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affecting his office is under consideration, and no long.
Section 3. Any county officer, president, or execu-
Section 4. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent Repeal.
EDWIN S. STUART.
To regulate the maximum rate and minimum fare to be charged
for transportation of passengers by railroad companies, and prescribing the penalty for violation thereof.
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That after the thir. Railroad compatieth day of September, one thousand nine hundred and seven, no company operating a railroad, in whole or in part in this Commonwealth, shall demand or receive more than two cents fare per mile, or for a Passenger rates. fraction thereof, contracted to be traveled or traveled by any passenger on such railroad in this Common. Wealth: Provided, however, That the minimum fare charged by such company need not be less than five cents: Provided, further, That passengers paying fare in cash upon the trains of said companies may be charged a sum not to exceed ten cents, in addition to the regular fare, as hereinbefore provided, and for such excess payment shall be given a rebate check, redeemable in cash at any ticket office of the company issuing said check.
Section 2. Any railroad company which shall charge, demand, or receive any greater compensation for the transportation of any passenger or person than is authorized by this act, shall be subject to a penalty of one thousand dollars for each and every Penalty. offence, which shall be payable to the county where such illegal charge is made, and shall be recoverable by said county as debts of like amount are now re. coverable by law.
Section 3. That all acts or parts of acts, either Repeal. general or special, inconsistent herewith be and the same are hereby repealed. APPROVED — The 5th day of April, A. D. 1907.
EDWIN S. STUART.
Wildcat, fox, mink, weasel.
Production of slain animal or pelt.
Duty of officials.
Creating a reward or bounty for the destruction of certain noxious ani als, killed within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; providing a method for the payment of the same by the several counties of the Commonwealth, which, in turn, are to be reimbursed by the Commonwealth; making an appropriation for such reimbursement; and providing penalties for violation of its several provisions.
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That from and after the passage of this act, there shall be paid by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a reward or bounty for the killing, within the Commonwealth, of certain noxious animals, as follows: For each wildcat, the sum of four dollars; for each fox, the sum of two dollars; for each weasel or mink, the sum of one dollar.
Section 2. It shall be the duty of any person, who, having killed one of these animals within the Commonwealth and being desirous of securing the reward or bounty named in section one of this act, to produce such slain animal, or the entire pelt thereof, before any magistrate or alderman or justice of the peace of the county in which said animal was killed, and to make affidavit that he killed the same; stating clearly the time of such killing, and that the place at which such animal was killed (naming it) was within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Upon the production of such animal or pelt, and the making of such affidavit, the magistrate or alderman or justice of the peace, as may be, shall, in the presence of the party making such affidavit and at least one elector of the county in which the claim is made, cut off the ears from such animal or pelt, and burn the same.
Section 3. Upon the destruction of such ears, the said official shall give to the party making such affidavit a certificate, directed to the commissioners of the county in which he has jurisdiction; setting forth clearly the fact that the provisions of this act having been complied with, naming the kind of animal killed. the name of the person killing it, the time it was killed. and the name of the place within the Commonwealth where it was thus killed. Upon the presentation of such certificate, in proper form, the commissioners of the county shall give an order for the amount named in such certificate to the person presenting the same, drawn upon the county treasurer, directing the pay. ment of the reward or bounty as provided for by this act; and the county treasurer shall at once, upon the presentation of such order, pay the same from the funds in his hands belonging to said county.
Section 4. The county commissioners of the several counties of this Commonwealth shall keep an accurate account of all applications made to them for bounty under the provisions of this act, and shall, on or about
Report of county commissioners.
the first day of January and the first day of June, of each year, prepare and forward to the Auditor General of the Commonwealth, at Harrisburg, an itemized statement, to be prepared upon a form supplied by the Auditor General, of all the several amounts directed by them to be paid between the aforesaid dates, and under the provisions of this act, making affidavit thereto; and accompanying the same by a sworn statement of the county treasurer, setting forth the fact that the several amounts were actually paid by him, in compliance with said orders; and the Auditor General shall, if he finds the before-named return in proper form, draw a warrant in favor of such county, upon the State Treasurer, for the amount so claimed and approved; which said warrant, upon presentation to the State Treasurer, shall be paid out of the appropriation hereinafter provided.
Section 5. Any person who shall wilfully or fraudulently collect, or attempt to collect, any reward or bounty provided for by this act, to which he or they are not legally entitled under the provisions of this act; or shall aid or abet, or assist in any capacity, official or otherwise, in an attempt to defraud the State through the collection or payment of any reward or bonnty provided for by this act, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a penalty of not less than one hundred dollars or more than five hundred dollars, or suffer an im- Fine and penalty. prisonment in the common jail of the county for a period of one day for each dollar of penalty imposed.
Section 6. That the sum of fifty thousand dollars, Appropriation. or so much thereof as may be necessary, be and the same is hereby specifically appropriated for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this act.
Section 7. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent with Repeal. the provisions of this act are hereby repealed. APPROVED—The 10th day of April, A. D. 1907.
EDWIN S. STUART.
AN ACT Amending an act, entitled "An act authorizing any of the boroughs of this Commonwealth to pay a salary to the chief burgess thereof (Pamphlet Laws, one thousand nine hundred and five, page one hundred and sixteen), by providing that in boroughs of over five thousand population, where soch salary would fall below the sum of fifty dollars per month, the borough council, in its wisdom, may increase said salary to an amount not exceeding fifty dollars per month.
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That an act, entitled “An act authorizing any of the boroughs of this Com- Boroughs. monwealth to pay a salary to the chief burgess thereof,” and which reads as follows:
Act of April 7, 1905, cited for amendment.
Salary of chler burgess.
"Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That the boroughs of this Commonwealth shall have full power and authority to pay a salary to the chief burgess thereof, such salary to be fixed by appropriate ordinance, and not to exceed the sum of fifty dollars annually for each one thousand inhabitants, or majority fraction thereof, residents in said borough, as ascertained by the last United States decennial census,” be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:
That the boroughs of this Commonwealth shall have full power and authority to pay a salary to the chief burgess thereof, such salary to be fixed by appropriate ordinance, and not to exceed the sum of fifty dollars annually for each one thousand inhabitants, or a majority fraction thereof, residents in such borough, as ascertained by the last United States decennial census: Provided, however, That where such salary would fall below the sum of fifty dollars per month, the bor. ough, in boroughs of over five thousand population, council, in its wisdom, may increase said salary to an amount not crceeding fifty dollars per month.
Section 2. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act be and the same are hereby repealed. APPROVED--The 15th day of April, A. D. 1907.
EDWIN S. STUART.
Plea of guilty.
Providing that in certain cases defendants may enter pleas of guilty, and be sentenced forthwith, without a bill of indict. ment being presented to a grand jury.
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That whenever here. after, within this Commonwealth, any person is charged with the commission of any crime, and such person is willing to enter a plea of guilty, and shall notify the district attorney to that effect, no bill of indictment charging such offense shall be sent to a grand jury; but the district attorney shall at once prepare a bill of indictment, in the usual form, and the plea of guilty shall, at the request of the said defendant or defendant's counsel be entered thereon, and the court of the proper county at any session thereof, shall thereupon, forthwith, impose sentence for the offence set forth therein: Provided, however, That nothing in this act shall be construed so as to relate to, or change the proceedings in, homicide cases in this Commonwealth: And provided further. That the defendant may withdraw his plea of guilty, at any time before sentence, by leave of the court. APPROVED-—The 15th day of April, A. D. 1907.
EDWIN S. STUART.
Regulating the sale of milk, skim-milk, and cream; establishing the standard of measurement; and providing for the enforcement thereof.
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That on and after the milk, skim-milk first day of July, one thousand nine hundred and seren, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to sell or offer for sale, or demand from any person offering for sale, either wholesale or retail, within the State of Pennsylvania, any milk, skimmilk, and cream according to any other standard of Standard of measurement than that known as the liquid, or wine, measure, containing two hundred and thirty-one cubic inches to the gallon: Provided, That nothing in this Proviso. act will prevent the sale of milk, skim-milk, and cream by weight or percentage of butter-fat.
Section 2. Every person, firm, or corporation, and every officer, agent, servant, or employe of such person, firm, or corporation, who shall violate any of the Violations. provisions of this act; or any person, firm or corporation, and every officer, agent, servant, or employe of such person, firm, or corporation, demanding, offering, and receiving a greater measure than that specified in the first section of this act, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon the conviction thereof in the court of quarter sessions of the proper county, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars and not more than one hundred dollars, with costs of prosecution, or undergo imprisonment not exceeding thirty days, or both, at the discretion of the court.
Section 3. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent Repeal. herewith are hereby repealed. APPROVEN—The 15th day of April, A. D. 1907.
EDWIN S. STUART.
Regulating the hunting and killing and possession of wild water-fowl in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and prescribing penalties for the violation of its provisions.
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That from and after wild water-fowl, the passage of this act, it shall be unlawful for any
killing of. person to kill, within this Commonwealth, any wild goose or swan or wild duck, of any description, or any wild bird belonging to the family Anatidae or to the