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the Secretary of State. A transcript of such resolution, or of the record thereof, at any time heretofore or hereafter certified by the Secretary of State in due form of law, shall be sufficient evidence of such change of name and of the name adopted, in any and all courts, and in any and all proceedings, all acts and things done or undertaken to be done for the benefit and in behalf of the company, or for which the company shall have been before liable in any way under its former name, shall be to the same and as full extent binding and obligatory in favor of and upon the company under the new name adopted by it.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved February 17, 1875.

CHAPTER 29-LAWS OF 1875.

AN ACT to authorize the Mineral Point Railroad to move its station at Riverside, and locate the same at a point herein named.

The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. The Mineral Point Railroad is hereby authorized and empowered to remove its station and depot at the village of Riverside, in La Fayette county, in this State, and in lieu thereof locate and maintain a station and depot on or near a point on their line, between the village of Riverside and the village of Gratiot, ten chains north of the south line of section number four (4.) town one (1.) range four (4,) east of the fourth principal meridian, in La Fayette county aforesaid.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication. Approved February 19, 1875.

CHAPTER 39-LAWS OF 1875.

AN ACT to amend chapter 273, of the laws of 1874, entitled "An act relating to railroad, express and telegraph companies in the State of Wisconsin.

The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Section eight, of chapter two hundred and seventythree, of the laws of 1874, entitled "An act relating to railroads,

express and telegraph companies in the State of Wisconsin," is hereby amended by striking from the seventh line of said section, the words "first day of May," and inserting in lieu thereof, the words "on or before the second Monday of February;" and further, by striking out of the ninth and tenth lines thereof, the words, next convening after said appointment," and writing in place thereof, the words "in session at the time of such appointment," so that said section when so amended, shall read as follows: Section 8. The Governor shall, on the first day of May, 1874, by and with the consent of the Senate, appoint three railroad commissioners, one for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, and one for a term of three years, whose term of office shall commence on the first day of May, and shall each year thereafter, on or before the second Monday of February appoint one railroad commissioner for the term of three years, said railroad commissioners to be confirmed by the Senate in session at the time of such appointment, but no person owning any bonds, stock, or property in any railroad, or in the employ of any railroad company, or in any way or manner interested in railroads, shall be so appointed.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved February 20, 1875.

CHAPTER 54-LAWS OF 1875.

AN ACT to appropriate certain sums of money authorized to be paid by chapter two hundred and seventy-three (273), laws of 1874.

The People of the State of Wisconsin, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. There is hereby appropriated out of any money in the general fund not otherwise appropriated, all sums of money authorized to be paid or contracted to be paid under the provisions of chapter two hundred and seventy-three, (273,) laws of 1874, entitled, "An act relating to railroads, express, and telegraph companies," and chapter two hundred and ninety, (290,) laws of 1874, entitled, "An act to authorize the board of railway commissioners to employ a clerk."

SECTION 2. The preceding section of this act shall be deemed to include the appropriation of a sufficient sum to compensate registers of deeds or other persons for transcribing official records and other documents necessary for the board of railroad commissioners; provided, that no register of deeds or other person shall be paid a larger price for such service than is now allowed by statute for similar service.

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication.

Approved February 24, 1875.

CHAPTER 113-LAWS OF 1875.

AN ACT to amend chapter two hundred and seventy-three, general laws of 1874, entitled, "An act relating to railroads, express, and telegraph companies in the State of Wisconsin.

The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Section one, of chapter two hundred and seventythree, of the general laws of 1874, entitled, "an act relating to railroads, express, and telegraph companies in the State of Wisconsin," is hereby amended to read as follows: All railroads in the State of Wisconsin are hereby divided into two classes, to be known as Class A and Class B. Class A shall include all railroads or parts of railroads in the State of Wisconsin, now owned or operated, managed or leased, either by the St. Paul Railroad Company, the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company, or the Western Union Railway Company, except the Madison and Portage Railroad. Class B shall include all other railroads or parts of railroads in said State, and all the provisions relating to class "C," in the act of which this is amendatory, shall be applied to those railroads which by this amendment are Class "B."

SECTION 2. All those railroad companies whose lines of road are now incomplete or are in process of construction, and to aid in the building of which the General Government has donated grants of land, and which are not exempted from taxation on said lands for the next five years, are hereby exempted from the payment of the license-fees required by law for said five years.

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication. Approved March 2, 1875.

CHAPTER 117-LAWS OF 1875.

AN ACT to encourage the building of narrow-gauge railroads, and to secure cheap transportation to the people.

The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Any county, town, incorporated city or village in this State, is hereby authorized and empowered to aid in the construction of any narrow-gauge railroad in this State, to be constructed by any company, under and by authority of any law of this State, as provided by an act entitled, "An act to authorize municipal corporations to aid in the construction of railroads," approved March 25, A. D. 1872, and all acts amendatory thereof.

SECTION 2. Any municipal corporation named in the foregoing section, may, by agreement between the railroad company and such municipality, take first mortage bonds or capital stock, or part first mortgage bonds and part capital stock, on the railroad so aided, in lieu of the stock of such company for the aid so subscribed. The agreement between such railroad company and such municipality shall be arrived at as provided in section three (3) and four (4) of the act aforesaid, and all the conditions, restrictions, provisions, instructions, forms and requirements, of every kind and nature, in the act hereinbefore mentioned, shall apply to this act, and be complied with, both on the part of the railroad company and the municipality subscribing such aid, meaning and intending hereby only to change said act, approved March 25, A. D. 1872, so as to authorize the receiving of first mortgage bonds, by municipal corporations subscribing aid to narrow-gauge railroads, in lieu of the stock of such company, the better to secure such municipalities against any possibility of loss in subscribing aid to narrow-gauge railroad companies.

SECTION 3. And to further secure the people against extortionate rates of freight and passenger fare, all railroad companies, before asking aid under this act, shall, by resolution of their board of directors, fix the maximum rate of passenger fares and rates of freight of all classes, to be charged by such company for the period of ten years from the date of such resolution; Provided, The passenger fare and rates of freight so fixed shall at no time exceed the rates fixed by the laws of this State; and such company shall cause such resolution to be recorded in the recorder's office of each county of this State through which their road shall pass, and the rates and fares so fixed shall be binding upon such company, its successors or assigns, for the time so fixed in such resolution. That is to say, such company shall not exceed such maximum rate as determined by their resolution, but may, at their option, lower or reduce either passenger fare or rates upon freight, and such resolution by the railroad company shall be made a part of the proposition to, and agreement with, the municipality subscribing aid to said company. SECTION 4. And be it further enacted, that each county, town, incorporated city or incorporated village subscribing aid to narrow guage railroads under this act, shall from year to year, and each year for the period of ten (10) years, in proportion to the aid each municipality shall subscribe for the capital stock of such railroad, receive from the State Treasurer the money paid to the State by the railroads so aided for license or tax.

SECTION 5. It shall be the duty of the proper officer of each municipality subscribing aid to narrow guage railroads under this act, at the time of issuing their bonds to the railroad company, in payment for the capital stock of such railroad company, to forward to the State Treasurer a statement showing the number of each bond, date, par value, interest it bears, and when payable. And it shall be the duty of the State Treasurer to keep a record of the same, in a book kept for that purpose in his office, and each year for the period of ten years from the date of said bonds, and immediately

upon receiving the license or tax money from the railroad company so aided, to ascertain the amount due each municipality, upon the basis of the amount subscribed by each municipality in aid of such company, and shall pay the amount so ascertained to the proper officer of each municipality, taking therefor his receipt; provided, No county, city, town, village, school-district or other municipal corporation, shall grant to said railroad companies an amount, including existing indebtedness, in the aggregate exceeding five per centum on the value of the taxable property therein, to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and county taxes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness.

SECTION 6. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication. Approved March 2, 1875.

CHAPTER 119-LAWS OF 1875.

AN ACT to prevent gambling in railroad-cars.

The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Any person, corporation or company, running or operating any railroad in this State, who shall suffer the game called three-card monte, or any game or games whatsoever, to be played for gain, or by means of any gaming device or machine of any description or denomination or name whatever, in his or their cars, depots, station-houses, or in any building or place of which he or they have the care, custody or possession, the person or corporation so offending shall be liable to a penalty of not less than fifty, nor more than two hundred dollars ($200,) for each and every offense.

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SECTION 2. And it shall be the duty of conductors, brakemen, and other railroad officers or employees, and they shall have and possess the power and authority to arrest any person or persons which they or either of them shall find in the act of gaming, mentioned in the preceding section, and bring him or them before any court of competent jurisdiction, upon his or their complaint, forthwith, without warrant; and any such person or persons, so convicted, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not less than six months, or by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) nor less than fifty dollars ($50,) with costs of prosecution.

SECTION 3. Any person giving information and making complaint of any violation of the provisions of this act, shall be entitled to one-half the penalty recovered.

SECTION 4. This act shall be in force from and after its passage and publication.

Approved March 2, 1875.

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