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tana Territory at the time of the admission of the State into the Union, whereof the United States Circuit or District Court might have had jurisdiction, had such court existed at the commencement of such actions, cases, proceedings and matters, respectively, shall be transferred to said United States Circuit and District Courts respectively; and all the files, records, indictments and proceedings relating to such actions, cases, proceedings and matters shall be transferred to said United States courts: Provided, that no civil action, cause or proceeding to which the United States is not a party shall be transferred to either of said United States courts except upon written request of one of the parties thereto and in the absence of such request, such cases shall be proceeded with in the proper State courts.
Sec. 15. All actions, cases, proceedings and matters pending in the Supreme and District Courts of the Territory of Montana at the time the State shall be admitted into the Union, and all files, records and indictments relating thereto, except as otherwise provided herein, shall be appropriately transferred, as may be proper to the Supreme and District Courts of the State, respectively, and all such actions, cases and matters shall be proceeded with in the proper State courts.
Sec. 16. Upon a change from a Territorial to a State government, and until otherwise provided by law, the Great Seal of the Territory shall be deemed and taken to be the Great Seal of the State of Montana.
Sec. 17. All territorial, county and township officers now occupying their respective positions under the laws of the Territory of Montana, or of the United States of America, shall continue and remain in their respective official positions and perform the duties thereof as now provided by law after the State is admitted into the Union, and shall be considered State officers until their successors in office shall be duly elected and qualified, as provided by ordinance, notwithstanding any inconsistent provisions in this Constitution, and shall be entitled to the same compensation for their services as is now established by law: Provided, that the compensation for justices of the Supreme Court, Governor and Secretary of the Territory shall be paid by the State of Montana.
Done in open convention at the city of Helena, in the Terri
tory of Montana, this seventeenth day of August, in the
WILLIAM A. CLARK, President.
LEWIS H. HERSCHFIELD.
RICHARD O. HICKMAN.