States in the several districts through which it may be necessary for him to pass with such prisoner, so far as such power is requisite for his safe-keeping.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That if any person or persons shall knowingly and wilfully obstruct, resist, or oppose such agent in the execution of his duties, or shall rescue, or attempt to rescue, such prisoner, whether in the custody of the agent aforesaid, or of any marshal, sheriff, jailer, or other officer or person to whom his custody may have lawfully been committed, every person so knowingly and wilfully offending in the premises shall, on conviction thereof before the district or circuit court of the United States for the district in which the offence was committed, be fined not exceeding one thousand dollars, and imprisoned not exceeding one year.
APPROVED, March 3, 1869.
March 18, 1869
A BILL "to strengthen the public credit, and relating to contracts for the payment of coin," was introduced in the House, January 20, 1869, by Schenck of Ohio, and referred to the Committee of Ways and Means. The bill was taken up February 24, and passed the same day by a vote of 121 to 60, 41 not voting. On the 27th the bill passed the Senate, but was disposed of by a "pocket" veto. The second section of the bill legalized contracts for payments in coin. The same bill was again introduced by Schenck March 12, and passed the House the same day by a vote of 93 to 48, 52 not voting. A bill of somewhat different character had been introduced in the Senate March 9. On the 15th the Senate bill was laid aside, and the House bill, without the second section, passed, the final vote being 42 to 13.
REFERENCES. -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XVI, 1. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 40th Cong., 3d Sess., and 41st Cong., 1st Sess., and the Cong. Globe.
An Act to strengthen the public Credit.
Be it enacted . . ., That in order to remove any doubt as to the purpose of the government to discharge all just obligations