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63 STAT.] 81ST CONG., IST SESS.-CHS. 50 , 51 -APR. 14, 1949 and the Secretary of the Air Force, respectively, subject to the pro- visions of section 5 of this Act, are hereby authorized to dispose of by Infra. public or private sale or otherwise, not less than one year after date of receipt at such storage points as may be designated by the above- mentioned Secretaries, all lost, abandoned, or unclaimed personal property which is now or may hereafter come into the possession, custody, or control of the Treasury Department, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, or the Department of the Air Force, as the case may be: Provided,That diligent effort shall be made sale of property. to determine and locate the owner or owners thereof, his or their heirs or next of kin, or his or their legal representative or representatives, and that in all cases where the owner or owners thereof, or his or their legal representative or representatives, his or their heirs or next of kin, has or have been determined, the property shall not be sold or otherwise disposed of prior to the expiration of a period of one hun- dred and twenty days after written notice by registered mail giving time and place of intended sale or other disposition thereof has been sent to his or their last-known address. SEC. 2 . The net proceeds received from the sale of any such property Net proceeds. by the Treasury Department, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, or the Department of the Air Force shall be covered into the Treasury as miscellaneous receipts. SEC. 3. Claims for the net proceeds, if any, of such property so Filing of claims. disposed of may be filed with the General Accounting Office by the rightful owners, their heirs or next of kin, or their legal representa- tives at any time prior to the expiration of five years from the date of the disposal of the property and, if so filed, the General Accounting Office shall allow or disallow the claim. If claims are not filed prior to the expiration of five years from the date of the disposal of the property, they shall be barred from being acted on by the Courts or the General Accounting Office. SEC. 4 . The Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of the Army, tiORle and regula- the Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Air Force, respec- tively, are authorized to prescribe such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act. SEC. 5 . Any property coming within the provisions of this Act Soertai property to which may be delivered to the Soldiers' Home under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Army or the Secretary of the Air Force shall be limited to papers of value, sabers, insignia, decora- tions, medals, watches, trinkets, manuscripts, or other articles valuable chiefly as keepsakes: Provided,That if the rightful owners, their heirs, oRetr to rightful next of kin, or their legal representatives should establish their right to any such property at any time prior to the expiration of two years from the date of the receipt thereof by the Soldiers' Home, they shall be granted possession thereof. SEC. 6. This Act shall not be construed as amending or repealing the Act of March 29, 1918 (40 Stat. 499); article 112 of section 1, 34 U.. c . I .942. chapter II, of the Act of June 4, 1920 (41 Stat. 809); the Act of o10. . C.i. 164. February 21, 1931 (46 Stat. 1203); the Act of December 28, 1945 I5us.Bo.0§§ 84a- (59 Stat. 662), as amended; or the Act of August 2, 1946 (60 Stat. 3iU.s . c . s 222e- 846-847), as amended. 222, 215 -217 notes. Postp. 565. Approved April 14, 1949. 28. n. 921 note, 946. [CHAPTER 51] AN ACT To provide for a Commission on Renovation of the Executive Mansion. Be it &inactedby the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby April 14,1949 H. .. 866] [Public Law 40] Commission n Rnm- ovation of the Execu- tive Mansion. 45