CHAP. LXXXV.- An Act to extend an Act entitled “An Act to continue Half-pay to certain Widows and Orphans,” approved February three [sic], eighteen hundred and fifty-three.
|Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all those surviving widows and minor children who have been, or may be, granted and allowed five years’ half-pay under the provisions of any law or laws of the United States, be, and they are hereby, granted a continuance of such half-pay, under the following terms and limitations, viz: to such widows during life, and to such child or children, where there is no widow, whilst under the age of sixteen years, to commence from the expiration of the half-pay provided for by the first section of the act entitled “An act to continue half-pay to certain widows and orphans,” approved February three [sic], eighteen hundred and fifty-three: Provided, however, That in case of the marriage or death of any such widow, the half-pay shall go to the child or children of the deceased officer or soldier whilst under the age of sixteen years; and, in like manner, the child or children of such deceased officer or soldier, when there is no widow, shall be paid no longer than while there are children or a child under the age aforesaid: And provided further, That the half-pay of such widows and orphans shall be half the monthly pay of the officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates of the infantry of the regular army of the United States, and no more, and that no greater sum shall be allowed to any such widow or minor children than the half-pay of a lieutenant-colonel: And provided also, That this act shall not be construed to apply to or embrace the case of any person or persons now receiving a pension for life; and, further, that wherever half-pay shall have been granted by any special act of Congress, and is renewed or continued under the provisions of this act, the same shall commence from the date hereof.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the provisions renewed and continued by this act, shall be payable out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
APPROVED, June 3, 1858.