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14:4 FORTY-FIFTH CONGRESS. Sess. II. Ch. 260, 261, 262. 1878. Section fifteen hundred and six is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Rank or smears. "Sec. 1506. Any officer of the Navy may, by and with the advice How to be and consent of the Senate, be advanced, not exceeding thirty numbers °b1’;“§°§l,;)06 258 in rank, for eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle or extraordinary A,né,,d€d{ p' ’ heroism ; and the ran]; of officers shall not be changed except in accordance with the provisions ot existing law, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate." Approved, June 17, 1878. June 1; 1g7B_ CHAP. 261.-An act to increase the pension of certain pensioned soldiers and sail-

...l.’ ors who have lost both their hands or both their feet or the sight of both eyes in the

service of the country. Preamble- Whereas, it is apparent that the present pension paid to soldiers and 1879, ch. 200, _ sailors who have lost both their hands or both their feet in the service P°”’i48‘*- of the country is greatly inadequate to the support of such as have families: Therefore · Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Pension for loss States of America in Congress assembled, That on and after the passage °f b°*h h*‘”d"·f°°’» of this act, all soldiers and sailors who have lost either both their hands °r °y°°' or both their feet or the sight oi both eyes in the service of the United States, shall receive, in lieu of all pensions now paid them by the Government of the United States, and there shall be paid to them, in the same manner as pensions are now paid to such persons, the sum of seventy two dollars per month. Approved, June 17, 1878. June 18, 1878. CHAP. 262.-Au act to provide for the distribution of the awards made under the -————— convention lbepweegibtéie Umged Statelstof Ahmcr;cadauddtb_e Repulggc of Mexico coucluded ont e our aye uy,e1g een un re an six y-eig . Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Distribution of States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary oi State be, irpeuesv reeeirled and he is hereby, authorized and required to receive any and all moneys ’°“‘.M°Xi°° ““ °’ which may he paid by the Mexican Republic under and in pursuance ot mi?,°§:;,_ 679 the conventions between the United States and the Mexican Republic 19 Stat.;642: for the adjustment of claims, concluded July fourth, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight and April twenty-ninth eighteen hundred and seventy- six; and whenever, and as often as, aiiy installments shall have been paid by the Mexican Republic on account of said awards, to distribute the moneys so received in ratable proportions among the corporations, companies, or private individuals respectively in whose favor awards have been made by said commissioners, or by the umpires, or to their legal representatives or assiens except as in this act otherwise limited or provided, according to thbe proportion which their respective awards shall bear to the whole amount of such moneys then held by him, and to pay the same, without other charge or deduction than is hereinafter provided, to the parties respectively entitled thereto. And in making such distribution and payment, due regard shall be had to the value at the time of such distribution of the respective currencies in which the said awards are made payable· and the proportionate amount of any award of which by its terms the United States is entitled to retain a iart shall be deducted from the a ment to be made on such award, 1 P X . . and shall be paid into the Treasury of the United States as a part ot tho uuappropriated money in the Treasury. _ Apppgprigtigg to Sec. 2. That out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise approplay awardsagairst priated, a sufficient sum is hereby appropriated to enable the Secretary ”l*°d S°“°°”· *1** of the Treasury to pay to the Secretary of State of the United States, in d"°°°d’°t°° gold or its equivalent, the equivalent of fifty thousand five hundred and twenty-eight dollars and fifty-seven cents in Mexican gold dollars, and