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is dead, or has abandoned his family, or is imprisoned for crime, and the mother of such child is a habitual drunkard, or is imprisoned for crime, or is an inmate of a house of ill-fame, or if the mother of such child is dead, imprisoned for crime, or has abandoned her family, and the father of such child is a habitual drunkard and an unsuitable person to have the care of such child; or that the parents of any child have abandoned or neglected to provide for it, then such judge, mayor, or justice of the peace may, if he thinks the welfare of the child requires it, surrender such child to said corporation.
§ 10. Whenever complaint shall be made to the judge of any court of record, or to the mayor, or to any justice of the peace of the city of Springfield, that any girl under the age of fourteen years, or any boy, under the age of twelve years, is abandoned by or is sustaining relations to its parents or guardians, mentioned or contemplated in section nine of this act, it shall be the duty of such judge, mayor, or justice, to issue a warrant for the arrest of such child and its parents (if any it may have in Springfield); and if, on testimony satisfactory to said judge, mayor, or justice, it shall appear that such child has no parents, or is abandoned by its parents or guardians, or is sustaining relations to its parent, parents or guardians, contemplated in section nine of this act, the said judge, mayor, or justice, inay, if he believes the best interests of such child require it, surrender such child to the care of said corporation.
The Hon. Samuel H. Treat shall be the first presi- First officers and dent; George Passfield, sr., the first vice president; George gers. Bowen, the first secretary; Jacob Bunn, the first treasurer, and Eliza Pope, Mercy Conklin, Louisa Dresser, Susan Cook, Lydia Williams, Elizabeth Bunn, Harriet Campbell, Ann Eastman, Maria Lathrop, Mary Hay, Catherine Hickox, Mary Ann Dennis, and Elizabeth Matheny, shall constitute the first board of managers by virtue of this act; and shall hold their offices until the first Monday in January, 1864, and until their successors are elected. § 12.
This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage, and may be repealed or amended at any time.
APPROVED February 12, 1863.
AN ACT to amend an act entitled "An act to incorporate the Firemen's In force February Benevolent Association," and for other purposes.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That John T. Edwards, Henry Greenebaum, Frederick Letz, John L.
Gerber, Augustus H. Burley, Anton Berg, Charles N. Hol-
Stephen F. Gale, H. G. Loomis and Philip Conley and their Corporate name
successors in office, are hereby constituted and appointed a “Board of Trustees of the Firemen's Benevolent Association of the city of Chicago," and are hereby vested with all the powers and authority of the board of directors of said association, and shall have the exdusive control of all the funds and property of said association, subject to all the conditions of the act to which this is an amendment; said above mentioned trustees to be divided into five classes of four each, to be determined by lot by said board of trustees, and to hold their office for one, two, three, four and five years, respectively, in the order of their class, and until their successors are elected; the vacancies thus created, and all other vacancies which may occur, by death, resignation, or removal from Cook county, shall be filled by and from the
life members of this association, at an annual election to be Annual election. holden on the second Tuesday in May of each year, after
the year eighteen hundred and sixty-three, at such place and hour as the said board of trustees may designate, by ten days' public notice, published in two or more daily newspapers in said city of Chicago.
§ 2. Sections six, seven, eight, nine and ten, of the act to which this is an amendment, are hereby repealed; but no penalty or forfeiture heretofore incurred shall in any way
be affected by said repeal. Organization. $ 3. The board of trustees created by this act shall, with
in three months after the passage of this act, meet at some place in the city of Chicago, and organize, by electing from their members a president, one vice-president, a secretary and treasurer, who shall continue in office during the pleasure of the board of trustees. Said board of trustees shall have authority to make such rules and by-laws as they may deem necessary for their own government.
$ 4. The board of trustees shall make the sum of forty thousand dollars, (40,000,) if there be that amount in the hands of said association—if not, then they shall make the sum of thirty-six thousand dollars a permanent fund, the annual interest of which shall be applied: First: To the relief of distressed, sick, injured or disabled members and their immediate families, and the clothing and education of the orphans or half orphans of indigent deceased members of said association; also, to provide a suitable burial and burial place for indigent members and their immediate families. Second: Any surplus interest, as aforesaid, after providing for the objects afore-named, and paying the necessary expenses of the said trust, shall be annually equally divided and paid, one equal one-quarter to the city of Chi
Repeal of former act.
Reliet of sick,
cago, when the said city by its authorities, shall have erected a good and sufficient fire alarm telegraph, costing not less Fire palarm telethan twenty-five thousand dollars, ($25,000,) to be paid so long, and no longer, than the said fire alarm telegraph shall be kept in good working order and operated by said city; one equal one-quarter of said surplus interest to the Chicago Orphan Asylum, (Protestant;) one equal one-quarter of said surplus interest to the Catholic Orphan Asylum; one equal one-quarter of said surplus interest to the < Home of Home the Friendless ;" all of Chicago. The Orphan Asylum and Home of the Friendless, herein mamed, shall have and receive each one equal one-third part of said surplus interest, until the aforesaid city of Chicago shall complete said fire alarm telegraph.
$ 5. Any surplus on hand at the time of the passage of Contingent fund. this act, or that may hereafter accrue, otherwise than by in
. terest, over and above forty thousand dollars, shall be held as a contingent fund, to be used by said board of trustees, for such purposes as they may deem necessary.
$ 6. If the expenditures necessary for the care, relief or May suspend pay burial of the aforesaid members, or their immediaie families, shall, at any time, exceed the annual interest, and encroach upon the aforesaid principal sum, then, and in that case, the payments to the said city of Chicago, the Orphan Asylum, and the Home of the Friendless shall be suspended until the accretions, from interest or other sources, shall make the aforesaid principal sum up to its original amount.
$7. The said board of trustees may require of the dif- Annual report. ferent institutions, a full report annually, of the ways
and means in and by which said moneys have been expended.
$ 8. That all acts and parts of acts which conflict with this act be and the same are hereby repealed.
8 9. This act shall be deemed a public act, and shall take effect from and after its passage, and after the acceptance of these trusts by the said board of trustees.
APPROVED February 13, 1863.
AN ACT to incorporate the United Sons of Erin Benevolent Society of the In force February
city of Chicago.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That John Cómisky, Redmond Sheridan, James McGrath, Lawrence H. O'Connor, Thomas McAnery and their associates, are hereby constituted a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of the “United Sons of Erin Benevolent Society of the Corporate name. city of Chicago;" and by that name shall have perpetual suc
May receive property.
cession, and shall have power to contract and be contracted with, to sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, and to do and perform all such acts and things as are or may become necessary for the furtherance and advancement of the purposes of said corporation, as fully and completely as natural persons might or could do.
§ 2. The object and purposes of said corporation shall be to extend relief and aid to its members, in case of sickness or infirmity, and to bury deceased members.
§ 3. The said corporation may receive, take and hold, either by gift, purchase, devise, bequest, or otherwise, any real or personal estate, for the use of and for the advancement of the purposes of said corporation; and may rent, lease, sell, convey, or in any wise dispose of the same, according to the by-laws of said corporation: Providing, such real and personal property. shall not exceed in value twentyfive thousand dollars.
$ 4. The officers of said corporation shall be a president, vice-president, recording secretary, corresponding secretary, and treasurer, who shall compose a board of trustees, to be elected annually, and by_ballot. The said election shall take place on the second Friday in May, in each and every year, and the officers elect shall take their places at the first regular meeting; and the persons in the first section of this act mentioned shall compose the first board of trustees, and shall continue in office until the second Friday in May, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and until their successors are elected and qualified; and in case of any vacancy in either of said offices by death, resignation or otherwise, the board of trustees shall have power to fill such vacancy until the next annual election; and it shall require a majority of said board to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
$5. To qualify persons to become members of the said corporation, they shall be citizens of the United States of America, or at least have declared their intention to become such, of good moral character; under the age of fortyfive years, and laboring under no bodily disease calculated to shorten life. A resident of Chicago, having the above qualifications, may become a member, by the payment of such sum as may be prescribed by the by-laws of said corporation.
$ 6. Said corporation is hereby authorized to establish such rules, regulations and by-laws, for the management of their business, as they may deem proper, and repeal and alter the same at pleasure. $ 7.
This act shall take effect and be in force from and
after its passage,
APPROVED February 13, 1863.
AN ACT to incorporate the Grand Lodge of the State of Illinois of the In force February Independent Order of the Sons of Herman.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of
State of Illinois of the Independent Order of the Sons of Herman;" and by that name they and their successors may hold and acquire property, real and personal; also, devises or bequests of any person or persons, bodies corporate or politic; be capable of making the same at their pleasure; to transfer or dispose of in such manner as they see proper: Provided, always, that the said corporation or body politic shall not, at any time, hold or possess property, real personal and mixed, exceeding in actual value the sum of twenty thousand dollars.
$ 2. Í'hat the said corporation, and their successors, by Corporate power. the name, style and title aforesaid, shall be forever thereafter capable, in law and equity, to sue and be sued, plead, and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, defend and be defended, in all and any courts of justice, and before all and any judge, officer or persons whatsoever, in all and singular actions, matters or demands whatsoever.
§ 3. That it shall and may be lawful for the said corpo- seal. ration to have a common seal, for their use, and the same, at their will and pleasure, to change, alter and make anew, from time to time, as they may think best; and shall, in general, have and exercise all such rights, privileges and immunities, as by law are incident or necessary to the corporation herein constituted.
$ 4. That the subordinate lodges; which are now belong. 06 ing to, and which may hereafter bé instituted by the said lodges. corporation and their successors, by the name and number of their respective encampments of the Independent Order of the Sons of Herman in the State of Illinois, shall be declared to be a community, corporation and body politic, and to be at all times hereafter capable in law to have, receive and retain to them and their successors, property, real and personal; also, devises or bequests, of any person or persons, body corporate or politic, capable of making the same, and the same at their pleasure to transfer or dispose of in such manner as they may think proper: Provided, always, that either of the said subordinate encamprents or lodges shall not, at any time, hold or possess property real and mixed, exceeding in actual value, the sum of ten thousand dollars.