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the jury, and may frame all necessary issues for the trial thereof.

Sec. 4. In case any owners of, or person having an estate in, or interested in such land, shall fail to receive personal notice of the taking of such land, and shall fail to file his petition as provided in section three of this act, said court in its discretion may permit the filing of such petition subsequent to said period of one year from the filing of such description and statement: Provided, such person shall have had no actual knowledge of the taking of such land in season to file such petition, and provided said city, after the filing of such description and statement, shall not have paid any other persons claiming to own such land the price or value of the same, or be liable to pay for the same under any judgment rendered against said city under the provisions of this act.

Sec. 5. Upon the acquiring of the title to the said lands or any portion thereof for the purposes of a public park by the said city hereunder, the right of the state in and to the lands covered by tide water in front of and to the north of the lands so acquired as far as to the harbor line of said city is hereby granted to the said city for the uses of a public park.

SEC. 6. This act shall take effect from and after its

passage.

CHAPTER 431.

Passed Oct. 2, 1896.

AN ACT TO MAINTAIN AND INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF

THE WOONSOCKET WATER WORKS.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

City of Woonsocket authorized to take and condemn creasing the efficiency of its water works.

SECTION 1. The city of Woonsocket is hereby au

thorized to take, condemn, hold, use and permanently land for main appropriate any land or rights of way which the city

council of said city shall adjudge to be necessary for the purpose of maintaining or increasing the efficiency of the Woonsocket Water Works.

SEC. 2. If the owner of any land or of any estate,

right or interest therein, or of any rights of way, taken
or condemned for the purposes of this act,

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shail

agree with said city upon the price thereof, the same shalĩ be paid to him forthwith upon the execution and delivery of a proper conveyance to said city. If such owner shall not agree with said city upon said price, he may at any time within, but not after, six months from the time of such taking, apply by petition to the common pleas division of the supreme court of Providence county, setting forth said taking, and praying for an assessment of damages by a jury. Upon the filing of said petition the said court shall cause twenty days notice of the pendency thereof to be given to said city, by serving the mayor of said city with a certified copy thereof, and may proceed, after such notice, to the trial thereof, and such trial shall determine all questions of fact relating to said damages, and the amount thereof, and judgment shall be entered upon the verdict of said jury, and execution may be issued therefor: Provided, that no petition as aforesaid shall be preferred until said land or rights of way shall be actually taken or withdrawn by virtue of the provisions of this act.

Sec. 3. The water commissioners of said city, or a majority of them, may exercise such portion of the authority conferred by this act as may be defined by the city council of said city.

Sec. 4. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent here. with are hereby repealed, and this act shall take effect upon its passage.

CHAPTER 432.

AN ACT IN RELATION TO BLOWING LOCOMOTIVE SIGNAL Passed Oct. 2,

1896. WHISTLES WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF WOONSOCKET.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

SECTION 1. The Providence and Worcester Rail. road Company and its lessees, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, are hereby

Locomotive whistles not to

Woonsocket, except in cases of emergency.

along

forbidden to blow or cause to be blown or permit any be blown insert of its employees to blow any locomotive signal whistles

its tracks, between the Hamlet station and the crossing over the Blackstone river next northerly thereof, except in cases of emergency and apparent danger to life and property. SEC. 2. This act shall take effect

upon

its

passage.

CHAPTER 433.

Passed Oct. 1, 1896.

AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 728 OF THE PUBLIC LAWS, PASSED AT THE MAY SESION, A. D. 1888, ENTITLED “AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE CITY OF WOONSOCKET.”

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

City of Woonsocket, muni

held.

SECTION 1. Section 16, clauses 1 and 2 of Chapter in when to be 728, is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Clause 1. The electors resident in each ward, qualified to vote for general officers, shall on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November in each year, give in their votes in their respective wards for a mayor and also for a warden and ward clerk, to hold their respective offices of mayor, warden and ward clerk, for one year.

Clause 2. The electors resident in each ward, qualified to vote in the election of the city council of said city, shall on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November of each year, give in their votes in their respective wards for one alderman and three common councilmen resident in such ward, to hold their office respectively for one year.”

SEC. 2. All acts and parts of acts, whether general or special, inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed, and this act shall take effect from and after its passage.

. CHAPTER 434.

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF WESTERLY TO BUILD Passed Oct. 2, A HIGHWAY ACROSS THE BREACHWAY LEADING FROM

1896. THE SEA TO WARD'S POND IN SAID TOWN.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

SECTION 1. The town of Westerly is hereby granted towautho Wiesta full authority and permission to build a highway across way across the the breachway leading from the sea into Ward's pond leading into in said town: Provided, a bridge is built over and Ward's pond. across the channel of said breachway with the lowest timbers thereof at least six feet above ordinary highwater, and provided, the span across said channel shall be at least forty feet in length. SEC. 2. This act shall take effect upon its

passage.

CHAPTER 435.

1896.

AN ACT TO ENABLE THE SILVER SPRING BLEACHING AND Passed Oct. 1,
DYEING COMPANY TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN A CONDUIT,
AND MAINTAIN THEREIN PIPES AND WIRES, UNDER AND
ACROSS CHARLES STREET IN THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

SECTION 1. The Silver Spring Bleaching and Dye- silver Spring ing Company, a corporation existing under the laws of Dyeing c. authe State of Rhode Island and located in the city of build and mainProvidence, in said state, may, with the consent of the etc., under and city council of said city and of the corporations having st. in Provifranchises in the highways of said city, build and maintain a conduit under and across Charles street in said city, from the manufacturing establishment of said company on the east side of Charles street to the building occupied and used by it on the west side of Charles street, and lay and maintain pipes and wires for the transmission, to and from said building, of water, steam, and of power for lighting and mechanical purposes.

SEC. 2. This act shall take effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER 436.

Passed Oct. 2. 1896.

AN ACT TO VALIDATE THE ACTS OF STEPHEN O. EDWARDS

AS A NOTARY PUBLIC.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

Acts as notary public validated.

SECTION 1. All acts, matters and things done or performed by Stephen 0. Edwards, of Providence, as a notary public in the

state of Rhode Island, appointed by the governor in June, A. D. 1896, and duly commissioned but not duly engaged, are hereby declared to be as valid and effectual in all respects as if said Stephen 0. Edwards had taken the engagement prescribed by the General Laws, before entering upon the duties of said office, provided the same shall not affect any pending litigation.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER 437.

Passed Oct. 1, 1896.

AN ACT TO INCORPORATE THE MARYVILLE FIRE DISTRICT.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

Maryville Fire District, act to incorporate.

SECTION 1. All that portion of the town of North Providence, including the village of Maryville, and bounded and described as follows: beginning at the intersection of the line of the city of Pawtucket and of the town of Lincoln; thence westerly along said line to the Louisquisset turnpike; thence southerly following the line of said turnpike to Mineral Spring avenue; thence westerly along Mineral Spring avenue about three hundred feet to a brook; thence southerly following said brook to Canada or Kennedy pond, so called, and following easterly margin of said

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