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Probate Judges of the respective counties. The Governor was required to appoint the first board of supervisors in each county.
According to the “Miner,” under this law George Coulter, James Grant and W. J. Berry were appointed for Yavapai County; William Forest, Robt. A. Rose and John Pearson for Mohave County; Thos. S. Smith, E. Billingsly and E. S. McGinnis for Pah-Ute County. No appointments were made at that time for Yuma and Pima Counties, and I can find no record that any were ever made.
Other laws passed were:
Providing for liens of mechanics, laborers and others.
Giving jurisdiction to the district courts in all mining cases.
Amending section 19 of chapter 33 of the Howell Code so that the same read as follows:
“An annual ad valorem tax of twenty-five cents upon each one hundred dollars value of taxable property is hereby levied and directed to be collected and paid for Territorial purposes upon the assessed value of all property in this Territory, not by this act exempt from taxation; and upon the same property the board of supervisors of each county is also hereby authorized and empowered annually to levy and collect a tax for county expenditures not exceeding one dollar and fifty cents upon each one hundred dollars of taxable property in such county; and upon the same property the board of supervisors of each county is hereby authorized and empowered annually to levy and collect such additional or special taxes as the laws of this Territory may authorize or require them to levy and collect; provided, however, that whenever the board of supervisors levy any tax they shall cause such levy to be entered on the record of their proceedings, and shall direct their clerk to deliver a certified copy thereof to the sheriff and treasurer of the county, each of whom shall file said copy in his office, and on the first Monday in July in each year, the board of supervisors shall proceed to estimate and to ascertain the amount of taxes necessary to be assessed upon the taxable property of the county for the year next ensuing, not exceeding for all purposes one dollar and seventy-five cents upon each one hundred dollars of the value of the taxable property in such county. In such estimate they shall specify the amount to be raised for each particular purpose. If for any cause said board shall not meet on the day above specified, they may meet for such purpose at any time within ten days thereafter. ?'
” There was also levied a poll tax of three dollars upon all citizens of the territory, except negroes and Indians, to be divided equally between the county and the territory.
A law was also passed regulating marriages; defining the blood degree in which marriages could be celebrated and prohibiting all marriages of white persons with negroes, mulattoes, Indians and Mongolians. Any judge, justice of the peace, or minister of the gospel, was authorized to perform the marriage ceremony. The rights of married women were defined; the wife to hold any property which she possessed before her marriage in severalty, and the husband the same. A married woman could carry on busi
on her own account, but all property accumulated during marriage, was common
property. The courts were given jurisdiction in all divorce cases.
By joint resolution the acting governor was authorized to procure a thousand dollars' worth of law books for the Territorial Library, pay-ment for the same to be made out of the congressional appropriation to the library fund of the Territory.
The Legislature passed the following concurrent resolution regarding the death of Abraham Lincoln:
“WHEREAS, There has to this time been no formal expression of regret on the part of the people of Arizona, over the untimely and lamentable death of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States; therefore
“RESOLVED, By the House of Representatives, the Council concurring, that we record our abhorrence of the dastardly act which deprived the nation of the valuable life of Abraham Lincoln, when his great statesmanship and noble character had won the confidence and applause of the civilized world; and the wisdom of his administration of public affairs, at the most critical period in the life of the American people, was universally conceded.
“RESOLVED, That here, where civil law was first established by the generous consideration of his administration, as elsewhere upon the continent, which owes so much to his honest and persistent devotion to liberty, to justice, and to the government of the people, his name is honored and revered as that of a true patriot, a profound ruler, and a magnanimous and unselfish man, whose highest motive was the public good, and whose consistent career has elevated the
dignity, brightened the renown, and enriched the history of the republic.
“RESOLVED, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the family of the illustrious dead, and to the present President of the United States; also that they be published in the ‘Arizona Miner' and in the principal journals of the Pacific and Atlantic States."
This Legislature also passed a concurrent resolution regarding national affairs as follows:
“WHEREAS, Loyalty, fidelity and steadfast obedience to the laws are cardinal principles with every good citizen, and a faithful support of those in authority in all lawful actions is the duty of everyone; and
“WHEREAS, Notwithstanding the bloody civil war which has so long desolated our land and carried mourning into every house is now happily terminated by the complete triumph of the Federal arms, and the acknowledgment of the Federal authority throughout our common country, yet many serious and perplexing questions arise as to the proper settlement of the difficulties between the different sections of the country; and
“WHEREAS, His Excellency, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, has given every evidence of his loyalty and fidelity to the Constitution of the United States, and of his determination to stand by its landmarks amid the difficulties that surround him; therefore,
“RESOLVED by the Council, the House of Representatives concurring, that we take this opportunity to express, in common with the balance of our countrymen, our joy at the successful termination of the war, our sympathy with those whose homes have been made desolate, and our gratitude to Almighty God for his protection in the trying hour.
“RESOLVED, That in the present Executive of the United States we recognize the patriot and the statesman-one worthy to occupy the high position once filled by the Father of his Country, and we pledge to him a faithful and unswerving support in the plan of reconstruction so successfully inaugurated by him in the southern States.
“RESOLVED, That we see exemplified in Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant, the highest type of the heroic soldier, the patriot and gentleman-one upon whose brow may justly rest the palm of virtue, entwined with the laurel wreath, and that we claim, with grateful pride, our share of the glory which he has shed upon the American arms.
“RESOLVED, That to the gallant soldiers who have so nobly and gloriously fought in defense of their country and its liberties, in the trying contest just ended, we tender our grateful. admiration and praise, and bespeak for them honorable distinction in the walks of civil life.
“RESOLVED, That these resolutions be spread upon the journals of both houses, and that copies thereof be sent, one to the President of the United States, one to Lieutenant-Colonel Ulysses S. Grant, and one to each House of Congress of the United States."
A resolution was also passed thanking the Honorable Samuel Adams, and Captain Thomas Trueworthy for the energy displayed by them in opening up the navigation of the Colorado River.