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bridge, viaduct, culvert, embankment, station-house, or other structure or fixture, or any part thereof, attached to or connected with any railroad; or,

2. Places any obstruction upon the rails or track of any railroad, or of any switch, branch, branch-way, or turnout connected with any railroad;

Is punishable by imprisonment in the State Prison not exceeding five years, or in the County Jail not less than six months.

Sec. 590. Every person who maliciously removes or injures Injuries to any mile-board, post, or stone, or guide-post, or any inscrip- and guidetion on such, erected upon any highway, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

SEC. 591. Every person who maliciously takes down, Injuring removes, injures, or obstructs any line of telegraph, or any lines. part thereof, or appurtenance or apparatus connected therewith, or severs any wire thereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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TITLE XIV.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF.

mischief

defined.

sections restrictive of last section

SECTION 594. Every person who maliciously injures or malicious destroys any real or personal property not his own, in cases in general, otherwise than such as are specified in this Code, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

SEC. 595. The specification of the acts enumerated in the Specificafollowing sections of this chapter is not intended to restrict following or qualify the interpretation of the preceding section.

SEC. 600. Every person who willfully and maliciously Burning burns any bridge exceeding in value fifty dollars, or any and other building, snow-shed, or vessel, not the subject of arson, or any the subject stack of grain of any kind, or of hay, or any growing or standing grain, grass, or tree, or any fence, not the property of such person, is punishable by imprisonment in the State Prison for not less than one nor more than ten years.

buildings

of arson.

PART II.

TITLE III.

OF PROCEEDINGS IN CRIMINAL ACTIONS PROSECUTED BY IN

DICTMENT, TO THE COMMITMENT, INCLUSIVE.

CHAPTER I.

OF THE LOCAL JURISDICTION OF PUBLIC OFFENSES.

Jurisdiction of an offense on board a vessel, or on railroad train or car.

SECTION 783. When an offense is committed in this State, on board a vessel navigating a river, bay, slough, lake, or canal, or lying therein, in the prosecution of her voyage, the jurisdiction is in any county through which the vessel is navigated in the course of her voyage, or in the county where the voyage terminates; and when the offense is committed in this State, on a railroad train or car prosecuting its trip, the jurisdiction is in any county through which the train or car passes in the course of her trip, or in the county where the trip terminates. (Amendment, approved January 28, 1876; Amendments 1875-6, 116; took effect sixtieth day after passage.)

GENERAL LAWS RELATING TO RAILROADS;

PASSED BY THE TWENTY-SECOND SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE OF

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

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CHAP. DXCVII.- An Act to enable railroad companies to com

plete their railroads.

[Approved April 1, 1878.] The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and

Assembly, do enact as follows: SECTION 1. Every railroad company heretofore organized Authorizing under the laws of this State, and which has completed a of railroads. portion of its road prior to the passage of this Act, is hereby authorized and empowered to complete its road as described in its articles of incorporation, notwithstanding it may not have begun the construction of its road within two years after filing its original articles of incorporation, and notwithstanding it may not have completed and put in operation five miles of its road each year thereafter.

SEC. 2. This Act shall take effect from and after its passage.

CHAP. DCXIII.- An Act imposing a tax on the issue of certifi

cates of stock corporations.

[Approved April 1, 1878.] The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and

Assembly, do enact as follows : SECTION 1. It shall be lawful for the Secretary of every Fee allowed. corporation in the State of California to demand and receive of any person requiring the issue to him of any certificate of stock in such corporation, a fee of ten cents in coin for each certificate, whether such certificate be the original issue or an issue on transfer, and such certificate shall not be delivered by the Secretary until such fee shall be paid.

Duty of
Secretary.

Examination of Secretary and books.

SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of every such corporation, on the first Monday in January, April, July, and October, of each year, to make returns, under oath, to the Tax Collector, or officer acting as Tax Collector, of the number of certificates issued by the corporation of which he is Secretary, during the quarter preceding, and pay to such Tax Collector the sum of ten cents in coin for each and every certificate so issued by said corporation, except that in the City and County of San Francisco such returns and payments shall be made to the License Collector, or officer engaged in the collection of licenses in said city and county.

Sec. 3. Such Tax Collector, or License Collector, is hereby authorized and empowered to examine such Secretary, under oath, as to the truth of said returns, and to examine, if necessary, the books of such corporation, so far as they relate to the transfer of stock, or issue of certificates, and if the returns are not correct then he is authorized to commence an action against such corporation in any Court of competent jurisdiction, in the name of The People of the State of California, for a penalty of one hundred dollars for each certificate issued by such corporation and not so returned under oath, and several penalties may be joined in such action.

SEC. 4. Any person violating the provisions of section two of this Act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and false swearing to any return provided in section two shall be deemed perjury.

Sec. 5. All moneys collected under the provisions of this Act shall be paid by such Tax Collector, or License Collector, into the county treasury, and shall become a part of the General Fund, or if there shall in any county be no General Fund, then the same shall become a part of such fund as the Board of Supervisors may direct.

Sec. 6. This Act shall take effect on the first Monday in April, 1878.

Perjury.

Disposal of moneys collected.

CHAPTER DCXLI.- An Act to create the office of Commissioner

of Transportation, and to define its powers and duties; to fix the maximum charges for transporting passengers and freights on certain railroads, and to prevent extortion and unjust discrimination thereon.

[Approved April 1, 1878.] The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and

Assembly, do enact as follows:

CHAPTER I.

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SECTION 1. On or before the first Monday of May, A. D. Commiseighteen hundred and seventy-eight, the Governor shall Transportaappoint a competent person, to be styled the Commissioner of Transportation, who shall be the legal successor of the present Board of Commissioners of Transportation, and who shall hold office for the period of four years, and until his successor is appointed and qualified.

SEC. 2. Before entering upon the duties of his office, said commisCommissioner shall take an oath or affirmation that he will to take oath. faithfully discharge his duties as such Commissioner, that he is not an officer or employé of any railroad corporation or company, or in any way interested therein, that he is not a stockholder, officer, or employé of, or in any way interested in any express or freight company doing business on any railroad in the United States. He shall execute and file in the office of the Secretary of State an official bond, with sufficient sureties, to be approved by the Governor, in the penal sum of ten thousand dollars, for the faithful performance of his duties under this Act.

SEC. 3. Said Commissioner shall keep his office in the office. State Capitol. He shall be allowed a contingent fund, not exceeding fifty dollars per month, for the contingent expenses of his office, and may appoint a Secretary, who shall receive a salary of twenty-four hundred dollars per annum.

SEC. 4. It shall be the duty of said Commissioner, when- Duty ever he shall deem it necessary, to inspect all railroads oper- sioner. ated by steam power (except street railroads) within this State, and to examine the same with reference to the security and accommodation of the public, and if on such examination, in his opinion any of the tracks, bridges, or other structures or works thereof are unfit for the transportation

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