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April 19, 1890 ( 26–671). — Board of engineers to report on practicability and cost of tunneling the Detroit River near Detroit, Mich.

July 11, 1890 (26–268).-Board of engineers to take testimony relative to clear height of North River Bridge, New York, above ordinary high water.

August 18, 1890 (20–315).-An officer of engineers, not below rank of lieutenantcolonel, to be a member of a board to inquire into the facilities for producing steel forgings for high-power guns at or near the Pacific coast, in the vicinity of the Rock Island Arsenal, the Indianapolis Arsenal, and at some point on or near the Gulf coast; also as to the advisability of erecting at those points gun factories for finishing and assembling high-power guns.

Resolution of August 28, 1890 (26 Stats., 678).

JOINT RESOLUTION extending the privilege of the Library of Congress to the

members and secretary of the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Chief of Engineers of the Corps of Engineers, Cnited States Army.

That the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library be authorized to extend the use of the books in the Library of Congress to the Chief of Engineers of the Corps of Engineers, Cnited States Army, resident in Washington, on the same conditions and restrictions as members of Congress are allowed to use the Library.

September 19, 1890 ( 26-426).—Boards of three engineer officers to determine best location for a deep-water harbor between Points Duma and Capistrans, on the Pacific coast; to report on reduced project, etc., for harbor of refuge at Port Orford, Oreg.; to survey most feasible location for a ship canal to connect Lakes Union, Washington, and Samamish with Puget Sound; to examine the obstructions to navigation in the Hudson River.

dct of September 27, 1890 (26 Stats., 492).

AN ACT authorizing the establishing of a public park in the District of Columbia.

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SEC. 2. That the Chief of Engineers of the United States Army, the Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia,

be, and they are hereby, created a commission to select the land for said park, of the quantity and within the limits aforesaid, and to have the same surveyed by the assistant to the said Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia in charge of public highways, which said assistant shall also act as executive officer of the said commission.

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Sec. 7. That the public park authorized and established by this act shall be under the joint control of the

Chief of Engine rs of the United States Army,

September 30, 1890 ( 26-554).—Board of three engineer officers to determine in a given contingency whether the use of the Louisville and Portland Caval basin by Messrs. Byrne and Speed is prejudicial to the canal or its use.

Resolution of December 24, 1890 (26 Stats., 1113).

JOINT RESOLUTION defining a quorum of the Board of Commissioners of the

District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

Hereafter such Engineer Commissioner may, in the discretion of the President of the United States, be detailed from among the captains or officers of higher grade having served at least fifteen years in the Corps of Engineers of the Army of the United States.

February 9, 1891 (26–740).-Safe deep harbor on the coast of Texas, to be inspected by Army engineers.

July 13, 1892 (27-88).-- Board of five engineer officers to carefully examine for a proposed deep-water harbor at San Pedro or Santa Monica bays, California; board of seven engineer officers to report on removal of obstructions to navigation in the Columbia River; Chief of Engineers to submit, with his views, reports of local and division engineers having made preliminary examinations of rivers and harbors authorized by this act.

Act of July 27, 1892 (27 Stats., 276).

AN ACT amending the act of October first, eighteen hundred and ninety, entitled

“An act to provide for the examination of certain officers of the Army and to regulate promotions therein.”

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SEC. 2. That the examination of officers of the Corps of Engineers

who were officers or enlisted men in the regular or volunteer service, either in the Army, Navy, or the Marine Corps, during the war of the rebellion, shall be conducted by boards composed in the same manner as for the examination of other officers of their respective corps and department; and the examination shall embrace the same subjects prescribed for all other officers of similar grades in the Corps of Engineers, • respectively.

July 27, 1892 (27-281).- An engineer officer to be detailed to examine and report upon work for the improvement of the outer bar of Brunswick, Ga. (This provision is repeated in act of March 1, 1893 (27–529).

August 5, 1892 (27-349).-Brig. Gen. T. L. Casey to continue in charge of building for the Library of Congress, whether on the active or the retired list of the Army.

Act of March 1, 1893 (27 Stats., 507).

AN ACT to create the California Débris Commission and regulate hydraulic mining

in the State of California.

That a commission is hereby created, to be known as the California Débris Commission, consisting of three members. The President of the United States shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint the commission from officers of the Corps of Engineers, United States Army. Vacancies occurring therein shall be filled in like manner.

It shall have the authority and exercise the powers hereinafter set forth, under the supervision of the Chief of Engineers and direction of the Secretary of War.

SEC. 2. That said commission shall organize within thirty days after its appointment by the selection of such officers as may be required in the performance of its duties, the same to be selected from the members thereof. The members of said commission shall receive no greater compensation than is now allowed by law to each, respectively, as an officer of said Corps of Engineers.

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March 1, 1893 (27-529).-An officer of Engineers to examine and report upon improvement of the outer bar of Brunswick, Georgia.

Alarch 2, 1893 (27-532). -Chief of Engineers to be a member of the commission created for supervision of permanent system of highways in District of Columbia, outside of cities.

September 7, 1893 (28–2).- Repairs to the old Ford's Theater to be made under direction of the Chief of Engineers,

Act of March 29, 1894 (28 Stats., 47).

AN ACT to regulate the making of property returns by officers of the Government.

That instead of forwarding to the accounting officers of the Treasury Department returns of public property intrusted to the possession of officers or agents, the Chief of Engineers,

shall certify to the proper accounting officer of the Treasury Department, for debiting on the proper account, any charge against any officer or agent intrusted with the public property, arising from any loss, accruing by his fault, to the Government as to the property so intrusted to him.

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June 27, 1894 (28-586). —Commission of three engineer officers to report upon cost of deepening the harbors of Superior and Duluth.

August 6, 1894 (28-233).-Purchases, not exceeding $200, may be made in open market.

August 18, 1894 (28-338).-Two officers of engineers to be members of a board to certify correctness of accounts for improving outer bar of Brunswick, Ga.; Chief of Engineers and one officer of his corps to be members of a board to determine the most feasible route for construction of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal; board of three engineer officers to survey canal routes from Lake Erie to the Ohio River and report to Congress at its next session. Resolution of December 24, 1894 (28–967) authorizes delay of report until the first session of the next Congress.

March 2, 1895 (28–744). -- Improvement of the Dalecarlia receiving reservoir to be under Col. G. H. Elliott notwithstanding his retirement, and in the event of his death, under the direction of the Chief of Engineers.

March 2, 1895 ( 28-910). - Board of three engineer officers to examine bar of Yaquina Bay, Oregon; one officer of engineers to be member of a board to ascertain feasibility, and cost of constructing and completing the Nicaraguan Canal; officer in charge of building for the Library of Congress to receive the pay and allowances of his grade on the active list; fireproof building for the Government printing office to be constructed by the Chief of Engineers.

June 3, 1896 (29-202).-One officer of engineers to be member of a board to report on improvements by Brazos River Channel and Dock Company; boards of three engineer officers each to report on dike between Reedy Island and Liston's Point, Pa.; to submit plans for the improvement of the Sacrai vento and Feather rivers, California.

March 3, 1897 (29–685). - Board of three engineer officers to report on plan and location of a bridge over the Mississippi River to the city of St. Louis, Mo.

June 4, 1897 (30-11).-Boards of three engineer officers each to survey and determine routes and cost of deep waterways between the great lakes and the Atlantic tide waters; to examine improvements at Aransas Pass, Tex. Chief of Engineers to make the surveys, etc., for a memorial bridge from Washington City to Arlington.

February 17, 1898 (30–735). - Board of three engineer officers to survey and report upon practicability of a navigable channel throughout southwest pass of the Mississippi River.

April 11, 1898 ( 30–737).- In cases of emergency, temporary forts or fortifications may be constructed upon written consent of the owner of the land on which such work is to be placed.

Act of April 22, 1898 (30 Stats., 361). AN ACT to provide for temporarily increasing the military establishment of the

United States in time of war, and for other purposes.

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SEC. 10. That the staff of the commander of an army corps shall consist of one chief engineer,

who shall have the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

The staff of the commander of a division shall consist of

one chief engineer, who shall have

the rank of major.

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Act of April 26, 1898 (30 Stats., 364). AN ACT for the better organization of the line of the Army of the United States.

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SEC. 3. That upon a declaration of war by Congress, or a declaration of Congress that war exists, the enlisted strength of a company may, in the discretion of the President, be increased to comprise not exceeding:

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For each company of engineers: one first sergeant, ten sergeants, ten corporals, two musicians, sixty-four first-class privates, sixty-three second-class privates; total enlisted, one hundred and fifty.

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May 11, 1898 (30-405).-Not to exceed three officers of engineers may hold volunteer commissions at the same time in any one of the three regiments of engineers authorized; all officers to be appointed by the President and with the consent of the Senate.

June 28, 1898 (30-519).-Chief of Engineers to be a member of the commission to examine plat of readjustment of highways in District of Columbia outside of cities.

June 29, 1898 (30-522).-One officer of engineers to be member of board to determine width of draw or pivot span in bridge across Niagara river; one or more engineer officers to be constituted a board to personally supervise construction of said bridge.

Act of July 5, 1898 (30 Stats., 652).

AN ACT relative to the Corps of Engineers of the Army. That the Corps of Engineers of the Army shall hereafter consist of one Chief of Engineers, with the rank of brigadier-general, seven colonels, fourteen lieutenant-colonels, twenty-eight majors, thirty-five captains, thirty first lieutenants, twelve second lieutenants, and the battalion of engineers: Provided, That the vacancies created by this act in all grades above second lieutenant shall be filled by the promotion by seniority of the officers now in the Corps of Engineers: And provided further, That the number of officers in any grade above second lieutenant shall not be increased beyond the number heretofore established by law by the promotion of any officer to fill an original vacancy created by this act until such officer shall have served at least three years in the grade from which he is promoted, and the captains and lieutenants shall have satisfactorily passed the examinations required by existing laws.

Act of March 2, 1899 (30 Stats., 977).

AN ACT for increasing the efficiency of the Army of the United States, and for other

purposes. That from and after the date of approval of this act the Army of the United States shall consist of

a Corps of Engineers.

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SEC. 7. That the
Corps of Engineers

shall consist of the officers and enlisted men now provided by law: Provided, That the battalion of engineers, and the officers serving therewith, shall constitute a part of the line of the Army..

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And provided also, That any officer now in the Army who was graduated at the head of his class at the United States Military Academy and who is not now in the Corps of Engineers, may be appointed to the Corps of Engineers with the same grade and date of commission that he would have if he had been appointed to the Corps of Engineers on graduation; but said commission shall not entitle an officer to any back pay or allowance.

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March 3, 1899 (30-1074).-Government Printing Office to be erected under supervision of Chief of Engineers. Appropriation for the repair of the house in which Abraham Lincoln died, to be expended under the direction of the Chief of Engineers.

March 3, 1899 (30-1131).- Boards of engineer officers to report upon respective routes from Miami, Fla., to the sea; to report on channel through southwest pass of the Mississippi River; to investigate proposed improvement of Yaquina Bay, Oregon; to examine project of improvement of Delaware River from Trenton to its mouth; to reexamine channel through Sabine Lake; to examine the Arkansas River with a view to its improvement; to survey and estimate cost of improving the Illinois and Des Plaines rivers; engineers to make full investigation of the Isthmus of Panama; Chief of Engineers, in his annual reports, to state what deterioration has taken place in works of river and harbor improvement.

March 3, 1899 (30–1372). - Authorizes the commission, of which the officer in charge of public buildings and grounds shall be a member, to erect upon Mount Vernon square, in Washington City, a building for the use of the Washington Public Library.

February 9, 1900 (31- .)- Engineer member of deep waterways commission to receive difference between his army pay and the compensation of the other members of the commission.

June 6, 1900 (31- ).-Appropriations by this act for emergencies in river and harbor works, etc., to be expended under the supervision of the Chief of Engineers; no allotment to be made unless recommended by him.

Board of engineers, heretofore appointed to survey the upper Illinois and lower Des Plaines rivers, to report an estimate for channels 10, 12 and 14 feet deep through proposed route including connection at Lockport with the sanitary and ship canal; to report also the cost for the improvement of the lower Illinois River for channels of similar depths.

An engineer officer to be member of a board to make plans and estimates for improvement of a larbor at the island of Guam.

June 6, 1900 (31- ).-Chief of Engineers to have the employment of all persons connected with the plans for extending the Executive Mansion; to make an examination of plans for park improvements in Washington City; road extensions and improvements, etc., in Yellowstone National Park to be made under a general plan approved by the Chief of Engineers.

Improvement the Missouri River from its mouth to Sioux City, Iowa, to be done according to plans, etc., of the Missouri River Commission, and approved by the Chief of Engineers.

Act of February 2, 1901 (31 Stats., -).

AN ACT to increase the efficiency of the permanent military establishment of the

United States.

That from and after the approval of this act the Army of the United States shall consist of

a Corps of Engineers,

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SEC. 11. That the enlisted force of the Corps of Engineers shall consist of one band and three battalions of engineers. The engineers band shall be organized as now provided by law for bands of infantry regiments. Each battalion of engineers shall consist of one sergeantmajor, one quartermaster-sergeant, and four companies. Each company of engineers shall consist of one first sergeant, one quartermastersergeant, with the rank, pay, and allowances of sergeant, eight

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