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Circuit and District Courts to have jurisdiction.Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the circuit and district courts of the United States, shall respectively have cognizance of all crimes and offences against this act. Marshals, &c. to execute orders of the President.And all marshals and other officers of the United States are required to execute all precepts and orders of the President of the United States issued in pursuance or by virtue of this act.

Aliens ordered to be removed may dispose of their property.Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for any alien who may be ordered to be removed from the United States, by virtue of this act, to take with him such part of his goods, chattels, or other property, as he may find convenient; and all property left in the United States by any alien, who may be removed, as aforesaid, shall be, and remain subject to his order and disposal, in the same manner as if this act had not been passed.

Limitation of the act.Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That this act shall continue and be in force for and during the term of two years from the passing thereof.

Approved, June 25, 1798.

S·rxru·u: II. ""_°' CHAP. LX.-dn Act lo authorize the defence tf the Merchant Vessels of the United J““° 26· lll9S' Slam against French depredalizms. [Expired.] SECTION I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives Merchant vos- of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the com- '°l“ “;:{m‘;ll;; mander and crew of any merchant vessel of the United States, owned l:;iGatte’mptsu’ wholly by a citizen or citizens thereof, may oppose and defend against by the French, any search, restraint or seizure, which shall be attempted upon such ves- 5£f*°» P· 56k sel, or upon any other vessel, owned, as aforesaid, by the commander or Pm, p_ M8_ crew of any armed vessel sailing under Elrenoh colours, or acting,·or pretending to act, by, or under the authority of the French republic; and may repel by force any assault or hostility which shall be made or ¤¤P°l ¤S;'*¤l*·¤· committed, on the part of such French, or pretended French vessel, g:;';;;?,} QI5g` pursuing such attempt, and may subdue and capture the same; and may make recap- also retake any vesselpwned, a aforesmd, which may have been cap- ¤¤°¤- turcd by any vessel sailing under French colours, or acting,or pretending to act, by or under authority from the French republic. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That whenever the commander Captured v¤¤- and crew of any merchant vessel of the United States shall subdue and gil;;?' bf5g"' capture any French, or pretended `French armed vessel, from which an my d;,,{,;bumd_ a ault or other hostility shall be first made, as aforesaid, such armed vessel with her tackle, appurtenances, ammunition and lading, shall accrue, the one half to the owner or owners of such merchant vessel of the United States, and the other half to the captors: And being brought into any port of the United States, shall and may be adjudged and condemned to their use, after due process and trial, in any court of the United States, having admiralty jurisdiction, and which shall be holden for the district into which such captured vessel shall be brought; and the same court shall thereupon order a sale and distribution thereof; accordingly, and at their discretion; saving any agreement, which shall be between the owner or owners, and the commander and crew of such R¤p¤p¢¤r¤d merchant vessel. In all cases of recapture of vessels belonging to citi-

‘“,;e'°;_ zens of the United States, by any armed merchant vessel, aforesaid, the

,,,,,,4 on pay- said vessels, with their cargoes, shall be adjudged to be re tored, and i¤8 ¤¤lV¤z¤· shall, by decree of such courts as have jurisdiction, in the premises, be restored to the former owner or owners, he or they paying for salvage, not less than one eighth, nor more than one half of the true value of the said vessels and cargoes, at the discretion of the court; which payments shall be made without any deduction whatsoever.