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CHAP.
Chapter 59.
An Act to authorize the selectinen of towns to appoint Police Officers.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in Legislature assembled, as follows:

Sect. 1. The selectmen of towns shall have power and Selcctmen of authority to appoint and control and fix the compensation of ized to appoint

police officers. police officers. Such appointment shall be in writing, signed by a majority of the selectmen and recorded by the town clerk, and shall be for such time not exceeding one year as the selectmen shall determine. SECT. 2. Police officers so appointed shall severally have Powers and

removal all the powers of a constable in criminal matters, within the limits of the town, and may be removed by the selectmen when they shall deem that the interests of the town require such removal.

Approved March 13, 1891.

Chapter 60.

An Act to amend section eight of chapter twenty four of the Revised Statutes, as amended by

chapters nine and one hundred and forty-six of the Public Laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, relating to dependent soldiers and sailors, so that said section shall apply to families of soldiers and sailors,

R. S.

(), further amended.

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

Section eight of chapter twenty-four of the revised statutes, Sec. 8, ch. 24, as amended by chapters nine and one hundred and forty-six amended by ch. of the public laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, relat- 1889 of use ing to dependent soldiers and sailors, is amended by inserting in line eleven, after the word "sailors,” the following words : ‘or their families,' so that section eight shall read as follows:

•Sect. 8. No soldier or sailor who served by enlistment Soldiers and in the army or navy of the United States, in the war of considered eighteen hundred and sixty-one, and who has received an bonorable discharge from said service, and who has or may become dependent upon any town, shall be considered a pauper, or be subject to disfranchisement for that cause ; but the time during which said soldier or sailor is so dependent, shall not be included in the period of residence necessary to pupphrasein change bis settlement; and overseers of the poor shall not

sailore not to bo

paupers,

- shall not be

poor .

CHAP. 61 bave authority to remove to, or support in the poor house,

any such dependent soldier or sailor or their families; but the town of his settlement shall support them at his own home in the town of his settlement or residence, or in such suitable place other than the poor house, as the overseers of the poor of the town of his settlement may deem right and proper. This section shall not be so construed as to deprive overseers of the poor of any right to remove and support such dependent soldier or sailor and his family in the town of his settlement as herein provided.'

Approved March 13, 1891.

Chapter 61. An Act to amend section seventeen of chapter forty of the Revised Statutes, as amended by chapter two hundred and sixty-one of the Public Laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-five, relating to Migratory Fish.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives

in Legislature assembled, as follows: Sec. 17, ch. 40, Section seventeen of chapter forty of the revised statutes, R. S., amended.

as amended by chapter two hundred and sixty-one of the public laws of the year eighteen hundred and eighty-five, is hereby further amended by adding thereto the following words: and it shall be lawful to take shad and alewives in the Androscoggin river and in Merrymeeting bay from April first to June fifteenth in each year, by the use of drag seines, not more than fifty fathoms in length, and of not more than fifty meshes in depth,' so that said section as amended, shall

read as follows: Taking or fish.

SECT. 17. The taking of mackerel, herring, shad, poring for mack. erel, herring, gies, or menhaden, and the fishing therefor by the use of porgies, with

purse and drag seines, is prohibited in all small bays, inlets, prohibited. harbors or weirs, where any entrance to the same, or any

part thereof from land to land, is not more than three nauti

cal miles in width, under a penalty upon the master or person –penalties, how in charge of such seines, or upon the owners of any vessel or recovered, and for whose seines employed in such unlawful fishing, of not less than benefit.

three hundred nor more than five hundred dollars, to be recovered by indictment, or action of debt; one-fourth of the penalty to the complainant or prosecutor, and three-fourths to the county in which the proceedings are commenced; and

shad and

seines,

-seine defined.

there shall be a lien upon the vessels, steamers, boats and CHAP. 62 apparatus used in such unlawful pursuit, until said penalty, vessels, etc. with costs of prosecution is paid ; but a net for meshing mackerel or porgies, of not more than one hundred meshes in depth, and a net for ineshing herring, of not more than one bundred and seventy meshes in depth, and a net for meshing shad, of not more than seventy-tive meshes in depth, shall not be deemed a seine; and it shall be lawful to take shad sbad and

alewives may be and alewives in the Androscoggin river, and in Merrymeeting coskin river and

Merrymeeting bay from April first to June fifteenth in each year, by the use bay between

April 1 and of drag seines, not more than fifty fathoms in length, and of June 15. not more than fifty meshes in depth.'

taken in Andros.

Approved March 13, 1891,

Chapter 62.

An Act to amend chapter three hundred and nine of the Public Laws of eighteen hundred and

eighty-nine, making the compensation of Sherift in Kennebec County equal to that of the other counties, Cumberland excepted.

Laws of 1889,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled, as follows: Sect. 1. Section one of chapter three hundred nine of the sec. 1, ch. 309,

. public laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-nine is hereby amended. amended by striking out the words "and Kennebec counties” in the last clause of said section and substituting the word "county' in place of “counties," so that said section shall read as follows:

•Sect. 1. For each day's attendance by the sheriff on the Fees of sherife supreme judicial or either of the superior courts, three dollars counts. to be paid from the county treasury. This amendment shall not apply to Cumberland county.'

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

ot Kennebec

Ippr ved March 13, 1891,

CHAP.

63

Chapter 63.

Salary of the sheriff of Sagadahoc county, fixed.

An Act to fix the compensation of the Sheriff of the County of Sagadahoc. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled, as follows:

Sect. 1. The sheriff of the county of Sagadaboc from and after the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-one, shall receive an annual salary of three hundred dollars in quarterly payments on the first day of January, April, July and October instead of the compensation provided in section twenty-three of chapter eighty of the revised statutes, and it is further provided that the sheriff of said county shall not receive from any of his deputies, any of the fees earned by said deputies or any percentage thereon after said date.

SECT. 2. This act sball take effect when approved.

Approved March 13, 1891.

Chapter 64.

An Act authorizing Judges of courts of probate and courts of insolvency, to employ

Stenographers at hearings and examinations in said courts.

Judge of court of probate may appoint stenographer.

-duties.

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

SECT. 1. The judge of any court of probate or court of insolvency, may appoint a stenographer to report the proceedings at any hearing or examination where a contest is had in his court, whenever such judge deems it necessary or advisable. Such stenographer shall be sworn to a faithful discharge of his duty, and, under the direction of the judge, shall take full notes of all oral testimony at such hearing or examination, and also such other proceedings at such hearing or examination as the judge directs, and when required by the judge shall furnish for the files of the court a correct and legible long hand or type-written transcript of his notes of the oral testimony of any person testifying at such hearing or submitting to such examination, and in making said transcript the stenographer shall transcribe his said notes in full by questions and answers.

When transcript
of testimony has

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a

transcript may

under direction

CHAP. 64 SECT. 2. When a transcript has been made as provided by section one of this act, it shall be read to the person whose testimony or examination it is, at a time and place to be shall be read to appointed by the judge, unless such person or his counsel, testifying, and

signed by such in writing waives such reading, and if it is found to be correct person, if found or if it contains errors or mistakes, or alleged errors or mistakes, and such errors or mistakes are either corrected or the proceedings had in relation to the same as hereinafter provided, 18 90-37 such transcript shall be signed by the person whose testimony or examination it is, in all cases where the person testifying or submitting to examination is required by law to sign his testimony or examination. When the reading of a transcript is waived as provided by this section, such transcript shall be deemed correct.

Sect. 3. Manifest errors or mistakes in any transcript, Mistakes in may be corrected, under the direction of the judge, according, be corrected to the facts. But when an error or mistake is alleged by the of judge. party conducting the hearing or examination, or by his counsel, or by the person testifying or submitting to examination, or by his counsel, and said parties can not agree whether or not there is such an error or mistake as alleged, or what correction should be made, the judge shall decide whether or not such an error or mistake exists, and may allow or disallow a correction according as he may find the fact, but in such case the judge shall annex to the transcript a certificate signed by him stating the alleged error or mistake, and by whom alleged, and the correction allowed or disallowed. In case the said parties mutually agree that there is an error or mistake in the transcript, and in like manner agree what the correction should be, the transcript may be corrected according to such agreement, but such correction shall be stated and made in the presence of the judge. No changes or alterations shall be made in any transcript except in the presence of the judge, or the person appointed by the judge to take the examination.

SECT. 4. When an examination is taken before some person When appointed by the judge to take it, the judge may also appoint before some a stenographer to attend such examination for the purposes appointed by

judge, he may mentioned in section one of this act, and the duties of such also appoint a stenographer shall be the same as in examinations before the judge. The powers and duties of any person appointed by the judge to take an examination, shall be the same at such

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person

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