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· AN ACT for the relief of Joseph Thompson. 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 authorized and required to issue a certificate for three hundred and twenty acres of land, to Joseph Thompson, of the county of Cass, and State of Texas, which may be located on any of the public domain of the State of Texas, not otherwise appropriated, subject to all the laws now in force in , reference to the location of land certificates, and return of field notes and patent: Provided, he has never heretofore received any land from the State by virtue of his head-right..

SEC. 2. That this act shall take effect from and after its passage.

Approvedl December 16th, 1859.

CHAPTER 5.

AN ACT to legitimate Donaccana Thomas, late Donaceana

Howland. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That Donaceana Thomas, late Donaceana Howland, be, and she is hereby made and declared to be the legitimate child and heir of Samuel W. Howland, deceased, with full power to inherit ail property of which he died seized or possessed, as fully as if she had been born in lawful wedlock, and that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved December 17th, 1850.

CHAPTER 6. AN ACT to ameúd an act, entitled an act to incorporate the

Houston Tap and Brazoria Railroad Company, passed September 1st, 1856, and for relief.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Houston Tap and Brazoria Railway Company,

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SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Commissioner of the General Land Office be authorized, and he is hereby required to issue to John Ricord, a certifictate of one-third of a league of land, to be located and patented as in other cases. Lis

. -Sec. 2. That this act take effect from and after its passage. Passed December 19th, 1859. Bosht jo indir

AN JACT for tie relief of Michael K. Hammond.

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WHEREAS, Michael K. Hammond obtained from the County Court of Bowie. county, on the 1st day of July, A. D. 1844, a certificate for three hundred and twenty acres of land, to which he had become entitled by his emigration to, and residence in the Republic of Texas, which certificate is dated the same day, No. 111, and signed by Jas. N. Smith, Chief Justice, and James C. Moore and J. A. McKinney associates ; and, because the said County Court have made no report thereof to the Jand Office as required by law, the said certificate is suspended, Therefore,

SECTION. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Commissioner of the General Land Office is hereby required upon the surrender of said certificate to him for cancelation, to issue to the said Michael K. Hammond in lieu thereof a certificate for three hundred and twenty acres of land.

SEC. 2. That this act shall take effect on its passage.
Approved December 20th, 1859.

CHAPTER 9.

AN ACT supplemental to an act entitled an act to revive and

continue in force and supplemental to and amendatory of an act to incorporate the San Antonio and Mexican Gulf Rail-road Company, approved September 5th, A. D. 1850, and the several supplemental and amendatory acts concerning said Railroad, approved November 14th, A. D. 1857.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, that the time for the completion, equipment and placing in running order of the first seventy-five miles of the San Antonio and Mexican Gulf Railroad shall be, and the same is hereby extended to the first day of January, A. D. 1862 ; anything in the original charter of said Company and several acts supplemental thereto and amendatory thereof, to the contrary notwithstanding ; that the completion, equipment and placing in running order of seventy-five miles of said road on or before the

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first day of January, A. D. 1862, shall be deemed a sufficient compliance with the original charter and acts supplemental thereto and aniendatory thereof, to entitle the said company to all the benefits and privileges therein specified, and to the benefits of any general law for the encouragement of Railroads and regulating the same.

SEC. 2. That the directors and stockholders of the said San Antonio and Mexican Gult Railroad Company be, and they are hereby authorized to contract with the stockholders and directors of the Indianola Railroad Company for any portion of their road-bed or for the construction and equipment of any portion of said Indianola Railroad, and that in case of such contract with the consent and approbation of the directors and stockholders of said Indianola Railroad Company, such portion of said road-bed and road shall become a part of the San Antonio and Mexican Gulf Railway, and shall be owned; used and regulated by said San Antonio and Mexican Gulf Railroad Company in accordance with the provisions of the charter of said company : Provided this act shall not be so construed asi to allow more than sixteen sections of land per mile, for every mile of road constructed, and further provided, that the capital stock of said San Antonio and Mexican Gulf Railroad Company shall not exced seven millions of dollars.

SEC. 3. That the directors and stockholders of said company be, and they are hereby authorized to apply any portion of the capital stock of said company to any one or more sections of said road: provided, a report of the same be made to the Comptroller of the State by the directors, as to the stock so applied, and of the section or portion to which the same may be applied.

SEC. 4. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Passed December 22nd, 1859.

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AN ACT amendatory of and supplemental to an act entitled an

act to incorporate the Sabine and Galveston Bay Railroad and Lumber Company, passed September the 1st, 1856. ! WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Louisiana, by an

act approved March the 17th, 1859, entitled an act to recognize and grant the right of way to the Sabine and Galveston Bay Railroad and Lumber Company, “incorporated said company in the State of Louisiana, and authorized the construction of the company's Railroad from the crossing of the Sabine river to the town of New Ibena, in said State of Louisiana, under the name and style of the Louisiana Division,” with the right and privilege to accept of any act of the Legislature of the State of Texas, changing the name of said corporation to the Texas and New Orleans Railroad Company. Therefore,

SEC. 1. Be it eracted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the name of the Sabine and Galveston Bay Railroad and Lumber Company, be and is hereby changed to "the Texas and New Orleans Railroad Company," and that the Company may designate that part of their works which may be in the State of Texas, as the “Texas Division," and that part lying in the State of Louisiana as the "Louisiana Division.” And that all contracts, mortgages, debts and obligations of every description whatsoever, heretofore made or now existing, between the Company and all persons, and corporations shall be of the same force and effect, under the name of the "Texas and New Orleans Railroad Company,” as if they had been originally so made.

SEC. 2. That the Company be, and is hereby authorized and empowered to accept of, and act under, the act of the Legislature of the State of Louisiana, incorporating it in that State, approved March the 17th, 1859. And that the Directors of the Company may increase the capital stock to a sufficient amount to cover the cost of their works in the State of Louisiana..

Sec. 3. That all subscriptions to the capital stock of the Company made in the State of Texas to the “Texas Division," shall be expended within the limits of this State, and all subscriptions inade in Louisiana for the “Louisiana Division,” shall be expended on the work within that State, and that after the completion and opening of both divisions of the Company's Railroad, the Board of Directors shall have the power and authority to consolodate the same upon such terms and conditions as the holders or owners of two-thirds of the capital stock of the Texas Division may determine upon and assent to.

Sec. 4. That the Company shall be, and is entitled to all the benefits of an act entitled an act to encourage the construction of Railroads in Texas by donations of land, approved January 30th, 1854, and an act entitled an act to provide for the

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