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VOLUME IV-PART II.

SPECIAL

LAWS.

CHAPTER I.

An Act to Incorporate the Jasper Collegiate Institute.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That J. T. Armstrong, William Allen, Fayben Adams, John Blewitt, R. C. Doom, Z. Williams Eddy, R. C. McFarlane, John H. McRea, Wiliam H. Neyland, William S. Neyland and Seymour White be, and they are hereby incorporated a body politic, under the name and style of “the Trustees of the Jasper Collegiate Institute,” capable in law of sueing and being sued, of pleading and being impleaded; of holding property, real, personal and mixed; of selling and conveying the same at pleasure; of having a common seal, and of doing and performing whatsoever else may be proper and necessary to be done for the advancement of said Institution, not contrary to the laws and constitution of this State.

Soc. 2. That this charter and privilege shall extend to the said Trustees and their successors in office so long as they confine the operations of the same, and the benefits thereof, to the promotion of useful knowledge to the young and the advancement of the sciences; and the said Institution shall be accessible alike to all without regard to religious opinions.

Sec. 3. That the Trustees shall have full power to enact such by-laws, rules and regulations for the government of said Institution as may seem to them necessary for that object.

Sec. 4. That the Institution herein created shall be located in the town of Jasper; and that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, November 24, 1851.

CHAPTER II.

An Act to incorporate the Town of Jasper.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the citizens of the town of Jasper in Jasper county, be, and they are hereby declared a body politic and corporate, under the name and style of the corporation of the town of Jasper, who shall have the power of sueing and being sued, of pleading and being impleaded, and to hold property, real and personal, within the limits of said corporation, and at their pleasure to dispose of the same.

Sec. 2. That it shall be the duty of the Chief Justice of the county to order an election to be holden as early as practicable after the passage of this act, upon giving ten days notice thereof, for the election of one Mayor and five Aldermen, a collector or constable, a treasurer and secretary, who shall hold their offices for the term of one year from the time of their election. In case a vacancy occurs by death, resignation or otherwise, the vacancy for the unexpired term shall be filled by a new election, as follows: In case the vacancy in the office of Mayor, then the election to be conducted by a quorum of the Board of Aldermen. But in case of vacancy in the Board of Aldermen, Collector, Treasurer or Secretary, then the election shall be conducted by the Mayor, and all persons residing within the corporation shall be entitled to a vote for the above named officers, who may be entitled to a vote for members of the Legislature.

Sec. 3. That the Mayor and two-thirds of the Board of Aldermen shall constitute a Board to tranact business.

Sec. 4. That the Collector, Treasurer and Secretary, shall give bond in such sum, and with such securities as shall be approved by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, and that all officers elected by virtue of this act, before entering upon the duties of their office, shall take and subscribe an oath for the faithful discharge of the duties of their respective offices.

Sec. 5. That it shall be the duty of the Mayor to cause an election to be held annually, at least ten days previous to the expiration of his term of office, for all the officers mentioned and required to be elected by this act, who shall enter upon the duties of their offices respectively, upon the expiration of the term of their predecessors.

Sec. 6. That the Mayor shall have jurisdiction and exercise the powers now confered by law on Justices of the Peace in criminal cases, over all offences committed against the ordinan

ces and decrees of the Mayor and Aldermen within the limits of said corporation.

Sec. 7. That the Mayor and Aldermen shall have power to pass such ordinances and decrees as they may think necessary; the establishment of schools, and the support of education; for the regulation of the police and the preservation of good order; to prescribe penalties; to levy taxes for the removal of nuisances, keeping the streets in order and such other purposes as the Board may deem necessary and proper within the limits of said corporation; provided, that such ordinances and decrees shall not conflict with the laws and constitution of this State.

Sec. 8. That the limits of said corporation shall embrace all that tract of land originally included within the limits and plat of said town; and that this act take effect from and after its passage.

Approved, November 24, 1851.

CHAPTER III.

An Act to change the name of Mary Angeline Middleton, to that

of Mary Angeline Gill.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the name of Mary Angeline Middleton, daughter of John Middleton and Angeline Middleton be, and the same is hereby changed to that of Mary Angeline Gill.

Sec. 2. That this act take effect and be in force from and after

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An Act to Incorporate the People's Line of Gulf Steamers.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That John Ayer, Z. K. Fulton, John D. Groesbeeck, F. L. Paschal, J. M. Devine. William Vance and Thomas H. Jones, and their associates and successors be, and they are hereby constituted a body corporate and politic, for and during the term of seven years, by the name and style of the "People's Line of Gulf Steamers,” and under that name and style, shall

be capable in law of sueing and being sued, of pleading and being impleaded, and competent to contract for, buy and receive all kinds of property that may be necessary for the purpose for which said corporation is created; to have a common seal, to alter and change the same at pleasure; to bind themselves with or without a seal; and to make all necessary by-laws, rules and regulations, not conflicting with the provisions of this act, nor with the constitution and laws of the State.

Sec. 2. That the capital stock of said company shall not exceed two hundred thousand dollars, and shall be divided into shares of one hundred dollars each; each share entitling the owner thereof to one vote in person or by proxy, at all the meetings of the company; and the shares shall be deemed personal estate, and shall be transferable by any conveyance in writing, recorded either by the Treasurer in books kept by him for that purpose, at the general office, or by any other oflicer duly authorized by the Directors, in books kept by him at such other place as the Directors may appoint; such transfers as are recorded at any other place, being within thirty days communicated to the Treasurer, and by him entered on his book.

Sec. 3. That said company be, and is hereby invested with the right of owning, running, and maintaining a line of two or more steam packets or steam ships, from New Orleans by way of Galveston and the ports on the west end of Matagorda Bay to the town of Port Laraca; and also the right to ask, demand and receive such amount for the transportation of passengers and freight on said steamships, as may be regulated and fixed by the Board of Directors, specifying the amount per ton burthen, and per barrel or hundred pounds, or per head for live stock, or per thousand for lumber; provided, freights shall not exceed ten cents per cubic foot from New Orleans to Galveston, nor fifteen cents to Lavaca or any point on Matagorda Bay, for the usual measurement goods; nor more than ten dollars for passengers to Galveston and fifteen to Lavaca; provided, however, that should the said company at any time extend their trips to Aransas Pass or Corpus Christi, they shall not charge exceeding twenty dollars for each passenger, nor over twenty cents

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foot for freight, with all other charges in the same proportion; and, provided, that should they hereafter freight to the Sabine Pass, the rates of freight or passage shall not exceed that to Galveston.

Sec. 4. That the immediate control and direction of the affairs of said company shall be vested in a board of not less than seven nor more than nine Directors, a majority of whom shall consti

tute a quorum for the transaction of business, said directors to be elected annually by the stockholders. The first election shall be held at La Vaca, and at such time as a majority of the persons named in this act may determine: provided, that at least ten days notice, by letter or otherwise, be given to each and every stockholder, of the time and place of such election. No person shall be eligible to the office of Director unless he be the owner of at least three shares of the capital-stock of said company. The directors shall have power to fill any vacancy in their body arising from any cause. They shall have power to appoint a Clerk, Treasurer or any such other officers or agents, as they may deem necessary and require, and prescribe bonds for the faithful discharge of their duties. They may make all necessary rules and regulations for the holding of meetings, and all other lawful things they may deem proper for carrying out the provisions of this charter and business of the company. They shall keep or cause to be kept, records of all meetings of the directors and company, and accurate books and accounts of the receipts and expenditures of the company; and the books shall be open to the inspection of the stockholders.

Sec. 5. That if any subscriber shall fail to pay any amount due upon shares subscribed for by him, according to the terms of his subscription, the directors may, after twenty days public notice, sell at public auction the shares subscribed for by said delinquent, and transfer to the purchaser such shares. If the proceeds of the sale shall not be sufficient to pay the amount due with interest and charges, such delinquent shall be held liable to the company for the deficiency; and if the proceeds shall exceed the amount so due, with interest and charges, he shall receive the surplus.

Sec. 6. That the principal office for the transaction of the business of said company shall be at Lavaca, or at some point on Matagorda Bay; provided, that the directors may, from time to time, establish an office at New Orleans, Galveston, or such other point as they may deem necessary.

Sec. 7. The directors shall elect a President from their own body, whose duty it shall be to preside over all meetings of the directors, and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed to him in the by-laws.

Sec. 8. The persons named in this act, or a majority of them, shall have full power and authority to open books for subscriptions to the capital stock of said company at such time and at such places as they may deem proper, and to close the same at pleasure or when the full amount shall have been subscribed;

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