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AN ACT to organize the County of Portage.

Be ten iced by the Council and Iłowse of Representatives of lie Territory of Wisconsin: § 1. That the county of Portage shall be and the o *S** same is hereby declared to be an organized county, 1zed. and as such the inhabitants thereof shall have, possess and enjoy, all the rights, privileges and immunities which are possessed and enjoyed by the inhabitants of other counties of the Territory organized for all purposes whatever. § 2. Said county shall compose a part of the second judicial district, and courts shall be held therein, to Attached to 2d the exclusion of the jurisdiction heretofore exercised by judicial dis the district court of Dane county, and all suits, recog1. ict. nizances, appeals, writs, process or proceedings, commenced, taken or had, in and to the district court of Dane county before the time when the act takes effect, shall be heard, prosecuted and determined in the same man

Process &c. * , , ) - - ner and with like effect as if this act had not been passed.

Election for § 3. The first election of sheriff of said county shall *** when be held on the fourth Monday of September next, and neu. thereafter at the time and in the manner now prescri

bed by law, and the term of office of the person elected at such first election shall expire on the last day of December, A. D. 1846. "I'errns of §4. The terms of the District Court in and for said o when county, shall be held on the first Monday of April, and on the fifth Monday after the fourth Monday of September, in each year, by the Judge of the second Judicial District. o § 5. That the legal voters in said county of Portage, at a special election to be held on the first Monday To vote for or of April next, may vote “yea” or “nay” in favor or .** against the adoption of this act, and if a majority of the - votes cast upon the said question, shall be “yea,” then this act shall take effect on and after the fourth Monday of September next, but if a majority of said votes shall be Election how “nay,” then this act shall be void, and of no force or es* fect. The said election shall be conducted, and the votes received, returned and canvassed in the same manner as provided by law, for the eleciion of county officers. § 6. That the legal voters in the said county of Portage, shall also, at the said special election, vote for the place within said county, which in their opinion should be the county seat thereof, and the place receiving the To vote for greatest number of votes in its favour for that purpose, * * shall be and is hereby declared to be the county seat of the said county. The votes to be received, returned and canvassed in the same manner provided in the preceeding IIow oanvas, section for ,the reception, return and canvass of the sed and re. votes in favor or against the adoption of this act: Provi-" ded that this section shall have no effect, unless the majority of the votes cast upon the question of organization, shall be in the affirinative.

APP Roved, January 31, 1844.

AN ACT to enable school district number sour in the town of Janesville to lay a tax for the purpose of building or purchasing a school IIouse.

Be it en acted by the Council and IIouse of Representitives of the Territory of #Pisconsin.

§ 1. The inhabitants of school district number four who may vote in the town of Janesville, in the county of Rock, who to raise Tax. are by law qualified to vote at a district meeting, may vote to lay a tax on the property in said district to the amount of three hundred and sixty-five dollars for the purpose of erecting or purchasing a school house in said district. § 2. The said tax shall be levied on all the proper

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ty in said district real and personal except such as is by law exempt from execution, and except stich as is owned by the said county of Itock.

§ 4. In case the said inhabitants shall vote to lay said tax, it shall be lawful for the trustees of said district Tax how * to assess said tax in manner as above provided, and the 86 &Sct. collector of said district shall proceed to collect said tax as is provided by law for the collection of taxes levied for the erection of School Houses.

§ 4. This act shall take essect from and after its passage.

A P2Rovzo, December 27, 1843.

Returns how made.

Stock how taken.

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AN ACT to amend the act to incorporate the Fox
River Improvement Company.

Be it enacted by the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin :

§ 1. That the returns required to be made by the clerks of the board of commissioners in and by the said act, may be made by the clerks of the board of supervisors of the several counties mentioned in said act, and the time for execution and delivery of the deeds in satisfaction of any subscriptions heretofore made is hereby extended to the first Monday of March next: Provided, that upon any subscriber refusing or neglecting to pay for the stock standing in his name upon said books ofsubscription the directors tray allow the same to be taken by any other person offering to take the same amount of stock in his stead.

§ 2. The lands conveyed in payment of stock to said company shall be exempt from taxation until such time as they shall be sold and conveyed by said company : Provided, that the stock created by the conveyance of the said lands as provided in the act incorporating said company shall be liable to taxation.

APPROVED, January 3, 1844.

AN ACT to ascertain the indebtedness and the taxable property of the Territory.

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§ 1. That all persons having in their possession any evidences of debt against the Territory shall present the same to the Auditor of the Territory, at Madison, for record; who shall record, in a book to be kept by him for that purpose, the nature of the claims of indebtedness acknowledged by the Territory, by whom signed and countersigned, when dated, the several amounts, and to whom payable.

§ 2. The Auditor shall place on all vouchers so recorded such mark or devices as will prevent a second place device. registration. § 3. The Secretary of the Territory shall cause to be ...” to published a correct copy of this act in all the weekly” journals of this Territory, and all proper charges for publishing the same shall be paid out of any money appropriated by Congress to pay for printing the laws of the Territory. § 4. The Auditor shall receive for the services contemplated by this act such sum as the Legislature may Compensation think just and proper. § 5. The holders of demands thus audited shall have reference in payment over any who may refuse or Preference of neglect to comply with the provisions of this act, on or * before the tenth day of January, 1845. § 6. The clerks of the board of county commission-Clerks of ers and the clerks of the several Towns in this Ter- o, ritory shall immediately after the assessment rolls of their. r respective counties and towns shall be completed and equalized, transmit to the Auditor an abstract thereof designating the number of acres of land assessed in such county ; the assessed value thereof, designating so far as they can the assessment for buildings and improvements, and the assessment for land exclusive of buildings or improvements, also the assessment on personal property and the total amount of assessments in their respective counties and towns, and it shall be the duty of the Auditor within the time required by law for him to submit his annual report, to report said abstract to the Legislative Assembly. Approved, January 31, 1844.

AN ACT giving to Henry, alias Henry Tutt the name of Henry Early.

Be it enacted by the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin :

§ 1. That Henry, alias Henry Tutt, a coloured man residing at Madison, in the county of Dane, in said Territory, shall hereafter be known and recognized by the name of Henry Early.

APPROVED, December 18, 1843.

AN ACT to organize the county of Fond du Lac for judicial purposes.

Be it enacted by the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of JPisconsin.

§ 1. That from and after the first Monday of March next, the county of Fond du Lac shall be organized for judicial purposes, and shall enjoy all the privileges of other counties of this Territory. counties at. § 2. The counties of Sheboygan, Calumet and Martached. quette are hereby attached to the county of Fond du Lac for judicial purposes. 3. The said judicial county, composed of the counties of Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Calumet and Marquette District what shall remain a part of the third judicial district, and the *P** courts therein shall be held by the judge of the said district, at such times as shall be established by law. 4. The first election of Sheriff for said judicial county shall be held in the several counties before named, Election when on the first Tuesday of April next, and thereafter at the *** time prescribed by law; and the return of said election shall be made to the clerk of the board of supervisors of Fond du Lac county, who shall proceed to canvass the same as the law requires. § 5. All writs, process, appeals, recognizances, or Writs where other proceedings, sucd, taken or commenced in the dis* trict court of Brown county, prior to the said first Monday of March next, shall be prosecuted to final judgment and execution issued thereon in the same manner they might or could have been had this act not passed ; and execution on any judgment heretofore rendered in said Executions & court, shall have the like force and effect, and may be *S* executed and returned by the sheriff of said county of Brown, any thing in any law of the Territory to the contrary notwithstanding. § 6. The county seat of Fond du Lac county is hereCounty seat, by established upon the north half of the north-east where located quarter of section fifteen, town fifteen north, of range seventeen east, in the town of Fond du Lac : Provided, a good and sufficient warrantee deed, duly executed, of a public square for the location of county buildings, embracing at least ninety thousand square feet; and a bond entered into with the board of supervisors of the

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