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CHAPTER XXVIII.

An Act to extend the time for taking the Assessments in

this State.

SECTION 1. Assessments for 1858 extended to August 18.

2. Act takes effect on passage.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Minnesota :

Time of assessmont extended

Section 1. That the assessments to be made by the As. sessors, as provided for in an Act providing for Township Or. ganizations, shall be extended to the twentieth day of August next, instead of the time now specified and provided.

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

GEORGE BRADLEY,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

THOMAS COWAN,

President pro tem. of the Senate. APPROVED-July seventh, one thcusand eight hundred and fifty-eight.

WILLIAM HOLCOMBE,

Governor ad interim. SECRETARY'S OFFICE, Minnesota, l

July 7, 1858. I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the original on file in this office.

FRANCIS BAASEN,

Secretary of State.

CHAPTER XXIX.

An Act relating to Prairie Fires.

SBOTION 1. Prohibits setting on fire of Prairie's, &c, except by giving one days notice

to all persons interested, severally.
2. Manner of recovering penaltes.
3. Prosecutions to be commenced by any person cognizant of offence-disposal

of fines and penalties
4. Repeal of Acts inconsistent herewith.

· Prosecutionand peualties in therewith.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Minnesota :

Section 1. That if any person or persons shall, at any time hereafter, willingly and intentionally, or negligently

and carelessly set on fire, or cause to be set on fire, any woods. prairies or other grounds whatsoever in any part of otting on 1.0.

ever in any part O prairios prohibitthis State, every person so offending sball forfeit and pay ed except by nonot less than five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars; tice-penalty Provided, That this section shall not extend to any person who shall set on fire, or cause to be set on fire, any woods or prairie adjoining his or her own farm or enclosure, for the necessary protection thereof from accident by fire, by giving to his or her neighbors one days notice of such intention; Provided further, That in case the neighbors come together and participate in the burning of any wood, prairies or grounds, the notice specified in this section shall not be necessary or given; Provided, also, That this section shall not be construed to take away any civil remedy, which any person may be entitled to for any injury which may be done or received in consequence of such firing.

Sec. 2. The penalties provided in the foregoing section shall be recovered by action of debt, before any Justice of the Peace in the county where such offence shall have been Penalty-manger committed, upon complaint of any legal voter residing in the of recovery county where such offience has been cominitted.

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of any person who shall have any knowledge of such offence, or of any legal voter of the Prosecution by county in which such offence has been committed, to prose-persons knowing

o the officer cute such offender in the name of the State of Minnesota, and“ ali fines and penalties so recovered, shall be applied to the use and support of the public schools in the township in which such offence shall have been committed.

Sec. 4. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent with the the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed.

Sec. 5. This Act shall take effect from and after its passage.

GEORGE BRADLEY,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

WILLIAM HOLCOMBE,

President of the Senate. APPROVED—June twenty-third, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight.

WILLIAM HOLCOMBE,

Governor ad interim. SECRETARY'S OFFICE, Minnesota,

June 23, 1858. I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the original on filo in this office.

Francis Baasen,

Secretary of State.

CHAPTER XXX.

An Act relating to the powers and duties of Commiso

sioners appointed to take the acknowledgment of Deeds and other instruments in writing to be used in this State.

SECTION 1. Commissioners of Deeds, &c., in other States to be appointed and hold

office at the pleasure of the Governor. 2. Instruments under seal of said Commissioners to be valid as if performed

by officers in the State. 3. Powers of Commissioners. 4. Oath of office to be taken, and with a description or impression of seal, to

be filed with Secretary of State. 5. Act takes effect on passage.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Minnesota :

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seal legalized

Section 1. That such Commissioners as the Governor Commissioners shall appoint in any of the United States or Territories of in other states t

to the United States, to take the acknowledgment of Deeds or to be appointed

other instruments in writing to be used in this State, shall hold their office during the pleasure of the Governor, and they shall have power to take the acknowledgment and proofs of the execution of any deed or other conveyance or lease of any lands lying in this State, and of any contract, letter of Attorney, or any other writing under seal, or not, to be used or recorded in this State.

Sec. 2. Such acknowledgment or proof so taken accordTheir acts'ande

andering to the laws of this State, and certified to by any such Com

missioner under his seal of office and annexed to or endorsed on such instrument, shall have the same power and effect as if the the same had been made before any officer authorized to perform such acts in this State.

Sec. 3. Every Commissioner appointed as before menPowers of com

tioned shall have power to administer an oath which may be wissionen

lawfully required in this State to any person willing to take the same, and to take and duly certify all depositions to be used in any of the Courts of this State in conformity to the laws thereof, either on interrogatories proposed under a Com. mission from any Court of this State, or by consent of par. ties, or on legal notice given to the opposite party; and all such acts shall be as valid as if done and certified according to law by a proper officer in this State.

Sec. 4. Every such Commissioner before performing any. duty or exercising any power by virtue of his appointment,

shall take and subscribe an oath or affirmation before a ce and Judge or a Clerk of one of the Courts of Record of the State

in which such Commissioner shall reside well and faithfully

Oath of office an filling of official

to execute and perform all the duties of such Commissioner, under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Minnesota, which oath with a description or impression of his seal of office shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of this State.

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

GEORGE BRADLEY,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

WILLIAM HOLCOMBE,

President of the Senate. APPROVED—July twenty-two, eighteen hundred and fiftyeight.

HENRY H. SIBLEY. SECRETARY'S OFFICE, Minnesota,

July 22, 1858. I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the original on file in this office.

Francis Baasen, Secretary of State.

CHAPTER XXXI.

An Act for the Protection of Religious Meetings.

SBOTION 1. Houses of Public Worship to be exempt from disturbance.

2. Penalty for offending, how recovered.
3. Prohibits sale of liquors or goods within two miles of grove or camp meeting.
4. Penalty for offending.
5. Prohibits horse-racing, shows, gambling, or indecont behavior-penalty for

offending.
6. Parents and guardians liable for forfeiture of children and wards.
7. Breakers of this Act may be tried before District Courts, the parties offend.

ing to be held in recognizance.
8. Forfeiture of recognizance,-Procedure.
9. Complaints may be made upon view or knowledge of violation of this Act

before any Justice.
10. Fines and penalties to be for the benefit of the School Fund of the County.
11. Prosecutions to be commenced within sixty days.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Minnesota :

SECTION 1. No person shall on the first day of the week, commonly called the Lord's Day, within the walls of any one of in hlie house of public worship or near the same, behave rudely or worship to be ex: indecently, whether in the time of public service, or between empt from disturthe forenoon or afternoon services, or if any person or per- Dance

fending

liquors or goods

sons shall disturb any religious meeting by speaking in the same, or in any other manner conduct himself or themselves, so as to prevent the stated and orderly proceedings and exercises of such meeting, or shall make such disturbance while the people are assembling at or leaving their place of worship, and shall not desist therefrom when requested, he may be removed from such meeting or place of worship by any individual.

Sec. 2. Any person offending against any provision of the Penalties for of. foregoing section of this Act, shall forfeit a sum not exceed

ing twenty-five dollars, nor less than two dollars, which shall be recovered by complaint of any person before any Justice of the Peace of the town, or adjoining town to that in which the offence was committed.

Sec. 3. No person shall keep any shop, tent, booth, wag.

on, carriage for the sale of, or shall sell, give, or expose to Prohibits sale of sale, any spirituous or intoxicating liquors, goods or mer

5 miles chandize of any kind, within two miles of any public assemof camp meetings bly, camp, or grove meeting, convened for the purpose

of religious worship ; but this shall not be construed to prevent any person from selling merchandize at the shop or store where he usually transacts business, por from selling liquors in any place where he shall have received a license therefor before the appointment of such religious meeting; nor to prevent any pedlar from selling his goods to any person at the usual place of business or residence of such person.

Sec. 4. If any person shall be guilty of a breach of the

preceding section, upon conviction thereof before any Justice Penalty for of fending

of the Peace, he shall be fined not exceeding thirty dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail for any term not exceeding thirty days, or may be sentenced to both said punishments.

Sec. 5. If any person shall be guilty of noisy rude, or in.

decent behavior, of exhibiting shows or plays, or promoting racing gambling or engaging in horse-racing or gambling, at or near any

such religious meeting, so as to interrupt or disturb the same, or shall at any religious meeting of the citizens of this state, maliciously cut or otherwise injure or destroy any harness, or tents, or other property, belonging to any tent-holder, or other person, upon conviction thereof before any Justice of the Peace, he shall be fined not exceeding fifty dollars, or if the offence be of an aggravated nature, he may be held to recognize with sufficient sureties, to appear at the District Court next to be holden in the same county, and upon conviction before such Court, he shall be fined in any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail not exceeding ninety days, or by both such fine and im. prisonment.

Sec. 6. Parents and guardians shall be respectively liable Parents and guar- for all forfeitures incurred by children and wards under their dians liable for offences of child care.

Sec. 7. If any person shall be guilty of a breach of the

Prohibits horse

&c-penalty

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