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building of its railway and the construction and laying down of its tracks, switches, and turnouts, in the several streets of the towns of Torrington and Winchester specified in its charter, is hereby extended until July 1, 1905.

Approved, April 1, 1903.

[Substitute for House Joint Resolution No. 29.]

[53.]

AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE YOUNG MEN'S TOTAL ABSTINENCE

AND BENEVOLENT SOCIETY OF NEW BRITAIN.

Resolved by this Assembly: That the charter of The Young Men's Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society of New Britain, approved May 18, 1893, be and the same is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section: Sec. 4. The real estate held and actually used by said association for its specific purposes shall be exempt from taxation to an amount not exceeding in value the sum of ten thousand dollars.

Approved, April 1, 1903.

[Substitute for House Joint Resolution No. 30.]

[54.] CHANGING THE NAME OF THE WEBSTER HOSE COMPANY NUMBER

THREE AND AMENDING ITS CHARTER.

Resolved by this Assembly: That the charter of the Webster Hose Company Number Three, approved April 1, 1897, is hereby amended by striking out in the ninth line thereof the word “fifty" and inserting in lieu thereof the word “ seventy-five,” and by striking out in the eleventh line the words “ Webster Hose Company Number Three” and inserting in lieu thereof “ Webster Hose, Hook, and Ladder Company Number Three.”

Approved, April 1, 1903.

[Senate Joint Resolution No. 89.]

[55.] AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE HARTFORD COUNTY MUTUAL FIRE

INSURANCE COMPANY.

Resolved by this Assembly: SECTION 1. That the board of directors of The Hartford County Mutual Fire Insurance Company shall hereafter consist of not less than nine nor more than twelve members, to be chosen as hereinafter provided.

SEC. 2. At the next annual meeting held after the acceptance of this amendment, said corporation shall elect one-third of the board of directors for the term of three years, one-third for the term of two years, and one-third for the term of one year; and annually thereafter one-third of the board of directors shall be elected for the term of

three years.

Sec. 3. Whenever any vacancy shall happen in the board of directors, by the death or resignation of any member, or otherwise, such vacancy may be filled by the remaining directors for the remainder of the term for which said director was elected.

Sec. 4. Such parts of sections four and five of the charter of said corporation as are inconsistent with this resolution are hereby repealed.

Approved, April 1, 1903.

[House Joint Resolution No. 343.]

[56.) AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE BRIDGEPORT GAS LIGHT COMPANY.

Resolved by this Assembly: SECTION 1. That The Bridgeport Gas Light Company is hereby authorized to manufacture and distribute gas to and throughout the towns of Fairfield and Stratford, and to supply said towns and the inhabitants thereof with gas for all public and domestic purposes of lighting, heat, and power, in the same manner in which said company is now authorized to supply gas to the city of Bridgeport: Provided, that the public streets, ways, grounds, and waters of said towns shall not be injured thereby, but shall be left in as good condition as before, and that said company shall make all its locations and constructions in such streets, ways, grounds, and waters, and shall repair all damage and injury to the same caused thereby, or by the use thereof, to the satisfaction of the selectmen of the town concerned.

Sec. 2. Any incorporated fire district hereafter created in either of said towns, under any then existing law, may contract with said company for gas for the lighting of the public streets, ways, and grounds of the district, and for other public purposes; and shall have the power to lay and collect a tax for that purpose.

SEC. 3. It is however hereby expressly provided that all the rights, powers, and privileges within said town of Fairfield, given or granted to said company in or by this resolution, shall cease and terminate on the first day of July, 1905, unless said company shall sooner have in full operation in the town of Fairfield a gas service of the extent and kind and under the conditions contemplated in the existing contract between said company and the Uncowa Water and Light Company of said Fairfield dated July 8, 1902. But such conditional limitations may be extended for such further period, if any,

not exceeding two years more to July 1, 1907, as may be fixed and agreed to in writing by the said Uncowa Water and Light Company at any time after January 1, 1905.

Approved, April 1, 1903.

[Substitute for Senate Joint Resolution No. 168.]

[57.] CHANGING THE NAME OF AND AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE

ÆTNA ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY.

Resolved by this Assembly: SECTION 1. That the name of The Ætna Accident Insurance Company be and it is hereby changed to The Ætna Accident and Liability Company.

SEC. 2. All contracts, property rights, and franchises of said The Ætna Accident Insurance Company shall be and remain unimpaired and vested in it under said name of The 'Ætna Accident and Liability Company.

SEC. 3. Section four of the charter of said company, incorporated under the name of The Hartford Equitable Indemnity Company, is hereby repealed.

SEC. 4. Said corporation may make insurance as follows, to wit: (1) May insure any person against loss of life or bodily injury by reason of accident, and may insure persons against loss by reason of disease. (2) May insure any person, firm, or corporation against loss or damage on account of the bodily injury or death by accident of any person for which loss or damage such person, firm, or corporation might be responsible. (3) May issue policies of insurance guaranteeing the fidelity of persons in positions of trust, public or private, and may also guarantee the performance of contracts and other obligations, and execute or guarantee bonds and undertakings required or permitted in all actions or proceedings at law or otherwise where bonds are or may be required. (4) May insure persons or corporations against loss or damage by burglary, robbery, or theft, any or all of them. (5) May insure persons or corporations against loss or damage to glass. (6) May insure persons or corporations against loss or damage by water to goods or premises, arising from the breakage or leakage of sprinklers and water pipes. (7) May issue policies of insurance upon elevators and loss or damage to life or property resulting therefrom, and upon steam boilers, and upon pipes, engines, and machinery connected therewith and operated thereby, and also against explosions, collapse, ruptures, and other accidents, and against loss or damage to life or property resulting therefrom, and may make inspection of and issue certificates of inspection upon elevators, boilers, pipes, engines, and machinery. (8) May insure any person or corporation against any other casualty or insurance risk connected with accident, indemnity, or casualty liability which may lawfully

be the subject of insurance. Said corporation shall make good and pay to the person or persons, firms, or corporations insured by it all losses sustained within the subject matter of and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the policies of insurance issued by said corporation, which said policies of insurance, as well as all other contracts of the corporation, may be made with or without its common seal, and shall be signed by the president or vice-president and by one of the secretaries or assistant secretaries. No stockholder shall be responsible in his private capacity or estate for any debt or liability of the corporation. Said corporation is hereby authorized to reinsure in any company or companies any and all risks taken under its charter upon such conditions as may be prescribed or approved by the directors, and in like manner to write reinsurance upon like risks.

Sec. 5. The board of directors of said company may at their discretion require and enforce payment for said capital stock already issued, or which may be hereafter issued, such sum as they may deem advisable in excess of the par of said stock, and when payment for said stock shall have been made, one hundred dollars per share shall be credited to the capital stock account of said company, and the excess payment which the directors may require shall be credited to the surplus account of said company.

Sec. 6. The charter of said corporation as heretofore amended, and as amended by this resolution, is hereby reënacted.

SEC. 7. This resolution shall take effect when approved by a majority of the stockholders of said corporation at any regular or special meeting regularly warned and holden for that purpose, and a certificate of such acceptance filed with the secretary of the state.

Approved, April 1, 1903.

[Substitute for Senate Joint Resolution No. 44.]

[58.] AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE TORRINGTON AND WINCHESTER

STREET RAILWAY COMPANY. Resolved by this Assembly: SECTION 1. That The Torrington and Winchester Street Railway Company is hereby authorized and empowered, with the consent of a majority of the stockholders, to issue, as may be directed by the directors from time to time, preferred stock for a sum not exceeding in the aggregate one hundred thousand dollars, said stock to be entitled to dividends of five per cent. annually before any dividends are declared on the stock already issued, and such dividends, if not paid in any one year, may be paid out of the earnings of subsequent years.

Sec. 2. The certificates of said preferred stock shall be signed by the president and treasurer of said corporation.

Approved, April 1, 1903.

[Senate Bill, Substitute for Senate Joint Resolution No. 175.]

[59.] AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT IN THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE EXPOSITION

AT ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, IN 1904. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General

Assembly convened:

SECTION 1. There shall be appointed by the governor eight persons, residents of this state, one of whom shall be named by him as chief commissioner, who shall constitute a Connecticut commission for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition to be held in St. Louis, in the state of Missouri, in the year one thousand nine hundred and four, to coöperate with the board of directors of the said exposition in encouraging and forwarding the objects for which it is to be held and to organize, prepare, superintend, and have general management of the Connecticut department at said exposition. Said commission shall consist of five men and three women. Said commission shall meet at such time and place as the governor may appoint, and organize by the election of a president, a vice-president, and a secretary and treasurer; the secretary and treasurer shall be one and the same person and may be a member of the commission; a majority of said commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business; the commission shall have power to make rules and regulations for its own government, not in conflict with the laws of the state or with the rules and regulations governing said exposition; the members of said commission, except the secretary and treasurer, shall not be entitled to any compensation except their actual expenses when necessarily absent from their homes on the business of said commission; said commission shall have power to fix the compensation of its secretary and treasurer, and to employ such agents and assistants as may be necessary; said commission shall continue in office until it shall have completed and settled the business connected therewith ; all vacancies in said commission which shall occur by death, resignation, or otherwise, shall be filled by the governor.

The treasurer shall give an indemnity surety bond agreeable to the provisions of chapter 282 of the general statutes of the state. Said commission shall have charge of the interests of the state of Connecticut at said exposition, and shall furnish and maintain during the continuance of the same a Connecticut building for a state exhibit and the official headquarters of the state, and for the comfort and convenience of its citizens and exhibitors; and after said exposition shall have been closed, the said commission is hereby authorized to sell or otherwise dispose of the buildings and property of the state remaining upon said exposition grounds. The commission shall make no payments except upon the receipted vouchers for the same, and for services already rendered and articles already furnished previous to the time of such payment.

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