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canvass votes.

ding improvements upon real estate, and collected in the same Tax how as

sessed and manner, and at the same time, that county taxes are assessed

collected. and collected, which taxes shall be paid by the county treasurer, to said trustees, on or before the second Monday in January How expend.

ed. next, and be by said trustees expended in the erection and completion of said district school house: Provided, that a Proviso. majority of the tax payers, inhabitants of said school district, who shall vote at a district school meeting to be held for that purpose, at the usual place of holding district school meetings in said district, shall vote for such tax to be raised.

Trustees to Sec. 3. The trustees of said school district shall receive, and canvass, and make return to the clerk of the board of county commissioners, of all the votes cast at such election, who shall lay the same before the board of county commissioners, for the purposes contemplated in this act.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect from and after its passage.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.


President of the Council APPROVED, January 29, 1847.



To incorporate the Mississippi and Lake Erie

Navigation Company. Be it enacted by the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin:

SECTION 1. That William B. Astor, Ramsey Crooks, Samuel Abbott, Henry S. Baird, Randall Wilcox, Daniel Whit

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ney, Morgan L. Martin, John F. Meade, Daniel Butler, H.

E. Eastman, Henry Concklin, L. M. Miller, Geo. F. Wright, powers of cor- Loyal H. Jones, H. L. Douseman, their associates, succesporation.

sors, and assigns, be, and the same are hereby created and declared a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name, style, and title of the “Mississippi and Lake Erie Navigation Company,” by which name the subscribers shall have perpetual succession with full power to sue, and be sued, plead, and be impleaded, in all courts of record; to purchase, hold, and enjoy, all such property, both real and personal, as may be necessary and useful for the


of the company, and the same, at any time, to sell, mortgage, or assign; may have and use a common seal, and the same may alter or renew at pleasure, and may also ordain and establish such byelaws, and other ordinances, not repugnant to the laws of the land, as may be convenient for the better regulation of themselves, their officers, and servants, and generally to do and perform all and singular the matters and things which to them shall lawfully appertain, for the well being of said corporation, and the due management and right ordering of the

affairs of the same: Provided, that nothing herein containBanking pow-ed shall be construed as in any way giving the said company

any banking privileges whatever, or any other liberties, privileges or franchises, but such as may be necessary, or incident to the business of transporting freight and passengers to and from the Mississippi river and Buffalo by way of the Wisconsin and Fox rivers and the lakes, and to and from the intermediate points on said rivers and lakes.

Sec. 2. The capital stock of said company shall be one

hundred thousand dollars, to be divided into five thousand Capital stock how increased shares of twenty dollars each : Provided, however, that at

any regular annual meeting of the members of said corporation, the stockholders thereof may, by a vote representing not less than a majority in interest of said corporation, increase the capital stock thereof, to any amount not exceeding the sum of two hundred thousand dollars in the

aggregate, which increase shall also be divided into shares of twenty dollars each.

Sec. 3. Henry S. Baird, L. M. Miller, and Henry Conk

ers Hot CO2ferred.

lin, are hereby appointed a committee to call the first meeting of the persons named in the first section of this act, at First meeting such time and place as a majority of said committee shall ap-how called. point, at which meeting said company shall be organized by the choice of a president, five directors, and a treasurer ; and there shall be appointed one or more commissioners, whose duty it shall be to procure subscriptions to the capital stook of said company, and suitable bye-laws shall be established for the government thereof.

Sec. 4. The president and directors shall meet from time Powers of the to time, at the call of the president, or of any two of the di

corporation rectors, and a majority being present, it chall constitute a quorum, when they may, in behalf of said company, employ such agents, make such purchases, sales, and transfers, and enter into such contracts as they may deem expedient to advance the best interests and prosperity of the company, they may audit and allow claims against the company, and take orders for the collection of debts due the same, and may authorize the president to draw on the treasurer for any

funds in his hands belonging to the said company, to satisfy any obligation or liabilities thereof; and at every such meeting a true and faithful record shall be made in a suitable book,

Record of proto be kept for that purpose, of all the acts, votes, and doings ceedings to be thereof, which record shall be signed by the president: Pro

kept. vided, that if at any such meeting the president be absent, the directors shall appoint, by ballot, one of their number to officiate as president pro. tem.

Sec. 5. The treasurer of said company shall give bond, with such penalty, and security as shall be approved by the president and directors, for the due discharge of the duties of Concerning

treasurer and his office, which bond shall be in the form prescribed by the

his duties. bye-laws of said company, and it shall be his duty to have charge of the subscription books of said company, and to record therein all transfers of stock made by any member of the same, together with the date of such transfer ; to keep a true and faithful account of all moneys by him received for the use of the company, with the date, and from what source the same was received, and at all times to disburse the same on the order of the president, and not otherwise ;

and at each annual meeting of the stockholders of said .company, he shall render thereto, under oath, a full statement and account of the financial affairs of said company : Provided, that he shall also be liable at any other time, to account in like manner to the president and directors at their call, and for any default in the discharge of his duties, he may be removed from office by the vote of a majority of said

president and directors. Annual meet.

Sec. 6. There shall be annually held a meeting of the ing of stock. stockholders, at such time as shall be prescribed by the byeholders.

laws, and at such place as shall be determined by vote of the stockholders at the last previous annual meeting, (the place for holding the first annual meeting to be determined by the meeting to be held under the provisions of the third section of this act,) at which meeting the president shall preside, and

each stockholder may cast, either in person, or by proxy duly Officers to be authorized, one vote for every share for the first five, and one elected.

additional vote for each and every additional five shares, by him or her owned in the stock of said company; and at such

meeting the stockholders shall elect by ballot all officers proRules and vided for in this act, a majority of the ballots cast being nebye-laws to be cessary to constitute an election ; and they may revise, prescribed.

amend, and add to their code of bye-laws; and may prescribe by resolution, or otherwise such rules for the direction of their officers and the regulation of their affairs as may be deemed expedient: Provided, however, that if said stockholders shall at any such meeting fail to elect any of the officers provided for in this act, the officers of the previous year shall continue in office until the said officers shall be elected : and Provided further, that if at any time a vacancy shall occur in any of the offices mentioned in this act, either by death, resignation, or removal, the president and directors shall forthwith fill such vacancy, by appointment, which appointment shall continue until the next annual meeting.

Sec. 7. Dividends of so much of the nett profits of the Dividends when declar. company as shall appear advisable to the president and died.

rectors, shall be declared once in each year, which shall be paid to the stockholders or their order by the treasurer, upon

the general order of the president, on demand, at any time after the expiration of ten days from the time of declaring such dividends.

Sec. 8. One-fourth of every subscription to the stock of Stock when said company shall be paid at the time of subscribing there to be paid. for, and the balance at such time and, in such proportion as the president and directors may determine ; and if after twenty days personal notice, or forty days notice published in any two or more newspapers, one of said newspapers shall be published at the seat of government of this territory, and the other at Green Bay, of the time appointed for the payment of any proportion or instalment of the capital stock of said company, any stockholder shall neglect to pay such proportion or instalment, every such stockholder, or his assignee, shall, in addition to the instalment so called for, forfeit and pay one per cent. per month for the delay of such payment; and if the payment of the same shail be delayed until the penalty Stock for

feited. shall be equal to the amount paid on account of such share or shares, the same shall be forfeited to the company, and the treasurer may, by order of the president and directors, sell the same for such price as can be obtained therefor; or the president and directors may, at their election, cause suits to be brought in any court having competent jurisdiction, for the recovery of such instalment, with the penalty aforesaid and costs of suit; and no stockholder shall be entitled to vote at any meeting of said company, on whose share or shares any instalment or arrearages shall have been due and payable more than twenty days prior to such meeting Sec. 9. If said company shall misuse or abuse any of


power the privileges hereby granted, the legislature may resume all reserved to

legislature. and singular, the rights and privileges hereby granted to said company, and may establish rules and regulations for the government of said company, in relation to the use of its privileges; and the said company shall annually report to

Annual report

to be made to the legislature of Wisconsin the amount of capital stock in- legislature. vested, the amount of tolls received by said company, which

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