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actually receive the same, or give something in earnest to bind the bargain or in part payment, or unless some note or memorandum in writing of the said bargain be made and signed by the party or parties to be charged by such contract, or their

agent thereunto lawfully authorized. Of bills of ex. Sec. 4. No bill of exchange, negotiable promissory note, or

der or draft, except such as are payable on demand, shall be payable until three days of grace have been allowed thereon, unless it appear in the instrument that it was the intention of

the party that days of grace should not be allowed. Regarding the Sec. 5. If any person shall be compelled to pay any sum of

money on the account of the escape of any prisoner, he may maintain an action therefor against such prisoner and all persons aiding such escape.

This act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved February 14th, 1857.

escape of a prisoner.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF DEEDS, &c.

AN ACT to authorize Judges of the Probate Court to take acknowledgment

and proof of deeds and other instruments, and to confirm certain acts of the same.

Acknowledgment of deeds, &c., dee!ared valid.

Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Assembly of

the Territory of Kansas, as follows : SECTION 1. All acknowledgments of deeds and other instruments for record in this territory which have already been taken by judges of the probate court, with or without an impression of an official seal, are hereby recogpized, confirmed and made valid.

Sec. 2. All judges of the probate court are hereby authorized and empowered to take the acknowledgment and proof of deeds and other instruments for record in this territory, by certifying to the same under their hands and private seals, provided such instruments are intended for record in the county wherein the judge resides, or the estate affected is situated.

Probate courts allowed to take acknowledgment, &c.

This act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved February 17th, 1857.

ATTACHMENT.

AN ACT to amend an act, entitled “ An act to provide for the recovery of

debts by attachment.”

Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Assembly of

the Territory of Kansas, as follows: SECTION 1. The first section of the second article of an act, entitled " An act to provide for the recovery of debts by attachment," be and the same is hereby amended as follows: All creditors whose demands are due upon bonds or notes for the direct payment of money, and all creditors whose demands are are due upon due upon contract other than bonds and notes, where such de- &c., may sue. mands do not exceed one hundred dollars, may sue under the provisions of said act.

This act to take effect from and after its passage.
Approved February 5th, 1857.

All creditors whose demands

bonds or notes,

APPROPRIATIONS.

AN ACT making appropriations for the expenses of the Territory of Kansas

for the year eighteen hundred and fifty-seven.

Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Kansas, That the following sums be and are hereby appropriated to the objects hereinafter expressed, for the year eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, namely: For compensation of treasurer, one thousand dollars ; for office rent for treasurer, one hundred dollars ; for compensation for auditor, one thousand dollars; for office rent for auditor, one hundred dollars; for compensation for librarian, one

Appropriations.

hundred dollars ; for rent for library room, one hundred dollars; for compensation for engrossing and enrolling clerks for the council, three hundred and twenty dollars ; for compensation for engrossing and enrolling clerks and one assistant clerk for the house of representatives, four hundred and eighty dollars ; for compensation for assessors and collectors of the revenue, five thousand dollars ; for compensation for the adjutant general and inspector general, three hundred dollars ; for expenses of holding a convention, ten thousand dollars ; for contingent expenses arising under provisions of law, and for which appropriations have not otherwise been made, one thousand five hundred dollars ; provided, that no person employed by the convention shall receive a higher compensation than is allowed by this legislature for the same kind of service; and, provided further, that the salary allowed the librarian and the rent for the library room shall not commence until we have a library to manage.

This act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved February 20th, 1857.

AN ACT making appropriations for the years eighteen hundred and fifty

five and eighteen hundred and fifty-six.

Sundry appropriations.

Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Assembly of

the Territory of Kansas, as follows: SECTION 1. That for the purpose of meeting the expenses of the territorial government for the years one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five and six, the following sums are hereby appropriated, to-wit : For rent of auditor's office, one hundred dollars ; for rent of treasurer's office, one hundred dollars ; for public seals for the comptroller of the treasury and treasurer's offices, together with letter press and appurtenances, seventyfive dollars ; Republican office, for bill of books furnished auditor, ninety-four dollars and sixty-one cents ; Amos H. Shultz, for furnishing bill of stationery, &c., thirty-seven dollars and forty-six cents ; Lecompton Union, for bill of printing, three dollars and fifty cents ; Leavenworth Herald, six dollars and seventy-five cents ; Squatter Sovereign, five dollars ; to Thomas Johnson, for iron safe furnished the treasurer for use of the territory, seventy-five dollars ; to John Donaldson, for freight and storage paid on books, seven dollars and fifty cents ; for the pay of extra services done by the chief and assistant clerks of the council and house of representatives for the first session of the legislative assembly of the territory of Kansas, in copying the journals and indexing the same, and for other services, and for the pay of the adjutant general of Kansas territory, nine hundred and fifty dollars.

Approved February 20th, 1857.

ASSOCIATIONS—CHURCH, &c.

AN ACT in relation to Associations.

may obtain any

of land.

Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Assembly of

the Territory of Kansas, as follows : SECTION 1. Any church or religious association, lodge of Any association Masons, Odd Fellows, divisions of Sons of Temperance, or necessary amount kindred orders, or any other association of persons for religious, moral, benevolent or literary purposes, or town company, or other association formed for any laudable or lawful purpose, may receive and hold by purchase or otherwise, and lease or convey the same, any amount of land necessary for the purposes of their association by or through a trustee or trustees, selected by any such association; and no conveyance to any such trustee, for the use and benefit of such association, shall vest the right of dower in any married woman in any way connected with any such association.

Sec. 2. Any conveyance to or by any such association may Any convey. be made through a trustee for the use and benefit of such association, naming it, and all the recitals in any lease, deed or other instrument, made to or by any such association, shall be taken and deemed as evidence of any and all facts so recited, until the contrary shall be proven by the party denying such facts so recited.

Sec. 3. That any such association may select a trustee by a Of trustees. majority of their members or interests as they may determine, and enter the same on the books of the association, and all va

ance, how made.

cancies may be filled in the same way; and such books being proven to be genuine, shall be evidence of the contents thereof.

This act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved February 17th, 1857.

BANKING ASSOCIATIONS.

AN ACT declaring certain Banking Associations unlawful.

Every company without an act of legislature authorizing its purposes is unlawful.

Punishment.

Be it enacted by the Governor anıl Legislative Assembly of

the Territory of Kansas, as follows:

SECTION 1. Every company or association of persons formwithot ed for banking purposes within this territory, and without an

act of the legislature authorizing the same, shall be deemed unlawful.

SEC. 2. If any person shall subscribe to or become a member of such company or association, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and punished by fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, nor less than four hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not less than six nor more than twelve months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Sec. 3. If any person shall be concerned in issuing notes or anding increasing bank bills, receiving deposits, loaning, issuing or signing any

such notes or bills, or in any way aiding in carrying on the business of such company or association, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by fine in the sum of one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not less than one nor more than three months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

SEC. 4. From and after the taking effect of this act, all notes &r securities notes or securities for the payment of money, or the delivery shall be null and of property, made, given, endorsed, or transferred to, or re

ceived by any such company or association for money or bills loaned, or discounts made, given, or transferred, or received by any persons for the benefit of such company or association, shall be null and void.

Punishment for

such a company.

After this act taking effect, all notes or securities to such company

void.

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