90 FORTY-FOURTH CONGRESS. Sess. I. Ch. 185, 186. 1876. July 12, 1876. CHAP. 185.-~An act to exempt vessels engaged in navigating the Mississippi River ·—····-—·····——-- and its tributaries above the port of New Orleans from entries and clearances. Bc it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
- R. S., 4349 to States of America in Congress assembled, That; the provisions of sections
4356» DI‘· 8‘“’> 8479 forty-three hundred and forty-nine, thrty-three hundred and fifty, forty- §5;t;;°f§;d;tY§; three hundred and nity-0_ne, forty-three hundred and fifty-two, forty- Masmssppi River, three hundred and fifty-three, forty-three hundred and fifty-fonr, forty- etc. three hundred and fiftyfive, and forty-three hundred and iittay-six of the Revised Statutes, requiring the muster of every vessel licensed to carry on the coasting-trade, laden in part; with foreign merchandise or distilled spirits, to procure a. permit; from the cust0ms’0i1icer`0f the port; at which his vessel was laden, authorizing him to proceed to his port; of destination, and also to procure an permit from the port: of destination for the nnlading of his cargo, shall not be held to include vessels engaged in thenzwigation of the Mississippi River or tributaries above the port of New Orleans. Approved, July 12, 1876. July 12,1374; CHAP. 186.-—Au act_t9 amend sections 3893 and 3894 of the Revised Statutes provid- _ Y.7 mg zi penalty for mnilingi obscene books and other nmtters therein contained, and prohibiting l0ttery·c1rcu ars passing through the mails. G B0 it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United R·$·»3893»1>·76¥>`, States of America in Congress assembled, That: section thirty eight hun· “‘“°“d°d· dred and ninety-three of the Revised Statutes shall be, and is hereby, amended so as to read as follows : _ obscsns books, "Every obscene, lewd, or lascivious book, pamphlet, picture, paper, etc;, to be ¤<>¤— writing, print, or other publication of an indecent character, and every '*°°*1"*b1°· article or thing designed or intended for the prevention of conception or procuring of abortion, and every article or thing intended or adapted for any indecent or immoral use, and every written or printed card, circular, book, pamphlet, advertisement, 01* notice of any kind giving information, directly or indirectly, where, or bow, or of whom, or by what means, any of the hereinbeibre mentioned matters, articles or things may be obtained or made, and every letter upon the envelope of which, or postal card upon which, indecent, lewd, obscene, or laseivious , delineations, epithets, terms, or· language may be written or printed, are hereby declared to be non-mailable matter, and shall not: be conveyed in the mails, nor delivered from any posts-ofiiee nor by any P¤¤=11W- letter-carrier; and any person who shall knowingly deposit, or cause to be deposited, for mailing or delivery, anything declared by this section _ to be non-muilable matter, and any person who shall knowingly take the same, or cause the same to be taken, from the mails, for the purpose of circulating or disposing of, or of aiding in the circulation or disposition of the same, shall be deemed guilty of an misdemeanor, and shall for each and every offence be fined not; less than one hundred d01- lars nor more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned at hard labor not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both, at the discretion of the c0urb." Ommccs umm, And all offences committed under said original section thirty-eight original section. hundred and ninety-three of the Revised Statutes prior to the approval of this act; may be prosecuted and punished under the said original · seetipn in the sgime manner and with the same effect: as if this act: had not een passe . . - R_ S_’3894,p_763’ Sec. 2. That section thirtyeight; hundred and nineiyfour of the amended, Revised Statutes be, and is hereby, amended by striking out the word “il1egal” in the first: line of said section. Approved, J uiy 12, 1876.