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(House Bill No. 205.)

CHAPTER 11.

AN ACT to empower Boards of Education to hold special

elections.

[Passed February 11, 1901. In effect 90 days from passage. Approved

February 18, 1901.]

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

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1. That, for the purpose of carrying out the pro- Boards of visions of section two of chapter forty-five of

of the empowered Code providing providing for school levy, the board of edu

special cation of Union district, Varshall county, and the elections boards of education of any other school districts or levy: when. independent school districts in this State that failed to authorize school levy, by a popular vote at the general election held in one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight or in thousand nine hundred, shall, if twenty or more voters of the district ask it in writing, submit the question of laying a school levy to the voters of the district at a special election to be held in such district at such time as the board of-duty of education of the district may designate. The secretary ofto such the board of education shall post notices of such special election at all the voting places in the district at least ten days before the davon which the election is to be

-to lay held. If a majority of the votes cast are “For School levy, Levy” the board of education shall lay the levies in the and how. manner provided by sections thirty-five and forty of chapter forty-five of the Code.

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(House Bill No. 169.)

CHAPTER 12.

AN ACT to permit Boards of Education and School

Trustees to display the United States flag over every school house in the State.

[Passed February 21, 1901. In effect 90 days from passage.

proved February 22, 1901.)

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia :

That the boards of education throughout the State, Boards of edu

cation;
may pro-
vide U. S.

and

Trustees : their duties as

out of the building funds of their districts, may pro

vide for the purchase of a United States flag four by require same six feet of regulation bunting, for each school house displayed.

in their districts and require the same to be displayed over the school house during the time the school is in session.

2. That the trustees of each school district shall, in to flags. accordance with the direction of the board of educa

tion, place such flag over the school house in their school district at the beginning of the school term therein, and said trustees shall cause the teachers to keep said flag so displayed during the time the school is in session, except that on stormy or inclement days said flag shall not be so displayed if in the judgment of said teacher such inclement weather would be destructive of said flag.

(Senate Bill No. 39.)

CHAPTER 13.

AN ACT to provide for the support of Wives and

Children.

[Passed February 19, 1901. In effect ninety days from passage.

proved February 20, 1901.]

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

Unlawful to neglect wife or nor children.

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1. It shall be unlawful for any man in this State mi- to wilfully neglect, fail or refuse, to provide reason

able support and maintenance for his wife or minor children who may need such support; and any person

guilty of such neglect, failure or refusal, upon the may complaint of the wife or any agent of the West Vir

ginia Humane Society and upon due conviction there

of, shall be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor and -penalty shall be committed to the county jail for the period

of not more than sixty (60) days, unless it shall ap-physical

pear that owing to physical incapacity or other good a justifica- cause he shall be unable to furnish such support:

provided, that in case of conviction for the offence -justice

aforesaid, the justice of the peace before whom such bond in licu conviction is had, may in lieu of the penalty herein of penalty payable to provided, accept from the

person convicted

bond payable to the State, with good and sufficient Eure

therefor.

incapacity

tion.

may take

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-bond accon

cepted any con- time after

conviction.

ty, conditioned for the support of the wife, child..condi-
or children, as the case ma be, for the term of six bond.
months after the date of said conviction; and the jus-
tice may accept such bond at any time after such
viction and order the release of the person so
victed.

2. Any justice of the peace of the county in which Duty of justhe offence mentioned in the preceding section is com- of mitted may, upon complaint being made under oath, ale issue a warrant for the arrest of any person charged with such offence, and the justice of the peace before whom such person is brought under such warrant shall hear and determine the cause, subject to the right of appeal, as provided in section two hundred and

-appeal thirty of chapter fifty of the Code of West Virginia in allowed. cases of persons sentenced to imprisonment by the judgment of a justice.

in case

violation of this act.

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AN ACT to prevent and punish cruelty to children.

(Passed February 13, 1901. In effect 90 days from passage.

February 13, 1901.)

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia :

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1. That any person, whatsoever, who shall cruelly Unlawful ill-treat, abuse or infliet unnecessarily cruel punishi-to abatreat ment upon any infant or minor child, and any person infant having the care, custody or control of any minor child, dren. who shall wilfully abandon or neglect the same, shall

-penalty. be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than fifty dollars for each offence.

2. Any person having the care, custody, or control to dispose of any minor child under the age of fifteen years, who der age shall in any manner sell, apprentice, give away, or

fifteen, etc., otherwise dispose of such child, or person who same. chall take, receive or employ such child for the rocation or occupation of rope or wire walking or as acrobat, gymnast, contortionist or rider, and any per-acrobat, son who, having the care, custody, or control of minor 'child whatsoever, shall sell, apprentice, give away or otherwise dispose of such child, or who shall

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about any

Unlawful to cause child eighteen to sing or

use

, or pursue

or

;

nors for such

purposes.

take, receive employ such child for any obscene,

il- indecent or illegal exhibition or vocation, or any volegal exhibi- cation injurious to the health, or dangerous to the life

or limb, of such child engaged therein, or for the pur-
pose of prostitution, and any person who shall retain,
harbor, or employ any minor child in
assignation house or brothel, or any place where any

obscene, inderent or illegal, exhibition takes place, shall -penalty.

be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be fined not less than five dollars, nor more than one hundred dollars, for each offence.

3. Any person having the care, custody, or control, under lawful or unlawful, of any minor child under the age of eighteen years, who shall

such minor, or apbtasetono the prentice, give away; let out, hire or otherwise dispose

busi- of, such minor child to any person, for the purpose of dicant! men- singing, playing on musical instruments, begging

for any mendicant business whatsoever in the streets,

roads, or other highways of this State, and whosoever to receive,

shall take, receive, hire, employ, use or have in custody, or hire mi-' any minor for the vocation, occupation, calling, ser

vice or purpose of singing, playing upon musical instruments or begging upon the streets, roads or other highways of this State, or for any mendicant business whatever, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall

be fined not less than five dollars nor more than one hun-penalty. dred dollars. Unlawful

4. Any person having the care, custody, or control to permit

under of any minor child under the age of fifteen years, who act or sing

shall in any manner sell, apprentice, give away or per

mit such child to sing, dance, act, or in any manner exhouse, etc. hibit it in any dance house, concert saloon, theater or

place of entertainment where wines or spirituous or malt liquors are sold or given away, or with which any place for the sale of wines or

or spirituous or malt liquor is directly or indirectly connected by any

passage wav or entrance, and any proprietor of any dance house whatever, or any such concert saloon, theater, or place of entertainment, so employing any such child,

shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be fined not -penalty. less than five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars

for each offence. Proprietor

5. Any proprietor or any person in charge of a held guilty dance house, concert saloon theater,

museum, simfire permat. ilar place of amusement, or other place, where wines ting child under eigh- or spirituous or malt liquors are sold or given away,

or any place of entertainment injurious to health

child fifteen to

in saloon or dance

or person in charge,

or

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or

morals, who admits or permits to remain therein any
minor under the age of eighteen years, unless accom-
panied by his or her parent or guardian, shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor, and on
a

conviction thereof -penalty. shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars.

(House Bill No. 25.)

CHAPTER 15.

AX ACT to create and establish a free public employment

bureau.

[Passed February 13, 1901. In effect 90 days from passage. Approved

February 15, 1901.]

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1. The commissioner of labor is hereby author- Employized to organize and establish, in connection with the reau; bureau of labor, a Free Public Employment Bureau, for missioner of the purpose of receiving applications from persons seek-thorized to ing employment and applications from persons seeking to employ labor.

2. No compensation or fee shall be charged or ceived directly or indirectly from persons applying

sation, etc. for work, information or help through said department. The commissioner of labor is hereby authorized to employ such assistance, and incur such ex--assistpense as may be necessary to carry into effect the pur- pense, pose of this act. But such assistance and expense shall not exceed five hundred dollars

per num.

3. The expenses of the employment bureau shall Expenses. be paid in the same manner and wav other penses of the bureau of labor, and there is hereby appropriated five hundred dollars to carry out the provisions rappropriof this act.

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