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F ORTY—SECOND CONGRESS. Sess. II. Ch. 421, 422. 1872. 379 Sec. 2. That all persons claiming land as specided in the first section Claimnnts, if of said act may have their claims confirmed, in accordance with the forms I,;°SS°$Si°;I l”=" and in the manner prescribed in said act, in all cases where it shall be j§,l;,°§,IQ_?}3°u° satisfactorily proved that the claimants, and those from whom they derive have their claims title, have held continuous possession of the land claimed, from the date °°“E"“°d‘ of the cession to the United States of the territory out of which the , States of Florida, Louisiana, and Missouri were formed. Approved, June 10, 1872. CHAP. CDXXII.—An Act to authorize the C'orzstruction ¢y" a Bridge across the Mis- June JO, 187% sissippi River at or near the City of Red Wirig, in the State of Minnesota, and to estab- *18.,5 lash it as a Post-road. Ante, p. 215. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Uongress assembled, That it shall be lawful for any Bridge mav be person or persons, company or corporation, being first thereto authorized §;“".“9'°€* §l‘° by the legislatures of Minnesota and Wisconsin respectively, to build a ,,tiS§;?,?:Ii$Q,iw°r’ bridge across the Mississippi river, at or near the city of Red Wing, in Wiing, Min- _ the State of Minnesota, and to lay on or over said bridge railway tracks :?°t;·a:Eg {gd' for the more perfect connection of any railroads that are, or shall be, con- isiéi thereon; structed to the said river at or opposite said point, under the limitations _ and conditions hereinafter provided; that said bridge shall not interfere wiQ§*Dl;’v;'};2f;;’? with the free navigation of said river beyond what is necessary in order B ’ to carry into effect the rights and privileges hereby granted; and in case Emi *° b° *’i°d of any litigation arising from any obstruction, or alleged obstruction, to W °m’ the free navigation of said river, the cause may be tried before the district court of the United States of any State in which any portion of said obstruction or bridge touches. Sec. 2. That any bridge built under the provisions of this act may, at m=¤yh€l1>¤il*¤¤ the option of the company building the same, be built as a drawbridge, :,§f1“:,l;§,n€,%u;r with a pivot or other form of draw, or with unbroken or continuous spans: spans; ' Provided, That if the said bridge shall be made with unbroken and con- if with continue tinuous spans, it shall not be of less elevation, in any case, than fifty feet °“ Spmsi above extreme high-water mark, as understood at the point of location, to the bottom chord of the bridge; nor shall the spans of said bridge be less spsns and than two hundred and fifty feet in length, and the piers of said bridge P‘°“i shall be parallel with the current of the river, and the main span shall be over the main channel of the river, and not less than three hundred feet in length: And provided also, That if any bridge built under this act shall be constructed as a drawbridge, the same shall be constructed as a pivot if as a drawdrawbridgc, with a draw over the main channel of the river at an acces- b“d€°i sible and navigable point, and with spans of not less than one hundred and sixty feet in length in the clear on each side of the central or pivot pier of the draw; and the next adjoining spans to the draw shall not be less than two hundred and fifty feet; and said spans shall not be less than _¤D¤¤¤ Md thirty feet above low-water mark, and not less than ten above extreme Pm"' high-water mark, measuring to the bottom chord of the bridge; and the piers of said bridge shall be parallel with the current of the river: And provided also, That said draw shall be opened promptly, upon reasonable Draw to be signal, for the passage of boats; and in no case shall unnecessary delay EF:-”°d P"°”‘P*lY· occur in opening the said draw during or after the passage of trains. h Sue. 3. That any bridge constructed under this act, and according tcl $,}1<i!G€i<>,b¤¤ its limitations, shall be a lawful structure, and shall be known and recog- am, ;0;,;10°u;;€’ nized as a post—route, upon which, also, 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 their transportation over the railroads or public highways leading to the said _ bridge, and the United States shall have the right of way for postal-tele- fogilggtggelgfy graph purposes across said bridge. gmgil Sec. 4. That all railway companies desiring to use the said bridge A11 railway