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ization) of not less than one-half of one mill on the dollar, nor more than one mill on the dollar, as the board of county commissioners may deem just: Provided, That nothing in this act shall be construed to apply to those counties where the sheriffs are ex-officio assessors thereof.

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of assessors to enter upon all assessment lists returned by them the special poor tax now required by law, and they shall be entitled to receive thereon the same compensation allowed them Special poor for the assessment of property in their county; but, for the collection of the special poor tax, of persons who pay no property tax, they shall be entitled to receive twenty per cent. thereof.

Approved February 21, 1879.

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BISON.

AN ACT to protect bison in certain counties in Montana Territory.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory

of Montana.

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"Section 1. That any person who shall wilfully shoot, or otherwise kill, for the period of ten years from and after the passage of this act, any buffalo or bison within the counties of Madison, Jefferson, Deer Lodge and Killing of buf.

falo prohibited Lewis and Clarke, Montana Territory, shall be fined not in certain counless than one hundred dollars, nor more than two hundred dollars; or imprisoned in the county jail not less than two months and not more than six months, or, both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court. Sec. 2.

That the possession of the green hides, or the dead bodies, or any part thereof, of any buffalo or bison, by any person or persons, within the the limits of said counties, shall be taken as prima facie evidence that such person or persons are guilty of killing the same.

Prima facie evidence.

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Sec. 3. Any person informing on any person violat

ing the provisions of section one of this act shall, upon Informer's re- the conviction of such person, be entitled to one-fourth

of the fine collected.

Sec. 4. It is hereby made the duty of the judges of the district courts held in the respective counties of Deer

Lodge, Jefferson, and Lewis and Clarke, to give in ies. Charge to jur- charge to the grand juries of said counties the provisions

of this act.

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its approval.

Approved February 21, 1879.

BOUNTY.

AN ACT prescribing a bounty for the destruction of certain animals. Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory

of Montana :

Section 1. From and after the passage of this act, the county commissioners may, when they deem it advisable for the best interest of their respective counties, offer a bounty to be paid as hereinafter provided : The sum of five dollars for each bear, and three dollars for each mountain lion or panther slain or killed in said

county : Provided, That any person killing, or causing to killing ,

Binantise ins have been killed, any one of the above named animals, and panthers.. shall, within thirty days from date of killing said animal

or animals, exhibit the entire scalp or scalps, consisting of the skin from the forehead, embracing the ears of each animal, to any probate judge or acting justice of the peace within the county in which the said animal or animals were killed, and shall file his affidavit with the said officer setting forth that the animal or animals from which the scalps were taken was killed within the bounds of the county in which the application for bounty is claimed. The said probate judge or justice of the peace, as the case may be, shall examine minutely each scalp presented, in order to prevent fraud or counterfeit; and should said officer, after careful examination, find the said scalp or scalps to be genuine, he shall mark each scalp by punching a hole one-half of an inch in diameter in each ear and furnish the party presenting the said scalp or scalps with a certificate of the number, and species, of the animals from which they were taken; and he shall receive for his services from the party receiving the certificate the sum of fifty cents for each bear Fees of officer. scalp, and the sum of twenty-five cents for each mountain lion or panther scalp.

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the board of county commissions to take up all certificates presented, that have been issued under the provisions of section one of

Payment of this act, and shall give the person presenting the certificate an order on the county treasurer for the amount as specified in section one of this act. The party presenting the certificate shall receipt upon the back of the certificate the full amount for which the order was given.

Sec. 3. The counties of Choteau and Custer are cepted from the operation of this act.

Approved February 19, 1879.

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BUTCHERS TO RECORD BRANDS.

AN ACT to compel butchers to record brands.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory

of Montana :

Section 1. From and after the passage of this act, it shall be the duty of all butchers slaughtering cattle in this Territory to keep a true and correct record of all marks and brands of all cattle slaughtered by them, recording also the name or names of persons from whom brands of all

cattle slaughterthe said cattle were bought, together with their resi- ed. dence and date of purchase and delivery of said cattle.

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to record.

Disposition of record.

The said record shall be kept in a suitable book, in the said butcher's place of business, subject at all times to the inspection of the public.

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of all butchers keeping a To make oath record as provided in section one of this act to make, or

caused to be made, on or before the first day of each month, two exact and correct copies of the said record, as kept by him or them, and shall be and appear before the nearest acting justice of the peace or probate judge, as the case may be, within the county in which said butcher carries on and conducts his business, and shall make affidavit to the correctness of the said record, one copy or which shall be placed on file in the office of the nearest justice of the peace, and the other copy shall be sent by said butcher to the county clerk in said county and placed on file by the said clerk, and [be] subject, as other papers in his office, to the inspection of the public.

Sec. 3. Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this act, or shall fail, neglect, or refuse to comply with the requirements thereof, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, in a court of competent jurisdiction, shall be punished by

fine [of] not less than one hundred dollars and not exPenalty for

ceeding five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than three months, and not exceeding six months, at the discretion of the court. All money collected by virtue of the provisions of this act shall be paid into the general fund of the county for the benefit of the public schools in said county.

Approved February 20, 1879.

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CANADIAN AND ENGLISH MONEY.

AN ACT concerning the circulation of Canadian money in the Territory

of Montana.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory

of Montana:

Canadian and

Section 1. That the provisions of section 181 of an act entitled, “An Act concerning crimes and punishments," approved January 12th, 1872, shall not be inter- Passage of preted to include the passing of money which has been English, money

legalized. heretofore, or that shall hereafter be, put in circulation by authority of the Dominion of Canada or by authority of the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Approved January 27, 1879.

CLERKS OF DISTRICT COURTS.

AN ACT to provide compensation for the clerks of the district courts. Be it enacted by the Legislative Asssembly of the Territory

of Montana :

Salaries of

Section 1. That the clerks of the several judicial districts of this Territory shall, for each of said districts, be entitled to receive for their compensation for all services required of them by law as such, a salary of sixteen hundred and fifty dollars, payable quarterly out of the contingent fund of the county in which the United States district courts are held, to wit: The counties of Deer Lodge, Madison, and Lewis and Clarke, by war- clerks. rants drawn on said fund and payable in their usual course as other warrants thereon are paid, and which salary shall be in full compensation for all such services as such clerks of said courts in said counties, and for all services in all civil and criminal causes, or in which any individual, county, or the Territory, or any officer thereof, may be a party, or in any way interested or liable for costs.

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