584 TWENTY-SEVEN TH CONGRESS. Sess. II. Ras. 7, S, 10, 12. 1842. Aug. 11, 1842. N 0. 7. Joint Resolution to authorize the commission appointed to prepare rules "‘____—"‘ and rcgulatiumrfor the naval service to appoint a clerk. Resolved by the Senate and House of Rqzresentatives of the United Employment States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the ef ¤,;°mP,‘;*¤fY Navy be, and he is hereby, authorized, agreeably to his request, to em-
°`" °r` ploy a temporary clerk for the purpose of aiding the Attorney Genera]
and himself in carrying into effect the resolution of the twenty-fourth May, eighteen hundred and forty-two, which requires of them the preparation of rules and regulations for the Navy. Armtovmn, August 11, 1842. Aug. 16, 1842. N0. 8. J Resolution declarative of the pension act of July seventh, eighteen hun- "‘—"‘*" dred and thirty-eight. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives af the United B¤¤¤6*S 0W1G States of America in Congress assembled, That the benefits of the act $3;';;1é°,·:;n entitled "An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows," email; widows, approved the seventh day of July, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, 1838, ch. 189. shall not be withheld from any widow whose husband died after the passage of the act of the seventh of June, eighteen hundred and thirty- two, and before the act of the seventh July, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, if otherwise entitled to the same. Arr·1tov1¤:n, August 16, 1842. Aug. 30, 1842. No. 10. Joint Resolution to institute proceedings to ascertain the title to Bush ”"""“ “Island, ceded in the Caddo Treaty. Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United U. S.Attomey States pr America in Congress assembled, That the District Attorney
- £’£‘°tV¥°E‘°‘” of the nited States for the Western District of Louisiana be, and is
minfdgectgg hereby directed to institute such legal proceedings in the proper court m institute pro- as may be necessary to vindicate the right of the United States to Rush °°°d“‘g°· Island, which is alleged to have been improperly included in the limits of the lands ceded by the Caddo Indians to the United States, by the treaty of the first July, eighteen hundred and thirty-five, and reserved by said treaty in favour of certain persons by the name of Grappe. Approved, August 30, 1842. Aug. 31, 1842. N 0. 12. Joint Resolution authorizing experiments to be madefor thepmpnse gf "‘_*‘ testing Samuel Oalfs submarine battery, and for other purposes. Resolved, by the Senate and House 1p" Representatives of the United t,§:%";;*"5;;f States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the mm, ydilmgs Navy be, and he is hereby, instructed to render Mr. Samuel Colt faciliro Mn Colt to ties to test his submarine battery to an extent which will settle the ques-
- :bm¤· tions whether these or any other plan can, with ease and safety, sucand repo,?;;, cessfully be employed as a power sufficient to destroy the largest class
Congress. of ships of war, when in motion passing in or out of harbor, without the necessity of approach within reach of shot from guns of the largest caliber; and whether continued operations of the destruction of one or more vessels can be effected with renewing the means under exposure of an advancing squadron; and whether the same can be used for the defence of a harbor without endangering the passage in or out of other than hostile vessels. And that he report at the next session of Congress, Proviso. the expense and result of these experiments : Provided, That the amount so expended does not exceed the sum of fifteen thousand dollars, to be taken from the fund appropriated by the act of eleventh of September, eighteen hundred and forty-one, for experiments connected with the naval service of the United States.