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authorized and empowered to sell and transfer upon such terms and in such mode as to them may seem best for the interest of said town and the citizens thereof, all interest owned by said town as stock or right thereto, as well as all interest or right in or to shares of stock in the capital stock of the Waxahachie Tap railroad company.

Sec. 2. Whereas, a necessity exists for the immediate sale and transfer of the stock mentioned in the preceding section to advance the interests of said town, it is hereby declared to be a case of emergency, and that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 11, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER V.-An act to repeal an act entitled "an act to authorize and require all forced sales of real estate and sales of negroes made by executors and administrators in the county of Travis, to be made on Congress avenue, at the southeast corner of Block No. 70," approved November 28, 1857.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the above recited act be and the same is hereby repealed.

Approved March 13, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

CHAPTER VI.-An act to incorporate the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in and for the State of Texas, under and by the name and style of the Grand Lodge of Texas.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons in and for the State of Texas, now or hereafter acting under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Texas, be and are hereby incorporated under and by the name and style. of "The Grand Lodge of Texas," and by that name shall have and exercise corporate powers, and by that name shall have perpetual succession of officers and members; shall have a common seal, which may be changed at the pleasure of the Grand Lodge; shall have full power to take and acquire, hold and enjoy real and personal property; to sue for and recover all sum or sums of money or property of any description, and shall have the right to sell, alien and convey its property of all kinds, at its will and pleasure, and to incumber by mortgage with usual clauses, or such clauses as it pleases, any or all of its property in such manner as may be deemed expedient by the Grand Lodge, and shall in like manner have the right to borrow money and to execute its obligations therefor in such form as may be prescribed by the Grand Lodge, or that may be approved by said Grand Lodge when obligations have already issued by the said Grand Lodge.

Sec. 2. That all subordinate lodges heretofore chartered by the Grand Lodge of Texas, and now existing, and all lodges which may hereafter be chartered by said Grand Lodge, shall constitute and form parts and parcels of the Grand Lodge incorporated by this act, under the name or

names by which such subordinate lodges were or may be chartered; and such subordinate lodges shall have the right to sue and be sued by their corporate name, and shall have the right to acquire and hold real or personal property, and to sell or mortgage the same, but the power to sell or mortgage shall be subject to such conditions or prerequisites as may be from time to time established by said Grand Lodge, and no sale or mortgage shall be made except by the previously obtained consent of the Grand Lodge. Such subordinate lodges shall at all times be subject to the jurisdiction and control of said Grand Lodge, and subject, as heretofore, to have their charters revoked by said Grand Lodge. Upon the demise of any subordinate lodge, all property and rights existing in such lodge shall pass to and vest in the Grand Lodge, subject in its hands to the payment of all debts due by such subordinate lodge, but the Grand Lodge shall never be liable for any sum greater than the actual cash value of the effects of such subordinate lodge actually received by it or its authority.

Sec. 3. This act is declared to be a public general statute and shall as such be taken notice of by all courts and in all places.

Sec. 4. The charter under which the Grand Lodge of Texas is now acting being defective, creates an imperative public necessity and emergency which requires that this act should be immediately passed, and to to take effect and be in force from and after its passage, and it is so enacted. Approved March 19, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER VII.-An act to amend section two of the charter of the corporation of Victoria, and to provide for certain changes caused thereby.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That section two of the present charter of the corporation of Victoria be, and is hereby so amended as hereafter to read as follows:

"Section 2. That the bounds and limits of said town, and within which said corporation shall exercise lawful jurisdiction, shall include and comprehend the territory embraced within the metes and bounds. now laid out and designated as the town proper of said town, and continued within one mile square so known and designated as the town proper of the town of Victoria; provided, that all streets, alleys, roads or highways, as heretofore laid out or established within the territory relieved from the jurisdiction of the said corporation under this act, are declared to be so set apart for public use, and shall remain forever as so established; and provided further, that all lots or parcels of lots of land or subdivisions of the same which at the time of the passage of this act did belong to the said corporation of the town of Victoria, situated in said territory cut off under this act from the jurisdiction of the aforesaid corporation, shall remain the property of the said corporation of Victoria; and provided further, that all taxes due prior to January 1, 1879, to said corporation from any person or property within the territory cut off from the jurisdiction as aforesaid, shall exist as claims against said persons or property, and due to said corporation, and subject to collection as provided by the laws regulating the assessment and collection of taxes." Approved March 19, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

CHAPTER VIII.-An act authorizing and requiring the commissioner of the general land office to issue patents to certain lands granted to the Bayland Orphans' Home, situated on Galveston bay, Harris county, Texas.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the commissioner of the general land office be authorized and required to issue patents to the Bayland Orphans' Home, situated on Galveston bay, Harris county, Texas, to the amount of forty-eight thousand six hundred and thirty-five acres donated to said Bayland Orphans' Home by the act of the Legislature of 1873, in accordance with the field notes and plats of the subdivisions of such lands now on file in the general land office.

Sec. 2. That so much of the act of the Legislature of 1873 as requires the patenting of said lands to said Bayland Orphans' Home in tracts of three hundred and twenty acres each be and the same is hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. Whereas, it is indispensable that this act take effect immediately to prevent the dissolution of the Bayland Orphans' Home, an emergency exists, this act shall go into effect immediately after its passage; owing to the fact that this session of the Legislature is near its close, there is an imperative public necessity requiring the reading of this bill for three several days be dispensed with.

Approved March 20, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER IX.-An act for the relief of Mrs. M. A. C. Wilson, widow of William F. Wilson.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That headright land certificate number one thousand and forty-six, second class, for six hundred and forty acres, granted and issued to William F. Wilson, December 6, 1838, be and the same is hereby approved as a valid and subsisting claim against the state, and that the commissioner of the general land office do issue a patent thereupon when the same shall have been located, as for an unconditional certificate.

Sec. 2. That bounty land warrant number five thousand and thirtyone, for six hundred and forty acres of land, issued September 6, 1838, be and is hereby approved as a valid and subsisting claim against the state, and that the commissioner of the general land office do issue a patent thereupon whenever the same shall have been located.

Approved March 22, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

CHAPTER X.-An act for the relief of the heirs of Alexander S. Green, deceased, late of Brazoria county, State of Texas; and Matthew Dockery, now a citizen of Lavaca county, State of Texas.

Whereas, Alexander S. Green immigrated to the State of Texas in the / year 1835, and served in the army of Texas nine months, from the first day of October, 1836, to the thirtieth day of June, 1837, for which he received a bounty land warrant, which is on file in the general land office,

and did thereafter remain a good and law-abiding citizen of the Republic of Texas up to the time of his death, and did never receive the headright to which he was entitled by the laws of the Republic of Texas; now therefore,

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Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the commissioner of the general land office is hereby authorized and required to issue to the heirs of Alexander S. Green, deceased, a headright certificate for six hundred and forty acres of land, to which he was entitled by the laws of the Republic of Texas;

And, whereas, Matthew Dockery, now a citizen of Lavaca county, State of Texas, immigrated to the State of Texas about the month of February, in the year 1837, and has continued to reside in the State of Texas ever since; that at the time of his immigration he was a single man, over the age of twenty-one years; that he married in the State of Texas, on the fourteenth day of June, 1838; that, under the laws of Texas. in force at the time of his immigration, he was entitled as a single man to six hundred and forty acres of land, and also under the laws in force at the date of his marriage, he was entitled to six hundred and forty acres of land as a married man, making in all twelve hundred and eighty acres; that he has never received any land from the State of Texas, either as a headright or any other way, or any certificate therefor, or authorized any other person to receive any land or land certificate for him; therefore,

Sec. 2. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the commissioner of the general land office is hereby authorized and required to issue to the said Matthew Dockery his headright certificate for twelve hundred and eighty acres of land, to which he was entitled by the laws of the Republic of Texas; said certificate to be located upon any of the unappropriated public domain of the State of Texas, subject to all the laws now in force in reference to the location of such certificate. Approved March 22, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

CHAPTER XI.—An act for the relief of the Aransas Road company.

Whereas, It appears that the Aransas Road company has operated under its charter in good faith, with large outlay and with great misfortunes and without any remuneration, and that it still proposes to progress in important portions of its work, especially in making roads and improving navigable channels through the southern part of Aransas bay, within Aransas county; therefore,

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That said company shall continue to have its rights obtained by sections one, two and three of "an act supplemental to an act to incorporate the Aransas Road company," dated September 1, 1856, for accomplishing works heretofore authorized by said company's charter on specified terms, to the extent of the following provisions:

Sec. 2. Said company may improve the navigability of the ship channel on Aransas bar, and between this bar and the Corpus Christi mud. flats, by deepening the present channel, or by making a new one, in any part, of greater depth; and may connect said ship channel with the mainland at any places on the western shore of Aransas bay, by one road or

more; and may by such and other means reclaim from overflow any lands subject thereto that may be connected with any such road.

Sec. 3. For such improvements the company shall have rights as follows: 1st-Of way and of stations, within the bay on public lands, whether covered by water or not. 2d-Of property in any flats, shallows, reefs and islands connected with or near to any such road, between the mainland and the main gulf, exclusive of the large islands bordering the latter, and of a small island called the "Shell Bank;" and for such a road other than a railroad substantially made from proper elevation on the mainland, through the bay, with a wharf so as to afford eligible facility for transportation between the mainland and shipping, the company may perfect its title to such lands by location, survey and patent, on any valid land claim in the usual mode, within the distance of one mile from such road; and in case such road shall be a good and substantial railroad, with suitable iron or steel railing, made from proper elevations on the mainland through the bay, with a wharf so as to afford elegible facility for transportation between the mainland and shipping, the company may perfect its title to such lands, by survey and patent without any other claim, within the distance of two miles from such railroad.

Sec. 4. For the improvement of said ship channel the company may close Cedar Bayou, which is not navigable, so as to prevent the flow of water through it; and so may close all the unnavigable channels between Aransas and Corpus Christi bays.

Sec. 5. The company may demand and receive reasonable rates of compensation for the use of any such road or wharf; but the rates shall be subject to regulations by the Legislature at any time.

Sec. 6. Within two years from the date when this act shall become effective, the work to be done under it shall be commenced in a practical way, and then so prosecuted that one road and one wharf shall be in good condition for ordinary use as above provided for, within five years from said date.

Sec. 7. The company shall continue to have its rights heretofore granted and remaining unrepealed, so far as necessary and proper for using the rights above specified; provided, that its capital stock shall be limited to its original amount of one million of dollars; and that the company's acceptance of this act by a statement of its president, filed in the office of the secretary of state, or by proceeding under it, shall be a disclaimer of all provisions of its charter not properly applicable to the rights above specified.

Sec. 8. The great importance of early progress in the improvements contemplated by the company under this act in connection with, and in a way to assure the largest benefits from proposed improvements by the United States government in the navigation of Aransas bay, creates an emergency and an imperative public necessity that the company shall have such guaranty as will justify the immediate prosecution of its enterprise; therefore this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 26, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

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