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Chapman for said expenditure, as detailed in his said report.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
President of the Council.
APPRoved, January 25, 1847. -


To authorize school district No. 6, in Platteville school town, in Grant county, to apply school funds, and levy an additional tax to build a school house.

Be it enacted by the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin: Section 1. The trustees of school district number six, in o, Platteville school town, are authorized and required to ascerof scholars. tain the number of persons in said district, over the age of four years, and under the age of sixteen years, and make return thereof to the board of county commissioners, and to the commissioners of said school town, at the time now provided by law for making return from school districts, upon which returns the trustees are authorized to draw, and receive the amount, or amounts of money which said district would have Trustees to been entitled to draw and receive, if a school had been kept receive school in said district, within the two last years, which money the money. trustees shall appropriate in the erection of a good and suitable school house in said district. Sec. 2. That a tax not to exceed two per cent, may be assessed upon all the taxable property in said district; inclu

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sessed and manner, and at the same time, that county taxes are assessed

collected. and collected, which taxes shall be paid by the county treasurer, to said trustees, on or before the second Monday in January How expend.

ed. next, and be by said trustees expended in the erection and completion of said district school house: Prorided, that a Proviso. majority of the tax payers, inhabitants of said school district, who shall vote at a district school meeting to be held for that purpose, at the usual place of holding district school meetings in said district, shall vote for such tax to be raised. Sec. 3. The trustees of said school district shall receive,

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canvass votes. and canvass, and make return to the clerk of the board of county commissioners, of all the votes cast at such election, who shall lay the same before the board of county commissioners, for the purposes contemplated in this act.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect from and after its pas. sage.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.


President of the Council APPROVED, January 29, 1847.



To incorporate the Mississippi and Lake Erie

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

Section 1. That William B. Astor, Ramsey Crooks, Samuel Abbott, Henry S. Baird, Randall Wilcox, Daniel Whit

ney, Morgan L. Martin, John F. Meade, Daniel Butler, H. Style and E. Eastman, Henry Concklin, L. M. Miller, Geo. F. Wright, powers of cor. Loyal H. Jones, H. L. Douseman, their associates, succesporation. sors, and assigns, be, and the same are hereby created and o declared a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name, style, and title of the “Mississippi and Lake Erie Navigation Company,” by which name the subscribers shall have perpetual succession with full power to sue, and be sued, plead, and be impleaded, in all courts of record; to purchase, hold, and enjoy, all such property, both real and personal, as may be necessary and useful for the purposes of the company, and the same, at any time, to sell, mortgage, or assign ; may have and use a common seal, and the same may alter or renew at pleasure, and may also ordain and establish such byelaws, and other ordinances, not repugnant to the laws of the land, as may be convenient for the better regulation of themselves, their officers, and servants, and generally to do and perform all and singular the matters and things which to them shall lawfully appertain, for the well being of said corporation, and the due management and right ordering of the affairs of the same : Provided, that nothing herein contain

Banking pow-ed shall be construed as in any way giving the said company ers not con

ferred. any banking privileges whatever, or any other liberties, priv

ileges or franchises, but such as may be necessary, or incident to the business of transporting freight and passengers to and from the Mississippi river and Buffalo by way of the Wisconsin and Fox rivers and the lakes, and to and from the intermediate points on said rivers and lakes. SEc. 2. The capital stock of said company shall be one - hundred thousand dollars, to be divided into five thousand o shares of twenty dollars each : Procided, howerer, that at any regular annual meeting of the members of said corporation, the stockholders thereof may, by a vote representing not less than a majority in interest of said corporation, increase the capital stock thereof, to any amount not exceeding the sum of two hundred thousand dollars in the aggregate, which increase shall also be divided into shares of twenty dollars each.

Sec. 3. Henry S. Baird, L. M. Miller, and Henry Conklin, are hereby appointed a committee to call the first meeting of the persons named in the first section of this act, at First meeting such time and place as a majority of said committee shall ap-how called. point, at which meeting said company shall be organized by the choice of a president, five directors, and a treasurer; and there shall be appointed one or more commissioners, whose duty it shall be to procure subscriptions to the capital stock of said company, and suitable bye-laws shall be established for the government thereof.

Sec. 4. The president and directors shall meet from time Powers of the to time, at the call of the president, or of any two of the di- corporation. rectors, and a majority being present,' it chall constitute a quorum, when they may, in behalf of said company, employ such agents, make such purchases, sales, and transfers, and enter into such contracts as they may deem expedient to advance the best interests and prosperity of the company, they may audit and allow claims against the company, and take orders for the collection of debts due the same, and may authorize the president to draw on the treasurer for any funds in his hands belonging to the said company, to satisfy any obligation or liabilities thereof; and at every such meeting a true and faithful record shall be made in a suitable book,

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to be kept for that purpose, of all the acts, votes, and doings ceedings to be thereof, which record shall be signed by the president: Pro-"P" vided, that if at any such meeting the president be absent, the directors shall appoint, by ballot, one of their number to officiate as president pro. tem.

Sec. 5. The treasurer of said company shall give bond, with such penalty, and security as shall be approved by the president and directors, for the due discharge of the duties of Concerning his office, which bond shall be in the form prescribed by the o bye-laws of said company, and it shall be his duty to have charge of the subscription books of said company, and to record therein all transfers of stock made by any member of the same, together with the date of such transfer ; to keep a true and faithful account of all moneys by him received for the use of the company, with the date, and from what source the same was received, and at all times to disburse the same on the order of the president, and not otherwise ;

and at each annual meeting of the stockholders of said company, he shall render thereto, under oath, a full statement and account of the financial affairs of said company: Provided, that he shall also be liable at any other time, to account in like manner to the president and directors at their call, and for any default in the discharge of his duties, he may be removed from office by the vote of a majority of said president and directors.

Annual meet. Sec. 6. There shall be annually held a meeting of the . o stockholders, at such time as shall be prescribed by the byelaws, and at such place as shall be determined by vote of the stockholders at the last previous annual meeting, (the place for holding the first annual meeting to be determined by the meeting to be held under the provisions of the third section of this act,) at which meeting the president shall preside, and each stockholder may cast, either in person, or by proxy duly Officers to be authorized, one vote for every share for the first five, and one elected. additional vote for each and every additional five shares, by him or her owned in the stock of said company; and at such meeting the stockholders shall elect by ballot all officers pro

Rules and vided for in this act, a majority of the ballots cast being nebye-laws to be

... “cessary to constitute an election; and they may revise,

amend, and add to their code of bye-laws; and may prescribe by resolution, or otherwise such rules for the direction of their officers and the regulation of their affairs as may be deemed expedient: Provided, however, that if said stockholders shall at any such meeting fail to elect any of the officers provided for in this act, the officers of the previous year shall continue in office until the said officers shall be elected : and Provided further, that if at any time a vacancy shall occur in any of the offices mentioned in this act, either by death, resignation, or removal, the president and directors shall forthwith fill such vacancy, by appointment, which appointment shall continue until the next annual meeting.

Dividends Sec. 7. Dividends of so much of the nett profits of the when declar. company as shall appear advisable to the president and disd. rectors, shall be declared once in each year, which shall be

paid to the stockholders or their order by the treasurer, upon

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