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Act approved February 19, 1897, chap. 265, “An act making appropria

tions for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, and for other purposes.". (29 Stat., 550.) Sec. 1. * * * All books, papers, and other matters relating to the See act of Mar.

1898. office or accounts of disbursing officers of the Executive Departments and commissions, boards, and establishments of the Government in the District of Columbia shall at all times be subject to inspection and examination by the Comptroller of the Treasury and the Auditor of the Treasury authorized to settle such accounts, or by the duly authorized agents of either of said officials.

Act approved March 3, 1897, chap. 385, “An act making appropriations

for the service of the Post Office Department for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight.” (29 Stat., 648). SEC. 1. * * * Section 4020 * * * and the Auditor for the Charges to

postal appropriPost Office Department shall charge to the appropriation for mail ations. transportation the salary and per diem of the assistant superintendents of the postal railway service, and to the appropriation for the free delivery system the salary and per diem of the special agents detailed for that service.

Act approved January 28, 1898, chap. 11, “An act making appropriations

to supply urgent deficiencies in the appropriations for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, and for prior years, and for other purposes." (30 Stat., 235.) Assignment of space in the Post Office Building to the Auditor's Quarters, Post

Office DepartOffice.

ment.

Act approved March 15, 1898, chap. 68, “An act making appropriations

for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, and for other purposes." (30 Stat., 289.)

The Comptroller of the Treasury is hereby authorized to exchange Law Books, old and obsolete law books now in his office for new ones of recent date. the Freasury. Sec. 5. All books, papers, and other matters relating to the accounts Inspection of

accounts. of officers of the Government in the District of Columbia shall at all times be subject to inspection and examination by the Comptroller of the Treasury and the Auditor of the Treasury authorized to settle such accounts, or by the duly authorized agents of either of said officials.

Act approved June 27, 1898, chap. 503, “An act to amend sections one and two of the act of March third, eighteen hundred and eightyseven, Twenty-fourth Statutes at large, chapter three hundred and fifty-nine.” (30 Stat., 494.) SEC. 1. * * * That section one of the act of March third, eighteen See act of July

1, 1898. hundred and eighty-seven, chapter three hundred and fifty-nine, sec-' ond session of the Forty-ninth Congress, be amended by adding thereto

the following proviso, to wit: Provided further, That no suit against the Government of the United States brought by any officer of the United States to recover fees for services alleged to have been performed for the United States, shall be allowed under this act unless an account for said fees shall have been rendered and finally acted upon according to the provisions of the act of July thirty-first, eighteen hundred and ninetyfour (chapter one hundred and seventy-four, Twenty-eighth Statutes at Large, page one hundred and sixty-two), unless the proper accounting officer of the Treasury fails to finally act thereon within six months after the account is received in said office.

Accounts the District Columbia.

Act approved June 30, 1898, chap. 540, “An act making appropriations

to provide for the expenses of the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and

ninety-nine, and for other purposes.” (30 Stat., 526.) of SEC. 1. * * * That hereafter all accounts for the disbursement of

appropriations made either from the revenues of the District of Columbia or jointly from the revenues of the United States and the District of Columbia shall be audited by the Auditor of the District of Columbia before transmitted to the accounting officers of the Treasury, unless otherwise specifically provided in the law making such appropriations: Provided, That this provision shall not apply to disbursements on account of the court of appeals and the supreme court of the District of Columbia, and for the interest and sinking fund on the funded debt of the District of Columbia, which disbursements shall continue to be audited as heretofore provided by law.

Act approved July 1, 1898, chap. 546, “An act making appropriations

for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, and for other

purposes.” (30 Stat., 640.) See acts of Sec. 1. * * * That so much of the sundry civil appropriation and Feb: 1, 1888: act of March third, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, as requires

in the settlement of claims of pay, bounty, prize money, or other moneys due to colored soldiers, sailors, or marines, or their legal representatives, that the amount allowed as attorney's fees be stated in a separate certificate in favor of the agent or attorney, be, and the same

is hereby, repealed. Suits against Sec. 3. * * * Provided further, That no suit against the Governthe United States.

"ment of the United States, brought by any officer of the United States

to recover fees for services alleged to have been performed for the United States, shall be allowed under this act unless an account for said fees shall have been rendered and finally acted upon according to the provisions of the act of July thirty-first, eighteen hundred and ninety-four (chapter one hundred and seventy-four, Twenty-eighth Statutes at Large, page one hundred and sixty-two), unless the proper accounting officer of the Treasury fails to finally act thereon within six months after the account is received in said office.

Act approved January 5, 1899, chap. 41, “An act making appropriations

to supply urgent deficiencies in the appropriations for the support of the military and naval establishments for the last six months of the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninetynine, and for other purposes." (30 Stat., 772.) SEC. 1. * * * That the time for the examination of monthly Examination,

Accounts, War accounts by the bureaus and offices of the War Department after the Department. date of their actual receipt and before transmitting the same to the Auditor for the War Department, as limited by section twelve of the legislative, executive, and judicial appropriation act, approved July thirty-first, eighteen hundred and ninety-four, is hereby extended from twenty days to sixty days for the period of one year from the date of the passage of this act.

Act approved March 3, 1899, chap. 445, “An act to amend an act entitled

'An act to reimburse the governors of States and Territories for expenses incurred by them in aiding the United States to raise and organize and supply and equip the Volunteer Army of the United States in the existing war with Spain,' approved July eighth, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, and for other purposes." (30 Stat., 1358.)

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All claims under the provision of this act must be filed in the office Accounts

States. of the Auditor for the War Department and must be supported by proper vouchers or other conclusive evidence of interest.

Act approved December 20, 1899, chap. 1, "An act to extend the time

for examination of monthly accounts by bureaus and offices of the War Department." (31 Stat., 1.)

SEC. 1. * * * That the time for examination of monthly accounts Examination,

accounts War by the bureaus and offices of the War Department after the date of Department. - actual receipt and before transmitting the same to the Auditor for the War Department, as limited by section twelve of the legislative, executive, and judicial appropriation act, approved July thirty-first, eighteen hundred and ninety-four, is hereby extended from twenty days to sixty days for the period of one year from the date of the passage of this act.

Act approved April 17, 1900, chap. 192, “An act making appropriations

for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and one, and for other purposes.” (31 Stat., 107.)

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Sec. 1. * * * Detail of gaugers, etc., in one district for duty in another district, &c., * * *. And the order of the commissioner of internal revenue transferring gaugers, &c., to special work, shall be accepted by the accounting officers of the Treasury Department as full authority for proper expenses incurred by said gaugers, &c., while so assigned.

Act approved June 6, 1900, chap. 785, “An act making appropriations

to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred, and for prior years, and for other

purposes.” (31 Stat., 287.) U n e x pended Sec. 1. * * * Unexpended balance for miscellaneous expenses of balances miscel. laneous expenses the Fish Commission made available and the accounting officers of the of Fish Commi

- Treasury Department are authorized to settle the accounts of the sion.

disbursing agent of the United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries accordingly.

Act approved June 6, 1900, chap. 791, “An act making appropriations

for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending

June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and one, and for other purposes." Back pay and Sec. 1. * * * Back pay and bounty: For payment of amounts bounty.

for arrears of pay of two and three year volunteers, for bounty to volunteers and their widows and legal heirs, for bounty under the act of July twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and sixty-six, and for amounts for commutation of rations to prisoners of war in rebel States, and to soldiers on furlough, that may be certified to be due by the accounting officers of the Treasury during the fiscal year nineteen hundred and one, two hundred thousand dollars, together with the unexpended balance appropriated for this object for the fiscal year nineteen hundred:

Provided, That in the settlement of claims of officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines, or their representatives, and all other claims for pay and allowances within the jurisdiction of the Auditor for the War Department or the Auditor for the Navy Department, presented and filed hereafter, in which it is the present practice to make deductions of attorneys' fees from the amount found due, no deductions of fees for attorneys or agents shall hereafter be made, but the draft, check, or warrant for the full amount found due shall be delivered to the payee in person or sent to his bona fide post-office address (residence or place of business).

Act approved March 2, 1901, chap. 800, "An act to carry into effect the

stipulations of article seven of the treaty between the United States and Spain concluded on the tenth day of December, eighteen hundred

and ninety-eight." (31 Stat., 877.) Spanish Claims Sec. 1. * * * That the President of the United States shall apCommission.

point, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, five suitable persons learned in the law, who shall constitute a commission, whose duty it shall be, and it shall have jurisdiction to receive, examine, and adjudicate all claims of citizens of the United States against Spain, which the United States agreed to adjudicate and settle by the seventh article of the treaty concluded between the United States and Spain on the tenth day of December, anno Domini eighteen hundred and ninety-eight. It shall adjudicate said claims according to the merits of the several cases, the principles of equity and of the international law. One of said persons shall be designated by the terms of his

appointment to be the president of said commission. Salaries and Sec. 3. * * * All the expenses, including salaries and compenexpenses.

sation of said commission and of its officers and employees shall be paid by the Department of Justice * * *.

Act approved March 2, 1901, chap. 803, “An act making appropriations

for the support of the Army for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and two." (31 Stat., 910.)

e Sec. 1. * * * The time for examination of monthly accounts

Examinations,

accounts of War covering expenditures from appropriations for the Army, by the bureaus Department. and offices of the War Department, after the date of actual receipt and before transmitting the same to the Auditor for the War Department, as limited by section twelve, act approved July thirty-first, eighteen hundred and ninety-four, is hereby extended from twenty to sixty days.

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Act approved March 3, 1901, chap. 831, “An act making appropriations

to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the fiscal year ending
June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and one, and for prior years, and
for other purposes." (31 Stat., 1052.)
Sec. 1. * * * Provided further, That the payment, to officers and in Payment

judgments
enlisted men severally entitled, of the judgments of the Court of Claims bounty.
for bounty for destruction of enemy's vessels, under section forty-six
hundred and thirty-five of the Revised Statutes be made on settlements
by the Auditor for the Navy Department in the manner prescribed by
law and Treasury regulation for the payment of prize money, the dis-
tribution of such individual share to be in accordance with the orders,
rules, and findings of the Court of Claims.

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Act approved July 1, 1902, chap. 1352, “An act making appropriations

to provide for the expenses of the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and three, and for other purposes.” (32 Stat., 592.) Provided, That hereafter when differences arise in the examination of Differences in

accounts of Disthe accounts of the disbursing officer of the District of Columbia, calling trict of Columfor the suspension of any item in said accounts, it shall be the duty of the Auditor for the State and other Departments who settles said accounts, to notify the Auditor of the District of Columbia in connection with the disbursing officer of the District of Columbia of the grounds of such objections resulting in said suspensions, in order that said Auditor in connection with said disbursing officer may by explanation if possible remove said grounds of suspension. The Auditor of the District of Columbia shall continue to prepare and countersign all checks issued by the disbursing officer and no check involving disbursement of public moneys by the disbursing officer shall be valid unless countersigned by the Auditor of the District of Columbia.

Act approved February 14, 1903, chap. 552, “An act to establish the

Department of Commerce and Labor.” (32 Stat., 825.)
SEC. 1. * * * That there shall be at the seat of government an Department of

Commerce and executive department to be known as the Department of Commerce Labor estaba and Labor, and a Secretary of Commerce and Labor, who shall be the lished. head thereof, who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the consent and advice of the Senate. * * *

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