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Ch. 208.]

CHAPTER CIX.

[H. F. 418.

STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

AN ACT to Reorganize the State Historical Society.

rators.

Their successors, > when to be ap

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa, That from and after the taking effect of this act, the Board of Curators of the State Historical Board of CoraSociety at Iowa City shall consist of eighteen persons, of tors. whom nine shall be appointed by the Governor of the How chosen. State, and nine elected by the members of the Society. The term of office of said Curators shall be two years, Term of office. except as provided in the next section, and they shall No pay. receive no compensation for their services.

Seo. 2. The Curators appointed by the Governor, shall Term of first cube appointed on or before the last Wednesday in June in the year 1872, and each second year thereafter, and their term of office shall commence on that day. Nine Curators shall be selected by the present board to serve on behalf of the Society until the last Wednesday in June,

A. D.1873, or, in default of such selection, the nine mem- pointed.
bers of the present Board having the longest unexpired
terms shall so serve. And at the annual meeting of said
Historical Society held next before the last Wednesday in
June, A. D. 1873, and in each second year thereafter,
there shall be elected by ballot from the members of the
Society nine Curators for the term next ensuing.

Seo. 3. All persons who are members of said His- torical society. torical Society, at the date of this act, shall remain members of the same as reorganized; and new members may be admitted at any time under the rules now in force, or such other rules as may hereafter be adopted by the Board of Curators.

Sec. 4. The annual meeting of the Society shall be Annual meeting. held at Iowa City on the Monday preceding the last Wednesday in June of each year.

Sec. 5. The Board of Curators shall choose annually, Officers of socior oftener, if need be, a corresponding secretary, recording secretary, a treasurer, and a librarian, who shall be selected from the members of the Historical Society outside of their own number, and shall hold office for one Term. year, unless sooner removed by a vote of the Board, Said officers shall be officers of the Society as well as of the Board of Curators, and their respective duties shall be Duties.

Members of His

ety.

da correspotlibrarian, Society one Term. easurer of the Histora office atat Said

tion.

President of board.

rators,

A quorum.

Board, powers and duties of.

No compensa

determined by said Beard. No officers of the Society or of the Board shall receive any compensation from the State appropriation to the Society.

Sec. 6. The Board of Curators shall also choose from their own number a president, who shall be the executive head of the Board, and shall hold his office for one year, and until his successor is elected.

Sec. 7. The Curators, a majority of whom shall Residence of ca- reside in the vicinity of the State University, and seven of

whom shall constitute a quorum, shall be the executive department of the Society, and shall have full power to manage its affairs. They shall keep a full and correct account of all their doings, and of the receipt and expenditure of all funds collected or granted for the purposes of

the Society, and shall report the same annually to the Annual report. Governor on or before the fifteenth day of December, as

required by law of other State institutions.

SEC. 8.° There shall be delivered to said Society eighty Books, etc. to bound copies of the reports of the Supreme Court, and

of all other books and documents published by the State, or at its order, for the purpose of effecting exchanges with similar societies in other States and countries, and for preservation in its library, and the other purposes of the Society.

Sec. 9. This act, being deemed by the General Assembly of immediate importance, shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the Daily State Register, a newspaper published at Des Moines, and in the Iowa City Press, a newspaper published at Iowa City, without expense to the State.

Approved, April 23d, 1872.

Society.

In force when,

I hereby certify that the foregoing act was published in the Daily Press, of lowa City, April 29, and in the Daily Iowa State Re,ister, April 30, 1872.

ED WRIGHT, Secretary of State.

Ch. 209.]

CHAPTER CX.

[S. F. 219.

CONVEYANCES EXECUTED IN OTHER STATES.

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AN ACT Providing for the Acknowledgment and Recording of

Deeds in certain Cases, and Rendering Valid the Acknowledgments of Deeds and Instruments in Writing.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of lowa, That all deeds and conveyances of

property in Iowa,

to laws of such

Proviso : record of such con

lands, tenements, and hereditaments, lying and being Conveyances of within this State, heretofore executed, and which said beretofore exe

cuted in other deeds have been acknowledged or proved according to and states, according in compliance with the laws and usages of the State, ter

States, made ritory, or country in which said deeds or conveyances were valid. acknowledged and proved, or in which they shall be acknowledged or proved, are hereby declared effectual and valid in law to all intents and purposes, as though the same acknowledgments had been taken, or proof of exe- May be admitted cution made within this State, and in pursuance to the to record. acts and laws thereof, and such deeds, so acknowledged or proved as aforesaid, may be admitted to be recorded in the respective counties in which such lands, tenements, or hereditaments do or may lie, anything in the acts and laws of this State to the contrary thereof notwithstanding :

Provided, That all deeds and conveyances of lands, tene- Dr
ments, and hereditaments, situated within this State, firmed.
which have been acknowledged or proved in any other
State, territory, or country, according to and in compliance
with the laws and usages of such State, territory, or
country, and which deeds or conveyances have been
recorded within this State, be, and the same are hereby,
confirmed, and declared effectual and valid in law to all
intents and purposes, as though the said deeds or convey-
ances, so acknowledged or proved and recorded, had,
prior to being recorded, been acknowledged or proved
within this State.

Seo. 2. That the acknowledgments of all deeds, Acknowledg-. mortgages, or other instruments in writing, taken and veyances heretocertified previous to the taking effect of this act, and ized. which have been duly recorded in the proper counties in this State, be, and the same are hereby, declared to be legal and valid in all courts of law and equity in this State or elsewhere, anything in the several different acts or laws of the territory or State of Iowa, in regard to acknowledgments, to the contrary notwithstanding.

Sec. 3. This act, being deemed of immediate impor. In force when. tance, shall take effect and be in force from and atter its publication in the Daily Iowa State Register, and Daily Iowa Leader, newspapers published in Des Moines, Iowa.

Approved, April 23d, 1872.

Acknowledgments of all con

recorded, legal.

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I hereby certify that the foregoing act was published in the Daily Iowa State Register, and in the Daily State Leader, April 30, 18:2.

ED WRIGHT, Secretary of State.

Ca. 210.]

CHAPTER CXI.

[S. F. 138.

VIOLATIUN OF CRIMINAL LAWS BY COMPANIES.

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AN ACT Authorizing the Punishment of Railroad Companies, and

other Incorporate [d] Bodies, tor V:olation of the Criminal Laws of this State.

etc., liable to prosecution,

when in court,

Fine,

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly R. R. co's, etc.. of the State of Iowa, That all railroad companies, and

all other incorporate [d] bodies, shall be liable to prosecution, by indictment or information as hereinafter provided, in the courts in this State.

Sec. 2. Such companies or corporations may be inName;

dicted or informed against in any name in which they transact business, or in which they are commonly known.

Sec. 3. Said companies shall be deemed to be in court upon the return by the sheriff, or other officer, that a copy of the information or indictinent has been delivered to any person upon (whom] service is authorized to be made in civil actions.

Sec. 4. Upon conviction of any such company, or upon a plea of “guilty” filed in open court by their au horized attorney, such company may be punished by fine in any sum in the discretion of the court.

Seo. 5. Railroad companies and other incorporated R. R. co's may bodies shall be liable to indictment under the criminal

laws of this State for obstructing highways, or private ways, or for such highways to remain obstructed after the taking effect of this act, or for the doing or suffering of any other act which by the statute of this state is a crime or misdemeanor.

Sec. 6. Proof that any highway or opening any railPresumptive evi road track, is in an unsafe condition, or that it is not contions of highway, venient for the public travel at the place of its crossing

such railroad, or within its right of way, shall be presumptive evidence that such corporation has obstructed such highway, and unless rebutted shall be sufficient evidence to warrant a conviction against said corporation for obstructing such highway.

SEO. 7. Any company operating any railroad in this k. State shall be liable under the provisions of this act.

Sec. 8. In prosecutions under this act, the arraignment Arraignment not of the defendant shall not be required.

Approved, April 23d, 1872.

be indicted for what.

dence of obstruc

Any operating R.
R. co, liable.

necessary

Ch. 211.]

CHAPTER CXII.

[H. F. 152.

VACATION OR MODIFICATION OF INJUNCTIONS.

AN ACT to Amend section 3782 of the Revision of 1860, in Relation April 28.

to the Vacation and Modification of Injunctions.

modify or vacate,

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly Rev.: 88782. of the State of Iowa, That section 3782, of the Revision of 1860, be and the same is hereby amended, by adding thereto as follows : Or such application may be made to Application to the judge of the court in which such action may be pend- to whom made. ing.

SEO. 2. This act to be in force from and after its pub- In force when. lication in the Daily State Register, and Daily Leader, newspapers published at Des Moines, Iowa.

Approved, April 23d, 1872.

the judge follows: Onme is hereh3782, of the Assembly

I hereby certify that the foregoing act was published in the Daily Iowa State Register and the Daily State Leader, April 30, 1872.

ED WRIGHT, Secretary of State.

Ch. 212.]

CHAPTER CXIII.

[H. F. 444.

TERMS OF OOURTS.

AN ACT to Repeal Section Four of Chapter Sixty-Two [xxii.] of April 23.

the Acts of the Fourteenth General Assembly, and to Enact a
Substitute therefor.

$ 4 superseded.

for 1872 and 1878,

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly 1872: ch. xxii, of the State of Iowa, That section four of chapter sixtytwo (xxii.] of the acts of the Fourteenth General Assembly is hereby repealed, and the following is enacted in lieu thereof, as said section:

“Sec. 4. The present district and circuit judges of each Terms of courts judicial district in this State (except the 13th) who may be how designated. residing in the territory of each respective district as it will be constituted after the first Monday of January, A. D. 1873, shall,on or before the first Monday of December, A. D. 1872, and the acting district and circuit judges of each judicial district, on or before the first Monday of December of each Thereafter alternate year thereafter, designate, by order made under

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