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CHAP 312. An act to establish branches of the Mint of the United

States. $1. Be it enacted, fc. That branches of the Mint of the Uni- $300,000 ap ted States shall be established as follows: one branch at the city propriated for

branches of of New Orleans for the coinago of gold and silver; one branch

the mint, to be at the town of Charlotte, in Mecklinburg county, in the state of established at North Carolina, for the coinage of gold only; and one branch at N. Orleans, or near Dahlohnega, in Lumpkin county, in the state of Georgia, Charlotte, N. also for the coinage of gold only. And for the purpose of pur-C. and at Dahchasing sites, erecting suitable buildings, and completing the ne- lohnega, in cessary combinations of machinery for the several branches afore - Georgia. said, the following sums, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, shall be, and hereby are, appropriated : for the branch at New Orleans the sum of two hundred thousand dollars; for the branch at Charlotte, fifty thousand dollars; for the branch at Dahlohnega, fifty thousand dollars.

§ 2. And be it further enacted, That, so soon as the necessary Officers to be buildings are erected for the purpose of well conducting the busi- appointed so ness of each of the said branches, the following officers shall be soon as build.

ings are erect. appointed upon the nomination of the President, and with the ad- ed. vice and consent of the senato: one superintendent, one treasurer, one assayer, one chief coiner, one melter, and one refiner. And the superintendent of each mint shall engage and employ as many clerks and as many subordinate workmen and servants as shall be provided for by law; and the salaries of the said officers and clerks shall be as follows:

For the branch at New Orleans, to the superintendent, the sum Salaries to be of two thousand five hundred dollars; to the treasurer, the sum paid to the of two thousand dollars; to the chief coiner, the sum of two

officers, &c. thousand dollars; to the assayer, melter, and refiner, the sum of two thousand dollars each; to two clerks, the sum of twelve hundred dollars cach; to the subordinate workmen, and servants, not exceeding twenty in number, such wages and allowances as are customary and reasonable, according to their respective stations and occupations. For the branches at Charlotte and Dahlohnega, to the superintendents, each the sum of two thousand dollars ; who shall respectively discharge the duty of treasurers; to the chief coiners, each the sum of one thousand five hundred dollars; to the assayers, melters, and refiners, each the sum of one thousand five hundred dollars; to the clerks, not exceeding one at each branch, the sum of one thousand dollars; and to the subordinate workmen and servants, not exceeding the number of five at each of the said branches, such wages and allowances shall be paid as are customary and reasonable, according to their respective stations and occupations. And for the purpose of paying $65,000 for the said salaries, wages, allowances, and the incidental

expenses

1835. of the said branches of the Mint, for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five, the following sums, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, be, and the same hereby are, appropriated : for the branch at New Orleans, the sum of thirty-five thousand dollars; for the branches at Charlotte and Dahlohnega, the sum of fifteen thousand dollars each.

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Oath or affir. 3. And be it further enacted, That the officers and clerks to mation of offi- be appointed under this act, before entering upon the duties there

of, shall take an oath or affirmation before some Judge of the United States, faithfully and diligently to perform the duties thereof; and shall each become bound to the United States of America, with one or more sureties, to the satisfaction of the director of the Mint and the secretary of the treasury, with condition for

the faithful and diligent performance of the duties of their offices. General direc § 4. And be it further enacted, That the general direction of tion of the

the business of the said branches of the Mint of the United States be under the shall be under the control and regulation of the director of the director of the Mint at Philadelphia, subject to the approbation of the secretary mint at Phila- of the treasury; and for that purpose, it shall be the duty of the delphia.

said director to prescribe such regulations, and require such returns, periodically, and occasionally, as shall appear to him to be necessary for the purpose of carrying into effect the intention of this act in establishing the said branches; also, for the purpose

of discriminating the coin which shall be stamped at each branch, and at the Mint itself; also, for the purpose of preserving uniformity of weight, form, and fineness in the coins stamped at each place; and for that purpose, to require the transmission and delivery to him, at the Mint, from time to time, such parcels of the coinage of each branch as he shall think proper to be subjected to

such assays and tests as he shall direct. Laws for reg.

$5. And be it further enacted, That all the laws, and parts of ulation of the laws, made for the regulation of the Mint of the United States, mint of the U. S. extend

and for the government of the officers and persons employed od to the

therein, and for the punishment of all offences connected with the branches. Mint or coinage of the United States, shall be, and the same are

hereby, declared to be in full force, in relation to each of the branches of the Mint by this act established, so far as the same shall be applicable thereto. [.Approved, March 3, 1835.]

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CHAP. 313. An act in amendment of the acts for the punishment of

offences against the United States. Revolt and § 1. Be it enacted, f:c. That if any one or more of the crew of mutiny on any American ship or vessel on the high seas, or on any other board a ves

waters within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the Uniished by fine ted States, shall unlawfully, wilfully, and with force, or by fraud, and imprison. threats, or other intimidations, usurp the command of such ship ment, and not

or vessel from the master or other lawful commanding officer as a capital

thereof, or deprive him of his authority and command on board thereof, or resist or prevent him in the free and lawful exercise thereof, or transfer such authority and command to any other person not lawfully entitled thereto, every such person so offending, his aiders or abettors, shall be deemed guilty of a revolt or mutiny and felony; and shall on conviction thereof, be punished by fine not exceeding two thousand dollars; and by imprisonment and confinement to hard labor not exceeding ten years, according to the nature and aggravation of the offence. And the offence of

making a revolt in a ship, which now is, under and in virtue of Act of 1790, the eighth section of the act of Congress, passed the thirtieth day

revolt or mu

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any

of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred c. 36, vol. 1, and ninety, punishable as a capital offence, shall, from and after p. 83. the passage of the present act, be no longer punishable as a capital ossence, but shall be punished in the manner prescribed in the present act, and not otherwise.

§ 2. And be it further enacted, That if any one or more of the Attempt at crew of

American ship or vessel on the high seas, or any other waters, within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of punished.

tiny, how the United States, shall endeavor to make a revolt or mutiny on board such ship or vessel, or shall combine, conspire or confederate with other person or persons on board to make such revolt or mutiny, or shall solicit, incite or stir up any other or others of the crew to disobey or resist the lawful orders of the master, or other officer of such ship or vessel, or to refuse or neglect their proper duty on board thereof, or to betray their proper trust therein, or shall assemble with others in a tumultuous and mutinous manner, or make a riot on board thereof, or shall unlawfully confine the master, or other commanding officer thereof, every such person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by fine, not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment not exceeding five years, or by both, according to the nature and aggravation of the offence.

s 3. And be it further enacted, That if any master or other Punishment officer, of any American ship or vessel on the high seas, or on of master or any other waters within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction maltreating of the United States shall from malice, hatred or revenge, and one or more without justifiable cause, beat, wound, or imprison, any one or of the crew. more of the crew of such ship or vessel, or withhold from them suitable food and nourishment, or inflict upon them any cruel and unusual punishment, every such person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by fine, not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment not exceeding five years, or by both, according to the nature and aggravation of the offence.

4. And be it further enacted, That whenever any person in- Procedure in dicted for any offence against the United States, whether capital case a person or otherwise, shall upon his arraignment stand mute, or will not

arraigned plead or answer thereto, it shall be the duty of the court to enter mute, &c. the plea of not guilty on his behalf, in the same manner as if he had pleaded not guilty thereto. And when the party shall plead not guilty, or such plea shall be entered as aforesaid, the cause shall be deemed at issue, and shall, without further form or ceremony, be tried by a jury. And in all trials in capital cases, if the party indicted shall peremptorily challenge above the number of jurors allowed by law, such excess of challenges shall be disallowed by the court, and the cause shall proceed for trial in the same manner, as if the said challenges had not been made.

§ 5. And be it further enacted, That whenever any person shall Court may be convicted of any offence against the United States which is order sen. punishable by fine and imprisonment, or by either, it shall be law-tence to be ful for the court by which the sentence is passed, to order the sen- any house of tence to be executed in any House of Correction, or House of correction or Reformation for juvenile delinquents within the state or district reformation, where such court is holden, the use of which shall be allowed

shall stand

and authorised by the legislature of the state for such purpose. And the expenses attendant upon the execution of such sentence shall be paid by the United States. [Approved, March 3, 1835.] CHAP. 316. An act further to extend the time allowed for the execu

tion of the duties of the commission for carrying into effect the con

vention with France. Time extend

$ 1. Be it enacted, f.c. That the commission created by an act ed to January entitled “ An act to carry into effect the convention between the 1st, 1836.

United States and his Majesty the King of the French, concluded at

Paris on the fourth day of July, eighteen hundred and thirty-one," Act of 1832, c. 199, antep, approved July thirteenth, eighteen hundred and thirty-two, shall 2311. be and is hereby, continued until the first day of January, eigh

teen hundred and thirty-six, for the execution of the duties pre-
scribed by said act. [Approved March 3, 1835.]
CHAP. 317. An act further to suspend the operation of certain pro-

visoes of “ An act to alter and amend the several acts imposing
duties on imports,” approved the fourteenth day of July, one thou-

sand eighteen hundred and thirty-two. Certain $1. Be it enacted, fc. That the provisoes of the tenth and clauses of the twelth clauses of the second section of the “ Act to alter and 2d sect. suspended.

amend the several acts imposing duties on imports,” passed the Act of 1832, fourteenth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirtyc. 224, ante p. two, be, and the same are hereby further suspended, until the 2317.

end of the next session of Congress. [Approved, March 3, 1835.]

CHAP. 319. An act to continue the office of Commissioner of Pensions. Office contin• $1. Be it enacted, fc. That the office of commissioner of

pensions, shall be and the same is hereby, continued for the term years.

of two years, from and after the fourth day of March next and

no longer. Commission

§ 2. And be it further enacted, That a commissioner of pener, how ap: sions shall be appointed by the President of the United States, by pointed. and with the advice and consent of the senate, and that he shall

execute under the direction of the secretary of war, such duties in relation to the various pension laws, as may be prescribed by

the President. $2,500 salary

$ 3. And be it further enacted, That the said commission shall and franking receive an annual salary of twenty-five hundred dollars, and he privilege. shall have the privilege of franking. Duties trans § 4. And be it further enacted, "That the duties heretefore referred from quired of, and performed by the secretary of the treasury, under sec. of treasu. the provisions of the act approved on the fifteenth of May, one ry to sec. of

thousand eighteen hundred and twenty-eight, granting allowances to the officers and soldiers of the revolutionary army, and in relation to Virginia claims for revolutionary services and deficiency of commutation, be and the same are hereby transferred to, and made the duties of the secretary of war, from and after the first day of June next. [.Approved, March 3, 1835.]

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war.

Cuap. 320. An act authorising the construction of a dry dock for

the naval service. § 1. And be it enacted, f-c. That the secretary of the navy,

$100,000 tounder the direction of the President of the United States, be, and wards con. he is hereby, authorised to purchase a site, should it be deemed dry dock in most advisable, and to cause a dry dock for the naval service to the harbor of

New York. be constructed, upon the most approved plan, in the harbor of New York or its adjacent waters; and that toward defraying the expense thereof, the sum of one hundred thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. [.1pproved, March 3, 1835.]

Chap. 321. An act supplementary to the act of the fourth of July,

eighteen hundred and thirty-two, entitled “ An act for the final ad. Act of 1832, justment of the claims of lands in the southeastern district of Lou. c. 166, ante p. isiana."

2303. $ 1. Be it enacted, s.c. That the claims for lands within the Certain southeastern district of the state of Louisiana, described by the claims for register and receiver of the said district, in their report to the lands confirmsecretary of the treasury, bearing date the fifth of September, eighteen hundred and thirty-three, at New Orleans, be, and the same are hereby confirmed against any claim on the part of the United States, except the different applications hereinafter specified, to wit: in class A. of said report, the following nuinbers : three, ten, twenty-five, thirty-two, thirty-eight, and forty-six.

In class B. of said report, the following numbers, twenty-six, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, nineteen, twenty-three, forty-seven, thirteen, thirty-five, forty-two, and forty-three.

In class C. of said report, the following numbers: six, one hundred and eighty-six, two hundred and twenty, two hundred and twenty-one, and eighty-six, eighty-four and eighty-five, forty, one hundred and seventy-six, one hundred and seventy-seven, one hundred and seventy-eight, one hundred and seventy-nine, one hundred and ninety-one, one hundred and ninety-eight.

§ 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Transcript to register and receiver in said district to make out a full and per- te reported to fect transcript of all the title papers and of the evidence in their sec. of treasu. office, in relation to the numbers excepted in the first section of ry. this act; and report the same to the secretary of the treasury, with such other and further information in relation to the said claims, as may be directed by the secretary of the treasury, for the final and just settlement of said claims on or before the commencement of the next session of Congress; and he is hereby required and directed to report the same to Congress as early as Secretary to practicable thereafter, with his opinion touching the validity of

report to Con. said claims. [.Ipproved, March 3, 1835.]

gress. CHAP. 322. An act to render permanent the present mode of supply.

ing the army of the United States, and fixing the salary of certain clerks therein pamed. $ 1. Be it enacted, fc. That the seventh, eighth, ninth, and Sections of

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