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investment of the special School Fund in the bonds of Railroad Companies incorporated by the State, passed August the 13th, 1856, and all acts supplemental thereto, and amendatory thereof. And it is specially provided that nothing contained in this act, or the acts to which it is supplemental and amendatory of, shall be so construed as to permit this Company to appropriate any part of the said aid received from the State of Texas to the construction of its Railroads in the State of Louisiana.

Sec. 5. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its pa sage.

Approved December 24th, 1859.

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AN ACT to incorporate the Hebrew Congregation at the city of

Houston. SECTION 1st. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That Henry Fox, L. S. Hohmthad, S. Mayer, M. Jacobs, G. Gerson, A. Cramn, si Rosmfiew, R. Cohn, A. G. Kotswitz (of Paris,) G. A. Simon, B.'Cowen, Jacob Kern (of Jefferson,). J. Jacobs, A. J. Raphael, Julius Paris, Ph. Harris, Jacob Alexander, A. Shuelin, C. Dovidson, M. A. Levy, Wolf Bachrach, Moses Richman, B. Wolf, Isaaz Ephraim, Charles Dryfus, J. Coleman, J. J. Rosmflew, Samuel Iny, W. Cohn, D. Wicker, Felix Wolf and their associates and successors, be and they are hereby created a body corporate in the city of Houston for religious purposes, capable in law of suing and being sued, to have a seal, and to pass all necessary by-laws, rules and regulations for the government of said congregation, not inconsistent with the laws and Constitution of this State.

SEC. 2. That said corporation may have and hold real and other estate not to exceed fifty thousand dollars, and to elect such officers and managers of said corporation as they may deem proper, and this act of incorporation shall extend for twenty years.

SEC. 3. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved December 28th, 1859.

CHAPTER 12.

AN ACT to incorporate the Houston Hook & Ladder Company

No. 1, and Liberty Fire Company No. 2, of the city of Ilouston. SECTION 1. , Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That T. W. Whitmarsh, E. Riordan, E. L. Bremond and J. W. Mangum, of the Houston Hook & Ladder Company No. 1, James Robertson, A. F. Gammell, Peter Schwanders and E. F. Williams of Liberty Fire Company No. 2, of the city of Houston and their associates and successors shall be, and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate as a fire department for the city of Houston, under the names of the Houston Hook & Ladder Company No. 1, and Liberty Fire Company No. 2, of the city of Houston, with power to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, to appear and prosecute to final judgment in any Court or elsewhere ; to have a common seal, with such device as they may adopt; to elect in whaterer manner they may choose the officers necessary to command them; to establish by-laws for the government and regulation of their affairs not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of this State, and the same to alter or amend at pleasure, and to hold real and personal property, and to dispose of the same : Provided, however, such real estate and personal property shall at no time exceed twenty thousand dollars in value, and that the Houston Hook & Ladder Company No. 1, shall never exceed forty members rank and file, and Liberty Fire Company No. 2, fifty members rank and file.

Sec. 2. That the actual members of said Companies shall be exempt from serving on juries, except in capital cases.

Sec. 3. That said Companies shall have power by their constitution and by-laws to try all violators of their own ordinances agreed upon by a majority of the members of said Companies to suspend, expel or fine not exceeding ten dollars, those violating the constitution and laws of said Companies.

Sec. 4. That this act of incorporation shall be and continue in force for and during the term of twenty years from and after its passage.

Approved December 31st, 1859.

CHAPTER 13.

AN ACT for the relief of Hannah C. Buckner. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That Hannah C. Buckner, daughter of Benjamin P. Buckner, be and she is declared to be and made a legitimate heir of Benjamin P. Buckner, capable in law of inheriting equally with his other children, the property of her father that may come to her by descent or will.

Sec. 2. That this act take effect and be in foree from and after its passage.

Approved December 31st, 1859.

CHAPTER 14,

AN ACT for the relief of Alexander Fuggir'son. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Commissioner of the General Land Office be and he is hereby required to issue to Alexander Fuggerson, a certificate for six hundred and forty acres of land, (provided said claim has not been heretofore received, which may be located, surveyed and patented as other headright certificates, and that this act take effect from and after its passage.

Approved January 2nd, 1860.

CHAPTER 15. AN ACT for the relief of the heirs Joseph W. Bass, Deceased

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Cominissioner of the General Land Office be, and he is hereby authorized and required to issue a certificate for six hundred and forty acres of land, to the heirs of Joseph W. Bass. deceased : provided, that no certificate for land has alrcady been issued to said Bass or his heirs.

SEC. 2. That the certificate so issued may be located, surveyed and patented as other like certificates,

SEC. 3. *That this act take effevt and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved January 2nd, 1860.

CHAPTER 16.

AN ACT for the relief of A. H. Booth. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Commissioner or the General Land Office be, and he is hereby instructed to issue to A. H. Booth, a certificate for three hundred and twenty acres oi land, to be located, surveyed and patented as other certificates.

SEC. 2. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved January 2nd, 1860.

CHAPTER 17. AN ACT for the relief of the heirs of A. Spain Summerlin,

Deceased.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Comptroller Acting Commissioner of the Court of Claims be, and is hereby authorized and required to issue to the heirs of A. Spain Summerlin, deceased, one-third of a league headright certificate; nine hundred and sixty acres bounty warrant, and a donation warrant for six hundred and forty acres in consideration of said Summerlin having fallen at the Alamo under Bowie and Travís. Provided, that said certificates have neve: heretofore issued. Said certificate to be located, surveyed and patented as other certificates of a similar character.

Sec. 2. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved January 2nd, 1860.

CHAPTER 18.

AN ACT for the relief of the heirs of Matt Finch, Deceased.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the Stute of Texas, That the Comptroller Acting Commissioner of the Court of Claims be, and is hereby authorized and required to issue to the heirs of Matt Finch, deceased, a donation warrant of six hundred and forty acres, in consideration of his having participated in the battle of San Jacinto: provided, said Finch has never received said donation. Said certificate to be located, surveyed and patented, as other certificates of like character.

Sec. 2. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved January 2nd, 1860.

CIÍAPTER 19.

AN ACT to incorporate the Ti xas Masonic Institute. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That William G. Veal, John G. Lantz and G. W. Coalman and their associates and successors.in office, be and they are here by incorporatea and created a body politic and corporate by the name and style of “ The Trustees of the Texas Masonic Institute,” with the right to sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, to buy, sell and hold property, real, personal and mixed, not to exceed twelve thousand dollars in value, and shall be invested with the rights, powers, privileges and immunities incident and belonging to incorporated institutions of learning, with power to make such by-laws and regulations as they may deem necessary for the control and management of said Institution.

Sec. 2. That this Institution shall be located at Veal's Station in the county of Parker, and the privileges of this charter shall inure and extend to said trustees, their associates and successors in trust, so long as they shall confine their operations to the promotion of science and promulgation of education, not to exceed twenty years. :

SEC. 3. That this act sball take effect from and after its passage.

Approved Jan. 2, 1860.

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