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made to the Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney 1861. General, that would, by existing laws, be made to county officers, then the Governor, Secretary of State, and Attor

Examining ney General, shall constitute an examining board, and board to give shall compare the poll-books, and award a certificate of election. election to the person receiving the highest number of votes.

§ 2. That the persons thus empowered by the provisions (Former lawo of this act to hold elections, shall be governed in all made applicarespects by the general laws now in force, so far as the same are applicable, and not in conflict with the provisions of this fact; and they shall be entitled to the same compensation and paid in the same way as similar officers of the law. $3. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved December 23, 1861.

CHAPTER 351.

AN ACT concerning pauper idiots. WHEREAS, In various counties of this Commonwealth there are pauper idiots, so found by judicial proceedings in the circuit courts, and on account of failure to hold courts in those counties in the fall of 1861, no provision has been made for their continued support; therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky :

61. That it shall be lawful, in counties in which no cir- How idiot alcuit courts were held in the fall of 1861, and where no mado in cert's allowances were made for the support of idiots, for those counties. baving the custody of such idiots, as committees to go before the circuit court clerks of the counties in which they severally live, and make oath, and proof by one or more Oath and proof witnesses, that the idiots under their charge are still living to be made. and without sufficient estate to maintain them; and also make oath that the money heretofore drawn from the treasury, on behalf of said idiots, has been expended for their use and benefit, and that the idiots under their charge have been kindly treated and well provided for; and on the same being certified to the Auditor of Public Accounts, under the seal of the circuit court office, the Auditor shall issue his warrant on the treasury, in favor of such committees, for the amounts usually allowed by circuit judges in such cases, 0 2. This act to be of force from its passage.

Approved December 23, 1861.

1861.

CHAPTER 353.
AN ACT to authorize the Board of Commissioners created by an act, entitled

“ An act for the regulation of the militia, and to provide for the arming of the
State, approved May 24, 1861; and also to provide further for the publis
defense," to fill vacancies in said Board.

Be it enacted by the Generul Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky :

81 That the Board of Commissioners created by an Military Board act, entitled “An act for the regulation of the militia, and to that occur in provide for the arming of the State, approved May 24,186); their own body. and also to provide further for public defense,” be, and

they are hereby, authorized to fill any vacancy or vacancies that may occur in said Board.

§ 2. The persons so appointed by said Board shall remain in office until the General Assembly acts in reference to such appointments.

§ 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved December 23, 1861.

CHAPTER 359.

AN ACT to reduce the expenditures for binding and printing public books and

documents. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky :

1. That hereafter the contractor for executing the What books public binding, or the Public Binder, should one hereafter the Pub. Bindto bind. be provided for by law, shall not bind any report or other

document ordered to be printed by either or both branches of the Legislature of this State, except the acts, journals of the two Houses, and volumes of documents accompanying the journals, unless specially directed to do so by the General Assembly.

§ 2. That the acts passed at any called session of the Aots, journals; Legislature, or the journals of the Senate and House of sessions. Representatives, shall not be bound until after a regular

session, unless ordered by the Legislature, and then the acts and journals of such called session shall be bound with the acts and journals and legislative documents of the suco ceeding regular session.

§ 3. There shall not be printed exceeding sixteen hunAuditor's re- dred and fifty copies of the Auditor's report, in any one

year, including those embraced in the “ Legislative Docu-
ments."
$ 4. This act to be in force from its passage.

Approved December 23, 1861.

port.

CHAPTER 360.

1861. AN ACT to repeal an act to establish equity and criminal courts in the first

judicial district. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

A 1. That an act to establish equity and criminal courts 1 Session Acts, in the first judicial district, approved February 23, 1856, 1855-8, P. 39. and the various amendments thereto, be, and the same are criminal courts hereby, repealed, and all of the business of said equity and is.'st piudicial

dis. repealed criminal courts, and the jurisdiction of the judge of said

Jurisdiction equity and criminal courts, is hereby transferred to the cir- transferred to

. cuit courts, and to the judge of the circuit courts, in said first judicial district.

§ 2. That the clerks of said equity and criminal courts Books, records, shall forth with transfer to the clerks of the circuit courts be transferred in the respective counties, all papers, records, and books in to olerks circuit their possession, or under their control, pertaining to or belonging to said equity and criminal courts; and when filed with the clerk of the circuit courts, the papers and records of said equity and criminal courts shall be and become a part of the papers and records of the office of the Verity and clerk of the circuit courts in which they are deposited and recordsbesuch filed, in the same inanner and to the same extent as other records in the said circuit court clerk's office; and attested or certified copies of such papers and records, when made out and attested or certified by the clerks of the circuit courts, shall be read in evidence, and be entitled to the same credit, and have the same force and effect, as copies of other records made out by the clerks of the circuit courts. $ 3. This act to be in force from and after its passage.

Approved December 23, 1861.

CHAPTER 364. AN ACT for the benefit of district schools, &c., &c. Whereas, Many schools have been broken up in various school districts of this State, by reason of the prevailing civil war, without having been kept the length of time regularly required by law to authorize the trustees of same to report and draw pay therefor; therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

§ 1. That for any schools which have been regularly kept during the year 1861, and the continuance of which has schools to be been prevented, by reason of the invasion of the State by rata, in certain hostile armies or marauding ban is, or other cause sufficient, in the judgment of the trustees of same, to justify such discontinuance, the trustees of each and all such district schools are authorized to report the same to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and shall be entitled to receive

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1861. such pro rata amount on the funds due said school district,

as the time of school actually taught bears to the time required for full compensation, according to existing laws: Provided, however, That the benefit of this bill shall not accrue to any teachers who have taken service in the government of the so-called Confederate States.

§ 2. Reports of such schools shall be received by the Reports - when Superintendent up to the latest period that will enable him to be received. to embrace them in his annual report. § 3. This act to take effect from its passage.

Approved December 23, 1861.

CHAPTER 365.

AN ACT in relation to vacancy in ministerial office. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

§ 1. That whenever any sheriff, clerk of a circuit court, How certain county court, or chancery court, or other ministerial officer officers vacate in this Commonwealth, and who shall have taken sertheir offices.

vice, either civil or military, in the so-called Confederate States or government, or who shall have entered voluntarily within the lines of the military forces of said Confederates, with a view to favor or assist them, directly or indirectly, the office of such sheriff, clerk, or ministerial officer,

the term of which is unexpired, shall be deemed and held Office to be va- to be vacant, without direct proceedings, and shall be filled cant without direct proceed

as now prescribed by law. ings. § 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved December 23, 1861.

CHAPTER 367.

AN ACT providing for filling vacancies in the Board of Commissioners of

Internal Improvement. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

That in the event of a vacancy by death, resignation, How Roard of refusal to accept or otherwise, in the Board of Commisto fill vacancies sioners of Internal Improvement, in the recess of the in their body General Assembly, the vacancy may be filled by the Gen. Assembly remaining members of the Board; and the member thus

appointed is to hold his office until the next session of the General Assembly succeeding his appointment.

Approved December 23, 1861.

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1861.

CHAPTER 370.

AN ACT for the appropriation of money. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

§ 1. That the following sums of money are hereby appropriated to the persons named, to be paid out of the treasury upon the warrant of the Auditor of Public Accounts:

§ 2. To the Speakers of the Senate and House of Representatives, eight dollars per day, each, during the present session of the General Assembly.

$ 3. To the principal Clerks and Assistant Clerks of the Senate and House of Representatives, ten dollars per day, each, during the present session, and the same sum per day to each of principal Clerks for four days after the close of this session, for their services in preparing the acts for publication, and arranging the papers.

Ý 4. To the principal Clerks of the Senate and House of Representatives, the amount of extra clerk hire, to be estimated and certified by them.

ộ 5. To the Sergeants-at-Arms of the Senate and House of Representatives, six dollars per day, each, during the present session.

9 6. To the Door-keepers of the Senate and House of Representatives, six dollars per day, each, during the present session.

67. To the pages of the Senate and House of Representatives, one collar and fifty cents, each, per day during the present session, to be estimated, and certified, and drawn, and disbursed by the Sergeant-at-Arms of the two Houses.

§ 8. To A. G. Hodges & Co., for the Daily Commonwealth during the present session, two hundred dollars.

s 9. To S. I. M. Major & Co., for the Daily Kentucky Yeoman during the present session, two hundred dollars.

10. To the ministers of the different religious denominations in Frankfort, fifty dollars, for their services during the present session, to be drawn and distributed equally amongst them by the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate.

& 11. To John W. Pruett, for the service of one negro man in waiting upon the Senate, one dollar per day during this session.

$ 12. To J. L. Smedley, for the services of two negro men in waiting upon the House of Representatives, one dollar per day, each, during the session.

$ 13. To A. W. Vallandingham, for the services of his negro man, in attending to the back capitol, one dullar per day during this session.

§ 14. To. J. R. Underwood, five dollars and sixty cents, amount paid by him for telegraphic dispatches to Washington City.

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