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as lies between the warehouses of Bodley and Barrows, and R. Wilson and the bay of San Francisco; and so much of the Petaluma Pe***. river as lies between its mouth and the northern boundary of the town of Petaluma, situate on the western bank of Petaluma creek; and so much of the Sonoma river as lies between its mouth and a point op-sonoma river. posite Fowler's hotel, in the town of San Luis; and so much of the Napa river as lies between its mouth and the toll-bridge; and so much of the Suisun river as lies between its mouth and the town of Suisun river. Suisun embarcadero; and so much of the Sacramento river as lies Sacramento between its mouth and the mouth of Clear creek; and so much of the river. Feather river as lies between its mouth and the northern boundary of the city of Ophir; and so much of Yuba river as lies between its Yuba river. mouth and a point at the mouth of the slough at the foot of A street in the city of Marysville; and so much of the San Joaquin river as ovuln lies between its mouth and the Tulare lake; and so much of the Stockton slough as lies between its mouth and the west line of El “” Dorado street, in Stockton; and so much of the Mokelumne river as Mokelumne lies between its mouth and the first falls; and so much of the Tuo- Timns over lumne river as lies between its mouth and canon or foot of the rapids; and so much of Deer creek as lies between the house of Peter Lassen Deer creek. and its mouth ; and so much of the river, called the American fork, American fork. as lies between its mouth and a point known as the “lower ford” are hereby declared navigable streams: Provided, that until a road shall A.

- excepted until be constructed, which can be travelled at all seasons of the year from .

the city of Sacramento to the town of Brighton, the part of section joy one of this act which relates to the river, called the “American fork,” shall be void, and that portion of this act shall read—“ and so much of the river, called the American fork, as lies between its mouth and a point opposite the town of Brighton, are hereby declared to be

navigable.”

CHAPTER CXCVIII.

AN ACT entitled An Act to prevent Persons from enticing Seamen to desert.—[Passed May 17, 1853.]

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

SECTION 1. If any person or persons shall entice any seaman to onto, desert from any vessel, belonging to any citizen or citizens of the United States, or of any foreign country, while lying within the

waters of this state, and on board of which said seaman shall have shipped for a term or voyage unexpired at the time of such enticejor ment, such person or persons so offending shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction, shall be sentenced for the first of First offence. fence to imprisonment in the county jail, not less than two months, nor more than six months, and to a fine not less than fifty dollars, nor

Subsequent more than five hundred dollars; and for each subsequent offence, to

offences. imprisonment not less than six months, nor more than two years, and a fine not less than five hundred dollars, nor more than one thousand.

For SEC. 2. Any person or persons, who shall harbor or secrete any

secreting desert seaman shipped as aforesaid, knowing him to be so shipped, and with pp. y g

ing seamen. a view to persuade or enable said seaman to desert, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and punished as provided in the first section of this act.

CHAPTER CXCIX. AN ACT to limit the Hours of Labor.—[Passed May 17, 1853.] The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows : Ten hours SECTION 1. Ten hours shall be considered a legal day's labor in †.” any action in law, in any of the courts of this state.

CHAPTER CO.

AN ACT for the more effectual Distribution of the Laws, Journals and Public Documents of the State of California.-[Passed May 17, 1853.]

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

Secretary of state SECTION 1. For the purpose of distributing promptly and surely

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state into the laws and journals of this state, and all other public documents

districts - - - - - required by law to be distributed throughout the different counties of this state, the secretary of state is hereby authorized to apportion the state into four districts, as may be found necessary for the secure and rapid dissemination of the books and documents aforesaid, and

Aoint appoint an agent in each district, whose duty it shall be to deliver

deliver to the to the county clerk of each county included within his district, such books and documents as are intended for distribution in the county ork. he public

of which he is clerk, and take the receipt of the said clerk for the loot same, which receipt shall be returned to the secretary of state. e State.

Sec. 2. Immediately on the receipt of said books or documents, so

it shall be the duty of the county clerk to cause the same to be dis-oooootled to receive the

tributed through his county to all officers entitled by law to receive same. them, and shall take their receipts for the same; said receipts speci- ...” fying that the book or books, so received, are to be turned over to o their successors in office, and transmit said receipts to the secretary * of state to be filed in his office. And it is hereby made the duty of the sheriff of each county to make such distribution under the direction of the clerk aforesaid. Sec. 3. Said agents shall be employed by the secretary of state, at Agents to be the lowest rate at which suitable and competent persons can be ob- o:* tained to perform the work, and shall give bond and security in such To give bond. sum as the secretary of state shall direct, conditioned to deliver the said laws, journals and documents to the several county clerks within Laws, etc., to be their respective districts, within such a length of time from the date ouin of their reception as will be the shortest within which the work can “ be reasonably accomplished, having regard to the character of the county over which the distribution is to be made—said time to be o * . fixed by the secretary of state, said bonds to be approved by the of state. secretary of state and filed in his office: Provided, the compensation compensation. of such agents shall not exceed, to each person, twelve dollars per day, and the total compensation to any one person shall not exceed five hundred dollars in any one year. SEC. 4. The agents aforesaid shall be paid for their services the to be paid on amount agreed upon in the comptroller's warrants, to be issued on the ot certificate of the secretary of state, which certificate shall not be “” given until the said agents have produced receipts from the county Agents to

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judges (or clerks or sheriffs as the case may be) of the different coun- or all laws, to placed in their

ties included within their respective districts, for all books and docu- mogo. ments which may have come into the charge of said agents for distribution, or some other equally satisfactory evidence is produced of

their proper distribution. Sec. 5. The secretary of state is hereby authorized to distribute ofzed

the public documents, laws, and journals, and reports of this state, *"..."; he

to all public libraries, institutions of learning, authors, publishers, and to to public institutions, etc.

states, which he may deem important in securing an interchange, and in exchange. building up and improving the library of this state.

Construction of repeals of crimiual law8.

Former act amended.

County orders and warrants to be redeemed in the order of

CHAPTER COI.

AN ACT declaratory of the Effect of the Repeal of Criminal Laws.
—[Passed May 17, 1853.]

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

SECTION 1. That the repeal of any law creating a criminal offence, shall not be held to constitute a bar to the indictment and punishment of a crime already committed in violation of the law so repealed, ulless the intention to bar such indictment and punishment is expres; declared in the repealing act.

CHAPTER COII.

AN ACT to amend the fourteenth Section of an Act entitled "in
Act concerning the office of County Treasurers,” passed March
twenty-seventh, one thousand eight hundred and fifty. (1)–(Paso
May 17, 1853.] -

The People of the State of California, represented in Senate *
Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Section fourteenth of an act entitled “An act concer" ing the office of county treasurers,” passed March twenty-seventh one thousand eight hundred and fifty, is hereby amended so *" read—No order or warrant drawn on the county treasurer and Po able out of the county revenue shall be received in payment of *

joon books tax or dues, except from the person in whose favor it was drawn but

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shall be subject to redemption only in the order in which it stands

registered or noted in the treasurer's book.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and *

the first day of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three.

(1) See ante, page 113. The act which this amends was in type before this

act was received.

CEHAPTER COIII.

AN ACT to establish an Asylum for the Insane of the State of California. (1)—[Passed May 17, 1853.]

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

SECTION 1. There shall be established within and for the state of some sylum

California an asylum for the insane, by the name of the insane asylum established. of California, and all buildings belonging thereto or connected therewith shall be erected upon the grounds donated to the state in or near the city of Stockton, and the trustees of the Stockton state hospital Foo!" and the insane hospital, are hereby directed to deliver to the trustees o * . of the insane asylum of California all property of every description delivered over belonging to or in any wise appertaining to the Stockton state hospital, too. and the insane hospital, which has come under their care as provided act. by law; and upon delivery of said property they shall receive from the trustees of said asylum a receipt therefor, and shall deliver said receipt to the comptroller of state. Accompanying said receipt shall ..."..." be attached a list of the insane patients transferred to the trustees of ..no. the insane asylum of California. Sec. 2. The administration of said asylum shall be confined to a Asoo

of hospital to be board of trustees, to be composed of five members to be chosen by the to to five

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legislature. Said trustees shall be divided by the legislature into two tool classes; the trustees of the first class shall go out of office at the ex- ** piration of one year, so that two shall be chosen at the end of the first Term of office. year and three at the end of the second year; three of whom shall be permanent citizens of Stockton, or vicinity, and shall elect by ballot, foota from their number, a president to preside over their deliberations, and *P* perform such duties as may be required by law and the by-laws of the Invested with institution, and a vice president to act as president in his absence; ..." they shall be known by the name and style of the trustees of the insame asylum of California, and by that name they and their successors shall be known in law, have perpetual succession, may sue and be sued in all the courts of this state, and may receive and hold property, real and personal, for the use and benefit of said asylum.

Sec. 3. The board of trustees shall have full power to manage and Powers and

(1) For state marine hospital, sce post, chap. 214.

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