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[H. F. 24.
PROVIDING FREE PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN CITIES AND TOWNS.
AN ACT to Provide for the Establishment and Maintenance of free
Public Libraries in Cities and incorporated Towns.
City or town council may raise 1-mill tax for library.
lease property for same.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa, [That] the council of any city or incorporated town in this State may raise and appropriate money, not exceeding in amount one mill upon the dollar, of the assesséd valuation of the taxable property of such city or incorporated town, in any one year, to procure books, maps, charts, periodicals, and other publications, for the establishment and perpetual maintenance of a free public
library within the limits of such city or incorporated May purchase or town. And the council of such city or incorporated town,
out of the fund so raised, may appropriate money for the purchase of such land and the erection of such buildings as may be necessary for the suitable accommodation thereof, or for the hiring or leasing of rooms for such purpose, and for the compensation of such officers or agents as may be necessarily employed in the establishment and management of such library.
Sec. 2. The council of any such city or incorporated Powers of coun- town, accepting the provisions of this act, may enact rules,
by-laws, and ordinances for the establishment and maintenance of such library, provide for the election or appointment of officers and agents, and may assess and levy a yearly tax for the support and maintenance thereof, not exceeding the amount named in the first section of this act.
Sec. 3. Every public library, established and main
tained under the provision of this act, shall be open to the Library to be free free use of every inhabitant of the municipal corporation
by which it is established, for the general diffusion of intelligence among all classes of the community, subject
to such rules and regulations for the well-ordering and
be careful preservation thereof, as may be established and made by council. ordained by the council of such city or incorporated town.
Sec. 4. Any such city or incorporated town may Cities and towns receive, hold, and possess, or sell and dispose of, any and control gifts for all gifts, donations, devises, bequests, and legacies, as
[that] may be made to such city or incorporated town for the purpose of establishing, increasing, or improving any such public library; and the city or town council thereof
cil in reference to library.
Rules and regulations to
to furnish same.
may apply the use, profits, proceeds, interest, and rents Authority of accruing therefrom in such manner as will best promote the prosperity and utility of such library.
Sec. 5. Every city or incorporated town, in which Libraries to resuch a public library shall be established and maintained public docuunder the provisions of this act, shall be entitled to ments, receive a copy of the laws, journals, and all other works published by authority of the State, after the establishment of such library, for the use of such library, and the Secretary of State is hereby authorized and required to Secretary of State furnish the same from year to year to such city or incorporated town.
Sec. 6. Any city or incorporated town of this. State, Vote of the peoproposing to accept the benefits of this act, shall, before exercising the powers herein conferred, submit to a vote of the people at any municipal election of such city or incorporated town, the question, “Shall the city or town “council (as the case may be) accept the benefit of an act “ of the legislature for the creation and maintenance of a “ free public library? Yes - No."
SEC. 7. So much of chapter forty-five, of the acts of the Repeal, 1870 ; ch. Thirteenth General Assembly as conflicts with this act, is hereby repealed.
SEO. 8. This act, being deemed of immediate impor- In force, when. ance, shall take effect from and after its publication in the Daily State Register and State Leader, newspapers published in Des Moines.
Approved, March 20th, 1872.
I hereby certify that the foregoing act was published in the Daily State Leader, March 22, and the Daily Tora State Register, March 26, 1872.
ED WRIGHT, Secretary of State.
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ALLOWING TOWNSHIPS TO ADOPT THE HERD LAW.
AN ACT to Enable Civil Townships to adopt the Provisions of Marcu 20.
Chapter 26, of the Laws of the Thirteenth General Assembly,
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly Townships may of the State of Iowa, That it shall be lawful for any stating stock. civil township to adopt the provisions of chapter 26 of
1870: ch. 26.
submitted to peo.
the laws of the Thirteenth General Assembly, entitled “ An act to restrain stock from running at large,” in the manner hereinafter provided.
Seo. 2. When a petition shall be presented to the upon trustees of any township, signed by one-third of the legal adoption may
voters of such township, asking the question of the plecat general adoption of the provisions of said act to be submitted to
the legal voters thereof, at the next general election, it shall be the duty of the trustees to publish a notice of the submission of said question, at least four weeks before said election, in some newspaper published in the county, if any be published therein, and also by posting a copy of such notice in five public places in said township.
SEO. 3. There shall be written or printed on the balForm of ballots, lots the same sentences required by section eight of said
act; and, if a majority of all the votes cast for and against Effect of allirma, the proposition in the township be for said act, the provis
ions thereof shall take effect and be in force ninety days after the election. Notice of the result of said election shall be posted by the township clerk in five public places in the township within ten days thereafter.
Approved, March 20th, 1872.
[H. F. 218.
CITY, TOWN, AND OOUNTY DEBTS.
AN ACT to Enable Cities, Towns, and Counties to settle, adjust,
and compound their Indebtedness, and to provide for the Payment of the same.
counties authorized to
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly Cities, towns, and of the State of Iowa, That cities, towns, and counties
adjust are hereby authorized to settle, adjust, compound, extend, ness, and to hosde or renew debts, owing by or claimed against them, evinew securities. denced by the bonds or other negotiable promissory instru
ments of such corporations, and to issue new securities for such debts.
Sec. 2. Said corporations are hereby authorized, whenSame authorized ever any extension or renewal of said indebtedness is to levy the nec-made, to provide by the levy and collection of annual
taxes, at the same time and in the same manner as for the levy and collection of other taxes, for the prompt payment of the interest and principal of such renewed debt; and the levy, collection, and payment of taxes, to liquidate Liquidation of the principal and interest of said renewed debt, may be may be enforced. enforced, in case of default, by writ of mandamus or other proper legal process.
SEO. 3. Said corporations may settle, adjust, com- Terms of adjustpound, extend, or renew such indebtedness upon such ment. terms as they may deem just and for their welfare.
Sèo. 4. This act is intended to apply only to the settle- Application of ment of bonds and securities heretofore issued not includ- act. ing warrants, or other evidences of debt, issued for current expenses, and outstanding at the time of the passage and approval hereof.
Seo. 5. New bonds, issued by virtue hereof, shall in no Limitation case be for a greater sum than the principal and accrued amount of bonds. or earned interest unpaid on the bond or debts in place of which, or for the payment of which, they shall be given.
Sec. 6. This act, being deemed of immediate impor- In force, when. tance, shall be in force and effect from and after its publication in the Des Moines Daily Register, and Daily Leader, newspapers published at Des Moines, Iowa.
Approved, March 25th, 1872.
I hereby certify that the foregoing act was published in the Daily State Leader, March 26, and in the Daily Iowa State Register, March 28, 1872.
ED WRIGHT, Secretary of State.
[H. F. 203.
ESTRAY RAFTS AND LOGS.
AN ACT to Provide for the Taking-up of Rafts, Logs, and Sawed Marca 29.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly Duty of person of the State of Iowa, That if any person shall hereafter taking up rafts, stop or take up any raft of logs, or part thereof, or any streams. logs suitable for making lumber, or hewn timber found adrift on any water-course within the limits, or upon the boundaries of this State, it shall be the duty of such person within five days thereafter, provided the same sha
mit papers to clerk of district court.
court to file and enter;
property if unclaimed.
not have been previously proven and restored to the owner, to go before some justice of the peace, or notary public of the county in which the same was taken up, and make affidavit in writing, setting forth an exact description of such raft or part thereof, or logs, when and where the same were found, the number of logs and the marks and brands thereon, that the same have not been altered or defaced
since the taking-up by him or by any other person to his Justice or notary knowledge. And it shall be the duty of such justice of
the peace or notary public, within five days thereafter, to transmit such affidavit to the clerk of the district court of
said county, and the said clerk shall thereupon file the Clerk of district same in his office, and enter in his estray-book the dès
cription of the said property, the time and place when and where, and the name and residence of the person by
whom the same was taken up, and the said clerk shall and to publish also publish a notice thereof for three weeks successively
in some newspaper printed in the county.
Sec. 2. In all cases where the number of logs taken Disposal of the up shall not exceed five, and no person shall appear to claim and
the same within three months after the publication of such notice, then the property in the same shall vest in the person taking them up; but if the number thereof shall exceed five, and the same be not claimed or proven within six months after such publication, then it shall be the duty of the finder to deliver them to the sheriff of said county, and thereupon the same proceedings shall be had, and the same disposition be made of the
proceeds arising from the sale thereof, as is provided for Rev.: ch. 60, art. in chapter 60, article 2, of the Revision of 1860, in rela
tion to boats, vessels, &c., the value of which exceeds twenty dollars.
SEC. 3. As a reward for the taking-up of any such Reward to finder, logs, or rafts of logs, or any part thereof, there shall be
paid by the owner to the person taking up the same, for each log, not exceeding ten, twenty-five cents, and for each log exceeding ten and not exceeding fifty, twenty cents.
Seo, 4. All the provisions of chapter 60, article 2, of Fees of officers. the Revision of 1860, in relation to the fees of officers,
and compensation for services performed, and expenses incurred for publication of notice, except as herein before provided for, and to fines and forfeitures for non-compliance with the requirements of said act, shall apply to this act.
ŠEo. 5. The provisions of this act shall apply to sawedlumbersawed lumber, and the parties taking up the same shall
be entitled to fifty cents per thousand feet.
Expenses of notice.
Fines and forfeiture,
reward for find. ing same.