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state treasurer, and clerk of the supreme court, for the year 1855, said accounts to be certified by the said postmaster by affidavit.

Sec. 2. There is hereby appropriated to the postmaster Appropriation. at Madison, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, a sum sufficient for the payment of the above accounts, to be drawn quarterly from the treasury, upon the presentation of said accounts property certified to by their respective offices.

Approved April 2, 1855,

Chapter 99,

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[Published April 24.]
An Act to amend an act“ entitled an act to amend chapter eighty-four of the

revised statutes," relating to proceedings in chancery.
The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows :
SECTION 1. Section one of an act entitled "an act to

Sec. amendeda amend chapter eighty.four of the revised statutes, approved April 2, 1853, is amended so as to read as follows:

“In all suits of chancery brought to compel a specific performance of a contract or foreclose any mortgage made by any person or persons, who have died, or brought by any person having the possession and legal title to land in any case where any other person while living set up any claim thereto, and his, her or their heirs, against whom the snit is brought, or any of them, are unknown to the complainant or complainants, it shall be lawful for him, her or them, to proceed against such unknown heirs as against absent defendants to the bill, by the name or description of The unknown heirs of deceased, filling the blank with the name or names of the deceased person or persons whose heirs may be proceeded against, and by such name or description notice shall be given by publication, and any decree made against such unknown heirs shall be as valid and binding as if his, her or their respective names had been inserted in the bill and proceedings.

SEC. 2. This act shall be in force froin and after its pasbage.

Approved, April 2, 1855.

Chapter 100.

[Published April 28.]
An Act to amend chapter twenty-eight of the Revised Statutes relative to

Superintendents of the Poor.
The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows :

Sec. 1. Whenever any vacancy shall occur in any office Chap amended

of superintendent, whose election is provided in section thirty three, chapter twenty-eight of the revised statutes, the same may be filled in the same manner as now provided for in an original election for the aforesaid superintendent.

SEO. 2. This act shall take effect from and after its pasBage.

Approved April 2, 1855.

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JOINT RESOLUTIONS

OF THE

SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

OF THE STATE OF WISCONSIN-SESSION OF 1855.

Number 1,

Joint Resolution in relation to patents.
Resolved, by the two Houses of the Legislature of the

In relation to State of Wisconsin, in general assembly, That our sena

patents. tors be instructed, and our representatives in congress be requested to use all honorable means to prevent any renewal by congress or otherwise, of the patents formerly granted to Cyrus H. McCormick, More & Hascal, and Obed Hussey for reaping and mowing machines, as such extension would operate to the great detriment of the agricultural interests of this State.

Resolved, That the Governor be requested to forward to each of our senators and representatives in congress, a copy of the foregoing resolutions.

Approved, Jan. 29, 1855.

Number 2.

Joint Resolution concerning the naturalization law. 1. esolved by the Senate of the State of Wisconsin, the

To pataralia Asembly concurring. That we are opposed to the alteration

law. tion of the law on the subject of naturalization, and that our senators be instructed and representatives in Congress

be requested to oppose the passage of any law extending the time of residence beyond the time now required by existing laws on that subject. :

2. That the Governor be requested to forward a copy of this resolution to each of our senators and representatives from this state.

Approved Jannary 29, 1855.

Number 3,

Joint Resolution relating to the Revised Statutes.

To revised] statutes.

Resolved, by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That the superintendent of public property be instructed to purchase for the benefit of the state the unsold balance of the published edition of the “Revised Statutes of Wisconsin,” now remaining for sale: Provided, The number of such copies shall not exceed three hundred and twentyfive, and can be procured at a price not exceeding two dollars and fifty cents per copy.

Approved January 2, 1855.

Number 4,

To school money

Joint Resolution in relation to the return of School Money. Resolved, by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That the joint resolution of last session, which authorizes the state treasury to withhold school money from the counties deficient in the payment of their state revenue, be and the same is hereby rescinded.

Approved February 5, 1855.

Number 5,

Joint Resolution of the Senate and Assembly of the State of Wisconsin res

pecting the Officers, Soldiers and Sailors who served in the war of 1812.

Resolved by the Senate, the Assenbly concurring, That in To oficers, de. the disposal of the public lands by the Congress of the of the war of

1812. United States, the claims of the surviving officers, soldiers and sailors who served in the war of 1812, and of the widows and legal representatives of such deceased officers, soldiers and sailors ought not to be disregarded or overlooked, and that all such officers, soldiers, sailors, widows, and legal representatives should be entitled to the same bounty from the General Government as has been extended to the soldiers in the late Mexican war.

Resolved, That the benefits of the Pension System which was established for the soldiers of the war of the Revolution, should be extended to the officers, soldiers and sailors of the war of 1812, and their respective widows.

Resolved, That his Excellency, the Governor, be requested to transmit a copy of these resolves to each of our senators and representatives in Congress, who are requested to lay them before the respective houses of Congress.

Approved February 8, 1855.

Number 6.

on.

Joint Resolution providing for committee to visit State Prison, Resolved, by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That

Committee to a committee of five-two from the Senate and three visit state prisfrom the Assembly, be appointed to visit the State prison, with instructions to report to their respective houses, the present condition and future wants of the same, and that they have power and authority to investigate all the concerns of said prison, and the accounts of the commissioner for the last year, and the contract, and the amount paid thereon, and amount due, of Mr. Proudfit. Also to enquire into, and report upon the discipline of said prison by the commissioner thereof, and shall have power to send for and examine persons and papers.

Approved, Feb. 10, 1855.

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