VETO MESSAGE ON HOUSE BILL 3072

March 6, 1878

Executive Mansion

Washington, D.C.

To the House of Representatives:

I return herewith House bill No 3072, entitled “An act to authorize a special term of the circuit court of the United States for the southern district of Mississippi, to be held at Scranton, in Jackson County,” with the following objections to its becoming a law.

The act provides that a special term of the circuit court of the United States for the southern district of Mississippi shall be held at Scranton, in Jackson County, Mississippi, to begin on the second Monday, in March, 1878, and directs the clerk of said court to “cause notice of said special term of said court to be published in a newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi, and also in a newspaper in Scranton at least ten days before the beginning thereof.”

The act cannot be executed inasmuch as there is not sufficient time to give the notice of the holding of the special term, which Congress thought proper to require.

The number of suits to be tried at the special term in which the United States is interested is forty-nine, and the amount involved exceeds $200,000. The Government cannot prepare for trial at said special term because no fund appropriated by Congress can be made available for that purpose. If, therefore, the Government is compelled to go to trial at the special term provided for by this bill the United States must be defeated for want of time and means to make preparation for the proper vindication of its rights.

The bill is therefore returned for the further consideration of Congress.

R.B. HAYES.