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§ 78h. The creation and filling of vacancies among trustees of such churches. If any trustee of any such incorporated church declines to act, resigns or dies, or ceases to be a qualified voter at a corporate meeting thereof, his office shall be vacant; and such vacancy may be filled by the remaining trustees until the next annual corporate meeting of such church; at which meeting the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.

§ 78i. Limitation of powers of trustees. The trustees of any such incorporated church shall have no power to call, settle or remove a minister or to fix his salary, nor without the consent of a corporate meeting, to incur debts, beyond what is necessary for the administration of the temporal affairs of the church and for the care of the property of the corporation; or to fix or change the time, nature or order of the public or social worship of such church.

$ 78j. Election and salary of ministers. The ministers of any such church shall be called, settled or removed and their salaries fixed, only by the vote of a majority of the members of such corporation duly qualified to vote at elections present and voting at a meeting of such corporation specially called for that purpose, in the manner hereinbefore provided for the call of special meetings; and any such corporation may, by its by-laws, make the call, settlement or removal of its ministers dependent upon a concurrent vote of the unincorporated church connected with such corporation; and in that case the concurrence of a majority of the members of such unin. corporated church, present and voting at a meeting thereof, called for that purpose, shall be necessary to the call, settlement or removal of such ministers.

$ 78k. Transfer of property to other corporations. Any incorporated Congregational church, created by or existing under the laws of the state of New York, having its principal office or place of worship in the state of New York, or whose last place of worship was within the state of New York, is hereby authorized and empowered, by the concurrent vote of two-thirds of its qualified voters present and voting therefor, at a meeting regularly called for that purpose, and of two-thirds of all its trustees, to direct the transfer and conveyance of any of its property, real or personal, which it now has or may hereafter acquire, to any religious, charitable or missionary corporation connected with the Congregational denomination and incorporated by or organized under any law or laws of the state of New York, either solely, or among other purposes, to establish or maintain, or to assist in establishing or maintaining churches, schools or mission stations, or to erect or assist in the erection of such buildings as may be necessary for any of such purposes, with or without the payment of any money or other consideration therefor; and upon such concurrent votes being given, the trustees shall execute such transfer or conveyance; and upon the same being made, the title to and the ownership and right of possession of the property so transferred and conveyed shall be vested in and conveyed to such grantee; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall impair or affect in any way any existing claim upon or lien against any property so transferred or conveyed, or any action at law or legal proceeding; and such transfer shall be subject, in respect to the amount of property the said grantee may take and hold, to the restrictions and limitations of all laws then in force.

§ 4. The heading in said act“Article VI," immediately preceding the words “ Special provisions for incorporation of churches of other denominations," is hereby amended to read as follows: "Article VII.”

§ 5. The heading in said act "Article VII,” immediately preceding the words “ Special provisions for the incorporation and gove ernment of two or more unincorporated churches as a union church,” is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

ARTICLE VIII. § 6. The heading in said act "Article VIII,” immediately preceding the words “ Laws repealed; when to take effect,” is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

ARTICLE IX. $ 7. The index to chapter seven hundred and twenty-three of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-five, entitled "An act in relation to religious corporations, constituting chapter forty-two of the general laws,” preceding article one of said act, as amended by chapter three hundred and thirty-six of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-six, is hereby amended by inserting after article five as follows:

VI. Special provisions for the incorporation and government of Congregational and Independent churches; also by striking out the figures" VI” and inserting in place thereof the figures “ VII;"

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also by striking out the figures “ VII” and inserting in place thereof the figures“ VIII;" also by striking out the figures “ VIII” and inserting in place thereof the figures “IX.”

$ 8. This act shall take effect immediately.

Chap 622.
AN ACT to authorize the records of the New York state weather

bureau to be received and read in evidence in any court of the

state.
Became a law May 19, 1897, with the approval of the Governor.

Passed, a majority being present.
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and
Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Any record of the observations in regard to the condiObserva. of tions of the weather, or in regard to the amount and conditions of

the precipitation, taken under the direction of the New York state weather bureau, or any copy thereof, when certified in the form of and pursuant to law by the officer in charge thereof at the place where such record is duly filed, that the same is a true copy of such record, may be read in evidence in any court of this state, and shall be prima facie evidence of the facts and circumstances therein stated.

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

Records of

tions evidence.

Chap. 623.
AN ACT to amend section one hundred and seven of chapter four

hundred and twenty-nine of the laws of eighteen hundred and
ninety-six, entitled "An act to amend title two of chapter three
of part four of the revised statutes relating to state prisons, and
for other purposes connected therewith, as amended and super-
seded by chapter three hundred and eighty-two of the laws of
eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, to conform the same to the

provisions of the revised constitution.”
Became a law May 19, 1897, with the approval of the Governor.

Passed, a majority being present.
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and
Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Section one hundred and seven of chapter four hundred and twenty-nine of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety.

Act amended.

classifica

prices.

six, entitled, “An act to amend title two of chapter three of part four of the revised statutes relating to state prisons, and for other purposes connected therewith as amended and superseded by chapter three hundred and eighty-two of the laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, to conform the same to the provisions of the revised constitution,” is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

§ 107. The comptroller, the state commission of prisons and the Board of superintendent of state prisons and the lunacy commission are tion. hereby constituted a board to be known as the board of classification. Said board shall fix and determine the prices at which all Fixing of labor performed, and all articles manufactured and furnished to the state, or the political divisions thereof, or to the public institutions thereof, shall be furnished, which prices shall be uniform to all, except that the prices for goods or labor furnished by the penitentiaries to or for the county in which they are located, or the political divisions thereof, shall be fixed by the board of supervisors of such counties, except New York and Kings counties, in which the prices shall be fixed by the commissioners of charities and cor. rection, respectively. The prices shall be as near the usual market price for such labor and supplies as possible. The state commis- Form for sion of prisons shall devise and furnish to all such institutions a tion. proper form for such requisition and the comptroller shall devise and furnish a proper system of accounts to be kept for all such transactions. It shall also be the duty of the board of classifica- Classification to classify the buildings, offices and institutions owned or man- et aged and controlled by the state, and it shall fix and determine the styles, patterns, designs and qualities of the articles to be manufactured for such buildings, offices and public institutions in the penal institutions in this state. So far as practicable, all supplies Supplies used in such buildings, offices and public institutions shall be uni- ings, etc. form for each class, and of the styles, patterns, designs and qualities that can be manufactured in the penal institutions in this state.

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

buildings, Act amended.

Chap 624.
AN ACT to amend chapter four hundred and sixty-six of the laws

of eighteen hundred and seventy-seven, entitled "An act in
relation to assignments of estates of debtors for the benefit of
creditors," as amended by chapter three hundred and twenty-
eight of the laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-four, as
amended by chapter two hundred and eighty-three of the laws

of eighteen hundred and eighty-six.
Became a law May 19, 1897, with the approval of the Governor.

Passed, three-fifths being present.
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and
Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Section twenty-nine of chapter four hundred and sixty-six of the laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-seven, en. titled "An act in relation to assignments of the estates of debtors for the benefit of creditors," as amended by chapter three hun. dred and twenty-eight of the laws of eighteen hundred and eighty. four, as amended by chapter two hundred and eighty-three of the laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-six, is hereby amended

so as to read as follows: Preference § 29. In all distribution of assets under all assignments made

in pursuance of this act, the wages or salaries actually owing to the employes of the assignor or assignors at the time of the execution of the assignment for services rendered within one year prior to the execution of such assignment, shall be preferred before any other debt; and should the assets of the assignor or assignors not be sufficient to pay in full all the claims preferred, pursuant to this section they shall be applied to the payment of the same pro rata to the amount of each such claim.

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

Preference of wages and salaries.

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