An act to aid in the protection of the public buildings and property against loss and damage by fire

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A commission, including the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the Commissioner of Patents, and the Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department, is constituted and authorized to examine and ascertain which automatic signal telegraph systems are best adapted for the purpose of detecting the occurrence of fire for the protection of property in government buildings.


  • United States Patent Office
  • United States Dept. of the Treasury


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 20 Stat. 257
  • Title 40, Public Buildings, Property, and Works
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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20 Stat. 257 (1878); ch. 4 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1879
  • 12/13/1878


  • Telegraph
  • Fire
  • Administrative agencies
  • Fires


Public Law

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 257-58

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