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same of the mails, the troops, and the munitions of war of the United States than the rate per mile paid for transportation of said mails, troops, and munitions over the railroads and public highways leading to said bridge; and the United States shall have the right of way for a postal telegraph across said bridge; and equal privileges in the

Telegraph, etc.,

rights. of said bridge shall be granted to all telegraph and telephone companies; and said structure shall be so kept and managed at all times as to afford reusonable and proper means for the passage of vessels through or under said bridge; and for the safety of vessels passing at Lights, etc. night there shall be displayed on said bridge, from sunset to sunrise, at the expense of the owners thereof, such lights and other signals as may be prescribed by the Light-House Board; and the said bridge shall be changed or altered at the cost and

expense

of the owners thereof from time to time, as the Secretary of War may direct, so as to preserve the free and convenient navigation of said river.

Sec. 4. That all railroad companies desiring the use of said bridge Une by other roads. shall have and be entitled to equal rights and privileges relative to the passage of railway trains over the same, and the approaches thereto, upon payment of a reasonable compensation for such use, or, in case Compensation. of disagreement, upon such terms and conditions as shall be prescribed by the Secretary of War upon hearing the allegations and proofs of the parties in interest. . Sec. 5. That this Act shall be null and void if actual construction Time of construa of the bridge herein authorized be not commenced within one year and completed within three years from the approval of this Act.

Sec. 6. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this' Act is hereby expressly reserved.

Approved, February 23, 1906.

tion.

Amendment.

Location.

approve plans, etc.

CHAP. 503.-An Act To authorize the Campbell Lumber Company to construct a February 23, 1906. bridge across the Saint Francis River in Clay County, Arkansas, at or near the point

(H. R. 13567.) where the section line between sections twenty-one and twenty-eight, township nine [Public, No. 22.) teen north, range nine east, touches said rirer.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representutives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Camphell Lumber Saint Francis River, , Company, a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Mis- Campbell Lumber souri, its successors and assigns, be, and it is hereby, authorized and Company may bridge. empowered to construct, maintain, and operate a railroad bridge and approaches thereto over and across the Saint Francis River, at or near the point where the section line between sections twenty-one and twenty-eight, township nineteen north, range nine east, touches said river. Sec. 2. That any bridge constructed under the authority of this Act

Serretary of War to shall be built and located under and subject to such regulations for the security of the navigation of said river as the Secretary of War shall prescribe, and to secure such object said corporation or its assigns shall submit to the Secretary of War, for his examination and approval, a design and drawing of the bridge and a map of the location, and until the said plan and location are approved by the Secretary of War the bridge shall not be commenced or built, and should any change be made changes. in the plan of said bridge during construction or after completion such change shall be likewise subject to the approval of the Secretary of War, and any changes in said bridge required by the Secretary of War at any time shall be made promptly by the said corporation or its assigns at its expense: Provided, That if the bridge herein authorized he built as a drawbridge, the draw shall be opened promptly, on reasonable signal, for the passage of boats, and whatever kind of bridge is Lights, etc. built the said corporation or its assigns shall maintain thereon, from

Proviso.
Opening draw.

sunset to sunrise, such lights or other signals as the Light-House Board

shall prescribe. Regulations. SEC. 3. That said bridge be so constructed as to provide for the pas

sage of railway trains over the same, and shall be operated under such rules and regulations as may be laid down by the proper officers of said corporation not in conflict with the rules and regulations provided

by the Secretary of War. Lawful structure

SEC. 4. That the bridge to be built under this Act, and subject to und post route. its limitations, shall be a lawful structure and shall be recognized and

known as a post-road, upon which no higher charge shall be made for the transportation over the same of the mails, troops, and munitions of war of the United States than the rate per mile paid for such transportation over public highways leading to said bridge, and said bridge shall enjoy the rights and privileges of other post-roads in the United States, and the United States shall have the right of way across said

bridge and its approaches for postal, telegraph, and telephone purposes, Telegraph, etc., and equal privileges in the use of said bridge shall be granted to all rights.

telegraph and telephone companies.

SEC. 5. That this Act shall be null and void if actual construction of the bridge berein authorized is not commenced within one year and completed within three years from the date of the approval hereof.

SEC. 6. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act is hereby expressly reserved.

Approved, February 23, 1906.

Time of construction.

Amendmenı.

February 23, 1906.

(H. R. 13568.) (Public, So. 23.]

approve plans, ete.

CHAP. 504.-An Act To authorize the ('ampbell Lumber Company to construct a bridge across the Saint Francis River, in Clay County, Arkansas, at or near the point where the section line between sections twenty-three and twenty-six, in township twenty north, range nine east, touches said river.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United saint Francis River States of America in Congress assembled, That the Campbell Lumber Campbell Lumber Company, a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Company may bridge. Missouri, its successors and assigns, be, and it is hereby, authorized

and empowered to construct, maintain, and operate a railroad bridge Location. and approaches thereto orer and across the Saint Francis River at or

near the point where the section line between sections twenty-three and twenty-six, in township twenty north, range nine east, touches

said river, in the county of Clar, State of Arkansas, Secretary of War to

Sec. 2. That any bridge constructed under the authority of this det shall be built and located under and subject to such regulations for the security of the navigation of said river as the Secretary of War shall prescribe, and to secure such object said corporation or its assigns shall submit to the Secretary of War for bis examination and approval a design and drawing of the bridge and a map of the location, and until the said plan and location are approved by the Secretary of War the bridge shall not be commenced or built, and should any change be made in the plan of said bridge during construction or after completion, such change shall be likewise subject to the approval of the Secretary of War, and any changes in said bridge required by the Serretary of War at any time shall be maua promptly by the said corpora

tion or its assigns at its expense: Prorided, That if the bridge herein Opening draw.

authorized be built as a drawbridge, the draw shall be opened promptly, Lights, etc. upon reasonable signal, for the passage of boats; and whatever kind

of bridge is built, the said corporation or its assigns shall maintain thereon from sunset to sunrise such lights or other signals as the Light

House Board shall prescribe. Regulations.

Sec. 3. That said bridge be so constructed as to provide for the passage of railway trains over the same, and shall be operated under such

Changes.

Proriso.

and post route.

rules and regulations as may be laid down by the proper officers of said
corporation not in conflict with the rules and regulations provided by
the Secretary of War.
SEC. 4. That the bridge to be built under this Act and subject to its

Lawful structure limitations shall be a lawful structure, and shall be recognized and known as a post road, upon which no higher charge shall be made for the transportation over the same of the mails, troops, and munitions of war of the United States than the rate per mile paid for such transportation over public highways leading to said bridge; and said bridge shall enjoy the rights and privileges of other post roads in the United States, and the United States shall have the right of way across said bridge and its approaches for postal, telegraph, and telephone purposes, and equal privileges in the use of said bridge shall be granted to all mebelegraph, etc., telegraph and telephone companies.

Sec. 5. That this Act sball be null and void if actual construction tion. of the bridge herein authorized is not commenced within one year and completed within three years from the date of the approval hereof. Sec. 6. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act is hereby

Amendment. expressly reserved.

Approved, February 23, 1906.

Time of construc

Arkansas River.
Fort Smith and Van

Bridge and

Railroad, wagon,

CHAP. 606.-An Act To authorize the construction of a bridge across the Arkan

February 24, 1906. sas River at or near Van Buren, Arkansas.

(s. 2106.)

(Public, No. 24.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Fort Smith and Van Buren Bridge and Traction Company, a corporation organized Buren and existing under the laws of the State of Arkansas, and being may bridge, at Van empowered by the terms of its charter to construct, own, operate, and Buren, Ark. maintain a railroad, electric, steam, or traction railway, passenger, and wagon bridge over and across the Arkansas River at or near the city of Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas, he, and the said Fort Smith and Van Buren Bridge and

Traction Company, its successors and assigns, are hereby, authorized and empowered to construct said bridge. across said river, and to maintain and operate the same as a railroad, and foot bridge. electric, steam, or traction railway, animal, stock, foot passenger, and wagon hridge, or for either one or more of said purposes, as the Fort Smith and Van Buren Bridge and Traction Company, its successors and assigns, may from time to time see fit.

Sec. 2. That such bridge shall not be built or commenced until the Secretary of War to plans and specifications for its construction, together with such drawings of the proposed construction and such map of the proposed location as may be required for a full understanding of the subject, have been submitted to the Secretary of War and Chief of Engineers for their approval, nor until they shall have approved such plans and specifications and the location of such bridge and accessory works; and when the plans for any bridge to be constructed under the provisions of this Act have been approved by the Chief of Engineers and by the Secretary of War it shall not be lawful to deviate from such plans, either before or after completion of the structure, unless the modification of such plans bas previously been submitted to and received the approval of the Chief of Engineers and of the Secretary of War. SEC. 3. That any bridge built in accordance with the provisions of

Lawful structure this Act shall be a lawful structure and shall be recognized and known as a post route, upon which no higher charge shall be made for the transmission over the same of the mails, the troops, and the munitions of war of the United States than the rate per mile paid for the transportation over any railroad, street railway, or public highway leading

,

and post route.

to said bridge; and the United States shall have the right to construct, Telegraph, etc., maintain, and repair, without any charge therefor, telegraph and telerights.

phone lines across and upon said bridge and its approaches; and equal privileges in the use of said bridge and its approaches shall be granted

to all telegraph and telephone companies. Unobstructed navi SEC. 4. That no bridge erected or maintained under the provisions gation.

of this Act shall at any time unreasonably obstruct the free navigation of the waters over which it is constructed; and if any bridge erected in accordance with the provisions of this Act shall, in the opinion of the Secretary of War, at any time unreasonably obstruct such navigation, either on account of insufficient height, width of span, or otherwise, or if there be difficulty in passing the draw opening or the draw span of such bridge, by rafts, steamboats, or other water craft, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of War, after giving the parties interested reasonable opportunity to be heard, to notify the persons owning or controlling such bridge to so alter the same as to render navigation

through or under it reasonably free, easy, and unobstructed, stating Changes. in such notice the changes required to be made, and prescribing in

each case a reasonable time in wbich to make such changes, and if at the end of the time so specified the changes so required have not been made, the persons owning or controlling such bridge shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this Act; and all such alterations shall be made

and all such obstructions shall be removed at the expense of the perLights, etc. sons owning or operating said bridge. The persons owning or oper

ating any such bridge shall maintain, at their own expense, such lights

and other signals thereon as the Secretary of Commerce and Labor Opening draw. shall prescribe. If the bridge shall be constructed with a draw, then

the draw shall be opened promptly by the persons owning, or operating such bridge upon reasonable signal for the passage of boats and other water craft. If tolls shall be charged for the transit over any bridge constructed under the provisions of this Act of engines, cars, street cars, wagons, carriages, vehicles, animals, foot passengers, or other passengers, such tolls shall be reasonable and just, and the Secretary of War may at any time, and from time to time, prescribe the reasonable rates of toll for such transit over such bridge, and the rates so prescribed shall be the legal rates and shall be the rates demanded

and received for such transit. Failure to comply Sec. 5. That any persons who shall fail or refuse to comply with the tary of War, etc., a lawful order of the Secretary of War or the Chief of Engineers, made

in accordance with the provisions of this Act, shall be deemed guilty Penalty.

of a violation of this Act; and any persons who shall be guilty of a violation of this Act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be punished in any court of competent jurisdiction by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars, and every month

such persons shall remain in default shall be deemed a new offense and Removal of bridge, subject such persons to additional penalties therefor; and in addition

to the penalties above described the Secretary of War and the Chief of Engineers may, upon refusal of the persons owning or controlling any such bridge and accessory works to comply'with any lawful order issued by the Secretary of War or Chief of Engineers in regard thereto,

cause the removal of such bridge and accessory works at the expense Suit to recover ex: of the persons owning or controlling such bridge, and suit for such

expense may be brought in the name of the United States against such

persons and recovery had for expense in any court of competent jurisEnforcement by in- diction; and the removal of any structures erected or maintained in

violation of the provisions of this Act or the order or direction of the Secretary of War or Chief of Engineers made in pursuance thereof may be enforced by injunction, mandamus, or other summary process, upon application to the circuit court in the district in which such

Toll.

with order of Secre

misdemeanor.

etc.

penses.

Time of construction.

structure may, in whole or in part, exist, and proper proceedings to
this end may be instituted under the direction of the Attorney-General
of the United States at the request of the Secretary of War; and in Litigation.
case of any litigation arising from any obstruction or alleged obstruc-
tion to navigation created by the construction of any bridge under this
Act, the cause or question arising may be tried before the circuit court
of the United States in any district which any portion of said obstruc-
tion or bridge touches.

Sec. 6. That the authority hereby granted shall cease and be null and void unless the actual construction of the bridge authorized in this Act be commenced within one year and completed within three years from the date of the passage of this Act.

Sec. 7. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act is hereby expressly reserved as to any and all bridges which may be built in accordance with the provisions of this Act, and the United States shall incur no liability for the alteration, amendment, or repeal thereof to the owner or owners or any persons interested in any bridge which sball have been constructed in accordance with its provisions. SEC. 8. That the word “persons” as used in this Act shall be con

Meaning of “perstrued to import both the singular and the plural, as the case demands, and shall include municipalities, quasi municipal corporations, corporations, companies, and associations.

Approved, February 24, 1906.

Amendment.

sons."

Customs.

CHAP. 507.-An Act To allow the entry and clearance of vessels at San Luis February 24, 1906. Obispo, Port Harford, and Monterey, California.

(8. 3318.)

[Public, No. 25.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the collector of customs

San Francisco, Cal., at San Francisco is hereby authorized to depute an officer of the cus- district. toms from bis collection district to proceed to San Luis Obispo, Port

vessels Harford, or Monterey in his district for the purpose of receiving at at San Luis Obispo those places the entries of vessels arriving there in ballast and of clear- Monterey. ing them with cargoes of petroleum and its products only in the same amended.

R.S., sec. 2582, p.511, manner as if they had proceeded to San Francisco before entry.

Approved, February 24, 1906.

Petroleum may enter and clear

and

land.

CHAP. 508.–An Act To provide for the purchase of certain coal claims in the February 26, 1906. island of Batan in the Philippine Islands.

(H. R. 12864.)

[Public, No. 26.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War Philippine Islands, . be, and he is hereby, authorized to purchase the coal claims owned by claims on Batan isMessrs. Munoz and Villanueva, lying on the island of Batan, Philippine Islands, and upon which the War Department now holds an option; and to provide for the purchase of said claims the sum of fifty Appropriation. thousand dollars is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated; and the above sum is made immediately available in order that purchase may be made before the said option expires, to wit, before March first, nineteen hundred and six.

Approved, February 26, 1906.

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