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NOTE.

The acts of the Philippine Commission, numbered from 1 to 263, inclusive, enacted between September 12, 1900, and October 11, 1901, were published in the Annual Reports of the War Department for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1901 (Vol. I, part 10):

The second volume, containing acts numbered from 264 to 424, inclusive, passed during the period embraced between October 14, 1901, and July 1, 1902, was published in the Annual Reports of the War Department for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1902 (Vol. XI).

The third volume, containing acts numbered from 425 to 949, inclúsive, passed during the period embraced between July 2, 1902, and October 20, 1903, was published in the Annual Reports of the War Department for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1903 (Vol. XIII).

The fourth volume, containing acts numbered from 950 to 1251, inclusive, passed during the period embraced between October 21, 1903, and October 20, 1904, also such public resolutions and extracts from Minutes of the Proceedings of the Philippine Commission from September 24, 1900, to August 31, 1904, as were designated for publication by the Commission, and certain appointments made to official positions in the Philippine Islands from September 24, 1900, to August 31, 1904, was published in the Annual Reports of the War Department for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1904 (Vol. XIV).

The fifth volume, containing acts numbered from 1252 to 1407, inclusive, passed during the period embraced between October 21, 1904, and October 26, 1905, also such public resolutions and extracts from Minutes of the Proceedings of the Philippine Commission from September 1, 1904, to September 30, 1905, as were designated for publication by the Commission, and certain appointments made to official positions in the Philippine Islands from September 1, 1904, to September 30, 1905, was published in the Annual Reports of the War Department for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1905 (Vol. XIV).

The sixth volume, containing acts numbered from 1408 to 1538, inclusive, passed during the period embraced between November 3, 1905, and September 8, 1906, also such public resolutions and extracts from Minutes of Proceedings of the Philippine Commission from October 1, 1905, to August 30, 1906, as were designated for publication by the Commission, and certain appointments made to official positions in the Philippine Islands from October 1, 1905, to September 15, 1906, was published in the Annual Reports of the War Department for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1906 (Vol. X).

III

The present volume contains acts numbered from 1539 to 1800,inclusive, passed during the period embraced between September 16, 1906, and October 12, 1907, and are transmitted to Congress in accordance with the provisions of section 86 of the act approved July 1, 1902, entitled “ An act temporarily to provide for the administra tion of the affairs of civil government in the Philippine Islands, and for other purposes."

It contains also such public resolutions and extracts from Minutes of the Proceedings of the Philippine Commission from September 16, 1906, to October 31, 1907, as have been designated for publication by the Commission; certain appointments made to official positions in the Philippine Islands from September 16, 1906, to October 31, 1907; a list of notaries public in the Philippine Islands appointed by judges of courts of first instance for the different provinces and by the supreme court for the city of Manila dated September, 1907; and a list of municipalities, townships, and other local organizations in the Philippine Islands dated February 27, 1907.

a Act numbered 1800 is the last enacted by the Philippine Commission exercising exclusively the legislative function of government. The Philippine assembly convened on October 16, 1907, and since that date, in accordance with section 7 of the act of Congress of July 1, 1902, all the legislative power theretofore conferred on the Philippine Commission is vested in a legislature consisting of two houses—the Philippine Commission and the Philippine assembly.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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No. 1539. An act amending section 5 of act No. 74, establishing a depart-

ment of public instruction, as amended, by authorizing the

director of education, with the approval of the secretary of

public instruction, to change, increase, or decrease the exist-

ing school divisions of the Philippine Islands---

No. 1540. An act authorizing the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company to

bring suit against the government of the Philippine Islands

in the court of first instance of the city of Manila to deter-

mine the liability of the respective parties for damages

caused to the Luneta extension by the typhoon of May 18

and 19, 1906_

No. 1541. An act transferring the division of ethnology from the bureau

of education to the bureau of science and repealing para-

graph (b) of section 23 of the reorganization act_

No. 1542. An act authorizing the municipal council of the municipality of

Iba, province of Zambales, to vacate that portion of Calle

*Bugallon lying between Calles Rizal and Padre Burgos, and

to cede the same to the province of Zambales as a site for a

provincial high school---

No. 1543. An act changing the name of the municipality of Namacpacan,

in the province of La Union, to that of Luna-

No. 1544. An act exempting from internal-revenue taxes all timber and

other forest products for use in the actual construction and

equipment of certain railway lines in the Philippine Islands.

No. 1545. An act to amend the provincial government act No. 83, by re-

organizing the provincial boards, and by abolishing the posi-

tion of provincial secretary, and for other purposes.

No. 1546. An act making appropriations for sundry expenses of the

municipal government of the city of Manila for the fiscal

year ending June 30, 1907.--

No. 1547. An act appropriating the sum of P1,834,000 from the funds real-

ized from the sale of bonds authorized by act No. 1323, for

the purpose of constructing sewers in the city of Manila and

to furnish it with an adequate sewer and drainage system

and supply of water----

No. 1548. An act to amend the provincial government act, by increasing

the power of provinces in the matter of appropriation of

provincial funds

No. 1549. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of Batangas from 16 to 17, by separating from Taal the

former municipality of Lemery, reconstituting the latter as

a municipality, and giving the same the territory which it

comprised prior to the passage of act No. 708.

No, 1550. An act consolidating the present municipality of Casiguran with

the municipality of Baler, both in the province of Tayabas,

and annexing the barrios of Cabulihan, San Roque, and Ca-

lantas with the sitios of Anos and Tubas, of the munici-

pality of Gumaca, to the municipality of Pitogo, in the same

province -

No. 1551. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of Cavite from 11 to 12, by separating from Imus the former

municipality of Bacoor and giving the latter the territory

which it comprised prior to the passage of act No. 947------

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No. 1552. An act requiring justices of the peace and judges of courts of

first instance, of the court of land registration, and of

municipal courts to certify on their applications for leave

and upon salary vouchers and pay rolls that all special

proceedings, applications, petitions, demurrers, motions, and

all civil and criminal cases under submission for decision or

determination for a period of ninety days or more have been

determined and decided on or before the date of making such

certificate, and providing that no leave shall be granted or

salary paid until such certificate shall have been made.---

No. 1553. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of La Laguna from 20 to 21, by separating from Biñan the

former municipality of San Pedro Tunasan, reconstituting

the latter as a municipality, and giving to each the territory

which it comprised prior to the passage of act No. 939---

No. 1554. An act providing for a loan of P20,000 to the province of Sor-

sogon for the completion of the provincial high school

building of said province -

No. 1555. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of Tarlac from I, as established by act No. 930, to 10, by

making the former municipality of La Paz and the barrio of

Lauangcupang, now a part of the municipality of Tarlac,

and the barrio of Bantug, in the present municipality of

Concepcion, a new municipality--

No. 1556. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of Pangasinan from 32 to 41, by reconstituting certain

municipalities in said province, and giving to each the terri-

tory which it comprised prior to the passage of act No. 931.

No. 1557. An act reducing the number of municipalities in the province

of Albay from 27 to 23, by consolidating certain munici-

palities of the said province located in the subprovince

of Catanduanes.-

No. 1558. An act to increase the number of municipalities in the province

of Samar from 25, as established by act No. 960, to 32..

No. 1559. An act amending act No. 1533, entitled "An act providing for

the diminution of sentences imposed upon prisoners con-

victed of any offense and sentenced for a definite term of

more than thirty days and less than life in consideration of

good conduct and diligence,” by prescribing that the applica-

tions of diminution of sentences allowed thereunder shall be

made on the basis of legal months of thirty days.---

No. 1560. An act canceling one-half the amounts loaned to the province

of Cebu by acts Nos. 1343 and 1380_

No. 1561. An act authorizing the governor-general to parole prisoners

and providing for the enforcement of the conditions of

such paroles.--

No. 1562. An act to prevent the failure of military justice, to authorize

the swearing of witnesses before a military investigation,

and to punish perjuries therein committed..

No. 1563. An act to amend act No. 1454, entitled "An act creating the

entry port of Sitanki, amending act No. 1416, and for other

purposes," by increasing the compensation of the deputy

collector of customs and authorizing the employment of two

boatmen at Sitanki

No. 1564. An act refixing the weight and fineness of the silver coins of the

Philippine Islands for the purpose of preventing the melting

and exportation thereof as a result of an appreciation in the

price of silver, providing for the recoinage of existing silver

coins of the Philippine Islands at the refixed weight and

fineness, to have the same value in gold as those of the corre-

sponding denominations authorized by the act of Congress

approved March 2, 1903, and prescribing a method for

expediting the ready circulation of the new coins---

No. 1565. An act amending section 70 of act No. 1459, “ The corporation

law," as amended by act No. 1506, by extending the time

within which foreign corporations shall comply with the

provisions of said act.--

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