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Sec. 9. That all free males between the ages of twenty-one and fort v-five, shall be liable to work the streets; that such persons shall not be compelled to work more than ten days in one year, and shall be exempt from working all other roads, and the board shall impose such fines against defaulters as they may deem necessary.

Sec. 10. That the board may levy an equal tax on all real and personal property and merchandize, or they man exempt a certain amount of household goods, and may levy a license tax on physicians, surgeons, boarding houses, livery stables, and may license or close all theatres or shows, all grog-shops, doggeries, or any dramdrinking establishment, restaurat, billiards, ten-pins, and all gambling houses, and all such like indulgencies, but shall not tax agricultural or mechanical trades; such tax to be levied at the beginning of each year, and shall be assessed and collected by an officer to be appointed by the board, in the same manner that the State tax is collected; said tax not to exceed one per cent. ad valorem.

Sec. 11. That the board of Aldermen shall have power to appoint such officers, fix their salaries and duties, and to remove them for default or violation of duty as said board shall think proper; and all such officers shall be required to give bond and security to the mayor, in such penalty as may be deemed requisite, and shall be liable to such fines as may be imposed for neglect of duty.

Sec. 12. That the board of aldermen shall have power to regulate it own proceedings, and to prescribe the duty of all the officers of the corporation, and shall have the power to enact all ordinances necessary for the peace and welfare of said town, not contrary to law.

Sec. 13. That the Mayor shall try all offences against all the laws and ordinances of the town, and be ex-officio Justice of the Peace, with civil and criminal jurisdiction; the Mayor, Constable and Aldermen shall be conservators of the peace.

Sec. 14. That all offenses and violations against the ordinances aforesaid, shall be prosecuted before the Mavor, as required in the acts organizing Justice's Courts, and defining the powers and jurisdiction of the same; and the Constable shall execute all writs directed to him from the Mavor.

Sec. 15. That all elections shall be held in accordance with the law regulating elections.

Sec. 16. That the Constable, Secretary and Treasurer shall give bond and security, to be approved by the board of aldermen, for the faithful performance of their duty.

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Sec. 17. That if any person elected or appointed to office under this charter, fail to qualify within ten days after his election or appointment, the board shall have power to declare the office ra. cant and order another election.

Sec. 18. That all otheers before entering upon the duties of their respective offices, shall make oath faithfully to perform the duties of their respective offices.

Sec. 19. That elections shall be ordered to be held at least ten days before the expiration of the term of office of the officers designated by this charter.

Sec. 20. That all contests in elections shall be determined by the board of Aldermen; provided, however, that the election held by the order of the Magistrate for the first officers shall, if cortested, be determined by the Magistrate ordering it.

Sec. 21. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, February 4, 1853.



Repealing the second section of an act passed on the 10th day of

February, 1852, changing the names of Antionette Scott and Sidney Way, to that of Devereaux.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the second section of said act be repealed, leaving the first section in full force.

Sec. 2. That this act take effect from and after its passage.
Approved, February 4, 1853.


An Act for the relief of the inhabitants of Presidio de San Elizario,

in El Paso County.

Whereas, the grant to the inhabitants of the town of Presidio de

San Elizario, having been destroved by the American troops in the year eighteen hundred and forty-six; therefore,

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas. That the grant made to the people of Presidio de San

Elizario in the year seventeen hundred and ninety, to the following described tract of land, to wit: commencing on the Rio Grande at a point where the established line of division between the towns of Socarro and San Elizario strikes said river for the Northern boundary, and following said line to the hills bordering on the eastern bank of the river Viejo; thence running south-east along with said hills down the river Viejo, to a point at which said Rio Viejo empties into the Rio Grande; thence up said Rio Grande from the mouth of the Rio Viejo to the place of beginning, containing four leagues more or less, is hereby fully recognized and confirmed.

Sec. 2. That the Commissioner of the General Landoffice be, and he is hereby authorized to issue a patent to the inhabitants of said town of Presidio de San Elizario, to the above described tract of land; provided, that there are no evidences of conflicting claims for said tract of land on record in the General Landoffice.

Sec. 3. That this act take effect and be in force from and after

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An Act to Incorporate and establish St. Paul's College:

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That an Institution of learning, to be known as St. Paul's College be, and the same is hereby established at Anderson in the county of Grimes.

Sec. 2. That there shall be for the present, seven Trustees of said College, to take charge of its interests, a majority of whom shall contitute a quorum to do business.

Sec. 3. That the following named persons, having been duly chosen Trustees of said College, are recognized as such, viz: Geo. W. Freeman, Anson Jones, Peter W. Gray, Guy M. Bryan, E. B. Nichols, D. C. Dickson and S. G. Haynie, which board may be increased as hereinafter provided for, to any number not exceeding fifteen.

Sec. 4. That the aforesaid Trustees and their successors in office be, and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, in deed and in la by the name of the “President and Trustees of St. Paul's College," and by that name they and

their successors may and shall have perpetual succession, and be able and capable in law to receive, have and enjoy, to them and their successors, lands, tenements, hereditaments of any kind, in fee or for life, or for years, and personal property of any kind whatsoever, and all sums of money which may be granted, given or bequeathed to them for the purpose of promoting the interests of said College.

Sec. 5. That there shall be a stated meeting of the Board of Trustees in each year, at the time of conferring degrees, and that the President of said Board of Trustees shall have full power to call an occasional meeting of the Board whenever it shall appear to him necessary, and a majority of said Board shall have similair power.

Sec. 6. That the Trustees of said College may and shall have a common seal for the business of themselves and their successors, with liberty to alter or change the same from time to time, as they shall think proper, and that by their aforesaid name, they and their successors may and shall be able to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered, defend and be defended in all courts of law and equity in this State, and to grant, bargain, lease, sell or assign any lands, tenements, goods or chattels, now belonging to said College, or that may hereafter belong to the same; to construct all the necessary buildings for said Institution; to establish a preparatory department, and departments for the study of any or all the learned and liberal professions, at such places as may he designated by them, and any such dependent institutions as they may deem necessary in furtherange of the objects of this act: to establish fellowships and scholarships; to have the management of the finances; the privilege of electing their own officers (except as hereinafter provided;) of appointing all necessary committees, and to act and do all things whatsoever for the benefit of said Institution in as ample a manner as any body politic or corporato mar and can do by law.

Sec. 7. That the Trustees shall have the power of prescribing the course of studies to be pursued by the students, and of framing and enacting all such ordinances and by-laws as shall appear to them necessary from time to time for the government of said College and for their own proceedings: provided, always, that the same be in accordance with the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Texas.

Sec. 8. That the head of said College shall be styled the Pre lent, and the instructors thereof the Professors and Tutors, and the President and Professors of the departments general

ly; the Faculty of the respective departments of said College; which Faculty as above shall have power of enforcing the ordinances and by-laws adopted by the Trustees for the government of the students in their respective departments, by rewarding or censuring them, and finally by suspending or expeling such of them as after repeated admonitions shall continue disobedient or refractory.

Sec. 9. That the Trustees shall have power by the President and Faculty of said College to grant and confer such degree or degrees in the arts, sciences and learned professions to the students of said College, and to other persons worthy thereof, as are usually granted and conferred in other Colleges or Universities in the United States, and to give certificates thereof or diplomas, signed by them, and sealed with the common seal of the Trustees of the College, to authenticate and perpetuate the memory of such graduations.

Sec. 10. That whenever a vacancy shall occur, either by death, resignation, or removal by the appointing power, in the Board of Trustees, such vacancy shall be filled by the annual convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the diocese of the State of Texas, and said convention may at their discretion, at any time hereafter, increase the Faculty to any' number not exceeding fifteen, and classify the same and fix their terms of office.

Sec. 11. That the Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the diocese of Texas, for the time being, and his canonical successors, shall be ex-officio President of the Board of Trustees, and until some other person shall, with his approval, be appointed by the Board, be also President of the Faculty of said College.

Sec. 12. That the Trustees shall have the power of appointing the President of the Faculty as herein before provided, and the Professors and other officers connected with the College, and of fixing their salaries, and also of removing them for cause, a majority of the whole number concurring in said removal.

See. 13. That no misnomer of said College shall defeat or annul any gift, grant, devise or bequest to the same.

Sec. 14. That this act shall be deemed a public one, and judicially taken notice of without special pleading.

Sec. 15. That in case any donation, devise or bequest. shail be made for particular purposes, accordant with the designs of this institution, and the Trustees shall accept the same; every such donation, devise, or bequest shall be applied in strict con

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