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delegated, before some judge of a court of record, or justice. of the peace of said Grant county, who shall certify the same, and thereupon the said commissioners shall deliver the said plat and registry appended, to the register of deeds, in said Grant county, whose duty it shall be to record the same for the fees allowed by law.
Sec, 3. Before the said commissioners enter upon the du. Commission. ties assigned them by this act shall take and subscribe an ers to take an oath before some justice of the peace of said county of Grant, oath.
that they will faithfully and impartially perform the duties prescribed herein, according to the best of their understand.
ing, which oath shall be filed and recorded with the said plat, Salary of com.and registered in the office of the register of deeds. The missioners.
said commissioners shall be paid each one dollar and fifty cents per day for every day necessary [necessarily] employed in the discharge of their duties under this act by the citizens of said town who may have claims allowed and confirm. ed pro rata on the fair value of their respective claims, which value may be agreed on by the owners of the claims, or estimated by a person chosen for the purpose by a majority of said owners. The commissioners may withhold from claim. ants certificates of their award until the respective liabilities are paid as provided for in this section.
Sec. 4. After the said plat and registry of claims are du
ly returned and recorded by the register of deeds as aforeTrustee shall convey lots." said, then the said judge of the said first judicial district,
shall upon application by the person entitled convey as trustee by such deed as trustees are required by law to make to such person the lot, lots or premises allowed, or confirmed to him in the said registry. And when the said trustee shall have conveyed in manner aforesaid, to each and every per. son entitled on said registry, and shall have con veyed by like deed or deeds, the remainder of said before described tract of land not embraced in claims allowed and registered as hereinafter directed then his said trust shall be esteemed as fully discharged, and be released from all further connection therewith.
Sec. 5. And it is further enacted that if any of the said
pieces or tracts of land held in trust as aforesaid, shall remain Unexhausted
lots to be sold unexhausted by claims allowed and registered as aforesaid, by commis. the same may be sold by the commissioners, at auction, for sioners. cash to the highest bidder, and the proceeds of the sale ari. sing from such unexhausted lands shall be applied towards the payment of said commissioners and other necessary expenses, and whenever the purchaser of any lot or parcel thereof shall register his purchase in the register's office, with evidence that the purchase money has been paid, or secured to be paid to the said owners of confirmed and regis., lered claims,, then the said trustee shall convey to such purchaser, on request, in like manner as he is required to con• vey to the owners of confirmed and registered claims by this act, Sec. 6. The commissioners shall have like power with Commission
ers to have the justices of the peace in compelling the attendance of wit-like powers nesses, in enforcing order, in fining contempts, and shall with justices
of the peace. cause contending parties to file security for costs previous to their entering upon investigations of such adverse claims as may be brought before the commissioners for adjustment, and the costs attending the adjustment of all adverse claims, shall be paid by the contending parties, in the same manner as is a trial at law had been had before the proper jurisdic
tion, and such cosis shall be considered as a judginent, and : execution may be issued thereon, as on judgments obtained before justices of the peace. Sec. 7. In all cases where money has been paid into the Money to be
refunded it hands of the trustees heretofore appointed by the claimants claim not es. in Beetown, and the claimants having so paid, should fail to tablished. establish such claim, either wholly or in part, the commis. sioners shall cause such amount to be refunded to the claimant as he shall have paid more than his just pro rata; and such claimants as shall not have paid their pro rata as heretofore assessed to said former rustees, shall pay the same to said commissioners, before said commissioners shall register their claims as allowed.
Sec. 8. The commissioners shall continue to act until all
adverse claims are adjusted, and all expenses incurred by
reason thereof shall be paid by contesting parties. How wish ni Sec. 9. A majority of said commissioners may adopt such majority as- mode of expressing the sense of such majority on the qustions
referred to its decision by this act, as may seem most proper fairly to arrive at the wish of such majority, and may appoint a secretary, whose duty it shall be to keep minutes of the proceedings of said majority, signed by their chairman, and countersigned by the secretary, and all obiections which may arise in law or equiry, under this act, the said minutes shall be received as evidence of the facts therein entered and sta. ted.
Sec, 10. That should any, or all of the commissioners When com. missioners hereby appointed, refuse or fail to enter upon the duties of may be elsce. the office herein set forth, then it shall be lawful for the ed.
clainants to elect by ballot, a person or persons to act as commissioners, whose authority and duties shall be as legal as though he, or they had been appointed by the legislature ; Provided, the person or persons so elected receive a major ity of the votes of said claimants.
TIMOTHY BURNS, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
HORATIO N. WELLS,
President of the Council AprROVED, March 13, 1848.
To provide for the payment of the expenses of
the Legislative Assembly for the year 1848.
De it enacted by the Council and House of Representatires of the Territory of Wisconsin:
SECTION I. That there shall be paid out of the sum approa priated by congress for defraying the expenses of the present session of the Legislative Assembly, as follows, to wit:
To Horatio N. Wells, as president of the council, three dol: . lars per day extra, for thity six day's services; one hundred and eight dollars.
To Timothy Burns, as speaker of the house of representatives, three dollars per day extra, for thirty six days' services, one hundred and eight dollars.
To the Rev. Mr. Lord for services as chaplain to the council at the present session, the sum of one hundred dollars.
To the Rev. Hira'm W. Reed, for services as chaplain of the house of representatives at the present session, one hundred dollars.
To Dean & Co., for stationery furnished for the use of the legislative assembly ai its present session, seventy-four dollars and sixty-two cents. • To Hale & Chapman, for stationery and o! ber articles furnished for the use of the legislative assembly at its present session, three hundred and eighty-six dollars and seventy: nine cents.
To C. M. Rouse, for wood furnished for the use of the legislative assembly at its present session, three hundred dol. lars, as per contract.
To La Fayette Kellogg, for stationery furnished for the pse of the present session of the legislative assembly, thirtyeight dollars and fifty cents.
To J. C. Fairchild, the sum of twelve dollars and fifty cents, for oil furnished the legislative assembly at its present session.
To J. H. Lewis, for stationery furnished the present ses. sion of the legislative assembly, the sum of three dollars and twenty-four cents.
To Beriah Brown, the sum of livo hundred and eleven dollars and six cents, for newspapers furnished to members of the legislative assembly at its present session.
To Tenney, Smith & Holt, the sum of two hundred and sixty-two dollars and eight cents for newspapers furnished 10 members of the legislative assembly at its present session.
To H. G. Bliss, for oil furnished for the use of the legislative assembly at its present session, the sum of eight dollars and sixty-three cents.
To Cramer & Curtis, for newspapers furnished members of the legislative assembly, the sum of seven dollars and eight cents.
To Thomas McHugh, the sum of tivo hundred dollars for preparing the journal of the council at the present session, with an index, for publication.
To La Fayette Kellogg, the sum of two hundred dollars, for preparing the journal of the house of representatives at its present session, with an index, for publication.
To John Ramsdall, for writing done for the legislatire as. sembly at its present session, the sum of one hundred and forty-four dollars.
To Albert G. Cole, for writing done for the legislative as. sembly at its present session, she sum of one hundred and forty-four dollars.
To George P. Delaplaine, the sum of one hundred and eight dollars for services as private secretary to the governor.
To Ira W. Bird, for writing done for the legislative assembly at its present session, the sum of thirty-six dollars.
To Tenney, Smith & Holt, for incidental printing done for the present sesion of the legislative assembly, one thousand one hundred and sixty-three dollars and forty-six cents.