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o FOBTY-FOURTH CONGRESS. Sess. I. OH. 287. 1876. 169 lows: the number so reduced shall be discharged on the tenth day of October next, and the sum of money necessary for their compensation to the said date is hereby appropriated. And the amounts of money _ 0b5°<=*¤¤<>* ¤P¤<=· necessary to carry out the provisions of this act, for which no specific ‘H°d‘ appropriations are made, are hereby appropriated; and the amounts heretofore appropriated for legislative, executive and judicial expenses What appropriafor this rlscal year, so far as the same were applicable to service which *¤i¢>¤¤ 1*0** *0 be 60- by the provisions of this act is discontinued, or to excess of compensa- d“"°“d tion which by this act is reduced, shall not be deducted from the aggregate appropriations herein made for like purposes ; and the sum of sixty Temporary clerthousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby ap- ical service. propriated for temporary clerical service in the several executive departments, according to the exigencies of the public service, to be apportioned by the Secretary oi the Treasury. And the President is Transfer of authorized, during the present fiscal year, whenever the interests of the °1°'k“· public service shall require it, to transfer any clerk or employee from one department to service in another department. Sec. 3. That whenever, in the judgment of the head of any department, _Tr=msfcr of duthe duties assigned tea clerk of one class can be as well performed by a ms W, °l€*`k¤ °f clerk of alower class or by a female clerk, it shall be lawful for him to dimin- 1°W°r ° "SS‘ ish the number of clerks of the higher grade and increase the number of the clerks of the lower grade within the limit of the total appropriation for such clerical service: Provided, That in making any reduction of p,..,;.,,,,,,., of force in any of the executive departments, the head of such department discharged soldiers shall retain those persons who may be equally qualified who have been Md **¤]°1`¤· honorably discharged from the military or naval service of the United States, and the widows and orphans of deceased soldiers and sailors. SECTION 4. That the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby directed to in- Inquiry mm cusstitnte a careful scrutiny of the present condition and competence of *¤<>*¤¤·1‘<>V<>¤¤ M the force employed in the collection of revenue from customs, with a ‘~°'°°‘ view of reducing the number of the same. Sec. 5. That the executive officers of the Government are hereby pro» E m p 1 o yin g hibited from employing any clerk, agent, engineer, draughtsman mes- ¤l¤fli¤»_¢*¤<=·»b¤y<>¤¤d senger watchman, laborer, or other employee, in any oi' the executive I"°"'“‘°“’ by ]“‘”· departments in the city of Washington, or elsewhere beyond provision made by law. Sec. 6. That all executive officers or employees of the United States R.,q.,m;,,g, .,t,,_, not appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Sen- c<¤utril>uti¢ms by ate, are prohibited from requesting, giving to, or receiving from, any °m°“'j,°f G•m*2'}‘i other officer or employee of the Government, any money or property or gfgiosg p° l "°" other thing of value for political purposes; and any such officer or em- ` ployee. who shall offend against the provisions of this section shall be at once discharged from the service of the United States; and he shall also be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars. Sec. 7. That to enable the Secretary of the Interior to carry into To effect sule or effect the act of March third, eighteen hundred and seventy-five, to pro- Dvvyvjv Arsenalvide for the sale of the buildings and grounds known as the Detroit }§7é’é:é‘·}Zg» Arsenal, at Dearbornville, in the State of Michigan, by appraising and " ° ' and surveying the property and advertising its sale, one thousand dollars: Provided, That the Secretary of the Interior may, in his discre- proviso_ ‘ tion, postpone the time of sale to the time most advantageous to the United States. Sec. 8. That for the purpose of defrayiug the expenses of a survey Survey of Union of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railways between Council P¤¤§l§¤¤»Q<lC_¤>¤¤*l Binds, Iowa, and Sacramento, California, to be made in pursuance of P“°m° R":1““y“‘ the resolution of the House of Representatives passed the twelfth day P°*’» l’· in of July, eighteen hundred and seventy-six, ten thousand dollars. Sec. 9. That the Secrataries respectively of the Departments of R¤q¤i¤iti<>¤¤ fvr State, Treasury, War, Navy, and Interior, aud the Attorney-General, gzjtgpgsgtggs by are authorized to make requisitions upon the Postmaster—Gener·1.l for P the necessary amount of postage stamps for the use of their Depart