The Laws of Texas, 1931-1933 [Volume 28] Page: 80 of 2,111
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72 GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS.
person shall violate the provisions hereof, he shall be guilty of
a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined in a sum not
less than One ($1.00) Dollar or not more than Twenty-five
SEC. 2. If any person shall desire to remove, mutilate or destroy
any protected archaelogical matters, prehistoric bones and
relics, unless the same be for the purpose of cleaning, clearing
or removing of same from any waters or lands for the purpose
of building any highway or making any improvement, when such
clearing is reasonably necessary thereto, he shall, at the time of
such removal, mutilation or destruction, have in his possession
the consent of the owner of said land in writing, which said
instrument shall clearly describe said land and clearly grant
such authority, stating the name of the person to whom it is
granted, and shall bear the address of the permitor and permitee.
Provided, however, that if the owner of said land be a
non-resident, of said county, then such consent must be acknowledged
by a Notary Public or other authority, in the same manner
as a conveyance; if said lands be State lands, or public lands,
then the consent of the Commissioners' Court of said county, in
writing shall be had. Every such person removing the above
described property shall have in his possession at the time of
said removal, and while the same is being removed, and while
the same is at any other time in his possession, such written
consent, and shall exhibit the same to any peace officer. But
the Commissioners' Court in granting such permit shall take
into consideration the limited supply of such matters in said
county, and shall see that only such soil is taken as is actually
necessary to preserve same in removing them. and that the same
are not exhausted by such removal.
SEC. 3. The sections and parts of sections hereof are hereby
declared independent of each other, and should the courts
declare invalid any sections or parts of sections hereof, then it
is hereby declared as the Legislative intent that the remaining
sections or parts of sections would have been enacted without
such invalid sections or parts thereof.
SEC. 4. The fact that tourists, expeditions. commercial vendors,
and other persons from without this State are rapidly depleting
and exhausting the beautiful plant life, which adds
beauty to the barren lands of some sections of the State, and
are rapidly depleting and exhausting the supply of prehistoric
bones and relics. Indian paintings, and other antiquities of our
ancestors, and the earlier inhabitants of this country, and are
exporting the same to foreign museums and institutions. whereas
the same are sorely needed at domestic institutions. all of
which is depleting and dissipating the natural resources of this
state, creates an emergency and an imperative public necessity
that the Constitutional Rule requiring bills to be read on three
several days in e.ach House be suspended. and that this Act
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1931-1933 [Volume 28], book, 1933; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth17293/m1/80/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .