III. Ch. 24. 1799.
taking . car~ that the m~ be punctually paid for the same-the like ance of provi. power IS given t~ captains of ships aoting singly, where it is deemed sions may be necessary, and If there should be a want of pork, the captain is to shortened. order three poul"!ds of beef to. be issued in lieu of two pounds of pork. . 18. If any S~I~8 of the Umted States shall happen to come into port Wammt for In want of prOVlSlons, the warrant of the commander of the squadron supply ofp:tovior of a captai.Tl where there is no commander of a squadron present, sions. fthall be sufficIent to procure the supply of the quantity wanted, from the agent, or navy agent at such port. . 19. The capt~iI!s are fre.quently to cause to be inspeeted the condiProvisions to tion of the provlSlon, aDd If the bread proves damp, to have it aired be inspected. upon the 9.uarter deck, and other convenient places, and in case of the pickle being leaked out of the flesh casks, he is to have new pickle made and put therein, after such casks are repaired. 20. The ~aptain shall cause the purser to secure the clothes, beddin~ Clothes. Ito. and other t~mgs, of such persons as shall die or be killed, to be deh- of deceased to be secured. vered to their executors or administrators. 21. All papers. charter-parties, bills of lading, passports, and other Papers fouud writings whatsoever, found on board any ship or ships which shall be on board of cap. taken, shall be carefully preserved and the originals sent to the com of tured vessel. to be preserved. justice for maritime affairs, appointed or to be appointed for judging concerning such prize or prizes, and if any person or persons shall wilfully or negligently destroy or suffer to be destroyed any such paper or papers, he or they so offending shall forfeit his or their share of ~uch prize or prizes, and suffer such other punishment as they shall be judged Penalty on by a court martial to deserve; and if any person or persons shall embezzle or steal, or take away any cables, anchors, sails or any of the ship's atealing certain things. furniture, or any of the powder, arms, ammunition, or provisions of any ship belonging to the United States, or of any prize taken by a ship or ships, aforesaid, or maltreat or steal the effects of any prisoner, he or they so offending shall suffer such punishment as a court martial shall order. 22. When in sight of any ship, ships, or other vessels of the enemy, PreparatioD or at such other times as may appear necessary to prepare for an engage- forfigbt. ment, the captain shall order all things in his ship in a proper posture for fight, and shall, in his own person, and according to his duty, healt on, and encourage the inferior officers and men to fight courageously, and not to behave themselves faintly or cry for quarters, on pain of such punishment as the offence shall appear to deserve for his neglect. 23. Any captain, officer or other person who shall not exert himself, Cowardice. or who shall basely desert his duty or station in the ship, and run away while the enemy is in sight, or in time of actioD, or shall entice others to do so, shall suffer death, or such other punishment as a court martial shall inflict. 24. Any officer, seaman, mariner or other person who shall disobey Mutiny and sedition. the orders of his superior. or begin, excite, cause or join in any mutiny or sedition in the ship to which he belongs, or in any other ship or vessel in the service of the United States, on any pretence whatsoever, shall suffer death, or such other punishment as a court m.artial shall dire~t; and further, any persoll ill any ship or ve~! belonging ~ the selVlee aforesaid, who shall utter any words of sedition and mutlOY, or endeavour to make any mutinous assembly on any pretence whatsoever, shall suffer such punishment as a court martial shall inflict. Quarreling 25. None shall presume to quarrel with or str!ke his superior offi- with or striking cer, on pain of such punishment as a court martIal shall order to be a luperior offi. cer. inflicted. To whom 26. If any person shall apprehend he has just ca~ of co'!lplaint, be shall quietly and decently make the same known to hiS superior offic:er • complaints shall be JriiAe known. or to the captain, as the case may require, who shall take care that JUStice be done him.