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and interest, and all taxes and charges levied upon said land has been paid.
[Ordered to take immediate effect.] Approved June 8, 1891.
[ No. 8. ]
JOINT RESOLUTION authorizing the board of State auditors to
make certain improvements on certain property owned by the State. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the board of State auditors be and it is hereby authorized and directed to expend a sum not exceeding two thousand dollars, which is hereby appropriated from the general fund, for making the following improvements upon property owned by the State in the city of Lansing, viz.: The sum of not exceeding one thousand dollars in grading and ornamenting with walks and trees blocks seventy-eight and seventy-nine, and a further sum of not exceeding one thousand dollars for grading and ornamenting with walks and trees block one hundred and twenty-five and the east half of block one hundred and twenty-four, and the board of State auditors is further instructed to reset trees around said blocks from time to time if deemed necessary.
Approved June 12, 1891.
CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS, 1891.
[ No. 1. ] Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan (the Senate concurring), That our Senators and Representatives in Congress are hereby requested to secure, if possible, an amendment to the Federal Constitution, prohibiting any state from authorizing any lottery, or from permitting the sale of lottery tickets.
Approved February 16, 1891.
[ No. 2. ] Be it resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the Secretary of State be and is hereby directed to compile a complete list of land grants made of the lands in Michigan by the United States government and by this State to railroads, canals and State roads, giving date of grant, amount of land granted, and present status of each grant, also, the relinquishments made by the Governor of Michigan to the United States.
Approved March 5, 1891.
[ No. 3. ] WHEREAS, The United States by act of Congress, approved March 2, 1891, entitled “ An act to credit and pay to the several states and territories and the District of Columbia all moneys collected under the direct tax levied by the act of Congress, approved August 5, 1861, appropriated certain moneys to reimburse each state and territory and the District of Columbia for collections made from said states, territories, and the District of Columbia, or from any of the citizens or inhabitants thereof, or other persons under the act of Congress, approved August 5, 1861, and the amendatory act thereto, and providing for the payment by the treasurer of the United States of said sums upon acceptance by resolution of the legislature of any state or territory of such sums so appropriated upon the trust in said act contained:"
Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan (the Senate concurring), That the said sum 80. appropriated and credited to the State of Michigan, under the provisions of said act, be and the same is hereby accepted under the trusts imposed by said act in full satisfaction of all claims on the part of the State of Michigan against the United States, on account of the levy and collection of the direct tax imposed by said act, approved August 5, 1861, and the amendatory acts thereto, and the Governor of the State of Michigan is hereby authorized to receive and accept said moneys for the use and purposes aforesaid, and to give full receipt and acquittance on behalf of the State of Michigan of all claims against the United States on account of the levy and collection of said tax, as provided in said act of Congress, and to obligate the State in such form as may be required to faithfully observe and perform the trusts imposed by the provisions of said act as to the disposition of such sums as may have been collected by the United States from any of the citizens or inhabitants of said State, or other persons, either directly or by sale of property, in pursuance to said act.
Approved April 15, 1891.
[ No. 4. ]
WHEREAS, The Governor of the State of Michigan has received the sum of four hundred and twenty thousand eight hundred and sixty-five dollars and sixty-six cents from the Treasurer of the United States, of moneys appropriated by act of Congress, approved March 2, 1891, to reimburse the State of Michigan for moneys collected from said State by direct tax, under the act of Congress of August 5, 1861, and the amendatory act thereto; therefore
Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan (the Senate concurring), that the said sum of four hundred and twenty thousand eight hundred and sixty-five dollars and sixty-six cents so received by the Governor as aforesaid, be deposited in the treasury of the State of Michigan to the credit of the general fund of said State.
Approved May 1, 1891.
[ No. 5. ]
WHEREAS, The edition of the Legislative Manual for one thousand eight hundred and ninety-one, issued in conformity to law, is inadequate to supply the demand; therefore be it
Resolved by the House (the Senate concurring), that the Secretary of State be and is hereby instructed to have a second edition of two thousand copies printed at as early a date as practicable, to be disposed of as the present Legislature may direct.
Approved May 20, 1891.
[ No. 6.]
WHEREAS, Stevens T. Mason, the fourth Governor of the territory and the first Governor of the State of Michigan, died outside of the State, and his remains have since reposed in the vault of a cemetery, now near the center of the city of New York; and
WHEREAS, Governor Mason's patriotic services to the State, his tireless energy in behalf of her interests, and notably his great services in the establishment and in defending the interests of the State University in its infancy, and in projecting the development of her mineral wealth, and in the maintenance of the integrity of her territory are inseparably connected with the history of the State of Michigan, and are a part of the foundation of her prosperity; and
WHEREAS, It is observed that the authorities of Elmwood cemetery, in the city of Detroit, have tendered for the reception of the remains of Governor Mason a beautiful lot within the limits of Detroit, but the private property of a local corporation; therefore
Resolved (the Senate concurring), That the Legislature of the State of Michigan deems it eminently fitting that the mortal remains of Governor Mason should rest, not only in the soil of the State he loved and served so well, but in ground of the commonwealth;
Resolved, That the representatives of his family be invited to permit his body to be interred in the grounds of the capitol, and that appropriate ground therein be appropriated to properly receive and form its last resting place;
Resolved, That a committee of the Legislature, of which committee the Governor of the State be chairman, be appointed to make known the wishes of the State to the surviving members of the family of Governor Mason, and make suitable arrangements for the reception and disposition of the remains, in accordance with this resolution.
Approved May 28, 1891.
[ No. 7. ]
WHEREAS, There is a strong demand among the people of the United States for greater uniformity of legislation; and
WHEREAS, Some of the states of the union have appointed commissioners to meet with like commissioners from other states to confer upon the subject of promoting uniformity of legislation in the United States; therefore
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That within ten days after the passage of this resolution the Govenor of this State shall appoint three commissioners, who are hereby constituted a board of commissioners, by the name and style of “Commissioners for promotion of uniformity of legislation in the United States."
It shall be the duty of said board to examine the subjects of marriage and divorce, insolvency, forms of notarial certificates, acknowledgment and execution of deeds, execution and probate of wills, descent and distribution of property, and other subjects; to ascertain the best means to effect an assimilation and uniformity in the laws of the states, and for that purpose, in their discretion, to meet representatives of other states in convention, to draft uniform laws for submission and adoption by the several states, and to advise and recommend such other course of action as shall best accomplish the purpose of this resolution.
The said commissioners shall serve without compensation and shall present at the next session of the Legislature of this State, by forms of bills or otherwise, such legislation as they may recommend.
Approved June 5, 1891.
[ No. 8. ]
WHEREAS, By an act of Congress passed in eighteen hundred and seventy-five certain portions of the Island of Mackinaw were set apart for a national park to be used by the people of this State and the United States; and
WHEREAS, The [said] park between the months of June and October in each year is visited by thousands of people from all parts of the United States; and
WHEREAS, It has been the habit of the United States troops stationed on said island to use a portion of said park for target practice, thereby rendering it unsafe and dangerous to human life, there being three narrow escapes from shooting of civilians within a short time in consequence of said practice; and
WHEREAS, The Secretary of War has ordered the Nineteenth Regiment of U.S. Infantry to said park for target practice, which will render a portion of said park entirely useless for the purposes for which it was set apart, besides making it dangerous to life and property; therefore
Resolved by the House (the Senate concurring), That the Secretary of War be respectfully requested to cause the target practice on said park to be forth with discontinued;
Resolved, That the Governor be and he is hereby requested to transmit copy of this resolution to the Secretary of War.
Approved June 8, 1891.
[ No. 9. ]
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION authorizing the Governor to issue a
patent to Claudius Harris for the north part of the east one-third part of the north half of section number sixteen, in town two north, of range eleven east, containing forty acres of land.
WHEREAS, Claudius Harris of the township of Troy, county of Oakland, State of Michigan, has made satisfactory proof that he is the undisputed owner of the land described in primary school land certificate number three hundred forty-six a, for the north part of the east one-third part of the north half of section number sixteen, in town two north, of range eleven east, Michigan, which said certificate was on the third day of August, A. D. eighteen hundred thirty-nine, issued by John D. Pierce, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to Rob