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Sec. 15. When the consent of the father or mother of such apprentice is necessary and cannot be obtained by the widow to the assignment of the residue of the contract, it shall be the duty of the judge of the orphans' court to appoint three persons of the same trade or occupation with the deceased master, any two of whom shall value, upon oath, the residue of the contract, when, if the father or mother, as the case may be, fails to pay the widow such valuation, she may, with the approbation of the orphans' court, assign without his or her consent.

Sec. 16. Upon the death of any master of a female apprentice, such apprentice shall serve out the residue of her time with his widow, who shall comply strictly with the terms of the contract made by her deceased husband; provided, that if the widow shall prefer not to keep such apprentice, and shall, within four months after her husband's death, carry her to the orphans' court and deliver her up, the widow shall be released, and the apprentice be bound out anew, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

Sec. 17. Every apprentice whose master shall die leaving a widow, shall continue at his business, and be subject to the control of the widow, until otherwise ordered by the judge of the orphans' court, who shall have authority to continue any apprentice with the widow so long as she fulfils the contract made by her husband.

Sec. 18. No master of any apprentice bound out within this District shall, except in the case of a mariner's apprentice, send or carry him out of the same; and any justice of the peace having reason to suspect an intended violation of this section may demand of such master a bond, with good security, conditioned to be forfeited if the master shall, directly or indirectly, carry or send the apprentice away contrary to the provision of the same. If the master refuse to give such bond, the apprentice shall be discharged, and a new master be provided by the orphans' court.

Sec. 19. If any apprentice shall be convicted of an offence, on which judgment shall be entered against him for any fine or penalty and costs, the court passing the same shall enter on the record the time during which the apprentice shall serve his master, after the expiration of his apprenticeship, in case the master shall pay the fine or penalty and costs; and on the master paying the same, the apprentice shall be obliged to serve for the time so adjudged: provided, however, that he may free himself from such obligation to serve, by reimbursing at any time his master the sum so paid, with interest thereon.

Sec. 20. Any person who shall conceal, harbor, or entice away, any apprentice, shall, on conviction thereof, be fined a sum not exceeding fifty dollars, and shall be liable in an action to the master for double the damages sustained by him.

TITLE XI.

CHAPTER 74.

MANAGEMENT OF CONVICT’S ESTATE.

SECTION

1 1.

Circuit court, on application, to appoint

a committee to take charge of con2.

vict's estate. 3. Committee may sue and be sued. 4. Provision for wife of convict. 5. Committee to account, &c.

SECTION
6. Disposition of convict's estate on his

release or death.
7. When marshal to act as committee.
8. Real estate of convict sold for payment

of his debts, as real estate of an insane person.

SECTION 1. When any person other than a married woman shall be sentenced to confinement in the penitentiary, the estate of such convict, both real and personal, shall, subject to the provisions of sections twelve and thirteen of chapter seventy, be disposed of and managed as follows:

Sec. 2. On application being made to the circuit court, by the petition of any one interested therein, the estate of such convict shall be committed to a person selected by said court; who, on giving bond in such penalty as may be prescribed, shall have charge of said estate until such convict is discharged from confinement.

Sec. 3. Such committee may sue and be sued in respect to debts due by or to such convict.

Sec. 4. The circuit court may direct, when it can be done without prejudice to the rights of creditors, an allowance to be made for the maintenance of the wife and family of the convict; and the wife shall be entitled, so long as the convict may be confined, to the profits of such portion of his estate as she could have if he had died intestate,

Sec. 5. The committee shall render accounts of his trust to the circuit court, and shall be entitled to like compensation for his services as is provided in the case of a guardian.

Sec. 6. Every committee shall deliver such estate as he may be liable for at that time, to the convict on his discharge, or to his real and personal representatives, on his death before being discharged.

Sec. 7. If the person appointed by the circuit court fail to give bond as aforesaid, and no other suitable person will accept the same and bond, the estate shall be committed to the hands of the marshal, who shall be entitled to all the rights of a committee, and shall act as such ; and he and the sureties in his official bond shall be responsible for the faithful performance of the trust.

SEC. 8. The real estate of such convict may be sold when necessary for the payment of his debts, in the same manner as the real estate of an insane person in the hands of a committee.

PART III.

OF COURTS AND JUDICIAL OFFICERS, AND PROCEEDINGS IN

CIVIL CASES.

TITLE I.

Of courts and certain officers of courts.

CHAPTER 75. Of the circuit court.
CHAPTER 76. Of the clerk of the circuit court.
Chapter 77. Of the orphans' court, and proceedings therein.
CHAPTER 78. Of the register of wills.
CHAPTER 79. Of the district court of the United States for the District of Columbia.

CHAPTER 75.

OF THE CIRCUIT COURT.

SECTION
1. The circuit court to consist of three

judges.
2. The present judges to continue in office.
3. Two judges to constitute a quorum.
4. Judges to take an oath.
5.)
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

Jurisdiction of the circuit court, and 11. 12.

powers of the judges thereof.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.

SECTION
18. How circuit court may be adjourned in

the absence of the judges.
19. How writs and process shall be tested.
20. The circuit court, or judge thereof, may

award writs of error in criminal cases. 21. Proceedings where the jury is not dis

charged at the beginning of a succeed

ing term. 22. Proceedings not to be discontinued on

account of failure to hold a term. 23. Matters not determined, to be continued

to next term. 24. Terms of court; when and where held. 25. Compensation of the judges.

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