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CHAP. 47

Chapter 47.

An Act to amend Chapter one hundred and thirty-five of the Public Laws of eighteen hunderd and ninety-five and acts additional thereto, relating to the Bath Municipal Court.

tion.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled, as follows:

Section 1. Section three of chapter one hundred and thirty- Section 3, five of the public laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-five is public laws hereby stricken out and the following section is inserted in its amended. stead :

‘Section 3. Said court may take cognizance of simple lar- Jurisdiccenies when the property alleged to be stolen shall not exceed in value fifty dollars, and of offenses described in sections six, seven and nine of chapter one hundred and twenty of the revised statutes, and in sections one and four of chapter one hundred twenty-six of the revised statutes, where the value of the property does not exceed fifty dollars; of offenses described in section four of chapter one hundred and thirty-two of the revised statutes, where they are not of a high and aggravated nature, and on conviction, may punish by fine not exceeding fifty dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding six months, and all violations of the tramp law, and of offenses described in section four of chapter one hundred and forty-one of the revised statutes, and on conviction, may be punished by imprisonment in the city or county house of correction, not exceeding six months.'

Section 2, Section thirteen of said act is hereby amended Section 13, by striking out in the third line, the word “monthly” and inserting instead thereof the words 'in the same manner as required by law of trial justice3;' and by striking out in the fourth line the word "monthly” and inserting instead thereof the word 'quarterly,' so that said section as hereby amended, shall read as follows:

'Section 13. All fines and penalties awarded and collected All fines by said court in criminal cases shall be accounted for and paid shall be over in the same manner as required by law of trial justices; to the city. and all fees in both civil and criminal cases received by said court shall be paid quarterly into the city treasury for the use of the said city.'

amended.

Approved March *, 1899.

CHAP. 48

Section 3, chapter 216, public laws 1893, further amended.

Act shall not change location of any school district, legally established. -towns may determine number and location, on recommendation of school committee. -operation of schools in small districts may be suspended.

Chapter 48. An Act to amend Section three of Chapter two hundred and sixteen of the Public Laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-three as amended by Section one, Chapter two hundred and ninety-five of the Public Laws of eighteen hundred and ninetyseven, relating to discontinuing schools and conveying school children.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled, as follows:

Section 1. Section three of chapter two hundred and sixteen of the public laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-three is hereby further amended by inserting after the word "necessary” in the last line of said section as amended by section one, chapter two hundred and ninety-five of the public laws of eighteen hundred ninety-seven the words ‘provided however, that the superintending school committee may authorize the superintendent of schools to pay the board of any scholar or scholars at a suitable place near any established school instead of providing conveyance for said scholar or scholars when in their judgment it may appear feasible to do so,' so that said section, as amended, shall read as follows:

'Section 3. This act shall not abolish or change the location of

any school legally established at the time of its passage; but any town at its annual meeting, or at a meeting called for the purpose, may determine the number and location of its schools and may discontinue them or change their location; but such discontinuance or change of location shall be made only on the written recommendation of the superintending school committee, and on conditions proper to preserve the 'just rights and privileges of the inhabitants for whose benefit such schools were established; provided, however, that in case of any school having, as now established, or which shall hereafter have, too few scholars for its profitable maintenance, the superintending school committee may suspend the operation of such school for not more than one year, unless otherwise instructed by the town, but any public school failing to maintain an average attendance for any school year, of at least eight pupils, shall be and hereby is suspended unless the town in which said school is located shall by vote instruct its superintending school committee to maintain said school. The superintendent of schools in each town shall procure the conveyance of all public school pupils residing in his town, to and from the nearest suitable school, for the number of weeks for which schools are maintained in each year, when such pupils reside at such a distance from the said school as to render such conveyance necessary. Provided, however, that the superintending school committee may authorize the superintendent of schools to pay the board of any pupil or pupils

-shall procure conveyance for scholars.

-may provide board instead of furnishing conveyance.

at a suitable place near any established school instead of

pro

CHAP. 49 viding conveyance for said pupil or pupils when in their judgment it may be done at an equal or less expense than by conveyance.'

Section 2. All acts and parts of acts, inconsistent with this Inconsisact, are hereby repealed.

repealed.

tent acts,

Approved March 8, 1899.

Chapter 49.

An Act to fix the salary of the Sheriff of the County of Waldo.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled, as follows: Section 1. The sheriff of the county of Waldo from and Salary of

sheriff of after the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and Waldo

county, ninety-nine shall receive an annual salary of four hundred dol- fixed. lars from the county treasury instead of the compensation provided in section twenty-three of chapter eighty of the revised statutes, and it is further provided that the sheriff of said county

-shall not shall not receive from any of his deputies any of the fees earned receive by said deputies or any percentage earned thereon after said deputies. date.

Provided, however, that said sheriff on the first day of Janu- Shall not ary annually shall state a true account of the amount accruing to ary, in case him for board of prisoners under his care during the preceding prisoners year, and make a true return thereof under oath to the treasurer $1200. of said county and when the sum so accruing to him in any year for such board of prisoners shall exceed the sum of twelve hundred dollars then he shall not receive any part of said salary

receive sal

for such year.

Section 2. This act shall take effect when approved.

Approved March 8, 1899.

CHAP 50

Chapter 50.

An Act amendatory and additional to Chapter forty-seven of Revised Statutes,

relating to Savings Banks.

Chapter 155, public laws 1889, amended.

Officers.

-trustees, number and restrictions.

Chapter 50, public laws 1891, amended.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled, as follows:

Section 1. Section ninety-two of chapter forty-seven of the revised statutes, as amended by section one of chapter one hundred and forty-two of the public laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-seven and chapter one hundred and fifty-five of the public laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, is hereby further amended by inserting after the words "national bank” in the fifth line, the words 'trust company or other banking institution,' so that said section, as amended, shall read as follows:

'Section 92. The officers of every such corporation shall consist of a president, treasurer, and, when in the opinion of the trustees necessary, a vice-president and an assistant treasurer, and not less than five trustees, not more than two of whom shall 'be directors in any one national bank, trust company, or other banking institution, who shall elect from their number or otherwise such other officers as they see fit.'

Section 2. Section ninety-nine of chapter forty-seven of the revised statutes, as amended by chapter fifty of the public laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-one, is hereby further amended so as to read as follows:

'

‘Section 99. Such corporation may receive on deposit, for the use and benefit of depositors, sums of money offered for that purpose; but shall not receive from any one depositor, directly or indirectly, over two thousand dollars, and no interest shall be paid to any one depositor for any amount of deposit, all dividends included, exceeding said sum, except for deposits of widows, orphans, administrators, executors, guardians, charitable institutions, and as trust funds. Whenever a deposit is made in trust the name and residence of the person for whom it is made, or the purpose for which the trust is created, shall be disclosed in writing to the bank, and the deposit shall be credited to the depositor as trustee for such person or purpose; and if no other notice of the existence and terms of a trust has been given in writing to the corporation, the deposit, with the interest thereon, may, in the event of the death of the trustee, be paid to the person for whom such deposit was made, or to his legal representative, or to some trustee appointed by the court for that purpose. The trustees may refuse any deposit at their pleasure.'

Section 3. Such corporations are hereby authorized and empowered to pay any order drawn by any person who has

May receive
deposits not
exceeding
$2000 from
one de-
positor.

--deposits in trust, how made.

Authorized to pay any order not

30 days

public laws

funds on deposit to meet the same, notwithstanding the death of CHAP. 50 such drawer in the interval of time between signing such order withstandand its presentation for payment when said presentation is made of drawer, within thirty days after the date of such order; and at any sub- after date. sequent period provided the corporation has not received actual notice of the death of the drawer.

Section 4. Section one hundred and seventeen of chapter Chapter 188, forty-seven of the revised statutes, as amended by chapter one 1889, hundred and eighty-eight of the public laws of eighteen hundred amended. and eighty-nine, is hereby further amended so as to read as follows:

'Section 117. Money deposited in a savings bank or trust Deposits of company by a married woman or minor, is the property of and women or to be paid to the order of the depositor, and is not the property property of

depositors. of the husband or parents, and such depositors may maintain actions in their own names against the bank or trust company to recover their deposits; but this section does not apply to money fraudulently deposited by or in the name of a married woman or minor belonging to a third person. The receipt of such married women or minor for such deposits and interest, or any part thereof, is a valid release and discharge to the corporation. When money is deposited in the name of a minor, the trustees

-deposits may in their discretion pay the same to such minor or to the per- in discre son making such deposit, and the same shall be a valid payment.'

Section 5. Section one hundred and twenty-two of chapter forty-seven of the revised statutes, is hereby amended so as to chapter 47, read as follows:

‘Section 122. After a decree of sequestration is passed as After decree provided in the preceding section, the court or any justice tration, thereof, in vacation, shall appoint commissioners who shall give justice shall such notice of the times and places of their sessions as the court commis

sioners. or such justice orders; receive and decide upon all claims against the institution, and make report to the court at such powers. time as the court orders of the claims allowed and disallowed and of the amount due each depositor, which shall be subject to exception and amendment, as reports of masters in chancery. On application of any person interested, the court may extend court may the time for hearing claims by the commissioners, as justice time for may require. When the amount due each person is established claims. the court shall cause others than depositors to be paid in full, and after deducting expenses the balance to be ratably distributed among depositors. When it appears upon the settlement

-claims, of the account of the receiver of such an institution that there is how paid. remaining in his hands funds due depositors who cannot be found and whose heirs or legal representatives are unknown,

may be
paid ,

tion of trustees.

Section 122,

R. S., amended.

--duties and

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