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superintendents
of the poor.

sent to adoption
of children,

Examination of county shall bring any child before the judge of probate for examSending to oro ipation as to his alleged dependence, as provided in section sixteen school-duty of of this act, they shall present to said judge an application in writ

ing, which shall be filed in his office, for such examination, which shall be signed by at least two of said superintendents, in which they shall certify that in their opinion the child named is depend. ent on the public for support, and that he has no parents against whom his support can be enforced, as provided in chapter forty

nine of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, Board may con- SEC. 22. The [thai] said board of control is hereby authorized to

consent to the adoption of any child who has or shall become an in-
mate of said institution, by any person, pursuant to the provisions
of an act entitled “ An act to provide for changing the names of
minor adopted children and other persons," approved February
two, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, and that on such adoption
and proceedings had under such act, whereby the child takes the
name and becomes the beir of the person so adopting him or her,
then said board of control shall cease to be the guardian of said
child.
Sec. 3. This act shall take immediate effect.
Approved March 26, 1875.

sinfection

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lands in two or

all the counties,

shall bave been

one of them,

[ No. 59. ] AN ACT to provide for recording certified copies of lost deeds, and

other instruments affecting the title to real estate. Manner of per- SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, In all fecting the recen cases where a deed, mortgage, or other instrument affecting the etc., affecting title to real estate, shall have been, or shall be executed, affecting more counties land in two or more counties, and when the same shall have been destroyed before duly recorded in the office of the register of deeds in any county in belok recorded in wbich any part of the lands to be affected thereby is situate, and when the sanue such instrument shall have been lost or destroyed before being rerecorded in any corded in other counties in which land affected thereby shall be

situate, it shall be lawful for any party or parties, interested in such lost deed or other writing, or in the real estate the title to which shall be affected thereby, to apply to the judge of the probate court of the county where such real estate may be situate in which the record shall not have been made, for an order to record a duly certified transcript of such deed, mortgage, or other instrument, in such county, and thereupon such judge of probate shall give notice by publication, in accordance with the practice of such court, for three successive weeks, of such application, and of the time and place when and where a hearing will be bad thereon, and on such hearing, if it shall appear to such probate judge that such deed, mortgage, or other instrument was duly executed and has been legally recorded in any county in this State, and that the same was lost or destroyed before being recorded in other counties in which real estate to be affected thereby was situate, such probate judge sball make an order authorizing a certified transcript of such deed,

mortgage, or other writing, to be recorded in said county, and shall annex a duly certified copy of such order to such copy of such deed, mortgage, or other instrument, and thereupon such certified copy of deed, mortgage, or other instrument, and such order autborizing a record thereof, may be recorded in the office of the register of deeds of the county in which such order shall be made, and such record shall have the same force and effect as the record of the original would have had, had the sacie been recorded before being lost or destroyed.

Approved March 26, 1875.

[ No. 60.) AN ACT to amend section three thousand nine hundred and

thirty-four of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and serenty-one, being section eight of an act entitled “An act to provide for the selection, care, and disposition of the lands donated to the State of Michigan by act of Congress, approved July second, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, for the endowment of colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts," approved March eighteen, eighteen hundred and sixty-three.

SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That scc- Section amanded tion three thousand pine bundred and thirty-four of the compiled laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, being section eight of an act entitled “ An act to provide for the selection, care, and disposition of the lands donated to the State of Michigan by act of Congress approved July second, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, for the endowment of colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts," approved March eighteen, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, be amended to read as follows:

(3934.) SEC. 8. The money received from the sale of said lands How money sball be paid into the State Treasury, and shall be placed in the res general fund, but the amount thereof shall be placed to the credit be dispored ul. of the Agricultural College fund upon the books of the Auditor General, and the annual interest thereon computed at seven per Now Interest cent, shall be regularly applied under the direction of the State shall be disposed Board of Agriculture to the support and maintenance of the State Agricultural College, where the leading object shall be,- Leading object without excluding other scientific and classical studies, and includ- of college. ing military tactics,—to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and mechanic arts, in order to promote the liberal and practical education of industrial classes in the sereral purzpits and professions of life.

Seo. 2. This act sball take immediate effect.
Approved March 26, 1875.

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directors, their eleotion and term of office.

[No. 61. ] AN ACT to amend section three of article two of act number

one hundred and ninety-eight of the session laws of eighteen bundred and seventy-three, entitled “An act to revise the laws providing for the incorporation of railroad companies, and to regulate the running and management, and to fix the duties and liabilities of all railroad and other corporations owning or operatiug any railroad in this State,” approved May one, eighteen

hundred and seventy-three. Seotion smonded SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That

section three of article two of act number one hundred and ninetyeight of the session laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-three, entitled “ An act to revise the laws providing for the incorporation of railroad companies, and to regulate the running and management, and to fix the duties and liabilities of all railroad and other corporations owning or operating any railroad in this State," approved May one, eighteen hundred and seventy-three, be amended so as

to read as follows: Classification of SEC. 3. At any meeting of stockholders for the election of

elf directors, it shall be lawful for the stockholders to classify the

directors in three equal classes, as · near as may be, one of which classes shall hold their office for one year, one for two years, and one for three years, and until their successors are respectirely elected ; and at all subsequent elections directors shall be elected for three years to fill the places made vacant by the class whose term of office shall expire at that time. In case no such classification shall at any time be made, the persons elected at any such meeting shall hold their office for one year, and until their successors shall be elected ; and it shall be the duty of the directors to provide for by by-law and to call; and in case of their neglect so to do, a majority of the stockholders may call an appual election of directors, at such time and place as may be appointed, in some county in which the road is to, or shall run, and at which time

and place there shall be a general meeting of the stockholders in Special meetings person or by proxy. And a special meeting of the stockholders

may be called at any time by the directors, or by the stockholders owning not less than one-fourth of the stock in value, by giving

notice of such meeting as hereinafter provided. At least thirty Notice thereof. days' notice of the time and place of every general or special meet

ing of the stockholders shall be given in one or more daily newspapers printed in the city of Detroit, and also in one or more newspapers printed in the county where the principal office of the company is situated, if it be not in said city: Provided, That such notice, when given by the stockholders, shall state the object of

such meeting. Evidence of such notice may be perpetuated by notice perpetuatot by sif. the affidavit of any person having knowledge thereof, and at any davit.

meeting of the stockholders held pursuant to this act. The stock

holders representing a majority in value of the stock may remove Removals from

of stockholders.

Proviso.

Evidence of

from office any of the directors, or other officer of the company, and elect others in their stead. And the president, and directors,

office,

controls.

and officers, and agents of the company, in the exercise of their Majority of stock respective powers and duties, shall at all times be governed by, and be subject to, such rules, regulations, and directions, as the stockholders holding a majority in value of the stock may adopt at such meeting (and at every such meeting it shall be competent for any stockholder to appear and vote by proxy as well as in person). Proxy. If at any meeting of the stockholders, a majority in value of the Adjoarn manta, stock which, by the provisions of section one of article two of this etc. act, is entitled to vote, is not represented in person or by proxy, the same shall be adjourned by such as are present from day to day, not exceeding three days, without doing any business, when, if such majority do not appear and attend, the meeting shall be dissolved.

Approved March 26, 1875.

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election, etc.

first eloction.

[ No. 62. ] AN ACT granting and defining the powers and duties of incorpo

rated villages.

CHAPTER I. SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That all villages hereafter incorporated shall be subject to the provisions of this act.

SEC. 2. The boundaries of the village, the time and place for the act incorpofirst election therein, the time and manner of registering voters, and batin the manner of giving notice of such election, shall be provided for vide for first by the special act incorporating such village.

SEC. 3. On the day of election, and at the hour for the opening Inspectors of of the polls, the qualified electors present shall choose from among their pumber present three inspectors of election, who shall be qualified electors under the constitution, and who shall take the oath prescribed by law to be taken by inspectors of election. All voters at first persons residing within said village, and having the qualification élect of electors under the constitution, shall be permitted to vote at such election.

SEC. 4. The inspectors of such election, after the close of the Inspectors to polls, shall canvass the ballots, and declare and determine the result.

SEC. 5. All villages hereafter incorporated shall be bodies politic Corporation and corporate under and by the corporate name assumed by or politi; and cordesignated for them as hereinbefore provided, and by such name porato. may sue and be sued, contract and be contracted with, acquire and bold real and personal property for the purposes for which they were incorporated, have a common seal, and change the same at pleasure, and exercise all the powers in this act conferred.

SEC. 6. Service of process in suits against corporations organized servico of prounder this act may be made on the president or clerk of the village, assin or, in their absence, upon any of the trustees thereof, by leaving tion.

election.

canvass ballots uit UU UUULUTUE WC and declare

result.

shall be body

cess in sulla against corpora

tration.

registration of electors,

certified copies of such process with the officer served, at least eight

days before the return day of such process. Board of regis. Sec. 7. The village clerk and two of the trustees to be appointed

each year by the the council shall be the village board of registraCompletion of tion. On the Saturday previous to the day of holding any annual or

special election, and on any other days that the village council may appoint, the board shall be in session for the purpose of completing the registration of the electors of the village. Notice of the time and place of such meeting shall be given with the notice of said

election. Rules for making SEC. 8. In making and completing any such registration, the

"3 board shall proceed in the same manner and conform to the same

rules, as near as may be, as are provided by law for registering electors in townships.

and completing registration.

CHAPTER II.

OFFICERS. Officers elected. SECTION 1. In villages incorporated snbject to the provisions of

this act the following officers shall be elected, viz: a president, six

trustees, one clerk, one treasurer, one street commissioner, une Village council. assessor, and one constable, and the president and trustees shall

constitute the village council. Oficers appoint- SEC. 2. The council sball appoint a village marshal, an engineer

of the fire department, and may appoint a village attorney, a village surveyor, one or more fire wardens, a pound-master, and such number of policemen and night watchmen as they shall deem expedient. The council may also, from time to time, provide by ordinance for the appointment of, and appoint for such term as may be provided by the ordinance, such other officers whose election or appointment is not herein specially provided for, as they sball deem necessary for the execution of the powers granted by this act, and may remove the same at pleasure. The powers and duties

of all such officers shall be prescribed by ordinance. Time of appoint- Sec. 3. Appointments to office by the council, excepting appoint

ments to fill vacancies, shall be made on the second Monday in April in each year; but appointments which for any cause shall not be made on that day may be made at any subsequent regular

meeting of the council. Term of office of Sec. 4. The president, clerk, treasurer, street commissioner, loers. assessor, and constable sball hold their respective offices for the

term of one year from the second Monday of March of the year when elected, and until their successors are elected and qualified

and enter upon the duties of their offices. Term of office of SEC. 5. The trustees shall hold their offices for the term of two trustees.

years from the second Monday in March of the year when elected, and until their successors are qualified and enter upon the duties of their offices; except tbat at the first election held in any village incorporated, sabject to the provisions of this act, six trustees shall be elected, three for the term of one year, and three for the term of two years, from the second Monday of March in the year when

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