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institute for students, as provided in the act approved April 21, 1879,

entitled "An act to establish a state normal school."

Sec. 3. That this act shall be in force from its passage.

Approved June 23, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER IV.-An act to define the times of holding the terms of the district courts in the fifth judicial district of the State of Texas.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That hereafter the terms of the district courts of the fifth judicial district of the State of Texas, shall be holden at the times hereinafter specified, to wit: In the county of Cass, on the first Mondays in February and September, and may continue in session three weeks; in the county of Bowie, on the third Mondays after the first Mondays in February and September, and may continue in session two weeks; in the county of Morris, on the fifth Mondays after the first Mondays in February and September, and may continue in session one week; in the county of Titus, on the sixth Mondays after the first Mondays in February and September, and may continue in session two weeks; in the county of Franklin, on the eighth Mondays after the first Mondays in February and September, and may continue in session two weeks; in the county of Camp, on the tenth Mondays after the first Mondays in February and September, and may continue in session two weeks; in the county of Marion, on the twelfth Mondays after the first Mondays in February and September, and may continue in session six weeks; provided, that no jury shall be empanneled after the fourth week of said terms.

Sec. 2. That all writs and process returnable to said courts, shall be returnable to the terms of said courts as herein defined, and all such writs and process as have been issued, executed and returned, shall be as valid as if no change had been made in said courts by the passage of this act.

Sec. 3. That all laws in conflict herewith be and the same are hereby repealed.

Approved June 26, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

CHAPTER V.-An act making an appropriation to pay the interest on the public debt and to pay the sinking fund.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the following sums of money, or so much thereof as may be necessary to pay the interest and sinking fund on the public debt, are hereby appropriated:

1. For payment of interest on the public debt, due July 1,

1879

2. Interest due September 1, 1879. 3. Interest due January 1, 1880... 4. Interest due March 1, 1880...

.$157,912 75

26,470 00

157,713 00 26,470 00

5. Interest due July 1, 1880..... 6. Interest due September 1, 1880. 7. Interest due January 1, 1881..

$157,912 75 26,470 00 157,713 00

..$710,661 50

.$100,000 00

100,000 00

50,000 00

Total sinking fund....

.$250,000 00

Sec. 2. The fact that a large amount of the public interest will be due on the first day of July, 1879, creates an imperative public necessity for the suspension of the constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several days, said rule is therefore suspended; and the same fact creates an emergency that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage, it is therefore so enacted that this bill shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved June 28, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

Total interest

1. For sinking fund from September 1, 1878, to August 31, 1879 ..

...

2. For sinking fund for year ending August 31, 1880...
3. For sinking fund from August 31, 1880, to February 28,
1881 ..

CHAPTER VI.-An act defining and describing what funds shall constitute the available school fund, and repealing all laws in conflict therewith.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the one dollar poll tax levied and collected for the use of public free schools, exclusive of the costs of collection, the interest arising from any bonds or funds belonging to the permanent school fund, and all the interest derivable from the proceeds of sales of land heretofore set apart for the permanent school fund which have hitherto or may hereafter come into the state treasury, and such amount of the general revenue levied and collected after the thirty-first day of December, A. D. 1878, as the Legislature shall, from time to time, appropriate, shall constitute the available school fund, and shall be appropriated to the support and maintenance of the public free schools of this state.

Sec. 2. That section twelve (12) of "An act to establish and provide for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools," approved August 19, 1876, and so much of "An act amending and supplementing articles 4662, 4663, 4664, 4665, 4666, 4667 and 4668, inclusive, of chapter one, title 95 of the Revised Civil Statutes," adopted February 21, 1879, approved April 22, 1879, as amends article 4663 of Revised Civil Statutes, and article 3704, chapter three, title seventy-eight, and article 4663, chapter one, title ninety-five of "An act to adopt and establish the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas," passed February 21, 1879, and all laws or parts of laws levying or collecting, segregating or setting apart any part of the revenue for the support of public free schools, except as stated and provided for in the first section of this act, and all laws or parts of laws in conflict with this act be and the same are hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. That the limited period permitted for the session creates an emergency and imperative public necessity that requires the suspension of the rule requiring this bill to be read on three several days, and it is so enacted, and that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved July 2, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

CHAPTER VII.-An act to change and fix the times of holding the terms of the district courts in the eleventh judicial district of this state.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the district courts of the eleventh judicial district shall be holden at the times hereinafter specified to wit: In the county of Ellis on the first Mondays in February and September, and may continue in session. five (5) weeks; in the county of Dallas, on the second Mondays in March, May, October and December, and may continue in session until the business is disposed of.

Sec. 2. That all writs and process returnable to said courts shall be returnable to the terms of said courts as herein defined; and all such writs and process as have been issued, executed and returned, shall be as valid as if no change had been made in the time of holding said courts by the passage of this act.

Sec. 3. That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with the provisions of this act be and the same are hereby repealed.

Sec. 4. The near approach of the close of the present session of the Legislature creates an emergency which requires the suspension of the constitutional rule requiring all bills to be read upon three several days, and it is therefore suspended; and the further fact that the docket of Dallas county is crowded with business, and that the terms of the district court of Ellis county are, by this act, made to commence on the first Mondays in February and September, creates an imperative public necessity that this act take effect and be in force within ninety days, it is therefore enacted that this act take effect and be in force from and after the thirty-first day of August, A. D. 1879.

Approved July 2, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after the thirty-first day of August, 1879.

CHAPTER VIII.—An act to better provide for the prompt accounting for and payment of public moneys by tax collectors to the proper receiving officers.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That all tax collectors and other officers or appointees authorized to receive public moneys shall account for all moneys in their hands belonging to the state, and pay the same over to the state treasurer whenever and as often as they may be directed so to do by the comptroller of public accounts; provided, that tax collectors shall have thirty days from the date of such direction within which to comply with the same.

Sec. 2. That all tax collectors and other officers or appointees authorized to receive public moneys, shall account for all moneys in their hands belonging to their respective counties, cities or towns, and pay the same over to the respective county treasurers or city treasurers, whenever and as often as they may be directed so to do by the respective county judges, or county commissioners' courts, or mayor or board of aldermen; provided, that tax collectors shall have ten days from the date of such direction within which to comply with the same.

Sec. 3. The notification and direction provided for in the two preceding sections may be verbal, written or by telegram; and if written or by telegram, proof of the deposit in the postoffice or telegraph office of such notification and direction, with postage or charges duly prepaid and correctly addressed, shall be prima facie evidence of the fact of such notification and direction having been given, and of the time when the same was given.

Sec. 4. Every tax collector, or other officer or appointee, authorized to receive public moneys, failing wilfully or negligently to comply with such direction and notification, as prescribed in sections one and two of this act shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary for not less than three nor more than ten years.

Sec. 5. Prosecutions for failing to account for and pay over public moneys belonging to the state, as required by this act, shall be conducted in Travis county.

Sec. 6. Prosecutions for failing to account for and pay over public moneys belonging to the respective counties, cities or towns, as required by this act, shall be conducted in the county to which such public moneys may belong, or in the county where such city or town is situated.

Sec. 7. The provisions of this act shall be cumulative to the provisions of title ninety-five, chapter four of the Revised Civil Statutes, concerning the collection of taxes, and of title four, chapter three of the Criminal Code, concerning the mis-application of public moneys, except where the latter may be in conflict with this act; and the provisions of said titles and chapters when in conflict with this act, and all other acts in conflict with this act, are hereby repealed.

Sec. 8. Whereas, there exists an imperative public necessity that the revenues of the state and counties shall at once become available; be it further enacted, that this act shall take effect from and after its passage. Approved July 2, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER IX.-An act to postpone the time for the forced collection of taxes by levy and sale, until the 31st day of October, A. D. 1879, in such county or counties in this state as had no legal collector of taxes for the twelve months prior to the first day of March, A. D. 1879.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the time for the collection of all back taxes by seizure, levy or sale, in each and every county in this state which had no legal collector of taxes for twelve months prior to the first day of March, A. D. 1879, is hereby extended until the thirty-first day of October, A. D. 1879.

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the collector of taxes, in such county or counties as come under the provisions of section one of this act, to use all necessary diligence to collect the taxes due and unpaid in his county, but he is hereby prohibited from the seizure or sale of property until the said thirty-first day of October, A. D. 1879.

Sec. 3. If any person, firm, corporation or association of persons, shall fail or refuse to pay the taxes imposed by law and which are due and unpaid, in such county or counties as are mentioned in the caption and first section of this act, until the said thirty-first day of October, A. D. 1879, the collector of taxes in said county shall forthwith and promptly seize, levy upon and sell so much property belonging to such person, firm, corporation or association of persons, whether residents or non-residents, as may be sufficient to pay his or their taxes and penalties due, together with all costs accruing thereon in accordance with the law then in force for the collection of delinquent taxes.

Sec. 4. Whereas, the time for the forced collection of taxes is already at hand, therefore, an imperative public necessity and an emergency exists demanding the suspension of the constitutional rule requiring a bill to be read on three several days, it is therefore suspended, and that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage, and it is therefore so enacted.

Approved July 2, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

CHAPTER X.-An act to diminish the civil jurisdiction of the county court of Navarro county and to conform the jurisdiction of the district court of said county to such change.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the county court of Navarro county shall have and exercise the general jurisdiction of a probate court; shall probate wills, appoint guardians of minors, idiots, lunatics, persons non compos mentis and common drunkards, grant letters testamentary and of administration, settle accounts of executors, administrators and guardians, transact all business appertaining to the estates of deceased persons, minors, idiots, lunatics, persons non compos mentis and common drunkards, including the settlement, partition and distribution of estates of deceased persons, and to apprentice minors as provided by law, and to issue all writs necessary to the enforcement of its said jurisdiction, to punish contempts under such provisions as are or may be provided by general law governing county courts throughout the state; but said county court of Navarro county shall have no other civil jurisdiction whatsoever.

Sec. 2. That said county court shall have and exercise such jurisdiction over and pertaining to criminal matters and proceedings as by general laws of this state is conferred upon county courts.

Sec. 3. That the district court of said Navarro county shall have and exercise jurisdiction in all civil matters and causes over which, by the general laws of this state, the county court of said county would have jurisdiction, except as provided in section one of this act; and that all causes other than probate matters, and such as are provided by sections one and two of this act, be and the same are hereby transferred to

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