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burse to the same the sum to be drawn therefrom as provided in
this act, and any sums drawn from the treasury under the provis-
ions of this act before the taxes herein authorized are collected shall
be returned when such taxes are collected.

SEC. 5. This act shall take immediate effect.
Approved May 5, 1877.

Section amended.

granges,

ciation.

ded in office of

[No. 98. ] AN ACT to amend “An act to incorporate State and subordinate

granges," approved April eighth, eighteen hundred and seventyfive.

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That section seven of act number sixty-eight, session laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-five, entitled an act to incorporate State and

subordinate granges, be so amended as to read as follows: Incorporation of SEC. 7. Any thirteen or more persons of lawful age, residents of and subordinaté this State, and being members of any county, district, or subordi

nate grange of the patrons of husbandry, duly chartered by the

national or State grange, by charter approved by the State grange, Articles of asso desirous to become incorporated, may make and execute articles of

association, specifying therein, as provided in section two of this

act, and acknowledge the same as specified in said section two, and Filed and recor. file a copy of such articles, together with a copy of the charter county clerk. granted as aforesaid by said national or State grange, in the office

of the county clerk of the county where the business office of the grange is located, and the same shall be recorded by such

county clerk in a book to be kept in his office for that purpose; Body politic and and thereupon the persons who shall have signed such articles of

association, together with their associates and successors who shall sign such articles, shall be a body politic and corporate, by the name expressed in such articles of association, and by that name they and their successors shall have succession, and by that name may sue and be sued, contract and be contracted with, and may have a common seal which they may alter at pleasure, and may purchase, take, receive, own, and hold real and personal estate, and

the same or any part thereof grant, sell, mortgage, lease, and Amount of estato convey at pleasure. But every such corporation shall be limited

as to the amount of estate which it may hold, and the disposition to be made thereof, and of the income and proceeds therefrom,

by the provisions of section four of this act, and a copy of the Copy of record record of the articles of association, and of the charter thereto

attached, certified by the county clerk, under the seal of the county where such record is kept, shall be received in all courts and places in this State as prima facie evidence of the existence and due incorporation of every grange incorporated under this section.

Approved May 5, 1977.

corporate.

Powers,

evidence in court.

amended,

[No. 99. ] AN ACT to amend section eleven of chapter two hundred and

thirty-five of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventyone, the same being compiler's section seven thousand three hundred and thirty-three, relative to fraudulent and insolvent debtors.

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That Section section eleven of chapter two hundred and thirty-five, of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, the same being compiler's section seven thousand three hundred and thirty-three, be so amended as to read as follows:

(7333.) Sec. 11. The debtor, after being so discharged, shall be Debtor exempted forever exempted from arrest or imprisonment, for the same debt, unless he has

. unless he shall be convicted of having sworn falsely upon his examination before the officer, or in taking the oath before prescribed.

Approved May 9, 1877.

to bo erected

[No. 100. ] AN ACT to compel parties engaged in securing ice to erect danger

signals. SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That Danger signals it shall be the duty of any person or persons who are, or who may when ice is cut. hereafter be, engaged in the procuring of ice from any of the streams or lakes of this State to erect or cause to be erected, place or cause to be placed at or near all places where they shall be cutting ice suitable danger signals.

Sec. 2. Any person or persons who shall neglect or refuse to Penalty for negcomply with the provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not more than three months, or by fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Approved May 9, 1877.

lect.

[No. 101.] AN ACT to prevent the sale of fruits and vegetables in cases, boxes,

or baskets, less than legal measure. SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That Fruits, etc., not when any person or persons, party or parties, shall offer for sale or to be sold in less

quantity than sell in any township, village, or city, within this State, any fruits represented. or vegetables contained in drawers or cases, boxes or baskets, represented to hold one bushel or any fractional part thereof, said drawers, boxes, cases, or baskets, shall be of the dimensions to

hold, and shall hold the quantity offered for sale or sold, whether

by the bushel of thirty-two quarts or any fractional part thereof. Penalty for vio. SEC. 2. Any person or persons violating the provisions of the lating provisions foregoing section, upon conviction before any court of competent

jurisdiction, shall be liable to a fine not less than five dollars nor more than twenty dollars, and imprisonment for a term not to exceed three months, or cither or both, in the discretion of said court.

Approved May 9, 1877.

section,

Punishment for horse stealing, etc.

[No. 102. ] AN. ACT to provide for the prevention and punishment of horse

stealing. SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That every person who shall steal any horse, mare, gelding, foal or filly, ass or mule, of any value, or who shall receive, buy, conceal, or aid in the concealment of any stolen horse, mare, gelding, foal or filly, ass or mule, knowing the same to have been stolen, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment in the State Prison not less than three years nor more than fifteen years: Provided, however, That in cases of first offense the court may, in its discretion, sentence the person so convicted to the State House of Correction for a term not exceeding two years.

Approved May 9, 1877.

[No. 103.] AN ACT to amend section one of an act entitled “ An act to pre

vent the destruction of muskrats and muskrat houses in the marshes along the shore of Lakes Erie, St. Clair, Huron, and Michigan," being compiler's section two thousand one hundred and six of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy

one. Section

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That amended.

section one of an act entitled “ An act to prevent the destruction of muskrats and muskrat houses in the marshes along the shore of Lakes Erie, St. Clair, Huroi, and Michigan,” being compiler's section two thousand one hundred and six of the compiled laws of cighteen hundred and seventy-one, be amended so as to read as

follows: Muskrats, kill.

(2106.) SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, ingot in certain That no person or persons shall kill, destroy, or take by any means seasons prohibi. whatsoever, within the limits of the marshes bordering on the waters

of Lake Erie, Detroit River, River St. Clair, Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan, any muskrat found in said marshes, or in or on the banks of any bayous or creeks in said marshes, between

ted.

the fifteenth day of April in each year and the first day of March
next following under the penalty of three dollars for each muskrat Penalty.
so killed, destroyed, or taken in violation of this act.

Sec. 2. This act shall take immediate effect.
Approved May 9, 1877.

[No. 104. ] AN ACT to encourage the propagation of fish in the State of

Michigan. SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That Taking from it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to kill or take speckled etc., prohibiteż trout or other fish from any private lake, pond, or stream, used for the propagation of such fish (except by the consent of the proprietor of such lake, pond, or stream).

Sec. 2. Any person or persons violating section one of this act Penalty. shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall pay a fine of not less than ten dollars and not exceeding one hundred dollars for each offense, and shall, on conviction thereof, stand committed to the county jail until such penalty is paid : Provided, That such imprisonment shall not exceed three months.

SEC. 3. A prosecution may be brought in the name of the people How prosecution of the State of Michigan against any person or persons violating the may be brought. provisions of this act, before any justice of the peace of the county in which such violation is alleged to have taken place, or before any court of competent jurisdiction; and it is made the duty of all Daty of proceprosecuting attorneys in this State to see that the provisions of this act are enforced in their respective counties, and they shall prosecute all offenders on receiving information of the violations of this act.

SEC. 4. It shall be the duty of the proprietor of any such private Notices to bo lake, pond, or stream, who is engaged in the propagation of fish as contemplated by this act, to post or cause to be posted in a conspicnous manner, at places not more than twenty rods apart, commencing on either side of such private lake, pond, or stream where it enters the premises of the owner sought to be protected, and extending along or near either bank to the place where such waters leave such premises, public notices, painted on boards in large and plain letters, that the owner, naming him, is engaged in such business, and all persons are prohibited from killing, taking, or catching any fish in the waters within the limits of such notices. Approved May 9, 1877.

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cuting attorney.

posted.

[105. ] AN ACT to amend section twenty-one of an act, entitled “An act

relative to the organization and powers of Fire and Marine Insurance Companies, transacting business within this State,' approved April three, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, being compiler's section two thousand nine hundred and eighty-five, chapter 99, of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy

one.

Section amended.

Commissioner of insurance may

etc.

statement or fail.

statement,

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That section two thousand nine hundred and eighty-five chapter ninetynine, of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

(2985.) SEC. 21. The Commissioner of Insurance is hereby address inquiries authorized and empowered to address any inquiries to any

insurance to companies,

company, or the secretary thereof, in relation to its doings or condition, or any other matter connected with its transactions; and it

shall be the duty of any company so addressed, to promptly reply in Penalty for false writing to any such inquiries. Every fire insurance company ing to make organized under any law of this State, failing to make and deposit

such statements, or to reply to any inquiry of the said Commission of Insurance, shall be subject to the penalty of five hundred dollars, and an additional five hundred dollars for every month that

such company shall continue thereafter to transact any business of Penalty as to insurance. Every insurance company organized without this State, foreign com. panies. and doing business herein, failing to make and deposit such state

ments, or to make satisfactory replies to such inquiries, as may relate to its manner of doing business, or to its assets, pecuniary responsibility, or to other matters connected with or relating to its business transactions, shall be subject to like penalties, and to a

revocation of its authority to do business in this State. The said Power of com. Comunissioner of Insurance shall have power to examine the policy contract form of policy contract proposed to be issued by any company, of companies.

association or corporation applying to be permitted to transact the
business of insurance in this state, and may refuse to admit any
company to this State or to renew the annual authority of any
company previously admitted, whenever the form of policy contract
issued or proposed to be issued does not permit the cancelation of
the same at the request of the insured on equitable terms.

SEC. 2. This act shall take immediate effect.
Approved May 10, 1877.

[No. 106.] AN ACT to amend section fifty of chapter two hundred and forty

five, being compiler's section seven thousand six hundred and one of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, relative to offenses against property.

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That section fifty of chapter two hundred and forty-five, being com

Section amended,

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