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$ 18. It shall be the duty of every sheriff, constable and Ruty of member of said police force to compel the observance, and to police. prerent the violation of the provisions of this law. The said board of commissioners may at any time, on the complaint of any resident of the said district, summon before them or either of the said board, any person or persons licensed as aforesaid, and if the said board shall become satisfied after an examination of the testimony, that any person or persons has or have violated any of the provisions of this act, or if it shall appear that any common gambling house or room, or any house or room for the purposes of prostitution, shall, during the existence of such licence, have been kept in the same building in which the business authorized by said license has been carried on, or if it shall appear that such person or persons have violated any of the provisions of chapter six hundred and twenty-eight of the Laws of eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, and the amendments thereof, they shall revoke, cancel and annul the license or licenses of such person or persons, which they are hereby empowered to do. Upon any inquiry, the said board or the party complained of may summon, and the said board may compel the attendance of witnesses before them, and may examine them under oath.

§ 19. All license fees, fines and penalties herein provided into what for shall be received by the said board of police, and shall be reus, &c., to paid into the Niagara frontier police fund for the use and be paid. benefit thereof. Whoever shall sell any strong or spirituous Civil aetiot liquor, wines, ale or beer in quantities less than five gallons honan at a time without having a license therefor, granted as herein selling provided, shall, in addition to all other penalties, forfeit fifty license. dollars for each offense, to be sued for and recovered by and in the name of the said board of commissioners, and when collected to be paid to the treasurer of the said board for the benefit of the said Niagara frontier police district fund, except so much thereof as shall be received for licenses granted to tavern keepers, hotel keepers, and for mechanical or medicinal purposes, or that shall be received for violations of the same class of licenses, which shall be paid to the treasurer of the county in which such licenses are granted or violations occur respectively, for the benefit of the poor fund of such county.

$ 20. All the provisions of chapter six hundred and twentyeight of the laws of eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, and of the amendments thereof, which are in conflict or inconsistent with the foregoing provisions, shall not apply to the said Niagara frontier police district, where the quota of patrolmen shall be determined or appointed, but otherwise the same shall apply, and the said board of commissioners of police shall have and possess and exercise all the rights, powers and privileges within the said district heretofore had, possessed and exercised by the board of commissioners of excise of the county of Erie.

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Vagrants.

S 21. All idle persons who not having visible means to maintain themselves, live without employment, all persons wandering about and begging, or who go about from door to door or place themselves in the streets, highways, passages or public places without the written permission of the mayor of the city of Buffalo, or some other constituted authority, to beg and receive alms, all common prostitutes, all keepers of bawdy houses and houses of ill fame, or houses for the resort of prostitutes, all persons who have no visible profession or calling to maintain themselves by, but who do, for the most part, support themselves by gaming or crime or by the avails of prostitution, shall within the Niagara frontier police district be deemed vagrants, and shall upon conviction be punished by imprisonment at hard labor in the Erie county poor house, or the Erie county workhouse, for a term not exceeding six months, or by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

$ 22. This act shall take effect immediately.

Quarrying stone.

CHAP. 248.
AN ACT to amend the act passed April eleventh, eighteen

hundred and sixty, chapter two hundred and sixty-nine,
entitled “An act to amend the act entitled · An act to
authorize the formation of corporations for manufactur-
ing, mining, mechanical and chemical purposes,'” passed
February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and forty-eight.

Passed April 3, 1867, The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows :

SECTION 1. The first section of the act to authorize the formation of corporations for mining, mechanical or chemical purposes,” passed February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, is hereby amended by inserting after the words “any kind of manufacturing, mining, mechanical or chemical business,” the words “or the business of quarrying stone."

Ante, vol. 3, pp. 733, 713. S 2. The second section of said act is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

The nunber of trustees in any corporation organized before or since the eleventh day of April, eighteen hundred and sixty, or which shall hereafter be organized under the said act, may be increased to not more than thirteen, as follows: The existing trustees of any such corporation, or a majority of them, shall make and sign a certificate declaring how many trustees the corporation shall have in the future management of its business, and stating the names of the new or additional trustees, which certificate shall be acknowledged

by the trustees signing the same, or proved by a subscribing
witness, and shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the
county where the original certificate of incorporation was
filed; and a duplicate or transcript thereof, duly certified
under the official seal of such clerk, filed in the office of the
secretary of state; and from and after the filing of such cer-
tificate and duplicate, or transcript, the trustees of such cor-
poration shall be deemed increased to the number therein
stated, and the persons so named therein shall be trustees
until a new election of trustees shall be had, according to the
said act, and the by-laws or regulations of such corporation.

S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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CHAP. 254.
AN ACT in relation to railroads held under lease.

PASSED April 3, 1867; three-fifths being present.
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate
and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Any railroad corporation created by the laws Transfer of
of this state, or its successors, now being the lessee of the stock.
road of any other railroad corporation, may take a surrender
or transfer of the capital stock of the stockholders or any of
them in the corporation whose road is beld under lease, and
issue in exchange therefor the like additional amount of its
own capital stock at par or on such other terms and condi-
tions as may be agreed upon between the two corporations;
and whenever the greater part of the capital stock of any
such corporation shall have been so surrendered or transferred,
the directors of the corporation taking such surrender or trans-
fer, shall thereafter, on a resolution electing so to do, to be
entered on their minutes, become ex officio the directors of the
corporation whose road is so held under lease, and shall manage
and conduct the affairs thereof as provided by law; and
whenever the whole of the said capital stock shall have been
$0 surrendered or transferred, and a certificate thereof filed in
the office of the secretary of state, under the common seal
of the corporation to whom such surrender or transfer shall
have beeu made, the estate, property, rights, privileges and
franchises of the said corporation whose stock shall have been
so surrendered or transferred, shall therenpon vest in and be
held and enjoyed by the said corporation to whom such sur-
Tender or transfer shall bave been made, as fully and entirely,
and without charge or diminution, as the same were before
held and enjoyed, and be managed and controlled by the
board of directors of the said corporation to whom such sur-
render or transfer of the said stock shall have been made,
and in the corporate name of such corporation. The rights

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of any stockholder not so surrendering or transferring his stock shall not be in any way affected hereby, vor shall existing liabilities or the rights of creditors of the corporation, where stock shall have been so surrendered or traitsferred, be in any way affected or impaired by this act.

$ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

Continu ance of military

CHAP. 255.
AN ACT to provide means of relief for sick and disabled

soldiers who have been honorably discharged from the
service of the United States, and for the maintenance
of the military agencies as now established.

PASSED April 3, 1867; three-fifths being present. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. The governor is hereby authorized to maintain the "temporary home” now in operation in the city of Albany, and establish such rules and regulations connected therewith as he may deem necessary.

S 2. The governor is hereby authorized in his discretion to

continue at Albany, New York, at Washington, District of agencies. Columbia, military agencies for the settlement and collection

of back pay, bounties and pensions from the United States, due residents of this state on account of services rendered in the army and navy during the late war; and for such purposes may employ such agents and clerks as he may deem expedient, at such rate of compensation as may be just and proper.

S 3. The sum of one hundred thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated, in addition to the unexpended balance of the appropriation made by chapter one hundred and eighty-five, laws of eighteen hundred and sixty-six, and the same shall be paid out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

$ 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

Appropria. tion.

CHAP. 265. AN ACT to authorize the formation of corporations to secure parsonages and other property for the use of

presiding elders of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Passed April 5, 1867. The People of the State of New York, representeil in Senute and Assembly, do enact as follows :

SECTION 1. The presiding elder and a majority of the disis office of trict stewards, appointed according to the discipline of the

Methodist Episcopal church, residing in any ecclesiastical

Certificate to be filed

Secretary of State

district in this state, erected by an annual conference of said church as a presiding elder's district, may make, sign and acknowledge, before some officer competent to take the acknowledgment of deeds, and file in the office of the clerk of any county in such district, and a duplicate thereof in the office of the secretary of state, a certificate, in writing, in which shall be stated the corporate name of said corporation ; the names, residences and official relation to the district of the persons signing such certificate; the number of trustees, not less than three nor more than nine, who shall manage the property and affairs of said corporation for the first year, and their names; and in which certificate it shall be further stated, in substance, that the object of such corporation is to secure the benefits of this act.

$ 2. When such certificate shall be filed as aforesaid, the Effect of persons who shall have made, signed and acknowledged the ling. same, and their successors, shall be and become a body politic and corporate, by the name stated in such certificate; and such corporation shall have succession, and possess the general Power of powers conferred on corporations by the eighteenth chapter fiore. of the first part of the Revised Statutes of this state; and shall also have power to take by gift, grant or purchase, any estate, real or personal, for the use of and as a residence for the presiding elder for the time being of said district, and his successors in office; and, from time to time, to sell and convey the same, and to reinvest the proceds thereof for a like parpose, as the trustees of such corporation, with the approval of the annual conference having jurisdiction over the district, may direct; but the annual income or value of such real and personal estate shall not exceed five thousand dollars.

33. Any real estate heretofore conveyed for the use of, or Tranfer of as a residence for a presiding elder of any such district, and existing his successors in office, may be conveyed by the trustee holding the title thereof to a corporation formed as aforesaid, for the district in which such estate is situated ; whereupon the title thereto shall rest in such corporation for the purposes defined by this act.

S 4. The district stewards of any presiding elder's district, Trustees, at their annual meeting, may appoint, from time to time, appointed. trustees for any such corporation within their district, to supply the places of those whose terms shall expire, and to fill any vacancies in the number of such trustees; and trustees of any such corporation shall respectively hold their offices for one year, and till others are appointed in their places.

S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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