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tives of the state of Michigan, That from and after the passage of this act it shall be lawful for John McIver, of Grand Rapids, in the county of Kent, to take and assume the name of John Riley, and by that name he shall be hereafter known and designated.
Approved February 20, 1847.
(No 21.] AN ACT to amend an act entitled an act to provide for the lay:
ing out of a state road, approved March sixth, eighteen hundred and forty-four.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, Section 1. That the act entitled an act to provide for laying out a state road, approved March sixth, eighteen hundred and forty-four, be and the same is hereby so amended that the time for laying out said road be extended to the first day of Ju. ly eighteen hunderd and forty-eight.
Approved February 24, 1847.
[No. 22.] AN ACT to amend section two of Chapter ninety-two of the Re
vised Statutes of eighteen hundred and forty-six, relative to the election of County Judge in case of vacancy.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the State of Michigan, That the proviso at the end of section two of chapter ninety-two of the revised statutes of eighteen hundred and forty-six, in the words following, to wit: “Provided, That when the office of county judge becomes vacant from any cause, such vacancy shall be filled at the first general election thereafter," be and the same is hereby repealed.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from and after its passage.
[No. 23.] AN ACT to regulate proceedings in cases pending in Chancery
and the Circuit Courts, and to amend “an act for revising and consolidating the General Statutes of the State of Michigan,” approved May 18, 1846.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the State of Michigan, SECTION 1. The terms of the circuit court of this state Terms, how shall continue to be holden as appointed under provisions of law existing at the time of the passage of this act, until the first day of May next, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.
Sec. 2. The office of chancellor of this state is hereby abolished.
Sec. 3. For the purpose of disposing of all causes and matters Matters in pending and undetermined in the court of chancery on the first day how deterof March next, it shall be the duty of the justices of the supreme court to assign to each one of said justices, the duty of holding a court of chancery in some one or more of the chancery circuits as established by law at the time of the passage of this act; and each of such justices are, for the purpose aforesaid, hereby vested with all the powers now possessed by the chancellor of this state; and the rules of the court of chancery now in force, shall so far as the same are applicable, continue in force until said causes are finally disposed of, or unless the same be altered by the said justices, or of one of them while sitting in the chancery circuit assigned to him.
Sec. 4. Appeals may be taken from the final order or decree Appeals to made in any of said causes to the supreme court, under the same restrictions as are provided for in so much of chapter ninety of the act to which tbis is amendatory, as provides for appeals from the circuit court in chancery to the supreme court.
Sec. 5. The registers in chancery of the said chancery circuits as Registers in heretofore established by law, shall continue to hold their offices, chancery. until the causes and matters aforesaid shall be finally disposed of; and in the event of a vacancy happening in the office of register, from any cause whatever, the justices of the supreme court may appoint a register to fill such vacancy. Sec. 6. The times for holding the court of chancery for the pur
Terms, how poses aforesaid, in the several and respective chancery circuits, shall be fixed by the justices of the supreme court; thirty days' notice thereof shall be given in one of the newspapers published in the
city of Detroit, and a copy thereof transmitted to the respective registers in chancery.
Sec. 7. The five preceding sections shall be so construed as to stand in lieu of sections two and three of chapter ninety of the act to which this act is amendatory, which said sections two and three are hereby repealed. Sec. 8. This act shall take effect from and after its passage;
and it shall be the duty of the secretary of state to cause the same to be immediately published, and copies thereof to be distributed to the clerks of the several counties of this state.
Approved February 27, 1847.
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Taxes to be
[No. 24.] AN ACT to repeal part of an act entitled "An act authorizing
the copstruction of a Wagon Road on the line of the Northern Rail Road," approved March 9th, 1843.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of RepresentaCertain acts repealed.
tives of the State of Michigan, That so much of an act entitled "an act authorizing the construction of a wagon road on the line of the northern rail road," as authorizes the non-resident highway tax to be expended in the construction of said road in the counties of Lapeer
and St. Clair, be, and the same is hereby repealed.
Sec. 2. Any non-resident highway tax or moneys which may paid township treasu have been or may hereafter be received by the treasurer of the
counties mentioned in the first section of this act, by virtue of the
Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from and after its passage.
cept of be.
[No, 25.] AN ACT to enable the township of Schooleraft to accept the
bequest of Fravkļin Howard. Whereas, Franklin Howard, late of St. Joseph county, deceased, did, by his last will, bequeath to the township of Schoolcraft in the county of Kalamazoo, the sum of six hundred dollars, to be so used that the yearly income thereof should he applied to the support of primary schools in said township, which said donation was made with the condition that the said township should, within four years from the decease of said Howard, accept said bequest, and raise by tax or otherwise a like sum of six liundred dollars for the same purpose and uses:
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa- Notice to actires of the State of Michigan, That the clerk of the township of quert, &c. Schoolcraft shall notify the electors of said township, by posting a notice in three public places in said township, at least twenty days before the next annual meeting of said township, that the question of accepting the said bequest of Franklin Howard, with its conditions, and of raising by tax or otherwise the sum of six hundred dollars, will be brought before the said annual meeting of the township; which said question shall at that time be presented and determined by the rira voce vote of a majority of the electors present.
Sec. 2. If a majority of said electors shall vote in favor of accep-Clerk to re. ting said bequest and raising said sum of money by tax, the township clerk shall duly record the said vote, and the supervisor of said township is hereby directed to assess the annual sum of two hundred dollars at the times and in the manner now provided by law for the assessment of state, county and township taxes, on the real and personal property in said township, for the years one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven, one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight, and one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine; which said tax shall be collected in the same manner as provided by law for the collection of other taxes, and paid over to the treasurer of the board of school inspectors of said township.
Sec. 3. The said board of school inspectors, and their successors in office, are hereby constituted the trustees of the fund so raised by tax, as also of the sum bequeathed by the said Howard, and
vest the same.
they shall have full power to invest and control said fund as shall be in accordance with the intent of the testator.
Sec. 4. The board of school inspectors shall give a bond to the To givebond township in double the amount of the fund, with sufficient sureties,
to be approved by the supervisor and treasurer of said township, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the trust, and the surrender of the principal of the said fund undiminished to their successors,
on their vacation of office. How to in Sec. 5. The said board of inspectors, on receipt of the said fund,
shall so invest the same as shall best subserve the purposes for which the same was created, and shall apportion the income thereof among the several school districts in said township, in proportion to the number of children in each, between the ages of four and eighteen years, as the same shall be shown by the annual report of the director of each district.
Sec. 6. No portion of the said fund shall ever be perverted to any other
purpose or use, but the same shall be continued for the use and benefit of primary schools in said township forever.
Sec. 7. This act shall take effect from and after its passage.
[No. 26.] AN ACT relative to copies of the United States laws. Section 1. Be it cnacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the secretary of state is hereby authorized and directed to procure one or more complete copies of the laws of the United States to be deposited in the state library for the use of the legislature, and when so procured and deposited the said copy or copies shall not be taken from the capitol by any person whatsoever.
Approved March 1, 1847.
[No. 27.] AN ACT to authorize Cyprian S. Hooker to erect' a dam across
the east branch of Flat River in the county of Kent. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa