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sides, to be decreed upon a bill to be filed by such assignce for that purpose: And provided fwther, That no assignee shall have the benefit of this act unless he shall, within ninety days from the date of its passage, agree with the said Thomas Blanchard, his executors or administrators, as to the consideration upon which he is to have it, or file his bill in the circuit court aforesaid, in order that the amount to be paid therefor, and the terms of such payment, may be decreed in conformity with the intent and meaning of this act: Provided, That the rights of the United States to use said invention, obtained by assignment or contract with said Blanchard, shall be and are hereby reserved to the same extent as they would have been if this act had not been passed.
Approved, February 15, 1847.
CHAP. 11.-AN ACT to extend the time for selling the lands granted to
the Kentucky Asylum for teaching the deal and dumb.
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre- The further sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as- time sembled, That the further time of five years, from and after
for selling the the expiration of that time heretofore allowed, be, and the lands heretofore same is hereby, allowed and permitted the trustees of the granted Centre College of Kentucky, who are also trustees of the luin.
Kentucky asy. Kentucky Asylum for teaching the deaf and dumb, to sell the lands heretofore granted said asylum, and confirmed to said trustees for the use of said asylum by acts of Congress heretofore passed : Provided, That the provisions of this act shall not extend to any lands heretofore granted, lying in the State of Arkansas.
Approved, February 18, 1847.
CHAP. 12.-AN ACT for the relief of Thoinas Brownell.
(Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre- His name to be sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as- placed on the sembled, That the name of Thomas Brownell be placed upon pensioners, and the roll of navy pensioners, and that he be paid ten dollars to be paid at ihie a month, commencing on the first day of October, eighteen rate of $19 per hundred and forty, for disability incurred by him while in the discharge of his duty as master on board the Lawrence, under command of Commodore Perry, in the year eighteen hundred and thirteen; the payment of said pension to be subject to the provisions of the second section of an act
passed August sixteenth, eighteen hundred and forty-one, entitled “An act for the payment of navy pensions.”
Approved, February 18, 1847.
CHAP. 13.-AN ACT making appropriations for the payment of revola
tionary and other pensions of the United States for ihe year ending tie thirtieth June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight.
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre
sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asAppropriation. sembled, That the following sums be, and the same are here
by appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the payment of pensions for the year ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and
forty-eight: Revolutionary For revolutionary pensions, under the act of the eighteenth pensioners. of March, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, sixty
seven thousand two hundred dollars. Invalid pen. For invalid pensions, under various acts, one hundred and sions. . sixty-six thousand dollars.
na to For pensions to widows and orphans, under the act of the widows and or- fourth of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, phans. two hundred and fifty-eight thousand dollars.
For pensions to widows, under the act of the serenth of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight, and the acts supplementary thereto, two hundred and seventy thousand dollars.
For pensions to widows, under the act of the third of March, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three, fifty-six thousand dollars.
For pensions to widows, under the act of the seventeenth of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-four, four
hundred and eighty thousand dollars. Half-pay pen. For half-pay pensions to widows and orphans, payable sjons to widows through the Third Auditor's office, five thousand five hunand orphans.
dred doMars. Artearages.
For arrearages prior to July first, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, payable through the Third Auditor's office,
one thousand dollars. Compensation Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That from and after to pension a- the passage of this act, the Secretary of War is hereby augents, &c.
thorized to make such compensation to agents for paying pensions as may be just and reasonable, to be paid out of the fund appropriated for the payment of revolutionary pensions, but in no case to exceed two per centum on moneys disbursed by them; the said compensation to be in full for all their services, and any contingent expenses that may arise in the
discharge of their official duties, books, printing, and sta-
Approved, February 20, 1847.
CHAP, 14.-AN ACT for the relief of Joshua Shaw.
resented. That the Sefed to examine thited States, and
[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep- The Sec'y of resentatives of the United States of America in Congress as-Warto examine
his claim upon sembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, the Government authorized and directed to examine the claims of Joshua of the U.S., and Shaw upon the Government of the United States, and re-io report to the
Treasury such port to the proper officers of the Treasury for payment such amount as may amount as may be found due him, upon principles of justice be due him, not
exceeding $25, and equity, not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars; 60 which amount is hereby directed to be paid out of any mo- The amount neys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, as a full found due to be compensation for the past and future use of his invention of paid him in full
compensation percussion caps and locks for small arms, and percussion for the use of his locks and wafer primers, to be applied to the firing of cannon, percussion caps
and locks and Approved, February 20, 1847.
CHAP. 15.-AN ACT granting a pension to Patrick Kelly. [Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be directed to place the A pension of #8 name of Patrick Kelly upon the invalid pension roll; and a month allowthat a pension be granted to the said Patrick Kelly, at the ed him. rate of eight dollars a month, from and after the eighth day of May, eighteen hundred and forty-six.
Approved, February 20, 1847.
CHAP. 16.–AN ACT to regulate the carriage of passengers in merchant
Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That if the master of any vessel, owned in whole Number of pasor in part by a citizen of the United States of America, or sengers which
may be taken on by a citizen of any foreign country, shall take on board such board of vessels vessel, at any foreign port or place, a greater number of paslimited.
sengers than in the following proportion to the space occt. pied by them and appropriated for their use, and unoccupied by stores or other goods, not being the personal luggage of such passengers, that is to say, on the lower deck or plat. form one passenger for every fourteen clear superficial feet of deck, if such vessel is not to pass within the tropics during such voyage; but if such vessel is to pass within the tropics during such voyage, then one passenger for every twenty such clear superiicial feet of deck, and on the orlop deck (if any) one passenger for every thirty such superficial feet in all cases, with intent to bring such passengers to the United States of America, and shall leave such port or place with the same, and bring the same, or any number thereof, within the jurisdiction of the United States aforesaid, or if any such master of a vessel shall take on board of his vessel at any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States aforesaid any greater number of passengers than the proportions aforesaid admit, with intent to carry the same to any
foreign port or place, every such master shall be deemed Penalty.
guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof before any circuit or district court of the United States aforesaid, shall, for each passenger taken on board beyond the above proportions, be fined in the sum of fifty dollars, and may also be imprisoned for any term not exceeding one year:
Provided, That this act shall not be construed to permit any Proviso.
ship or vessel to carry more than two passengers to five tons
of such ship or vessel. Vessels having
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That if the passengers on board twenty so taken on board of such vessel, and brought into or transthan the number ported from the United States aforesaid, shall exceed the limited by the number limited by the last section to the number of twenty in last section, to the whole, such vessel shall be forfeited to the United States the U.States. aforesaid, and be prosecuted and distributed as forfeitures
are, under the act to regulate duties on imports and tonnage. Tiers of berths Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That if any such vesand space allot- sel as aforesaid shall have more than two tiers of berths, or ted for passen- in case, in such vessel, the interval between the floor and gers.
the deck or platform beneath shall not be at least six inches, and the berths well constructed, or in case the dimensions of such berths shall not be at least six feet in length, and at least eighteen inches in width, for each passenger as afore
said, then the master of said vessel, and the owners thereof, Penalty.
severally, shall forfeit and pay the sum of five dollars for each and every passenger on board of said vessel on such voyage, to be recovered by the United States as aforesaid, in any circuit or district court of the United States where such vessel may arrive, or from which she sails.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That, for the purposes Children. of this act, it shall in all cases be computed that two children, each being under the age of eight years, shall be equal to one passenger, and that children under the
of one year shall not be included in the computation of the number of passengers.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the amount of Penalties imthe several penalties imposed by this act shall be liens on posed by this the vessel or vessels violating its provisions; and such act to be liens vessel may be libelled and sold therefor in the district court violating its proof the United States aforesaid in which such vessel shall arrive, visions, &c.
Approved, February 22, 1847.
CHAP. 17.-AN ACT to regulate the exercise of the appellate jurisdiction
of the Supreme Court of the United States, in certain cases, and for
(Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all and singular the records of the proceedings Records and in the several cases which were pending in the superior courts proceedings in of the [of the] late Territory of Florida, under and by virtue be transferred of the act of Congress of the twenty-third of May, eighteen to the district hundred and twenty-eight," entitled, "An act supplementary s. for the disto the several acts providing for the settlement and confirma-trict of Florida. tion of private land claims in Florida,” and under and by See vol.8,p.66. virtue of an act entitled, “An act to provide for the final settlement of land claims in Florida,” approved twenty-sixth May, eighteen hundred and thirty, and in the several cases See vol. 8, p. which were pending in the court of appeals of the same Territory, on the third day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-five, and all and singular the records of the proceedings in the several cases in which judgments or decrees had been rendered in the said courts on or before that day, and from which writs of error could have been sued out, or appeals could have been taken, or from which writs of error had been sued out, or appeals had been taken and prosecuted to the Supreme Court of the United States, according to the laws of the United States which were in force on the said third day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-five, shall, from and after the passing of this act, be transferred to and deposited in the district court of the United States for the district of Florida. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the The judge to
cause the same duty of the judge of the district court of the United States
to be notified to for the district of Florida, immediately after the passing of the clerks of this act, to cause the same to be notified to the several clerks the superior
courts, &c. of the superior courts, or to other officers or persons having