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LIBEL LAW.

CHAPTER XXVI.

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S. B. No. 25.]—An Act to define civil libel, to declare certain newspaper

reports to be privileged communications; to allow certain matters to be pleaded and proved in mitigation of exemplary damages in civil libel cases, and to declare an emergency. RAILROADS_FIXING VENUE OF SUITS AGAINST.

CHAPTER XXVII. S. S. B. No. 35.]–An Act to fix the venue of suits against railroad corpora

tions or against any assignee, trustee or receiver operating railways for damages arising from personal injuries, resulting in death or otherwise, and to repeal all laws and parts of laws in conflict with the provisions of this act

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MINERAL SURVEY OF PUBLIC LANDS.

CHAPTER XXVIII. H. B. No. 135.)-An Act to provide for a mineral survey of the lands belong

ing to the public schools, University and asylums or of the State, and to make appropriation therefor; and to provide a penalty for unlawfully disclosing information obtained by such survey; and to loan and authorize the removal to the University of the geological and scientific equipments, collections, specimens and publications now in charge of the Commissioner of Agriculture, Insurance, Statistics and History; and also declaring an emergency

SOUTHWEST TEXAS NORMAL SCHOOL.

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CHAPTER XXIX.

S. B. No. 142.)—An Act to provide for the organization, control, manage.

ment and active operation of the Southwest Texas Normal School, located at San Marcos, Hays county, Texas; the control and improvement of the grounds belonging to the same; the erection of the necessary buildings for said school; furniture for same, water, lighting and heating of said build

ings; and appropriating money for those purposes..... PRAIRIE VIEW NORMAL COLLEGE-ESTABLISHING COURSE, AND

MAKING APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.

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CHAPTER XXX.

S. B. No. 17.)-An Act to establish and maintain a four year college course

of classical and scientific studies at the Prairie View Normal and Industrial College at Prairie View, Waller county, Texas..

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COKE COUNTY-ROAD LAW.

CHAPTER XXXI.

S. B. No. 24.]-An Act to amend an act passed by the Twenty-sixth Legisla

ture in the year A. D. 1899, entitled "An Act to amend Chapter 134, Sections Nos. 1, 7 and 15, of the General Laws of the Twenty-fourth Legislature, of an act to create a more efficient road system for Hill, Coke, Hunt, Jackson, Bee and Victoria counties, Texas; and making the county commissioners of said counties ex-officio road commissioners, and prescribing their duties as such; providing for their compensation as road commissioners; providing for the appointment of deputy road commissioners, and defining the powers and duties of said commissioners; and providing for the appointment of road overseers and defining their duties; and for the working of county convicts upon the public roads of said counties; and providing for officers' fees and rewards for the capture of escaped convicts; and providing for the manner of trimming of hedges along any

public road; and providing for the summoning of teams for road work, and for an allowance of time of road service for same; and fixing a penalty for the violation of this act; and repealing all laws in conflict with this act,” so as to exempt Coke county from the provisions of said act, and place it under the general provisions of the Constitution and statutes of the State pertaining to public roads; and repeal all laws in conflict with this act in so far as relate to Coke county.

CLAY COUNTY-ROAD LAW.

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CHAPTER XXXII.

H. B. No. 53.]-An Act to create a more efficient road system for Clay

county, Texas, and making the county commissioners of said county ex-officio road commissioners; prescribing their duties as such; providing for their compensation as road commissioners; providing for the appointment of deputy road commissioners, and defining their duties; for the working of county convicts partly on farm and partly on public roads, or other public works of said county; for compensation of said convicts; offering suitable rewards for recapture of convicts, charging costs of same against said convicts; in discretion of said court, providing mode of punishment for insubordination of convicts; providing for the condemnation of any land needed for road purposes; providing for taking timber, gravel, earth, stone or other material for the improvement of the roads; providing for annual reports of road commissioners and their deputies; for contracting out work when deemed necessary; providing for penalty for violation of this act; repealing all laws in conflict with this act.

37 FORT BEND COUNTY--AN ACT EXTENDING RELIEF TO.

CHAPTER XXXIII. H. B. No. 217.]--An Act to extend relief to Fort Bend county, and to author.

ize said county to have certain bonds heretofore issued by it canceled and annulled ; and providing service by publication to the holders thereof where their names or residence is unknown..

40 RANGER FORCE-ORGANIZATION OF.

CHAPTER XXXIV. H. B. No. 52.]-An Act to provide for the organization of a “Ranger Force”

for the protection of the frontier against marauding and thieving parties, and for the suppression of lawlessness and crime throughout the State; to prescribe the duties and powers of members of such force, and to regulate their compensation ....

41 EVIDENCE-ABSTRACT OF TITLES COMPETENT EVIDENCE WHEN.

CHAPTER XXXV. H. B. No. 147.]—An Act to amend an act entitled "An Act to amend Article

2313, Chapter 4, Title XL, of the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas, 1895, relating to the introduction of certain abstracts of title as evidence," passed by the Twenty-fifth Legislature, being Chapter 108,

of the General Laws of the Regular Session thereof.....

44 RAILROADS--ACQUIRING RIGHT OF WAY FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES.

CHAPTER XXXVI. S. B. No. 16.]–An Act to amend an act entitled "An Act to amend Article

4445 of the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas, and to authorize railroad corporations to acquire new right of way for the purpose of short; ening the line or reducing the grades," being Chapter 68 of the General Laws of the State of Texas, passed at the Regular Session of the Twentysixth Legislature, and to authorize railroad corporations to acquire new right of way for the purpose of shortening the line or reducing the grades, and to acquire land for the construction of reservoirs for water supply,

and to provide that the limitation of width prescribed in Article 4425 of the Revised Civil Statutes shall not apply to real estate acquired for purposes other than right of way, and that such other real estate need not adjoin or abut on the right of way... COKE COUNTY, KIMBLE COUNTY-JURISDICTION OF COUNTY

COURT.

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CHAPTER XXXVII.

H. B. No. 23.)-An Act to restore to and confer upon the county courts of

Coke county and Kimble county the civil and criminal jurisdiction heretofore belonging to said courts under the Constitution and general statutes of the State; to conform the jurisdiction of the district court of said counties to such change; and to repeal all laws in conflict with the provisions of this act in so far as they relate to Coke and Kimble counties..

HOOD COUNTY-ROAD SYSTEM.

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CHAPTER XXXVIII. H. B. No. 64.]–An Act to provide a more efficient public road system for the county of Hood THIRTY-SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT-REORGANIZATION OF.

CHAPTER XXXIX. H. B. No. 122.]- An Act to reorganize the Thirty-second Judicial District of

Texas, and to designate the counties which compose the same; to prescribe the time for holding the district courts therein; to validate all process, writs and bonds issued or executed prior to the taking effect of this act, and returnable to the terms of said court as heretofore fixed by law, and to make same returnable to the terms of said court as fixed in this act, and to repeal all laws and parts of laws in conflict herewith..

LEON COUNTY-ROAD SYSTEM.

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CHAPTER XL.

H. B. No. 244.]-An Act to create a more efficient road system for Leon

county, Texas, and making county commissioners of said county ex-officio road commissioners, and prescribing their duties as such, and providing for their compensation as road commissioners; and defining the powers and duties of such county commissioners: and providing for the appointment of road overseers, and defining their duties; and for the working of county convicts on the public roads of said county: and providing for officers' fees and rewards and penalties for said convicts, and rewards for the capture of escaped convicts: and to provide for the manner of training and maintaining hedges along all public roads; and to provide for the summoning of teams for road work, and for allowance for time of road service for the same; and fixing a penalty for violation of this act: and to repeal all laws in conflict herewith..

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CORYELL COUNTY-ROAD SYSTEM.

CHAPTER XLI.

H. B. No. 249.)--An Act to create a more efficient road system for Coryell

county, Texas, and making the county commissioners of said county ex-officio road commissioners, and prescribing their duties as such, and providing for their compensation as such road commissioners: prescribing the duties of the road overseers : providing for exclusive use of road funds on public roads, and for ordering an election : providing for the payment of a tax by road hands in lieu of working the roads : providing a compensation to be allowed for use of tools and teams on road: providing for the condemnation of land for public road purposes; providing for the working of delinquent poll taxpayers on public roads, and relieving them from such work by the payment of three dollars; providing for the amount of money

to be paid to hands on road; and providing further, making this law cumulative of the General Laws of the State, and in case of a conflict, this act to govern as to Coryell county, and declaring an emergency.

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS-AUTHORITY TO LEVY TAXES

FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES.

CHAPTER XLII. H. B. No. 106.]-An Act to authorize independent school districts which have

been or may hereafter be created by special act of the Legislature to levy and collect taxes for the support, maintenance and equipment of public schools; to issue and sell bonds for the purchase of school sites and the erection, equipment and furnishing of school buildings; to further define and declare the duties of trustees in the conduct of such districts; to make it the duty of the Attorney General to examine said bonds and to approve the same if satisfied that they are valid and binding obligations of the district by which they purport to have been issued; and to repeal those provisions of special laws creating such districts which may contlict with this act

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AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 642, REVISED STATUTES OF TEXAS.

CHAPTER XLIII.

H. B. No. 433.)-An Act to amend Subdivision 39, of Article 642, of Chapter

130, of the Acts of the Regular Session of the Twenty-fifth Legislature, entitled "An Act to amend Articles 641 and 642, Chapter 2, Title XXI, of the Revised Civil Statutes of Texas, relating to corporations," and to add to said Article 642 three new subdivisions, to be known as Subdivisions 58, 59 and 60, providing for the organization of fruit, vegetable and tobacco companies, and for the organization of exchanges, with authority to deal in the stocks of mining companies and for conducting the business of undertaker and embalıner.

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HILL, GRIMES, COOKE, HUNT, JACKSON, BEE, VICTORIA AND

FALLS COUNTIES-ROAD SYSTEM-AMENDMENT.

CHAPTER XLIV.

H. B. No. 196.]-An Act to amend Chapter 134 of the General Laws of the

Twenty-fourth Legislature, as amended by the Twenty-sixth Legislature, entitled “An Act to create a more eflicient road system for Hill, Grimes, Cooke, Hunt, Jackson, Bee and Victoria counties, Texas, and making county commissioners of said counties ex-officio road commissioners, and prescribing their duties as such, and providing for their compensation as road commissioners; and providing for the appointment of deputy road commissioners, and defining the powers and duties of such county commissioners; and providing for the appointment of road overseers, and defining their duties; and for the working of county convicts upon the public roads of said counties; and providing for oflicers' fees and rewards for the capture of escaped convicts; and to provide for the manner of training hedges along any public road; and to provide for the summoning of teams for road work, and for an allowance of time of road service for same; and fixing a penalty for the violation of this act, and repeal all laws in conllict with this act,” by extending the provisions of this act to Falls county; and providing for the fees of county judge where convicts are worked upon the public roads, and declaring an emergency..

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY-ROAD SYSTEM.

CHAPTER XLV.

S. B. No. 212.]--An Act to provide a more efficient public road system for

the county of Montgomery.

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MATAGORDA COUNTY-ROAD SYSTEM.

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CHAPTER XLVI. H. B. No. 360.]—An Act to create a more efficient road system for Mata

gorda county, Texas, and making the county commissioners of said county ex-officio road commissioners, and prescribing their duties as such, and providing for their compensation as such road commissioners; and providing for the working of county convicts upon the public roads of said county, and providing for a penalty for the escape of county convicts; and providing the amount of compensation in road time to be allowed by overseers to road hands for teams and road work; and providing for the condemnation of land for public road purposes; and providing for the working of delinquent poll taxpayers on the public roads, and relieving road hands from the performance of road work by the payment of the sum of three dollars; and providing for elections for issuance for bonds for bridge purposes ; and providing further, making this law cumulative of the General Laws, and in case of a conflict this act to govern as to Matagorda county, Texas, and creating an emergency. RUSK COUNTY-BRAZOS COUNTY-ROAD SYSTEM.

CHAPTER XLVII. H. B. No. 497.]—An Act to create a more efficient road system for Rusk and

Brazos counties, and further defining the duties of county commissioners, and providing for the appointment of road superintendents, and defining their powers and duties; providing for the working of county convicts and delinquent poll taxpayers on the public roads of said counties; providing for the rewards and penalties for escaped convicts, and providing for the relieving of delinquent poll taxpayers from road duty by the payment of three dollars; providing for the appointment, the duties and powers of road overseers; prescribing penalties for road overseers and road hands when they fail to comply with the requirements of the law as herein defined ; providing for the summoning of teams and tools with hands, and for penalties upon failure to comply; providing for the adoption of a system of road working by the commissioners court of said counties; providing for the relieving of road hands from road service upon the payment of four dollars; providing for the making this law cumulative of the General Laws of the State, and in case of conflict this act to govern as to Rusk and Brazos counties, and to repeal all laws in conflict with this act, and providing an emergency.

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RAINS COUNTY-AMENDMENT TO ROAD LAW.

CHAPTER XLVIII.

H. B. No. 229.)-An Act to amend Chapter 35, of the General Laws of the

Twenty-fifth Legislature, said chapter being entitled “An Act to create a more efficient road system for Rains county, Texas; making provision for the appointment by the commissioners court of said county of a road commissioner for said county; prescribing his duties and compensation; providing for the appointment of road overseers; defining their duties and liabilities; providing for the working of county convicts and delinquent poll taxpayers upon the public roads of said county, and regulating the same; providing for officers' fees and rewards in convicti convicts and recapturing convicts; for the summoning of teams and tools for road work, and compensation for same; and providing penalties for violation of this act; and to repeal all laws in conflict with this act”; and providing for county commissioners to act as road commissioners, by changing Section 18 to Section 19, and adding between Sections 17 and 19 Section 18, and by amending Section 11....

FAYETTE, UVALDE AND FRIO COUNTIES–ROAD SYSTEM.

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CHAPTER XLIX.

H. B. No. 240.]-An Act to create a more efficient road system for Fayette,

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