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Washington, March 26, 1867.
The following extracts of an Act of Congress are published for the information and government of all concerned :
[PUBLIC_No. 82.] AN ACT making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the government for the year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, and for other
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, for the objects hereafter expressed, for the fiscal year ending the thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, viz:
MISCELLANEOUS. To defray the expenses of a survey of a tract of land for a park and site for a Presidential Mansion, made under the resolution of the Senate requesting the same, two thousand five hundred dollars.
For heating apparatus for public buildings, twenty-five thousand
PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS. For care, support, and medical treatment of sixty transient paupers, medical and surgical patients, in some proper medical institution in the city of Washington, under a contract to be formed with such institution by the Commissioner of Public Buildings, twelve thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary.
For hire of carts on the public grounds, two thousand dollars.
For the purchase of trees and tree-boxes, to replace, when necessary, such as have been planted by the United States, to whitewash tree-boxes and fences, and to repair pavements in front of the public grounds, three
For annual repairs of the Capitol water-closets, public stables, waterpipes, pavements, and other walks within the Capitol square, broken glass, and locks, and for the protection of the building, and keeping the main approaches to it unincumbered, twelve thousand dollars, in addition to the sale of old material.
For lighting the Capitol and President's IIouse, and public grounds around them, around the executive offices, and Pennsylvania avenue, fifty-five thousand dollars.
For lighting Four-and-a-half street, across the Mall, and Maryland avenue west, and Sixth street south, fifteen thousand dollars: Provided, That the corporation of Washington city shall light their lamps with seven feet burners, twenty-one nights in each month, from dark until daylight, and that no part of this appropriation shall be disbursed until it is proved to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Public Buildings that said corporation have so lighted their street lamps.
For pay of lamp-lighters, gas-fitting, plumbing, lamp-posts, lanterns, glass, paints, matches, materials, and repairs of all sorts, twenty-five thousand dollars.
For casual repairs of the navy-yard and upper bridges, six thousand dollars.
For fuel for the President's House, five thousand dollars.
For repairs of Pennsylvania avenue, and sprinkling the same, and keeping it clean and free from dirt, two thousand dollars.
For improvement and taking care of public reservation number two, and Lafayette square, in addition to the sale of lay which may be raised on the former, three thousand dollars.
For taking care of the grounds south of the President's House, continuing the improvement of the same, and repairing fences, three thousand dollars.
For repairs of water-pipes, five hundred dollars.
For cleaning and repairing sewer traps on Pennsylvania avenue, eight hundred dollars.
For casual repairs of all the furnaces under the Capitol, five hundred dollars.
For hauling manure for top-dressing the public grounds, five hundred dollars.
For purchase of fuel for the centre building of the Capitol, fifteen hundred dollars.
For taking care of the Circle on Pennsylvania avenue, one thousand dollars.
For continuing the grading and repairing of Virginia avenue, ten thousand dollars.
For the necessary expenses to be incurred in consequence of opening Sixth street west across the Mall, and in making fences, two thousand dollars.
For renewing the heating apparatus at the President's House, eight thousand dollars.
For laying a new pipe from the K street main to the Capitol, in order to supply the building at all times with a full flow of water, five thousand dollars.
To enable the Commissioner of Public Buildings to put in thorough repair the conservatory recently injured by fire at the President's Mansion, ten thousand dollars.
For the construction of a new green-house, with central dome, and a wing to correspond in size with the present green-house in the Botanic Garden, to be built of iron and glass according to a plan prepared by the architect of the Capitol extension, and approved by the Joint Committee on the Library, thirty-five thousand dollars; the same to be expended under the direction of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.
For enabling the Commissioner to cause the old and useless lightningrods on the President's House to be removed, and Hawley's improved patented conductors substituted for them, two hundred and fifty dollars.
For enabling the Commissioner to employ a suitable electrician to take care of and operate the lighting apparatus of the dome of the Capitol, twelve hundred dollars.
For repairing in front of the War Department on Pennsylvania avenue, and on Seventeenth street, with stone flagging, sixteen thousand dollars.
For annual repairs of the President's House, six thousand dollars.
For top-dressing for public grounds and cartage for same, one thousand five hundred dollars.
For purchase of tools for public grounds, five hundred dollars.
For purchase of flower-pots, mats, glasses, putty, wire, twine, and so forth, for use on the green-houses, one hundred dollars.
For the removal of the foot-bridge on Maine avenue, now of no further use at that point, to Third street west, which the Commissioner of Public Buildings is hereby directed to have done, three hundred dollars.
To complete the culvert through the Botanic Garden, fifteen thousand dollars.
For removing snow and ice from pavements and public walks, three hundred dollars.
For manure and cartage of the same for Smithsonian grounds and public reservations, one thousand dollars.
For completing the improvement of Franklin square, gravelling walks and deepening the same, and purchasing and planting trees and shrubbery, five thousand dollars.
For improvement of reservations on New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maryland avenues, the same being now enclosed, manure, trenching, the purchase of trees and shrubbery, four thousand dollars.
For further improvement of the Circle on Pennsylvania avenue, six hundred dollars.
For purchase and planting of trees and boxes for the same, replacing those that have been destroyed on the streets, heretofore planted by the government, two thousand dollars.
For painting the iron fences around Lafayette square, in front of the War and Navy Departments, in front of the Executive Mansion, and the government portion of the fence around Judiciary square, five thousand dollars.
For new crossings on Pennsylvania avenue, five thousand dollars.
For annual repairs of fences around the public reservations, one thousand dollars.
For lighting the rotunda of the Capitol with gas, by a branch from the electric battery which lights the dome, three thousand dollars.
For the payment of employés in the management, engineering, and repairs of the Washington aqueduct, twenty thousand dollars.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the office of Commissioner of Public Buildings is hereby abolished; and the Chief Engineer of the army shall perform all the duties now required by law of said Commissioner, and shall also have the superintendence of the Washington aqueduct and all the public works and improvements of the government of the United States in the District of Columbia, unless otherwise provided by law; and the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate and the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives shall hereafter appoint the members of the Capitol police.
SEC. 12. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of War is hereby