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2. Whenever the work and all the property of the In what said American Bottom Levee Company shall become the may become a 'property of the owners of the land, as provided in section corporation. ten, (10,) of the act to which this is an amendment, the same shall thereafter be managed by the owners of said land, instead of the county court of Madison county; and the owners of said lands shall thereupon become a body corporate, under the name of the "American Bottom Levee Company;" and said company shall be invested with all the powers in the management of said work and property as is conferred upon the county court of Madison county, in the said section ten, of the act to which this is an amendment; and shall manage the same, under a board of seven directors, to be chosen, annually, by said land owners; which board shall choose a president and secretary, who shall be the acting officers of said company. Said company may contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, by its corporate name, aforesaid; may have a common seal; and may make such rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of the land, as may be necessary to enable said company to execute the powers and duties conferred on it.

aging levees.

3. If any person shall willfully or maliciously dig Penalty for damdown, break down, level, demolish or otherwise destroy or damage the levee or embankment which has been constructed by the American Bottom Levee Company, or any part thereof, every person so offending, on conviction, shall be fined in a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars, or be imprisoned not exceeding three months, or both. Anything in the act to which this is an amendment, inconsistent with the provisions of this act, is hereby repealed.

§ 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

APPROVED June 13, 1863.

AN ACT to extend the charter for a ferry across the Mississippi river, therein Inforce February


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Whereas the "Keokuk and Hamilton Ferry and Man- Preamble.
ufacturing Company, now owning and running a
ferry across the Mississippi river, between Hamilton
and Keokuk, have expended large sums of money in
making roads, bridges, dikes, and embankments, and,
for the proper accommodation of the public, will be com-
pelled to expend large additional sums of money, to an
amount, at least, equal to many years' proceeds accruing
to them from said ferry; now, to insure the full and
faithful accommodation of the public, and, at the same

Hamilton Ferry


time, to fairly and adequately indemnify the owners of said ferry for advances made and to be made in and about the work necessary to be done about said ferry and buildings,

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the said and Keokuk and Hamilton Ferry and Manufacturing Company, Company to ex- now owning and running the ferry across the Mississippi ist for fifty river, between Hamilton, Hancock county, and Keokuk, Iowa, their successors and assigns, shall have the exclusive privilege of running said ferry for the term of fifty years, from the first day of May next, landing at their present ferry landings and for the space of two miles above and two miles below said present landing, whether the same shall be upon their own land or at public streets or wharves, or on the land of others, on the Illinois side of said river; and any other person or persons, who shall establish or keep any other ferry across said river, within said limits, shall be liable to the penalties provided by chapter forty-two of the Revised Statutes, entitled, "Ferries and Toll Bridges," Provided, they shall keep, at all reasonable times, on said ferry, sufficient and suitable steam or other boat or boats, for the accommodotion of the public. And the rate of ferRates of ferriage. riage shall not exceed such reasonable rates as may be provided by the county court of Hancock county.

2. This act shall be in force from and after its passage. And all laws, or acts, or parts of acts, inconsistent with this act, or coming in conflict therewith, are hereby repealed. APPROVED Feb. 13, 1863.

In force February 18, 1868.

AN ACT to establish a ferry across the Kaskaskia river.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That James Form of charter. W. Hughes and Henry Rutter, their heirs and assigns, of the county of St. Clair, are hereby authorized and empowered to keep and own a ferry across the Kaskaskia river, at the town of Fayetteville, in said county of St. Clair, and State of Illinois, for and during the term of fifteen years.

May make roads, etc.

§ 2. The said Hughes and Rutter, their heirs and assigns, shall have the right to make all necessary roads and other improvements, that they may deem necessary, to insure the safety and convenience of persons and property crossing said ferry; and, for the same purpose, the said Hughes and Rutter, their heirs and assigns, may make new roads, leading to and from said ferry, and have power to condemn lands, for said purpose, paying an equivalent therefor, and

by commissioners appointed for that purpose, to consist of three freeholders of said county.

agement of.

§ 3. They shall, at all times, keep a sufficient number of Boats and mangood boats, so as to afford a safe and speedy passage to all persons wishing to cross with their teams, stock, carriages, or otherwise, and a sufficient number of hands for that purpose.

84. The county court of St. Clair county shall have Rates of ferriage. power to fix and establish such rates of ferriage as they may think right, just and proper, and shall also have power to levy and collect, from time to time, such annual tax or license on said ferry as they shall think proper and equitable: Provided, the same shall not be lower than other ferries across said river similarly situated.

§ 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage, other acts or parts of acts to the contrary notwithstanding: Provided, that this act shall not be construed to impair the rights of any other ferry on said river, now or hereafter to be established, nor shall the right to establish roads extend beyond one half a mile from the ferry landing.

APPROVED Feb. 13, 1863.

AN ACT to incorporate the "Helvetia Sharpshooters' Society" of High- In force Feb. 16, land, Madison county, Illinois.


SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That Peter Streif, Albert Bruckner, Barnard Durer, B. A. Suppiger Corporate name. and David Suppiger, and such other persons as shall from time to time become members of said society, are hereby incorporated, and shall be a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of the "Helvetia Sharpshooters' Society," located in Highland, Madison county, Illinois, and under that name shall have perpetual succession, and shall be capable of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, in all courts, both of law and equity, in this State; and may have and use a common seal, and the same to alter and amend at pleasure; and by their corporate name and style shall be capable in law of contracting and being contracted with, and of acquiring, by purchase or otherwise, and of holding and conveying real and personal estate, either in fee, or for a term of years: Provided, That Extent of propthey shall not, at any one time, name or hold property exceed- erty. ing in value ten thousand dollars.

2. Said corporation shall at all times have full power Rules and reguand authority to ordain, make and establish such by-laws, lations.

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rules and regulations as they shall judge proper, for the better government and regulation of the officers and members of said society, and for ascertaining an equal annual rate of contribution to be paid by the members thereof, in aid of the funds of said society, and for prescribing the time, place and manner of practicing in shooting and the rules regulating the same; such by-laws not to be inconsistent with the laws of this State and of the United States.

3. Said society may select one of its members to act as steward or landlord, furnishing victuals and refreshments, on the premises and in the buildings of the society only, at the days and hours appointed by the executive committee thereof; said steward and landlord to be exempted from license.

84. That for the better carrying on the business and affairs of said corporation, there shall be annually elected on the first Monday of April of each year, an executive committee, consisting of one president, one vice-president, one secretary-treasurer, one vice-secretary and one sergeantat-arms, who shall hold their offices for one year, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

§ 5. In all suits at law or equity brought against this society, or in any suit brought by this society against any of its members, or against any other person or persons, any member of this society shall be admitted as a competent witness.

§ 6. This act to be in force from and after its passage. APPROVED February 16, 1863.

In force February A BILL for an act to amend the charter of the Greenville Mutual Fire In21, 1863.

surance Company.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the name Name of corpora- of the "Greenville Mutual Fire Insurance Company" be and is hereby changed to the "Adams Insurance Company," and by that name said company shall hereafter be known.


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Insurance against wind, lightning, etc.

§ 2. All acts done and all contracts or obligations due from said company, under the name of "Greenville Mutual Fire Insurance Company," shall be assumed and faithfully performed as fully as though the name of the company had not been changed; and all acts and things authorized to be done at Greenville, in the county of Bond, and State of Illinois, shall be lawful if done at Freeport, in the county of Stephenson, and State of Illinois.

§3. In addition to insuring against loss or damage by fire, this company may make insurance against loss or dam

age by lightning, wind and the risk of inland navigation and transportation, and any other insurance: Provided, said company shall not engage in life insurance; and may receive for insurance such premium as may be agreed upon between the person or persons insuring and this company.


84. The members of this company shall be and are Proportion hereby bound to pay their proportion of all losses and expenses happening and accruing during the time for which their policies are issued, and to the amount of their premium notes, and no more.

§ 5. All statements made in any application for insurance shall be binding upon the insured and a warranty upon his, her or their part.


on premium

86. Whenever any assessment is made upon any pre- Assessments upmium note given to said company, and the maker thereof notes. shall neglect or refuse to pay the amount claimed by said company, for the space of thirty days after notice of such assessment has been issued by said company and duly mailed, post paid, directed to the post office address, as represented upon his, her or their application of insurance, made to said company, his, her or their policy, to whom notice is issued, shall be void and of no effect, until such assessment is paid; and said company may proceed at law and collect the whole amount of the premium note or notes, with costs of suit; and in case an action is brought for the recovery of any assessment due said company, the certificate of the president or secretary, under seal of said company, shall be taken and recived as prima facie evidence, in all courts and places whatsoever.


7. The persons named in the first section to which First board of lithis act is an amendment, together with Hiram Bright, William P. Malburn and Charles L. Currier, shall be the first directors of said company, unless said company shall have been organized before the passage of this act. The board of directors shall consist of not less than five nor more than fifteen members, to be elected by ballot or by proxy-if by proxy, the proxy offered at any election shall contain the certificate of the secretary of said company that the person offering to vote by proxy is at the time of the election a member of said company. Five directors shall constitute a quorum, for the transaction of business. All meet- Quorum. ings of the board of directors and executive committe may be called in a manner prescribed by the by-laws of said company. And this company shall have power to issue policies for any term of years, not exceeding ten.


8. The board of directors may appoint an executive Executive comcommittee, consisting of three of the directors of said company, who shall have all the powers of the board of directors, when the board of directors are not in session; and all contracts and obligations signed by a majority of such executive committee shall be as binding as though done by the

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