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Chapter 77.

[Published April 28.]

An Act to cede the jurisdiction of the United States of a tract of land in the

city of Milwaukee,

The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in Senate and Assemblg, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. That the jurisdiction of the State of Wisconsin over a tract of land in the city of Milwaukee not exceeding one acre, is hereby ceded to the United States of America, for the purpose of erecting a light house or beacon light thereon, or for any other purpose connected therewith, to be located near what is known the straiggt. cut or new harbor, and that the same is hereby forever exempt from taxation so long as the same shall continue the property of the United States. Provided, That noth. Proviso. ing herein contained shall destroy or interfere with the jurisdiction of the state of Wisconsin in the service or execution of any legal process: And provided further, That nothing herein contained shall be construed as in any way to convey the right to interupt or in any way prevent the construction of the harbor at the straight eat in whole or in part, by the city of Milwaukee, or any contractor to do do said work for said city.

SEO. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, March 31, 1855.

Chapter 78:

[Published April 11.] An Act to amend section 30 of the General Statutes of the State of Wisconsin, entitled an act concerning the election of Judges, approved March 22, 1854.

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

SECTION 1. Section one of chapter 36, of the general sta. Seca tutes of the State of Wisconsin, approved March 22, amended.

1854, is hereby amended and construed so as to require the election for judges of the county and circuit courts, and for justices of the supreme court, to be held on the first Tuesday of April, in the year in which such election shall be held, unless special provision is otherwise made for the first election of a county or circuit judge.

SEC. 2. This act shall take effect immediately after its passage, and shall be published by the state printer.

Approved March 31, 1855.

Chapter 79.

[Published April 25.] An Act to amend chapter 53 of the Revised Statutes, entitled of electric tele

graph lines. The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in Senate und Assembly, do enact as follows :

SECTION 1. Whenever any person or persons or corporation owning any telegraph line mentioned in section 1, of chapter 53 of the Revised Statutes, shall abandon or discontinue the use of the same, such person or persons or corporation owning the same, shall forth with take down, remove and carry away all the wires used upon said telegraph line, and hall take down and remove all telegraph poles, posts or fixtures, which can in any wise endanger or obstruct travel along any public highway,

SEC. 2 In case where the use of any telegraph line has been abandoned or discontinued, or shall be abandoned or discontinued, as mentioned in the first section of this act, and the wires, posts or fixtures shall not be removed or taken away by the owner or owners, as provided by this act within three months after the time of the use of the same is so abandoned or discontinued, it shall be lawful for any person owning any land near or through which said telegraph line may pass, to take down, carry away and dispose of any wires or posts so left standing or re. maining as provided in this act for his or their own use.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, March 31, 1855.

Chapter 80.

[Published April -] An Act to amend an act to give effect to an act entitled an act to amend chap

ter 86 of the revised statutes, and for other purposes, approved, April 3d, 1854, relating to county courts, approved, February 28, 1955.

The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in Senate ană Assembly, do enact as follows :

SECTION 1. Section eight (8) of said act, approved Feb- Sec. amended. ruary 28, 1855, is hereby so amended as to read as follows: “This act shall not apply to the counties of Milwaukee and La Crosse.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect fom and after its passage.

Approved, March 31, 1855.

Chapter 81,

[Published April 20.] An Act to provide for defraying the contingent expenses of the state for the

present year, and to repeal section 8, of chapter 9. of the revised statutes, which appropriates six hundred dollars for the same object.

The People of the State of Wisconsin, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. For the purpose of defraying the contingent Appropriation expenses of the state for the present year, the sum of five for contingent thousand dollars is hereby appropriated out of any money siate.

expenses of the in the state treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be drawn from the treasury by and expended under the direction of the Governor, as the exigencies of the public service may require, and it is hereby made the duty of the Governor to cause to be transmitted to the next legislature at the opening of the session thereot, a detailed statement of the expenditure of this appropriation.

Seo. 2. Section 8, of chapter 9, of the revised statutes, Sec, repealed. which appropriates the sum of six hundred dollars, and all other acts making appropriations for the objects provi

82—83. ded for by the appropriations made in section 1 of this act are hereby repealed.

SEC. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, March 31, 1855.

Chapter 82.

[Published April 14.] ·
An Act to amend section twenty-four of the revised statutes.
The People of the State of Wisconsin, represented in
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows :

SECTION 1. Section fifty four of chapter twenty-four of · the revised statutes shall be amended as follows: by inserting after the word "lands” in the first line of said section, the words “and all clerks or persons employed by them, or about any of their respective offices.”

SEC. 2. This act shall be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, March 31, 1845.

Chapter 83.

[Published April 25.]
An Act to provide for regulating Railroad Crossings.
The People of the State of Wisconsin, represented in
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows :

SECTION 1. Whenever the track or line of any railroad To regulate built or projected by any railroad company in this state, railroad cros- pursuant to its charter, shall cross the track or line of any sings.

other railroad in this state so built or projected, the Presi.

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dent of either company may apply to the judge of the circuit court of the circuit within which such point of crossing may be for the appointment of commissioners for the purposes hereinafter specified.

SEC. 2. A written notice specifying the time and place Notice to be when and where such application will be made before the served on prejudge, shall be served at least ten days before such time, ident and secon the president or secretary of the other railroad company.

Sec. 3. On such application and proof of the service of Judge to apsuch notice, the judge shall appoint three disinterested point commiscommissi8ners, who shall be competent men and possessed sioners. of practical knowledge on the subject, to prescribe the manner in which said railroads may cross each otherthe regulations to be observed by each company in respect to the running of trains over its road at and near the point of intersection-the compensation to be paid by either company for the right of way across the track or adjoining lands of the other company, which may first have obtained a right of way across the lands at the point of intersection, and all other rules and regulations necessary to secure the rights, convenience and safety of said company and of passengers.

Sec. 4. The commissioners shall be sworn faithfully to Commission's discharge the duties of their appointment, and shall cause to take oath, notice in writing cf not less than ten days to be given to the president or secretary of each company personally, stating the time and place when and where they will meet to decide upon the matter, which time shall not be more than thirty days after their appointment, unless a vacancy shall happen, which may make a longer time necessary. They shall examine the premises and hear all proofs of arguments submitted by the parties, and may adjourn from time to time not exceeding fifteen days in all, giving due notice thereof to both parties, and shall within that time make an order in writing, specifying clearly all the particulars required by section three of this act, in which a majority of them shall concur; and either company on complying with all the conditions prescribed in such order, shall be permitted to construct its road across the line or track of such other road, and run engines and trains under the regulations or restrictions specified in such order.

Sec. 5. The commissioners shall forth with file such or- To file order. der in the office of the clerk of the court of the county in

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