shall not failure to elect take place on the day appointed by this act for that purpose, .

the said corporation shall not, for that cause, or for any nonuser, be deemed to be dissolved, but it shall and may be law. ful to hold an election for directors on any other day, in such manner as shall be provided for by the by-laws of the said

corporation. Vanner in Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may which the capital be lawful for the directors, or a majority of them, to require

payment of the subscription to the capital stock of the said corporation, at such times and in such proportions as they, or a niajority of them, shall deem fit, under the penalty of forfeiting all previous payment or payments thereon; and that previous notice of the instalments required to be paid shall be published at least fourteen days in two of the public news.

papers printed in the city of Washington. Powers and du Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the president and tios of the president and direct. directors shall have full power and authority to manufacture,

make, and sell gas, to be made of coal, oil, tar, peat, pitch, or turpentige, or other material, and to be used for the purpose

tion not to be dis.

directors on the day herein desig. bated.

stock shall be paid in.

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