1865, c. 68; 1870, c. 478. Duty of


1870, c. 422.


41 Md. 38; 42 Md. 480.

into the ability of such person, his or her parent or guardian, to pay the expense of his or her education; and if satisfied by evidence produced that such person is of teachable age, and is endowed with capacity to receive instruction, and that neither such person, his or her parents or guardian, is possessed of means to pay for such instruction, then it shall be the further duty of the county commissioners, or of the mayor and city council of Baltimore aforesaid, to certify the same to the governor of this State.

2. On receiving the certificate of the county commissioners, or of the mayor and city council of Baltimore, as aforesaid, it shall be the duty of the governor to authorize the instruction of said deaf and

Deaf and Dumb dumb person in the Maryland Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, located at Frederick, Maryland, for a term not exceeding seven years; and it shall be the further duty of the governor, on the certificate of the president of the said institution, that such deaf and dumb person has been taught at said institution, to order the comptroller of the treasury to draw his warrant on the treasurer of this State for two Appropriations. hundred dollars per annum, for each deaf and dumb person taught in pursuance of his authority at said institution, payable to the president thereof, in quarterly payments, on the first days of January, April, July, and October, in each year; and the governor shall also order the comptroller of the treasury to draw on the treasurer his warrant, payable to the proper party for the expenses necessarily incurred in transporting and returning said deaf and dumb person; provided, that the whole amount drawn from the treasury, for the purposes aforesaid, shall not exceed seven thousand five hundred dollars in any one year; provided further, that the governor shall dispose of applications in behalf of deaf and dumb persons, under the provisions of this article, in the order in which they may be made; and if the applications be more than sufficient to absorb the foregoing appropriation, he shall suspend the action upon the excess until vacancies occur, or further provision be made by the General Assembly.



1868, c. 205. Annual appro

priation for indigent blind.

By whom recommended.

Art. 33, s. 4.

1849, c. 209, s. 1. What recommendation to


1865, c. 75.

3. A sum not exceeding fifteen thousand dollars, shall be annually appropriated to be applied, under the direction of the governor, in placing for instruction in the Maryland Institution for the Instruction of the Blind, such indigent blind persons, of the age of nine years and upwards, inhabitants of this State and the county or city from which they are recommended, as may be duly recommended to the governor by the county commissioners of each county, and by the judges of the Orphans' Court of Baltimore City.

4. The recommendation shall state that such blind persons are in such indigent circumstances as to be unable, from their own resources, or those of their parents, to obtain instruction, and are of good natural capacity.

5. The amount per annum paid for any one individual, shall not Yearly amount. exceed the sum of three hundred dollars, nor the term of instruc

Term of


tion eight years.

1849, c. 209, s. 3.

Governor to port to legis

6. The governor shall report to the General Assembly at each Art. 33, s. 6. regular session thereof, the amount of money expended by him in pursuance of the provisions of this article, and the names, ages, and places of residence of the different applicants.





1. Superintendent; term of office.

2. Qualifications; beginning of term; vacancy.

3. Duties; immigration; salary.

4. State inspectors; examination of accounts; tobacco warehouses; inspection of buildings.

5. Wealth of State; Chesapeake bay; revenue.
6. Reports.

7. When office to expire.

SECTION 1. There shall be a superintendent of labor and agriculture, elected Superintendent. by the qualified voters of this State at the first general election for delegates to the General Assembly after the adoption of this Constitution, who shall hold

bis office for the term of four years, and until the election and qualification of Term four

bis successor.



SEC. 2. His qualifications shall be the same as those prescribed for the comp- Qualifications. troller; he shall qualify and enter upon the duties of his office on the second Beginning of Monday of January next, succeeding the time of his election; and a vacancy Vacancy. in the office shall be filled by the governor for the residue of the term.

SEC. 3. He shall perform such of the duties now devolved by law upon the Duties. commissioner of immigration, and the immigration agent, as will promote the Immigration. object for which those officers were appointed, and such other duties as may be assigned to him by the General Assembly, and shall receive a salary of twenty- Salary. five hundred dollars a year; and after his election and qualification, the offices before mentioned shall cease.


SEC. 4. He shall supervise all the State inspectors of agricultural products State inspectors. and fertilizers; and from time to time, shall carefully examine and audit their Examination of accounts, and prescribe regulations, not inconsistent with law, tending to secure economy and efficiency in the business of their offices. He shall have the supervision of the tobacco warehouses, and all other buildings used for inspec- Tobacco waretion and storage purposes by the State; and may, at the discretion of the legis- houses. lature, have the supervision of all public buildings, now belonging to, or which Inspection of may hereafter be erected by the State. He shall frequently inspect such build- buildings. ings as are committed to his charge, and examine all accounts for labor and materials required for their construction, or repairs.

SEC. 5. He shall inquire into the undeveloped resources of wealth of the State Wealth of State. of Maryland, more especially concerning those within the limits of Chesapeake Chesapeake bay. bay and its tributaries, which belong to the State, and suggest such plans as may be calculated to render them available as sources of revenue.


SEC. 6. He shall make detailed reports to every General Assembly within the Reports. first week of its session, in reference to each of the subjects committed to his charge, and he shall also report to the governor, in the recess of the legisla

When office to expire.

ture, all abuses, or irregularities, which he may find to exist in any department of public affairs, with which his office is connected.

SEC. 7. The office hereby established shall continue for four years from the date of the qualification of the first incumbent thereof; and shall then expire, unless continued by the General Assembly.

The act of 1868, c. 300, entitled an act to organize and regulate the department of labor and agriculture, pursuant to the tenth article of the Constitution, expired by limitation in 1872; not having been continued under the seventh section of said article.

1872, c. 282, s. 2. Organization of agricultural


Payment by

State treasurer

not exceeding



Organization of agricultural societies in the counties; payments by State treasurer.

When any number of individuals shall organize themselves into an agricultural society, or any agricultural society now organized societies in the within any counties of this State, shall have adopted a constitution and by-laws for their government, elected their officers, and raised annually by the voluntary contribution of its members, any sum of money which shall have been actually paid into their treasury, for of sum of money the purpose of being disbursed for the promotion of agricultural $500 per annum. knowledge and improvements, and that fact be attested by the affidavit of their president and treasurer, and filed with the comptroller of the State, the said county society shall be entitled to receive annually a like sum from the State treasurer; provided, that said annual payment to said county society shall not exceed five hundred dollars; provided further, that but one such society in any county shall be entitled to receive such appropriation in any one year under this section.




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1865, c. 159.

Facts to be fol- clerks of courts,

recorded by

and how.

23 Md. 525.


1. The clerks of the Circuit Courts of the several counties and 1865, c. 130, s. 1; the clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Baltimore City, shall receive and record in books prepared for the purpose, the lowing facts concerning the births, marriages, and deaths in said county or city, separately numbering and recording the same in the order in which he receives them, designating in separate columns, First. In the record book of births, the date of the birth, the Record book of place of birth, the name of the child (if it have any), the sex and color of the child, the names of the parents, the occupation of the father, the residence of the parents, and the date of the record. Second. In the record book of marriages, the name, residence, 1866, c. 102. age, color, condition (whether single, widow, or widower), and occu- marriages. pation of each of the parties, with the date of record, which said particulars, with the exception of the date of record, shali be ascertained and inserted in the body of the marriage license by the clerk Marriage issuing the same, and at the time thereof, and the date, place of marriage, name, residence and official station or title, of the person solemnizing it, shall be duly stated or certified on the back of said license by the person thus solemnizing it, and return thereof made as hereinafter provided; and for all of which said particulars, suitable blank forms shall be furnished by the comptroller of the treasury Blank forms to to said clerks.

Record book of


be furnished.

Record book of deaths.

Third. In the record book of deaths, the date of the death, the 1865, c. 130, s. 1. name of the deceased, the sex, the color, the condition (whether single, widowed, or married), the age, the residence, the occupation, the place of death, the place of birth, the names and place of residence of the parents, the disease or cause of death, the place of burial, and the date of record.

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Id. s. 5.
Of sextons,

takers, etc.

2. The said record books provided for by the preceding section, shall be truly and regularly paged and alphabetically indexed, in the case of births, with the name of the child (if it have a name), and if it have no name, then with the name of the father, if its mother be a married woman, and if its mother be unmarried, then with the name of the mother, in the case of marriages with the names of both parties to said marriage, and in the case of deaths with the name of deceased, or if said deceased be an infant without a name, then with the name of the father or mother of said deceased infant.

3. Parents shall give notice of the facts herein required, to the clerk of the court aforesaid, of the county or city in which a birth or death may take place; every householder shall give such notice of every birth and death happening in his house; the eldest person next of kin shall give notice of the death of his kindred; the keeper of a prison, hospital, almshouse, or other public institution, shall give notice of every birth and death happening among the persons under his charge; the person solemnizing or performing the marriage ceremony shall give such notice; any such person neglecting or refusing to give such notice for the space of six months after a birth, marriage, or death, shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding five dollars.

4. Any physician having attended a person during his or her last illness, shall when requested, within fifteen days after the decease of such person, forthwith furnish information of the duration of the last sickness, the disease of which the person died or cause of death, and the date of the decease as nearly as he can state the


5. Every sexton, coroner, undertaker, or other person, having coroners, under- charge of the obsequies or funeral rites, preliminary to the interment of the body of a stranger or friendless person, shall forthwith obtain and return to the clerk aforesaid of the county or city in which the deceased resided or the death occurred, the facts required by this act to be recorded by said officer concerning the deceased; any person neglecting or refusing to make such return within one month thereafter shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding ten dollars.


Id. s. 6.

Notice may be given to justices.

Duty of same.

Id. s. 7.

to be transmit

6. The notice required to be furnished by sections three and five according to section one, may for greater convenience be deposited with any justice of the peace residing in the election district wherein the birth, marriage or death takes place, and it shall be the duty of the said justices of the peace to transmit the same to said clerk every three months.

7. The clerk of the court aforesaid shall annually on or before Certified copies the first day of February transmit to the secretary of the Senate ted to secretary certified copies of the records of the births, marriages, and deaths, which shall have occurred in said county or city during the year ending on the thirty-first of December preceding.

of Senate.

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