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him to serve ils a juror; they shall also be citizens of the United States. Juries for the said court shall be selected, drawn and subject to exemption in accordance with the laws of Congress regulating the same in the United States courts in so far as locally applicable.

SEC. 43. That all such fees, fines, costs, and forfeitures as would be de posited to the credit of the United States if collected and paid into a distriet court of the United States shall become revenues of the United States when collected and paid into the District Court of the United States for Porto Rico : Provided, That $500 a year from such fees, fines, costs, and forfeitures shall be retained by the clerk and expended for law library purposes under the lirection of the judge.

SEC. 46. That the Attorney General of the United States shall from time to time determine the salaries of all officials and assistants appointed by the United States district court, including the clerk, his deputies, interpreter, stenographer, and other officials and employees, the same to be paid by the United States as other salaries and expenses of like character in United States courts.

SEC. 47. That jurors and witnesses in the District Court of the United States for Porto Rico shall be entitled to and receive 15 cents for each mile necessarily traveled over any stage line or by private conveyance and 10 cents for each mile over any railway in going to and returning from said courts. But no constructive or double mileage fees shall be allowed by reason of any person being summoned both as witness and juror or as witness in two or more cases pending in the same court and triable at the same term thereof. Such jurors shall be paid $3 per day and such witnesses $1.50 per day while in attendance upon the court.

SEC. 48. That the supreme and district courts of Porto Rico and the respective judges thereof may grant writs of habeas corpus in all cases in which the same re grantable by the judges of the district courts of the United States, and the district courts may grant writs of mandamus in all proper cases.

SEC. 49. That hereafter all judges, marshals, and secretaries of courts now established or that inay hereafter be established in Porto Rico, and whose :1ppointment by the President is not provided for by law, shall be appointed by the governor, hy and with the advice and consent of the Senate of Porto Rico.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS. Sec. 50. That, except is in this act otherwise provided, the salaries of all the officials of Porto Rico not appointed by the President, including deputies. assistants, and other help, shall be such and be so paid out of the rerences of Porto Rico as shall from time to time be determined by the Legislature of Porto Rico and approved by the governor; and if the legislature shall fail to make an appropriation for such salaries, the salaries theretofore fixed shall be paid withont the necessity of further appropriations therefor. The salaries of all officers and all expenses of the offices of the various officials of Porto Rico appointed as herein provided by the President shall also be paid out of the revenues of Porto Rico on warrant of the auditor, countersigned by the governor. The annual salaries of the following named officials appointed by the President and so to be paid shall be: The governor, $10,000: in addition there to he shall be entitled to the occupancy of the buildings heretofore used by the chief executive of Porto Rico. with the furniture and effects therein, free of rental; heads of executive departments, $5,000; chief justiee-of the supres court $6,500; associate justices of the supreme court. $5,500 each.

Where any officer whose salary is fixed by this act is required to give at bond, the premium thereof shall be paid from the insular treasury.

SEC. 51. That the provisions of the foregoing section shall not apply to municipal officials; their staries and the compensation of their deputies, assist aunts, and other help, as well as all other expenses incurred by the municipalities. shall be paid out of the municipal revenues, in such manner as the legislature shall provide.

SEC. 52. That wherever in this act offices of the insular government of Porto Rico are provided for under the same names as in the heretofore exist

ing acts of Congress affect offices shall continue in offic prescribed by this act, exce be appointed by the governo successors are appointed and Rico and director of labor Authority is given to the res mission persons to fill the ne

SEE. 13. Tuat any burea ments of the government, or ferreol or assigned to any i the Senate of Porto Rico.

SEC. 54, That deeds alle District of (olumbia, or any may be acknowledged in Port his proper authority, or any of a notary publie: Provided companied by the certiticate effect that the potary taking officer.

SEC, 50. That nothing in the jurisdiction of existing proval of this act, which ju purpose of this act being to their juristiction until otherv wise specifically provided.

SEC. 56. That this acts risions shall sererally becom sponding legislative and exec shall continue to be exercise vided by law; and the Execut zation of the Legislature of attorney general, the treasure sjoner of education, the commi ture and labor, :mud the fire And any functions assigned to this act shall. until this said provided, be exercised by the however. That all appointment and consent of the Executive ('ommeil as authorized by sectio tive Serretary of Porto Rico, rot later than twenty dir's fr the legislature hereinbefore pr fied and maile Termament by t

SEC. 57. That the laws il continue in force and effect. until altered. amendeel or repea for l'orto Rico or by act of a tire authority shall have powe criminal. continued in force by

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SEC. 38. That :ull laws on conflict with any of the provi: tariffs. customs, and duties on

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Congress affecting Porto Rico, the present incumbents of those ontinue in office in accordance with the terms and at the salaries : this act, excepting the heads of those departments who are to

by the governor and who shall continue in office only until their re appointed and have qualified. The offices of secretary of Porto lirector of labor, charities, and correction are hereby abolished. i viveu to the respective appointing authorities to appoint and comsons to fill the new offices created by this act. 5. Tinat any bureau or office belonging to any of the regular departhe government, or hereafter created, or not assigned, may be trans

assiguel to any department by the governor with the approval of e of Porto Rico. st. That deeds and other instruments affecting land situate in the f ('olumbiil, or any other territory or possession of the l'nited States, cknowledger in Porto Rico before any notary public appointed therein er authority, or any officer therein who has ex officio the powers tary public: Provided, That the certificate by such notary shall be accol by the certificate of the executive secretary of Porto Rico to the hat the notitry taking such acknowledgment is in fact such notarial

l. 53. That nothing in this act shall be deemed to impair or interrupt risdiction of esisting courts over matters pending therein upon the ap

of this let, which jurisdiction is in all respects hereby continued, the se of this act being to preserve the integrity of all of said courts and jurisdiction until otherwise provided by law, except as in this act otherspecifically provided. SEC, 30. That this act shall take effect upon approval, but until its proins shall sererally become operative, as hereinbefore provided, the correding legislative and executive functions of the government in Porto Rico A continue to be exercised and in full force and operation as now proel hy, law; and the Executive Council shall, until the assembly and organiion of the Legislature of Porto Rico as herein provided, consist of the torney general, the treasurer, the commissioner of the interior, the commisoner of education, the commissioner of health, and the commissioner of agricultre and labor, inud the five additional members as now provided by law. mnd any functions assigned to the Senate of Porto Rico by the provisions of his act shall, until this said senate has assembled and organized as herein Provided, be exercised by the Executive ('ouncil as thus constituted: Provided, however, Tht :Ull appointments made by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive ('ouncil as thus constituted, in the Executive l'omoil as anthorized by section thirteen of this act or in the office of Executive Secretary of Porto Rico, shall be regarded as temporary and shall expire not later than twenty days from and after the assembly and organization of the legislature hereinbefore provided, less said appointments shall be ratitied and made permanent by the said Senate of Porto Rico.

SEC. 37. That the laws and ordinances of Porto Rico now in force shall continue in force und effect. exceptiis alteredl. amended, or modified herein. util altered, amended or repealed by the legislative authority herein provided for l'orto Rico or by act of Congress of the United States; and such legislatire authority shall have power when not inconsistent with this act, by due enactment to amend, alter, modify, or repeal any law or ordinance, civil or criminal, continued in force by this act as it may from time to time see fit.

SEC: 78. That all laws or parts of laws applicable to Porto Rico not in conflict with any of the provisions of this ict, including the laws relating to tariffs, customis, and duties on importations into Porto Rico prescribed by the act of Congress entitled "An Act temporarily to provide revenues and a civil government for Porto Rico, and for other purposes," :pproved April twelfth. nineteen hundred, illo hereby continued in effect, and all laws and parts of laws inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed.

Approved, March 2. 1917.



An Act To provide a temporary government for the West Indian Islands acquireil

by the United States from Denmark by the convention entered into between said countries on the fourth day of August, nineteen hundred and sixteen. and ratified by the Senate of the United States on the seventh day of September, nineteen hundred and sixteen, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate :wd IIouse of Representatives of the United States of America in ('ongress ilssembled, That, except als bereinafter provided. all military. vivil, and judicial powers necessary to govern the West Indian Islands acquired from Denmark shall be rested in a governor and in such person or persons is the President may itppoint, and shall be exercise in such manner is the President shall direct util Congress shall provide for the government of said islands: l'rovided, That the l'resident may alssign all officer of the Army or Sivy to serve is such governor and perform the duties itppertaining to said othee: Ind provided further. That the governor of the said islands shall be appointed by thil with the advice and consent of the Senate: And provided further. That the compensation of all persons appointel under this illt shall be fixed by the l’resident.

SFC. 2. That mmtil congress shall otherwise provide, in so far as compatible with the changed sovereignty and not in conflict with the provisions of this iet, the lar's legulating elections and the electoral franchise as st forth in the code of laws published at imalienborg the sixth day of April. nineteen hundred and six, and the other local laws, in force and effect in said islands on the seventeenth day of January, nineteen hundred and seventeen, shall remain in force and effect in said islands, and the same shall be administered by the civil officials and through the local judicial tribunals established in suid islands, respectively; and the onlers, judgments, and decrees of said judicial tribunals shl be duly enforced. With the approval of the Presi(ent. or under such wes :und regulations as the President may prescribe, any of said laws may be repealed, altered, or mended by the colonial council bas. ing jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of the juilicial tribunals of said islands shall extend to all judicial proceeilings :und controversies in said islands to which the United States or any citizen thereof may be il party. In all cases arising in the silid West Indian Islamds and now reviewable by the courts of Denmark, writs of error and appeals shall be to the Circuit ('ourt of Appeals for the Third ('ircuit, and, except as provided in sections two hundrel and thirty-nine :und two hundred and forty of the Judicial ('odle, the judgments, orders and decrees of such court shall be final in all such cases,

SEC. :3. That on and after the passage of this act there shall be leriet, collerted, and paid upon all articles coming into the United States or its possessions, from the West Indian Islands (eded to the United States by Denmark, the rates of duty and internal-revenue taxes wbich are required to be levied, collected, and paid upon like articles imported from foreign comtries: Providei. That all articles, the growth or product of, or manufactured in such islands from materials the growth or product of such islands or of the United States. or of both, or which do not contain foreign materials to the value of more than twenty per centum of their total value. upon which no drawback of customs duties has been allowed therein. coming into the United States from such islands shall hereafter be admitted free of duty.

SEC. 4. That until ('ongress shall otherwise provide all laws now imposing taxes in the sud West Indian Islands, including the customs lairs and regulations, shall, in so far as compatible with the changed sovereignty and not other

* The Danish West Indies were acquired of Denmark by the treaty of cession executed on August 4, 1916, in consideration of the payment of $25,000,000. The group consists of three islands-St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix and certain small adjacent islands. A temporary government was provided for the Islands by the Acts of March 3, 1917.

wise herein provided. (om growth, product, or mama free of duty: Provided, TL or the shipment thereof tshall be levied, collected, it thousand pounds irrespecti required by law.

SEC. 3. That the chutie not be covered into the gel shall be used and expended such rules and regulations

SEC, 6. That for the and of carrying this act inte suid islands resulting from by appropriated, to be paid appropriated, and to be appli States

SEC. 7. That the sum moneys in tlie Treasury not Washington to the diplomat the King of Denmark duly all vf the session of the Danish the convention between the U of Denmark entered into que fied by the Senate of the Un teen hundred and sixteen.

SEC. 8. That this act, wi and effect and become operat States of said sum of $2.7.00 thereupon be made public by lished in the said Danish West seven shall become immediatel for shall be immediately availa

Approved, March 3, 1917.


se herein provided. continue in force ind effect, except that articles the wth, product, or manufacture of the United States shall be admitted there se of duty: Provided, That upon exportation of sugar to any foreign country.

the shipment thereof to the United States or any of its possessions, there Il be levied, collected, and paid thereon an export duty of $8 per ton of two busund pounds irrespective of polariscope test, in lieu of any export tax now puired by law.

SEC. :). That the cluties and t:: Ses collected in pursuance of this act shall

be covered into the general fund of the Treasury of the United States, but Ul be used and expended for the government and benefit of said islands under •h rules and regulations ils the President may prescribe.

SEC. 6. That for the purpose of taking over and occupying said islands 1 of carrying this act into effect and to meet any deficit in the rerenues of the al islands resulting from the provisions of this act the sum of $100.000 is here. ippropriated, to be paid out of my money's in the Treasury not otherwise ropriatell, and to be itpplied under the direction of the President of the l'uiteil tes.

SEC. 7. That the sum of $25,000,000 is hereby appropriated, out of any ney's in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be paid in the city of shington to the diplomatic representative or other agent of His Majesty King of Denmark duly authorized to receive said money, in full consideration the cession of the Danish West Indian Islands to the United States made by

convention between the United States of America and Ilis Majesty the King Denmark entered into August fourth, nineteen hundred and sixteen, and rati

by the Senate of the United States on the seventh day of September, nine1 hundred and sixteen. SEC, 8. That this act, with the exception of section seven, shall be in force

effect and become operative immediately upon the payment by the United tes of said sum of $25,000,000. The fact and date of such payment shall eeupon be made public by a proclamation issued by the President and pul)ed in the said Danish West Indian Islands and in the United States. Section en shall become immediately effective and the appropriation thereby provided shall be immediately available, Approved, March 3, 1917.


The subjoined bi constitutions and the are in no sense exhau the authentic and aut a re given. In additio stant use has been ma of the Constitutional {"onstitutions found the sereral states by authe tion found in the Code Manuals, Blue Books il the several states; and prepared by the secret: electors. In some states kunstitution in full wit. text of the constitution giren in the session lav with the year 1910, illi amendments submitted t vote thereon, may be f (compilations of the fedle inents, the following are

Poore, Ben Perler. ters, and Other, Organic ton, Government Printing

Thorpe, Francis New Charters, and Other Org Now or Heretofore Formi ington, Government Printi

1. United States--Th Amended to May 1, 1913. ument No. 12, 630 Congres

2. Alabama--Constitu State Printers and Binder 1.7. Alabama Official and Director of the Department

3. Arizon: --- Pampblet of Arizona :is submitted to taining all referred measur by Sidney P. Osborn, Secret

1. Arkansis-Constituti issued by Earle W. Hodges, Arkansas, William F. Kirby.

5. California--('onstitut Jmendments, prepared by containing the proposedl ame submitted at the election of State.

6. ('olorado- Annotated
i Connecticut-constitut

S. Delaware-(onstitutio jublished by the Secretary of

9. Florida--General Statu

10. Georgia—('onstitution Print of an Officially c'ertities of Georgia. 1911.

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