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AN ACT to repeal an act entitled “An act con

cerning che lien of mechanics and others for the cost of repairs and improvements on real estate.” Be it enacted by the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin : § 1. That all and every dwelling house or other building here- Building liable

for work, &c. after constructed and erected within the Territory of Wisconsin, shall be subject to the payment of the debts contracted for, or by reason of any work done, or materials found, and provided by any brick maker, brick layer, stone cutter, mason, lime merchant, carpenter, painter and glazier, iron monger, plasterer and lumber merchant, or any other persons employed in erecting or furnishing materials for and in the erection and construction of such house or other building, before any other lien which originated subsequent to the commencement of such house or other building.

§ 2. That if such dwelling house or other building, or any When to file portion thereof, shall have been constructed under contract or contracts, entered into by the owner thereof, or his or her agent, with any person or persons, no person, who may have done work for such contractor or contractors, or furnished materials for him or them, on his or their order or authority, shall have or possess any lien on said house or other building, for work done or materials so furnished, unless the person or persons so employed by such contractor to do work or furnish materials for such building, shall, within thirty days after being so employed to work, or having fur-, nished materials as aforesaid, give notice in writing to the owner or owners of such building, or to his or their agents, that he or they are so employed to work or to furnish, or have furnished, materials, and that they claim the benefit of the lien granted by this act. : 83. That no claim of any sub-contractor shall be a lien under Contractor liathis act, except so far as the owner may be indebted to the con

ble to sub-contractor at the time of giving notice of such claim as aforesaid, or may become indebted afterwards to him as such contractor.

$ 4. That no such debt for work and materials shall remain a Limitation of lien upon such lands, houses or other buildings, longer than one lien. year from the time of furnishing of materials or the performance


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of the labor, unless an action for the recovery of the same be

instituted within the same time. Petition when $ 5. The claim or petition may be filed in court, or in the filed shall be a lien.

clerk's office in vacation; and from the time of filing the same said claim or petition shall be lien on said property for the time herein

before provided. Petition what § 6. The petition or claim shall contain a brief statement of to contain

the contract or demand on which it is founded, and of the amount due thereon, with a description of the premises, and all other

material facts in relation thereto. Satisfaction, $7. Each and every person having received satisfaction for how entered. his or their debt for which a claim is or has been or shall be filed,

or action brought, shall, at the request of any person interested in the building on which the same was a lien, or in having the same lien removed, or of his or the r legal representatives, on payment of the costs of the claim or action, and on tender of the cost of office for entering satisfaction, within six days after such request made, enter satisfaction of the claim in the office where such claim was or shall be filed in such action brought, which shall forever

thereafter discharge, defeat and release the same. Must enter sa $ 8. If such person, having received satisfaction as aforesaid tisfaction.

by himself or his attorney, shall not, within six days after request and payment of the costs of the claim or action and tender as aforesaid, by himself or his attorney duly authorized, enter satisfaction as aforesaid, he, she or they neglecting so to do, shall forfeit and pay unto the party or parties aggrieved any sum of money not exceeding one-half of the debt for which the claim is filed or action brought, as aforesaid, to be sued for and demanded by the person or persons damnified, in like manner as other debts are now received

by existing laws for the recovery of debts. . Actions, how § 9. In all cases of lien created by this act, the person having brought

a claim filed agreeable to its provisions, may at his discretion proceed to recover it by personal action, according to the nature of the demand, against the debtor, his executors or administrators,

or by scire facias, against the debtor or owner of the building. Service, how § 10. When the proceedings are by scire facias, the writ shall made. be served in like manner as a summons upon the person named

therein, it to be found within the county, and if not found within the county, then by fixing a copy of the writ upon the door of the

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building against which the claim is filed; and upon the return of
service and failure of the defendant to appear, the court shall
render judgment as in case of summons; but if they or either of
them appear, they may plead and make defence, and the like pro-
ceedings shall be had as in personal action for the recovery of debts:
Provided, that no judgment rendered in such scire facias shall
warrant the issuing an execution except against the building or
buildings upon which the lien existed as aforesaid.

§ 11. The act of the Revised Statutes entitled “An act con- Act repealed.
cerning the lien of mechanics and others for the costs of repairs
and improvements on real estate,” is hereby repealed.

APPROVED, February 14, 1842.


AN ACT to amend the act of the Revised Stat

utes entitled “An act concerning the writ of

Br it enacted by the Council and House of Representatives of the
Territory of Wisconsin, as follows :

$1. A writ of attachment may be issued as the first process When writ
in personal actions, in the cases following, and no others: First, may issue.
when the defendant is not a resident of the Territory; second,
when the defendant has departed, or is about to depart from the
Territory, with intent to abscond; and third, when the defendant
is about fraudulently to remove, convey or dispose of his property,
so as to hinder or delay the creditor or creditors suing out such
$ 2. To authorize the issuing an attachment in any case, the Cause of ac-

tion, on what defendant must be indebted to the plaintiff in a cause of action

founded. arising out of, founded upon or sounding in contract, or upon the judgment or decree of some court of law or chancery.

$ 3. The facts necessary to entitle a party to a writ of attach- Oath or afficament shall be proven to the satisfaction of a district judge, or of a

supreme court commissioner of the proper county, by the affidavit
of the plaintiff or some credible witness, stating therein the na-
ture and amount of the plaintiff's demand, and the circumstances
upon which the belief of such facts is founded; and such officer

vit of some

shall endorse the fact of his satisfaction on the affidavit, which shall be filed with the clerk of the court before the writ shaly

issue. Affidavit may

§ 4. It shall be competent for the defendant to traverse the be traversed.

affidavit, and to prove by testimony taken in pursuance of the rules of court, the falsity of the allegations upon which the writ issued.' And if the court shall find that the said allegations are

false, the property attached shall be released: Provided, that poPlea in abate- thing herein shall impair any right of a plea in abatement of the ment.

writ, which the party may have, and of the trial by jury of the facts stated in such plea, according to the course of the common

law. What to attach. $ 5. The writ of attachment shall command the officer to at

tach the goods and chattels, lands and tenements, moneys, rights and credits, of the debtor; and also to summon the defendant, if

to be found in his county, to answer the plaintiff in the action: What exempt. Provided, that the same property which would be exempt by law

from execution shall be exempt from attachment. Service how $ 6. The service of such writ shall be made by attaching the made.

property of the defendant, and by delivering to him, if to be found, a copy of the writ; and the officer serving the same shall return a true inventory and appraisement of all the property attached, and the fact whether the defendant was summoned or

not. Personal ser § 7. In case of personal service of the writ upon the defendvice-Defend. ant not called. ant, it shall not be necessary to call the defendant and have his

default entered, but the suit shall proceed as in ordinary case of summons, and no notice shall be required to be published, as provided by the third section of the act of which this is amendatory. In every other case the suit shall be proceeded in according to the

several provisions of said act. Real estate. $ 8. If real estate is attached by virtue of any writ of attach

ment, the officer, on service thereof, shall make a certified copy Record, return of said writ, and of his return thereon, which shall be filed and of officer.

recorded in the book of mortgages, in the register's office of the

county in which such real estate is situated; and from the time of Shall be a lien. filing as aforesaid, the same shall be and eontinue a lien on all real


estate mentioned or described in the return of the officer in such county, until the same shall be discharged. And when said lien Duty of regioshall be discharged by the order of said court, or by satisfaction of the judgment rendered in the suit, it shall be the duty of the said register, when requested, to record the satisfaction piece or transcript of the record of such order, in the book of mortgages, and to enter on the margin of the page or pages where the said writ and return are so recorded, a minute of such discharge or satisfaction.

89. The first and second sections of the act of which this act Sections reis amendatory are hereby repealed.

pealed. APPROVED, February 15, 1842.

AN ACT to provide for preserving in the Library

the Acts and Journals of the Legislative Assembly.

Be it enacted by the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin: § 1. That the librarian be and he is hereby required to procure Acts and Jour

nals-20 copies. to be bound and lettered, twenty copies of the acts and journals of each session of the Legislative Assembly since the organization of the Territory; and also a like number of the acts and journals of present sesof the present and each succeeding session of the Legislative Assembly, and to preserve the same in the Territorial library. 82. That the librarian be further instructed to transmit to the Librarian to

transmit copies executive of each of the states and territories of the United States, to each state, a copy of the pamphlet laws of the past sessions, after reserving fifty copies of each for the use of the Territory, and annually a .copy of the laws that may hereafter be passed by the Legislative Assembly of this Territory.

APPROVED, February 15, 1842.


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