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be their duty to procure such manuscript, and to advertise for sealed proposals for publishing the same, in like manner as herein before provided, and under the same conditions and restrictions. And such contract may be let for the publication of all such books, or for any one or more of such books separately; and it shall be the further duty of such Board of Commissioners to provide, in the contract for the publication of any such manuscript, for the payment, by the publisher, of the compensation agreed between such board and the author or owner of any such manuscript, for such manuscript, together with the cost or expense of copyrighting the same.

SEC. 5. It shall be a part of the terms and conditions of Dealers and every contract made in pursuance of this act, for the publica- tricts to be tion of any book or books, that such contractor shall sell or supplied at

what price. cause to be sold for cash to all merchants and dealers and to such school districts as are now or may hereafter furnish free text-books for use in the school or schools of said district, who may apply therefor, and in such quantities as they may require, a sufficient number of such books as are published under such contract to fully and promptly supply the demand for said books, which book or books shall be sold to merchants or dealers and to said school districts at a price twenty (20) per cent less than the contract price of such book or books. It When books shall also be a part of the terms and conditions of every con- changed. tract made in pursuance of this act that said contractor shall furnish the book or books published under such contract for introduction into the schools in exchange for the books in use in said schools on same subjects and of the same grade at a discount of fifty per cent from the contract price of said books. It shall also be stipulated in every contract made in pursuance of this act, that any book or books published under said contract shall be equal in quality as to matter, material, style of binding and mechanical execution to the books named in section one of this act, and any failure of the contractor to maintain the standard of excellency of the said book or books fully up to the standard herein named shall work a forfeiture of said contract; also that contracts made for the publication Books to be

revised, of physics, histories and geographies shall stipulate that said books shall be revised every three years as directed by said Board of Commissioners in order that said books may be fully up to date as to the events transpiring in the world in relation to the subjects treated on in said books. SEC. 6. Any merchant or dealer who shall knowingly or Penalty for

overcharge wilfully charge, receive, collect or attempt to charge or collect, for books. for any school book or books by him sold to any school patron or pupil, any sum in excess of the price at which such book or books are required to be sold by law, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be imprisoned in the county jail not more than six months nor less than thirty days, and fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars.

when.

Title and price of book to be printed on cover.

made man.

furnished.

SEC. 7. It shall be the duty of any person or persons, firm or corporation who may hereafter furnish or supply books under the provisions of this statute to print in large letters upon the outside of the first cover of each book so furnished and supplied by him or them, the name of the adopted book, and upon the outside of the back cover the price at which such book is furnished to be sold to the patrons or pupils of the public schools of this State under each contract, and it shall be the duty of all county school commissioners and school

teachers to see that all the books so furnished for use in the Proviso as to public schools of the State shall bear such imprint: Provided, copy books.

This section shall not apply to copy books. Use of books SEC. 8. The books which may hereafter be adopted by the datory. State of Michigan for use in its common or primary schools

by virtue of this act shall be uniformly used in all the common or primary schools of the State except as hereinafter provided, in teaching the branches of learning treated of in such books, and it shall be the duty of the proper school officers and

authorities to use in such schools such books for teaching the Proviso. subjects treated in them: Provided, That no school shall be Not manda- prohibited from using any supplementary books: Provided free books are however, That the provisions of this act shall not be mandatory

on districts that are furnishing free text-books for use in the school or schools of the district or that may, at the annual school meeting, or at any special or general election in the years eighteen hundred and ninety-seven or eighteen hundred and ninety-eight by a majority vote of the qualified electors

of said district determine to furnish free text-books for use in Question of the school or schools of the district, and it shall be the duty free books to be submitted. of the school board of the several districts that have not pre

viously adopted free text-books to submit the question of the adoption of free text-books to the electors of the district at any annual school meeting or special or general election during the years eighteen hundred and ninety-seven and eighteen hundred and ninety-eight under the conditions and provisions

of act number one hundred and forty-seven of the session laws Act not man- of eighteen hundred and eighty-nine: And provided further, datory, when. That the provisions of this act shall not be mandatory on any

district, which shall at any annual, special or general election during the years eighteen hundred and ninety-seven and eighteen hundred and ninety-eight determine, by a majority vote of the qualified electors of said district voting on the subject,

not to come thereunder. State pot SEC. 9. It shall be a part of the terms and conditions of payment. every contract, made in pursuance of this act, that the State

of Michigan shall not be liable to any contractor hereunder for any sun whatever; but that all such contractors shall receive their pay and compensation solely and exclusively from the proceeds of the sale of the books, as provided for in this act.

liable for

Sec. 10. As soon as such Board of Commissioners shall Proclamation have entered into a contract or contracts for the furnishing announcing

of Governor of books for use in the public schools of this State, pursuant contract. to the provisions of this act, it shall be the duty of the Governor to issue his proclamation announcing such fact to the people of this State.

SEC. 11. The sum of one thousand dollars is hereby appro- Appropriapriated out of any funds in the State, treasury not otherwise appropriated for the purpose of paying the cost and expenses incident to the giving of the notices herein provided for, and carrying out the provisions of this act. All laws and parts of Laws

repealed. laws in conflict with the provisions of this act are hereby repealed.

Approved May 29, 1897.

tions for expenses.

[ No. 199. ]

AN ACT to amend section one of chapter one hundred fifty-five

of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, being compiler's section fifty-eight hundred thirty-four of Howell's annotated statutes, relative to letters testamentary.

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Jichigan enact, That Section

amended. section one of chapter one hundred fifty-five of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred seventy-one, being compiler's section fifty-eight hundred thirty-four of Howell's annotated statutes, relative to letters testamentary, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

SECTION 1. When a will shall have been duly proved and copy of will allowed, the probate court shall issue letters testamentary letters testathereon, to the person named executor therein, if he is legally mentary. competent, and shall accept the trust, and give bond as required by law, and a copy of such will shall be annexed thereto: Provided, hoicerer, That no extra fees shall be charged therefor.

Approved May 29, 1897.

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[ No. 200. ]

AN ACT to incorporate societies for the study of literature,

for general culture and for educational and philanthropic work.

state, what,

Relative to
Dame.

Who may in- SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That corporate.

seven or more persons within this State may associate them. selves together by such an agreement in writing as is hereinafter described, with the intention of forming a corporation for any of the purposes hereinafter specified upon complying with the provisions of section three and shall then be and

remain a corporation. Purpose of SEC. 2. The said corporation shall be solely for the study incorporation. of literature, for general culture and for educational and phil

anthropic work. Agreement to SEC. 3. The agreement shall state that the subscribers

thereto associate themselves with the intention of forming a corporation, the name of the corporation, the purpose for which it is formed, the town or city in which it shall be located in this State, and (if it has a capital stock), the amount thereof and the number and par value of its shares, which par value may be either ten, twenty-five, fifty or one hundred dollars. The name shall be one not previously in use by any existing corporation, shall indicate that it is a corporation or company and

shall be changed only by act of the circuit court. Corporation SEC. 4. The corporation may hold real and personal estate, may hold or lease prop

and may hire, purchase or erect suitable buildings for its erty.

accommodation to an amount not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars, to be devoted to the purposes set forth in its agreement of association, and may receive and hold in trust or otherwise, funds received by gift or bequest to be devoted by it to such purposes. Such real and personal property shall be

subject to taxation. Fee to be paid

SEC. 5. The associates shall meet for organization, organto Secretary of State.

ize and certify their organization to the Secretary of State, and upon the payment of a fee of five dollars to the Sec. retary of State he shall perform in respect to corporation

organized under this chapter the acts required of him in Form of respect to manufacturing corporations; and the certificate of

incorporation shall be in the same form, except as modified in accordance with the purpose of this act, and shall have the same legal force and effect as the certificates issued to such corporations.

Approved May 29, 1997.

oertificate.

[ No. 201. ]

.AN ACT anthorizing the Commissioner of the State Land

Office to have trespass agents adjust and collect all trespasses committed upon State tax lands.

to collect

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That Commissioner

of Land Office the Commissioner of the State Land Office is hereby authorized and empowered to adjust and collect all trespasses upon all trespasses. lands held by the State for the non-payment of taxes and he sball pay over all moneys received by him in satisfaction of such trespass to the State Treasurer for the benefit of the fund to which it may belong, and shall keep a complete and itemized To keep record in his office of all adjustments and settlements made under the provisions of this act.

Approved May 29, 1897.

[ No. 202.]

AN ACT to amend an act entitled “An act to revise the laws

providing for the incorporation of Coöperative and Mutual Benefit Associations, and to define the powers and duties, and regulate the transaction of the business of all such corporations doing business within the State," approved June seventeen, eighteen hundred and eighty-seven and the acts aneudatory thereof by adding thereto a new section to stand as section thirty-two.

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That Act amended. act number one hundred and eighty-seven of the public acts of eighteen hundred and eighty-seven entitled “An act to revise the laws providing for the incorporation of Coöperative and Mutual Benefit Associations, and to define the powers and duties, and regulate the transaction of the business of all such corporations and associations doing business within this State," approved June seventeen, eighteen hundred and eightyseven, and the acts amendatory thereof, be and the same is hereby amended by adding thereto a new section to be known as sertion thirty-two, which shall read as follows:

SEC. 32. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as Societies may prohibiting any society organized for social or fraternal pur- mamtaior poses, and which makes provision also for insuring the lives of social purits menibers, under the provisions hereof, from the maintenance of rooms for social purposes: Provided, That no part of Proviso as to eitker the mortuary, emergency, or reserve funds, herein pro

certain funds. vided for, shall be devoted to or used for such purposes.

Approved May 29, 1897.

poses.

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