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Sec. 14. And be it further enacted, That whenever, from any cause, it District Attormay be impossible for the district attorney to attend at court, it shall be neys may aphis duty to see that a meet and proper person, learned in the law,

residing

point substitutes

in certain cases. as near the place where the court is held as possible, does attend to such business as may appertain to the duties of his office, and in all such cases the fees and charges to be paid shall be only such as the district attorney How paid. would have been authorized by law to charge had he personally attended and performed the service : Provided, howerer, That before any such substitution is sanctioned, or payment made, the necessity thereof shall be shown to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Interior. Sec. 15. And be it further enacted, That all provisions of law incon

Inconsistent

laws repealed. sistent with this act are hereby repealed.

APPROVED, August 16, 1856.

the army.

CHAP. CXXV.-An Act providing for a necessary Increase and better Organization of Aug. 16, 1856. the Medical and Hospital Department of the Army.

Four addiBe it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United tional surgeons States of America in Congress assembled, That there be added to the and eight assist

ani surgeons to medical department of the army four surgeons and eight assistant sur- be appointed in geons, to be appointed in accordance with existing laws.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of War be, Steward hosand he is hereby, authorized to appoint, from the enlisted men of the pital men to

be appointed army, or to cause to be enlisted, as many competent hospital stewards by Secretary as the service may require, not to exceed one for each military post. of War. The said hospital stewards to be mustered and paid on hospital muster rolls, as non-commissioned staff officers, with the rank, pay, and emolu- Their rank, ments of a sergeant of ordnance, and to be permanently attached to the pay, &c. medical and hospital department, under such regulations as shall be prescribed by the Secretary of War. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That soldiers acting as cooks and Soldiers acting

authorized

cooks nurses in hospitals, be and are hereby allowed the extra pay

and

nurses in hospito soldiers on fatigue duty, by “ An act to increase the pay of the rank tals and file of the army," approved August fourth, eighteen hundred and lowed extra pay. fifty-four.

1854, ch. 247,

$ 6. APPROVED, August 16, 1856.

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CHAP. CXXVI.-An Act for continuing the Improvement of the Des Moines Rapids, Aug. 16, 1856.

in the Mississippi River. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there be, and is hereby Appropriation appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appro

for continuing

the improvement priated, the sum of two hundred thousand dollars, for continuing the of Des improvement of the Des Moines Rapids, in the Mississippi River, to be Moines Rapids. expended under the superintendence of the Secretary of War. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES,

August 11th, 1856.
The President of the United States having returned to the House of
Representatives, in which it originated, the bill entitled “ An act for
continuing the improvement of the Des Moines Rapids, in the Missis-
sippi River," with his objections thereto, the House of Representatives
proceeded, in pursuance of the Constitution, to reconsider the same ; and
Resolved, That the said bill do pass, two thirds of the House of Repre-
sentatives agreeing to pass the same.
Attest:

WM. CULLOM,
Clerk of House Representatives.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

August 16th, 1856. The Senate having proceeded, in pursuance of the Constitution, to reconsider the bill entitled “ An act for continuing the improvement of the Des Moines Rapids, in the Mississippi River,” returned to the House of Representatives by the President of the United States, with his objections, and sent by the House of Representatives to the Senate, with the message of the President returning the bill :

Resolved, That the bill do pass, two thirds of the Senate agreeing to pass the same. Attest:

ASBURY DICKINS, Secretary.

Aug. 18, 1856. CHAP. CXXVII.-An det to regulate the Diplomatic and Consular Systems of the

United States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Pay of diplo- States of America in Congress assembled, That ambassadors, envoys matic and con- extraordinary and ministers plenipotentiary, ministers resident, commis

.

sioners, chargés d'affaires, and secretaries of legation, appointed to the countries hereinafter named in Schedule A, shall be entitled to compensation for their services, respectively, at the rates per annum hereinafter specified ; that is to say, ambassadors and envoys extraordinary and ministers plenipotentiary, the full amounts specified therefor in said Schedule A ; ministers resident and commissioners, seventy-five per centum ; chargés d'affaires, fifty per centum; and secretaries of legation,

fifteen per centum, of the said amounts, respectively : Provided, That Pay of secreta- the compensation of the secretary of the legation to China, acting as ries to legations interpreter, shall be at the rate of five thousand dollars, and if not acting Turkey.

as such, at the rate of three thousand dollars, and that of the secretary of legation to Turkey, acting as dragoman, at the rate of three thousand dollars, and if not acting as such, at the rate of two thousand dollars, per

annum.

SCHEDULE A. Great Britain and France, each seventeen thousand five hundred dollars.

Russia, Spain, Austria, Prussia, Brazil, Mexico, and China, each twelve thousand dollars.

All other countries, each ten thousand dollars. Sub officers of Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President be, and is the legations at hereby authorized to appoint for the legations at London and Paris, ris and to China respectively, an assistant secretary of legation, who shall be entitled to and Turkey. compensation for their services, respectively, at the rate of fifteen hun

dred dollars per annum ; for the legation to China, an interpreter, when the secretary of legation shall not be acting as such, who shall be entitled to compensation at the rate of five thousand dollars; and for the legation to Turkey, a dragoman, when the secretary of legation shall not be acting as such, who shall be entitled to compensation at the rate of one thou

sand dollars per annum. Pay of consuls, Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That consuls general, consuls, and consuls general, commercial agents, appointed to the ports and places hereinafter specified and commercial agents.

in Schedules B and C, shall be entitled to compensation for their services, respectively, at the rates per annum hereinafter specified in said Schedules B and C; and if the President shall think proper to appoint a consul to any port or place named in the said Schedules B and C for a commercial agent, instead of such commercial agent, or vice versa, and an appointment shall be made accordingly, the compensation for such consular officer shall be the same in any such case as that fixed for such port or place in the schedule embracing the same; and if he shall think the public interests will be subserved by appointing to any such port or place a consul general instead of a consul or commercial agent, and an appointment shall be made accordingly, the compensation for such consul general shall be the same as that fixed for such port or place in the schedule embracing the same.

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I. Consuls General.

eral. British North America.Quebec, four thousand dollars.

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1859, ch. 75, $ 2. British India.—Calcutta, five thousand dollars. Egypt.-Alexandria, three thousand five hundred dollars. Japan.—Simoda, five thousand dollars. Cuba.Havana, six thousand dollars. Turkey.-Constantinople, three thousand dollars.

Hanseatic and Free Cities.-Frankfort-on-the-Main, three thousand dollars. II. Consuls.

Consuls. Great Britain.- Liverpool and London, each, seven thousand five hundred dollars. Melbourne, four thousand dollars. Hong Kong, three thousand five hundred dollars. Glasgow, three thousand dollars. Mauritius and Singapore, each two thousand five hundred dollars. Belfast, Cork, Dundee, Demarara, Halifax, Kingston, (Jamaica) Leeds, Manchester, Nassau, (New Providence,) Southampton, and Turk's Island, each, two thousand dollars. Prince Edward's Island, one thousand dollars.

France.—Havre, six thousand dollars. Paris, five thousand dollars. Marseilles, two thousand five hundred dollars. Bordeaux, two thousand dollars. La Rochelle and Lyons, each, one thousand five hundred dollar3.

Russia.—Moscow, Odessa, Revel, and St. Petersburg, each, two thousand dollars.

Spain.—Matanzas, Trinidad de Cuba, and Santiago de Cuba, each, two thousand five hundred dollars. San Juan, (Porto Rico,) two thousand dollars. Cadiz, Malaga, and Ponce, (Porto Rico,) each, one thousand five hundred dollars.

Austria.-Trieste, two thousand dollars. Vienna, one thousand five hundred dollars:

Prussia.—Aix-la-Chapelle, two thousand five hundred dollars.

China.—Canton and Shanghai, each, four thousand dollars. Fouchou, three thousand five hundred dollars. Amoy and Ningpo, each, three thousand dollars.

Turkey.-Beyrout and Smyrna, each, two thousand dollars. Jerusalem, one thousand five hundred dollars.

Netherlands.—Rotterdam, two thousand dollars. Amsterdam, one thousand dollars.

Belgium.-Antwerp, two thousand five hundred dollars.

Portugal-Funchal and Oporto, each, one thousand five hundred dollars.

Denmark.St. Thomas, four thousand dollars. Elsineur, one thousand . five hundred dollars.

Sardinia.—Genoa, one thousand five hundred dollars.

Switzerland.-Basle, two thousand dollars. Geneva, one thousand five hundred dollars.

Sicilies.—Messina, Naples, and Palermo, each, one thousand five hundred dollars.

Saxony.—Leipsie, one thousand five hundred dollars.
Bavaria.--Munich, one thousand dollars.

Tuscany.-Leghorn, one thousand five hundred dollars.
Wurtemburg-Stuttgardt, one thousand dollars.

Hanseatic and Free Cities.-Bremen and Hamburg, each two thousand dollars.

Barbary States. Tangiers, Tripoli, and Tunis, each, three thousand dollars.

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Brazil.-Rio de Janeiro, six thousand dollars. Pernambuco, two thousand dollars.

Mexico.-Vera Cruz, three thousand five hundred dollars. Acapulco, two thousand dollars.

Peru.-Callao, three thousand five hundred dollars.
Chili.-Valparaiso, three thousand dollars.

Buenos Ayres.-Buenos Ayres, two thousand dollars.
Nicaragua.-San Juan del Sur, two thousand dollars.

New Grenada.-Aspinwall, two thousand five hundred dollars. Panama, three thousand five hundred dollars.

Venezuela.-Laguayra, one thousand five hundred dollars.
Sandwich Islands.-Honolulu, four thousand dollars.

Lahaina, three

thousand dollars.

Commercial

agents.

III. Commercial Agents.

Nicaragua.-San Juan del Norte, two thousand dollars.

St. Domingo (Island).—Port-au-Prince, two thousand dollars.
Domingo (city), one thousand five hundred dollars.

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Schedule C.

Consuls.

SCHEDULE C.

I. Consuls.

Great Britain.-Capetown and Falkland Islands, each, one thousand dollars.

Austria.-Venice, seven hundred and fifty dollars.

Prussia. Stettin, one thousand dollars.

Turkey. Candia and Cyprus, each, one thousand dollars.
Netherlands.-Batavia, one thousand dollars.

Portugal.-Fayal and Santiago, (Cape de Verdes,) each, seven hun

dred and fifty dollars.

Denmark. Saint Croix, seven hundred and fifty dollars.
Sardinia.-Spezzia, one thousand dollars.

Greece. Athens, one thousand dollars.

Muscat.-Zanzibar, one thousand dollars.

Brazil.-Bahia, Maranham Island, Para, and Rio Grande, each, one thousand dollars.

Mexico.-Matamoras, Mexico (city), and Tampico, each, one thousand dollars. Paso del Norte and Tabasco, each, five hundred dollars. Peru.-Paita and Tumbez, each, five hundred dollars.

Chili.-Talcahuano, one thousand dollars.

New Grenada.-Carthagena and Sabanillo, each, five hundred dollars.
Honduras.-Omoa, one thousand dollars.

Ecuador.-Guayaquil, seven hundred and fifty dollars.
Bolivia.-Cobija, five hundred dollars.
Uruguay.-Montevideo, one thousand dollars.
Society Islands.-Tahiti, one thousand dollars.
New Zealand.-Bay of Islands, one thousand dollars.
Navigators' Island.-Apia, one thousand dollars.
Feejee Islands.-Lanthala, one thousand dollars.

II. Commercial Agents.

Portugal.-St. Paul de Loanda, (Angola,) one thousand dollars.

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All others to

Liberia.-Monrovia and Gaboon, each, one thousand dollars.

St. Domingo (Island).-Cape Haytien, one thousand dollars. Aux Cayes, five hundred dollars.

Russia in Asia.-Amoor River, one thousand dollars.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That consuls general, consuls, and commercial agents, not embraced in Schedules B and C, shall be entitled, have only their

fees. as compensation for their services, to such fees as they may collect in pursuance of the provisions of this act, respectively.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That no consul general, consul, No consul, or commercial agent, embraced in Schedule B, shall, while he holds his &c., embraced

in Schedule B, office, be interested in or transact any business as a merchant, factor, to be engaged broker, or other trader, or as a clerk or other agent for any such person in mercantile

business. to, from, or within the port, place, or limits of his consulate, or commercial agency, directly or indirectly, either in his own name, or in the name or through the agency of any other person; and if appointed after this act shall take effect, he shall, in his official bond, stipulate, as a condition

Bond to that

effect to be thereof, not to violate this prohibition ; and if appointed before, and

given. retained in office after this act shall take effect, he shall, within such reasonable time as the President shall prescribe, enter into a new official bond with such stipulation as a condition thereof; and if any such consul general, consul, or commercial agent, shall violate such prohibition, he shall be liable to a penalty therefor, for the use of the United Penalty for States, equal in amount to the annual compensation specified for him in violation. said Schedule B, which may be recovered in an action of debt at the suit of the United States, either directly for the penalty, as such, against such consul general, or consul, or commercial agent, or upon his official bond, as liquidated damages, for the breach of such condition against such consul general, consul, or commercial agent, and his sureties, or any one or more of them; and in every such case all such actions shall be open to the United States for the collection of such penalty till the same shall be collected in some one of such actions; and every such penalty, when collected, shall be paid into the treasury of the United States; and such prohibition shall be applicable to all consuls general, but not to any consul or commercial agent not embraced in said Schedule B, except as hereinafter authorized, unless otherwise expressly provided by law.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the President be, and is Interpreters hereby authorized to appoint three interpreters of the Chinese language,

for consuls in

China. who shall be entitled to compensation for their services, respectively, at a rate not to exceed fifteen hundred dollars per annum, to be determined by the President, and to assign such interpreters, from time to time, to such consulates in China, and with such duties, as he inay think proper.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the President be, and is Consular hereby authorized, whenever he shall think the public good will be pro

pupils.

This section remoted thereby, to appoint consular pupils, not to exceed twenty-five in

pealed. number at any one time, who shall be citizens of the United States, and 1857, ch. 37, $ 2. entitled to compensation for their services, respectively, at a rate not to

Post, p. 160. exceed one thousand dollars per annum, to be determined by the President; and to assign such pupils, from time to time, to such consulates, and with such duties as he may (think] proper; and before the appointment of any such pupil shall be made, satisfactory evidence, by examination or otherwise, shall be furnished of his qualifications and fitness

Examination for the office to the Secretary of State, and by him laid before the of fitness. President.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That no person appointed after this when compenact shall take effect, to any such office as is mentioned in the first, second, sation is to comthird, sixth, or seventh sections of this act, shall be entitled to compensa- or be suspended!

mence and cease, tion for his services therein, except from the time when he shall reach

Their pay

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