Regulations for the government of the United States Navy (1865)

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Section 12.

Paymaster of a Navy Yard.

893 The Paymaster of a navy yard shall pay all officers and enlisted persons belonging to the navy attached to the yard and to vessels in ordinary at the yard, and, if so ordered, of those belonging to receiving vessels, and of such officers as may have their accounts transferred to him.

894 He shall pay all mechanics and laborers who may be employed under the direction of the Commandant, upon pay-rolls, (which shall have been properly made out, certified, and approved,) after he shall have satisfied himself of the correctness of the calculation.

895 As it is important that no more of the working day be absorbed in paying the men than can be avoided, they are therefore to be divided into convenient gangs, not exceeding one hundred each, and be conducted to the pay-office by the master-workmen or quartermen in the order of their names on the rolls. The names of absentees will be called a second time after the gang to which they belong has been paid, and all those who do not answer the second call, except in cases of sickness, shall not be paid until the next pay day. The master workmen or quartermen will be responsible for the quiet and proper deportment of the men.

896 He will make all payments in specie, or in funds which he may receive from the government for public use.

897 He shall make requisitions semi-monthly, under the direction and with the approval of the Commanding Officer, for such amount of money as may be deemed necessary for the public service in his department.

898 He shall keep distinct accounts of moneys received and expended under the different appropriations, and never apply them to any other objects than those for which they were drawn, except by special written authority from the Secretary of the Navy.

899 He will forward to the Department, on the first of every month, or as soon thereafter as practicable, a summary statement, showing his receipts and expenditures during the previous month, with the balances then on hand under each head of appropriation ; also an estimate of the amount required under each head for the succeeding month.

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