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An Act to provide for the appointment of a Stenographer to the Chief Justice of the

Supreme Judicial Court. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in Legislature assembled, as follows: Sect. 1. The chief justice of the supreme judicial court Stenographer to

the chief justice, may appoint a stenographer whose salary shall be fifteen hun- appointment of. dred dollars a year, payable quarterly from the state treasury

--salary. on the first days of January, April, July and October; which shall be in full payment for reporting all the terms of said court held by the chief justice, and for performing such other official and clerical services as may be required of him by the chief justice in term time and in vacation.

Sect. 2. This act shall take effect when approved.

Approved January 27, 1891.

Chapter 2.

An Act to provide for holding a Court of Probate once a year at Fort Kent in the County of

Aroostook.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled, as follows: Sect. 1. The judge of probate in and for the county of

Term of probate Aroostook shall hold a court of probate once in each year at hent at Fort

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Fort Kent in said county. The time for holding said court shall be appointed by said judge and made known in the same manner that the time for holding such courts in other parts of said county is made known.

SECT. 2. All acts and parts of acts requiring a court of probate to be held at Madawaska in said county are hereby repealed.

Approved January 29, 1891.

Act repealed marie court to be bei at

Ch. 232, Public
Law, 1889,
repealed.
Bec. 33, ch. 67,
B. S., amended.

Chapter 3.
An Act relative to the adoption of Illegitimate Children.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in Legislature assembled, as föłows:

Sect. 1. Chapter isä hundred and thirty-two of the public laws of eighteen burdred and eighty-nine is hereby repealed.

Sect. 2. Sectiön thirty-three of chapter sixty-seven of the Revised.Statutes is hereby amended by adding thereto the followings If an illegitimate child, and under the age of fourteen years, such consent may be given by the mother of

sach child,' so that said section as amended, will read as . 'follows:

“Sect. 33. Before such petition is granted, written conWhose consent

sent to such adoption must be given by the child, if of the age of fourteen years, and by each of his living parents, if not hopelessly insane or intemperate; or, when a divorce has been decreed to either parent, written consent by the parent entitled to the custody of the child ; or such consent by one parent, when, after such notice to the other parent as the judge deems proper and practicable, such other parent is considered by the judge unfit to have the custody of the child. If there are no such parents, or if the parents have abandoned the child and ceased to provide for its support, consent may be given by the legal guardian ; if no such guardian, then by the next of kin in the state ; if no such kin, then by some person appointed by the judge to act in the proceedings as the next friend of such child; if an illegitimate child, and under the age of fourteen years, such consent may be given by the mother of such child.'

is required.

Approved January 30, 1891.

CHAP. 4 Chapter 4. An Act to amend section one hundred and twelve of chapter forty-seren of the Revised

Statutes, relating to Bank Deposit Books. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled, as follows:

That section one hundred and twelve of chapter forty-seven dec. 112, ch. 47, of the Revised Statutes, be amended by inserting after the R. S., amended. word issued,” in the first line thereof, the words 'or his executor, or administrator, or guardian,' so that said section, when amended, shall read as follows: SECT. 112. When the person, to whom a book of deposit Duplicate book

a was issued, or his executor, or administrator, or guardian, in obtained in case

of loss of origwriting notifies the treasurer of the bank issuing the same, inal. that such book is lost, and that he desires to have a duplicate book of deposit issued to him, said treasurer shall give public notice of such application by publishing at the expense of such applicant, an advertisement for three weeks successively, in some newspaper published in the town in which said bank is located, if any, otherwise in one published in the county, if any, and if not, then in the state paper.

If such missing deposit book is not presented to said treasurer within six months after the last advertisement, then he shall issue a duplicate book of deposit to the person thus requesting the same, and such delivery of a duplicate relieves said bank from all liability on account of the original, book of deposit so advertised.'

Approved January 30, 1891.

Chapter 5. *

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An Act amendatory of and additional to chapter eighteen of the Revised Statutes, concerning

Ways.

taken.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled, as follows:

Sect. 1. When proceedings have been had by the county Appeals, how commissioners on a petition for a laying out, altering, grading or discontinuing a way in two or more counties, an appeal may be taken in the same manner as provided when the way is wholly in one county.

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SECT. 2. When an appeal is so taken, it shall be filed Proceedings in cases of appeals. with the commissioners of, and subsequent proceeding shall

be had in, the county where proceedings originated and the commissioners with whom such appeal is filed shall immediately give notice of such appeal to the commissioners of all the counties interested, and the clerk of courts shall certify the final judgment of court to the commissioners of all said counties.

SECT. 3. This act shall take effect when approved.

Approved January 30, 1891.

Sec. 60, ch. 51,
R. S., amended.

made.

Chapter 6.
An Act relating to the Annual Returns of Railroad Corporations.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in Legislature assembled, as follows:

SECT. 1. Revised Statutes, chapter fifty-one, section sixty,

is so far amended that the annual returns hereafter made by er returns, form each railroad corporation shall cover the year ending June of, and

thirtieth, instead of September thirtieth, and shall be made by September first instead of by December first. For the year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred ninety-one, the returns shall be in the form required to be made for the same year to the Interstate Commerce Commission of the United States, and for each subsequent year in the form required to be made for the same year to the Interstate Commerce Commission, with such additions for any year as may be prescribed before the beginning of the year by the railroad

commissioners of this state. Taxes, how SECT. 2. The amounts to be assessed and paid upon and

by each railroad corporation under section forty-two of chapter six of the Revised Statutes, and section four of the act approved March thirteenth, eighteen hundred eighty-nine, entitled “An Act amendatory of section one hundred thirteen, chapter fifty-one of the Revised Statutes, and additional to said chapter relating to Railroad Commissioners,” shall be determined in the year eighteen hundred ninety-two, and in each subsequent year, according to the gross transportation receipts for the preceding year ending June thirtieth instead of September thirtieth.

assessed.

Approved January 30, 1891.

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