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118 FIFTYFOURTH CONGRESS. Sess. I. CHS. 176, 177. 1896. HAP .. a A tatht]1ecnstrnt'on

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Arkansas mm-. States of America in Congress assembled, That the Act approved l:‘2b·

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mk, Ark. Act authorizing the construction of a free bridge across the Arlzansas v"!' 27* p` m' River, connecting Little Rock and Argenta/’ which Act has exp1red by limitation and is hereb revived and reenacted. o be Yv . SBO. 2. That section seven of the said Act be amended so as to read as t' ll s: . comurtmmssmc "gE(:JY7. That this Act shall be null and void if actual construction °°""l°°""‘ of the bridge herein authorized be not commenced within one year from February twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and ninety-six, and completed within three years from that date." Approved, May 13, 1896. May 13, 1898. CHAP. 177.-A11 Act To regulate marriages in the District of Columbia. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the _United _nmm¤ or comm- States of America in Congress assembled, _That1f any male person uitendb‘M“‘m,·.g,,,_ ing to marry in the District of Columb1a be under twenty-one years of me t mm ag , d if female under eighteen years of age and has not been preors oo con- 9 81] B 1 £,{f"’“'°"°°"°"' viously married, the consent of the flagilprbpr guardmp, or, 1f thslrie ble no e of the mother of such person given 01 er person y this clerk of the supreme court of the District of Columbia or his deputy, or in writing subscribed by a witness, who shall make oath before the _ clerk of said court Shut said v;r1tinghwf:s;1gn¤13p5_acknowleci;ged m ‘the presence of said witness, y suc ther, gu 1an, or mo er, as the case ma be. · hf,’:,_”g’,';$·‘“*“?’“°‘{ Sec. 2. That marriages in the District of Columbia may be celebrated R- S- D- 0-. ••¤- 718. by the judge of any court of record or any justice of the peace. When "°°’ "'°“°°°‘ any minister or other person, appointed or ordained according to the rites and ceremonies of his church, shall, before the supreme court of the District of Columbia,-produce proof that he is duly appointed or ordained as such, and that he is in regular communiop with the religipus society of which he is a member such court may ma e an or er authorizing him to celebrate the rites df marriage in the District of Columbia. Marriages between persons belonging to any religious society which has no ordained minister ma be solemnized by the person appointed . Y . . and in the manner prescribed by and practiced in any such society. P·m¤¤ furbldw. Sec. 3. That no one but n. minister or other person authorized by this Act shall hercatter celebrate the rites of marriage in this District, anything in any law now in force in said District to the contrary notwithstanding. 1%revi¤¤» r¤•¤rri¤¤··¤ Sec. 4. That no marriage heretofore solemnized shall be deemed or "°1"*‘ adjudged to be invalid, nor shall the validity thereof be in any way atlected, on account of any want of authority in any person solemnizin the same, if consummated with a full belief on the part of the 3 persons so married, or either of them, that they were lawinlly joined in marriage. ¤¤¤¤·¤ *0 *¤¤‘·>*s¤· Sec. 5. That no license for any marriage shall hereafter be issued to m` which any citizen of a foreign country shall be a party until a minister or consul representing such foreign country in the United States shall certify that the conditions to the validity of the marriage of the laws of such country shall have been complied with. F¤¤· Sec. 6. That any person authorized to celebrate the rites of marriage _ shall be paid by the husband a fee of at least one dollar in each case. P,€;f(QQ°{,{‘{',}$:°°m· · Sec. 7. That if any minister, j_ustice_of the peace, or other person who IS authorized to celebrate marriages in the District of Columbia shall fail to comply with the provisions of section eight of this Act, he shall upon conviction be fined for each and every offense, in the discretion