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AN ACT compelling holders of tax certificates to take out deeds or lose In force March their claims. 8'lsm

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That in all Sales for taxescases of sales for taxes or assessments, whether made for city, state, county, or any other purposes under and in pursuance of any of the laws of this state, heretofore, now, or hereafter to be in force, unless the holders or owners of certificates of such sales, the time for redemption from which sales has now expired, shall, within twelve months from and after the passage of this law, take out the deed or deeds contemplated by the law to be issued in pursuance of such certificates such sales and the certificates thereof, shall be absolutely null, and shall thereafter constitute no basis of title, and shall cease to be a cloud on the title to the property to which such certificates refer.

§ 2. That unless, hereafter, holders or owners of such certificates excertificates, the time for redemption from which has not expired, and of all such sales hereafter to be made, shall, within six mouths from and after the time at which such privilege of redemption shall expire, take out the deed or deeds, so as hereinbefore stated to be contemplated, the said certificates and the sales on which they are based shall, from and after the expiration of such six months, be absolutely null, and shall constitute no basis of title, and shall cease to be a cloud on the title to the property to which such certificates refer.

§ 3. This act shall be deemed a public act, and shall be in force from and after its passage.

Appboved, March 8, 1867.

AN ACT in regard to publishing delinquent tax list. In force March

6, 1867.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the reve- Tax lists, nue law of this state be and the same is hereby so amended that, hereafter, publishers of weekly newspapers shall receive for printing delinquent tax list, the sum of twenty cents for each tract of land, and the sum of ten cents for each town lot.

| 2. In all counties in this state where daily newspapers R?J?sirof adT6r" are published the collector of each of said counties is hereby authorized to advertise said delinquent tax list in one newspaper, in both the daily and weekly editions thereof; and, when the same is so published, the publisher of said daily

and weekly newspaper shall be entitled to receive for each tract of land so advertised the sum of twenty-five cents, and for each town or city lot the sum of twelve and a half cents, and no more. Atts repealed. § 3. All acts or parts of acts now in force in conflict with the provisions of this act are hereby repealed. This act shall not apply to the county pf Cook.

§ 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 6, 1867.

TELEGRAPHS.

In force March AN ACT amending an act for the establishment of telegraphs.

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Section 1. Be it enactad by the People of the State of Illinois, represented In the General Assembly, That all competing telegraph companies and persons, or corporations managing or controlling telegraph lines in this state, shall be and are hereby made subject to the provisions of section nine of an act of the general assembly of this state,' approved February 9th, A. D. 1849, entitled "An act for the establishment of telegraphs," and the company, person or persons managing any telegraph line in this state, who shall refuse to receive and transmit dispatches from other companies or persons managing telegraph lines in this state, shall forfeit all right . to transact telegraph business in this state, and may be enjoined therefrom by bill of complaint filed in any court of competent jurisdiction, and be liable to pay all damages which shall accrue by reason of such refusal to the company or person offering such dispatch for transmission.

§ 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 9, 1867.

TEXAS AND CHEROKEE CATTLE.

AN ACT to prevent the Importation of Texas or Cherokee cattle into the In force Februstate of Illinois. "T ,867

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That it shall Texas cattle not be lawful for any one to bring into this state or own or have in possession any Texas or Cherokee cattle.

§ 2. Any person who shall violate the provisions of this Penalties, act shall, for every such violation, forfeit and pay into the treasury of the county where the offense is committed a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars, or be both fined and imprisoned in the county jail, at the discretion of the court, though such time of imprisonment shall not exceed one year; and such person or persons shall pay all damages that may accrue to any one by reason of such violation of this act.

§ 3. This act shall not apply to any Texas or Cherokee cattle exempcattle now on hand within this state; but persons having ted" such shall be compelled to keep them within the bounds of their own premises or separate from other cattle; and any damage that may accrue from allowing such cattle to run at large, and thereby spreading disease among other cattle, shall be recovered from the owner or owners thereof, who shall be liable to all the pains and penalties as provided for in section second of this act.

§ 4. This act shall be deemed a public act, and shall be in force from and after its passage.

Approved February 27, 1867.

TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION.

AN ACT to amend article seventeen of an act entitled "An act to reduce In force April the act to provide for township organization and the several acts amend- 28'186'atory thereof into one act, and to amend the same."

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the /State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That, sec- work on wghtion twenty-eight of said article be amended to read as fol- way"lows: "Every person liable to work on the highways shall work the whole number of days for which he shall

have been assessed; but every such person, other than an overseer of the highways, may elect to commute for the same or for any part thereof, at the rate of one dollar and fifty cents per day; in which case such commutation money shall be paid to the overseer of highways of the district in which the person commuting shall reside, to be applied and expended by such overseer in the improvement of the roads and bridges in the same district."

Assessed to § 2. Section thirty-one (31) of said article is hereby

u "" amended so as to read as follows: "Every person assessed

to work on the highways, and named to work, may appear in person, or by an able-bodied man, as a substitute, and the person or substitute shall actually work eight hours in each day, under a penalty of twenty-five cents for every hour such person or substitute shall be in default, to be imposed as a fine on the person assessed."

Fine. § 3. Section thirty-two (32) of said article is hereby

amended so as to read as follows: "If any person, after appearing, remain idle or not work faithfully, or hinder others from working, such offender shall, for every offense forfeit to the town the sum of two dollars." enaity. § 4- Section thirty-three (33) of said article is hereby amen

ded so as to read as follows: "Every person so assessed and duly notified who shall not commute, and who shall refuse or neglect to appear, as above provided, shall forfeit to the town for every day,s refusal or neglect the sum of two dollars. If he was required to furnish a team, carriage, man or implements, and shall refuse or neglect to comply, he shall be fined as follows: first, for wholly failing to comply with such requisition, four dollars for each day; second, for omitting to furnish a pair of horses or oxen, two dollars for each day; third, for omitting to furnish a man to manage the team, two dollars for each day; fourth, for omitting to furnish a wagon, cart or plow, two dollars for each day."

offset. § 5. Section thirty-eight (38) of said article is hereby

amended so as to read as follows: "Every penalty collected for refusal or neglect to appear and work on the highways shall be set off against his assessments upon which it was founded, estimating every two dollars collected as a satisfaction for one day,s work."

Pay of overseer. § 6. Section forty (40) of said article is hereby amended so as to read as follows: "Each and every overseer of highways shall be entitled to one dollar and fifty cents per day, to be paid out of fines and commutation money, for every day he is necessarily employed in the execution of his duties as overseer, the number of days to be accounted to and audited by the commissioners of highways: Provided, that when there is no funds from fines and commutations, the commissioners may pay the overseers out of other funds in their hands, if they think proper."

§ 7. Section forty-one (41) of said article is hereby Residents to be amended so as to read as follows: "It shall be the duty warne' of overseers of highways to warn all residents of his district against whom a land or personal property road tax is assessed, giving them three days, notice, to work out the same upon the highways; and he shall receive such tax in labor from every able-bodied man or his substitute at the rate of one dollar per day; and any person or his agent may pay such tax in road labor at the rate of one dollar per day, and in proportion for a less amount: Provided, That any person may elect to pay such tax in money."

§ 8. Article seventeen shall hereafter read as follows, Property asviz: "The commissioners of highways shall assess a road sessedtax on all real estate and personal property liable to taxation of the town to any amount they may deem necessary, not exceeding forty cents on each one hundred dollars, worth, as valued on the assment roll of the previous year."

§ 9. The overseers of highways of the several towns Ditches, are hereby authorized to enter upon any land adjacent to any highway in their respective districts, for the purpose of opening any ditch, drain, necessary sluice or water course, whenever it shall be necessary to open a water course from any highway to the natural water courses, and to dig, open or clean ditches upon said land, for the purpose of carrying off the water from said highways, or to drain any slough or pond on said highway: Provided, that unless the owner of such land or his agent shall first consent to the cutting of such ditches, the overseer of highways shall call upon two discreet householders to assess the damages, which such owner may sustain by reason of the digging or opening of such ditches or drains; and if the owner of such lands shall think proper, he or she may choose two other discreet householders to act with such as may be chosen by the overseer of highways; and if they can not agree, the four shall choose a fifth, as umpire, and the five, or a majority of them, shall make out their award, under their hands and seals, and deposit with the clerk of the town in which said highway is situated, who shall file the same in his office. Such award shall be final and conclusive of the amount of damages sustained by such person: and the amount so awarded shall be audited, levied and collected in the same manner provided in section fourteen, article seventeen of the township organization law; and the overseer of highways shall be warranted and is hereby empowered to enter such lands and dig, open and clean such drains, ditches and water courses, as aforesaid, for the purposes contemplated in this act, and is further authorized to use and employ the road labor and money of his district for such purposes.

Approved February 28, 1867.

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