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Article XI, Section 20.

(Statutes of 1913, page 1704) Proposing an amendment authorizing State, county or municipality to condemn neighboring property within its limits additional to that actually intended for proposed improvement; declaring same taken for public use ; defining estate therein and manner of dealing therewith to further such improvement; permitting county or municipality to condemn lands within ten miles beyond its boundaries for certain ; ublic purposes, with consent of other county or municipality if such lands lie therein ; requiring terms of condemnation, lease or disposal of such additional property to be prescribed by law.

Election November 3, 1914. Rejected. Yes, 259,192; No, 307,155.

Article XII, Section 23.

(Statutes of 1913, page 1740) Election November 3, 1914. Adopted. Yes, 291,665; No, 260,589.

Article XII, Section 23a.

(Statutes of 1913, page 1744) Election November 3, 1914. Adopted. Yes, 291,836; No, 244,379.

Article XIII, Section 1.

(Statutes of 1913, page 1727) Election November 3, 1914. Adopted. Yes, 344,433; No, 216,612.

Article XIII, Section 1a.

(Statutes of 1913, page 1684) Election November 3, 1914. Adopted. Yes, 331,599; No, 293,721.

Article XIII, Section 4.

(Statutes of 1913, page 1689) Elertion Vovember 3, 1914. Adopted. Yes, 359,176; No, 301,969.

Article XIII, Section 812.

(Statutes of 1913, page 1728) Proposing amendment authorizing any county or municipality to exempt from taxation for local purposes in whole or in part, any one or more of following classes of property ; improvements in, on, or over land; shipping; household furniture; livestock ; merchandise; machinery ; tools; farming implements; vehicles ;

other personal property except franchises ; providing that ordinance or resolution making such exemptions shall be subject to referendum: and requires that taxes upon property not exempt from taxation shall be uniform.

Election November 3, 1914. Rejected. Yes, 267,618; No, 375,634.

Article XIII, Section 12.

(Initiative measure) Election November 3, 1914. Adopted. Yes, 405,375; No, 574,487.

Article XVIII, Section 2.

(Statutes of 1913, page 1744) Proposing an amendment providing that delegates to constitutional conventions shall be nominated at non-partisan primary election as prescribed by Legislature, those receiving majority vote thereat being elected, otherwise two highest candidates (or more if tied) being only candidates at further election ; authorizing Legislature to submit for adoption by electors other plans for selecting delegates ; providing that convention shall meet within nine months after election, and may submit new constitution or amendments or revisions of that existing, as alternative propositions or otherwise.

Election November 3, 1914. Rejected. Yes, 271,896; No, 274,325.

Article XX, Section 13.

(Statutes of 1913, page 1729) Proposing an amendment declaring plurality of votes at any primary or election constitutes choice unless Constitution otherwise provides ; permitting charters framed under Constitution for counties or municipalities and general laws for other counties and municipalities to provide otherwise, or for nomination or election, or both, of all or any portion of candidates at a primary, or for preferential system of voting at any county or municipal primary or other election; authorizing general laws providing preferential system of voting at any other primary.

Election November 3, 1914. Rejected. Yes, 240,600; No, 294,265.

Article XX, Section 1742.

(Statutes of 1913, page 1746) Election November 3, 1914. Adopted. Yes, 379,311; No, 295,109.

[June 15, A. D. 1215]

From "Select Charters and other Illustrations of English Constitutional History," by William M. Stubbs, M.A., Regius Professor of Modern History.

Johannes Dei gratia rex Angliae, dominus Hyberniae, dux Normanniae et Aquitanniae, comes Andegaviae, archiepiscopis, episcopis, abbatibus, comitibus, baronibus, justiciariis, forestariis, vicecomitibus, praepositis, ministris et omnibus ballivis et fidelibus suis salutem. Sciatis nos intuitu Dei et pro salute animae nostrae et omnium antecessorum et haeredum nostrorum, ad honorem Dei et exaltationem sanctae ecclesiae, et emendationem regni nostri, per consilium venerabilium patrum nostrorum, Stephani Cantuariensis archiepiscopi totius Angliae primatis et sanctae Romanae ecclesiae cardinalis, Henrici Dublinensis archiepiscopi, Willelmi Londoniensis, Petri Wintoniensis, Joscelini Bathoniensis et Glastoniensis, Hugonis Lincolniensis. Walteri Wygornensis, Willelmi Coventrensis, et Benedicti Roffensis episcoporum; magistri Pandulfi domini papae subdiaconi et familiaris, fratris Eymerici magistri militiae templi in Anglia; et nobilium virorum Willelmi Mariscalli comitis Penbrok, Willelmi comitis Saresberiae, Willelmi comitis Warenniae, Willelmi comitis Arundelliae, Alani de Galweya constabularii Scottiae, Warini filii Geroldi, Petri filii Hereberti, Huberti de Burgo senescalli Pictaviae, Hugonis de Nevilla, Mathei filii Hereberti, Thomae Basset, Alani Basset, Philippi de Albiniaco, Roberti de Roppelay, Johannis Mariscalli, Johannis filii Hugonis et aliorum fidelium nostrorum ;

1. In primis concessisse Deo et hac praesenti carta nostra confirmasse, pro nobis et haeredibus nostris in perpetuum, quod Anglicana ecclesia libera sit, et habeat jura sua integra, et libertates suas illaesas ; et ita volumus observari ; quod apparet ex eo quod libertatem electionum, quae maxima et magis necessaria reputatur ecclesiae Anglicanae, mera et spontanea voluntate, ante


The Great Charter of English Liberty, Granted by King John at

Runnymede, June 15, A. D. 1215.

From “Select Historical Documents of the Middle Ages," as translated from “Stubbs's Charters" by Ernest F. Henderson, A.B. (Trinity College, Conn.), A.M. (Harvard), Ph.D. (Berlin).

John, by the grace of God king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, count of Anjou : to the archbishops, bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justices, foresters, sheriffs, prevosts, serving men, and to all his bailiffs and faithful subjects, greeting. Know that we, by the will of God and for the safety of our soul, and of the souls of all our predecessors and our heirs, to the honour of God and for the exalting of the holy church and the bettering of our realm : by the counsel of our venerable fathers Stephen archbishop of Canterbury, primate of all England and cardinal of the holy Roman church; of Henry archbishop of Dublin ; of the bishops William of London, Peter of Winchester, Jocelin of Bath and Glastonbury, Hugo of Lincoln, Walter of Worcester, William of Coventry and Benedict of Rochester; of master Pandulf, subdeacon and of the household of the lord pope; of brother Aymeric, master of the knights of the Temple in England : and of the noble men, William Marshall earl of Pembroke, William earl of Salisbury, William earl of Warren, William earl of Arundel, Alan de Galway constable of Scotland, Warin son of Gerold, Peter son of Herbert, Hubert de Burgh seneschal of Poictiers, Hugo de Neville, Matthew son of Herbert, Thomas Basset, Alan Basset, Philip d'Aubigni, Robert de Roppelay, John Marshall, John son of Hugo, and others of our faithful subjects :

1. First of all have granted to God, and, for us and for our heirs forever, have confirmed, by this our present charter, that the English church shall be free and shall bave its rights intact and its liberties uninfringed upon. And thus we will that it be observed. As is apparent from the fact that we, spontaneously and of our own free will, before discord broke out between ourdiscordiam inter nos et barones nostros motam, concessimus et carta nostra confirmavimus, et eam optinuimus a domino papa Innocentio tertio confirmari; quam et nos observabimus et ab haeredibus nostris in perpetuum bona fide volumus observari. Concessimus etiam omnibus liberis hominibus regni nostri, pro nobis et haeredibus nostris in perpetuum, omnes libertates subscriptas, habendas et tenendas, eis et haeredibus suis, de nobis et haeredibus nostris ;

2. Si quis comitum vel baronum nostrorum, sive aliorum tenentium de nobis in capite per servitium militare, mortuus fuerit, et cum decesserit haeres suus plenae aetatis fuerit et relevium debeat, habeat haereditatem suam per antiquum relevium; scilicet haeres vel haeredes comitis de baronia comitis integra per centum libras; haeres vel haeredes baronis de baronia integra per centum libras; haeres vel haeredes militis de feodo militis integro per centum solidos ad plus; et qui minus debuerit minus det secundum antiquam consuetudinem feodorum.

3. Si autem haeres alicujus talium fuerit infra aetatem et fuerit in custodia, cum ad aetatem pervenerit, habeat haereditatem suam sine relevio et sine fine.

4. Custos terrae hujusmodi haeredis qui infra aetatem fuerit, non capiat de terra haeredis nisi rationabiles exitus, et rationabiles consuetudines, et rationabilia servitia, et hoc sine destructione et vasto hominum vel rerum; et si nos commiserimus custodiam alicujus talis terrae vicecomiti vel alicui alii qui de exitibus illius nobis respondere debeat, et ille destructionem de custodia fecerit vel vastum, nos ab illo capiemus emendam, et terra committatur duobus legalibus et discretis hominibus de feodo illo, qui de exitibus respondeant nobis vel ei cui eos assignaverimus; et si dederimus vel vendiderimus alicui custodiam alicujus talis terrae, et ille destructionem inde fecerit vel vastum, amittat ipsam custodiam, et tradatur duobus legalibus et discretis hominibus de feodo illo qui similiter nobis respondeant sicut praedictum est.

5. Custos autem, quamdiu custodiam terrae habuerit, sustentet domos, parcos, vivaria, stagna, molendina, cetera ad terram illam pertinentia, de exitibus terrae ejusdem ; et reddat haeredi, cum ad plenam aetatem pervenerit, terram suam totam instauratam de carrucis et wainnagiis secundum quod tempus wainnagii exiget et exitus terrae rationabiliter poterunt sustinere.

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