and towns having a population exceeding three thousand five hundred inhabitants, and such as by the law of their creation are presided over by a judge of a circuit court, shall continue to exist and exercise their present jurisdiction, until otherwise provided by law. All other courts of common pleas shall cease to exist at the expiration of the present terms of office of the several judges thereof.

Sec. 6. All persons now filling any office or appointment in this state, shall continue in the exercise of the duties thereof, according to their respective commissions or appointments, unless otherwise provided by law.

Sec. 7. Upon the adoption of this constitution, all appeals to, and writs of error from the supreme court, shall be returnable to the supreme court at the city of Jefferson.

Sec. 8. Until the general assembly shall make provision for the payment of the state and railroad indebtedness of this state, in pursuance of section fourteen of article ten of this constitution, there shall be levied and collected an annual tax of one-fifth of one per centum on all real estate and other property and effects subject to taxation, the proceeds of which shall be applied to the payment of the interest on the bonded debt of this state as it matures, and the surplus, if any, shall be paid into the sinking fund and thereafter applied to the payment of such indebtedness, and to no other purpose.

Sec. 9. This constitution shall be submitted to the people of this state for adoption or rejection, at an election to be held for that purpose only, on Saturday, the thirtieth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five. Every person entitled to vote under the constitution and laws of this state shall be entitled to vote for the adoption or rejection of this constitution. Said election shall be held, and said qualified electors shall vote at the usual places of voting in the several counties of this state; and said election shall be conducted, and returns thereof made, according to the laws now in force regulating general elections.

Sec 10. The clerks of the several county courts in this state, shall, at least five days before said election, cause to be delivered to the judges of election in each election district or precinct, in their respective counties, suitable blank poll books, forms of return and five times the number of properly prepared printed ballots for said election, that there are voters in said respective districts, the expense whereof shall be allowed and paid by the several county courts, as other county expenditures are allowed and paid.

Sec 11. At said election the ballots shall be in the following form: New constitution ticket, {erase the clause you do not favor.) New constitution, — Yes. New constitution, — No. Each of said ticket sshall be counted as a vote for or against this constitution, as the one clause or the other may be canceled with ink or pencil by the voter, and returns thereot shall be made accordingly. If both clauses of the ticket be erased, or if neither be erased, the ticket shall not be counted.

Sec 12. The returns of the whole vote cast for the adoption and against the adoption of this constitution shall be made by the several clerks, as now provided by law in case of the election of state officers, to the secretary of state, within twenty days after the election; and the returns of said votes shall, within ten days thereafter, be examined and canvassed by the state auditor, state treasurer and secretary of state, or any two of them, in the presence of the governor, and proclamation shall be made by the governor forthwith of the result of the canvass.

Sec. 13. If, upon such canvass, it shall appear that a majority of the votes polled were in favor of the new constitution, then this constitution shall, on and after the thirtieth day of November, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five, be the supreme law of the state of Missouri, and the present existing constitution shall thereupon cease in all its provisions; but if it shall appear that a majority of the votes polled were against the new constitution, then this constitution shall be null and void, and the existing constitution shall continue in force.

Sec. 14. The provisions of this schedule required to be executed prior to the adoption or rejection of this constitution, shall take effect and be in force immediately.

Sec. 15. The general assembly shall pass all such laws as may be necessary to carry this constitution into full effect.

Sec. 16. The present secretary of state, state auditor, attorney-general, and superintendent of public schools, shall, during the remainder of their terms of office, unless otherwise directed by law, receive the same compensation and fees as is now provided by law; and the present state treasurer shall, during the remainder of the term of his office, continue to be governed by existing law, in the custody and disposition of the state funds, unless otherwise directed by law.

Sec. 17. Section twelve of [the] bill of rights shall not be so construed as to prevent arrests and preliminary examination in any criminal case.

Done in convention, at the capital, in the city of Jefferson, on the second day of August, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five, and of the independence of the United States the one hundredth.

WALDO P. JOHNSON, President, St. Clair county.
N. W. W ATKINS, Vice President, Scott county.
Letcher, Mr. H., Saline.

Adams, Washington, Cooper.
Allen, Dbwitt C, Clay.
Alexander, A. M., Monroe.
Black, Francis K., Jackson.
Boone, Henry, DeKalb.
Bradfield, George W., Laclede.
Bhoadhkad, James O., St. Louis.
Brokmeter, Henry O, St. Louis.
CarlEton, George W, Pemiscot.
Chrisman, William, Jackson.
Conway, Edmund V., St. Francois.
Cottey, Louis F., Knox.
Crews, T. W. B., Franklin.
Crockett, Samuel R., Vernon.
Davis, Lowndey Henry, Cape Girardeau.
Dryden, Leonid As J., Warren.
Dysabt, Benjamin Robert, Macon.
Edwards, John F. T., Iron.
Edwards, Jambs, G, St. Louis.
Ettzen, Charles D., Gasconade.
FArris, James L., Ray.
Ft An, Robert W. Webster.
Gantt, Thomas Tasker, St. Louis.
Gottbchalk, Louis, St. Louis.
Hale, John B.^Carroll.
Halliburton, W, Sullivan.
Hammond, Charles, Chariton.
Hardin, Neill Cameron, Pike.
Holltday, J. A., Caldwell.
Hyer, John, Dent.
Johnson, Horace B., Cole.
Johnston, T. J., Nodoway.
Lackland, Henry Clay, St. Charles.


Lay, Alfred M., Cole.
Mabrey, Pinckney, Ripley.
Massey, B. F., Newton.
Maxey, James Harvey, Howell,
Mcafee, Charles B., Greene.
Mckee, Archibald V.,Lincoln.
Mccabe, Edward, Marion.
Mckillop, Malcomb, Atchison.
Mortell, Nicholas A., St. Louis.
Mudd, Henry Thomas, St. Louis.
Nickbrson, Edmund A., Johnson.
Norton, Elijah Hise, Platte.
Pipkin, Philip, Jefferson.
Priest, William, Platte.
Pulitzer, Joseph, St. Louis.
Ray, John, Barry.
Rider, J. H., Bollinger.
Ripley, J. R., Schuyler.
Roberts, James C, Buchanan.
Ross, J. P., Morgan.
Ross, John W., Polk.
Rucker, John Fleming,.Boone.
Shackelford, Thomas, Howard.
Shanklin, John H., Grundy.
Shields, George H., St. Louis.
Spaunhorst, Henry J., St. Louis.
Switzler, William F., Boone.
Taylor, John H., Jasper.
Taylor, Amos Rdley, St. Louis.
Todd, Albert, St. Louis.
Wagner, L. J , Scotland.
Wallace, Henry C, Lafayette.
G. N. NOLAN, Secretary.
J. Boyle Adams, Assistant Secretary


Abstract of Missouri State Laws


A bill of exchange is a written order from one person to another, directing the person to whom it is addressed to pay to a third person a certain sum of money therein named.

The person making the bill is called the maker. The person to whom it is directed is called the drawee, and the person in whose favor the bill of exchange is made payable, is called the payee, and the person who acceepts a bill of exchange, is called the acceptor.

A bill of exchange may be negotiable or non-negotiable ; if negotiable, it may be transferred either before or after acceptance. To make it negotiable it must be payable to the order ot the payee, or to the bearer, or must contain other equivalent or operative words of transfer.

Bills of exchange containing no words of transfer, are non-negotiable.

The usual form of accepting bills of exchange, is by writing "accepted" across the bill, and signing the acceptor's name. •

After such acceptance the acceptor becomes liable for the payment bf the bill upon its maturity.

No person within this state shall be charged as an acceptor of a bill pf exchange unless his acceptance shall be in writing signed by himself, or his lawful agent.

If such acceptance be written on a paper other than the bill, it shall not bind the acceptor. Except in favor of a person to whom such acceptance shall have been shown, and who upon the faith thereof shall have received the bill for a valuable consideration.

An unconditional promise in writing to accept a bill before it is drawn, will be binding upon the acceptor in favor of any person who upon the faith of such written promise shall have received the bill for a valuable consideration.

Every holder of a bill presenting the same for acceptance, may require that the acceptance be written on the bill, and a refusal to comply with such request, shall be deemed a refusal to accept, and the bill may be protested for non-acceptance.

Every person upon whom a bill of exchange may be drawn, and to whom the same shall be delivered for acceptance, who shall destroy such bill or refuse within twenty-four hours after such delivery, or within such period as the holder may allow to return the bill accepted or non-accepted to the holders, shall be deemed to have accepted the same.

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