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ants, in virtue of an act passed on the twenty-second day of January, 1815, "granting to settlers on the public domain pre-emption privileges;" but the Commissioner of the General Land Office shall issue patents on the same in conformity to law: Provided, that the field-notes are returned by or before the first day of January, eighteen hundred and fifty-five.

Sec. 2. That this act take effect from and after its passage.
Approved, January 7, 1854.

CHAPTER VIII.

An Act making an appropriation for the payment of the Second

Class Debt “B” of public debt of the late Republic of Texas.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the sum of one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, be and the same is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury, for the payment of the second class debt “B” of the debt of the late Republic of Texas, which has been or may be allowed and audited by the Auditor and Comptroller, under the provisions of an act approved February seventh, eighteen hundred and fiftv-three, to extend the provisions of an act entitled an act to provide for ascertaining the debt of the late Republic of Texas, approved March twentieth, eighteen hundred and forty-eight.

Sec. 2. That the Treasurer in paying claims under the provisions of this act, shall be governed in all respects by the laws regulating the disbursement of money from the State Treasury, and that this act take effect from and after its passage.

Approved, January 18, 1834.

CHAPTER IX.

An Act to provide for the sale of the Furniture of the Old Capitol

and the boxes which contained the new Furniture.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That Mr. Thomas Ward be, and he is requested and

authorized to take possession of the furniture of the old Capitol, and the boxes which contained the new furniture, wherever the same may be found, and proceed to expose the same at public sale to the highest bidder, for cash, on the third Mondav in January, eighteen hundred and fifty-four, and return the proceeds of the same to the Comptroller of the State, to be by him deposited in the State Treasury. And the Comptroller is hereby authorized to issue his warant on the Treasurer in favor of the said Ward for an amount not to exceed ten per cent. upon the amount of the proceeds of the sale; and that this act take effect and be in force from its passage.

Approved, January 18, 1854.

CHAPTER X.

An Act to authorize the Sheriff of Calhoun county to execute

Deeds in certain cases.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Sheriff of Calhoun county be, and he is hereby authorized to execute deeds of conveyance to all persons who may have purchased lands at any public sale made by James P. Fulkerscn, deceased, late Sheriff of said county, and such deeds of conveyance shall have the same effect as if executed by said James P. Fulkerson. Provided, that said officer shall execute no such deeds unless proof shall have first been made before the District Court of Calhoun county, that the property proposed to be conveyed was actually sold by Sheriff Fulkerson upon some valid execution, order or judgment of the District Court, and also an affidavit filed that the execution and return of said officer has been lost or destroved, which proof shall be made at the expense of the party applying for the conveyance.

Sec. 2. That this act take effect from and after its passage.
Approved, January 18, 1854.

CHAPTER XI.

An Act supplementary to An Act suplementary to and amending

“An Act for the relief of the citizens of Mercer's Colony,” of date February second, eighteen hundred and fiftv.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the provisions of the act for the relief of the citizens of Mercer's Colony, of effect March twenty-third, eighteen hundred and fifty, shall apply and be in force in regard to all rights sought to be established, and all certificates issued under the provisions of the act to which this is a supplement. Provided, that no certificate shall be granted or issued under the provisions of this act, or the act to which this is a supplement, unless the anplicant shall make all the proofs required by the above recited act, and shall also prove, by his or her own oath, supported by the oath of two respectable witnesses, that he, or his or her ancestors or decendents, as the case may be, emigrated to and settled within the limits of the territory commonly known as Mercer's Colony on or before the twenty-ninth day of January, A. D. eighteen hundred and forty-nine; and should any certificate be obtained by fraud, or perjury, or otherwise than according to the true intent and meaning of this act, such certificate, and the patent issued thereon, shall be utterly void.

Sec. 2. That the fifth section of an act supplementary to and amending an act for the relief of the citizens of Mercer's Colony, ef date sixteenth of February, eighteen hundred and fifty-two, be and the same is hereby repealed; and that this act take effect from and after its passage.

Approved, January 21, 1854.

CHAPTER XII.

An Act to authorize the County Court of Freestone County to levy

an additional tax for the purpose of building a Courthouse.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the County Court of Freestone county is hereby authorized and empowered to levy an additional tax upon the

persons and property of all persons subject to taxation in said county of Freestone, for the purpose of building a Courthouse in said county, which shall be assessed and collected as other taxes. Provided, that the county tax shall not exceed one hundred per cent. on the State tax.

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

Approved, January 24, 1854.

CHAPTER XIII.

An Act to amend an act entitled “An Act to fix the day and mil

eage of the Members of the Legislature," approved April 13, 1846.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Members of the Legislature, at each session hereafter to be held, shall receive from the Treasury of the State, as their compensation, five dollars for each day thev shall be in attendance on the same, and five dollars for everv twenty-five miles they may travel in going to, and returning from the place of convening the Legislature.

Approved, January 26, 1854.

CHAPTER XIV.

An Act making an appropriation of five thousand dollars for the

indemnification of the owners of slaves executed since the 24th day of January, A. D. 1852.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the sum of five thousand dollars, ($5,000 00,) or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby set aside and appropriated out of any money not otherwise appropriated in the Treasiry, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of “an act entitled an act to indemnify the owners for the loss of slaves executed for capital offences,” approved January 24th, 1852.

Sec. 2. That this act take effect from and after its passage.
Approved, January 26, 1854.

CHAPTER XV.

An Act to encourage the construction of Railroads in Texas by do

nations of lands.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That any railroad company chartered by the legislature of this State, heretofore or hereafter, constructing within the limits of Texas, a section of twenty-five miles or more of railroad, shall be entitled to receive from the State a grant of sixteen sections of land for every mile of road so constructed and put in running order.

Sec. 2. That any railroad company having actually put under contract as much as twenty-five miles of its road or its entire road when the length may not exceed twenty-five miles, upon filing a ccrtified copy of such contract with the Commissioner of the General Landoffice, and upon depositing with the Treasurer of the State a bond with two or more good sureties, to be approved by him in favor of the Governor of the State, in the sum of ten thousand dollars, conditioned as hereinafter required, may file an application with any district surveyor of any land district in this State, a copy of which application shall in all cases be forwarded to the Commissioner of the General Landoffice by the district surveyor, to survey any quantity of the public domain lying and being in such district, and subject to location and entry, not to exceed eight hundred sections, and said application shall specifically describe the lands applied for and intended to be surveyed; and if said company shall produce and file with the district surveyor a certificate of the Commissioner of the General Landoffice, that a copy of its contract has been filed in said office for the construction of twenty-five miles or more of said road; and also a certificate from the Treasurer that a bond as required by this act has been deposited in his office, said application shall exempt the land so designated from any future location, entry or pre-emption privilege, until otherwise directed as hereinafter provided; provided, that no application for a survey of lands under the provisions of this act, shall be made for more than six months before the completion of such section; and if said section be not completed and notice thereof given as herein provided within six months from the time of the application, then such land applied for shall become subject to location and entry as if no such application had been made.

Sec. 3. That it shall be the duty of said company to cause to

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