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A DIGEST OF THE DECISIONS OF THE COURTS AND

OPINIONS OF THE ATTORNEYS-GENERAL.

BY

WILLIAM H. MICHAEL

(Late of the U.S. Navy),

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PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF CONGRESS.

WASHINGTON:

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

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PREFACE,

The necessity for a revision of the laws relating to the Navy and Marine Corps was felt by the Naval Committee of the two Houses of Congress and by the Navy Department, and the Senate, through the Joint Committee on Printing, directed the revision to be made. The Secretary of the Navy tendered any assistance practicable for the Department to extend in accomplishing the work. The Judge Advocate-General of the Navy, Captain Lemly, examined the proof sheets and uoted many valuable suggestions. Mr. E. P. Hanna, chief clerk in the Judge-Advocate-General's Office, read the proofs critically and rendered the reviser most valuable assistance in many ways in connection with the work. The reviser takes pleasure in acknowledging the valuable service thus rendered him.

This revision includes all laws relating to the Navy and Marine Corps up to and including June 17, 1898.

To keep the book within proper limits as to size, much matter contained in Mr. Hogg's compilation, which did not strictly relate to the Navy and Marine Corps nor to the Navy Department, was expurgated.

The arrangement is somewhat different from that of Mr. Hogg, yet in a general way his arrangement bas been preserved, for the reason that it was considered very good, and because it was thought desirable not to disturb the familiarity of those who had used the Hogg compilation by substituting for it a compilation wholly different in its arrangement.

The notes have been completely revised, and instead of retaining them as they were in the Hogg compilation they have been uniformly inserted as footnotes.

At the end of the work may be found the gist of decisions of Federal courts and opinions of Attorneys-General construing United States statutes relating to the Navy and Marine Corps and Navy Department. This is alphabetically arranged, and the author feels contident that it will be found of value.

While the compiler is conscious that defects and errors will be met with in this revision, as is the case in all works of similar character, yet he feels that it will serve the purpose for which it is intended reasonably well.

There have been six compilations and revisions of the laws relating to the Navy and Marine Corps. The first was a volume of 198 pages, and was compiled in 1826 by order of the Secretary of the Navy. The second was by Benjamin Homans, of the Navy Department, and was compiled in 1813. This volume contains 246 pages, and includes the laws of the Twenty-seventh Congress. The third was compiled in 1859 by John F. Callan, clerk to the Military Committee, and A. W. Russell, clerk to the Naval Committee of the United States Senate, and contains 464 pages. The fourth was a revision of Mr. Homans's work, and was printed in 1865. It contains 253 pages. The fifth was made by order of the Navy Department in 1875, and includes the laws of the Forty-third Congress. This volume contains 374 pages. The sixth was a compilation and revision by John W. Hogg, made in 1883, and contains 401 pages.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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Page.
Accounting utticers and accounts. 159-166 ('ontracts, supplies, etc

28-44
Accounts, accounting, etc. ...... 159–229 Contributious..

268-271

Accounts of lost vessels and cloth-

Cooly trade

440-448

ing

166-168 Court of Claims, jurisdiction, etc. 202-209

Advertising, prices, etc

168-170 Debts due by or to the United

Allowances, etc.

89-101

States......

211-213

Apprentices, etc

123-130 Decisions of Federal courts, etc. 454-523
Appropriations, estimates. 170-177 Deserters and desertion..

44-17
Articles for the government of

Dies, etc

224-229

the Navy....

7-21 Diplomatic and consular officers. 297–300

Artificial limbs, trusses, and ap-

Disbursing officers

159-229

pliances.

58-60 Disbursing officers and agents .. 213-220

Assistant naval constructors,

Dismissal and resignation of ofti-

etc.

78-79

47-50

Attorney-General, Departmentof

Executive departments, civil

Justice, duties, etc..

178-179 service in

180-188

Attorney-Generals, opinions of.. 154-523 Engineer Corps, appointments

Attorneys and agents of Govern-

in, etc.

50-54

ment..

179–180 Expatriation

301

Binding, public

235-245 Extradition.

301-305

Board of health

421-428 Federal conrts, decisions of..... 454-323

Bounty, etc

272-274 Fish Commissioner, luty of Navy

Bribes, contributions, presents,

relating thereto..

305-307

etc...

268-271 Flags and standards..

307

Buildings, public

249-250 Frand, forgery, theft, etc.. 307-311

Cemeteries, national.

60-61 Furlongh and furlough pay. 98-99

Chaplains, appointment of, etc . 26 Grounds, public

249-250

Checks and drafts.

220-224 Guano islands

311-313

Citizenship

319-351 Habeas corpus, power of courts,

Civil engineers, appointment of,

313-316

etc...

26-27 Homesteads, rights of sailors... 316-319

Civil service

180-196 Hospitals, asylums, etc

51-56

Departmental regulations 189–193 Hydrographic Office, establish-

In Executive Departments.. 180–188 ment of, etc ....

61-62

Oath of office ...

188-189 Importations, etc...

320

Temporary vacancies

193-194 Insane of the Navy, Government

Tenure of office, etc

194-196 Hospital for...

56-57

Claims and claim agents. 197-202 Insurrection, etc

448-453

Clothing, lost.

166-168 Kidnaping

40-148

Coast survey.

271-275 Light-House Board and lights

Coins, foreign value of..

226-228 and boys.

320-321

Collisions, rules of the sea 275–297 Lights, rules concerning

27.-297

Conspiracy, etc...

418-453 Line officers of the Vary, grades,

Contingent funds

209-210 etc.

62-65

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