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FORTY-FIFTH CONGRESS. Sess. II. Ch. 262,263. 1878. 145 ten thousand five hundred and fifty-nine dollars and sixty-seven cents in American gold coin, and eighty-nine thousand four hundred and ten dollars and seventeen cents in United States currency, said sums being the aggregate in said currencies respectively of the awards made under the said convention of July fourth, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, in favor of citizens of the Mexican Republic against the United States, and having been deducted from the amount awarded in favor of citizens of the United States, and payable by Mexico, in accordance with article four of the said treaty; and that said sums, when paid to the Secretary of State, as aforesaid, shall he regarded as part of the awards made under the said treaty, to he paid or distributed as herein provided. Sec. 3. That out of the payments and installments received from Expensesofcom- Mexico, as aforesaid, on account of said awards, and out of the moneys mission, how to bs which shall be received by the Secretary of State under the provisions ‘]°d“"*’°d· of this act, the Secretary of State shall, when and as the same shall be received and paid, and before any payment to claimants, deduct therefrom and retain a sum not to exceed five per centum of said moneys awarded to citizens of the United States, until the aggregate of the amounts so deducted and retained shall equal the sum of one hundred and fourteen thousand nine hundred and forty-eight dollars and seventy- four cents, being the amount of the expenses of the commission, including contingent expenses paid by the United States in accordance with article six of the treaty, as ascertained and determined in pursuance of the provisions of the said treaty; which said sums, when and as the same are deducted and retained, shall be, by the Secretary of State, transmitted to the Secretary of the Treasury, and passed to the account of, and he regarded as, unappropriated money in the Treasury. Sec. 4. That in the payment of money, in virtue of this act, to any Debts of distribcorporation, company, or private individual, the Secretary of State shall g:°;m*° U”**°d s iirst deduct and retain or make reservation of such sums of money, if ° ' any, as may he due to the United States from any corporation, company, or private individual in whose favor awards shall have been made under the said convention. Sec. 5. And whereas the government of Mexico has called the at.ten· Awards charged tion of the government of the United States to the claims hereinafter with f¤’·“d· named with a view to a rehearing therefore be it enacted, that the President of the United be and he is hereby requested to investigate any charges of fraud presented by the Mexican government as to the cases hereinafter named, and if he shall he of the opinion that the honor of the United States, the principles of public law or considerations of justice and equity, require that the awards in the cases of Benjamin B. Wen. Weil and La Abra Silver Mining Company, or either of them, should be Ls Aim SMC! opened and the cases retried, it shall he lawful for him to withhold pay- M“‘"‘g C°“‘P“·“Y· ment of said awards, or either of them until such case or cases shall be retried and decided in such manner as the governments of the United States and Mexico may agree, or until Congress shall otherwise direct. And in case of such retrial and decision, any moneys paid or to be paid by the Republic of Mexico in respect of said awards respectively, shall be held to abide the event, and shall be disposed of accordingly; and the said present awards shall he set aside, modified or atlirmed as may _ be determined on such retrial: Provided, That nothing herein shall be Pf¢>¤•¢<>· construed as an expression of any opinion of Congress in respect to the character of said claims, or either of them. Approved, June 18, 1878. CHAP. 263.-An act making appropriations for the support of the Army for the fiscal June 18, 1878. year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, and for other pur- -—-—-——-—— POSBS. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and Appropriations. the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury Army- xx--10