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Ulysses and Achilles with self-discharging equipment at not exceeding $125,000 each and not exceeding $50,000 for covering certain unprotected surfaces of said colliers with bituntastic enamel; toward construction by contract or in navy yards complete in every detail, including self-discharging equipment and all other necessary apparatus, of two colliers at a total cost not exceeding $1,300,000 each under a contract or contracts hereby authorized therefor; also toward construction of one dock at Cristobal (numbered six) at a total cost not exceeding $1,500,000 under a contract or contracts hereby authorized therefor, $9,750,000. No part of this sum or of any unexpended balance of appropriations for construction and equipment of the Panama Canal shall be expended for construction or establishment of new quarantine stations.
For maintenance and operation of the Panama Canal, salary of the governor, $10,000; purchase, inspection, delivery, handling, and storing of material, supplies, and equipment for issue to all departments of the Panama Canal, the Panama Railroad, other branches of the United States Government, and for authorized sales, $5,750,000, together with all moneys arising from the conduct of business operations authorized by the Panama Canal Act.
For sanitation, quarantine, hospitals, and medical aid and support of the insane and of lepers, and aid and support of indigent persons legally within the Canal Zone, including expenses of their deportation when practicable, $700,000.
For civil government of the Panama Canal and Canal Zone, salaries of district judge $6,000, district attorney $5,000, marshal $5,000, and for gratuities and necessary clothing for indigent discharged prisoners, $600,000.
In all, $16,800,000, to be immediately available and to continue available until expended : Provided, That all expenditures from the appropriations heretofore, herein, and hereafter made for the construction of the Panama Canal, including any portion of such appropriations which may be used for the construction of dry docks, repair shops, yards, docks, wharves, warehouses, storehouses, and other necessary facilities and appurtenances, for the purpose of providing coal and other materials, labor, repairs, and supplies, for the construction of office buildings and quarters, and other necessary buildings, exclusive of fortifications, colliers, dock six at Cristobal, and reboilering of steamships “Ancon” and “Cristobal," which steamships shall not be transferred to the Secretary of the Navy, as provided in the Act of May twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred and eight, and exclusive of the fair value of the American legation building in Panama, as approved by the Secretary of War and Secretary of State, which building is authorized to be transferred without charge to the jurisdiction of the Secretary of State, and exclusive of the amount used for operating and maintaining the canal, and exclusive of the amount expended for sanitation and civil government after January first, nineteen hundred and fifteen, may be paid from or reimbursed to the Treasury of the United States out of the proceeds of the sale of bonds authorized in section eight of the said Act approved June twenty-eighth, nineteen hundred and two, and section thirtynine of the tariff Act approved August fifth, nineteen hundred and nine.
Except in cases of emergency, or conditions arising subsequent to and unforeseen at the time of submitting the annual estimates to Congress, and except for those employed in connection with the construction of permanent quarters, offices, and other necessary buildings, dry docks, repair shops, yards, docks, wharves, warehouses, storehouses, and other necessary facilities and appurtenances for the purpose of providing coal and other materials, labor, repairs, and supplies, and except for the permanent operating organization under which the compensation of the various positions is limited by section four of the Panama Canal Act, there shall not be employed at any time during the fiscal year nineteen hundred and seventeen under any of the foregoing appropriations for the Panama Canal, any greater number of persons than are specified in the notes submitted respectively in connection with the estimates for each of said appropriations in the annual Book of Estimates for said year, nor shall there be paid to any such person during that fiscal year any greater rate of compensation than was authorized to be paid to persons occupying the same or like positions on the first day of July, nineteen hundred and fifteen ; and all employments made or compensation increased because of emergencies or conditions so arising shall be specifically set forth, with the reasons therefor, by the governor in his report for the fiscal year nineteen hundred and seventeen,
In addition to the foregoing sums there is appropriated, for the fiscal year nineteen hundred and seventeen, for expenditure and reinvestment under the several heads of appropriation aforesaid without being covered into the Treasury of the United States, all moneys received by the Panama Canal from
services rendered or materials and supplies furnished to the United States, the l'anama Railroad Company, the Canal Zone government, or to their employees, respectively, or to the Panama Government, from hotel and hospital supplies and services; from rentals, wharfage, and like services; from labor, materials, and supplies and other services furnished to vessels other than those passing through the canal, and to others unable to obtain the same elsewhere; from the sale of scrap and other by-products of manufacturing and shop operations; from the sale of obsolete and unserviceable material, supplies, and equipment purchased or acquired for the operation, maintenance, protection, sanitation, and government of the canal and Canal Zone; and any net profits accruing from such business to the Panama Canal shall annually be covered into the Treasury of the United States.
In addition there is appropriated for the operation, maintenance, and extension of waterworks, sewers, and pavements in the cities of Panama and Colon, during the fiscal year nineteen hundred and seventeen, the necessary portions of such sums as shall be paid as water rentals or directly by the Government of Panama for such expenses.
FORTIFICATIONS, PANAMA CANAL.
For fortifications and armament thereof for the Panama Canal, to be immediately available and to continue available until expended, namely:
For maintenance of clearings and trails, $30.000.
For protection, preservation, and repair of fortifications, including structures erected for torpedo defense, and for maintaining channels for access to torpedo wharves, $15,000.
For maintenance and repair of searchlights and electric light and power equipment for fortifications, and for tools, electrical and other supplies, and appliances to be used in their operation, $7,500.
For the construction of seacoast batteries, $400,000;
For the construction of mining casemates, cable galleries, torpedo storehouses, cable tanks, and other structures necessary for the operation, preservation, and care of submarine mines and their accessories on the Canal Zone, $47,000.
For purchase of submarine mines and the necessary appliances to operate them for closing channels leading to the Panama Canal, $240,000.
For alteration, maintenance, and repair of submarine mine matériel, $2,500;
For operation and maintenance of fire-control installations at seacoast defenses, $5,000.
For the urchase, manufacture, and test of seacoast cannon for coast defense, including their carriages, sights, implements, equipments, and the machinery necessary for their manufacture at the arsenals, $120,000: Provided, That the Chief of Ordnance, United States Army, is authorized to enter into contracts or otherwise incur obligations for the purpose above mentioned not to exceed $180,000 in addition to the appropriations herein and heretofore made.
For the purchase, manufacture, and test of ammunition for seacoast and land defense cannon, including the necessary experiments in connection therewith, and the machinery necessary for its manufacture at the arsenals, $1,600,000.
For the alteration, maintenance, and installation of the seacoast artillery, including the purchase and manufacture of machinery, tools, and materials necessary for the work, and expenses of civilian mechanics, and extra-duty pay of enlisted men engaged thereon, $68,000.
For continuing the construction of barracks, quarters, storehouses, and other buildings necessary for accommodating the mobile army and Coast Artillery troops to be stationed there, including water, sewer, and lighting systems, roads, walks, and so forth, and for repairing and remodeling existing buildings to render them suitable for sheltering troops, $2,000,000 ;
In all, specifically for fortifications and armament thereof for the Panama Canal, $4,535,000.
Provided, That no part of the appropriations made in this Act shall be available for the salary or pay of any officer, manager, superintendent, foreman, or oiher person having charge of the work of any employee of the United States while making or causing to be made with a stop watch, or other time-measuring device, a time study of any job of any such employee between the starting and completion thereof, or of the movements of any such employee while engaged
upon such works; nor shall any part of the appropriations made in this Act be available to pay any premium or bonus or cash reward to any employee in addition to his regular wages, except for suggestions resulting in improvements or economy in the operation of any Government plant.
SEC. 2. That the Joint Land Commission established under article fifteen or the treaty between the United States and the Republic of Panama, proclaimed February twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred and four, shall not have jurisdiction to adjudicate or settle any claim originating under any lease or contract for occupancy heretofore or hereafter made by the Panama Railroad Company of lands or property owned by said Panama Railroad Company in the Canal Zone, and no part of the moneys appropriated by this or any other Act shall be used to pay such claims.
SEC. 3. That appropriations herein and hereafter made for printing and binding shall not be used for any annual report or the accompanying documents unless the copy therefor is furnished to the Public Printer in the following manner: Copies of the documents accompanying such annual reports on or before the fifteenth day of October of each year; copies of the annual reports on or before the fifteenth day of November of each year; complete revised proofs of the accompanying documents and the annual reports on the tenth and twentieth days of November of each year, respectively; and all of said annual reports and accompanying documents shall be printed, made public, and available for distribution not later than within the first five days after the assembling of each regular session of Congress. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the annual reports of the Smithsonian Institution, the Commissioner of Patents, or the Comptroller of the Currency.
SEC. 4. That the information required in connection with estimates for general or lump-sum appropriations by section ten of the sundry civil appropriation Act, approved August first, nineteen hundred and fourteen, shall be submitted hereafter according to uniform and concise methods which shall be prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury, but with reference to estimates for pay of mechanics and laborers there shall be submitted in detail only the ratings and trades and the rates per diem paid or to be paid.
SEC. 5. That hereafter at the termination of each fiscal year each Auditor of the Treasury shall report to the Secretary of the Treasury all checks issued by any disbursing officer of the Government as shown by his accounts rendered to such auditor, which shall then have been outstanding and unpaid for three years or more, stating fully in such report the name of the payee, for what purpose each check was given, the office on which drawn, the number of the voucher received therefor, the date, the number, and the amount for which it was drawn, and, when known, the residence of the payee. And such reports shall be in lieu of the returns required of disbursing officers by section three hundred and ten of the Revised Statutes.
SEC. 6. That all sums appropriated by this Act for salaries of officers and employees of the Government shall be in full for such salaries for the fiscal year nineteen hundred and seventeen, and all laws or parts of laws to the extent they are in conflict with the provisions of this Act are repealed.
Approved, July 1, 1916. [39 Stat., 287, 318, 332.)
An Act For the relief of Joseph A. Buckholdt.
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, to Joseph A. Buckholdt, of San Antonio, Texas, the sum of $3,000, in full compensation for injuries received by him by reason of an accident which occurred on January twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred and fourteen, while in the employ of the United States Government on the Panama Canal,
Approved, August 4, 1916. [39 Stat., 145.]
An Act For the relief of Olaf Nelson.
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 to Olaf Nelson, out of any
money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $1,200, in compensation for injuries sustained on the Panama Canal while in the discharge of his duties.
Approved August 8, 1916. [39 Stat., 150.]
An Act Making appropriations for the Department of Agriculture for the fiscal year end
ing June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and seventeen, and for other purposes.
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 they are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, in full compensation for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and seventeen, for the purposes and objects hereinafter expressed, namely:
GENERAL EXPENSES, WEATHER BUREAU: For carrying into effect in the District of Columbia and elsewhere in the United States, in the West Indies, in the Panama Canal, the Caribbean Sea, and on adjacent coasts, in the Hawaiian Islands, in Bermuda, and in Alaska, the provisions of an Act approved October first, eighteen hundred and ninety, so far as they relate to the weather service transferred thereby to the Department of Agriculture,
Approved, August 11, 1916. [39 Stat., 448.]
An Act Extending certain privileges of canal employees to other officials on the Canal
Zone and authorizing the President to make rules and regulations affecting health, sanitation, quarantine, taxation, public roads, self-propelled vehicles, and police powers on the Canal Zone, and for other purposes, including provision as to certain fees, money orders, and interest deposits.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, until otherwise provided by Congress, the President is authorized to make rules and regulations in matters of sanitation, health, and quarantine for the Canal Zone or to modify or change existing rules and regulations and those hereafter made from time to time. Violations of any quarantine regulations provided for herein shall be
ished by fine not to exceed $500 or by nprisonment in jail not to exceed ninety days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the court's discretion; and a violation of any sanitary regulations hereunder shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $25 or by imprisonment in jail not to exceed thirty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the court's discretion. Each day such violation may continue shall constitute a separate offense.
SEC. 2. That, until otherwise provided by Congress, the President is hereby authorized to make and from time to time change rules and regulations for levying, assessing, and collecting ad valorem, excise, license, and franchise taxes in the Canal Zone, or to modify or change existing rules or regulations for that purpose. Ad valorem taxes imposed shall not exceed one per centum of the value of the property, nor shall franchise or excise taxes exceed two per centum of gross earnings.
SEC. 3. That, util otherwise provided by Congress, it shall be lawful for the President to make, publish, and enforce all rules and regulations for the use of the public roads and highways in the Canal Zone, and also for regulating, licensing, and taxing the use and operation of all self-propelled vehicles using the public highways, including speed limit, signals, tags, license fees, and all detailed regulations which may be from time to time deemed necessary in the exercise of the authority hereby conferred. The taxes on automobiles may be graded according to the value or the power of the machine, and such rules and regulations as now exist may be changed by such order from time to time, and any that may be hereafter made may be changed from time to time. The President may make mutual agreements with the Republic of Panama touching the reciprocal use of the highways of the Canal Zone and the Republic of
Panama by self-propelled vehicles touching taxes and license fees, and any other matter of regulation to establish comity for the convenience of the residents of the two jurisdictions.
SEC. 4. That it shall be unlawful to commit any breach of the peace or engage in or permit any disorderly, indecent, or immoral conduct in the Canal Zone. The President is authorized to enforce this provision by making rules and regulations to assert and exercise the police power in the Canal Zone, or for any portion or division thereof, and he may amend or change any such regulation now existing or hereafter made.
SEC. 5. That any person who commits any act or who carries on any business, trade, or occupation in the Canal Zone without complying with the rules and regulations established by the President for the levying, assessing, and collecting of taxes, or who violates any rules or regulations for the use of the public roads and highways, or who violates any rules and regulations touching the licensing, taxes, operation, and use of self-propelled vehicles, or who violates any of the police regulations authorized hereunder, shall be punished by fine not to exceed $25 or by imprisonment in jail not to exceed thirty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the court's discretion.
SEC. 6. That deposit money orders issued in the Canal Zone in lieu of postal savings certificates in accordance with the rules and regulations heretofore established by the President, or that may hereafter be established by him, shall bear interest at a rate not exceeding two per centum per annum.
SEC. 7. That the interest received from the Canal Zone money-order funds deposited in banks under Canal Zone regulations shall be available to pay the interest on deposit money orders authorized by the preceding section. Such interest shall also be available to pay any losses which are chargeable to the Canal Zone postal service.
SEC. 8. That whenever a customs officer of the Canal Zone shall certify an invoice, landing certificate, or other similar document, or shall register a marine note of protest, or shall perform any notarial services, he shall be authorized to collect a fee equivalent to the fee prescribed by the United States consular regulations for the same act or service when performed by consular officials.
SEC. 9. The laws relating to seamen of vessels of the United States on foreign voyages shall apply to seamen of all vessels of the United States at the Panama Canal Zone, whether such vessels be registered or enrolled and licensed, and the powers in respect of such seamen of such vessels bestowed by law upon consular officers of the United States in foreign ports and upon shipping commissioners in ports of the United States are hereby bestowed upon the shipping commissioner and deputy shipping commissioners on the Panama Canal Zone.
SEC. 10. The President is hereby authorized to make rules and regulations, and to alter or amend the same from time to time, touching the right of any person to enter or remain upon or pass over any part of the Canal Zone; for the detention of any person entering the Canal Zone in violation of such rules and regulations, and return of such person to the country whence he or she came, on the vessel bringing such person to the Canal Zone, or any other vessel belonging to the same owner or interest, and at the expense of such owner or interest; and in addition to the punishment prescribed by this section for violation of any such rules and regulations, the authorities of the Canal Zone may withhold the clearance of such vessel from any port in the Canal Zone until any fine imposed and the cost of maintenance of such person are paid. Any person violating any of such rules or regulations shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction in the district court of the Canal Zone shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment not exceeding a year, or both in the discretion of the court. It shall be unlawful for any person, by any means or in any way, to injure or obstruct or attempt to injure or obstruct, any part of the Panama Canal or the locks thereof or the approaches thereto. Any person violating this provision shall be guilty of a felony, and on conviction in the district court of the Canal Zone shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $10,000 or by imprisonment not exceeding twenty years, or both, in the discretion of the court. If the act shall cause the death of any person within a year and a day thereafter, the person so convicted shall be guilty of murder and shall be punished accordingly.
SEC. 11. That all laws, orders, or ordinances in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.
Approved, August 21, 1916. [39 Stat., 528.)