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over all crimes, offences, and misdemeanors, whereof justices of the peace within the county of Bristol now have, or may have jurisdiction; also of all suits and actions within the jurisdiction of any justice of the peace within the county of Bristol.

SECTION 3. An appeal shall be allowed from all judg- Appeals. ments of said police court in like manner, and to the same extent, that appeals are now allowed by law from judgments of justices of the peace. The justice of said police court shall not be of counsel to any party in any cause which may be pending in said court.

SECTION 4. All fines and forfeitures, and all costs in Fines, &e., how criminal prosecutions, which shall be received by or paid counted foz. into the hands of the justice of said court, shall be by him accounted for and paid over to the same persons in the same manner, and under the same penalties as are by law preseribed in the case of justices of the peace.

All costs in such prosecutions not thus received shall be made up, taxed, certified, and allowed, and shall be paid in like manner as is provided by law in cases of justices of the peace.

SECTION 5. The justice of said court shall be allowed to compensation of retain for his annual compensation, out of the fees received by him for his services as said justice, the sum of five hundred dollars for each year, and in the same proportion for any part of a year; and he shall, on or before the first day of January of each year, pay over to the county treasurer of the county of Bristol, all the surplus of fees received by him over and above the said sum of five hundred dollars.

SECTION 6. A court shall be held by said justice, at some Courts, when to suitable place in said town, on one day of each week, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, and as much oftener as may be deemed necessary, to take cognizance of crimes, offences, and misdemeanors; also a court shall be held on one day of each week for the trial of civil actions and suits. The justice of said court may adjourn said court as justices of the peace may now adjourn the same hearings or trials. The said justice may from time to time, establish all nec- Rales and regaessary rules for the orderly and uniform conducting of the business of said police court.

SECTION 7. The justice of said court shall keep a fair Record, and rerecord of all proceedings in said court, and shall make return to the several courts of all legal processes and of his doings therein, in the same manner as justices of the peace are now by law required to do; and he shall also annually, in the month of January, exhibit to the county treasurer of the said county of Bristol, a true and faithful aceount of all moneys by him received as fees.

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Special justice. SECTION 8. There shall be appointed by the governor, by

and with the advice and consent of the council, one special justice of said court, who shall have power in case of the absence, sickness, interest, or any other disability of the standing justice, to issue the processes of said court, to hear and determine any matter or cause pending therein, the said

cause being assigned on the record by the standing or by the Compensation.

special justice. The said special justice shall be paid for the services by him performed, out of the fees received in said court, such sum as the standing justice would be entitled to

receive for the same services. Pending suits, SECTION 9. All suits, actions, and prosecutions, which

shall be pending within the said town of Taunton, before any justice of the peace, when this act shall take effect, shall be heard and determined as though this act had not

passed. Time of appoint- SECTION 10. The governor shall have power, by and with

the advice and consent of the council, to appoint said standing justice and special justice, at any time after the passage of this act.

April 20, 1849. [Repealed, 1855, 306.—1858, 84.]

[1821, 97.) Chap. 128 An Act to prevent the Seining of Fish, in the Harbors of New Bedford

and Fairhaven. Be it enacted, &c., as follows : Boundaries, with No person shall set, draw or use any seine or net, in the c., are prohibe: harbors of New Bedford and Fairhaven, or the waters falling

into said harbors, north of a line drawn due east from the

almshouse in New Bedford, to Fairhaven, for the purpose of Forfeiture for of taking any description of fish, other than menhaden, and

any person offending against the provisions of this act, shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars for each offence, to be recovered by complaint before the justice of the police court in New Bedford, or any justice of the peace, to the use of the complainant.

April 20, 1849.

[1849, 219; 1854, 293.] Chap. 129 An Act to incorporate the Blackstone Savings Bank.

Be enacted, &c., as follows : Corporators. Welcome Farnum, S. H. Kimball, Michael Burdett, their

associates and successors, are hereby made a corporation,

by the name of the Blackstone Savings Bank, to be estabPowers and du- lished in the town of Blackstone, with all the powers and

privileges, and subject to all the duties, liabilities and restrictions, set forth in the thirty-sixth chapter of the Revised Statutes, and in all other laws of this Commonwealth, relating to institutions for savings.

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An Act to incorporate the Worcester Insurance Company. Chap. 130 Be it enacted, &c., as follows :

SECTION 1. John Green, Isaac Davis, Pliny Merrick, their Corporators. associates and successors, are hereby made a corporation, for the term of twenty years from the passage of this act, by the name of the Worcester Insurance Company, in the city of Worcester, in the county of Worcester, for the pur- Fire insurance. pose of making insurance against loss by fire, with all the ties. powers and privileges, and subject to all the duties, restrictions, and liabilities, set forth in the thirty-seventh and forty-fourth chapters of the Revised Statutes.

SECTION 2. Said corporation may hold any estate, real or Estate. personal, for the use of said company: provided, that the real Proviso. estate shall not exceed twenty thousand dollars in value, excepting such as may be taken for debt, or held as collateral security for money due to said company.

SECTION 3. The capital stock of said company shall be Capital stock. fifty thousand dollars, with liberty to increase it to an amount not excecding two hundred and fifty thousand dollars : provided, that not less than fifty thousand dollars Proviso. shall be paid in as capital within one year, fifty thousand dollars more in two years, and fifty thousand dollars more within three years from the passage of this act.

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(1845, 236.] An Act concerning Sidewalks in Unaccepted Streets in the City of Chap. 133

Boston. Be it enacted, &c., as follows:

SECTION 1. When any street or way, which now is, or Sidewalks, how to hereafter shall be opened in the city of Boston, over any be constructed in private land, by the owners thereof, and dedicated to, or rate land. permitted to be used by the public, before such street shall have been accepted and laid out, according to law, it shall Expenses. be the duty of the owners of lots abutting thereon, to construct convenient sidewalks on each side of such street or way, at their own expense, in such manner as the safety and convenience of the public shall, in the opinion of the mayor and aldermen of said city, require ; and, if the owners. of such abutting lots shall, after reasonable notice given fusal mayor and by the said mayor and aldermen, neglect or refuse to con- struct walk and struct said sidewalks in such street or way, in manner a aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the said mayor and aldermen to cause the same to be constructed as aforesaid ; and the expense thereof shall, after due notice to the parties interested, be equitably assessed upon the owners of such abutting lots, by the said mayor and aldermen, in such proportions as they shall judge reasonable ; and all assess

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134, 135. ments so made shall be a lien upon such abutting lands, in like manner as taxes are now a lien upon real estate : provided, always, that nothing contained in this act, shall be construed to affect any agreement heretofore made respecting any such street or way, as aforesaid, between such owners and said city: provided, also, that any such constructing of sidewalks in any street or way, by the mayor and aldermen, as aforesaid, shall not be construed to be an

acceptance of such street or way by the city of Boston. City council may SECTION 2. This act shall not take effect if, within thirty

* days from the passage thereof, the city council of said city shall vote not to accept the same.

April 23, 1849. Chap 134 An Act to establish the Franklin County Bank.

Be it enacted, &c., as follows : Bank in Green- SECTION 1. Almon Brainard, Henry W. Cushman, and

John S. Ward, their associates and successors, are hereby made a corporation, by the name of the President, Directors and Company of the Franklin County Bank, to be established in the town of Greenfield, in the county of Franklin, and shall so continue until the first day of October, which shall

be in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixtyPowers and du- nine, with all the powers and privileges, and subject to all

the duties, restrictions, and liabilities, set forth in the general

laws of this Commonwealth, relative to banks and banking. Stock, how trans SECTION 2. The stock in said bank shall be tranferred

only at its banking-house, and in its books. Capital stock, SECTION 3. The capital stock of said corporation shall $100,000

consist of one hundred thousand dollars, to be divided into shares of one hundred dollars each, and to be paid in such instalments, and at such times as the stockholders may direct : provided, that the whole be paid in on or before the first day of April, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty.

April 24, 1849.

[1850, 155; 1853, 236.] Chap. 135 An Act to incorporate the Springfield Fire and Marine Insurance

Company. Be it enacted, &c., as follows: Company estab- SECTION 1. Edmund Freeman, George Dwight, and John years.

L. King, their associates and successors, are hereby made a corporation, for the term of twenty years from the passage

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SECTION 2. The said corporation may hold any estate, Estate. real and personal, for the use of said company: provided, Proviso. that the real estate shall not exceed fifteen thousand dollars in value, excepting such as may be taken for debt, or held as collateral security.

SECTION 3. The capital stock of said company shall be Capital stock, one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, to be divided into o shares of one hundred dollars each, and shall be paid in by such instalments as the president and directors shall order: provided, that one-third thereof shall be paid in one year, Proviso. one-third in two years, and the residue in three years, from the passage of this act. SECTION 4. The said company may issue policies when- Company may is

sue policies when erer fifty thousand dollars of the capital shall be paid in : $50,000 are paid provided, that no more than ten per cent. of the capital paid ". in shall be taken on any one risk.

April 24, 1849. [1850, 255; 1851, 109 ; 1858, 4; 1859, 11.]

[1848, 107.] An Act concerning the Harvard Branch Railroad Company. Chap 136 Be it enacted, &c., as follows : The time allowed by law for filing the location of the Har- Time for locating

and building, exvard Branch Railroad is hereby extended to the seventeenth tended. day of July, in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine, and the time for constructing the said railroad is hereby extended to the seventeenth day of July, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty. April 24, 1849.

[1854, 334; 1855, 94.]

(1847, 108; 1848, 179.] An Act in addition to “ An Act to incorporate the Hingham Wharf and Chan 140

Land Company, in the Town of Hingham.” Be it enacted, &c., as follows :

SECTION 1. The Hingham Wharf and Land Company are company may hereby authorized to build and maintain a dam across Broad build Cove, so called, in the town of Hingham, extending from a place called Major's Wharf, or some point near the same, to Otis' Hill; of sufficient width, not exceeding one hundred feet, for a safe and convenient road over the same.

SECTION 2. The said company are authorized to erect a And may erect a mill on said dam, with suitable flood-gates and sluice-ways, and to retain the tide within said dam, for the use of said mill, whether for grinding or for other purposes.

SECTION 3. Nothing herein contained shall authorize said Proviso. company to appropriate, for said dam, the property or lands of others, except in the manner now provided by law.

April 25, 1849.

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