War of the Rebellion: Serial 127 Page 1074 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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of the railroad from New Iberia, in the State of Louisiana, and Houston, in the State of Texas, and the commanding general at New Orleans has declared it to be at the present moment a great military necessity: [Therefore,]-

The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That the President be, and he is hereby authorized and empowered to aid or contract with the New Orleans and Texas Railroad Company, and the Texas and New Orleans Railroad Company, upon such terms and conditions as he may think proper, to insure the prompt completion and connection of said roads, in the manner he may think best calculated to promote the public interest.

SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That to enable the President to accomplish the object herein contemplated, the sum of $1,500,000 in the bonds of the Confederate States, is hereby appropriated to be issued and applied by the order of the President at such times and in such sums as he may deem proper, and that the President be directed to take a mortgage on said road and its appurtenances for the ultimate repayment of the money so expended in aid of its erection.

Approved April 19, 1862.

AN ACT making further appropriation for the expenses of the Government in the Treasury, War, and Navy Departments, and for other purposes.

The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That the following sums be, and they are hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the objects hereafter expressed, for the year ending November thirteen, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two.

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War Department. -For the purchase of pig and rolled iron, $1,000,000. For casting cannon, shot and shells, $500,000. For manufacturing small-arms of all kinds, $2,000,000. For purchase and manufacture of niter and all expenses incidental to exploring and working caves, &c., $1,000,000.

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Approved April 19, 1862.

AN ACT supplementary to the act entitled "An act to encourage the manufacture of saltpeter and small-arms. "

The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That the provisions of the act entitled "An act to encourage the manufacture of saltpeter and of small-arms," shall also apply to all establishments or mines for the production of coal and for the production and manufacture of iron, and that in addition to the advance of 50 per cent. therein mentioned, the President be and he is, hereby authorized to enter into contracts for the purchase of coal and iron, in such quantities as may probably be required for a series of years, not exceeding six, and to make advances thereon not exceeding one-third of the amount of such contract.

Approved April 19, 1862.