The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 4 Page: 964
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Laws of the State of Texas.
sacre,) the county seat thereof shall bear the same name, and may
be located by a majority vote anywhere within ten miles of its centre,
observing in other respects, the provisions of this act in relation
Sec. 24. The following limits, 'to wit: beginning at the northwest
corner of Duval county, thence due west with the south line
of La Salle to its south-west corner; thence dne south to the line of
Zapata county; thence with the lines of Zapata and Starr, to the
south-west corner of Duval county; thence north with the west line
of Duval, to the beginning, shall constitute the county of Encinal,
the county seat thereof shall bear the same name.
Sec. 25. That if, upon actual survey it shall appear that after
running the lines of the counties north and south of and adjoining
Eastland, Callahan and Taylor, the limits herein allowed to
each or either of them shall be less than nine hundred square miles,
then the limits of said named counties respectively shall be extended
west, so as to include the full area of nine hundred square miles.
In that case their north and south lines shall be extended due west
a sufficient distance to make the west line, running north and south
include within the entire county said area of nine hundred square
Sec. 26. That said counties or either or any of them may be organized
as follows: whenever the bona fide free white male inhabitants
thereof, (including all such recognized as citizens by the constitution
of this State,) over twenty-one years of age, to the number
of at least seventy-five, may petition the Chief Justice of an adjoining
county, or the nearest organized county, asking such organization,
and the person presenting the petition (being a credible citizen
of the county from which the petition emanates, shall testify
upon oath and in writing before such Chief Justice, that the names
subscribed to the petition are those of bona fide inhabitants of such
county, possessing the qualifications aforesaid, and were affixed
to said petition by each of said persons himself; then
it shall be the duty of such Chief Justice forthwith to order
an election in said county for county officers, observing the
provisions, as far as applicable, of the general election laws,
and giving at least twenty days notice of the time and places of
such election and designating presiding officers. The respective
presiding officers shall swear the managers and Clerks
and shall himself be sworn by one of the managers. The re(964)
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 4, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6730/m1/968/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .