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treasury, countersigned by the auditor general, the state treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to pay the same out of any moneys in the treasury, to the credit of the general fund, not otherwise appropriated.
Sec. 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved January 15, 1847.
(No. 2.) AN ACT : give immediate force to Section 37 of Chapter 164
of the Revised Statutes.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That section 37 of chapter 164 of the Revised Statutes, passed and approved May 18, 1846, take effect and be in full force from and after the passage of this act.
Sec. 2. This act to be in force from and after its passage.
[No. 3.] AN ACT to authorize the assessment and collection of certain tax
es in the township of Woodhull, in the county of Shiawassee.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives Duty of su. pervisors of the state of Michigan, That the supervisor of the township
of Woodhull, in the county of Shiawassee be, and he is hereby authorized to make a valuation and assessment roll of all ihe real and personal taxable property in said township, in the manner prescribed by law, between the time of the passage of this act and the fifteenth day of February next, and to review and correct said roll, giving five days notice of the time and place of such review.
Sec. 2. Upon such roll being reviewed and corrected by said suSupervisor to certify pervisor, it shall be his duty to attach a certificate thereto, in the
form prescribed by law, and to notify the township treasurer of the amount of state and county taxes apportioned to his township by
the board of supervisors, for the year eighteen hundred and fortysix, and upon the delivery to said supervisor by said township trea
, of the receipt of the county treasurer, stating that he has received a satisfactory bond from such township treasurer in that behalf, said supervisor shall deliver to said township treasurer a copy of the said corrected assessment roll, with the taxes for the year eighteen hundred and forty-six, except the highway taxes, annexed to each valuation, and carried out in such columns as is required by law in regard to other assessment rolls.
Sec. 3. To such tax roll the supervisor shall annex a warrant un- Warrant for der his hand, for the collection of such taxes, in the form prescribed taxes. by law, except that such warrant shall require the said township treasurer to account for and pay over said taxes, on or before the first day of April next, and the said treasurer shall proceed under such warrant in the same manner, and possess the same powers, as under a warrant for the collection of the annual taxes provided for by law, and shall make return to the county treasurer of all unpaid taxes upon his said roll, in the same manner and with the like effect.
Sec. 4. A transcript of all unpaid taxes returned to the county treasurer in pursuance of the foregoing provisions, shall be return-es
how reed to the auditor general as soon as practicable, and with the same effect, and such unpaid taxes so returned shall be collected in the same manner, and with interest computed from the same time as the annual taxes for the year eighteen hundred and forty-six, duly returned to the auditor general for non-payment.
Sec. 5. All the provisions of existing laws, relating to the assess- Existing pro ment, collection and return of taxes, shall, so far as the same may law applicabe applicable, apply to, and govern the assessment, collection and return of the taxes in this act provided for, except so far as other provisions are herein made.
Sec. 6. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved January 28, 1847.
[No. 4.] AN ACT authorizing any persons to construct Lines of Electric
Telegraph in the State of Michigan.
have prece dence.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That any person or persons may be, and they are hereby authorized to construct and maintain lines of electric telegraph, together with all necessary fixtures appurtenant thereto from point to point, upon and along any of the public roads or highways, and across any of the waters or bridges within the limits of this state, or upon the land of any individual, the owners of the land through which said telegraphic lines may pass having first given their consent: Provided, That the same shall not in any instance be so constructed as to incommode the public in the use of said roads, or highways and bridges, or endanger, or injuriously interrupt the navigation of said waters.
Sec. 2. At every telegraphic office, established for the purpose ligence shall of communicating intelligence on any of the lines constructed by
virtue of the provisions contained in the foregoing section, communications received for the transmission of intelligence upon any of said lines shall have precedence in the order in which they are received, and be communicated accordingly; and any violation of the provisions of this section by any officer, person or persons having charge of, or employed in, conducting or transacting the business of said office, shall be punished by fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment not exceeding one year, or by both, at the discretion of the court having cognizance of the same.
Sec. 3. The owner or owners of any telegraphic line, constructed under the provisions of this act, shall pay to the state an annual tax of twenty-five cents upon every mile in length so constructed, in lieu of all other taxes, which shall be paid in the last week in January in each year to the state treasury.
Sec. 4. The state shall have a lien upon any line constructed as aforesaid, and its appurteuances, for all taxes which may accrue thereon to the state, by virtue of the provisions of the foregoing section; and in case the tax, or any part thereof, shall remain unpaid at the time hereinbefore provided for its payment, then the state treasurer shall have power, and it is hereby made bis duty to ad
Lien of the state.
vertise such line for sale for the amount of such tax remaining un. paid, in some newspaper published in the city of Detroit, by giving
three weeks' previous notice, and to sell the same accordingly for the amount of tax, and interest and charges of sale: Provided, The same shall not be paid before the time of sale; and the surplus money, if any,
shall be paid to the owner or owners of such line.
Sec. 5. Any person or persons who shall knowingly or wilfully Penalty for injure, molest or destroy any of said lines or appurtenances belong- ry to. ing thereto, and any person who shall counsel or advise the injury, molestation or destruction of any of said lines or appurtenances thereto belonging, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and be punished by fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both, at the discretion of the court having cognizance thereof.
Sec. 6. The legislature may at any time alter, modify or repeal this act, and the same shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved January 28, 1847.
Com'rs to cause books
Rail Road Company.
to be open'd ter, Edmund B. Bostwick and Thomas W. White, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners, under the direction of a majority of whom subscriptions may be received to the capital stock of the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Rail Road Company, hereby incorporated, and they may cause books to be opened at such times and places as they shall direct, for the purpose of receiving subscriptions to the capital stock of said company, first givng thirty days' notice of the times and places of taking such subscriptions, in some newspaper printed at Detroit, and at the seat of gov.
ernment of this state, and in all papers published in the counties through which the contemplated line of said road passes.
Sec. 2. The capital stock of said company shall be two millions of Capital sto'k
dollars, in twenty thousand shares of one hundred dollars each; and as soon as one thousand shares of said stock shall be subscribed, the subscribers thereto, with such other persons as shall associate with them for that purpose, their successors and assigns, shall be, and they are hereby created a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Rail Road Company, with perpetual succession, and by that name shall be capable in law of purchasing, holding, selling, leasing and conveying estate, either real, of personal or mixed, so far as the same may be necessary for the purposes hereinafter mentioned and no further ; and in their corporate name may sue and be sued; may have a common seal which they may alter and renew at pleasure, and shall have, enjoy, and may exercise all the powers, rights and privileges which appertain to corporate bodies, for the purposes mentioned in this act.
Sec. 3. Said company hereby created, shall have power to conMay con
struct a rail road with a double or single track, from Port Huron, road.
in the county of St. Clair, running westerly, until it shall intersect
any mechanical other power, or of any combination of them, which the said com
pany may choose to use or apply. . Construct'n,
Sec. 4. If said corporation shall not, within five years after the commenced passage of this act, commence the construction of the said rail road,
and shall not, within fifteen years from the passage of this act, construct, finish and put in operation the whole of said rail road, then the rights, privileges and powers of the said corporation shall be null and void as far as it regards such part of said rail road as shall not be finished within the periods limited by this act.
Sec. 5. Whenever one thousand shares of the capital stock shall ing.
have been subscribed, if within three years from the passage of this act, the commissioners shall call a meeting of the subscribers at
when to be