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Company, under the authority of and in the manner provided by this Act, and were due and payable at a certain time or times, whereby an action hath accrued to the said Company to recover such sum or sums with interest and costs; and the production of the newspapers containing such cails shall be evidence that the same were made as therein stated; and neither in such action nor in any other action, suit or legal proceeding by the Company, shall the election of the Directors or the authority of them, or of any Attorney acting in the name of the Company, be called in question except by the Company, nor shall it in any such case be necessary to name the Directors or any of them; And that in any action which may be bronght by the said Company against any person or persons for any injury to the said Rail-road or other works, it shall not be necessary for the said Company to prove any title to such land or other works, but merely that the said land is included in the map of the land set apart for the purpose of the said Rail-way and other works, so deposited as hereinbefore mentioned, and that such works are upon such land.

Forfeitures

XLIII. And be it enacted, That all fines and forfeitures imposed by this Act, or

+ which shall be lawfully imposed by any By-law, to be made in pursuance thereof, (of how to be re.' covered and which By-law, when produced, all Justices are hereby required to take notice,) the applied, when not otherwise levying and recovering of which fines and forfeitures are not particularly herein directprovided for. ed, shall, upon proof of the offence before any one or more Justice or Justices of the

Peace for any of the Districts through which the said Rail-way shall pass, either by the confession of the party or parties, or by the oath or affirmation of any one credible wit

ness (which oath or affirmation such Justice or Justices are hereby empowered and reLery by distross and sale

quired to administer without fee or reward,) be levied by distress and sale of the of goods and offender's goods and chattels, by Warrant under the hand and seal or hands and seals of chattels.

such Justice or Justices; and all such fines, forfeitures or penalties by this Act imposed or authorized to be imposed, the application whereof is not hereinbefore particularly directed, shall be paid into the hands of the Treasurer or Receiver of the monies to be raised by virtue of this Act, and shall be applied and disposed of for the use of the said Rail-way or undertaking, and the overplus of the money raised by such distress and sale, after deducting the penalty and the expenses of the levying and re.

covering thereof, shall be rendered to the owner of the goods so distrained and sold; Imprisonment) and for want of sufficient goods and chattels whereof to levy the said penalty and for want of sufficient chat- expenses, the offender shall be sent to the Common Gaol for any of such Districts,

there to remain without bail or mainprize for such term, not exceeding one month, as such Justice or Justices shall think proper, unless such penalty and forfeiture and all expenses attending the same, shall be sooner paid and satisfied.

tels.

the Justice or Justices shall thing prize for such term, not exuby of such Districts,

Appeal to tho General Sessions,

XLIV. And be it enacted, That if any person or persons shall think himself, herself or themselves aggrieved by any thing done by any Justice or Justices of the Peace in pursuance of this Act, every such person or persons may, within four calendar months after the doing thereof, appeal to the Justices of the Peace at the General Quarter or General Sessions to be holden in and for the District.

Limitation of actions for things done under this Act.

XLV. And be it enacted, That if any action or suit shall be brought or commenced against any person or persons for any thing done or to be done in pursuance of this Act, or in the execution of the powers and authorities, or of the orders and directions hereinbefore given or granted, every such action or suit shall be brought or commenced within six calendar months next after the fact committed; or in case there shall be a

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continuation of damage, then within six calendar months next after the doing or committing such damage shall cease, and not afterwards; and the Defendant or Defendants General issue. in such action or suit shall and may plead the general issue, and give this Act and the special matter in evidence at any trial to be held thereupon, and that the same was done in pursuance and by the authority of this Act; and if it shall appear to have been so done, or if any action or suit shall be brought after the time so limited for bringing the same, or if the Plaintiff or Plaintiffs shall be non-suit, or discontinue his, her or Costs to detheir action or suit after the Defendant or Defendants shall have appeared, or if judga ment shall be given against the Plaintiff or Plaintiffs, the Defendant or Defendants shall have full costs, and shall have such remedy for the same as any Defendant or Defendants hath or have for costs of suit in other cases by law. XLVI. And be it enacted, That any contravention of this Act by the said Company, Any contra

vention of this or by any other party, for which no punishment or penalty is herein provided, shall be common a misdemeanor, and shall be punished accordingly; but such punishment shall not wise punish.

able to be a exempt the said Company (if they be the offending party) from the forfeiture of this misdem Act and the privileges hereby conferred on them, if by the provisions thereof or by law the same be forfeited by such contravention.

emeanor.

ditions,

XLVII. And be it enacted, That Her Majesty, Her Heirs and Successors, may at any Her Majesty time before or after the said Rail-wav is completed, assume the possession and proper- may assume

the Rail way, ty thereof, and of all the property which the said Company is hereby empowered to on certain còn. hold and shall then have, and of all the rights, privileges and advantages vested by this Act in the said Company, (all which shall after such assumption be vested in Her Majesty, Her Heirs and Successors,) on giving to the said Company three monihs' notice of the intention to assume the same, and on paying to the said Company, within three months of the expiration of such notice, the whole amount of their Capital Stock then paid up and expended, with interest at ten per cent on the paid up Capital, from the time of the paying up of the same until the time of the opening of the said Rail-way.

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XLVIII. And be it enacted, That the said Company shall annually submit to the Company an. three Branches of the Legislature, within the first fifteen days after the opening of each

mit to the LeSession of the Provincial Parliament, after the opening of the said Rail-way, or any part gislature dethereof to the public, a detailed and particular account, attested upon oath, of the

tailed acmonies by them received and expended under and by virtue of this Act, with a classified statement of the amount of tonnage and of passengers that have been conveyed along the said Rail-way; and no further provisions which the Legislature may hereafter Further promake with regard to the form or details of such account, or the mode of attesting or vision may be rendering the same, shall be deemed an infringement of the privileges hereby granted such accounts. to the Company

XLIX. And be it enacted, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to Company not except the Rail-way by this Act authorized to be made, from the provisions of any exempt from general Act relating to Rail-ways which may be passed during the present or any Rail-way law. future Session of Parliament.

L. And be it enacted, That nothing herein contained shall affect or be con- Saving of Her strued to affect, in any manner or way whatsoever, the rights of Her Majesty, Her von

Majesty's Heirs and Successors, or of any person or persons, or of any bodies politic, corporate all other per

sons, &c. or collegiate, such only excepted as are herein mentioned.

LI.

When the
Company may
commence the
Rail-way.

LI. And be it enacted, That the said Company shall not proceed to lay down or to commence the construction of the said Rail-way, until shares to the amount of one hundred and fifty thousand pounds shall have been taken in the Capital Stock of the said Company, and ten pounds per centum thereon shall have been paid into the hands of the Treasurer of the Company, nor until the said election of Directors hereinbefore in that behalf provided, shall have been held.

Survey and Map to be completed within three years, and Rail-way within ten.

· LII. And be it enacted, That the survey map and book of reference in the fourth

section of this Act mentioned shall be made, and the said map and book of reference shall be deposited, as in that section provided, within three years from the passing of this Act, and the said Rail-way hereby authorized shall be completed within ten years from the passing of this Act, or else every matter and thing herein contained shall be and become absolutely null and void, as to so much of the said line of Rail-way as shall not then be completed.

Public Act.

LIII. And be it enacted, That this Act shall be deemed' and taken to be a Public Act, and as such shall be judicially taken notice of by all Judges, Justices of Peace, and others, without being specially pleaded.

MONTREAL :-Printed by STEWART DERBISHIRE & GEORGE DESBARATS,

Law Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.

THIRD SESSION, SECOND PARLIAMENT.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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I. An Act to enlarge the powers of the Trinity House of Montreal, in certain cases where
the public health of the City may be endangered,

1257

II. An Act to facilitate the issue of Debentures, and for other purposes therein mentioned, 1259

III. An Act relating to Justices of the Peace in the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of Saint
E Lawrence, and to dispense, as respects them, with the Property Qualification by law
required of Justices of the Peace in other parts of the Province,

1261
IV. An Act for preventing malicious injuries to persons and property by fire or by ex-
plosive or destructive substances,

1263

V. An Act for shortening the time of Prescription in certain cases, and for other purposes

therein mentioned,

1267

VI. An Act for compensating the Families of Persons killed by Accident, and for other
purposes therein mentioned,

1271

VII. An Act to make better provision for the establishment of Municipal Authorities in

Lower Canada,

1273

VIII. An Act to continue for a limited time the several Acts and Ordinances therein

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(X. An Act to consolidate and amend the laws, and to repeal certain Acts relating to the

crime of Forgery,

1301

X. An Act for the better protection of Merchants and others who may hereafter receive

Assignments and enter into Contracts and Agreements in relation to Goods and

Merchandize entrusted to Agents,

1311

KI. An Act to repeal a certain Act therein mentioned, and to make better provision for
the Limitation of Actions in Lower Canada,

1.315

XII. An Act to amend the Laws relative to the appointment of Special Constables, and for

the better preservation of the Peace,

1319

XIII. An Act to regulate the Summoning of Jurors in Lower Canada,

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XIV. An Act for taking the Census of this Province, and obtaining Statistical Infor-
mation therein,

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XV. An Act to amend the Law of Imprisonment for Debt, in Upper Canada,

XVI. An Act to explain and amend an Act passed in the ninth year of Her Majesty's

Reign, intituled, An Act to consolidate and amend the Registry Laws of that part of
this Province which was formerly Upper Canada,

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XVII. An Act to exempt the property of the Crown from Local Rates and Taxes in

Lower Canada,

1345

XVIII. An Act to extend the Provisions of the Marriage Act of Upper Canada to Mi-

nisters of all denominations of Christians,

XIX. An Act for amending the Common School Act of Upper Canada,

1349

XX. An Act to amend, explain and continue an Act passed in the Seventh year of the

Reign of Her Majesty, intituled, An Act to prevent Obstructions in Rivers and Rivu-

lets in Upper Canada,

1353

XXI. An Act for the organization of the Notarial Profession in that part of this Province
called Lower Canada,

130

XXII. An Act to remove all doubts as to the validity of certain Instruments and Docu-

ments executed before Notaries in Lower Canada,

1362

XXIII. An Act to regulate the duties between Master and Servant, and for other purposes

therein mentioned,

XXIV. An Act to amend the Act, intituled, An Act to amend the Law constituting the

Board of Works,

137

XXV. An Act for regulating the Shipping of Seamen,
XXVI. An Act to incorporate the Members of the Medical Profession in Lower Canada,

and to regulate the Study and Practice of Physic and Surgery therein,
XXVII. An Act to amend the Act to authorize the Quebec Trinity House to License as

Pilots a certain class of persons therein mentioned, ,
XXVIII. An Act to extend the Provincial Copy-right Act to persons resident in the

United Kingdom, on certain conditions,
XXIX. An Act to amend the Law for the admission of Attornies and Calling of Barristers

in Upper Canada,
XXX. An Act for the relief of certain Landholders in the District of Gaspé,
XXXI. An Act for repealing and consolidating the present Duties of Customs in this

Province, and for other purposes therein mentioned,

XXXII. An Act to amend an error in the Act of the present Session, imposing duties of

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Customs,

XXXIII. An Act to authorize the issuing of Debentures to pay the balance due to

Claimants for losses during the Rebellion and Invasion in Upper Canada,
XXXIV. An Act to appropriate the sums therein mentioned to defray certain expenses

the Civil Government for the year, one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven,
certain other expenses not otherwise provided for,

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