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[ No. 85. ] AN ACT to provide for the preservation of bridges, in certain
ers to erect
Section 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That the Commia'ion commissioners of highways of the several townships in this piers, &c., to State, may and they are hereby authorized to erect any piers protect bridges.
or booms, or drive any piles, or do any other act, not incompatible with the general laws of this State, in such cases made and provided, when necessary for the preservation or protection of bridges over any streams in this State, against the running of
logs, or running or rafting of timber or lumber, or against Proviso." freshets or any other cause: Provided, That nothing in this act
shall be so construed as to authorize the commissioners of highways, in the protection or preservation of bridges, in any way materially to hinder or obstruct the navigation of the streams
of this State. Oompensa Sec. 2. The commissioners of highways shall receive the
same compensation as is by law allowed in other cases, and all
Sec. 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
tion there. for.
[ No. 86. ] AN ACT to amend an act entitled an act to re-organize the
township of Garden Island, and to change the name of said township.
Section 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That all that portion of Beaver Island lying north of a parallel with the quarter line running east and west through sections twentyseven, twenty-eight and twenty-nine, township thirty-nine north, of range ten west, and High Island, Trout Island, Whiskey Island, Squaw Island, Garden Island, Hog Island and Hat Island, and all of the bars and shoals eontiguous to said islands,
shall be organized into a township by the name of Chandler; and the first township meeting shall be held at the schoolhouse First elecin school district number twe, in the village of St. James; and that James T. Bailey, Flavius J. Smith and Edward O'Brien, are Inspectors hereby authorized to act as inspectors of election at said township meeting.
Sec. 2. This act shall take immediate effect.
Approved March 1, 1861.
[No. 87. J
AN ACT to attach certain unorganized territory to the county of Iosco.
SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That the unorganized county of Ogemaw be and the same is hereby attached to the county of Iosco, and that for municipal and taxable purposes, it is hereby attached to the township of Tawas, in said county of Iosco.
Sec. 2. All acts and parts of acts contravening the provisions of this act are hereby repealed.
Sec. 3. This act shall take immediate effect.
[ No. 88. ]
AN ACT to provide for holding inquests on the view of dead bodies within the cities of this State, by the coroners of the counties in which they are situate.
When justi. ces to act as coroners.
SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That it shall not be competent for justices of the peace, within the incorporated cities of this State in which a county coroner resides, to hold inquests on the view of dead bodies, unless both of the coroners of the county in which they are situate shall be absent, or incapacitated to act, from sickness, or otherwise; but such inquests, within said city, shall be held by one Inquests, of the coroners elected for the county in which such cities are
of former acts
Coroners may sum. mon sur
severally situate, whenever, in the judgment of such coroner, an inquest shall be necessary, and that the coroners' juries
shall consist of six persons only. Application Sec. 2. That all provisions of law relating to holding such
inquests by justices of the peace, are hereby made applicable to inquests held, or to be held, under this act; and that all powers, by the general laws of the State conferred upon justices of the peace, relative to such inquests, are hereby conferred upon the coroneis of the several counties aforesaid.
Sec. 3. That any coroner holding such inquest, shall have power to summon the attendance of a competent surgeon, whenever he shall deem such attendance necessary; and a chemist may be employed in cases affording reasonable ground of suspicion that death has been produced by poison. Any chemist
or surgeon so employed shall, upon the certificate of the coroner Compensa acting in the case, receive such compensation for his or their
services as shall be allowed by the county auditors of Wayne county, or the supervisors of other counties, as is otherwise provided by law.
Approved March 1, 1861.
[ No. 89. ] AN ACT to change the name of the township of Little Sauble,
in the county of Mason. Section 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That the township of Little Sauble, in the county of Mason, shall be hereafter known and designated by the name of Lincoln.
Approved March 1, 1861.
[ No. 90. ] AN ACT authorizing the transfer, by the board of control, of a
grant of land made to this State by an act of Congress, passed June third, eighteen hundred and and fifty-six, to aid in the construction of a railroad from Marquette, on Lake Supeperior, to the Wisconsin State line, and the re-location of the same.
Whereas, The Marquette and State line railroad company Preamble: have heretofore consolidated with the Chicago, St. Paul and Fond du Lac railroad company, of Wisconsin, and said company having become insolvent, and all its property in Wisconsin transferred to another company: And whereas, The most practicable route for a railroad connecting Lake Superior with the system of railroads in Wisconsin, should be located on a different route from the one heretofore partially selected, namely: from Marquette to the mouth of the Menominee River; therefore,
Section 1. The People of the State of Michigan enaet, That for the purpose of placing the aforesaid lands, franchises, rights, Part of act
repealed. powers and privileges, which are or may be granted in pursuance of said act of Congress, approved June third, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, to aid in the construction of a railroad from Marquette to the Wisconsin State line, near the mouth of the Menominee river, in a position to encourage the early construction of said road, do hereby repeal so much of section two of “an act to repeal section twenty of an act disposing of certain lands for railroad purposes, approved February fourteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven," approved February fifteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-nine, as relates to the extension of the time to complete the first section of twenty miles of the Marquette and State line railroad, or any other act amendatory thereto, and do hereby place the same in charge of the board of Board of control, who shall have power, and is hereby made their duty, power and
duly of. to confer said lands, franchiscs, rights, powers and privileges upon some other competent party or company under the general regulation and restrictions of an act disposing of certain grants of land made to the State of Michigan for railroad purposes, by
The board to divide
an act of Congress, approved June third, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, and approved February fourteenth, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, and all acts amendatory thereto.
Sec. 2. The board of control are hereby authorized to divide the line of the line of railroad aforesaid, into two equal parts, and to con
fer said lands, franchises, rights, powers and privileges to two different parties or companies, and to require each of them to construct, within one year from the passage of this act, at least ten miles consecutively of said line of railroad, and ten miles cach succeeding year until the same is completed, or said transfer by the board of control shall be void, in which case the board of control shall have the right to confer the aforesaid lands, franchises, rights, powers and privileges to some other
competent party. Repeal. Sec. 3. All acts or parts of acts contravening the provisions
of this act are hereby repealed.
Sec. 4. This act shall take immediate effect.
[ No. 91. ] AN ACT to change the name of John Gregg to Charles Wel
SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That the name of John Gregg, adopted child of Welcome Hill, of the township of Leoni, in the county of Jackson, in this State, be and the same is hereby changed to Charles Welcome Hill: Provided, That this act shall not take effect until the said Welcome Hill shall execute, acknowledge and file in the office of the judge of probate of the county of Jackson, an instrument in writing, under his hand and seal, adopting the said John Gregg as his lawful heir: And provided further, That in such case, the said Welcome Hill shall thereupon stand in the place of a parent to said child-in-law, and be liable to all the duties, and entitled to all the rights of a parent thereto, and the said John