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FOR REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS,

Appropriation
bill, 1878,
(continued).

Three hundred and fifty dollars.

For deficiencies in appropriations for the fiscal year ending April 30, 1878, viz. :

For deficiencies in appropriation for militia and military affairs, one thousand dollars.

For deficiencies in appropriation for court houses and jails, seven hundred dollars.

For deficiency in appropriation for reform school, two hundred dollars.

For deficiency in appropriation for miscellaneous expenses and payment of accounts allowed by the general assembly, three thousand dollars.

For miscellaneous expenses, payment of all accounts allowed by the general assembly and other expenses, not provided for by this act, five thousand dollars.

SEC. 2. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

CHAPTER 693.

AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 47, TITLE IX, OF THE Passed April
GENERAL STATUTES, “OF THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF 12, 1878.
TOWNS, AND OF THE DUTIES OF THE TOWN TREASURER
AND TOWN CLERK RELATIVE TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS."

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

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SECTION 1. The town clerks of the several towns, Annual census or, in lieu thereof, any person whom the board of al- school age. dermen of any city, or the town council of any town may appoint for the purpose, shall annually, in the month of January, take, or cause to be taken, a census of all persons between the ages of five and fifteen years inclusive, residing within the limits of their respective towns on the first day of said January.

SEC. 2. The blank forms required to carry out the Blanks to con requirements of the preceding section shall be fur- formation. nished by the commissioner of public schools to each

Census returns to be arranged, etc.

town, on, or before, the first day of December in each year; and they shall substantially call for the following information, viz.: the name, age, number of weeks' attendance upon any school, parents' name and residence, of each person enumerated.

SEC. 3. The returns of this census shall be alphabetically arranged and deposited in the hands of the school committees of the several towns on or before the first day of April in each year; and the receipt of the chairman or clerk of the school committee to the effect that the above returns have been so received by him, shall be forwarded to the commissioner of public schools, before he shall draw his order for the payment of any portion of the “public money" to that town.

CHAPTER 69+.

Passed April 12, 1878.

AN ACT TO FACILITATE THE TRANSFER TO THE UNITED
STATES OF THE TITLE TO THE ANTIETAM NATIONAL
CEMETERY IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

Antietam National Ceme

to States.

SECTION 1. The state of Maryland is hereby autery title ceded thorized to convey to the United States, all the right,

title and interest of the State of Rhode Island in and to the land occupied by the Antietam National Cemetery, in the county of Washington, in the said state of Maryland, and 'if the said state of Maryland shall have already made such transfer of title to the United States, the assent thereto of the state of Rhode Island is hereby granted.

SEC. 2. The governor of this state is hereby requested to transmit a copy of this act to the president of the United States and to the governor of the state of Maryland.

SEC. 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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AN ACT TO PREVENT DEBTORS FROM GIVING PREFERENCES

Passed April TO CREDITORS, AND TO SECURE THE EQUAL DISTRIBU– 27, 1878. TION OF THE PROPERTY OF DEBTORS AMONG THEIR CREDITORS.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

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SECTION 1. Whenever the property, of any debtor Diektor may. shall have been attached or levied upon by any credi- ment or levy, tor, the debtor may at any time before such property sígnment, etc. shall be sold and the proceeds thereof applied to the payment of the claim or judgment upon which such attachment or levy shall have been made, within sixty days after such attachment or levy, dissolve such attachment or levy by making and having recorded in the records of the town or city where the assignor resides, or where any of the real estate is located, an assignment of all the property and estate of such debtor, not exempt by law from attachment, to some citizen of this state for the equal benefit of all his creditors in

of receiver of

of insolvent debtor.

proportion to their respective claims, except as is pro

vided in the third section hereof. Of appointment

SEC. 2. Whenever any debtor being insolvent shall propertycete do any act, or make any conveyance, whereby any one

of his creditors shall obtain a preference over any other of his creditors, or knowingly omit to do any act which he might lawfully do to prevent one of his creditors from obtaining a preference over his other creditors, contrary to the intent of this act, any three or more of his creditors holding not less than onethird of the debts in amount of such debtor, may file a petition in equity, either in term time or in vacation, in the supreme court in the county where such debtor resides, but which may be heard in any county, and after notice to the debtor and to the creditors sought to be preferred, of the time and place of hearing thereon, the court sitting in banc, shall proceed summarily to hear the parties, and if it shall appear to the court that such debtor is insolvent and bas been giving or is about to give a preference to any of his creditors over others of such creditors, the court shall appoint, from the nominations by the creditors, a receiver who shall take possession of all the property, evidences of property, books, papers, debts, choses in action, and estate of every kind of the debtor not exempted by law from attachment, including property attached or levied upon, in the manner and subject to the limitation hereinbefore provided, and all property conveyed in violation of the provisions of this act, and convert the same to money, and marshal and distribute the same among the several creditors of the insolvent, whether their claims are due or to become due, who shall come in and prove their respective claims within such time and in such manner as the court shall direct, and the court shall order such debtor to file a schedule of his debts and to whom due, and of his property, and to do whatever may be necessary and proper to carry this act into effect, and all proceedings therein or thereunder shall be in accordance with the course of equity and such as the court shall by general rule or by special order prescribe.

Duties of receiver.

Debtor to file schedule of debts, etc.

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be void,

SEC. 3. No assignment hereafter made for the of preferences benefit of creditors shall give to any one creditor any preference over the claims of any other creditor, except the creditor be the United States, or the state of Rhode Island, or for the wages of labor performed within six months previous to such assignment, not exceeding one hundred dollars to any one person.

Sec. 4. Conveyances and payments made and se- Conveyances, curities given by an insolvent debtor or by a debtor in yeni debtor, to contemplation of insolvency, within sixty days of the commencement of proceedings against such debtor under this act, with the view of giving a preference to any creditor upon a preëxisting debt, or to any person under liability for such debtor over another creditor, shall be void as to all creditors receiving the same who shall have reasonable cause to believe that such debtor was insolvent at the time of such preference.

SEC. 5. The court may at any time during the News parties pendency of any petition filed under the second sec- in petition for tion of this act, allow new parties to come in and be joined in such petition.

Sec. 6. This act shall not apply to any action or Pending proproceeding which shall have been commenced before affected hereby. the passage hereof.

SEC. 7. Costs in cases upon wbich attachments or Costs of attachlevies are made, which are dissolved under the pro- to be preferred . visions of this act, shall be preferred and be first paid by the receiver to be appointed hereunder.

SEC. 8. All actions and proceedings to be commenced Actions et cot under the provisions of this act may be commenced de rame of reand prosecuted in the name of the receiver appointed hereunder.

Sec. 9. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed. Sec. 10. This act shall take effect from and after passage.

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