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thousand five hundred dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to enable said board to pay any balance due upon the contract price for the erection and completion of the court house in said county, and to deliver such bonds to any person or persons to whom any such balance may be due and owing by said county in settlement of any such indebtedness, which said bonds shall be dated on the day of their issue, shall be redeemable at the pleasure of said county after ten years, and shall become due and payable after fifteen years from the date of their issue.

SEC. 2. Said bonds shall be of the denominations of one hundred and five hundred dollars each, and shall bear interest at a rate not exceeding seven per cent per annum. Said bonds, and the coupons thereto attached, shall be signed by the chairman of the board of county commissioners and the clerk of said county, and shall be in such form as said board of commissioners may direct. Each bond issued shall, at the date of its issue, be registered by the county clerk on the left hand pages of a book prepared for that purpose, which said book shall show on the left hand pages the number, date, and amount of each bond, and to whom issued; and on the right hand pages, the date of redemption, the amount of the bond redeemed,

, the amount of interest paid thereon, and the name of the person from whom redeemed.

Sec. 3. For the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this act the said board of county commissioners is hereby authorized to cause to be engraved or lithographed, at the lowest practicable rates, suitable blank bonds, with coupons attached, and shall pay therefor out of any moneys in the treasury of said county, not otherwise appropriated.

SEC. 4. The treasurer of said county shall pay in lawful money of the United States, semi-annually, on the first days of January and July of each year, the interest due on said bonds, upon the presentation at his office of the proper coupon, which shall show the amount due and the number of the bond to which it belonged. All coupons so paid shall be returned to the board of county commissioners at the first regular meeting thereof after such payment. Should the holders of such bonds to an amount not less than one thousand dollars give the treasurer notice in writing that they desire the bonds so held by them, and the interest accruing thereon, to be paid at a designated bank' in the city of New York, then the said bonds and coupons so held by such person or persons shall be payable at such bank in the city of New York.

SEC. 5. The county clerk shall enter on the right hand pages of the book provided for in section 2 of this act, and opposite to its

appropriate number, all bonds returned to the board of county commissioners, redeemed, and such entry shall show the amount of each bond redeemed, its number, date of redemption, the amount of interest paid thereon, and from whom redeemed.

Sec. 6. The county clerk shall be entitled to receive the sum of fifty cents for each bond issued, as full compensation for all services required of him by this act.

SEC. 7. The faith of Choteau county is solemnly pledged for the payment of the interest and the redemption of the principal of every bond which shall be issued under the provisions of this act.

SEC. 8. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after

its passage.

Approved March 10, 1885.

AN ACT to enable the county of Jefferson to erect a jail.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of

Montana :

SEC. I.

That the board of county commissioners of the county of Jefferson be and they are hereby authorized and directed to issue, on the credit of said county, coupon bonds to the amount of seven thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may

be necessary

to enable said board to erect and finish a jail at the county seat of said county, which said bonds shall be dated on the day of their issue, and shall be redeemable at the pleasure of said county after ten years, and due and payable twenty years from the date thereof.

SEC. 2. The bonds above provided for shall be of the denominations of one hundred and five hundred dollars each, and shall bear interest at the rate of seven per cent per annum. Said bonds, with the coupons thereto attached, shall be signed by the chairman of the board of county commissioners and the treasurer of said county, and countersigned by the county clerk, and sealed with the county seal, and shall be in such form as shall be prescribed by said board of county commissioners. Each bond issued shall, at the date of its issue, be registered by the county treasurer in a book provided for such purpose, which said entry shall show the number, date, and amount of each bond, and to whom issued, the date of redemption,

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the amount of the bond redeemed, the amount of interest paid upon the same, and the person from whom the redemption was made.

SEC. 3. For the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this act, the said board of county commissioners are hereby authorized and directed to cause to be engraved or lithographed, at the lowest practicable rate, suitable blank bonds, with coupons attached, and shall pay therefor out of any moneys in the treasury of said county not otherwise appropriated.

SEC. 4. The said board of county commissioners shall, at the earliest practicable period, procure the blank bonds and coupons aforesaid, and order a sale thereof, which shall be at private (sale] or public auction, for cash, at not less than ninety-eight cents on the dollar of their face value, at the court house of the county seat of said county. Notice of the time and place of such sale, describing said coupon bonds to be sold, shall be given by advertisement in two newspapers published in Montana territory, one of which shall be in Jefferson county, if any newspaper be published in said county, and also one in the city of New York, state of New York, at least once a week, for four consecutive weeks prior to the day fixed for said sale, the last insertion thereof to be at least ten days before such sale.

SEC. 5. The proceeds of the sale of said bonds shall be paid into the county treasury of said county to the credit of the jail fund, and shall immediately thereafter become available for the purpose of erecting and finishing said jail, and shall be drawn from time to time and in such sum or sums as may be necessary to carry out and fulfill any contract or contracts made by said board of county commissioners, in and about the erection and finishing said jail. Bids for such contract or contracts shall be advertised and let upon such plans and specifications and to such person or persons as to said board of county commissioners shall seem to the best interest of said county.

Sec. 6. The treasurer of said county shall pay the interest on said bonds semi-annually, on the first day of January and first day of July of each year, upon the presentation at his office of the proper coupons, which shall show the amount due and number of the bond to which the same belonged. All coupons so paid shall be duly entered by said treasurer, and returned to the board of county commissioners at its next regular meeting thereafter. Should the holder or holders of said bonds, or any portion thereof amounting to the sum of one thousand dollars, give notice to said treasurer in writing that he or they desire said bonds and interest thereon, or the portion thereof so held by him or them, paid at some bank, to be designated in said notice, in the city of New York, and state of New York, then the said bonds and coupons shall be payable at the bank so designated; and said treasurer shall deposit therein the interest necessary to take up said coupons, and, when so taken up, shall return the same to the said board of county commissioners as hereinbefore provided.

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Sec. 7. The county treasurer shall, upon the receipt of the purchase money therefor, execute and deliver to the purchaser or purchasers the coupon bonds so purchased by him or them. And the county treasurer shall receive as a compensation for receiving, keeping, and disbursing the moneys arising from said sale the sum of one-half of one per cent of the amount in full for his services; and said county clerk shall receive the sum of fifty cents for each bond issued and entered by him, which said sum shall be in full compensation for all services rendered by him under the provisions of this act.

SEC. 8. This act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 10, 1885.

AN ACT concerning the meeting of the county commissioners of Yellowstone county.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of

Montana : SEC. I.

The regular meeting of the board of county commissioners, in and for the county of Yellowstone, for March, 1885, may and shall be held on the 23rd day of March, 1885, instead of as now provided by law; but thereafter, all regular meetings of said board shall be held as provided by the general laws of the territory of Montana.

Approved February 28, 1885.

AN ACT to apply certain money to the payment of the bonds of Deer Lodge and Silver Bow

counties.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of

Montana :

SEC. I. That the boards of commissioners of the counties of Deer Lodge and Silver Bow are hereby authorized and empowered

to use and apply any surplus money now or which may hereafter be in the general fund of said counties to the payment of the outstanding bonded indebtedness of said counties, respectively, to the holders of such said bonds as may be willing to surrender the same before their maturity.

SEC. 2. That whenever said commissioners shall deem it expedient so to do, and there shall be a surplus of money in the general fund of said county over and above what may be required for the purpose for which it was created, to the amount of one thousand dollars, said commissioners shall give notice in a newspaper published in said county, for four weeks, of such fact; and at any time thereafter, the county treasurer shall pay such surplus fund, to such an amount as may be ordered at any meeting of said board, to such persons who are willing to surrender said bonds before their maturity, and preference shall be given, in the order of payment, in the order in which they fall due.

Approved March 12, 1885.

AN ACT to incorporate the city of Billings.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of

Montana :

ARTICLE I.-BOUNDARIES.

SEC. I.

That the inhabitants in [of] the city of Billings, in Yellowstone county, territory of Montana, be and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of “The City of Billings,” and by that name shall have perpetual succession, may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, in all courts of law and equity, and may have and use a common seal, and alter the same at pleasure.

SEC. 2. • That the following described territory shall, for the present, compose the said city, to-wit: The south half of section 33, township i north, range 26 east, and the south-east quarter of the south-east quarter of section 32, township i north, range 26 east, and section 3, in township i south, range 26 east, containing an area of 1,000 acres.

SEC. 3.

Whenever any additional tract of land adjoining the city of Billings shall, after the passage of this act, be laid off into town

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