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that all laws affecting such corporations shall be subject to alteration or repeal by the Legislature.

2. This act shall be deemed a public act and shall take effect immediately.

Approved May 13, 1907.

CHAPTER 185.

An Act authorizing an instrument affecting lands, tene

ments and hereditaments within this State heretofore duly recorded as a release to be recorded as a deed of conveyance in the proper office by recording a certified copy of the record thereof.

Certified copy of lease recorded as conveyance.

Fees.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. In all cases where an instrument affecting lands, tenements or hereditaments within this State has heretofore been duly recorded as a release pursuant to the laws in such case made and provided, where it is desired that such instrument shall also be recorded as a conveyance, a certified copy of the previous record of such instrument may be recorded as a deed or conveyance in like manner and with the like force and effect as if the original instrument were thus re-recorded, upon the payment of the fees allowed by law for the recording of the same, and the register of deeds or the clerk of the Court of Common pleas, as the case may be, shall receive such certified copy of such instrument and shall re-record and index the same precisely as and with like force and effect as if the original instrument were offered for re-recording, upon his receiving the fees allowed by law for so recording the same, and the record of such re-recorded instrument shall have the same force and effect for all purposes as if the original instrument were thus re-recorded.

2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Approved May 13, 1907.

CHAPTER 186.

A Further Supplement to an act entitled "An act for the

government and regulation of the State Prison,” approved April twenty-first, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six.

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BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. When any infant child shall be in custody of the Care of child New Jersey State Prison by reason of having been born Prison. of a woman serving a term of imprisonment in the said prison at the time of such birth, it shall be the duty of the Board of Inspectors of the said prison to make provisions for the care of such child in a foundling hospital, foster home, or such other suitable place as they may determine, until the discharge of the mother from prison by reason of expiration of her term, or through pardon or parole, or until her death, should this occur while in the prison; and the cost of maintenance of Expense. such child and the necessary expenses connected with its transfer shall be paid as now is or may be provided by law for the payment of bills for the maintenance of the State Prison; and upon the discharge of the mother of such child from prison her child shall be turned over to her, and the care and expense of its maintenance on the part of the prison authorities shall cease; provided, Proviso. however, that in case any mother of such child shall die before her discharge, or shall upon her discharge refuse to assume the care of her child, it shall be the duty of the inspectors of the State Prison to turn over such child to the overseer of the poor, or other proper officers charged with the care of the poor in the township, city or other municipality in which the said mother lived at the time of her conviction and sentence to the State Prison; and it is hereby made the duty of such

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officers of the poor to receive such child and to take
such proceedings concerning it as are now or may be
provided by law in the case of other abandoned or
pauper children.

2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Approved May 13, 1907.

CHAPTER 187.

An Act to amend an act entitled “An act to provide for

the scientific investigation of oyster propagation," approved March twenty-first, one thousand nine hundred and one.

Section amended.

Stations for investigating oyster propagation.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. Section one of an act entitled "An act to provide for the scientific investigation of oyster propagation,” approved March twenty-first, one thousand nine hundred and one, be amended so as to read as follows:

1. The director of the New Jersey Agricultural College Experiment Station at New Brunswick is hereby authorized to establish and to maintain one or more stations for the scientific investigation of oyster propagation and other ostracultural problems, said station or stations to be situated at some point or points in the oyster-growing sections of this State; to procure a boat or boats adapted to the prosecution of the aforementioned research work; to have the same equipped with suitable apparatus; to engage such expert or experts and the services of such other persons as may be needed in the maintenance of the ostracultural studies so undertaken, and to transmit annually to the Governor a full and detailed report of the scientific operations under this act in the reports of the agricultural college experiment stations; the amount authorized to be expended under the provisions of this act shall not exceed the sum

Equipment.

Annual report.

Appropriation.

of twelve hundred dollars in any one year; provided, Proviso. that no moneys shall be drawn from the State treasury for the purposes of this act until the same shall have been specifically appropriated according to law.

2. This act shall take effect immediately. Approved May 13, 1907.

CHAPTER 188.

amended.

An Act to amend an act entitled "An act regulating

fraternal beneficiary societies, orders or associations,” approved March eleventh, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-three. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. Section one of an act entitled “An act regulating Section fraternal beneficiary societies, orders or associations, approved March eleventh, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-three, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

1. A fraternal beneficiary association is hereby de- Fraternal clared to be a corporation, society or voluntary asso-association ciation, organized and carried on for the sole benefit of its members and their beneficiaries, and not for profit, having a lodge system with a ritualistic form of work and a representative form of government, and making provision for the payment of benefits in case of sickness, disability or death of its members, subject to their compliance with its constitution and laws, the fund from which the payment of such benefits shall be made and the fund from which the expenses of such association shall be defrayed being derived from assessments or dues collected from its members, and the payment of death benefits being made to the families, heirs, blood relatives, affianced husband or affianced wife of, or to persons dependent upon, the members. Such associa- How govtions shall be governed by this act and shall be exempt from the provisions of insurance laws of this State, and no law hereafter passed shall apply to them unless they be expressly designated therein.

defined.

erned.

Application of act.

2. Nothing in this act shall apply to any fraternal beneficiary society, order or association heretofore licensed or authorized to do business in this State, and such society, order or association may continue to transact business in this State as heretofore,

3. This act shall take effect immediately.
Approved May 13, 1907.

CHAPTER 189.

An Act to confirm certain conveyances heretofore made

by commissioners appointed in partition proceedings in the Orphans' Courts of this State.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

Deed made in partition to other than purchaser valid.

Proviso.

1. No deed heretofore made by commissioners appointed by the Orphans' Court of any county in this State to make partition of any lands and tenements in said county shall be held to be invalid for the reason that said deed is made to any person or persons other than the purchaser or purchasers of said lands and tenements named in the report of said commissioners or in the decree of said Orphans' Court confirming said sale; provided, however, that the purchaser or purchasers of said lands and tenements, at the sale made by said commissioners, shall have made and filed, or shall hereafter make and file, in the office of the surrogate of the county in which the said lands and tenements are situate, his or their certificate, in writing, releasing his rights, if any, as such purchaser; and every such deed heretofore made shall, if such certificate has heretofore or shall hereafter be made and filed as aforesaid, be deemed and taken to be as good and effectual in law as if the grantee or grantees therein named had been the actual purchaser or purchasers of said lands at the sale made by said commissioners, and named as such in the report of said commissioners, and in the order confirming said sale.

2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Approved May 13, 1907.

Such deeds
effectual in
law.

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