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been tried, or the judge thereof, shall have power, on special motion and proper showing to grant an extension of the time for making and filing such case for a period not exceeding three months from and after the date of the entry of such decree or final order, and upon the case so made and filed an appeal may be taken to the Supreme Court, by any of the parties, as in ordinary chancery cases.

Approved March 9, 1877.

Appeal.

Section amended.

Fecs for tran. scripts, etc., es. tablished.

[ No. 27.] AN ACT to amend section two hundred and fifty-four of the com

piled laws, being an act to establish the rate of fees to be charged by the Auditor General, for furnishing transcripts, lists, abstracts, and certificates.

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That section two hundred and fifty-four of the compiled laws, being •• An act to establish the rate of fees to be charged by the Auditor General for furnishing transcripts, lists, abstracts, and certificates," be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

(254.) SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That the Auditor General shall make, or cause to be made, on proper application, and for the benefit of the parties interested, transcripts of any papers or records on file in his office, upon pay. ment by the applicant of the following fees : For abstracts of taxes on any description of land, three cents for each year covered by such abstract; for abstract with statement of name and residence of taxpayer, twelve cents per year for each description of land; for list of State tax lands or State bids, two cents for each description of land therein; for one copy of any paper or document, at the rate of ten cents per one hundred words; for each certificate, twentyfive cents: Provided, That in no case shall any abstract, lists, or

copy, made as required by this act, be furnished for a less sum than Where paid. twenty-five cents; and such fces, when collected, shall be paid into

the State Treasury and placed to the credit of the general fund: Proviso-certain Provided further. That in all cases when receipts, showing the without charge payment of taxes returned delinquent are presented to the Auditor

General for cancelment or rejection of such taxes, and to be filed as à voucher therefor, he shall issue certified copies of the same without charge: Provided further, That in cases where transcripts of such receipts are made of such portion necessary to be filed as voucher, the Auditor General shall make and file such transcript without charge.

Approved March 9, 1877.

Proviso,

Proviso.

[No. 28. ] AN ACT to provide for the appointment of an assistant prosecuting

attorney for the county of Wayne. SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That the Prosecuting

attorney to approsecuting attorney of the county of Wayne is hereby authorized points and empowered to appoint an assistant prosecuting attorney.

Sec. 2. That the salary of said assistant prosecuting attorney Salary. shall not exceed the sum of fifteen hundred dollars or be less than twelve hundred dollars per annum.

Sec. 3. That the salary of said assistant prosecuting attorney Salary to be fixed shall be fixed by the board of county auditors of Wayne county, and by board of coun. shall neither be increased or diminished during the term for which he shall be appointed.

SEC. 4. That said assistant prosecuting attorney shall hold office Term of office. during the pleasure of the prosecuting attorney.

SEC. 5. That said assistant prosecuting attorney shall perform Duties and disasuch duties as may be required of him by the prosecuting attorney, and shall be subject to all the disqualifications and disabilities of the prosecuting attorney, and shall, before entering on the duties Oath of office. of his office, take and subscribe the oath of office prescribed by the constitution of this State.

SEC. 6. This act shall take immediate effect.
Approved March 9, 1877.

bilities.

surance laws

[No. 29.] AN ACT to facilitate the organization of mutual benefit and

coöperative associations within this State. SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That Mutual benefit sections ten and twenty-nine of an act entitled “An act to amend associations note sections ten and twelve of an act entitled An act in relation to affected by in. life insurance companies transacting business within this State,' approved March thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, and to add three new sections thereto, to stand as sections twenty-seven, twenty-eight, and twenty-nine, it being act number eighty of the session laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, approved April five, eighteen hundred and seventy-one, being compiler's sections two thousand nine hundred and sixty-two, two thousand nine hundred and sixty-three, and two thousand nine hundred and sixty-four of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, as amended by act number fifty-five of the extra session of eighteen hundred and seventy-two, approved March twenty-nine, eighteen hundred and seventy-two, shall not be construed so as to include, apply to, or in anywise affect mutual benefit coöperative (and other benevolent) associations, organized or to be organized within this State, under and by virtue of the provisions of an act entitled “An act to provide for the incorporation of coöperative and mutual

benefit associations," approved April three, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine.

Approved March 12, 1877.

Section amended,

[ No. 30.] AN ACT to amend section five of chapter five of act number sixty

two of the session laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-five, approved April first, eighteen hundred and serenty-five, entitled "An act granting and defining the powers and duties of incorporated villages.”

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That section five of chapter five of act number sixty-two of the session laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-five, approved April first, eighteen hundred and seventy-five, entitled “ An act granting and defining the powers and duties of incorporated villages," be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

SEC. 5. All meetings and sessions of the council shall be public. Quorum. A majority of the council shall be a quorum for the transaction of

business; a less number may adjourn from time to time and compel

the attendance of absent members in such manner as shall be Acts requiring prescribed by ordinance. But no office shall be created or abola two-thirds vote. ished, nor any tax or assessment be imposed ; street, alley, or public

ground be vacated, real estate or any interest therein sold or disposed

of, unless by a concurring vote of two-thirds of all the trustees Vote on appro- elect; no money shall be appropriated except by ordinance or resopriation.

lution of the council, nor shall any ordinance be passed, nor any
resolution appropriating money be adopted, except by a concurring
vote of two-thirds of all the trustees elect.

SEC. 2. This act shall take immediate effect.
Approved March 13, 1877.

[ No. 31. ] AN ACT to amend section forty-eight of chapter one hundred and

fifty-four of the revised statutes of eighteen hundred and fortysix, being section seven thousand fire hundred and ninety-nine of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, relating to maliciously injuring houses or other buildings, etc.

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That section seven thousand five hundred and ninety-nine of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, relating to offenses against property, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read

as follows: Maliciously in (7599.) Sec. 10. Every person who shall willfully and maliciousother building, ly destroy or injure any house, barn, or other building of another, etc., penalty. or the appurtenances thereof, if the damage resulting from

Section amended.

such injury shall exceed twenty-five dollars, shall be punished by imprisonment in the State Prison not more than five years, or by imprisonment in the county jail not more than one year, or by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and if the damage done shall not exceed twenty-five dollars, he shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding three months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Approved March 16, 1877.

amended,

[ No. 32.] AN ACT to amend compiler's section three thousand and fiftyseven, being section four of chapter one hundred and eight of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, relative to the notice of the election of trustees of religious societies.

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That Section compiler's section three thousand and fifty-seven, being section four of chapter one hundred and eight, of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, relative to the notice of the election of the trustees of religious societies, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

(3057). Sec. 4. The minister, priest, rector, curate, parson, Notice of elecor officiating clergyman, of such congregation or society, or if none tion, how given. of them be present, one of the elders, or deacons, church wardens, or vestrymen thereof, and for want of such officers, any other person being a member or stated hearer in such church, congregation, or society, shall publicly notify said congregation of the time when, and the place where, any election shall be held, and such notification shall be given for two sucessive sabbaths on which such church, congregation, or society, shall statedly meet for public worship next preceding the election. Sec. 2. This act shall take immediate effect. Approved March 16, 1877.

[ No. 33.] AN ACT to amend section four thousand two hundred and fifty

seven of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, and act number forty-six of the session laws of eighteer. hundred and seventy-five, approved March twentieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-five, to provide for recording patents of lands, and for

other purposes.

amended,

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That Section section four thousand two hundred and fifty-seven, of the coin piled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, and the amendment to said section, being act number forty-six of the session laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-five, approved March twentieth, eight

een hundred and seventy-five, to provide for recording patents for lands and for other purposes, be and the same is amended, so as to

read as follows: Register to re. (4257.) Sec. 1. It shall be the duty of the registers of deeds, in cord patents or certified copies

the several counties of this State, to receive for record, and record thereof, all patents of lands, from the United States, or this State, or any

copy thereof, duly certified by the commissioner of the United States General Land Office, or by the Secretary of State of this State, or other officer having the legal custody of the records of any such patents, in the same manner and with like effect, as by

existing law he is required to receive and record deeds and conveySecretary of ances; and it shall be the duty of the Secretary of State of this State to record patents.

State, to record all patents of lands issued by this State, in suitable Existing records, records; and the existing record of patents, in the office of the etc., legalized. Secretary of State of this state, and all copies of the record of pat

ents heretofore made and certified to by the Secretary of State of this
State, and recorded by the register of deeds of any county of this
State are hereby declared legal records, and shall have the same
force and effect as if recorded after the passage of this act, and
such certified copies of the record of patents heretofore recorded in
the office of said Secretary of State, and the record of such certified
copies may be read in evidence in all courts of this State, with the
same force and effect as the original patents.

SEC, 2. This act shall take immediate effect.
Approved March 22, 1877.

aid in construction of railroad,

[No. 34. ] AN ACT to promote the early construction of a railroad through

the Menominee Iron Range. Grant of land to SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That for

the

purpose of encouraging the early construction of a railroad from Escanaba westerly by way of Spalding, thence north westerly through the Menominee Iron Range as far west and south as section thirtyfour, town forty north, of range thirty west, and from thence to the Michigamme river, and for the purposes of drainage and reclamation, the State hereby grants to the Menominee River Railroad

Company to aid in the construction of portions of such railroad on Extent of grant the line aforesaid, to the extent of seven sections per mile of said

railroad, to be selected from the vacant and unreserved State swamp lands belonging to this State, in any portion or portions of the counties of Menominee and Delta, except in range eighteen west, being the eastermost range in Delta county, for the construction of that portion of said railroad from Spalding, in Menominee county, to the north line of said Menominee county, and to be selected from the vacant and unreserved State swamp lands belonging to this State which then shall still remain vacant and unreserved in the counties of Menominee and Delta, except in range eighteen (18) west as aforesaid, for the construction of that portion of said railroad from

and where situa.

ted.

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