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Chap. 3 AN ACT RELATIVE TO RELEASE DEEDS TO PERSONS REDEEMING

LAND TAKEN BY OR SOLD TO A CITY OR TOWN FOR NON-PAY:

MENT OF TAXES.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: G. L. 60, Section sixty-two of chapter Sixty of the General Laws is $ 62, amended

hereby amended by inserting after the word "additional" in the fifteenth line the following: - If land taken by or sold to a city or town for non-payment of taxes is redeemed, the city treasurer, notwithstanding the provisions of the charter of his city, or the town treasurer, as the case may be, shall sign, execute and deliver on behalf of the city or town a release of all the right, title and interest, which it acquired by such taking or

purchase, in and to the land so redeemed, so as to read as Redemption follows: — Section 62. Any person having an interest in land of land taken or sold taken or sold for non-payment of taxes, including those assessed for taxes.

under sections twelve, thirteen and fourteen of chapter fiftynine, or his heirs or assigns, may, within two years after the taking or sale, redeem the same by paying or tendering to the collector, if the estate has been taken or purchased by the town, the amount of the tax, all intervening taxes, charges and fees, and interest on the whole at the rate of eight per cent per annum; or by paying or tendering to the purchaser, or his legal representatives or assigns, the original sum and intervening taxes paid by him and interest on the whole at said rate. In each case he shall also pay for examination of title and a deed of release not more than three dollars in the aggregate; and in addition thereto the actual cost of recording the tax deed or evidence of taking. He may redeem the land by paying to the collector

the sum which he would be required to pay to the purchaser, Release with one dollar additional. If land taken by or sold to a city

or town for non-payment of taxes is redeemed, the city treasredeeming land taken

urer, notwithstanding the provisions of the charter of his city, by or sold

or the town treasurer, as the case may be, shall sign, execute and to a city or

deliver on behalf of the city or town a release of all the right, title and interest, which it acquired by such taking or purchase, in and to the land so redeemed.

No person shall knowingly collect or attempt to collect for the redemption of any such land a sum of money greater than that authorized by this section. Approved January 24, 1924.

deeds to persons

town, etc.

taken at

Chap. 4 AN ACT RELATING TO CERTAIN TOWN MEETINGS IN THE TOWN

OF FLORIDA. Be it enacted, etc., as follows: Votes, etc., SECTION 1. All votes and all action taken at the annual town certain town meeting of the inhabitants of the town of Florida held February meetings in town of fifth, nineteen hundred and twenty-three, and the meeting of Florida no the inhabitants of said town held November twenty-fourth, longer to continue in nineteen hundred and twenty-three, shall no longer continue force.

in force and effect. Acts of

SECTION 2. The acts of the persons purporting to hold office certain persons validated. in said town by virtue of the action taken at said meeting of

February fifth, nineteen hundred and twenty-three, which were
performed in course of the duties of such office, if and so far as
invalid, are hereby confirmed and made valid to the same ex-
tent as if said persons had been legal officers of said town, not-
withstanding the provisions of section one.

SECTION 3. The annual town meeting of the inhabitants of Annual town said town for the year nineteen hundred and twenty-four, for year 1924 to

be called, the election of town officers and for such other business as may etc. come before it, shall be called for the first Monday of February, nineteen hundred and twenty-four. SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon

its

passage. Approved January 25, 1924.

AN ACT RELATIVE TO A DRAW IN THE NEW HAVERHILL LOWER Chap. 5

BRIDGE.

amended.

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Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. Section one of chapter five hundred and seven 1922, 507, 8 1, of the acts of nineteen hundred and twenty-two is hereby amended by inserting after the word "Laws" in the fifth line the words: – , except as otherwise expressly provided herein, and by adding at the end thereof the words:- Subject to the laws of the United States, said bridge may be built either with or without a draw but if built without a draw such provisions shall be made for installing a draw when needed as the division of waterways and public lands of the department of public works or the government of the United States may require, so as to read as follows: Section 1. The county commissioners Special comof the county of Essex, and two citizens of said county who shall mission to be appointed by the governor, are hereby constituted a special Haverhill commission. Subject to the provisions of chapter ninety-one of bridge, sothe General Laws, except as otherwise expressly provided herein, and of all other laws which may be applicable, said commission is hereby authorized to reconstruct, of such type and dimensions as it may determine, Haverhill lower bridge, so-called, over the Merrimack river at Main street in the city of Haverhill, including the approaches thereto. Subject to the laws of the United May be built States, said bridge may be built either with or without a draw without a

draw, etc. but if built without a draw such provisions shall be made for installing a draw when needed as the division of waterways and public lands of the department of public works or the government of the United States may require. SECTION 2. This act shall take effect

upon

its passage. Approved January 26, 1924.

called.

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AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE ABATEMENT OF CERTAIN TAXES ON Chap. 6

REAL ESTATE IN THE TOWN OF WINCHENDON USED AS A

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH.
Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. The assessors of the town of Winchendon may Town of
abate certain taxes assessed for the year nineteen hundred and

Winchendon

may abate twenty-three upon certain real estate in said town owned by certain taxes

estate used
as a Christian
science church.

the Christian Science Society and purchased for religious pur-
poses.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved January 26, 1924.

Chap. 7 AN ACT RELATIVE TO EQUITY PROCEDURE IN CASES ARISING

FROM THE TAKING OR SALE OF LAND FOR THE NON-PAYMENT

OF TAXES.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 1909, 490, Part II, 8 76,

Section seventy-six of Part II of chapter four hundred and etc., repealed, ninety of the acts of nineteen hundred and nine, as revived and

re-enacted by section forty of chapter four hundred and eightysix of the acts of nineteen hundred and twenty-one, is hereby repealed, but without affecting any case pending under the section so repealed.

Approved January 26, 1924.

etc.

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Chap. 8 AN ACT REQUIRING THE APPROVAL OF THE PROBATE COURT TO

A WAIVER OF THE PROVISIONS OF A WILL BY A GUARDIAN.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: G. L. 201, Section forty-five of chapter two hundred and one of the § 45, amended.

General Laws is hereby amended by striking out, in the fourth line, the word “but” and inserting in place thereof the following: -— provided, that no waiver of the provisions of a will under this section shall be valid until approved by the probate court after notice to such persons, if any, as the court shall deem proper

and a hearing thereon, and provided also that, — so as to read Election, as follows: - Section 45. If property, rights or benefits given waiver, or exercise of by will or by law depend upon the election, waiver or other act power by guardian, etc.

of a person incompetent by reason of insanity or minority to

perform the same, his guardian may make such election or Provisos. waiver or perform such act; provided, that no waiver of the proApproval of visions of a will under this section shall be valid until approved probate court

by the probate court after notice to such persons, if any, as the provisions of

court shall deem proper and a hearing thereon, and provided a will by guardian, etc. also that if a power is vested in an insane person for his own

benefit, or his consent is required for the exercise of any power where the power of consent is in the nature of a beneficial interest in himself, his guardian may, by order of the probate court, made after notice to such persons, if any, as the court shall deem proper, exercise the power or give the consent in such manner as shall be authorized or directed by the order.

Approved January 26, 1924.

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Chap. 9 An Act PLACING UNDER CIVIL SERVICE THE OFFICES OF JANITOR

OF THE TOWN HALL AND JANITORS OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN

THE TOWN OF DEDHAM.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: Offices of

SECTION 1. The provisions of chapter thirty-one of the Genjanitor of town hall and eral Laws and the rules and regulations made thereunder shall janitors of school build- hereafter apply to the offices of janitor of the town hall and ings in town

janitors of the several school buildings in the town of Dedham. of Dedham

.

The present incumbents of said offices shall continue to hold the placed under

civil service.
same without taking civil service examinations.

SECTION 2. This act shall be submitted for acceptance to the To be sub-
voters of said town at the annual town meeting in the year voters, etc.
nineteen hundred and twenty-four in the form of the following
question to be placed upon the official ballot used for the elec-
tion of town officers at said meeting: - "Shall an act passed by

-
the general court in the year nineteen hundred and twenty-four,
entitled 'An Act placing under civil service the offices of janitor
of the town hall and janitors of school buildings in the town of
Dedham' be accepted?” If a majority of the votes in answer
to said question are in the affirmative, then this act shall there-
upon take effect, but not otherwise.

Approved January 26, 1924.

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AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE DISSOLUTION OF AN ATTACHMENT Chap. 10

OF REAL PROPERTY IF NO SERVICE IS MADE UPON THE DE

FENDANT.
Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

Chapter two hundred and twenty-three of the General Laws G. L. 223,
is hereby amended by inserting after section one hundred and new section
fifteen the following new section: Section 115A. If real prop- Dissolution
erty of the defendant is attached in any action and no service is of real prop-

of attachment
made upon him, the attachment shall be dissolved unless it erty if no
appears of record that notice of such action has been given to upon defend-
him, in such manner as the court orders, within one year after
the entry of the action.

Approved January 26, 1924.

service made

ant.

sewerage

AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE TIME WHEN MEMBERS OF THE WATER Chap. 11

AND SEWERAGE BOARD OF THE TOWN OF WAKEFIELD SHALL

TAKE OFFICE.
Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. The terms of office of all members of the water Members of
and sewerage board of the town of Wakefield elected after this water and
act takes effect shall begin on the day after their election, instead board of
of on May first following their election as provided by section Wakefield,
twelve of chapter four hundred and eighty-eight of the acts of when to take
nineteen hundred and two as affected by chapter one hundred
and six of the acts of nineteen hundred and ten, and the terms
of office of the present members of said board shall terminate
upon the election and qualification of their successors.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved January 31, 1924.

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An ACT AUTHORIZING THE BOSTON LYING-IN HOSPITAL TO HOLD Chap. 12

ADDITIONAL REAL AND PERSONAL ESTATE.
Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

Chapter one hundred and fourteen of the Special Acts of 1917. 114 (8),
nineteen hundred and seventeen is hereby amended by striking
out, in the third line, the words “two million” and inserting in
place thereof the words:— three million five hundred thou-

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may hold

etc.

Boston Lying- sand, - so as to read as follows: The Boston Lying-in Hosin Hospital

pital, a charitable corporation duly incorporated, is hereby aureal and

thorized to hold real and personal estate to the value of three personal estate,

million five hundred thousand dollars, and, in continuation of and in addition to, the powers already granted it, shall have authority to build, equip and maintain one or more lying-in hospitals and to care for women suffering from diseases and conditions peculiar to women and during convalescence, and their infants, in said hospital or in private wards therein, or under the supervision of out-patient departments.

Approved January 31, 1924.

Chap. 13 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD AND THE TOWN

OF WEST SPRINGFIELD TO CONSTRUCT A BRIDGE ACROSS THE
CONNECTICUT RIVER AND TO INCUR INDEBTEDNESS THEREFOR.

construct a

street railway purposes,

use of other

etc.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: City of

SECTION 1. The city of Springfield and the town of West Springfield and town of Springfield may construct a bridge across the Connecticut river, West Springfield may

with suitable approaches thereto if any are necessary, at the

site of the bridge constructed in pursuance of chapter one hunbridge across Connecticut dred and thirty of the acts of eighteen hundred and seventyriver.

two. Provision for SECTION 2. The board of aldermen of said city and selectmen useb ripertoon of said town shall

, in constructing said bridge, provide for the use of a portion thereof for street railway purposes upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by said board and

said selectmen and the company operating the street railway Facilities for upon said bridge; and they may also provide upon said bridge public utilities,

ducts and other facilities for the use of other public utilities and collect from any utility using such ducts or facilities the cost of

constructing the same or reasonable rental based on such cost. Department If any disagreement should arise concerning said provision or of public

the cost or rental to be charged therefor, the utility in question in dispute.

or the city or town may petition the department of public utilities to decide the matter in dispute and the decision of said

department shall be final and binding. Superin

SECTION 3. After the completion of said bridge the city of bridge, etc. Springfield shall have the care and superintendence of said Cost and bridge, its abutments and piers, and all cost and expenses into be borne,

curred under this act, including all expense of maintaining said bridge and keeping it in repair and safe and convenient for travel and of said care and superintendence, shall be borne and paid by the city of Springfield and the town of West Springfield in the following proportion: - nine tenths by said city and one

tenth by said town. Liability for

SECTION 4. Liability for defects in said bridge, its piers and bridge, etc. abutments, shall exist on the part of the city of Springfield and

town of West Springfield respectively in the same proportions in which they shall bear the cost and expenses of said bridge as aforesaid, namely, nine tenths on the part of said city and one tenth on the part of said town.

utilities to decide matters

tendence of

expenses, how

etc.

defects in

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