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such company, which has been fully paid up and issued,
may call a meeting of the stockholders of such company, By , signing a by signing a call therefor with their proper names, stating
the number of shares held by each, and filing the same with
the president or secretary of such company, and publishing Publishing the the same in a newspaper published in the county of this
state where the principal office of such company is kept, or In county or at at the seat of government, for three successive weeks prior seat of gov- to the time fixed for holding such meeting, and mailing a To mail a copy copy thereof to each of the directors of said company, at of the call to his usual place of abode. And the secretary of such comTo be recorded. pany shall enter such call upon the records thereof, and the
fact of such publication and mailing such notice, giving the name of such paper, with the dates and place of publication; which shall be prima facie evidence thereof.
$ 2. The stockholders, of such meeting, (provided a stockholders. majority of the stock in such company shall be there repre
sented,) may amend, repeal or enact anew the by-laws, articles of association or other acts of such company, declare dividends, elect directors or other officers of such company; and, finally, do any other acts authorized by law to be done by said company, either at the first or any subsequent meeting of the stockholders or board of directors of such company.
$ 3. At such meeting stockholders may vote, either in May vote in person or by erson or by proxy, one vote for each share of stock held
and thus represented. A majority of the votes cast at such
meeting, upon any act or motion, shall be necessary to carry Majority to car
the same; and the proceedings of such meeting shall be entered upon the records of such company, by the secretary thereot.
§ 4. This act shall not apply to railroad corporations. Not applicable
§ 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and panies.
after its passage.
APPROVED February 11, 1859.
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In force Febru- AN ACT to establish the county of Douglas, and for other purposes therein named 8, 1859.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That all that
of the county of Coles, lying within the following Boundaries.
boundaries, to wit: Commencing at the northeast corner of the county of Coles, thence west on the line between said county and the county of Champaign, to the northwest corner of the county of Coles; thence south on the west line of Coles county, to the southwest corner of section
Fote for or
eighteen, (18,) township fourteen (14) north, of range seven,
$ %. The qualified voters of the said county of Coles Election.
against the creation of the said new county of Douglas by hallot, upon which shall be written or printed, or part)r written and partly printed, “For the New County," or " Against the New County."
$ 3. The clerk of the county court of the county of Coles Notice to be shall give notice of said election in the several election given. districts in said county, in the same manner as general or Manner of conspecial elections are given, as nearly as may be; and the ducting, elecjudges of election and clerks thereof shall conduct said ing returns. election and make returns thereof in the same manner as is now provided by law for conducting elections. In case of vacancies in the board of election, or failure to attend, such Vacancies. vacancies of absentees shall be filled in the same manner as is now provided by law in relation to elections. Returns of said election shall be made by the several boards of election to the clerk of the county court of Coles county, who shall be governed by the general election law then in force in opening and canvassing the same. The clerk of the county Returns to c. court of Coles county shall make return of the votes to Bright and J. Coleman Bright and J. B. McCown, within six days after the same have been canvassed; and the said clerk shall, also, within ten days, make return of said votes to the To secretary of Secretary of state.
$ 4. "If it shall appear that a majority of all the voters Special election in said county of Coles, yoting upon the question, have ber county ottivoted for the creation of the new county of Douglas, then, and in that case, there shall be held a special election in the several precincts within the limits in this act described for sail new county of Douglas, on the second Monday in April next, for county officers. Said election shall be conducted by the judges of elections then holding oflice under appointment in the county of Coles, and at the usual places of holling elections; at which election the qualified voters of the new county of Douglas shall elect all county oflicers for said county, except such as are hereafter excepted, who
To be commis. shall be coinmissioned and qualified in the same manner as sioned.
such officers are in other counties in the state, and shall
hold said offices until the next general election for such Term of office officers, and until their successors are elected and qualified, and jurisdic
and shall have all the jurisdiction and perform all the duties
which [are] or may be conferred upon or required of like Portions of the officers in this state. In case there shall be portions of precincts.
precincts or election districts within the boundaries of the new county, then the voters within the same may, at the first election for county officers, as herein provided for, vote within such precinct or election district as they may deem
most convenient within said new county. Justices of the
§ 5. All the justices of the peace, constables or other peace, consta- officers, who have been heretofore elected and qualified in bles and other the county of Coles, whose term of office shall not have
expired at the time of said election, and whose place of residence shall be embraced within the limits of said county of Douglas, shall continue to hold their said offices and exercise the jurisdiction and perform the duties thereof, until term of office shall expire, and their successors shall
be elected and qualified. County seat.
$ 6. For the purpose of fixing the permanent county seat of said new county of Douglas, the voters of said county shall, at said election of county officers, vote for some place, to be designated upon their ballots, for a county seat; upon said ballots shall be written or printed, or partly written and partly printed, “For county seat”-after which words shall be written or printed the name of the place intended. The place receiving the majority of all the votes polled upon
that question shall be the county seat of the said county of New election. Douglas; but if no one place shall receive a majority of all
the votes polled upon that question then it shall be the duty of the county court of said county to call another election, within sixty days thereafter, at the several places of holding elections in said county; at which time the voters of said county shall choose from the two places having the highest number of votes at the previous election, and the place having the majority of all the votes cast shall be the permanent county seat of said county of Douglas.
8 7. Notice of said election for county officers shall be given by the clerk of the county court of Coles county, in the same manner as notices of general elections are given in other cases; which notices shall specify that a vote will be taken
upon the location of the county seat; and returns of said election shall be made to said clerk of said
county court the same as is provided by law in other cases.
$ 8. All suits and prosecutions that have been, or may Suits and pro
be commenced in said county of Coles, including all proceedings in the county court of said county in matters of probate, before the organization of said county of Douglas, shall not be affected by this act, but all such suits, prosecu
otice of election.
tions and proceedings shall be prosecuted and conducted to
$ 9. As soon as the county officers shall have been Notice to cirelected and qualified the said county of Douglas shall be cuit judge. considered organized, and the clerk of [the] circuit court of saia county shall give notice thereof to the judge of the fourth judicial circuit, who shall hold court at such places as shall be designated by the county court, until the county seat is located, as herein provided-said circuit court to be Circuit court. holden at such times as said judge shall direct, until otherwise provided by law.
§ 10. The school funds belonging to the several town- School funds. ships embraced in the limits of said county of Douglas shall be paid and delivered over by the school commissioner of the county of Coles to the school commissioner of the said county of Douglas, as soon as he shall be elected and qualified. 11. The county court of the said county of Douglas Commissioner
to be appointmay, at any term of said court, by an order to be entered ed. of record, appoint some competent person a commissioner, for the purpose hereinafter expressed, who shall take an oath of office, before some person authorized by law to administer oaths. Said court shall, at the same time, provide a sufficient number of blank books and deliver to said Blank books. commissioner, who shall receipt for the same to the clerk of said county court.
$ 12. As soon as said books shall be delivered to said Commissioner commissioner he shall record in each a copy of the order of records. his appointment, and of his oath of office, and shall thereupon proceed to transcribe into such books all such deeds, mortgages and title papers of every description, with the certiticates of acknowledgment thereto, of lands lying in the county of Douglas, which have been recorded or may be recorded hereafter, before the organization of said county of Douglas, be recorded in the recorder's office of the said county of Coles; and there shall be allowed him, the said Compensation. commissioner, such sum as his services aforesaid are reasonably worth; to be paid out of the county treasury of the county of Douglas.
$ 13. When said commissioner shall have completed Records to be his work he shall make return of said books to the clerk of the circuit court of said county of Douglas; and they shall
thereupon be taken and considered, to all intents and purposes, as books of record of deeds, mortgages and title papers for the county of Douglas; and copies of said papers, certified by the officer having custody of said books, shall be evidence in all courts and places, in the same manner that copies of records are evidence in other cases, and with
like effect. County debt. $ 14. The county of Douglas shall be responsible for
and bound to pay one-fourth of the county debt of the county of Coles, incurred for stock in the Terre Haute and Alton Railroad Company, and shall be entitled to one-fourth of the stock held by said county of Coles in said railroad company; and it shall be the duty of the county court of the county of Douglas, after the first of January, A. D. 1860, to pay the interest on the bonds issued by the county of Coles for that purpose, numbered from No. i to No. 25, inclusive, semi-annually, as the same shall become due; and also to provide for and pay the principal of said bonds, numbered as above—the same being one-fourth of the said debt of
the county of Coles. Senatorial and
§ 15. That the county of Douglas shall, until otherwise representative provided for by law, at this or a subsequent session, be district.
attached to and constitute a part of the 25th representative district, and of the 18th senatorial district.
$ 16. The secretary of state shall forth with furnish the clerk of the county court of the county of Coles with a copy of this act, certified under the seal of state.
$ 17. This act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage,
APPROVED February 8, 1859.
'In force Febru- AN ACT supplementary to the act for the creation of the county of Douglas, ary 16, 1859.
approved February 8th, 1859. Preamble. Whereas it is represented that the county of Douglas, as
created by the act to which this is supplementary, does
Illinios, represented in the General Assembly, That the folAlditional ter- lowing described territory, to wit: Sections one, (1,) two, (2) ritory. three, (3,) four, (4,) five, (5,) six, (6,) seven, (7,) eight, (8,)
nine, (9,) ten, (10,) fifteen, (15,) sixteen, (16) seventeen, (17.) eighteen, (18,) township No. 14, rangé No. 10, and section