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Chapter 92.

[Published April 9.] An Act to amend àn act entitled "an act for the encouragement of Agricul

ture and its kindred arts in this state,” approved March 23d, 1854. The People of the State of Wisconsin, represented in

Senate and Assembly, du enact as follows : See, amended. SEC. 1. Section four of chaper 40 of the General Laws

of 1854, entitled "an act for the encouragement of agriculture and its kindred arts in this state," is hereby so amended as to read as follows :

"The sums of money hereby appropriated shall be paid to the treasurer of said society in the month of March in each year, upon the order of the President and Secretary

of said society: Provided, That if this act shall be repealProviso.

ed prior to the payment of such sum of money, in any year, then said society shall not be entitled to the appropriation herein named on the year of such repeal.

SEC. 2. This act shall take effect from and after its pas. sage.

Approved March 31, 1855.

Chapter 93.

[Published, April 9, 1855.] An Act supplementary to an act entitled “An Act to establish a State Board

of Equilization of State Tax, and to provide for levying a State Tax for the year 1854," approved April 1st, 1854.

The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in

Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows : Clerk of board

SECTION 1. If the clerk of the board of supervisors of of supervisors any county shall neglect or refuse to forward to the secrepenalty for ne tary of state, the statement required by section four of an glect. act entitled " an act to establish a state board of equali

zation of state tax, and to provide for leving a state tax for the year 1854,” approved April 1st, 1854, and within the time as required by said section four, such clerk shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be liable to a fine of fifty dollars and costs of collection of each and every offence; and it shall be the duty of the secretary Duty of secreof state, in every case where such statement shall not be tary of state. received at his office, from any clerk, as aforesaid, on or before the first day of September in each year, to notify the district attorney of the county in which such clerk resides, of the delinquency of said clerk ; and it shall be the duty of said attorney, on receiving such notice from the secretary of state, to demand of such delinquent clerk the penalty herein provided, and in case of refusal to pay such penalty, said attorney shall proceed to collect the same by legal coercion, with costs and fees as in other criminal cases. In case of prosecution of any clerk as herein provided, the certificate of the secretary of state, under seal of his office, shall be prima facie evidence of delinquency on the part of the clerk and consequent liability for the penalty provided in this act.

Sec. 2. Every district attorney shall forthwith pay over to the treasurer of his county any fines received or collected by him under the provisions of this act, as provided by law in respect to fines and forfeitures.

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

Approved, April 2, 1855.

Chapter 94,

[Published April 10.] An Act for the relief of the purchasers of Section 16, in Township 24,

Range 21.

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

SECTION 1. Every person who holds a patent or certifi- Holder of pacate of purchase of any portion of that part of the six- tent entitled teenth section, lying within the Military Reserve of Fort to money, &c. Howard, in the county of Brown, shall be entitled to receive the purchase money and interest paid for the lands

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described in any such patent, or certificate, together with interest thereon from the dates of payment of the several sums up to the time when the same shall be refunded; and the secretary of state is hereby authorized to audit any claim presented for payment under this section, and the same when audited shall be paid out of the school fund.

Seo. 2. Whenever the purchaser, his heirs or assigns of Appraisers to be selected in any of the lands described in the first section of this act, certain saber. shall have valuable improvements upon the lands claimed

by bim, and shall give notice thereof to the attorney general of the state, he shall select an appraiser, and the owner of such improvements shall select another appraiser, who together, if they are unable to agree, shall select a third, neither of whom shall have any interest directly or indirectly in the subject matter, nor be of kin to such owner; and said appraisers or a majority of them shall proceed to bear testimony and assess the value of such improvements, and their award shall be made in writing and returned to the secretary of state within sixty days after the hearing, unless an appeal shall be taken as hereinafter directed.

Sec. 3. Either party may appeal from such award to the appeal from circuit court of the county of Brown, within thirty days award io cir

after the same shall be made, and such appeal shall be tried by a jury as other cases commenced in said circuit court, and upon the finding of the jury, judgment may be rendered in favor of either party, but no execution shall issne thereon against the attorney general.

SEC 4. The return of said award to the secretary of state by the appraisers, or of a certified transcript of the judgment rendered upon appeal by the circuit court, shail authorize the said secretary to draw his warrant upon the treasurer for the payment of the amount found due and all costs, to be paid out of the school fund.

SEO. 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved April 2, 1855,

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Chapter 95.

[Published May 2, 1855.] An Act to amend chapter 477 of the Session Laws of 1852, entitled an act

providing more fully for the organization of the State Prison and for regte lating chapter 287 of the Session Laws of 1851, and to provide more fully for the organization of the State Prison.

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

SEO. 1. The commissioner of state prison is hereby au- Commission'rs thorized to let out the work of the convicts engaged in the of state prison mechanical departments of labor in the prison to the high- to let work of est and best bidder or bidders, who shall make application highest bidder. to contract for such labor, upon such conditions as shall to him seem most beneficial, when he shall deem that the same can be done for the best interest of the state. Previous to entering into any contract with any person or persons, for To give notice. the purpose above specified, the commissioner shall give notice, in at least two newspapers in the state, that the labor of the convicts, in the respective mechanical departments, will be let out to the highest and best bidder or bidders; on a day certain, which shall be specified in such notice, and that sealed proposals for said labor will be received at the office of the commissioner, up to a certain day or hour, also spec'fied in such notice. Said notice shall be published at least three successive weeks.

Sec. 2. The person or persons to whom such labor may Persons rebe given, on contract, shall be required by the commis- ceiving such sioner to give good and sufficient bonds, with two or more

labor to give

bond. sureties, in such reasonable sum as may be deemed necessary for the faithful performance of such contract; and such person or persons, so contracting, shall be further required to pay such reasonable rentage for the use of the

Shall pay rent. prison shops furnished by the state as shall be agreed upon between them and the commissioner aforesaid.

SEC. 3. If the commissioner of the prison shall at any Commissioner time deem it for the best interest of the state, he may. em• may employ ploy the convicts outside the prison or yard, in quarrying convicts. stone, cultivating the prison farm, or in any other labor pertaining to the prison, when the same can be done without any chance or possibility of escape on the part of the convicts so employed; and in such case the commissioner shall at all times detail a sufficient force of the pri. son police to watch and guard the convicts, when so em

ployed, as prudence shall direct and the necessities of the case require.

Sec. 4. The commissioner is also hereby authorized and required to employ the labor of the convicts who understand stone dressing, in dressing stone suitable for the main building of the prison, on the prison walls, either or both, so long as he shall deem it for the interest of the state so to do, and he may also, if he deem the same advisable, make the necessary excavations for the main building of the prison, and do such other work in connection therewith as shall be proper, preparatory to the erecting of the main buildings, according to the present plan thereof; and shall have power to contract for all the stone ne

cessary to be dressed and used for the above purposes. Warden to

SEC. 5. All contracts on account of the prison shall be make contracts made by the warden, in writing, unless when the wants

and necessities of the prison shall compel the commissioner to purchase supplies of any kind immediately, in which case he is hereby authorized to purchase the same upon

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SEC. 6. The chaplain of the prison shall receive a yearly salary of two hundred and fifty dollars, to be paid in equal quarterly payments.

Sec. 7. All acts or parts of acts contravening the proActs repealed. visions of this act are hereby repealed.

SEC. 8. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved April 2, 1855.

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Chapter 96.

[Published April 19.]
An Act to appropriate the Income of the University Fund for 1855.
The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in
Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. The income of the University Fund for the University year A. D. 1855, is hereby appropriated to The Universifund appropri- ty of Wiseonsin,” to be drawn from the State Treasury in ated.

such manner as the board of Regents, by their by-laws or resolution shall direct.

Approved, March 31, 1855.

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