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(CHAPTER 557—1st SESSION)

(H. R. 6037)

AN ACT To amend section 194 of an Act entitled “An Act to codify, revise, and amend

the penal laws of the United States”, approved March 4, 1909 (35 Stat. L. 1088).

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 194 of the Act to codify, revise, and amend the penal laws of the United States, approved March 4, 1909, as amended (U. S. C., 1934 edition, title 18, sec. 317), be amended to read as follows:

"Sec. 194. Whoever shall steal, take, or abstract, or by fraud or deception obtain, or attempt so to obtain, from or out of any mail, post office, or station thereof, or other authorized depository for mail matter, or from a letter or mail carrier, any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or shall abstract or remove from any such' letter, package, bag, or mail, any article or thing contained therein, or shall secrete, embezzle, or destroy any such letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or any article or thing contained therein; or whoever shall steal, take, or abstract, or by fraud or deception obtain any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, which has been left for collection upon or adjacent to a collection box or other authorized depository of mail matter; or whoever shall buy, receive, or conceal, or aid in buying, receiving, or concealing, or shall unlawfully have in his possession, any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or any article or thing contained therein, which has been so stolen, taken, embezzled, or abstracted, as herein described, knowing the same to have been stolen, taken, embezzled, or abstracted; or whoever shall take any letter, postal card, or package out of any post office or station thereof, or out of any authorized depository for mail matter, or from any letter or mail carrier, or which has been in any post office or station thereof, or other authorized depository, or in the custody of any letter or mail carrier, before it has been delivered to the person to whom it was directed, with a design to obstruct the correspondence, or to pry into the business or secrets of another, or shall open, secrete, embezzle, or destroy the same, shall be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both." Approved, August 7, 1939.

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(CHAPTER 638–1st SESSION]

(S. 2245)

AN ACT
To prohibit the use of the malls for the solicitation of the procurement of divorces

in foreign countries.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That every written
or printed card, circular, letter, book, pamphlet, advertisement, or
notice of any kind, giving or offering to give information concerning
where or how or through whom a divorce may be secured in a foreign
country, and designed to solicit business in connection with the pro-
curement thereof, is hereby declared to be nonmailable matter and
shall not be conveyed in the mails or delivered from any post office
or by any letter carrier. Whoever shall knowingly deposit, or cause
to be deposited, for mailing or delivery, anything declared by this
section to be nonmailable, or shall knowingly take or cause the same
to be taken from the mails for the purpose of circulating or disposing
thereof, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not
more than five years, or both.

SEC. 2. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to preclude criminal prosecution under the provisions of section 338, title 18, United States Code (Criminal Code, sec. 215), in any case in which the mails are used by any person in furtherance of any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises. Approved, August 10, 1939.

(CHAPTER 1-3D SESSION)

(H. R. 6832]

AN ACT To provide for the protection of witnesses appearing before any department,

independent establishment, or other agency of the United States, or the Congress of the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Criminal Code of the United States be amended by inserting therein a new section immediately following section 135 (U. S. C., tỉtle 18, sec. 241) to be known as section 135 (a) (U. S. C., title 18, sec. 241 (a)) and reading as follows:

"Sec. 135. (a) That whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, shall endeavor to influ. ence, intimidate, or impede any witness in any proceeding pending before any department, independent establishment, board, commission, or other agency of the United States, or in connection with any inquiry or investigation being had by either House, or any committee of either House, or any joint committee of the Congress of the United States, or who corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication shall influence, obstruct, or impede, or endeavor to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which such proceeding is being had before such department, independent establishment, board, commission, or other agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which such inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress of the United States shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.” Approved, January 13, 1940.

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(CHAPTER 73–3D SESSION)

(S. 2739)

AN ACT
To amend section 45 of the United States Criminal Code to make it applicablo

to the outlying possessions of the United States.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 45 of
the Act entitled "An Act to codify, revise, and amend the penal
laws of the United States”, approved March 4, 1909 (35 Stat. 1097),
be, and the same is hereby, amended by inserting after the word
"Whoever” and before the word "shall”, in the first line of said sec-
tion, a comma, followed by the phrase: "within the territory or juris-
diction of the United States, including the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico,
and the Philippine Islands,”.
Approved, March 28, 1940.

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(CHAPTER 101—30 SESSION)

(H. R. 8702]

AN ACT To amend the Judicial Code with respect to the continuation of grand juries to

finish investigations. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the fifth sentence of section 284 of the Judicial Code as amended (U. S. C., title 28, sec. 421), be, and it is hereby, amended to read as follows: “A district judge may, upon request of the district attorney or of the grand jury or on his own motion, by order authorize any grand jury to continue to sit during the term succeeding the term at which such request is made, solely to finish investigations begun but not finished by such grand jury, but no grand jury shall be permitted to sit in all during more than eighteen months: Provided, That, for good cause shown, the court may, at any time after the end of the term for which the grand jury was originally summoned, excuse any member of the grand jury and summon and impanel another person in his place.” Approved, April 17, 1940.

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