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pany to the United States of America, on or about the 21st day of July, 1904, as the purchase price of certain public lands in Searcy County, Arkansas, the patents to which have since been canceled at

the suit of the United States of America and the said lands having Investigation and been restored to the public domain: Provided, That the Secretary of certificate required.

the Interior shall first make an investigation of all the facts concerning said claim, and shall be satisfied of its justness and of the good faith of the said company and its officers, and that the acts of the agent of the company by reason of which the said patents were canceled were done wholly without the knowledge or consent of said company or any of its officers, and shall certify these facts to the Secretary of the Treasury the expense, however, of said investigation, if any, shall be deducted from the amount found to be due said company.

Approved, December 30, 1919.

December 30, 1919.

(8. 2128.) (Private, No. 15.]

CHAP. 29.-An Act For the relief of Albert N. Collins.

Albert N. Collins.

Homestead entry validated.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That homestead entry naught thirty-six thousand five hundred and six, Glasgow series, of Albert N. Collins, for lots two, three, and four, and the southeast quarter northwest quarter, section nineteen, township twenty-five north, range thirty-eight east, Montana meridian, be, and the same is hereby, validated, and the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to issue patent thereon upon submission of satisfactory proof of compliance with the law under which said entry was allowed.

Approved, December 30, 1919.

son.

December 30, 1919. CHAP. 30.–An Act To authorize the issuance of patent to John Albert Thomp

(S. 2378.) son, and for other purposes. (Private, No. 16.)

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United John Albert Thomp- States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Land patent to. Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to issue patent

for the west half of the northeast quarter of section twenty-three, township one hundred and fifty-eight north, range ninety west of the fifth principal meridian, North Dakota, to John Albert Thompson, pursuant to his homestead entry naught two thousand and twenty

two, Minot series. Payment credited to Seo. 2. That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, Vol. 32, p. 388. directed to set aside and appropriate, in accordance with the provi

sions of section 1 of the Act of June 17, 1902, entitled "An Act appropriating the receipts from the sale and disposal of public lands in certain States and Territories to the construction of irrigation works for reclamation of arid lands," the sum of $120, which was paid by said Thompson as purchase price of the described land.

Approved, December 30, 1919.

reclamation fund.

December 30, 1919. CHAP. 31.-An Act To relieve the estate of Thomas H. Hall, deceased, late post

(S. 2716.) (Private, No. 17.]

master at Panacea, Florida, and the bondsmen of said Thomas H. Hall, of the payment

of money alleged to have been misappropriated by a clerk in said office.
Thomas H. Hall.
Relieved of payment
Be it enacted by the Senate

and Tlouse of Representatives of the United of postal funds stolen States of America in Congress assembled, That the estate of Thomas H. trom.

Hall, deceased, late postmaster at Panacea, Florida, and the bondsmen of the said Thomas H. Hall as such postmaster, be, and they are hereby, relieved of the payment of $544.73, together with the amount of the costs which may have accrued on account of the United States bringing an action to enforce the payment of said sum, the said sum being the amount of cash and funds held by the Post Office Department to be due from said Hall's estate to the United States for money misappropriated to his own use by a clerk in said office while the proffered resignation of said Hall was pending in the Post Office Department and while the said clerk was acting postmaster with the consent and acquiescence of the United States.

Approved, December 30, 1919.

CHAP. 34.-An Act For the relief of the Southern States Lumber Company.

December 31, 1919.

(S. 577.)

[Private, No. 18.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Southern States Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay the Payment to Southern States Lumber Company, a corporation, Pensacola, Florida, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $603.79.

Approved, December 31, 1919.

December 31, 1919. CHAP. 35.-An Act Providing for the refund of taxes collected for stamp tax on (S. 1694.) certain policies under the Emergency Tax Act of October 22, 1914, under the proviso (Private, No. 19.) to which Act such policies were exempt.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the turers Mutual Insur

. Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay, out ante companies of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to the Central Manufacturers' Mutual Insurance Company of Van Wert, Ohio, the sum of $2,888.77, being the amount paid for stamp taxes under the Emergency Revenue Act of October 22, 1914, on policies Vol. 38, p. 762. of such company, which policies were exempt from such tax under a proviso to said Act as determined by the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the case of Niles, collector of internal revenue, against Central Manufacturers' Mutual Insurance Company, decided June 10, 1918, and reported in volume 252 of the Federal Reporter, page 564.

Approved, December 31, 1919.

Arundel Sand and

December 31, 1919. CHAP. 36.-An Act For the relief of the Arundel Sand and Gravel Company.

(S. 1670.]

(Private, No. 20.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the claim of the Arundel Gravel Company: Sand and Gravel Company, a corporation organized and existing under May bring suit for the laws of the State of Delaware and doing business in the city of "AG. Bigelow.” Norfolk, Virginia, owner of the steam tug A. G. Bigelow, against the United States for damages alleged to have been caused by collision between the said tug and the United States steamship Susquehanna in Norfolk Harbor on the 26th day of November, 1917, may be sued for by the said Arundel Sand and Gravel Company in the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District

of Virginia, sitting as a court of admiralty and acting under the rules governing such court, and said court shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine such suit Jurisdiction of court. and to enter a judgment or decree for the amount of such damages and costs, if any, as shall be found to be due against the United States in favor of the Arundel Sand and Gravel Company, or against

Provisos.
Notice, etc.

the Arundel Sand and Gravel Company in favor of the United States upon the same principles and measures of liability as in like cases in admiralty between private parties and with the same rights of appeal: Provided, That such notice of the suit shall be given to the Attorney General of the United States as may be provided by order of the said court, and it shall be the duty of the Attorney General to cause the

United States attorney in such district to appear and defend for the Commencement of United States: Provided further, That said suit shall be brought and

commenced within four months of the date of the passage of this Act.

Approved, December 31, 1919.

suit.

January 17, 1920. (H. R. 8084.)

CHAP. 49.–An Act Granting to certain claimants the preferential right to pur[Private, No. 21.) chase certain alleged public lands in the State of Arkansas, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United "Goldens Lake" States of America in Congress assembled, That G. W. House, Oliver Claimants given Douglas, J. W. Rhodes, W: K. Harrison, and J. W. Rhodes, junior, right to purchase, named in the decree of the Chancery Court of Mississippi County, Ar

kansas, Osceola district, at the February, 1913, term thereof, as the same appears in the records of said court, book seven, pages fortythree to fifty-four, inclusive, their heirs, administrators, or assigns, are hereby granted a preferential right at any time within ninety days after the passage of this Act and the filing of the plats of said corrected survey in the United States land office in Little Rock, Arkansas, to purchase said lands of the United States and to

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for the same at the rate of $1.25 per acre in accordance with the divisions

and allotments to said person or persons, respectively, named in said Correction of bound- decree: Provided, however, That if the parcel of land awarded to said aries, etc.

person or persons in such decree does not conform to the legal description of lands as returned by the corrected survey, then the person to whom the major portion of any legal subdivision was awarded by said decree may purchase all of such subdivision from the United States at the price herein named, and said purchase shall be in trust for that portion of land awarded under said decree to the person named therein, his heirs or grantees, and such purchaser, upon the issuance of said patent to him, shall forthwith convey to said cestui qui trust such land as was awarded by the terms of said decree to said person upon payment by said cestui qui trust of his proportionate

part of the purchase price and entry fees for the same. Description of lands. Said lands herein authorized to be purchased are all that part of

said sections twenty-nine, thirty, thirty-one, and thirty-two, township eleven north, rango. ten east, fifth principal meridian, Mississippi County, Arkansas, not included as land in the survey made in February, 1846, which was designated upon the township plat approved December 23, 1846, as “Goldens Lake.”

Approved, January 17, 1920.

January 23, 1920.

(H. A. 9183.) CHAP. 52.-An Act Authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to adjust the (Private, No. 22.] terms of the contract for the sale of the old post-office property in New Haven, Con

necticut.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United New Haven, Conn. States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the tract for sale of old Treasury is hereby authorized, in his discretion and with the consent post office allowed. Vol. 36, p. 694. of the contractors, to modify and readjust the terms of the contract

for the sale of the old post-office property in New Haven, Connecticut, entered into March 13, 1917, in such manner as he may deem equitable and just, if he shall determine that said contract has become inequitable and unjust on account of the unforeseen conditions arising since its execution, with respect to the Government's failure to deliver the property as soon as expected.

Approved, January 23, 1920.

CHAP. 63.–An Act For the relief of Mrs. Thomas McGovern.

February 7, 1920.

(H. R. 5348.)

(Private No. 23.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United

Mrs. Thomas McStates of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Govern. Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay, out death of husband.

, for of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to Mrs. Thomas McGovern, the sum of $5,000 for damages suffered by the death of her husband, Thomas McGovern, who was struck and fatally injured by a Government motor truck which was driven by a regularly enlisted soldier of the United States Army.

Approved, February 7, 1920.

February 10, 1920.

(H. R. 1812.) (Private, No 24.)

James M. Moore.

Payment to, for injuries.

CHAP. 66.-An Act Making an appropriation to compensate James M. Moore for damages sustained while in the service of the Government of the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $840

in payment to James M. Moore, late of Company L, Twentyeighth Regiment United States Infantry, transferred from Company M, First United States Infantry, for injuries sustained, while in the service of the Government in the Philippine Islands as a civilian teamster, in a runaway accident on May 12, 1907.

Approved, February 10, 1920.

CHAP. 72.-An Act Restoring to Amy E. Hall her homestead rights and providing that on any homestead entry made by her she shall be given credit for all compliance with the law on her original homestead entry and for all payments made

February 11, 1920.

(H. R. 8598.) (Private, No. 25.]

on same.

Amy E. Hall,

New homestead entry allowed.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, "That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he hereby is, authorized and directed to permit Amy E. Hall, homestead entrywoman on lots twenty-three and twenty-four, and south half southwest quarter northwest quarter section seventeen; the south half southeast quarter northeast quarter, northeast quarter southeast quarter, and southwest quarter northeast quarter, section eighteen, township nine south, range ten west, in the former Siletz Indian Reservation, in the State of Oregon, whose homestead application was on January 3, 1914, placed of record in the office of the register and receiver of the United States land office at Portland, Oregon, to make a new homestead entry on any tract of land, not exceeding one hundred and sixty acres, open to entry under the homestead laws of the United States, which is not

Credit for prior pay otherwise appropriated or reserved, and that she be given credit for ments. all compliance with law on her original homestead entry and for all Cultivation require payments made upon the same, but expressly waiving the require- ments waived,

. ments as to cultivation under the Act of June 6, 1912 (Thirty-seventh Statutes, page one hundred and twenty-three), giving and granting unto the Secretary of the Interior full and complete authority to carry out the purposes and intent of this Act.

Approved, February 11, 1920.

February 11, 1920.

(H. R. 1761.) (Private, No. 26.]

CHAP. 73.-An Act For the relief of the Farmers National Bank of Wilkinson, Indiana.

Farmers National

edness.

Proviso.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Bank of Wilkinson, States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the hledemption of lost Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to redeem certificates of indebt- certificates of indebtedness of the United States of America, num

bered ten thousand three hundred and seven and ten thousand three hundred and eight, each of the denomination of $1,000, and each of the issue dated February 8, 1918, and maturing May 9, 1918, with interest from February 8, 1918, to May 9, 1918, in favor of the Farmers National Bank, a national banking corporation of Wilkinson,

Indiana, without presentation of the certificates, the said certificates Indemnity bond. of indebtedness having been lost or destroyed: Provided, That the

said Farmers National Bank of Wilkinson, Indiana, shall first file in the Treasury Department of the United States a bond in the penal sum of double the amount of the principal of said certificates of indebtedness of the United States of America in such form and with such sureties as may be acceptable to the Secretary of the Treasury to indemnify and save harmless the United States from any loss on account of the lost or destroyed certificates of indebtedness hereinbefore described.

Approved, February 11, 1920.

Rosebud Indian

February 17, 1920.

(H. Ř. 396.) CHAP. 78.--An Act To authorize the payment of certain amounts for damages (Private, No. 27.] sustained by prairie fire on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, in South Dakota.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Reservation, s. Dak. States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the age to parties from Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay, out of fire on.

any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to the following-named corporation and persons, their legal representatives or heirs, the respective amounts as follows: The Mission Farm Company, $1,835; Peter Volondra, $187.50; M. E. Robertson, $62.50; E. E. Bead, $187.50; James V. Satra, $75; Cash Rogers, $255; Ed Neiness, $87.50; Jacob Hempel, $22.50; Isiah Davis, $187.50; Alvin Hoffman, $50; Louis Bordeaux, $1,385; Charley Pavlik, $50; George W. Coleman, $875; W. S. Hatten, $200; Frank Rothleutner and George W. Coleman, $750; Hugh Coleman, $54.50; and Charles Kolkofen, $62.50 for damages caused to each of said parties by a certain fire set by the carelessness of the employees of the Government in the regular line of their duty, and as incident thereto in the Indian Service on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, in South Dakota, and across the State line in Nebraska, on the 20th day of October, 1909.

Approved, February 17, 1920.

February 17, 1920.

(H. R. 683.] [Private, No. 28.) William E. Johnson.

CHAP. 79.-An Act For the relief of William E. Johnson.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Reimbursement to. States of America in Congress assembled, That to reimburse William

E. Johnson, former chief special officer and special disbursing agent, for the expenditure made by him under the direction of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in the defense of Juan Cruz, a noncommissioned officer engaged in the suppression of the liquor traffic among Indians, for the payment of which no appropriation was available, there be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $1,839.95.

Approved, February 17, 1920.

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