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514 FIFTY-FOURTH CONGRESS. Sess. II. Cns. 174, 175. 1897. and approval, drawings showing the plan and location of said bridge, said drawings to give, for the space of one-half mile above and onehalf mile below the proposed location, the topography of the banks of the river, the shore lines at high and low water, the direction and strength of the current at all stages, and the soundings, accurately showing the bed of the stream, and such other information as may be required for a full and satisfactory understanding of the subject; and . until the plan and location of the bridge are approved by the Secretary C¤¤·s•·· of War the bridge hall not be commenced or built; and any change in the plans of said bridge, either before or after construction, shall be subiect to the approval of the Secretary of War ; and any change in said bridge during or after construction which the Secretary of War may require in the interest of navigation shall be made by the said company at its own expense. lI¤·l>·*=¤¤=*¤•l ¤•**· Sec. 3. That the said bridge shall at all times be so kept and man- °°°°` aged as to offer reasonable and proper means for the passage of vessels naw. and other crafts through or under said structure; and if said bridge be built as a drawbridge the draw shall be opened promptly upon reason- Ligmsew. able signal for the passage of boats or other crafts; and whatever kind of bridge is constructed, the said company shall maintain at its own expense, from sunset to sunrise, such lights or other signals on said bridge as the Light-House Board shall prescribe. __1é¤vf¤;1 ¤¤{_¤¤¢¤r• Sec. 4. That any bridge built under this Act and subject to its limi- ’°° "' ‘ tations shall be a awful structure, and shall be recognized and known as a post route, upon which also no higher charge shall he made for the transmission over the same of the mails, the troopsilaud the munitions of war of the United States, or passungers or freig t over said bridge than the rate per mile paid for the transportation over the railroads or public highways leading to said bridge; and it shall enjoy the same rights and privileges as other post roads of the United States; and equal privileges in the use of said bridge shall be granted to all telemu uapsph. graph and telephone companies, and the United States shall have the right of way across said bridge and its approaches for postal-telegraph P¥¤'P°S6¤- U;• by other wm- Sec. 5. That all railroad companies desiring the use of said bridge P"' °°‘ and its approaches shall have and be entitled to equal rights and privi- °<¤¤P°¤¤¤**°¤· leges relative to the passage of trains over the same upon payment of a reasonable compensation for such use; and in case the owner or owners of said bridge and the several railroad companies, or any of them, desiring such use shall fail to agree upon the sum or sums to be paid, or upon rules and conditions to which each shall conform in using said bridge and approaches, all matters at issue between them shall be decided by the Secretary of War upon a hearing of the allegations and proofs of the parties. 0¤T¤:¤¤•=•¤•¤••¤¤ Sec. 6. That this Act shall be null and void if actual construction of °°""'° °"‘ the bridge herein authorized be not commenced within one year and completed within three years from the date hereof. A¤¤¤¤<1¤¤¤¤t M- Sec. 7. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act is hereby expressly reserved. Approved, February 8, 1897. February 8, 1897. CHAP. 175.-An Act To amend the Act entitled "An Act to authorize the con- "—"‘_""_—‘ struction of a bridge across the Missouri River at or near the city of Lexington, Missouri," approved July twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and ninety-four. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatircr of the United s°;’:**§€iv¤_;mi*_xlQ§ States of America in Congress assembled, That the Act entitled “Au act mn, xw.g to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Missouri River at or near the city of Lexington, Missouri," approved July twentysixth,