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ceedings before the board, fifteen cents for each folio. No fees shall be charged or collected for copies of papers, records or official documents, furnished to public officers for use in their official capacity, or for the annual reports of the board in the ordinary course of distribution. All fees charged and collected by the board belong to the people of the state, and shall be paid quarterly, accompanied with a detailed statement thereof into the treasury of the state to the credit of the general fund.

§ 166. Annual report of board.—The board shall make an annual report on or before the second Monday in January in each year, which shall contain:

1. A record of their meetings and an abstract of their proceed. ings during the preceding year.

2. The result of any examination or investigation conducted by them.

3. Such statements, facts and explanations as will disclose the actual workings of the system of railroad transportation in its bearing upon the business and prosperity of the state, and such suggestions as to the general railroad policy of the state, of the amendment of its laws, or the condition, affairs or conduct of any railroad corporation, as may seem to them appropriate.

4. Drafts of all bills submitted by them to the legislature and the reasons therefor.

5. Such tables and abstracts of all the reports of all the railroad corporations as they may deem expedient.

6. A statement in detail of the traveling expenses and disbursements of the commissioners, their clerks, marshal and experts.

Five hundred copies of the report with the reports of the railroad corporations of the state, in addition to the regular number prescribed by law, shall be printed as a public document of the state, bound in cloth for the use of the commissioners, and to be distributed by them in their discretion to railroad corporations and other persons interested therein.

$ 167. Certified copies of papers filed to be evidence.Copies of all official documents filed or deposited according to law in the office of the board, certified by a member of the board or the secretary thereof to be true copies of the originals under the official seal of the board, shall be evidence in like manner as the originals.

§ 168. Acts prohibited.—No railroad commissioner shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or request from, or recommend to any

The Board of Railroad Commissioners.

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railroad corporation, or any officer, attorney or agent thereof, the appointment of any person to any place or position nor shall any railroad corporation, its attorney or agent, offer any place, appointment or position or other consideration to such commissioners, or either of them, nor to any clerk or employ of the commissioners or of the board ; neither shall the commissioners or either of them, nor their secretary, clerks, agents, employes or experts, accept, receive or request any pass from any railroad in this state, for themselves or for any other person, or any present, gift or gratuity of any kind from any railroad corporation ; and the request or acceptance by them, or either of them, of any such place or position, pass, presents, gifts or other gratuity shall work a forfeiture of the office of the commissioner or commissioners, secretary, clerk or clerks, agent or agents, employe or employes, expert or experts, requesting or accepting the same.

§ 169. Salaries and expenses of members and officers of board.—The annual salary of each commissioner shall be eight thousand dollars ; of the secretary six thousand dollars; of the marshal fifteen hundred dollars, of the accountant and of the inspector such sum as the board may fix, not exceeding three thousand dollars each ; of the clerical force such sums respectively as the board may fix. In the discharge of their official duties, the commissioners, their officers, clerks and all experts and agents whose services are deemed temporarily of importance, shall be transported over the railroads in this state free of charge upon passes signed by the secretary of state and the commissioners shall have reimbursed to them the necessary traveling expenses and disbursements of themselves, their officers, clerks and experts, not exceeding in the aggregate five hundred dollars per month. All salaries and disbursements shall be audited and allowed by the comptroller and paid monthly by the state treasurer upon the order of the comptroller out of the funds provided therefor. (As amended by chap. 534 of 1892.)

$ 170. Total annual expense to be borne by railroads.—The total annual expense of the board authorized by law, excepting only rent of offices and the cost of printing and binding the annual reports of the board as provided by law, shall not exceed sixty thousand dollars; and shall be borne by the several corporations owning or operating railroads according to their means, to be appointed by the comptroller, who, on or before July first, in each year, shall assess upon each of such corporations its pro

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portion of such expenses, one-half in proportion to its net income for the fiscal year next preceding that in which the assessment is made, and one-half in proportion to the length of its main road and branches, except that each corporation whose line of road lies partly within and partly without the state, shall in respect of its net income be assessed on a part bearing the same proportion to its whole net income that the line of its road within the state bears to the whole length of road, and in respect of its main road and branches shall be assessed only on that part which lies within the state. Such assessment shall be collected in the manner provided by law for the collection of taxes upon corporations. (As amended by chap 534 of 1892, $ 5; chap. 456 of 1896, § 1.)

$ 171. Application of this article.—The provisions of this article shall apply to all railroads within the state, and the corporations, receivers, trustees, directors or others, owning or operating the same or any of them, and to all sleeping and drawing. room car corporations, and to all other associations, partnerships or corporations engaged in transporting passengers or freight upon any such railroad as lessee or otherwise.

§ 172. Prizes.--The railroad commissioners may in ther discretion act as judges to award prizes which may be offered by any responsible person for improvements in machinery or appliances for operating railroads. (Added by chap. 452 of 1894.)

ARTICLE VII.

SECTIONS 180-183. (Repealed by chap. 676 of 1892.)

CHAPTER XL

OF THE GENERAL LAWS.

[CHAP. 566 OF 1890.]

THE TRANSPORTATION CORPORATIONS LAW.

ARTICLE I. Ferry corporations (SS 1-6).

II. Navigation corporations (S$ 10-13).
III. Stage coach corporations (SS 20-23).
IV. Tramway corporations (SS 30–33).

V. Pipe-line corporations (SS 40-54).
VI. Gas and electric light corporations (SS 60-70).
VII. Water-works corporations (SS 80–85).
VIII. Telegraph and telephone corporations (SS 100-105).
IX. Turnpike, plank-road and bridge corporations (SS 120–151).
X. Miscellaneous provisions (SS 160–163).

ARTICLE I.

FERRY CORPORATIONS,

SECTION 1. Short title of chapter.

2. Incorporation of ferry corporations.
3. Half of capital to be paid in before commencing business
4. Powers.
5. Effect of failure to pay in capital stock.
6. Posting schedule of rates.

SECTION 1. Short title of chapter. This chapter shall be known as the transportation corporations law.

§ 2. Incorporation of ferry corporations. — Three or more persons may become a corporation for conducting and managing a ferry, by executing, acknowledging and filing a certificate, stating the name of the corporation, the places from and to which the ferry established or to be established shall run ; the term not exceeding fifty years for which the corporation is to exist, the amount and number of shares of its capital stock ; the number of directors thereof, not less than three nor more than fifteen, and the names of the directors for the first year.

§ 3. Half of capital to be paid in before commencing busi ness.-No ferry corporation shall be authorized to commence business until at least one-half its capital shall have been actually

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