Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 25
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ALL THE LAWS OF THE LAST LEGISLATURE. '3.5
THE CHOCTAW AND CHICKASAW INDIANS. (129.)
This law prohibits the selling or giving of liquor to those tribes bordering on
Texas, under a penalty of not less than $50, nor more than $100.
UNIFORM WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. (132.)
The Governor is authorized to procure from the General Government uniform
weights and measures of the standard of the United States, which shall be the
standard of this State, copies of which are required to be made under the direction
of the Governor, with an appropriate seal; and a full set of such weights and mea-
sures is to be delivered to each of the Chief Justices of the counties, it being made
the duty of the County Courts to appropriate a sufficient sum of money to pay for
them. Any person may then have his weights and measures tested, by apply-
ing to the Chief Justice; and if correct, he hall stamp them with the letter T",
and, the initial letter of the County. The fee for any steelyard or balance is fifty
cents, and for every weight or measure ten cents. Every person shall forfeit ten
dollars for every month he shall use any weight, balance, or measure not agreeing
with this standard.
TO RECOVER RUNAWAY OR STOLEN NEGROES. (133.)
This law gives one third of the value of the slave that has been brought back
from beyond the slave territory of the United States, to the person by whom he
is brought back. Such person may either deliver the slave to the owner, who
shall pay him the third of his value; or if the owner is unknown, or in case he
prefers to do so, he may deliver the slave to the Sheriff of Travis county, and the
third of his value shall be paid him from the State Treasury, the negro being
appraised for that purpose, the money to be refunded to the Treasary by the owner
when he proves his property. But should no one prove the ownership in three
months, then the negro is to be sold at auction, and the Treasury shall be reim-
bursed from the proceeds of sale, and the residue shall be kept subject to the claim
of the owner when found.
THE PENITENTIARY. (136.)
This Act appropriates for the support of the Penitentiary for the years 184S and
1849, the sum of $104,526, of which $18,000 is for the purchase of new machinery
f,r the manufacture of cotton and wool, provided that no part of this machinery
shall be purchased in Massachusetts.
One ferry boat at every ferry is exempted from forced sale, provided its value
does not exceed $500.
TEXAS SUPREME COURT REPORTS. (141.)
One hundred additional copies of the Reports are required to be purchased, the
cost not to exceed $4.50 per volume.
GALVESTON, HOUSTON, AND HENDERSON R. R. COMPANY. (143.)
This Act prohibits land certificates from issuing to this Company, until the rail-
road shall be completed from the city of Galveston, and over the bay to Virginia
Point, in such manner as not to impede navigation in the bay, and from Virginia
Point to the city of Houston.
INCORPORATING VOLUNTEER COMPANIES. (146.)
By complying with the provisions of this Act all volunteer uniform military com-
panies may secure all the benefits of an act of incorporation.
GALVESTON AND BRAZOS NAVIGATION (CANAL) COMPANY. (148.)
This Act authorizes the above Company to raise and re-locate their land certifi-
cates, should their present location be found to be beyond the limits of the State.
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