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COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.
abolished or changed by the provisions of the constitution.
J. F. HIARTRANFT.
Domini eighteen hundred and seventy-four, entitled “An Act au-
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That whenever any associa- How deeds, &c., tion, formed under the act to which this is a supplement, shall may be executed
acknowledged. have occasion to execute any deed of conveyance, or bonds
with or without coupons, and mortgages, to secure, purchase or borrowed moneys, such association shall have a right to adopt and use a common seal, and to acknowledge such instruments
or writings by their chairman and secretary. Applicable to in- Section 2. That the provisions of the foregoing section struments hereto- shall be regarded as applicable to and authorizing the exe
cution of deeds, bonds and mortgages heretofore made and
J. F. HARTRANFT.
and sixty, entitled “An Act to consolidate, revise and amend the
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That section ninety-four of an act, approved March thirty-first, one thousand eight hundred and sixty, entitled “An Act to consolidate, revise and amend the penal laws of this commonwealth," be amended by adding thereto as follows: That if any person shall maliciously, either by force or fraud, lead, take or carry away, or decoy or entice away, any child, under the age of ten years, from its parent or parents, or any other person having the lawful charge or care of such child or the possession of such child, with the intent to extort money or any valuable thing from the parent or any other person, for the restoration of such child, every such person shall be guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars, and to undergo an imprisonment by separate and solitary confinement at labor, for a period not exceeding twenty-five years; and if any person within this commonwealth shall knowingly conceal, harbor or detain, or assist in concealing, harboring or detaining, any such child so taken, carried or enticed away as aforesaid, either within or without this commonwealth, every such person shall be guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars, and to undergo an imprisonment by separate or solitary confinement at labor not exceeding fifteen years: Provided, That this act shall not apply to the detaining or concealing of any child taken or carried away before the passage of this act, where the person or persons so harboring or concealing, shall, within thirty days after the passage of this act, surrender up such child to the custody of the nearest magistrate or justice of the peace, or to the sheriff of any county within this commonwealth. APPROVED— The 25th day of February, A. D. 1875.
J. F. HARTRANFT.
AN ACT Autborizing the holding of orphans' courts by other than the regu
larly commissioned judges in certain cases. SECTION 1. Be it enacted, &c., That whenever, by reason of sickness, absence, interest or other cause, a judge of orphans' court, in any judicial district of this commonwealth, may be unable to sit in any matter depending in such court, it shall be lawful for him to call upon any other orphans' court judge, or judge of any court of common pleas, in this commonwealth, to preside in and determine such matter, with the same force and effect as though he, the regular commissioned judge of such district, if presiding, might do. APPROVED -- The 4th day of March, A. D. 1875.
J. F. HARTRANFT.
AN ACT To provide a remedy for irregularity in the sealing up of jury wheels
and in the custody thereof. Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That when it shall appear to the judges of any of the courts of this commonwealth, or to the president judge thereof if in vacation, that there has been such irregularity in the sealing up of the jury wheel or in the custody of the same, as would constitute due cause of challenge of the array, it shall be lawful for such judges, or for such president judge if in vacation, to make an order upon the proper officers, requiring them forthwith to take from such wheel the names therein deposited, and make a new selection of persons to serve as jurors for the remainder of the current year, whose names shall be deposited in said wheel and sealed up according to law. APPROVED—The 5th day of March, A. D. 1875.
J. F. IIARTRANFT.
Authorizing the judges of the supreme court to appoint officers of
said court. Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That the judges of the supreme court be and they are hereby authorized to appoint one crier and so many tipstaves as said court may deem necessary in each and every city and county in which said court is or shall be held, whose compensation shall be fixed by the judges of said court, at a rate per diem for the whole year, not exceeding that now paid to similar officers of the
courts of common pleas of said cities or counties; which compensation shall be paid by the proper city or county treasurer, on bills approved by said court or by the prothonotary thereof, in pursuance of a rule to be made for this purpose. APPROVED—The 5th day of March, A. D. 1875.
J. F. IIARTRANFT.
Terms of officers regulated.
other city, ward, borough and township officers, excepting school
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That all members of councils and all other city, ward, borough and township officers, excepting school directors, to be elected on the third Tuesday of February next, or in any year thereafter, whose term of office would, under existing laws, expire prior to the first Monday of April, shall continue in office from the date at which said term would otherwise expire, until the first Monday of April next ensuing thereto; and the terms of their successors shall begin on the first Monday of April, and shall continue for the period now fixed for the duration thereof by existing laws in each particular case; and hereafter all elections for officers which will be vacant on the first Monday of April, shall be held on the third Tuesday of February next preceding thereto.
SECTION 2. That the members of legislative departments of Organization of legislative depart- the municipal governments of this commonwealth hereafter
elected, shall assemble in their respective places of meeting,
for the purpose of organization, at ten o'clock in the forenoon Inauguration of
of the first Monday in April in each year; and that the mayors of all cities of this commonwealth shall be inaugurated and take the official oath at twelve o'clock noon of the same day.
Section 3. That all acts or parts of acts inconsistent hereRepeal.
with are hereby repealed.
J. F. HARTRANFT.
AN ACT To authorize the entering of compulsory non-suits. Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That whenever the defendant upon the trial of a cause in any court of common pleas of this commonwealth shall offer no evidence, it shall be lawful