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A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents by James D. Richardson

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Under the provisions of section 4 of the act of Congress approved March
3, 1883, it is hereby ordered that the several Executive Departments,
the Department of Agriculture, and the Government Printing Office be
closed on Saturday, the 21st instant, to enable the employees to
participate in the ceremonies attending the dedication of the Washington




_Washington, D.C., February 26, 1885_.

Attention is called to the following section of the act of May 17, 1884,
entitled "An act providing a civil government for Alaska:"

"SEC. 14. That the provisions of chapter 3, Title XXIII, of the Revised
Statutes of the United States, relating to the unorganized Territory of
Alaska, shall remain in full force except as herein specially otherwise
provided; and the importation, manufacture, and sale of intoxicating
liquors in said district, except for medicinal, mechanical, and
scientific purposes, is hereby prohibited under the penalties which are
provided in section 1955 of the Revised Statutes for the wrongful
importation of distilled spirits; and the President of the United States
shall make such regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions
of this section."

To enforce this section of law the following regulations are prescribed:

No intoxicating liquors shall be landed at any port or place in said
Territory without a permit from the chief officer of the customs at such
port or place, to be issued upon evidence satisfactory to such officer
that the liquors are imported and are to be used solely for medicinal,
mechanical, and scientific purposes.

No person shall manufacture or sell intoxicating liquors within the
Territory of Alaska without first having obtained a license from the
governor of said Territory, to be issued upon evidence satisfactory to
that officer that the making and sale of such liquor will be conducted
strictly in accordance with the requirements of the statute.

Any intoxicating liquors imported, manufactured, or sold within the
limits of said Territory in violation of these regulations, and the
persons engaged in such violation, will be dealt with in the manner
prescribed in section 1955 of the Revised Statutes; and the governor of
Alaska and the officers of the customs at any port or place in the
United States from which intoxicating liquors may be shipped to that
Territory, as well as officers of the United States within that
Territory, are hereby authorized respectively to exact, in their
discretion, a bond of the character mentioned in section 1955, Revised
Statutes, from the master or mate of any vessel and from the persons in
such Territory to whom the liquors may be sent.

The penalty prescribed by section 1955, Revised Statutes, for violation
of the law is a fine not exceeding $500, or imprisonment not more than
six months, and the forfeiture of the vessel bringing the merchandise
and her cargo, together with her tackle, apparel, and furniture, where
the value of the merchandise exceeds $400. Where the value does not
exceed $400, the penalty is forfeiture of the merchandise.

The proper officers within the Territory are charged with the execution
of the law and these regulations. Intoxicating liquors forfeited under
the provisions of this act will be subject to sale under the same
provisions of law as govern the sale of other goods that may have become
liable to forfeiture, but will only be delivered for removal beyond the
limits of the Territory.

H. McCULLOCH, _Secretary_.



In the exercise of the power vested in the President by the
Constitution, and by virtue of the seventeen hundred and fifty-third
section of the Revised Statutes and of the civil-service act approved
January 16, 1883, the following rule for the regulation and improvement
of the executive civil service is hereby amended and promulgated, as


1. Whenever any officer having the power of appointment or employment
shall so request, there shall be certified to him by the Commission or
the proper examining board four names for the vacancy specified, to be
taken from those graded highest on the proper register of those in his
branch of the service and remaining eligible, regard being had to any
right of preference and to the apportionment of appointments to States
and Territories; and from the said four a selection shall be made for
the vacancy. But if a person is on both a general and a special register
he need be certified from the former only, at the discretion of the
Commission, until he has remained two months upon the latter.

2. These certifications for the service at Washington shall be made
in such order as to apportion, as nearly as may be practicable, the
original appointments thereto among the States and Territories and the
District of Columbia upon the basis of population as ascertained at the
last preceding census.

3. In case the request for any such certification or any law or
regulation shall call for those of either sex, persons of that sex shall
be certified; otherwise sex shall be disregarded in such certification.

4. No person upon any register shall be certified more than four times
to the same officer in the customs or postal service or more than three
times to any Department at Washington, unless upon request of the
appointing officer; nor shall anyone remain eligible more than one year
upon any register, except as maybe provided by regulation; but these
restrictions shall not extend to examinations under clause 5 of Rule
VII. No person while remaining eligible on any register shall be
admitted to a new examination, and no person having failed upon any
examination shall within six months thereafter be admitted to another
examination without the consent of the Commission.

5. Any person appointed to or employed in any part of the classified
service who shall be dismissed or separated therefrom without fault or
delinquency on his part may be reappointed or reemployed in the same
part or grade of such service in the same Department or office within
one year next following such dismissal or separation, without further
examination, on such certification as the Commission may provide.

Approved, February 27, 1885.


EXECUTIVE MANSION, _March 3, 1885_.

Under the provisions of section 4 of the act of Congress approved March
3, 1883, it is hereby ordered that the several Executive Departments,
the Department of Agriculture, and the Government Printing Office be
closed on Wednesday, the 4th instant, to enable the employees to witness
the ceremonies incident to the inauguration on that day.


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