ment of the United States, or to levy war against the United States, or to oppose by force the authority of the Government of the United States; or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States; or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States against the will or contrary to the authority of the United States; or by force, or intimidation, or threat to prevent any person from accepting or holding any office, or trust, or place of confidence, under the United States; each and every person so offending shall be guilty of a high crime, and upon conviction thereof in any district or circuit court of the United States, having jurisdiction thereof, or district or supreme court of any Territory of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not less than five hundred dollars and not more than five thousand dollars; or by imprisonment, with or without hard labor, as the court shall determine, for a period not less than six months nor greater than six years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
APPROVED, July 31, 1861.
A BILL for the amendment of the loan act of July 17 [No. 4], 1861, was reported by William P. Fessenden of Maine, from the Senate Committee on Finance, July 22, and passed the Senate the same day. The Committee of Ways and Means of the House reported the bill on the 25th with amendments, the most important of which authorized the payment of interest at nine per cent on treasury notes, and pledged the receipts from certain duties for the payment of the loan. The Senate, on the 29th, struck out both of these provisions, and added the section authorizing the issue of five dollar treasury notes. The bill received its final form from a conference committee, which inserted the section suspending in part the subtreasury act of 1846. The report of the conference committee was agreed to by the Senate without a division, and by the House by a vote of 83 to 34.
REFERENCES. -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XII, 313, 314. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 37th Cong., 1st Sess., and the Cong. Globe.