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commence on the first day of October, and close on the thirtieth day of September.

§ 2. The secretary of state, auditor of public accounts, state treasurer, adjutant general, state entomologist, commissioners of the penitentiary, trustees of the industrial university, the trustees of the normal universities, the state board of agriculture, the trustees of the reform school, the board of public charities, and the trustees of the state charitable institutions shall on or before the first day of November, in the year eighteen hundred and seventy-six, and biennially thereafter, make and deliver to the governor such reports as they are now required by law or the constitution to make of their acts and doings, respectively, closing with the fiscal year preceding each regular session of the general assembly, and no other annual or biennial report shall be made by such officers.

§ 3. The commissioners of the penitentiary, the trustees of the normal universities, the trustees of the industrial university, the state board of agriculture, the trustees of the reform school, and the trustees of the state charitable institutions shall arrange their reports required by the second section of this act so as to show the acts and doings of each fiscal year separately.

§ 4. An account shall be kept by the officers of the executive department, and of all the public institutions of the state, of all moneys received or disbursed by them, severally, from all sources and for every service performed, and a semi-annual report thereof be made to the governor, under oath.

APPROVED March 29, 1875.

FRAUDS UPON TRAVELERS.

TO PREVENT FRAUDS UPON TRAVELERS, ETC.

$ 1. Duty of railroads, steamboats, etc-author- 1 $ 5. Duty of owners to provide for redemption of ity to sell tickets.

tickets. 82. Evidence of authority to sell tickets. $6. Penalty-for a refusal to redeem ticket $3. Penalty for barteriog or transferring without

sold. authority.

In force July 1, 1875. $ 4. Agent required to show authority-keep cer

tificato posted in his office.

AN ACT to prevent frauds upon travelers and owner or owners of any rail

road, steamboat or other conveyance for the transportation of passengers.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That it shall be the duty of owner or owners of any railroad or steamboat for the transportation of passengers to provide each agent, who may be authorized to sell tickets, or other certificates entitling the holder to travel upon any railroad or steamboat, with a certificate setting forth the authority of such agent to make such sales ; which certificate shall be duly attested by the corporate seal of the owner of such railroad or steamboat.

82. That it shall not be lawful for any person not possessed of such authority, so evidenced, to sell, barter or transfer, for any consideration whatever, the whole or any part of any ticket or tickets, passes, or other evidences of the holder's title to travel on any railroad or steamboat, whether the same be situated, operated or owned within or without the limits of this state.

$ 3. That any person or persons violating the provisions of the second section of this act shall be deemed guilty of misdemeanor, and shall be liable to be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding one year, or either, or both, in the discretion of the court in which such person or persons shall be convicted.

§ 4. That it shall be the duty of every agent who shall be authorized to sell tickets, or parts of tickets, or other evidences of the holder's title to travel, to exhibit to any person desiring to purchase a ticket, or to any officer of the law who may request him, the certificate of his authority thus to sell, and to keep said certificate posted in a conspicuous place in his office for the information of travelers.

§ 5. That it sball be the duty of the owner or owners of railroad or steamboat, by their agents or managers, to provide for the redemption of the whole, or any parts or coupons of any ticket or tickets, as they may have sold, as the purchaser, for any reason, has not used, and does not desire to use, at a rate which shall be equal to the difference between the price paid for the whole ticket and the cost of a ticket between the points for which the proportion of said ticket was actually used; and the sale by any person of the unused portion of any ticket otherwise than by the presentation of the same for redemption, as provided for in this section, shall be deemed to be a violation of the provisions of this act, and shall be punished as is herein before provided : Provided, that this act shall not prohibit any person who has purchased a ticket from any agent authorized by this act, with the bona fide intention of traveling upon the same, from selling any part of the same to any other person.

$ 6. Any railroad or steamboat company that shall, by any of its ticket agents in this state, refuse to redeem any of its tickets or parts of tickets as prescribed in section five of this act, shall pay a fine of five hundred dollars for each offense, to the People of the State of Illinois, and it shall be unlawful for said company, subsequent to such refusal, to sell any ticket or tickets in this state until such fine is paid.

APPROVED April 19, 1875.

HOSPITALS FOR THE INSANE.

TO SECURE EQUALITY IN ADMISSION TO.

$ 1. State divided into districts.
8 2. Admission of patients.
$ 3. Number of patients to each county.
$ 4. When county quota not full.

1$ 5. Discharge of patients.

$ 6. Transfer of patients.
1 $ 7. When counties indebted.
1 $ 8. Emergency. In force April 10th, 1875.

AN ACT to secure equality among the counties in the matter of the admis

sion of patients into the State Hospitals for the Insane.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That from and after the date of the opening of the south wing of the Northern Insane Hospital, at Elgin, the state shall be divided into three districts, for the purpose of regulating the admission of patients to the state hospitals for the insane, as fol. lows:

The Northern Insane Hospital shall be set apart for the accommodation and care of the insane of the counties of Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, Ogle, Carroll, Whiteside, Lee, LaSalle, Grundy, Will, Kankakee, Iroquois, Ford, Livingston, Putnam, Bureau, Stark, Henry and Knox.

The Central Insane Hospital, at Jacksonville, shall be set apart for the insane of the counties of Rock Island, Mercer, Henderson, Warren, Hancock, Adams, Pike, Calhoun, Brown, Schuyler, McDonough, Ful. ton, Peoria, Marshall, Woodford, McLean, Tazewell, Mason, Cass, Menard, Logan, DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Edgar, Clark, Cumberland, Coles, Douglas, Moultrie, Shelby, Macon, Sangamon, Morgan, Scott, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Bond, Montgomery, and Christian.

The Southern Insane Hospital, at Anna, shall be set apart for the insane of the counties of Fayette, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, Lawrence, Richland, Clay, Marion, Clinton, St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph, Perry, Washington, Jefferson, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, White, Ham. ilton, Franklin, Jackson, Williamson, Saline, Gallatin, Hardin, Pope, Massac, Johnson, Pulaski, Union, and Alexander.

§ 2. The county officers of the several counties shall in all cases make application for the admission of patients who are a county charge, into the hospital of the district in which the said counties are respectively situated, as specified in the preceding section ; but patients who are not a county charge, may be admitted into either of the state hospitals, in accordance with the applicatioa of their friends, without limitation as to the district in which said patients may reside.

§ 3. Each of the counties of this state shall hereafter be entitled to have and keep in the hospital at all times, except as hereinafter provided, a number of patients proportioned to its population, in the ratio of one patient to every twenty-five hundred of the population of said county, as shown by the census of 1870, as per the following schedule :

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8 4. In all cases where the quota of any county is not full, the superintendent and trustees may admit patients from other counties to the extent of the capacity of the bospital; and the superintendent and trustees shall receive all recent and curable cases from any county in the district, anything in this act to the contrary notwithstanding; and in the admission of patients, preference shall be given to patients who are indigent, rather than to tbose who have the ability to pay for their board and treatment; and to those who are dangerous, rather than to those who are harmless and inoffensive; and dangerous patients may be admitted even though such admission should reduce the quotas of some or all of the counties, as stated in the foregoing schedule.

§ 5. The superintendents and trustees of the several state hospitals for the insane are hereby directed and required, in making out lists of patients to be discharged from said hospitals, respectively, to discharge first those chronic cases who are from either of the other two districts whose limits are defined in the first section of the present act; and second, those chronic cases from within the districts in which said hos.

pitals are severally situated, who are from counties which have a number of patients in said hospitals in excess of their respective quotas, as prescribed in the third section of this act; and in no event shall any person be discharged from any insane asylum because of having been pronounced incurably insane.

§ 6. For the purpose of avoiding unnecessary expense, the superintendent and trustees of the state hospitals may, instead of discharging the patients indicated in the previous section, transfer them directly to the hospitals to which they are herein assigned : Provided, that the consent of their friends, or the county officers, as the case may be, shall first be obtained: And, provided, further, that the cost of such transfer shall be defrayed by the friends or county officers aforesaid, and shall be collected by the officers of the hospital as other charges are collected; but no such transfer shall be made, in any case, until the superintendent of the hospital to which the patient is proposed to be transferred, shall have given notice authorizing the admission of said patient.

§ 7. All counties which may be indebted to either of the state hospitals for the insane shall, upon the taking effect of this act, make settlement with the hospital and pay all arrearages in full to date; and in case of failure or refusal to make such settlement, the officers of the hospital are hereby authorized, at their discretion, to refuse to admit any additional chronic cases from the county guilty of such refusal or neglect.

§ 8. Whereas many counties of this state are unable, under the existing laws, to obtain admission for patients from said counties to the hospitals of this state to the extent indicated in the schedule contained in the third section of this act, therefore an emergency exists; therefore, this act shall take effect from and after its passage.

APPROVED April 10, 1875.

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AN ACT to amend section eight (8) of an act entitled "An act to revise

the law in relation to the rate of interest,approved March 25th, A. D. 1874.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That section eight (8) of "An act to revise the law in relation to the rate of interest,” approved March 25th, A. D. 1874, be amended to read as follows:

"§ 8. When any written contract, whenever payable, shall have been or shall be made in this state, or between citizens or corporations of this state, or a citizen or corporation of this state and a citizen or corporation of any other state, territory or country, (or shall be secured

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