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ARTICLE 5. The executive committee sball determine the place of holding each annual meeting and fair of the society, and it shall call that meeting and fair at such time as it shall judge best, between the first Monday in September, and the third Monday of October, giying at least sixty days public notice thereof.

ARTICLE 6. The executive committee shall direct the money appropriations of the society, and have the control of its property ; it shall make the necessary preparations for the annual fair, and issue all proper public notices and circulars in relation thereto, or to the general objects of the society ; it sball prepare the necessary by-laws of the society, and may prescribe such duties to the other officers of the society as are not inconsistent with the usual business of their respective offices; it shall itself obey the instructions which may be given to it, at the annual meeting of the society, and at the expiration of its term of service it shall make a full report of its proceedings. It shall be competent for the executive committee, or a majority of them, to appoint a chairman and secretary, who may transact al] such business as they may be authorized to do by said committee; and said secretary shall sign, and said chairman shall countersign all orders on the treasurer for the payment of any money directed by said committee to be paid for any purpose, and said secretary shall keep an acurate account of all orders so drawn.

ARTICLE 7. It shall be the duty of the executive committee annually to regulate and award premiums on such articles, productions, and improvements, as they may deem best calculated to promote the agricultural, household and manufacturing interest of the State, baving special reference to the most economical or profitable mode of competition in raising the crop or stock, or in the fabrication of the article offered : Provided Always, That before any premium shall be delivered, the person claiming the same or to whom the same shall be awarded, shall deliver to the President of the society, in writing, an accurate statement and description, verified in such manner as the executive committee may direct, of the character of the soil, and the process in preparing it, including the quantity and quality of the manure applied in raising the crop, or the kind and quality of food in feeding the animal, as the case may be, also the kind and cost of labor employed, and the total expense and total product of the crop, ,

or the increase of value of the animal, with a view of showing accurately the exact resulting profit.

ARTICLE 8. The executive committee shall meet annually at such place as it mav itself choose, on or before the second Monday in January, and shall then immediately prepare a report and abstract of the transactions of the society during the preceding year, embracing such valuable reports of committees, statements of experiments, cultivation and improvements, proceedings of county societies, correspondence, statistics and other matter, the publication of which will exbibit the condition of the agricultural interests of Michigan, and a diffused knowledge of which will, in the judgment of the committee add to the productiveness of agricultural and household labor, and therefore promote the general prosperity of the State ; and as soon as practicable the committee sball transmit such report and abstract to the President of the Senate, for the use of the Legislature.

ARTICLE 9. No officer of this Society, except the Recording Secretary, shall receive any compensation for his services. The Executive committee shall allow the said Secretary such sum for past and future services, as they may deem advisable.

ARTICLE 10. Any person may become a member of the Michigan State Agricultural Society for one year, by paying one dollar into its treasury. Any officer of the Society may receive and forward to the Treasurer the tee requisite to a membership. By paying ten dollars into the treasury of the Society, any person may become a life member, and shall be entitled to a certificate of such membership, signed by the President and Recording Secretary.

ARTICLE 11. The souveral county Agricultural Societies that now exist, or may hereafter exist in this State, shall be deemed auxiliaries of this State Society, and it shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to invite and receive reports and abstracts of the transactions of the county Societies, to be used in preparing the annual report to the Legislature, which is provided for by article eight of this constitution.

ARTICLE 12. The President and Recording Secretary of each County Agricultural Society, and all life members of this Society, may attend the annual meeting of the Executive Committee, and

freely participate in all discussions which shall occur at such meeting

ARTICLE 13. This constitution shall be altered only by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at an annual meeting of the 80ciety.

AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL.

CONSTITUTION OF MICHIGAN-ARTICLE THIRTEEN.

SECTION 11. The Legislature shall encourage the promotion of intellectual, scientific and agricultural improvement; and shall, as soon as practicable, provide for the establishment of an agricultural school. The Legislature may appropriate the twenty-two sections of salt spring lands now unappropriated, or the money arising from the sale of the same, where such lands have been already sold, and any land which may hereafter be granted or appropriated for such purpose, for the support and maintainance of such school, and may make the same a branch of the University, for instruction in agriculture and the natural sciences connected therewith, and place the same under the supervision of the Regents of the University.

LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENTS.

AN ACT to consolidate and amend the laws relative to the estab

lishment of a State Normal School, approved March 25, 1850.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That all acts done, and contracts made by and with the Board of Education, under and by virtue of an act to establish a State Normal School,” approved March twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and forty-nine, and the act supplementary thereto, approved March thirty-first; eighteen hundred and forty-nine, be and they are hereby ratified and confirmed.

Sec. 2. That a State Normal School be established and continued at Ypsilanti, in the county of Washtenaw, upon the site selected by the said Board of Education, the exclusive purposes of which shall be the instruction of persons, both male and female, in the art of

teaching, and in all the various branches that pertain to a good common school education. Also, to give instruction in the mechanie arts, and in the arts of husbandry and agricultural chemistry; in the fundamental laws of the United States, and in what regards the rights and duties of citizens.

Sec. 7. Said Board shall have power, and it shall be their duty from time to time, as the means at their disposal may warrant, to provide suitable grounds and buildings, implements of husbandry and mechanical tools, either by purchase or lease, for the purpose of more effectually and experimentally carrying out the provisions of the second section of this act, "to give instruction in the mechanic arts, and in the arts of husbandry and agricultursl chemistry."

SEC. 13. Lectures on chemistry, comparative anatomy, astronomy, the mechanic arts, agricultural chemistry, and on any other science, or any branch of literature that the board of education may direct, may be delivered to those attending said school, in such manner and on such terms and conditions as the board of education may prescribe.

JOINT RESOLUTION relative to furnishing certain laws, jour

nals and documents to the State Agricultural Society for the use of a library.

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the following laws and documents be and they are hereby donated to the Michigan State Agricultural Society, (if it can be done without re-print, or injury to the State Library,) to aid said society in establishing an agricultural library, at such place and under such regulations as the executive committee thereof may prescribe, viz : one copy of the revised statutes of 1833 and 1846, one copy of the session laws, one copy of the joint documents and journals of the Senate and House of Representatives of each Legislature since and including the year 1839, and also one copy of the session laws and documents of the present Legislature, and of each successive Legislature ; and the Secretary of State is hereby authorized and required to transmit to the recording secretary of said society the above named laws and documents as soon as practicable, who shall receive the same and place them in the library aforesaid.

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