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LAWS RELATING TO AGRICULTURE:
PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF MICHIGAN, 1869.
To Prevent the Introduction of Contagious Diseases in Cattle.
SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That when the Governor of the State of Michigan shall be satisfied of the necessity of the same, he shall have power to appoint three commissioners, to hold their office for two years, and make report annually to the Secretary of the State Board of Agriculture. Such commissioner[s] shall have power to use means to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases among animals, and protect the people of the State from the dangers arising from the consumption of diseased meat. Said commissioners shall have power to administer oaths, and appoint assistants for such time as they may deem proper, and to place animals in quarantine, and to do generally whatever may be necessary to prevent the spread of contagious diseases among animals.
Sec. 2. No animal shall be permitted to enter or pass through this State, which shall be deemed by either of the commissioners capable of diffusing or communicating contagious diseases.
Sec. 3. No cattle brought from Texas or the Indian Territories, shall be permitted to pass through this State, or any part of the same, from the first day of March to the first day of November, in each year.
Sec. 4. This act shall take immediate effect.
To Regulate the size of Dry or Packing Barrels for Fruits,
Roots, and Vegetables.
SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That the quantity known as a barrel of fruit, roots, or vegetables, shall be two and one-half bushels, equivalent to sixty-eight hundred and seventy cubic inches.
Approved March 8, 1869.
To amend an act entitled “An act to provide for the selection,
care, and disposition of the lands donated to the State of Mich. igan, by act of Congress, approved July 2, 1862, for the endowment of Colleges for the benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts," approved March 18, 1863.
SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That section three, of act number one hundred and forty, of the session laws of eighteen hundred and sixty-three, entitled "An act to provide for the selection, care, and disposition of the lands donated to the State of Michigan, by act of Congress, approved July 2d, 1862, for the endowment of colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts," approved March 18, 1863, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:
Sec. 3. All of said lands, excepting as hereinafter provided, shall be sold for not less than three dollars per acre, one-fourth of the purchase price to be paid at the time of purchase, and the balance at any time thereafter, at the option of the purchaser, with interest on the unpaid balance at the rate of seven per cent. per annum, payable annually into the State treasury, in accordance with, and subject to all the terms and conditions of payment, and forfeitures for non-payment of all interest and taxes due thereon, as is now provided by the laws regulating the sale and forfeiture of primary school lands: Provided, however, That all of said lands which are valuable principally for the timber thereon, shall be sold for not less than five dollars per acre, the whole of the purchase money therefor to be paid at the date of purchase.
Sec. 2. This act shall take immediate effect.
To Prevent Trespass upon Cranberry Marshes.
SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That if any person shall enter the premises of any other person, and take and carry away cranberries or cranberry vines there growing, shall trample or otherwise injure or destroy the cranberry vines growing thereon, without the permission of the owner or occupant of said premises, such person shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not less than five days, or by fine not less than five dollars, and costs of prosecution, or both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court; and if any of the offenses mentioned in this section shall be committed on the first day of the week, or in disguise, or secretly in the night-time, between sun-setting and sun-rising, on conviction thereof the punishment shall not be less than twenty dollars fine, or imprisonment in the county jail not less than ten days, or both, at discretion of the court.
Sec. 2. Any person who shall commit any of the acts of trespass in section one of this act, shall be liable in treble damages, in an action of trespass to be brought in the name of the owner or occupant of the land upon which said trespass may have been committed.
Sec. 5. This act shall take immediate effect.
Authorizing the Locating, Establishing, and Constructing of
Ditches, Drains, and Water-courses by Highway Commissioners of Townships, and repealing all acts relating thereto.
SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That when any persons in any township or townships shall agree upon the locating and constructing of any ditch, drain, or water-course, and shall enter into a written agreement, signed by all the persons along or across whose lands such ditch, drain or water-course is to run, specifying the place of beginning, the route and terminus, also the dimensions, and the number of feet or sections in length to be constructed by each person, and the compensation to be paid, if any agreed upon, and to whom, and by whom, and when to be paid, and a map shall be made, setting forth all of the above particulars, and the same, on being attached to the agreement, shall be presented to the commissioners of highways of any township, together with a sufficient amount of money to pay expenses incurred by such commissioners, they may examine and approve such proceedings, and endorse their approval thereon, and file the same in the town clerk's office of their township; and when such ditch, drain, or water-course shall extend into two or more townships, then duplicate copies shall be made and presented to the commissioners in each township, and be filed as above provided; and such ditch or drain shall be held to be fully established by law, and entitled to full protection from obstructions or damage.
Sec. 2. That before the commissioners of highways of any townsnip shall take any steps towards locating, establishing or constructing any ditch, drain, or water-course, there shall be filed with such commissioners, or one of them, a petition signed by one or more persons, and where such proposed ditch, drain, or water-course shall run along, by, or across the lands of more than two persons, then such petition shall be signed by a majority of all the resident owners of lands so affected. Said pe