Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 27
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ALL THE LAWS OF THE LAST LEGISLATURE. 27
for county purposes. Free male persons from 21 to 50 years of age are required to
pay a poll tax of 50 cents each. Those having money at interest are required to
pay 20 cents on every $100, and to forfeit the entire interest on any sum not given
il fr txatin. A. tK a f -( ants on each 9100 worth of good wares and manr
chandise, sold or received for sale, is imposed; and a person not giving in his
merchandise for tax, is liable to a fine of $50; but the goods so given in are not
subject to any other tax. Theatres are subject to a tax of $100 each year; and
other exhibitions for pay must pay a license of $20 per year in each county where
they are opened. Peddlers must pay a tax of $50 per annum in every county
where they sell. Every billiard-table is taxed $50 per year, and each nine or ten-
pin alley, $0; restaurants are taxed $I each per year, and every race-track $40,
Every broker, or commission house, or merchant, is taxed $20, and auctioneers and
pawnbrokers also $20. It is made the duty of every one, before entering upon a
business requiring a license, to obtain the assessor's receipt, and to present it to the
clerk of the county court, from whom he receives the license upon paying a fee of
$1. Any person, pursuing a business that requires a license, without having one,
is liable to pay a double license, and the costs of the suit for its collection, one half
of which goes to the informer. It is made the duty of sheriffs, constables, and as-
sessors to arrest persons violating this law. The tax law of March 20th, 1848, is
repealed, but that of Feb. 11th, 1850, is in full force.
SECOND CLASS DEBT. (162.)
The sum of $40,000 is appropriated to pay claims for services and supplies,
known as Second Class Debt, which were presented to the Commissioner of Claims
or the Comptroller, and filed previous to Jan. 1st, 1858.
STUART PERRY. (163.)
The sum of $38,053.23 is appropriated to pay the claims of Stuart Perry.
TO FURTHER AID R. R. COMPANIES BY THE LAND BOUNTY. (164.)
This supplemental Act enables railroad companies to receive the State land do-
nations sooner than by the previous law, and with a smaller outlay of money. They
are now authorized to receive four sections to the mile for ten miles, when they
shall have graded 20 miles, and four sections more per mile for every further section
of five miles graded, the extent of the grade always being ten miles more than they
can receive land for. These certificates may be located, patented, and sold, as soon
as issued; but if sold, no more lands can be had, until satisfactory proof is furnished,
that the proceeds of sale have been faithfully applied to the further construction of
The following twenty-six Joint Resolutions were passed at the last Session of
1st. Requesting our delegates in Congress to procure the passage of a law
raising a regiment of mounted volunteers for the protection of our frontiers. Such
a law has since been passed.
2d. Authorizing the Governor to call out two or more companies of mounted
volunteers, not to exceed one hundred men, and appropriating $20,000 to defray the
3d. Requesting our delegates in Congress to have refunded the money paid by
this State for frontier defense.
4th. Authorizing the Commissioner of Claims to employ two additional clerks.
5th. Recognizing the rank of Captain Jno. G. Todd in the Texas Navy, and re-
questing the passage of a law by Congress admitting him into the United States
Navy with the same rank.
6th. Requesting the passage of a law by Congress establishing a mail-route from
Marshall, via Gilmer, Quitman, and Greenville, to Dallas.
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