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also the undivided half of the north-east quarter of section thirtytvo; the undivided half of the west half of the north-west quarter of section thirty-three, and the undivided half of the west half of the south-west quarter of section twenty, in township three north of range fifteen west, in the county of Allegan, all in the State of Michigan.

Sec. 2. Said sale shall be made within the period of three years sale; when from and after the passage of this act, and shall not be made on a credit of a period longer than three years from and after the date of such sale, and only upon such security as the judge of probate for the county of Kalamazoo, aforesaid, shall direct.

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

Approved March 20, 1850.

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[ No. 136. ]
AN ACT to organize the township of Bushnell.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
of the State of Michigan, That townships number nine and ten
north of range number six west, in the county of Montcalm, be and
they are hereby set off from the township of Montcalm, and organ-
ized into a separate township, by the name of Bushnell; and the first
township meeting in said township shall be held at the house of Jo-
seph Stevens.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Approved March 20, 1850.

[ No. 137. ] AN ACT to authorize George M. Fifield to convey certain real

estate. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives

Authority to of the State of Michigan, That George M. Fifield, minor son of; Henry E. Fifield, of the township of Vevay, county of Ingham, be late. and he is hereby authorized and empowered to convey unto Henry E. Fifield, the south-east quarter of section seventeen, in town two north of range one west: Provided, That no such conveyance shall

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be of any effect unless the judge of probate of the said county of Ingham sball, under his hand and seal of his office, certify upon the back of said conveyance his approval of the same.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 25, 1850.


[ No. 139.) AN ACT to incorporate the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Plunk

Road Company. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That F. I. Tanner, Theodore P. Sheldon, George W. Barnes, Isaac Moffatt, J. P. Woodbury, George Kendall, Charles H. Taylor and A. J. Deiderick, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners, under the direction of a majority of whom subscriptions may be received to the capital stock of the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Plank Road Company; and the subscribers thereto, with such other persons as they shall associate with them for that purpose, their successors and assigns, shall be and they are hereby created a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Plank Road Company, with corporate succession.

Sec. 2. Said company hereby created shall have the power to lay out, establish and construct a plank road, and all necessary buildings and appurtenances, from the village of Kalamazoo in the county of Kalamazoo, to the village of Grand Rapids in the county of Kent, with the right of uniting said road at any other point with the plank road of


Sec. 3. The capital stock of said company shall be seventy
thousand dollars, to be divided into two thousand eight hundred
shares of twenty-five dollars each; and said company shall be sub-
ject to all general laws of this State now in force relative to plank
roads, and the same are hereby made a part of this act.

Sec. 4. This act shall be and remain in force for the term of sixty years from and after its passage ; but the legislature may at any time alter, amend or repeal this act by a vote of two-thirds of each



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branch thereof; but such alteration, amendment or repeal shall not be made within thirty years from the passage of this act, unless it shall be made to appear to the legislature that there has been a violation by the company of some of the provisions of law to which it is subject: Provided, That after said thirty years, no alteration or Proviso reduction of the tolls of said company shall be made during its existence, unless the yearly nett profits of said company, over and above all expenses, shall exceed ten per cent on the capital stock invested: Provided, There be no violation of the charter of said company. Provise

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 25, 1850.

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[ No. 139. ] AN ACT to consolidate and amend the laws relative to the estab

lishment of a State Normal School. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives Acts, conof the State of Michigan, That all acts done and contracts made by ratified. and with the board of education under and by virtue of “an act to establish a State Normal School," approved March twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and forty-nine, and the act supplementary thereto, approved March thirty-first, eighteen hundred and forty-nine, be and they are hereby ratified and confirmed.

Sec. 2. That a State Normal School be established and continued State Norat Ypsilanti in the county of Washtenaw, upon the site se- where estalected by said board of education, the exclusive purposes of which shall be the instruction of persons, both male and female, in the art of teaching, and in all the various branches that pertain to a good common school education. Also to give instruction in the mechanic arts, and in the arts of husbandry and agricultural chemistry; in the fundamental laws of the United States, and in what regards the rights and duties of citizens.

Sec. 3. The said Normal School shall be under the direction of a board of education, and shall be governed and supported as herein provided. Said board shall provide for the erection of suitable buildings on the site selected as soon as the title thereto is vested in them


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in fee, and the means in their hands for that purpose are sufficient; and they may appoint a suitable person to superintend the erection of said buildings.

Sec. 4. Said board of education shall hereafter consist of six members, three of whom shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of both branches of the Legislature. The members of said board heretofore appointed shall hold their offices for the term for which they were designated. At the session of the Legislature for the year eighteen hundred and fifty, and annually thereafter,

the vacancies occurring shall be filled as above directed by appointVarnney, ment, the term of which shall be three years. The Governor shall, by

appointment, fill any vacancy that may occur when the Legislature is not in session; such appointment to expire at the close of the next session of the Legislature. The Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, shall, by

virtue of their office, be inembers of said board, and the latter shall Secretary. be their secretary, and shall keep an exact and detailed account of

their doings. He shall also communicate such reports to the Legislature as are required by this act. The State Treasurer shall, by virtue of his office, be treasurer of said board, and the members thereof shall annually elect one of their number president. And no member of said board of education shall, during his continuance in office as a member of said board, act as the agent of any publisher or publishers ofschool books or school library Looks, or be or become interested in the publication or sale of any such books as agent or otherwise. And the

Governor of this state is hereby authorized and required, upon satisPowers of Governo:. factory evidence being produced to him that any member of said

board is employed as such agent, or is interested in the manner aforesaid, to remove such member of said board from office, and to appoint another member in his place to fill such vacancy.

Sec. 5. Said board of education shall have power to appoint a Board of ed. principal and assistant to take charge of said school, and such other

teachers and officers as may be required in said school, and fix the salary of each, and prescribe their several duties. They shall also have power to remove either the principal, assistant, or teachers, and to appoint others in their stead. They shall prescribe the various books to be used in said school, and sball make all the regulations


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and by-laws necessary for the good government and management of the same. Sec. 6. Said board shall also establish an experimental school in Experimen

tal school. connection with the Normal School, and shall make all the regulations necessary to govern and support the same, and may in their discretion admit pupils free of charge for tuition.

Sec. 7. Said board shall have power, and it shall be their duty, Powers and from time to time, as the means at their disposal may warrant, to Board credo provide suitable grounds and buildings, implements of husbandry and mechanical tools, either by purchase or lease, for the purpose of more effectually and experimentally carrying out the provisions of the second section of this act, “to give instruction in the mechanic arts, and in the arts of husbandry any [and] agricultural chemistry.”

Sec. 8. As soon as said Nornial School is prepared to receive pu- s'int. Patie pils, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall give notice of the to give now fact to each county clerk in the State, and shall publish said notice in a newspaper published in each senatorial district.

See. 9. The board of education shall ordain such rules and regu- Ruleerud lations for the admission of pupils to said school as they shall deem necessary and proper. Every applicant for admission shall undergo an examination in such manner as may be prescribed by the board; and if it shall appear that the applicant is not a person of good moral character, or will not make an apt and good teacher, such applicant shall be rejected. The board of education may, in their discretion,

Applicants require any applicant for admission to said school-other than 1, en deesuch as shall, prior to such admission, sign and file with said board become a declaration of intention to follow the business of teaching primary schools in this Statemto pay, or secure to be paid, such fees for tuition as to said board shall seem reasonable.

Sec. 10. Any person may be admitted a pupil of said school who shall pass a satisfactory examination: Provided, That the applicant shall, before admission, sign a declaration of intention to follow the business of teaching primary schools in this state: And provided further, That pupils may be admitted without signing such declaration of intention, on such terms as the Normal School board may prescribe; and that each county shall be entitled to send pupils in the ratio of the representatives in the State Legislature to which it may be entitled, not to exceed such number as the board may prescribe.

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