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3096. Any number of persons may unite themselves into a Formation of society in this Province, with a view, by means of voluntary charitable as

sociations, contributions, subscriptions, gifts or donations from the members &c. of the society or from the public, of making provision for those afflicted by sickness, accidents, reverses of fortune and death, the widows and orphans, or the lawful representatives of deceased members, for the rescue and reformation of fallen women, for the prevention of cruelty to women and children, and for the purposes of attaining any other analogous object. 45 V., c. 37, s. 1.

3097. The members and officers of such society may, from May establish time to time, establish and maintain any number of branches branches. thereof, to promote the objects herein set forth. C.S.C., c. 71, s. 2.



3098 Each society shall have a common scal, which it may To have a change and alter at pleasure.

seal, &c.

May sue and By whatever name, designation, number or description the be sued, &c. society is known, it shall have continued succession, and may

contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in all actions, suits,

complaints, matters and causes whatsoever. C. S. C., c. 71, s. 3. May elect offi 3099. The members of such societies may nominate, choose cers and

and appoint proper persons as trustees, treasurers, secretaries, or other officers, for conducting the business, discipline and

management of the society. May make They may meet together from time to time to make, alter, by-laws.

rescind or frame by-laws, rules or regulations necessary for the governinent and for conducting the business of the society and of its branches. C. S. C., c. 71, s. 4.

By-laws not to 3100. Such by-laws, rules and regulations shall not contain be contrary to laws of Pro- any thing in violation of the laws, statutes or customs of this vince. Province, or be directed to the furtherance of any political or

seditious object whatsoever. C. S. C., c. 71, s. 5.

their officers.

May take 3101. Such societies may require the officers, secretaries, security from treasurers and trustees thereof, to give security for such sums

of money or other property of the society, as may from time to time be placed in their hands or under their control in trust for and on behalf of the objects of the society.

All such securities, being in writing, shall be deemed good security and admissible as evidence in any of Her Majesty's courts of civil and criminal jurisdiction. C. S.C., c. 71, s. 6.

May acquire 3102. The members of each of such societies or bodies in property tonå its locality, in the name of the society, or in the name of the and alienate presiiling or other officer thereof, may acquire and take, by the same. purchase, donation, devise or otherwise, and hold for the use

of the members of the society, and according to the rules and regulations thereof, all kinds of personal and also real property in this Province not exceeding five arpents, and may sell and alienate the same, and may purchase and acquire in the stead and place thereof any real estate, not exceeding the quantity before mentioned. C. S. C., c. 71, s. 7.



Non-liability 3103. No member of any such society shall, in his indiof members. vidual capacity, be liable for any debt or liability of the society.

C. S. C., c. 71, s. 10.

What to be evidence.

3104. The printed or written rules of such society in force for the time being, and the appointment of any officer, secretary, treasurer, trustee, or enrolment of any member, certified under the hand of the presidir og officer and the seal of the society,

and the books, minutes and other documents of the society, relative to any portion of the matter then in question, may be received in evidence in any proceedings in any court of civil or criminal jurisdiction against any of the persons mentioned in section 70 of chapter 164 of the Revised Statutes of Canada. C. S. C., c. 71, s. 9.





3105. The provisions of this chapter shall extend to all this section mechanics' institutes or library associations incorporated since limited in its the thirtieth of August, one thousand eight hundred and fiftyone, but shall not be held in any way to affect or extend to any mechanics' institute or library association incorporated before that day. C. S. C., c. 72, s. 21.





3106. Any number of persons, not less than ten, having Declaration subscribed, or holding together not less than one hundred for purpose dollars in money or money's worth, for the use of their Mechanics intended institution, may make and sign a declaration (in Institutes and duplicate) of their intention to establish a library association ciations

Library Assoor a mechanics' institute, or both (as the case may be), at some place to be named in such declaration, in which they shall also state : 1. The corporate name of the institution;

Contents of 2. Its purpose;

the declara3. The amount of money or money's worth subscribed by them respectively, or held by them for the use thereof;

4. The names of those who are to be the first trustees for managing its affairs; and

5. The mode in which their successors are to be appointed, or new members of the corporation admitted, or in which bylaws are to be made for such appointment or admission, or for any other purpose, or for all purposes; and

6. Generally such other particulars and provisions as they may think necessary, not being contrary to this chapter or to law. C. S. C., c. 72, s. 1.

3107. One duplicate of such declaration shall be filed in the Duplicate deoffice of the registrar for the division or county by one of the claration to

be filed with subscribing parties, who shall, before such registrar, acknow- registrar.

ledge the execution thereof by himself, and declare the same to have been executed by the other parties thereto, either in person or by attorney. C. S. C., c. 72, s. 2.


The registrar 3108. The registrar shall keep the duplicate so filed, and to file one and deliver the other to the person who filed it, with a certificate

of the same having been so filed, and of the execution having been attested before him.

Such duplicate or any copy thereof, certified by such registrar, shall be primú facie evidence of the facts alleged in such declaration and certificate. C. S. C., c. 72, s. 3.

When to 3109. When the formalities aforesaid have been complied become incorporated.

with, the

persons who signed such declaration, or the directors, trustees or the office-bearers and committee for the time being, of any such institution or united institutions, and their successors, shall be a body corporate and politic, and shall have the powers, rights and immunities vested in such bodies by the

laws of this Province. Power to Such corporation shall have power in its corporate name, acquire pro- from time to time, to acquire and hold, to it and to its succesperty.

sors, for the uses of such corporation, any lands, tenements or hereditaments, situate within this Province. C. S.C., c. 72, s. 4.

What exist 3110. In case of a mechanics' institute or library association ing tions may do. (or both united) established or in existence, the directors, trus

tees or the office-bearers and committee thereof, may make and sign a declaration of their wish or determination to become incorporated, according to the provisions of this chapter, stating in such declaration the corporate name to be assumed by such institution or united institutions;--and also, with such declaration, file in the manner hereinbefore provided a copy of th constitution and by-laws of such institution or united institutions, together with a general statement of the name and amount of all the property, real or personal, held by or in trust for such institution or united institutions. C. S. Č., c. 72, s. 5.



May hold 3111. Any library association or mechanics' institute duly lands to the incorporated, and situate in any town or city having three

$ yearly

thousand inhabitants or more, may hold real property not exceeding in annual value the sum of two thousand dollars. C. S. C., c. 72, s. 6.

When limited 3112. Any library association or mechanics' institute duly to $1000 yearly

incorporated, and situate in any village or town not having three thousand inhabitants, may hold real property not exceeding in annual value the sum of one thousand dollars. C. S. C., c. 72, s. 7.

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