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the district court of said Navarro county, and all writs and process relating to civil matters heretofore issued by, or out of, said county court of Navarro county other than those pertaining to matters over which by section one of this act jurisdiction is given to said county court of said county, be and the same are hereby made returnable to the next term of the said district court of Navarro county.

Sec. 4. That the county clerk of said Navarro county be and he is hereby required within twenty days after the passage of this act, to make a fair and complete transcript of all entries upon his civil dockets heretofore made in causes which by section three of this act are transferred to the district court of said county, and deliver the same to the district clerk of said county, together with all papers to such causes pertaining, and all such cases shall immediately be docketed by said district clerk, and such civil cases so transferred shall stand on the docket of said court as appearance cases for the next succeeding term of said court.

Sec. 5. That this act shall not be construed to in any manner affect judgments heretofore rendered by said county court of Navarro county, pertaining to matters and causes which by section three of this act are transferred to the district court of said county, but the county clerk of said county shall issue all executions and orders of sale as the judgments in such cases require, and such executions and orders of sale and the proceedings thereunder shall be as valid and binding to all intents and purposes as though no change had been made, as by section three of this act is contemplated.

Sec. 6. That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with this act be and they are hereby repealed.

Sec. 7. The limited time allotted to the present session of this Legislature and the urgent need of the provisions of this act, creates an imperative public necessity that the rules be suspended and that this act be put upon its immediate and final passage; and the fact that the benefits to be derived from it by Navarro county will be greatly enhanced by its immediate action and effect, creates an emergency, and it is therefore enacted that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved July 2, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER XI.-An act to amend the ninth section of "an act establishing the tenth, twelfth, thirtieth, twenty-eighth, twenty-ninth and thirteenth judicial districts, prescribing the times of holding the district courts therein, and providing for the appointment of district judges for the twenty-eighth, twenty-ninth and thirtieth judicial districts," approved February 22, 1879.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the ninth section of the above recited act be so amended as to read as follows:

"Section 9. That the district courts in the counties composing the thirteenth judicial district shall be holden as follows: In the county of Freestone, on the first Mondays in April and December, and may continue in session four weeks; in the county of Navarro, on the fifth Mondays

after the first Mondays in April, August, and Decmber, and may continue in session six weeks; in the county of Limestone, on the eleventh Mondays after the first Mondays in April, August, and December, and may continue in session until the business is disposed of." Approved July 2, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

CHAPTER XII.-An act to enable the municipal authorities of towns, cities, and the commissioners' courts of the counties wherein such towns and cities are situated, to co-operate with each other in improvements connected with the town or city and county necessary to promote the sanitary regulations thereof.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the municipal authorities of towns and cities, and commissioners' courts of the counties wherein such towns and cities are situated, may co-operate with each other in making such improvements connected with said towns, cities and counties as may be deemed by said authorities and courts necessary to improve the public health and to promote efficient sanitary regulations; and, by mutual arrangement, they may provide for the construction of said improvements and the payment therefor.

Sec. 2. Owing to the amount of business now pending before this extra session, there exists an imperative public necessity for dispensing with the rule which requires this bill to be read on three several days, and the near approach of the epidemic season in some portions of the state creates an emergency requiring this act to be in force from and after its passage; and it is so enacted.

Approved July 4, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER XIII.—An act to better provide for and facilitate the collection of all judgments in favor of the state or any county thereof.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That in any case wherein any property shall be sold by virtue of any execution or order of sale issued upon any judgment in favor of the state, except executions issued upon judgments in cases of scire facias, the agent or attorney representing the state by and with the advice and consent of the attorney general of the state, is hereby authorized and required to attend such sales, and bid on and buy in for the state said property, when it shall be deemed proper to protect the interest of the state in the collection of such judgment; provided, that in no case shall the amount bid by him exceed the amount necessary to satisfy said judgment and all costs due thereon.

Sec. 2. That in all cases where property is so purchased by the state, the officer selling the same shall execute and deliver to the state a deed of conveyance to the same, such as is prescribed for individuals in similar

cases.

Sec. 3. The agent or attorney of the state buying for the state any such property at such sale, shall be authorized by and with the advice

and consent of the attorney general, at any time to sell or otherwise dispose of said property so purchased, in the manner and upon such terms and conditions as he may deem most advantageous to the state; and if sold or disposed of for a greater amount than is necessary to pay off the amount due upon the judgment and all costs, the remainder shall be paid into the state treasury and placed to the credit of the general revenue; and when such sale is made the attorney general shall, in the name of the state, execute and deliver to the purchaser a deed of conveyance to said property, which deed when, so signed by him, shall vest all the right and title to the same in the purchaser thereof.

Sec. 4. When any such property is sold under execution or order of sale issued upon any judgment in favor of the county, including executions issued upon judgments in cases of scire facias in the name of the state, the attorney or agent so representing the county, by and with the advice and consent of the commissioners court, shall have the same authority to buy in and dispose of such property for the county, as the agent or attorney for the state is given in this act in similar cases; and when any property is so purchased by the agent or attorney of the county, the officer so selling the same shall execute and deliver to the county a deed of conveyance to the same; and whenever the property so bought in for the county is sold, the county commissioners' court shall execute and deliver to the purchaser thereof a deed of conveyance in the name of the county to such property.

Sec. 5. That whenever the principal and sureties upon any judgment held by the state are insolvent so that under any existing process of law said judgment or any part thereof cannot be collected, there shall be and is hereby constituted a board consisting of the attorney general, comptroller and treasurer of the state, who are hereby empowered and authorized by such advertising as they may deem necessary to offer for sale at public outery, or by private sale, as they may deem to the best interest of the state, all the right of the state to such judgment; and if by public sale, if the amount bid on the same should not be deemed sufficient, they shall refuse to accept the same, and dispose of the same in any manner deemed by them most advantageous to the interest of the state, and upon sale shall make a proper assignment of said judgment to the purchaser.

Sec. 6. Upon any like judgment, the proceeds of which revert to and belong to any county, the county commissioners' court shall constitute a board to dispose of the same for the county in the same manner, and shall have the same power in the premises as the state board has under the provisions of this act.

There being in force no efficient law upon this subject in this state, this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage. Approved July 4, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER XIV.-An act to provide for the transfer of judgments rendered in the county courts where the civil and criminal jurisdiction (or either) has been transferred to the district courts, and to authorize the enforcement thereof.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That it shall be the duty of the clerks of the county courts of the several counties in this state, where the civil and criminal jurisdiction

(or either) of the county court has been transferred to the district court, to make out a certified copy of all judgments remaining unsatisfied, which have been rendered in civil or criminal cases in the county court, and transmit the same to the clerk of the district court of their respective counties.

Sec. 2. When the clerk of the district court of any county in the state, where the civil and criminal jurisdiction (or either) of the county court has been transferred to the district court, shall receive from the clerk of the county court a certified copy of a judgment rendered in any civil or criminal case in the county court, he shall immediately record such judgment in the minutes of the district court; and thereupon the said district court shall have the power to enforce said judgments by execution or otherwise, as other judgments rendered in said district. court are or may be enforced.

Sec. 3. Whereas, the Sixteenth Legislature passed an act diminishing the civil and criminal jurisdiction of the county courts of certain counties in this state, which will take effect on the twenty-fourth day of July, A. D. 1879; and whereas, it is necessary, and public policy requires, that this act should take effect at the same time; therefore, an emergency exists that this act take effect and be in force from and after the twentyfourth day of July, A. D. 1879, and it is so enacted.

Sec. 4. The great amount of business now before the Legislature, and the short time remaining to this session, renders it doubtful whether this bill can be read on three several days; therefore an imperative necessity exists which authorizes the suspension of the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days, and said rule is therefore suspended. Approved July 4, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect on the twenty-fourth day of July, 1879.

CHAPTER XV.-An act to equalize and regulate the pay and arming of all military or police companies organized and operated under any law of this state, except those organized under the militia law.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the pay of officers and men in any military or police company organized under any law of this state, except those organized under the militia law, shall be as follows: For captains, one hundred dollars; for lieutenants, seventy-five dollars; for first sergeants, fifty dollars; for other duty sergeants, forty dollars; for corporals, thirty-five dollars; for privates, thirty dollars per month for each month of actual service, and nothing shall be paid by way of commutation.

Sec. 2. The state shall furnish necessary ammunition, and to each officer, non-commissioned officer and private, all necessary arms at cost, the price of which shall be deducted from the first money due them by the state; provided, that when any of the forces in service in this state shall be regularly discharged from said companies, any arms in their possession may be returned to the state at their reasonable value at the time of their return, said value to be determined by the adjutant general, provided said arms be in good condition; provided further, that any person enlisting in said service may have the right to furnish their own arms, provided they be of the same kind and calibre.

Sec. 3. The provisions of any law in any way conflicting with this act, be and the same are hereby repealed.

Sec. 4. Whereas, there are now laws in force making a difference between the pay and arming of the military forces of this state, thereby discriminating between said forces, an emergency exists that this act take effect from and after its passage, and it is so enacted. Approved July 4, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER XVI.-An act to amend article 1136, chapter one, title twenty-eight of the Revised Civil Statutes, adopted Feb. 21, 1879.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the above recited article shall be so amended as to hereafter read as follows:

"Article 1136. County judges in those counties wherein the civil or criminal jurisdiction of the county courts has been or may hereafter be diminished shall have the right to practice as attorneys in all justices' and county courts in cases wherein the courts over which they preside have neither original nor appellate jurisdiction, provided they are licensed lawyers."

Sec. 2. Whereas, under the constitution the present session of the Legislature is limited to thirty days, a great portion of which has already expired; and whereas, under existing laws county judges are deprived of practicing in county and other inferior courts; therefore, an emergency exists and an imperative public necessity demands the suspension of the constitutional rule which requires a bill to be read on three several days and that this law take effect and be in force from and after its passage, and it is so enacted.

Approved July 4, A. D. 1879.

Takes effect from and after its passage.

Chapter XVII.--An act to enforce the collection of delinquent taxes.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the comptroller of public accounts be and he is hereby required to prepare and forward to the county commissioners' court of the several counties of this state, a full and complete abstract of the yearly delinquent list of taxes upon lands in their respective counties, assessed since the first day of January, 1870, showing upon what lands such taxes are due, the year the same was assessed, the amount due the state for each year and the amount due the county for each year; and he shall describe each tract in the same manner as it is described on the tax rolls by the party assessing the same, and shall also state by and for whom rendered, and shall certify officially to the facts set forth in said list.

Sec. 2. Upon receipt of said list, the county commissioners' court shall carefully examine the same, and see that the taxes, both general and special, due said county, are accurately stated and correct any inaccuracies or omissions that may have been made therein, and shall attach

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