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AN ACT for the investigation of the mining debris question in the State of California.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War is hereby authorized and directed to detail three officers from the Engineer Corps of the United States Army as a commission for the purpose of making a thorough examination and investigation of the mining debris question in the State of California, for the purpose of ascertaining whether some plan can be devised whereby the present conflict between the mining and farming sections may be adjusted and the mining industry rehabilitated; and for a complete examination of the injured navigable river channels, their tributaries and lands adjacent thereto, with a view to the improvement and rectification of said rivers. And that the sum of ten thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this act, said sum to be expended at the discretion of the Secretary of War; the said commission to report as early as practicable to the Secretary of War the result of their investigation, and the Secretary of War shall make report thereof to Congress. Approved, October 1, 1888.
AN ACT to grant the right of way through the military reservation at Fort Morgan to the Birmingham, Mobile and Navy Cove Harbor Railway Company, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby granted to the Birmingham, Mobile and Navy Cove Harbor Railway Company the right of way through the military reservation at Fort Morgan, Alabama, for road-bed, tracks, side tracks, and terminal facilities not exceeding fifty feet in width along the northern high-water line of said reservation and extending from the eastern boundary of said reservation westward along the shore to a point one hundred feet east of the east side of the present Government dock at or near which point the said company may erect a wharf after the Secretary of War shall have approved of the location and dimensions thereof, with such sheds and buildings as can be accommodated thereon, and the said company shall also have the right to fill into the water along the right of way so granted, and thus acquire additional space and to enjoy other riparian rights: Provided, however, That not buildings or other incumbrances shall be erected on said right of way except upon said wharf; but the Secretary of War may give permission for the erection along said right of way of a dock or docks upon limitations to be prescribed by him: And provided further, That Congress may at any time cancel this concession, and the President may, when in his judgment necessity demands, destroy any structures hereby authorized.
Approved, October 1, 1888.
AN ACT making appropriation for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated for the objects hereinafter expressed for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, namely:
BUILDING FOR THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.
For the building for the Library of Congress, as herein provided for, and for each and every purpose connected therewith, including the cost of all professional and other personal services that the Chief of Engineers of the Army may deem necessary for the work and shall specially order five hundred thousand dollars.
This appropriation and all appropriations hereafter made, and all sums available from appropriations heretofore made for this purpose shall be expended under the direction and supervision of the Chief of Engineers of the Army, who shall have the control and management of all of said work and the employment of all persons connected therewith. And all contracts for the construction of said building, or any part thereof, shall be made by the Chief of Engineers of the Army, and so much of the act entitled "An act authorizing the construction of a building for the accommodation of the Congressional Library" approved April tifteenth, eighteen hundred and
eighty-six as requires the construction of said building substantially according to the plan submitted to the Joint Select Committee on Additional Accommodations for the Library of Congress, by John L. Smithmeyer and so much of the first section as provides for a commission together with the eighth section of said act be and the same are hereby repealed, and the duties of said commission under said act are hereby devolved upon the Chief of Engineers of the Army, who shall annually report to Congress at the commencement of each session a detailed statement of all the proceedings under the provisions of this act, and hereafter, until otherwise ordered by Congress, no work shall be done in the construction of said Library except such as is herein provided for, and all contracts for work or materials not necessary for the execution of the work contemplated herein are hereby rescinded. And all loss or damage occasioned thereby or arising under said contracts, together with the value of the plan for a Library Building submitted to the Joint Select Committee on Additional Accommodations for the Library of Congress by John L. Smithmeyer in the Italian Renaissance style of Architecture, may be adjusted and determined by the Secretary of the Interior, to be paid out of the sums heretofore or hereby appropriated: Provided, That before any further contracts are let for the construction of said building general plans for the entire construction thereof shall be prepared by or under the direction of the Chief of Engineers of the Army, which plans shall be subject to the inspection and approval of the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Interior: And provided further, That the total cost of said building shall not exceed four million dollars exclusive of appropriations heretofore made.
UNDER THE WAR DEPARTMENT.
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS IN AND AROUND WASHINGTON.
For the improvement and care of public grounds as follows:
For improvement and maintenance of grounds south of the Executive Mansion, six thousand dollars.
For ordinary care of greenhouses and nursery, two thousand dollars.
For ordinary care of Lafayette Square, one thousand dollars.
For ordinary care of Franklin Square, one thousand dollars.
For continuing improvement of reservation numbered seventeen, and site of old canal, northwest of same, ten thousand dollars: Provided, That no part thereof shall be expended upon other than property belonging to the United States.
For construction and repair of post-and-chain fences, removal and repair of high
iron fences around reservations, one thousand five hundred dollars.
For manure, and hauling the same, five thousand dollars.
For painting watchmen's lodges, iron fences, vases, lamps, lamp-posts, and settees, seven hundred and fifty dollars.
For purchase and repair of seats, one thousand dollars.
For purchase and repair of tools, two thousand dollars.
For trees, tree and plant stakes, lime, whitewashing, and stock for nursery, three thousand dollars.
For removing snow and ice, one thousand two hundred dollars.
For flower-pots, twine, baskets, wire, splints, moss, and lycopodium, one thousand Zollars.
For care, construction, and repair of fountains in the public grounds, one thousand five hundred dollars.
For abating nuisances, five hundred dollars.
For improvement, care, and maintenance of various reservations, twelve thousand dollars.
For improvement, maintenance and care of Smithsonian Grounds, including construction of asphalt roads and paths, ten thousand dollars.
For improvement and care of Judiciary Square, including grounds around the Pension Building, and asphalt walks leading to City Hall, five thousand dollars.
That under appropriations herein contained no contract shall be made for making or repairing concrete or asphalt pavements in Washington City at a higher price than two dollars per square yard for a quality equal to the best laid in the District of Columbia prior to July first, eighteen hundred and eighty-six, and with a base of not less than six inches in thickness.
For repairs and fuel of the Executive Mansion as follows:
For care, repair, repainting, and refurnishing the Executive Mansion, sixteen thousand dollars to be expended by contract or otherwise, as the President may determine. For fuel for the Executive Mansion, greenhouses, and stable, three thousand dollars.
For care and necessary repair of greenhouses, four thousand dollars.
For renewing entire superstructure of one greenhouse connected with the Executive Mansion and grounds, one thousand five hundred dollars.
LIGHTING THE EXECUTIVE MANSION AND PUBLIC GROUNDS: For gas, pay of lamplighters, gas-fitters, and laborers; purchase, erection, and repair of lamps and lampposts; purchase of matches, and for repairs of all kinds; fuel and lights for office, officestables, watchmen's lodges, and for the greenhouses at the nursery, fourteen thousand dollars: Provided, That for each six-foot burner not connected with a meter in the lamps on the public grounds no more than twenty dollars shall be paid per lamp for gas, including lighting, cleaning, and keeping in repair the lamps, under any expenditure provided for in this act; and said lamps shall burn not less than two thousand six hundred hours per annum; and authority is hereby given to substitute other illuminating material for the same or less price, and to use so much of the sum hereby appropriated as may be necessary for that purpose.
REPAIR OF WATER-PIPES AND fire-plugs: For repairing and extending waterpipes, purchase of apparatus to clean them, purchase of hose, and cleaning the springs and repairing and renewing the pipes of the same that supply the Capitol, the Executive Mansion, and the building for the State, War, and Navy Departments, two thousand five hundred dollars.
For furnishing a full supply of water for all purposes to the Executive Mansion by connecting the Mansion by a twelve inch main with the thirty-six inch water-main on L street, five thousand three hundred dollars.
TELEGRAPH TO CONNECT THE CAPITOL WITH THE DEPARTMENTS AND GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: For care and repair of existing lines, one thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.
WASHINGTON MONUMENT: For completion of the Washington Monument, namely: For earth-filling and grading around the monument, in accordance with existing law; insertion of memorial tablets presented for that purpose in the interior walls of the monument; office expenses, and every purpose connected with the completion of the monument, twenty-seven thousand five hundred dollars, to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of War.
For the care and maintenance of the Washington Monument and the operation of the elevator and machinery connected therewith, namely: For one custodian, at one hundred dollars per month; one steam engineer, at eighty dollars per month; one assistant steam engineer, at sixty dollars per month; one fireman, at fifty dollars per month; one assistant fireman, at forty-five dollars per month; one conductor of car, at seventy-five dollars per month; one attendant on floor, at forty-five dollars per month; one attendant on top, at forty-five dollars per month; three night and day watchmen, at sixty dollars each per month; coal, one thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars; oil, waste, packing, and repairs to engine and boiler, five hundred dollars; contingencies, ninety dollars; in all, ten thousand five hundred dollars, to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of War, who is hereby and hereafter charged with the custody, care, and protection of the monument.
And the joint commission created by the act of August second, eighteen hundred and seventy-six, for the completion of the Washington Monument, having completed the work intrusted to it, is, at its own request, dissolved, and the unexpended balances of appropriations for this work, as well as the amount herein appropriated, shall be expended under the direction of the Secretary of War; and the Washington National Monument Society is hereby continued with the same powers as provided in the act of August second, eighteen hundred and seventy-six, creating the joint commission aforesaid; and the Secretary of War is hereby directed to set apart a room for the deposit of the archives of the Washington National Monument Society as also for the records of the joint commission dissolved) and for the continuous use of said society in the building now being erected by the said society with funds collected by it for its use and for the public comfort.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMISSION: For salaries and traveling expenses of the Mississippi River Commission, and for salaries and traveling expenses of assistant engineers under them, and for office expenses and contingencies, thirty-five thousand dollars.
MONUMENTS OR TABLETS AT GETTYSBURG: That the appropriation of fifteen thousand dollars, made by the act approved March third, eighteen hundred and eightyseven, for the erection of monuments or memorial tablets for the proper marking of the position of each of the commands of the regular Army engaged at Gettysburg, be, and the same is hereby, made available for the purchase of land upon which to erect the monuments and tablets.
For the completion of the monument at Washington's Headquarters at Newburgh, New York, and of the statues thereon, according to the plans adopted by the joint select committee of the Senate and House of Representatives, under joint resolution of the two Houses, and for gates therein, according to the recommendation of the
Secretary of War, contained in Executive Document Numbered Three hundred and thirty-six, Fiftieth Congress, first session, to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of War, thirty-two thousand dollars
SURVEY OF NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN LAKES: For printing and issuing charts for use of navigators, and electrotyping plates for chart-printing, two thousand dollars.
TRANSPORTATION OF REPORTS AND MAPS TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES: For the transportation of reports and maps to foreign countries, through the Smithsonian Institution, one hundred dollars.
Approved October 2, 1888.
AN ACT to authorize the construction of bridges across the Kentucky River and its tributaries by the Louisville Southern Railroad Company.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Louisville Southern Railroad Company, a corporation organized under act of the general assembly of the commonwealth of Kentucky, be, and it is hereby, authorized to construct and maintain a bridge, and approaches thereto, over the Kentucky River, in the State of Kentucky, and also a bridge or bridges over the tributaries or forks of said river, at such point or points as said company may deem suitable for the passage of its said road over said river, or its tributaries or forks. Said bridge or bridges shall be constructed to provide for the passage of railway trains, and, at the option of the company by which it or they may be built, may be used for the passage of wagons and vehicles of all kinds, for the transit of animals, and for foot-passengers.
SEC. 2. That any bridge built under this act, and subject to its limitations, shall be a lawful structure, and shall be recognized and known as a post-route, and it shall enjoy the rights and privileges of other post-roads in the United States, and equal privileges in the use of said bridge shall be granted to all telegraph companies; and the United States shall have the right of way across said bridge and its approaches for postal telegraph purposes.
SEC. 3. That any bridge authorized to be constructed under this act shall be built and located under and subject to such regulations for the security of navigation of said river as the Secretary of War shall prescribe; and to secure that object, the said company or corporation shall submit to the Secretary of War, for his examination and approval, a design and drawing of the bridge, and a map of the location thereof; and until the said plan and location of the bridge are approved by the Secretary of War, the bridge shall not be commenced or built; and should any change be made in the plan of said bridge during the progress of construction, such change shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of War. And any changes required by the Secretary of War, or the entire removal of said bridge or bridges after completion if required by him, shall be at the expense of the company owning said bridge.
SEC. 4. That all railroad companies desiring the use of said bridge or bridges shall have, and be entitled to, equal rights and privileges relative to the passage of railway trains over the same, and over the approaches thereto, upon the payment of reasonable compensation therefor; and in case the owner or owners of said bridge or bridges and the railroad company or companies desiring to use same shall fail to agree upon the terms with reference to the use of same, all matters of issue between them shall be decided by the Secretary of War upon a hearing of the allegations and proofs of the parties. And if said bridge or bridges shall be built for the passage over the same of vehicles, and the transit of animals, and for foot passengers, the rates of toll therefor shall be approved by the Secretary of War, before any tolls can be collected. SEC. 5. That this act shall be null and void if actual construction of the bridge or bridges herein authorized be not commenced within two years and completed within five years from the date thereof.
SEC. 6. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this act is hereby expressly reserved.
Approved, October 9, 1888.
AN ACT to authorize the construction of a highway bridge across that part of the waters of Lake Champlain which separates the islands of North Hero and South Hero, in the county of Grand Isle, in the State of Vermont
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the proper authorities of the towns of North Hero and
Grand Isle, in the county of Grand Isle, in the State of Vermont, be, and they are hereby, authorized to construct, maintain, and use a highway bridge at a suitable point across the channel which lies between the islands of North Hero and South Hero and between the two towns aforesaid.
SEC. 2. That the structure authorized by the preceding section shall be built and located under and subject to such regulations for the security of navigation of such waters as the Secretary of War shall prescribe, and shall be provided with such suitable and convenient draw as the said Secretary shall deem needful for the proper purposes of navigation, of width not less than that of tho draw in the bridge between the towns of Alburg and North Hero, Vermont; and the maintenance and management of said structure shall be subject to such of the provisions of section six of chapter fifty-two of the acts of the second session of the Forty-seventh Congress as the Secretary of War may, from time to time, deem needful; and the authority to erect and continue said bridge shall be subject to revocation and modification by law whenever the public good shall, in the judgment of the Secretary of War so require, without any expense or charge to the United States.
SEC. 3. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this act is hereby expressly reserved.
Approved, October 12, 1888.
AN ACT to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Missouri River at some accessible point within one mile north and one mile south and east of the mouth of the Kansas River.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Missouri River and Land Improvement and Construction Company, a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Kansas, or its assigns, is hereby authorized to construct and maintain a bridge across the Missouri River at such point as may be hereafter selected by said corporation, or its assigns, in Jackson County, Missouri, within one mile north and one mile south and east of the mouth of Kansas River, Kansas; and also to construct accessary works to secure the best practicable channel-way for navigation and confine the flow of the water to a permanent channel at such point; and also to lay on and over said bridge a railway track or tracks for the more perfect connection of any railroads that are or shall be constructed to said Missouri River at or opposite said point; and said corporation may construct and maintain ways for wagons, carriages, horses, or other animals, and for foot passengers, charging and receiving such reasonable toll therefor as may be approved from time to time by the Secretary of War.
SEC. 2. That said bridge shall be constructed and built without interference with the security and convenience of navigation of said Missouri River beyond what is necessary to carry into effect the rights and privileges hereby granted; and in order to secure that object the said company or corporation shall submit to the Secretary of War, for his examination and approval, a design and drawings of the bridge, and a map of the location, giving for the space of one mile above and one mile below the proposed location, the topography of the banks of the Missouri River, the shore lines at high and low water, the direction and strength of the current at all stages, and the soundings accurately showing the bed of the stream, the location of any other bridge or bridges, and shall furnish such other information as may be required for a full and satisfactory understanding of the subject; and until the said plan and location of the bridge are approved by the Secretary of War the bridge shall not be built: Provided, If said bridge be built above the mouth of the Kansas River, it shall be built as a high bridge with unbroken and continuous spans, having at least one channel span of not less than four hundred feet clear channel-way, all other spans over the water-way to have a clear channel-way of not less than three hundred feet; and all said spans shall have a clear head room of not less than fifty feet above high-water mark: and if it shall be built below the mouth of the Kansas River, it shall be built as a high bridge with unbroken and continuous spans, all spans over the water way to have a clear channel way of not less than four hundred feet and a clear head room of not less than fifty-five feet above high water mark; and the piers of said bridge shall be parallel with the current of said river, at the stage of water which is most important to navigation, and the bridge itself shall be built as nearly as may be at right angles thereto; and said company or corporation shall maintain, at its own expense, from sunset to sunrise, such lights or other signals on said bridge as the Light House Board shall prescribe: Provided also, That all railway companies desiring to use said bridge shall have and be entitled to equal rights and privileges in the passage of the same, and in the use of the machinery and fixtures thereof and of all the approaches thereto, under and upon such terms and conditions as shall be prescribed by the Secretary of War, upon hearing the allegations and proofs of the parties, in case they shall not agree.