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Stephens County—act legalizing sale of land belonging to, in and near Breckinridge

Travis County-act authorizing forced sales in, to be made at certain place repealed Terry Rangers-authorized to erect a monument to their dead in state cemetery, at Austin. Victoria-charter amended.

Waxahachie Town-authorized to transfer its stock in Waxahachie Tap railroad.

Waxahachie Tap Railroad- -town of Waxahachie authorized to transfer its

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Wilson, Mrs. M. A. C.-act for relief of.

Wilson County-sales of certain lots and blocks in Floresville, binding on. Whitis, Mrs. Florence-authorized to make change in Laurel street, in the city of Austin..

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THE STATE OF TEXAS

PASSED AT THE

SPECIAL SESSION OF THE SIXTEENTH LEGISLATURE

CONVENED

AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN

JUNE 10TH, 1879, AND ADJOURNED JULY 9TH, 1879.

BY AUTHORITY.

GALVESTON

VER

GENERAL LAWS OF TEXAS.

CHAPTER I.—An act making an appropriation for mileage and per diem pay of members, and per diem pay of officers and employees of the first called session of the Sixteenth Legislature.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the sum of forty thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, be and the same is hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated for the payment of mileage and per diem pay of the members, and the payment of the per diem pay of the officers and employees of the first called session of the Sixteenth Legislature.

Sec. 2. That the certificate of the secretary of the senate, approved by the president thereof, or the certificate of the chief clerk of the House, approved by the speaker thereof, shall be sufficient evidence to the comptroller, upon which he shall audit the claims and issue his warrants upon the treasurer for the respective amounts.

Sec. 3. That the balance of moneys remaining in the treasury, heretofore appropriated for the per diem pay and mileage of the members, and the per diem pay of officers and employees of any preceding session of the Legislature of the State of Texas, be and the same is hereby reappropriated for the purposes specified in this act.

Sec. 4. And, whereas, the first called session of the Sixteenth Legislature, for the payment of the members and officers of which this law is enacted, is now in session, and public policy requires their payment; therefore, an imperative public necessity exists that the rule requiring this bill to be read on three several days be suspended and it is so enacted, and that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage. Approved June 18, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER II.-An act making an appropriation to defray the contingent expenses of the Sixteenth Legislature, convened on June 10th, 1879, in extra session, by proclamation of the governor.

Whereas, It is of sufficient public importance that the contingent expenses of the extra session of the Sixteenth Legislature be promptly paid in order that the material furnished and labor performed may be procured at cash prices; therefore,

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Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the sum of ten thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to pay the contingent expenses of the extra session of the Sixteenth Legislature; and that the approval by the chairman of the committee on contingent expenses of either house, countersigned by the president of the Senate or speaker of the House, as the case may be, shall be sufficient authority to authorize the comptroller to issue his warrant on the state treasurer for the payment of any account against said fund.

Sec. 2. That the public importance of the objects herein contemplated, and the peculiar circumstances of the members and the employees of the Sixteenth Legislature creates an imperative public necessity and emergency fully authorizing the suspension of the constitutional rule requiring the reading of bills upon three several days, and the said hereby suspended, and this act shall be in force and take effect from and after its passage. Approved June 18, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER III.-An act supplementary to "an act to establish a State Normal School," approved April 21, 1879.

Whereas, The citizens of Huntsville, Walker county, have tendered to the state a warrantee title to the buildings and grounds lately known as "Austin College," located at Huntsville, at which place the "Sam Houston Normal Institute" has been established by the fore-recited act, but the chain of title is not perfect so as to vest a clearly legal title in the state, and further time is required to formally perfect the title; and,

Whereas, the said citizens have paid the purchase money due on said buildings and grounds, and have been placed in possession of the same and are desirous of delivering possession of the same in good repair to the state for the establishment of said institute, and propose to guarantee to the state a perfect title to the same; and,

Whereas, it is important that said institute be opened at the earliest day practicable, which creates an emergency for the immediate passage and taking effect of this act; therefore,

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the state board of education is authorized and required to accept possession of said buildings and grounds from the citizens of Huntsville, on receiving from them such bond or guarantee of a valid legal title to the same in the state within twelve months from the passage of this act, the bond or guarantee to be payable to the state, and in such sum, not to exceed fifty thousand dollars, and conditioned as the governor and attorney general shall prescribe; and a further guarantee from said citizens that said buildings shall be placed in such reasonable repair as the board of education may require, including a new plank fence around. the grounds.

Sec. 2. That on receiving such guarantees and possession of said buildings and grounds, it shall be the duty of said board to establish rules and regulations, appoint a local board of directors and open said.

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