The Albany register. (Albany, Or.) 1868-18??, November 27, 1874, Image 5

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:it Hi'- First Session of the Fortv-
liiird Congress.
AX ACT making appropriations for ageuey ami addressed to regular snt
the service of tfie Post Office Depart- ; scriberS or news agents, posta"e shall
ment for the fiscal year ending I une i be charged at the foilewing rates : On
thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sev- newspapers and periodical publ'iea-enty-five,
and for other purposes, j lions, issued weekly and more freijuent-
lit: it otarteri by the Sruatr. and House
nf . .rwswtfflfre of tkts United Stales I
of .l-V.( iu('nirr:s ns.-,-,M.-i i
rii it tiw. t , n. ... , , ,
i i iiai tne lonowHiir sums Ix. ami
. o,-.. hnk. . , , : :
.., , ,oW o. . ' e,n; act entitled "An Act to revise, consoi- drcd dollars per quarter ; the same trt
i '" :.' Beventy-five, out ol k)ate sm atnend tho statHtcs ,rehxt-m ,,, asccrtaimil and allowed by the An-
i , , K.- lr.(,i';,"y to the Post oilier l)..p'.rtment." at" dltor in i he . tiiement of the qiuirterly
! r , ' ' ne tUM0f P-rtment, proved ,,nne ,,-lgut eighteen hundred : accounts of such postmasters: Provl
in .i ut; to the act ofJuly second. : l.v,,lt,.tu,,;' " I ded, That. v. hen the aggregate annual
eighteen hundred and t!nrly-ix. as See. C. Tiiat on and att;r tiie first eompcns:iUon, cxckitive of coinmis-
,'- , ., . . I
i oi inwnil mail bwisportation, six-
teen million lour hundred tboumod
I "or pay of mail messengers, six Imn
lreil and forty-three thousand live hun
1ml and Uiirty-three dollar-.
!'or pay of ronte-asents. nine hun-
died and twentv-nino thousand and
thirty-five dollars.
j for pay of mail-route mess'ngers,
i ine hundred and sixty thousand dol-
Vor pay of local agetits. one hundred
i aiiu leu inousaiui mree liumtrcu auu i
eiguiy-uiree tiouars.
i for pay of rairWav post-office clerks
; one million three hundred and twenty
uioiisaiMi ami loorteen Hollars.
I' or pay of Uiggage-uiastcrs, one
, thousaitd ilollars.
l".-r foi eigri-mail transportation,
: three hundred and twenty-five thou-
I'or hip, ste-imhoat. and way 1 !
tcrs, -even thou-and live hundred dol-
i lars.
I'Vf pay of postmasters, six million
five hundred tl ton sand dollars.
Fog pay ! clerks for pott-offices,
t'nee million two hundred and Bitty
thousand dollars.
For pay of letter-carriers, one mill
ion and nine hundred thousand dollars:
'i '. That hereafter letter-carrier-j
sliall not hi- employed for the free de
livery of mail-matter in towns and
cities whose l'opulation within their
corporate limits, as sliown I
. li.e l.l-l
. ihiuvimi i. nil,
iii! sequent census taken i;i pursuance
of State-statute or hy order of the may
or and common council of such town
or city, shall lie less than thirty thou--and;
but this proviso shall not affect
the free delivery in towns and cities
where it is now established. And for
1 tli- more efficient manage ment of the
1 frcv delivery system, the Postmaster
tJeuerai may designate-a twtrth cTass
clerk to act as soperiutendeut of fee
delivery in the Post Office i 'cpartmt nt
; at an annual salary of two thousand
live hundred dollars: and fir ibis.pnr
I -i-e ;h.- sum of seven hundred dollars
1- .. 1. -. nui .ii..,
; ir. .n- v i i the Treasury not itherwise
, appropnatea.
i 1 . r wrapping-paper, twenty-seven
1 thousand dollars.
'or twine, forty-eight tliousand dol
lars. For lettei-balanees, three tliousand
hr office fnrnitnre, Mx thonsat-.d
five Ian lre 1 dollars.
Kor advei li-ing. eighty thousand
dollars: !',; . That hereafer no
payer ..t -hall he made to any news
paper published in the District of ol-
u uert ...i .meriisine-a., ntner roures
th in those in Virginia and Marviand.
i... in o .ii.n tm ,ji .nine -1, e (1..-1..-. . ,rov men i'y tins at, or procure u e t'M saitl service aceoiximg to ins cou
st imp-. one hundred and eighteen j same to he done with tlie intent to tract, tben the said obligation to lie
thousand six hundred and sixty-sefen avoid tie- nreuavnieiit of iiost:i!:e tine i v.,t i . .t li.- i--,t i-e to h. in foil tnn
roi -ta npoM envelopes nil 1 wrap-
pers. nve l.n.ioreil ami tlurty-nve
tliousand lour hundred and twenty-tour
dollars: v d. That hereafter no
envelope, as fnrnialied hy Hie Goveru-
ment. -hall 'contain iithograiihing and
1 enarr:viur. nor any printing except :
pnuted request to return the letter to
j he Wilier.
j For pay of distributing agents and
I assistants, ten thou-and two bundled
I For manufacture of postal cards, one
j hundred am ixfv-eight thousand two
hnndriil a. id seventy dollars.
For pay of agents and assistants to rv next.
distribute postal cards, live tbonsand i "Sec. 11. That the sixty-third, eigh
i -ix hundred dollars. j tietlt, eighty-iir.-t,eighty-A'Cond,eighty
Por payments on account of mail-j third, eight y-fotiitb and eight vixth
depredations atul for special agents, sections of the s;iiti "Act to revise, con-
one hundred and sixty thousand dol- -olitlate and an. end the statutes rclai
j hirs. ing to the Po-loJlic..' 1 )epa: I m n ! , "
j For mail-hags and mail-hag catch- approve ! dune eighth, eighteen huu-
ers. one hundred and eighty thousand Jr.-il and sevi ntv-two, lie amended to
I dollars. ( read a- follows :"
i For mail-locks and keys, fifty thou- s...-. t;3. That the postmasters,! x
I sand dollars. I cc-pt the ; . : master at N e w York t ii y.
) toe postmarking ami canceling whose annual salary is hereby hxc.i at oftJie "said homl. over av.l above all
I stamps, nine thousand ilollars. j six thou-and dollar-, shall be divided ; ! is ,ik. and owing hv them, .and all
For preparing and publishing post- ; into four class s. as follows : The lir-t ; intlgments, mortgages 'a ml executions
j route maps, thirty tlxmsnnd dollars. class sh.iU embrace all those whose an-J rainst lliei'n. affer afibwinw all ex
i For balances due foreign countries, I una! takarics nr.- not more than tour emptious of every character whatever,
j Urn hundred anil sixty thousand dol- j thousand dollars nor less than three sein -J17. That anv postmaster
; Irs. I thousand dollars; the secondclass shall vvlio slcdl affix his sigmitirre to the ap-
I For l-ent of post-offices, three tarn- embrace all tliose whose annua! s.ila- pfoval of any bowl of I ladder, or to
i di ed and fifty thousand dollars. ; are csd than three thou-and do!- ' ,;. certificate ot sufficiency of sureties
For fuel lor p..-, -offices, one hundred !ars but not less than t xo thousand p, :m v contract hefore the" said bond or
, and fifry thou-and dollars. dollars ; the thinl class shall embrace : conlriu t is signed hy the hhlder oreon-
For light for post-offices, one bun- :. those whose annual salaries are less : tractor and his sureties, or -hall know-
dreil ami sixty t.iou-ami ttoiiai -.
'" "-""""
For stationery and miscellaneous
items, sixty thousand dollars.
Por registered liackage envelopes
nntl seals, forty-two thousand six bun- . 0f tXmir comaiissious on the money- j ellt certificate, shall' he forthwith dis
dred and eighty dollars. j onler business of their office, amounts mj.ssed from office, and Ixi thereafter
l or otiieiai envelojies tor postmas -
tcrs. sixty tliousand dollars
I-or envelopes tor return log clean
letters, rour luoustnu ue uuuureu ami
eighty-five ilollars.
for tees to marsnais, attorney-, anu , ti, President, hv and w ith the advice
clerks of courts, seven thousand fiveaud consent of tlie Senate, and shall
hundred dollars. hold their offices for four t ears unless
For engraving, printing, and bind- 1 sooner removed or suspended accord
ing drafts and warrants, three thousand i,,g to law; and postmasters of the
ilollars. fourth class may be appointed and may
For mi-cellaneous items, two thou- be remov al by the FostmasterGeneral,
sand five hundred dollars. j by whom ail appointments and remov-
See. 2. That the following sums, ajs shall lie notified to tlie Auditor for
or so much thereof its may he nccessa-
rv, !e. and the same are nereoy ap
propriated for the year ending June
thirtieth eighteen hundred and seven-tv-llve,
out of any money in the Treas
uot otherwise appropriated, namely:
For steamship service between San
Francisco, Japan, andtdiiua, live iiuu-
.1 1 il.r, us noil ilollar
Kor steamship service between the
Putted States and Brazil, one hundred
and fifiv thousand dollars.
For steamship service between San
Francico and the Sandwich Islands,
seventy-five tliousand dollars.
For official postage stamps, nine
i,iui-,.il mill fifrv thousllnd dollar
For the purchase of law-hooks for
the use of the Post Office Department,
two thousand dollars
Sec Th-1 if the revenues of the
Post Office Department shall be iiisuf-
fietent to meet, the appropriations
made by this act, then tne sum m
million four hundred and ninety-seven
thou-and eight hundred and forty-two
dollars, or so much thereof as may be
necessary, lie, and the same is hereby,
appropriated, to be paid out ef any
money in the Treasury not otherwise
appropriated, to supply deficiencies 111
the revenue of the Post-Officc Depart
ment for the year ending dune thirti
eth, eighteen hundred and seventy
live. Sec 4. That tlie Revised Statutes
of the United States shall not be pub
lished by the United State? in any
newspaper, anything in existing laws
Jo tlie contrary notwithstanding.
See. 5. That on and after tli first :
day of January, eigtrteen hundred ami !
j . . , . iiLt.-cu miuiue'i :ini
seventy-five, .-ill newspapers, and peri
odica publications mailed from a
known office of publication or news I
'3 .l":ni 9nce a week, two cents for I
eacn l"""ul or traction thereof, am
those Issued less frcuueiiily than
a wees, turee cents for each pound or I
. , .. ... .... .. I
" icnoii iiiiii-iii : r ,.)vmi'', i nai noin-
U"latblaactrfialllheW to change
orwneml section tiinetv-niiie of the
dav of January, eighteen hundred and;
eveutv-tive. liiwni tlie reeeiirf of such
neKpersand periodical publications,
at the othee t mailing, they shall ! e sluill report such fact ;to the Posfiuias
weighi'd in I u!k. and postage paw! tel (ein ril. in order (hat STteh post
thereon by a specutl adhesive stamp, master may he aligned to hi? proper
io he devised and furnistied hy the ! i class, and his salary fixed as heretofore
Postmaster-General, which sictll affix- provided.
ed to such matter, r to the sack con
taining the same, or ujson a memo
ramhiai ofsucfa mailing, oritherwise
as the Postmaster General may. iron
time to time, provide by itgtilation.
e. t . i !.::: nev, -pap; r-, on row
j0 eaeh aettial subscribe
residinc; w ifh
in the comitv, where the same an
111 1!
d pub-j
ma Us:
red at
ij-hed, shlll fn (
but the same -h ii
tetter-carrier oliic
currier- mi!, -- j i
as tv la w pr ' u (ed.
ee. K. That all maiiable matter of
the third class, rt i i red to in section
one hundred and tiui ty-tbree ol the
act entitled "An act to revise, consoli
date and a DM-nd ;he statutes ivlating
to thi- I'osl Office I .art ineet." a pi
proved June eighth, eighteen hundred
anil seventy-two, may weigh nut -x-eeetling
lour MUfids for each ackage
thereof, and postage shall be charged
thereon at the rate of one cent lor each
two niiims or fraction therecf: but
nothing herein contained shall he held
to change or amend section one huu-di-ed
and thirty-four of s.;i(! jjct,
Sec. Thill loe PiKti;eJ..r ( icue- 1 l
,..! ... irt.l.Tnii.. . . , , 1 I...
I.......S ,rc iimv s. i .i.e e- nkmh.,
tion, a:i affitlavit i:i form, to he taken i
ov cacti iiionsljcr
perioiliejil publiea
the-mails ttmlei
act. or new - agent
of such newspaper
lieations midcr the
or pere id
r employee of sncb pubiisljer o
news agent, stating that he will not :
tiiitJi!--,o the 1
of such news
cations exec
thereto, or
'.' i
::s am
o r
Agents, wiilxml pre-
ige tin rt on ;.L the rate ,
aeii two ' tuices or (
thereof; and 5 such i
lymcut ot j
,,i eeni t
fractional pai
publisher or news ag ot. or employee
of -neh pnl.'i-h ; or news ap-in. hen j
required by lie Postmaster" Gem ralorl
any special agent of the Postoffice I
partmeut to make such affidavit, shall ;
refuse -o to do. and shall thereafter, '
without h iving made such affidavit,
deposit any newspapers 1:1 tin man
for transmission, he -hall io deemed after ids bid is accepted as the l'o-t-guilty
of a mistlemeanor, and. 011 eon- ; nia-ster -hall pro-criiio.enter into a con
vie ion. -hall he fined u it exceeding j tract with tlie I States of Ameri
ooe thousand dollars lor each refusal ; . ca. with ijood and snflif-ieut sureties.
and it any such person shall kuovviugly ;
ami willful. v mail anv -m
without the reivment oi" 1
natter !
ge as
llici-ton : or li any postmaster or . i-t-
i otllCe oflicial sliali know
e nnpm I
any such matter to be mailed without
1 ...... .
the prepayment of postage as provide
in this act, and in violation of the pr
visions of the same, he or thev sha
l deernetl "niltv of a misdcmeauoi
and. oil
lined not more than one thousand dollars,-
or imprisoned no! exceeding one
year, oi' both, in the discretion ol the
Sec. 10. That so much tit this act
as changes the rate oi' postage on uews
ia i e;-s and neriodieal laihlii-ations shall
not take effect uutil the first of Jantra-
titan two thou-and dollars hut not less
; inn. i iu looositoo ium.uo imv irk, ie-.s
than one thousand dollars : the fourth
class shall embrace all postmasters
wtiose annual comnensation. exclusive
t to less tlian one thousand dollars.
Sec. 80. That the
r at
j xfew Vork Ciu-, and postmasters ot
; tin; tir-t. second ami third classes snail
j be appointed and may he removed by
i tbL. Postoffice Department
"Sec. si. That the compensation
of the postmaster at New York City
shall be six thousand dollars pqr an
num, .and t lie respective com pen sal ion
f postmasters of the first, second ami
I tlrrd classes sliall be annual salaries,
assigned in even hundred dollars, and
1 payable in quarterly payments, to be
j ascertained and fixed by the Postrnas-
iter uenonu, irom uau- respciivu
quarterly returns to the Alio i tor tor
the Postoffice Department, or copies
or duplicates thereof, for tour quarters
lutmeui.nei.t picccoo.s i... ..
re-adjustment, by adding to the
whole amount oHiox-rcnts, not exceed-j 1, fail or refuse to perform the ser
in" two thousand dollars per annum, vice according to his contract, the
commissions .also not to exceed two
thousand dollars per annum on the
j other postal revenues of the offici al
j the following rates namely: On the
first one hundred dollars per quarter,
fifty per centum ; on all over one hun
dred dollars and not over four hundred
dollars per quarter, forty per centum :
on all over four bundle 1 dollars and
not over two thousand dollars per
quarter, thirty per centum ; and on all
over two thousand four hundred doll
ars per quarter, ten jer centum. And
in order to ascertain the amount ot the
postal receipts of each office, the-Post-master
General may require postmas
ters to furnish duplicates oi men qu.u
i i- to tbo Auditor at such
times and for such periods as he may bond as herein required for the faithful
deem necessary in each case: Provid- performance ot his contract, the Post
ed That whenever, by the extension inastcr-Gencral shall immediately ad-
,,r fw of U tters, the box-
rents ! anv nost office are decreased,
the Postmaster General may allow,
nf nfl!. wrint of SUell olficC. a SU111
sufficient to niaintain the salary tliere-
ol at the amount at which it nan peeu
fixed before the decrease in box rents.
'See. !S"2. That the compensation
of postmasters of the fourth class shall
! the bos rents collected at their offi
ces :l:icI commissions on oilier postal
revenues of their offices at the rate of
-ixty per centum on the first one hun-
dred dollars or less per quarter ; titry
. ... ., . .... .1 ..
i centum on me next uneu iiiuiutoi
dollars or less per quarter ; forty per
centum on the excess above fotrr htm-
sions on money-order business of any
p.-tma-t.-r of tin- class shall amount
to one tlioiisand dollars, the AiWitor
Se. s;;. That tho salaries of post
masters ol the first, second and third j
classes, except that of the postmaster
a! New York rity. -hall he ro-adju-ted
by the I'o-l ma ter ( o neral once in two
'.ears, and in special cases as much !
otteiji r a he may deem expedient.
"See. Hi. That the I'o-lma-tcrtien-
ral shall make all orders jjssignlng'or
eliiiugiug the salaries cf postma-trr- in
writing, and record tljem in his journ- I
to the Audi-
made in su h sal-
ie- II. t take etl'cct Until the first
iv of the ipiiifei- ncxl following Such
der : Provided ih.ic in cases of not
-.. than fifty per centum Increase or
n itse in tile- hnsinoss d any post
lice; i he Postmaster General may
Ijnsl iLc sidary of the po-;ma-ter at
ich office, to take effifct from the first
i v of i he quarter or period the returns
r which form the hads tit re-adjust-
"See. s i. The Vo-taia-ter GencKil
nay dtxignatt; offices at tide intorsec- i
ion of mail routes as distributing or I
eparatin'g ffliees ; and wliere any such '
fl;ce i- of the third or fourth class he I
make a reasonab'e allowance to i
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.1 i- . i-
from such i
S c. 1'2. That section two hundred
ml forty-five, sectiop two hundred
ml ftrty-six, section two hundred and j
rty-seven, section two hundred .and !
Jrty-seven, section two hundred and
fty-one. and section two hundred and j
tiftv-three of the act entitled "An .act I
t.nwi-o, consolidate and amend th
to the Postoffice le
. d luiie eighth. t ight
itl s,.-cnt v-two,' be
part:. :ont. api
ii'ii ImuftrtHl
amended to r.
sr. That every proposal for
carrying the mail -hall In? accompanied i
y the bond of the bidder, with surer
tie :. ; lioved ! a nostmaster. and in !
cases where the" amount of the bond j
exc-; d live thousand dollars, hy a
postuia-ter of the first, second or third I
class. j a Mlt to be designated hy the
p.. ttnaster fienemi in the advertise- !
men! of each route ; to which homl a j
condition shall be annexed, that if the
w 11 Inn
ich tin
to Pe aoi.covei
,HlV flu. I is! 11 i.lSfi.i- f :..i..
end, to 1
! service in his said
ljd, and. farther, that he shad perform
,,!,;; .-a: ion in lav, : and in case of fiil-
1:1.1 1. '
i u e in . . o on li I I li ' I i - e 1 i ;t ii i
iiiirrn i to jicrtbrm the services or. 4
having executed a contract, in eSsle of
failure l perform :h! service, accord- I
ing to his eon tract, he and his sureties j
shall ! li .Me for the amount of said
hoiid as licpiidaKd damages, to be re
covered in itn action of ilebt on thesaid i
itond. No .ropo..i! shall he consider- .
ed utik'ss it -hall he accompanied by I
su.-h l oud, .and there shall have Ua-n i
affixed lo said proposal toe oath of the i
1 iddi r, taken before an officer quail lied
to ad:; mi-ter oatns, llllit lie lias tlie
ability . pecuniarily, to fulfil! his obli
gations, and that the bid is made in
good (. "uh.'and with the intention to
eater into contract and perform the
service in i
M e. H
his ! i,i is accepted.
That before the l oud of
i 1 ! I. r rovklcd for in the aforesaid
e.-iion is approved, there shall lie in
lorsed thereon tlie oaths of the sureties
herein, taken before an officer quail- I
led to administer oats, that they are
iwuers o!" real estnto. worth, in the
iggii gate.-a sijiji double the amount
; ;,i,a,- , tvithooi the --; of due
Hlgly, or wiiliout tlie excrt .se OI (111
JUigehee approve anv bond of a bid
tCr with insufficient sureties, or sha
; l,,,, u m.-lv make anv falsi; or tratnlu-
disiieilifietl from holding tlie office of
1 po-rma-tci'. and -hall also he deemed
I guilty of a mistlemeanor. and, on cm-
victiou thereof, lie punished hv a line
not exceeding five thousand dollars, or
by imprisonment not exceeding one
year, or both."
"Sec. "'.1. That after any regular
bidder whose hid has been accepted
shali tail to enter into contract, for the
transportation ol the mails according
to his proposal, or, having entered inio
contract, shall fail to commence the
performance of the service stipulated
in his or their contract as therein pro
vided, the Postmaster-General shall
proceed to contract with the next low
est bidder for the same services, who
wul enter into a contract for the per-
i fori nance thereof, unless the Postmas-
ter-General shall consider such hid
too high, m which ease he shall re-
advertise such service. And if any
bidder whose bidjias been accepted.
and who has entered into a contract to
perform the service according to his
proposal, and in pursuance of his con
tract has entered upon tlie performance
of the service, to the satisfaction of the
PostmastersGeneral, shall subsequent-
Postmaster-General shall proceed to
contract with the next lowest bidder
for such service, under the advertise
ment thereof, (unless the Postmaster
General shall consider such bid too
high), who will enter into contract and
give bond, with sureties, to he approv
ed by the Postmaster General, for the
faithful performance thereof, in the
in the same penalty ami with the same
terms and conditions thereto annexed
as were stated and contained in the
bond which accompanied his bid ;
bqt in ease each and every of the next
lowest bidders for such scivices whose
respective bids are not considered too
high bv the Postmaster-uenerai snail
i refuse to enter into contract and give
vertlse for proposals to jerlonn the
service on said route. Whenever an
acceiitcd bidder shall fail to enter into
contract, or a contractor on any mail
route shall fail or refuse to perform the
service on said route according to his
contract, or when a new route shall
he established, or new service required,
or when from any other eaus( there
sliall not be a contractor legally bound
or required to perform such services,
the Postmaster-General may make a
temporary contract for carrying the
mail on such route, without advertise
ment, for such period as way he nec
essary, not in any case exceeding six
months, until the service sliall have
commenced under a contract made ac
cording to law : Provider!, hmeever.
That the Postmaster-General shall not
employ temporary service on any route
at a higher price than that paid' to the
contractor who shall have performed
the service during the last proeeding
regular contract" term. Ami in all
eases of regular contracts hereafter
made, the contract may. in the discre
tion of the Postmaster-General, he con
tinued in force beyond its express
terms for a period not exceeding six
months, until a new contract with the
samrt, or other contractors, shall be
made hy the Postmaster-General."
See." "2o.'. That hereafter all bidders
upon every mail-route tor the trans
portation of tlie mails upon the same,
where the annual compensation for
the service on such route at the time
exceeds the sum ot live thousand dol
lars, shall accompany their bids with
a certified check or draft, payable to
the order of the Postmaster-General,
upon some solvent national hank,
which cheek or Jralt shall not lie less
than live per centum on the amount
of the animal pay on said route at the
time such bid is made, and, in ease of
new of modified service, not less than
five ier centum of the amount of the
bond of the bidder required to accom
pany his hid. if i he amount of the said
txmd exceeds five thousand ilollars.
In case .any bidder, on being awarded
any stleh Contract, shall fail to ex
ecute the s:uiic, with good ami suffi
cient sureties, 'according to the terms
on which such hid was made and ac
cepted, and enter upon the perform
ance of the set vice to the satisfaction
ot the Postmaster-General, stieb bidder
shall, in addition to his liability on his
bond accompanying his hid, forfeit the
amount so deposited to the Fnited
States, and the same shall forthwith
be paid into the Treasury for the use
of the Post-Offlce Department ; hut if
such contract shall he duly executed
and the service entered upon as afore
said, such dr ift or cheek so deposited,
and the checks or drafts deposited by
all oilier bidders, on the same route,
shall be returned to the respective bid
ders making such deposits. Xo pro
posals for the transportation of the
mails where the amount of the homl
required to accompany the same shall
exceed five thousand dollars shall he
considered, unless accompanied with
the check or draft herein required, to
gether with the bond required by a
proeeding section: Yorc'V', That
nothing in this att shall he construed
or intended to a fleet any penalties or
lorfeitures which have heretofore ac
crued under the provisions of the sec
tions hereby amended."
See. 13. That hereafter the postage
on public documents mailed by any
member of Congress, the President, or
head of any Kxecntive Department
sliall be ten cents for each bound vol
ume, and on unbound documents the
same rati- as that on newspapers mailed
from a known office ot publication to
regular subscribers; ami the words
"Public Document" written or printed
thereon, or on the wrapper thereof,
and certified by the signature ot any
member of Congress, or by that of the
President, or head of any Kxecntive
Department shall he deemed a suffi
cient certificate that the sameisa pub
lic document : and tlie term "public
document" is her.. by defined to he all
publications printed by order of Con
gress, or either House thereof: Pro-.7-'
'. That the postage on each copy
oi tlie daily Congressional Recoid
mailed from the city of W a-hiiigton as
transient matter -hall be one cent.
Approved, .lime -.1, 1S74.
AX ACT relating to circuit courts of
the United States for the districts of
lit1 il tuar'iti bu th- S nttlr rtnit h.ttxr o
JC prwittiHivr
I'd inCwl'iTci
of Oil I il Stair Aim r
i at. mUt it,
That there shall lie. and is hereby,
established a circuit court of the
United States for the middle district
of Alabama, as said district is now
constituted by law, to he held in the
ciiy of Montgomery, and a like court
for i he northern ifistrict of Alabama,
as -aid district, is now constituted by
law. to he held in the clt v of lliints-
See. 2. That said circuit courts
shall have and exercise, within their
respective districts, the same original
powers and jurisdiction as are or may
lie conferred hy law upon the circuit
court of the United States lor the
sot hern district of Alabama at Mobile,
and shall have and exercise appellate
and revisory jurisdiction over the de
crees and judgments of the district
courts of the United States for the
said middle and northern districts,
respectively, under the laws of the
United Suites regulating the jurisdic
tion, powers, and practice of the cir
cuit courte, and the judges thereof, in
cases removed into said courts by ap
peal or writ of error; and said court,
and the judges thereof, shall have the
general superintendence and jurisdic
tion over all eases and questions aris
ing in said district courts, resipeetive
ly, under the act approved March
second, eighteen hundred and sixty
seven entitled "An act to establish a
uniform system of bankruptcy
throughout the United States" as i
provided for in the second section of
said act.
See. 3. That there sliall be appoint
ed for each ot said circuit courts for
said middle and northei districts, by
the circuit judge of the circuit, a clerk
who shall take the oath and give the
bond required by law ot clerks of cir
cuit courts, and who sliall discharge
all the duties and be entitled to all the
fees and emoluments prescribed by
law for clerks of circuit courts; and
the United States marshals foi said
middle and northern districts shall,
respectively, act as marshals for said
circuit courts, and the United States
district attorney for said districts shall
discharge the duties of district attor
ney In said circuit courts for said mid
dle and northern districts
Sec. 4. That the clerks ot said ills,
trict courts tor said middle and north
ern districts shall transfer to the clerks
rfthe snid circuit courts respectively
all tho original dockets, records and
files of papers in all common-law and
euuitv causes which might have been
brought and would have ueori original
ly cognizable in a circuit court, anu
which were eitlier disposed of or
pending in said district courts while
the same were vested with circuit
court Dowers.
Sec. 5. That the ciruit court of the
United States held a Mobi.e, Ala
bama, shall be designated and know
as the circuit court of the United
States for the southern district of Ala
bama; and its appellate and revisory
power, upon appeal or writ of error,
or by bill or petition, or otherwise,
under the second section of said act.
entitled, "An act to establish a uni
form system of bankruptcy through
out the United States'' Is hereby re
stricted to judgments and decrees ren
dered or causes and questions arising
in the district court of the United
States for said southern district: and
that the fourth section of the act ap
proved March third, eighteen hundred
and seventy-three, entitled, "An act
relating to the circuit and district
courts of the United States for the
middle and northern districts of Ala
bama" he, and the same is hereby re
iea led.
See. 0. That terms of the circuit
and district courts for the several dis
tricts of Alabama shall be held as
follows , For the southern district,
the terms of the circuit ami district
courts shall commence on the fourth
Monday of December and the first
Monday of June In each year; for the
middle" dist, on the first Monday of
May and the first Monday ot Novem
ber in each year: for the northern
district, on the first Monday of April
and the second Monday of October in
each year.
Sec. 7. That the fifth section of the
act approved February twenty-second,
eighteen hundred and ihirty-eight
entitled. "An act to abolish the cir
cuit court at Hnntsvflle in the State of
Alabama and tor other purposes" and
the act approved August fourth, eight
een hundred and forty-two, entitled
"An act to regulate appeats and writs
of error from the. district court of the
United States for the northern district
ot Alabama" lx and the same are
hereby, repealed.
See. S. That ah laws and parts of
laws, inconsistent with the provisions
ot this act, he and the same are here
by repealed.
.pproved, June '2'2, 1S74.
ALBANY Olt E( ; OX .
One copy, one jfar 8 iiO
Twenty copies, one year -iO OO
Special inducements offered to ix-rsons
desirous of canvassing for subscriptions
to the fiEiisTru.
Pacific SI op oxs.
There arc six ilivorce cases on
the docket of the Circuit Court for
Polk county.
The Fireman's benefit at Salem,
on Friday evening of last week,
was a "rouser."
The Grangers had a harvest feast
at Dallas, last week, and enjoyed
themselves hugely.
As an instance of tho attention
the mineral lands of Washington
Territory are attracting the 7ran
xeript reports the sale of" the T.aml
Office at Olympia of over 1,100
acres of coal land in King county,
at 810 per acre. Seven entries in
all made on one day. Capitalists
in San Francisco are the moving
Among other proceedings of the
Third District Court of Utah,
we find the following: The United
States vs George Q. Cannon; indict
ment under the act of Congress for
polygamy: ordered that defendant
give bail in $.r,000 to appear from
day to day to answer said indict
ment. The defendant is the present
Delegate to Congress and has been
The Northemer, ot Lowiston,
Idaho, of the 4tli inst. says: The
wHe of .Tames Crooks, of Camas
Prairie, died on last .Monday. Her
death was very sudden. We also
hear of tho death of a number of
children from dipt her ia and whooping-cough,
.las. Li. Hounds, ofl'a
taha, has lost three children with
in as many weeks, anl Thomas
King and Herd Harriss, of Tuka-
non, have each lost a chi'd din ing
the same period.
Messers K. C. Furguson, L. T.
Ireland, M. W. Packard, John
Cochran and other Puget Sounders,
have filed articles of incorporation
ot the "silver City Townsite Com
pany. The object of the company
is tl e founding of the city or town
ot Stiver City, situated at the forks
otSilvei Creek, in Snohomish coun
ty. The site is on unsurveyed land,
atid the founders design to secure
title in accordance with the law re
lating to town sites.
A combination has been perfected
between the Atchison, Topeka and
Santa Fe Ilailroad Company, the
Colorado and New Mexico Railway
jcompany and the fuemo ana salt
Take Kailway company, to build a
line of road from Granada to Pue
blo. The road will be built from
a point at or near West Las Ani
mas; there it is proposed to build
two branches, one coming to Pue
blo and the other going south into
New Mexico.
The curious spectacle ot cutting a
dead man oil" from the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
was witnessed in West Jordan,
Utah, a few dayssince. The names
of several liberal Saii.t were brought
up to be turned over to Satan, and
among them was that of a man who
had beon gathered to the other
shore. Tlie ungodly llishop's at
tention was called to this fact, when
he gvufjly said, "It don't make any
difference; he was a bad man, and
mut be out off, dead or alive, from
the Church of Jesus Christ ot Latter-day
SaintB!" And off wont tlie
dead man's head.
The Courier says; "Scarcely a
week passes that discoveries are not
made of coal mines, gold and silver
ledges, etc., in the Puget Sound ba
sin and the mountains adjacent.
Well-defined ledges of iron, load,
copper, plumbago, silver and gold,
of greater or less degree of richness,
are known to exist in the Cascade
Mountains. Of all but gold and
silver there is no question or doubt
ot their extent and value. The
present delay in developing there
natural resources lies in the diffi
culty of access, which will be over
come in due time."
Quartz 'edges of vast extent have
been found in several portions of
the Sound country, easy of access,
which yield, according to assays,
all tho way from $'20 to $150 per
ton. Extensive discoveries have re
cently been made at the headwaters
of the tributaries of the Snohomish
and Skagit rivers, and if the report
ed assays may be accepted as true,
which we have no reason to doubt,
they are exceedingly rich, and of
easy access, being only about sixty
miles distant from Seattle, over a
route wliere a trail can be cut with
little difficulty. That someofthese
mines are not already actively
worked seems a surprise when it is
known how small a yield per ton
will give a good profflt.
The Statesman says Mr. Condon
has lately procured two more fine
specimens of fossil heads, both of
them very complete real treasures
to a geologist. One of these is en
tirely new. and according to the sto
ry which it te'ls to Mr. Condon,
must have belonged in its day to a
singular animal indeed. There is
no such animal alive now, nor has
there been for many centuries.
A letter to the Benton Detno--rit,
from Summer Lake valley,
says: "There are about 5,000 hea'd
ot sheep ami 2,000 head of cattle
in Summer Lake valley, which is
entirely too much for so small a val
ley as this. Cattle are selling very
cheap; large three and tour-year
old steers are selling at from $20
to 28 per head. Hardly a day
passes but finds some weary travel
er journeying to this region."
A man hy the name of Downs, a
teamster, in the employ of Mr. Ad.
Edgar, at the Cascades, was taken
with a fit on Wednesday, while dri
ving his team from the lower to the
upper landing, and fell from the
wagon to the ground, expiring al
most instantly. He was a stranger
and had only been at work a few
At a grocery store in the neigh
borhood of Tacoma, W. T., the fol
lowing is conspicuously poste.l :
"Notice Any hoodlums found
prowling around this store after 10
o'clock at night will be shot down
like dogs."
-Arrangements have been perfected
to recurs the iron for the Pueblo
and Salt I ake IJoad, acd tl 6 pay
ment therefor to be secured by first
martgage bonds of the company.
Tlie work of the whole line will be
completed by October next.
Judge Prim, of Jackson county,
will shortly move his family to Sa
lem to enable his children to avail
themselves of the sujierior educa
tional facilities to be found at the
Capi'ol City.
There is a gold mine near Dear
Lodge City Montana Territory, call
ed the Peecher-Tilton Ledge. It
is a new diggings, and if it proves as
rich, as the original, the stock wilH
be sought after.
A statement that the order ap
pointing traders in the Indian Agen
cies on the upper Missouri has been
suspended is true, and the traders'
stores are all closed.
The church recently organized on
Spring Creek in Klickitat county,
W. T., with fifteen memliers, is get
ting along fnie'y. They have also
organized a Sunday School.
The roads arc now so bad that
stages have lieen withdrawn be
tween Uoseburg and Coos City.
Travel will now be confined to
The late rains will make the
ground just a little too soft for the
farmers of this valley. Plowing is
stopped on all except high and roll
ing lands;
The Grangers of Howell Prairie,
Marion county, have a fine hall,
for their meetings, nearly ready for
Mr Sfcort ridge, ot Lane county,
raised some oats last season which
weigh a bushel and a half, or 50
pounds, to the bushel.
Coquille City on the 5th inst.,
writes a correspondent, was out of
soap, not a bar to be had in the
place for love or mouey.
A gold bar weighing 402 ounces,
and valued at Ss,000, was the re
sult of sixteen days' run of the Vir
tue Mill in Laker county.
Parties at Marshfield possessing
ample means, are taking tlie initia
tory steps towards building a scow
steamer for freighting purposes oh
Coos Bay.
There were sold on the streets of
the Dalles, one day last week, five
good cows, -three calves and two
two-year old steers, for the sum of
Messrs. Bo:e,Stapletonand Kip
pel, Capitol Commissioners, have
filed their official bonds with the
Secretary of State.
The wife of Dr. Waldref, of Sil
ver City, Idaho, has fallen heir to
il00,000, left her by her aunt in
New York.
There are about 100 patents in
the Olympia Land Office awating
owners. Send and get your patent
to your land.
Utah iron is being converted into
castings very successfully at Salt
Snow fell inYak'ma City the
night ot Nov. 9th to tho depth ot
two inches.
Tacoma is said to be improving
and matters look rather encourag
ing at present.
The Columbia rivJr is lower than
it has been before for a long time.
The Public schools ot Corvallis
begin their winter term this week.
The Woolen mills at Salem will
be closed for repairs and improve
ment during December.
Tl ie bridge across McfKeuzie's
Fork, in Lane county, has been .
ompleted. It cost $6,050.
A one-third interest in a grist
mill in Clackamas county was sold ,
the other day tor $150.
The Universalist Church at Cove
is said to lie the finest Church in
L'nion county.
Water was turned out of the
Eagle Canal's Company's ditch, at
Sparta, on the Bret of this nr. nth.
Vancouver will levy a tax ot
about 5 mills on the dollar for City
The enterprising people of Dallas :
are talking up the matter of a read- .
ing room.
The Agriculturial Society will of
fer more and better premiums next .
year than ever before.
Lane county and the Springfield 1
Mill Co. are at law about $163 .
worth of lumber used in a bridge.
The Statesman thinks Salem i
needs an authorized wood measurer.
A large lake lias lieen lately dis
covered at the head of East Des
chutes river, in Southeastern Ore
gon, by John Blair and Andrew
Foster, foi-merly ot Benton county..
They named it Bear Lake.
The grand jury of Jackson conn- .
ty, at the late term of the Circuit
Court, returned three true bills of
i. dietment, to-wit: One for mur
der, one for malicious injury to an
imals, and one for larceny.
The Lagrande Sent in al, ot last
Saturday, says a man, whose name
is not given, got lost on Minim
Creek, Union county, several days
ago, and it is feared he has perished.
He was a resident of Forest Grove.
Some few nights since Mr. Thos.
Smith, of Auburn, Baker couuty,
met with a very severe loss, by fire,
by having his winter supply of hay,
about forty tons, burned up. Some
villian, through malicious motives, t
set fire to the hay.
Until the late election no repupw
lican ever received a majority of the
votes eaat of ti e Cascade mountains
in Washington Territory, which
goes to show that Justice Jacobs is
a very popular gentleman.
John Erode is no more. You
probably did'nt know him. He
lived out west, and as he entered a
neighbor's smoke house one night to
see how the hams were getting along ,
a trap guti blew his head off.
The Lima, Peru, correspondent
of the Chicago Tribune writes: Of
all the horrors of an earthquake,
those shocks which occur at night
a-e most terrible. Your bed rocks
you like a very cradle, and throw
ing on the first clothing that lies,
handy, you attempt to draw with
trembling hauls the bolts of the .
doors of your house that are mean
while jarring and crashing so that
you seem every moment in danger
of deing buried in a living tomb by
the falling timbers and then, when
desperate fear has given you super
human strength to pull the dis
p'aced bolts from their fastenings,
you rush head-long, impelled by the.'
oscillating lateral motion, into the.
dismal streets, with a darkness that.,
can lie felt all around you your
knees quaking, and the cries of
kneeling, awe-stricken wretches
singing in your ears. Such a feel
eng ot insecurity comes over you,
such a sense of your own littleness,
when the ground rolls and quivers
under your feet! Such a feeling ot
awe, and shrinking of very soul, af-.
ter the shock has passed on and'
over, and you are palled and dazed,
to think of it all.
The annual report of the Com-,
missioner of Pensions will show 38,-.
640 pei s:on certificates issued in.
the past fiscal jear, ot which, how
ever, only 9,783 were original cer-.
It having been asked by one curious
in the cau-e of things, "why two
thirds of the hotel clerks are bald?" a.
keen observer gives" it as his opinion
that it may be Because the forces of
nature have been diverted from the
sculp t6 the cultivation of supernat
ural cheek."
A man who had saved the life of a,
Boston millionaire receiyjiBtl $2 50 lrora,
the grateful parent. lie was so over
come with the magnificent bounty that
he paid out every cent of it to seven-,
teen organ-grinders to simultaneously,
serenade his benefactor.
If the time ever comes for tlie expla
nation of the mysteries of tlie world,
we sliall be glad to Jcnow why the.
young man who remarks on leaving
church, "I can preach a better sermon
than that myself," is content to wear
out his life over a counter at $50 a
Several years ago a young minister,
left these shores for the Cannibal Is-,
lands as a missionary. On arriving at
the end of his journey the natives
weighed him and cut a sliver off his
leg as a sample. lie came home by.
the next boar, and is now the traiVeling
agent of a. circus.
"Mamma, where do the cows get tlie.
milk?" asked Willie, looking up from
the foaming pan of milk which ho.
had been intently regarding, "where
do you get your tears?" was the an-,
swer. After a thqnghtful silence he.
again broke out, "Mamma, do the.
cows have to be spanked?"
A little girl in Boston, only live years,
old, said to her mother the other day
when she proposed reading to her tho..
last number of the nursery: "Xo mam-,
ma; don't read me that childish stuff.
Read me about the Beecher case."-
A Brooklin man In Boston lastweek
nibbed a fellow creature's head against
Bunker Hill monument until the, hair,
came off, for; daring to insinuate that
the Brooklin scandal was losing jjja
Olympia has direct communication,
by boat with Victoria twice a week,,
but only one mail,.