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Notice of Election and Meetings It shall be the duty of the President to give at least ten days notice of the time and place of holding any election of officers of the District naming the officers to be elected and shall call a meeting of the miners upon the application of five legal voters of the District stating the object for which said meeting is called and he shall preside at all meetings and perform all other duties pertaining to his said office
Deputies The President shall have power to deputize any one or more of the miners to serve papers &c. that he may deem proper and any person so deputized shall proceed to discharge the duties required of him by law upon the commencement of any suit the judge may at his discretion require the Plaintiff to Deposit money or give security for all costs that may accrue
Judgment & Execution A Judgment shall be a lien upon all property of the Defendant from the time of its being rendered and the Judge shall issue execution forth with upon Judgments including interest and costs which shall be made returnable ten days after the date thereof and the Sheriff shall give public notice of the time and place of sale of all property levied upon by him which shall be by written advertisement posted in three public places in the District at least six days before the sale thereof and such property shall be sold to the highest bidder at public out cry to satisfy execution and accruing costs but if the said property cannot be sold for want of bidders unless at great sacrifice or if the Plaintiff order him so to do the officer having charge of the sale may adjourn said sale any length of time not exceeding ten days. In all cases of real estate sold upon execution the defendant shall have the privilege of paying the principal interest and costs with ten per cent per annum thereon and said property shall revert to saiul Defendant or his legal representatives the same as if such sale had not been made and the officer selling any real estate as afore said shall not execute a deed to the purchaser thereof until after the expiration of thirty days. Common wearing apparel bedding twenty dollars worth of tools and three months provision shall be exempt from execution
Probate The Judge and Recorder shall have power to choose a third person and have probate jurisdiction of a deceased person if said deceased had no relatives within the knowledge of said officers but if the deceased had relatives or cretlitors in the District they may apply and tako out letters of administration by complying with such rules as the President may adopt and property shall be disposed of by the Court or administrator to the best advantage to the creditors and heirs of the deceased and the proceeds paid over to the proper person entitled thereto according to direction of the President
Lawyers No practicing lawyer or any other person having been admitted as such in any state or territory shall be permitted to appear in any cause pending in this District as attorney or agent of any person except he himself is a legal party to said suit and if a lawyer should be a legal party to any suit the opposite party may also employ council in his if chooses so to do but in all other cases lawyers shall not be admitted
Outside Debts No debts or demand of any kind shall be collected by suit in this District which has not originated either in coming to this mining region or since the arrival of such debtor therein
Duties of Recorder fc 'It shall be the duty of the Recorder safly to keep the books and records of the District and to file and record all proper papers upon payment of his fees and to act as secretary at all public meetings of the District The Books of Records shall be always open to the inspection of all persons never to be taken from the possession of the Recorder. All persons shall be entitled to copy any record at any time and the Recorder shall deliver over all books and records to his successor in office. In case of absence interst or inability to of the Present the said Recorder may act in all cases in his stead He shall be entitled to fifty cents for each deed mortgage or bill of sale or orther writing necessary to be recorded containing one hundred and fifty or less number of words or fraction thereafter in addition twenty five cents
In all cases fees must be paid in advance. Each Deed Mortgage or bill of sale must be witnessed by two witnesses. No transfer of any claim of any kind shall be valid unless the fees are paid for all original records heretofore made in regard to said Claim.
All certificates of clains of any description remaining in the Recorders oftice upon which the fees are not paid on or before the first day of July next shall be advertised to be sold stating the time and place of sale the number and kind of claim which shall be sold by said Recorder at public salo to the highest bidder after giving ten days notice and if said claim shall be sold for a greater sum thau will pay the Recorders fees all overplus shall go into the District Treasury for the use of the District. The purchases at said sale shall acquire a valid title therefor by the Recorder certifying on the back of said certificate a transfer by said sale for which the Recorder may receiro twenty five cents from the purchaser in addition to the amount bid for said claim
Writs of Attachment Upon the application of any person holding a legal claim against a non-resident debtor about to abscond or move out of the jurisdiction of the Court or about conveying or concealing his property to the injury of his creditors or secreting himself within the District so that legal service cannot be had or fraudulently conveying or concealing his property to defrand his creditors upon filing and affidavit setting forth any of the aforesaid facts and the amount and nature of his claim and paying or securing the costs as the Court direct the Judge shall issue a writ of attachment to attach all the good and chattels lauds and tenements moneys credits and effects of the Debtor within the District Notice of the issue of said writ shall be given by the Plaintiff by posting up written advertisements in five conspicuous places places in said District within twenty four hours after the issue of said writ stating the time and place where said cause will be tried which shall be not less than six nor more than ten days from the issue of said writ and if the Defendant or his legal agent appears he shall have a fair trial and if he fails to appear the Court shall proceed to hiar and determine the case according the law and the equity of the case and render judgment and award execution as in other cases and the property attached by the officer shall remain in possession of said officer until the final determination of said suit and be sold as other property of the same nature upon
the execution issued upon such judgment. But if the Defendant is a resident he shall be served with a personal notice
Garnishee Garnishee process may issue as part of the original writ to be served on both Defendant and Garnishee where the Defendant is a resident or separately as the nature of the case may require or it may issue after execution is returned unsatisfied and in either case if the Garnishee shall pay the demand over to the Defendant after logal notice he shall be still held liable to the amount of the Plaintiffs Judgment and costs if he was indebted to that amount when service was made and if in a smaller sum the amount he was indebted at the time notice was served
Il rit of replerin Any person being possession of personal property of another the opposite party may file with the Judge an attidavit setting forth the name of the Defendant or Defendants with a description of the property claimed and that he is justly entitled to the possession thereof and that said Defendant or Defendants refuse upon demand thereof to give it up and upon said Plaintiff paying or securing costs to the Satisfaction of the Court the Court shall issue a writ of replevin for said property and a Summons for the Defendant or Defendants to appear before him at a time and place in said summons mentioned to answer unto said Plaintiff for the unlawful detention of said property and the officer to whom said writ is delivered shall take possession of the same and notify the Defendant or Defendants to appear before the Court at the time and place mentioned in said writ to answer unto said Plaintiff for the unlawful detention thereof and if tho Plaintiff file a bond with security to the satisfaction of the Defendant or Defendants or the Court within twenty four hours froin the service of said writ said property shall be delivered to the Plaintiff and if he shall fail so to do the property shall be returned to the Defendant or Defendants and the Plaintiff and his securities shall be liable on their bond for all costs and damages to be assessed forth with by the Court or a jury as tho parties may elect and if it appear upon the trial of the cause which may be had as in other civil cases that the right of possession is in the Plaintiff then the Court shall render Judgment against the Defendant for damages and costs of enit accruing to the award of Judgment or verdict as the case may require and issue execution as in other civil cases
Ejectment Any person being in possession of Real property claimed by another the claimant may institute his suit of ejectment which shall be proceeded in as in other civil cases and decided according to the law and the equity of the case and if the claimant shall sustain his action the Defendant shall be removed by order of Court within five days from the trial of the cause and pay all costs and in Default thereof the Judge thereof shall issue a writ of possession or execution as the nature of the case may require. If the Plaintiff fail to establish his case he shall be liable to the Defendant for all costs and damages to be determined as in other civil cases
Liens Any person performing labor or furnishing material for any building claim or other kind of work at the request of the owner or agent thereof shall be entitled to a lion upon the same for the amount of such labor performed or material furnished provided said lien is filed and recorded within thirty days from the tine such labor was performed or material furnished and all conflicting liens shall have priority according to their respective origin if filed and recorded as aforesaid
Sunday The officers of this District shall not be compelled to perform any civil business on Sunday
Public Highways Any person obstructing any public road or highway to the hinderment or inconvenience of the public shall bo liable to any fino that may be assessed against him or them by the Court or jury together with all costs of suit and moreover be liable to a like fine for every twenty four hours that said obstruction shall remain
Tunnel Claims If any person shall locate a tunnel claim for the purpose of working the same he shall first file a specification of the same with the recorder whose duty it shall be to record the same upon payment of fees.
Said specification shall state the commencement and termination of said tunnel together with the names of the parties interested therein
A square stake shall be placed at its mouth having written thereon the same things hereby made necessary to record. Any person or persons working a tunnel provided he or they shall comply with the requirements of this law shall be entitled to two hundred and fifty feet on each side of the center of said tunnel on all lodes that they are the original discovery of and also fifty feet on each side of the center of said tunuel of all lodes that they are the original discovery of and also fifty feet on each side of the center line of all lodes discovered by other person after the commencement of said tunnel said hundred feet last mentioned shall belong to the owners of said tannel Claim so soon as said tunnel shall be worked to intersect said lodes and such part of lodes as said tunnel owners are entitled to by this law shall be held as discovery claims The line of all tunnel claims shall be surveyed and plainly staked or marked from the commencement to the termination thereof prior to the commencement of the work every tunnel company shall be required to commence work within thirty days from the time their claim was recorded and shall do at least throe months labor for one laborer in each six months or they shall forfeit their claim to said tunnel but not to the claims they have discovered and hold by virtue of such discovery before the time of said forfeiture. Tunnel claims shall have only the right of way across all lodes that may be in the course of said tunnel that is recorded according to law
Towns and villages Any person or persons laying out any village town or city in this District he or they shall be entitled to every tenth lot and shall erect some permanent monument as a starting point and file with the Recorder a plat of said village town or city within fifteen days giving a full description of the starting point the course and width of streets size of block and lots and numbers of each and all things necessary for the location of said village town or city and the Recorder shall record the same upon the payment of his fees
Claims All claims made on lodes by Discovery shall be two hundred feet by fifty wide Measurement in all cases to be horizontal. Gulch claims shall be one hundred feet up and down the Gulch extending from bank to bank. Patch claims shall be one hundred feet square Discovery claims shall be staked and marked as such All legal claims shall be held as vested rights by representing once a year in person by signing their names upon a book kept by the recorder for that purpose in the months of August September and Ootober! Any person shall be entitled to hold one mill site one gulch claim on each gulch one patch claim one building lot and one village town or city lot one lode claim on each lode and one tunnel claim by preemption. Filing claims shall be free and hold for ten days
No claims shall be valid unless taken by a person residing in the vicinity of the Rocky Mountains
No lode or crevice shall be recorded unless the same is exposed by actual work. The discoverer may have sixty days to open & provo the lode and file for recording and no lode claim shall be valid as a preemption until the discovery claim is filed and a name give to said lode
Mill claims shall be two hundred and fifty feet up and down the gulch and from bank to bank and fifty feet up each bank all timber on said mill claims shall belong to said mill claims
Timber All timber on Quartz claims shall belong to the owners of the claims and where lodes run near each other the timber shall be equally divided between the respective owners and timber on all other claims shall belong to the owners thereof
Water companies When water companies are engaged in bringing water into any portion of the mines they shall have the right of way secured to them and may pass over any claim road or ditch but shall so guard themselves in passing as not to injure the party over which ground they pass Sherif's fees The sheriff shall receive for his service the following fees towit Serving summons for each person therein named. .25 Talesmen ...
Advertising property besides actual expenses. .75
..25 Selling property on execution or order of sale. 50 Taking each bond...
25 Making deed for property sold on execution.... 1.50 All copies necessary to the service for each one
Attending Court per day .....
Bringing up prisoners on a writ of Habeas Corpus
2.60 New lodes Owners of newly discovered lodes running parallel and within twenty-five feet of some previously discovered lode ahall, be entitled to work the same and occupy one half of the surface between the two crevices for waste dirt quartz eto Horcafter 20 Jada
shall be recognized as crossing a gulch and whoovor shall discover the course and prove np the lodo on the opposite side of tho gulch shall havo the right of discovery as the law provides and shall also have the right to name the lodes but the lodes staked and claimed across a gulch or an extension of one already discovered on the opposite side shall be legal provided they do not interfer with lodes or claims already recorded or being discovered.
Cross Lodes Owners of cross lodes shall have the right to work their crevice up to the previously discovered lode and one half of the surface for waste dirt Quartz &c
Murder Any person found guilty of wilful murder shall be hanged by the neck until dead and then given to his friends is called for and if not to be decently buried and all other crimes not enumerated in these laws shall be punished as the Court or Jury of men shall decide
Perjury or Theft Any person found guilty of perjury or theft shall receive not more than twenty five nor less than ten lashes on the bare back and banished from the District and their property confiscated to pay cost of prosecuted and damage
Setting out Fire Any person who shall willfully maliciously or through neglect set out any fire in this District or so that it comes into this District and destroy any timber or other property shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be punished as the Court or Jury may direct and be liable to all parties injured thereby
Nuisances Every act of commission or omission which may affoct the health or convenience shall be regarded as a nuisance and the person or persons causing the same shall be liable to a fine of not more than one hundred nor less than five dollars and remain so liable for every twenty four hours the same may continue to be determined by the Court or jury according to the aggravated nature of the offence and it shall be the duty of the officer of the District to see that this section of the law is put in force
These laws shall take effect from and after their adopting and shall not be altered changed or amended without the authority and sanction of a majority of the legal voters of the District at some public meeting legally called for that purpose
CUSTER COUNTY.-CHEYENNE MINING DISTRICT. In June, 1875, there then being 30 to 40 miners on French Creek in and about Custer, a meeting was held and the Cheyenne Mining District formed. A few laws were passed, and a recorder elected.
On January 5th 1876, the miners again came together. D. K. Snively was elected Chairman, and G. E. Thornton Secretary.
J. P. Harlow offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That all claims on French Creek, held or pretended to be held by persons not now in the Black Hills, are hereby declared to be vacant and open to re-location by citizens of the United States, and those who have declared their intentions to become such.
This was adopted.
Mr. S. R. Shankland moved that claim No. 42 above discovery, belonging to James Saunders, should be reserved, as Saunders was then on his way into the Hills, with a saw-mill. This also was adopted, and then the meeting adjourned until the following Saturday.
According to agreement, the miners came together January 8th 1876, and the following laws were adopted, all previous regulations being declared null and void.
LAWS OF TIIE CHEYENYE MIXING DISTRICT.
SECTION I The Cheyenne Mining District shall extend from discovery, at a point called the Bear Hole, down French Creek as far as White's Rock, where it intersects the Energetic Mining District, and up the Creek from discovery to the source of the creek.
(At a meeting held April 26 1879, at which Cyrus Cole was elected Chairman, and S. R. Shankland, Secretary, Sections I, IV, XV, and others were amended. I give the amendments under each section.)
SECTION 1-Amended April 26th 1879.
The Cheyenne Mining District shall extend from the extreme head of French Creek to a point called White's rocks on said French Creek about one and a half miles below Custer, and 5 miles in width on each side of said creek.
SECTION II—There shall be two kinds of placer claims : gulch claims and hill claims. Gulch claims shall include all banks and bars not more than thirty (30) feet above the surface of tho Creek. Hill claims shall include all elevations above the height of gulch claims.
At a meeting held January 15th 1876, with P. J. Keefer in the chair, and S. R. Shankland, Secretary, this section was amended as follows:
SECTION 2-Amended Jan. 15th 1876.
“Thero shall be two kinds of placer claims, gulch claims and hill claims. Gulch claims shall includo all banks and bars not more than 30 feet above the surface of the creek, and 300 feet in length. Hill claims shall include all elevations above the height of gulch claims".
At a meeting held April 30th 1876—D. K. Snively, chairman, S. R. Shankland, secretary-this was again amended, as follows: SECTION 2-Amended April 30th 1876.
There shall be two kinds of placer claims, gulch claims and hill claims. Gulch olaims shall include all ground lying between the first outside rim of adjoining bars on each side of the main channel of the gulch.
Section 2-Amended April 26th 1879.
“There shall be four kinds of claims, to wit: Gulch or Creek Claims, Bar Claims, Hill Claims, and Dry Sag Claiins. Gulch or Creek claims embrace all the ground lying between the two rims of the gulch. Bar claims embrace 150 foot in width from the rim of Gulch or Crook claims. Hill claims, Gulch claims, Bar claims and Dry Sag claims shall be 300 feet in length and 150 feet in width, except gulcha or Creek claims which shall be confined to the space lying between the two rims".
SECTION III --Gulch claims shall extend 300 feet parallel with the creek and 100 feet back on each side. (This section was stricken out at the meeting held Jan. 15th 1876.)
SECTION IV-All citizens of the United States, or who have declared their intention to become such, may locate a claim in this distriet; but no one shall be entitled to hold more than one gulch claim, nor more than one hill claim by location
Section 4-Amended April 26th 1879.
** Any citizen of tho United States, or who has declared his intention to become such, inay locate a claim of each character as described in Section 2 of these laws, but no person shall be entitled to hold more than one claim of each kind by location in the same gulch, but in case of sale or abandonment of a claim, a claim can be located in any other gulch”.
Sectiox V-Location of a claim must be made in person.
SECTION VI–Notice of a claim must be conspicuously staked at each end of the claim, with name of locator, date of location, and nature of the claim plainly written on the stakes.
SECTION VII—Claims must be recorded in 5 days after their location, or continually worked. All recorded claims must bo represented by one day's labor overy 10 days. Working of one of a company's claims shall be proper representation of all their joint claims. Failure to coinply with this section subjects the claim to relocation.'
Section 7-Amended April 30th 1876.
“Claims must be recorded in five days after their location or continually worked. All recorded claims must be represented by four days labor in every week."
Amendeil April 25th 1879.
“ All claims inust be recorded in 5 days after location or continually worked, and all recordod claims must be worked one day in each week or the same shall be subject to relocation. Work upon any one of a Company's adjoining claims shall be considered proper representation for all claims held by the company adjoining". SECTION VIII-Claim owners shall have right to run ditches, canals or tunnels through claims abo
their own, but must leave a sluice head of water in the creek for the working of claims above, and must return the water turned from the creek to its natural channel at the lower end of their claims, unless otherwise arranged between parties interested.
Section S-Amended April 30th 1876.
“Clain owners shall have the right to run ditches, canals or tunnels through claims above their own, but must leave a sluice head of water in the creek for the working of claims above, and must return the water turned from the creek to its natural channel at tho lower end of their claims, unless otherwiso arranged between parties interested".
SECTION IX-No person shali bo allowed to dump tailings on claims not their own, except by consent of owners.
SECTION XI-A recorder of the district shall be elected by ballot on the 8th day of January of each year. His term of office shall be one year, unless sooner removed. It shall be his duty to stake off all claims in the district and number the same. He shall keep a proper book of record, which shall be open to public inspection at any time, in which he shall make a correct entry of all claims presented for record, with name of locator, date of location, and number and nature of claim. He shall issue a certificate for each claim recorded, and shall be entitled to a fee of $140 for recording each placer claim.
SECTION XII–The recorder of this district may be removed from office by a two-third vote of a meeting of not less than 75 miners holding claims in this district, for malfeasanco in office, or incompetency.
SECTION XIII–Adverse claims, or grievances may be brought before and decided by a meeting of miners of this district sitting as a court of arbitration, or may be decided by a committee of an even number of miners of which number either party in contest chooses one-half.
SECTION XIV-A miners' meeting in this district shall be called by the recorder upon the written applicntion of not less than 10 miners holding claims in the district, and written notice of such meeting shall bo posted at least 5 days beforo such meeting is to tako place, in 2 different places in the district.
SECTION XV—The foregoing laws and regulations cannot be altered, changed or annulled, except by a two-third vote of a meeting of not less than 40 miners holding claims in this district.
Section 15-Amended April 26th 1879.
“The foregoing laws cannot bo altered, changed or annulled, excopt by a two-thirds vote of pot less than 12 miners holding claims in this district".
SECTION XVI—These laws and regulations shall take effect and be in force from and after their passage.
SECTION XVII—(Adopted April 26th 1879) Any discoverer of a new gulch or channel shall be entitled to an additional claim by right of discovery.
LAWRENCE COUNTY.-WHITEWOOD QUARTZ MINING DISTRICT.
LAWS OF THE WHITEWOOD QUARTZ DISTRICT. In accordance with a notice published in the Black Hills Pioneer, on the 9th day of December 1876, and with other notices posted in conspicuous places before and after advertising above, of which notice, the following is a copy :
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Quartz Miners of Whitewood District, will be held at Gayville, on the 29th day of December, A. D. 1876, at 2 o'clook, P. M., at the house of Thomas Campbell, for the purpose of making local and adopting general laws. It is of vital importance that all thoso who have any interest in that respect shonld be present. "Whitowood District” is that portion of the Black Hills which embraces Whitewood Creek and all its tributarios.
T. H. CARR, “ Recorder »
The meeting convened in pursuance to call of notice at 2 o'clock P. M., at the house of Thomas Campbell, at Gayville, in the Black Hills, D. T.
On motion of T. H. Carr, Mr. D. E. Costigan was elected temporary president of the meeting.
On motion of S. P. Romans, Mr. D. E. Costigan was chosen permament president and T. H. Carr permament secretary.
On motion, the president appointed John M. Murphy, S. P. Romans, John Bell, Henry Spruce, and George L. Houghton as a committee of five, with the first named as chairman, “ to draft local, and to adopt general laws for this district," and they were instructed to report at an adjourned meeting to be held December 30th 1876. Upon this, the meeting adjourned.
On December 30, the miners again came to-gether, and the committee presented their report in writing, which upon being read, was adopted section by section. It was as follows: !
Be it enacted by the Quartz Miners of Whitewood Mining District in mass meeting assembled December 30th 1876. The following laws rules and regulations governing the locations of quartz claims in said district, to-wit: ! Sec. 1. Whitewood District shall consist of all that section of country drained by Whitewood Creek and tributaries. The officers of Whitewood District shall consist of a Recorder and Secretary. The Recorder to be ex-officio Secretary and shall keep the records of all meetings.
SEC. 2. We bereby adopt the United States mining laws of May 10th 1872, with acts, amendments, thereto, with the following local rules and requirements.
Sec. 3. From and after the approval of these laws, all citizens of the United States of lawful age and those who have declared their intentions to become such, under the regulations specified by law shall have the right to locate claims in Whitewood mining district upon veins or lodes of quartz or other rock in place bearing gold, silver, cinnabar, lead, tin, copper or other valuable deposits.
Sec. 4. A mining claim located after the adoption of these laws, whether located by one or more persons, may equal bat shall not exceed 1,500 feet in length along the vein or lode; no claim shall extend more than 150 feet on each side of the middle of the vein at the surface. the end lines of each claim shall be parallel to each other.
Sec. 5. In order to entitle any person or persons to record any lead, lode or leads of quartz claim either of gold, silver, cinnabar, lead, tin, copper or other valuable deposits, there shall first be discovered a vein, lode or mineral deposit, lying in place, upon the ground claimed, the said claimant or claimants shall place a post or monument at each corner of the land claimed ; also a post or monument at each end of the land claimed, marking the centre of the land claimed; also a post or monument at the centre of each side line; also at discovery shaft, a stake or board upon which shall be designated the name of the lode or claim, the name or names of the locators, the pumber of fect of ground claimed and in what direction from the point of discovery, and the number of feet claimed on each side of the vien or crevice, and such a description of the claim by reference to some natural object or permament mound as will identify the claim, such as prominent buttes, the confluence of streams and other land marks in the vicinity of the mines.
SEC. 6. A copy of a location notice of a mining claim tunnel site or mill site, shall be handed to the Recorder of this district within 20 days from the posting of said notice on the claim or the location shall be held as abandoned. ) Sec. 7. In order to hold a possessory right to a claim, there shall be not less than one hundred dollars ($100) worth of work done thereon during each year, and in performing such labor, 500 cubic feet in picking ground, and 125 cubic feet in blasting rock shall bo estimated at one hundred dollars. ) SEC. 8. It shall be the duty of the Recorder to call meetings of the quartz miners of this district, whenever a petition is handed him signed by ten or more persons owning quartz claims in this district or the legal representatives of such quartz claim owners, requesting him to give notice of such meeting for the purpose of altering or amending the laws of this district or for the election of a quartz recorder, and such notices shall be posted in at least five conspicuous places in the district for at least ten days previous to the meeting, and it shall be the duty of the recorder to record all location notices upon the payment of his fees. Ho shall have the right to appoint one or more deputies and shall be entitled to the following fees: For recording qnartz claims, mill sites, and tunnel rights, each two dollars, and for deeds, bonds, mortgages and other instruments of writing, one dollar for each folio and fifty cents for each additional folio, and certified copies of location notices shall be furnished for one dollar each.
(To this, the following amendment was offered, carried and incorporated in the section :-"That any meeting hereafter called, it shall require a two-thirds majority of the quartz miners present to decide any measure before said meeting.")
SEC. 9. The District Recorder is hereby authorized to administer oaths or aftimations when the mining laws of the United States require the same, relative to mining purposes.
SEC. 10. The present Recorder, T. H. Carr, is hereby declared elected recorder for the year ending December 31st 1877.
Sec. 11. The records are liereby declared to be the property of the district. The Recorder shall turn over to his successor in office all books, records, papers and documents belonging to his office, and in the event of the organization of a county in this district, he shall turn over to the recorder of the county all the records of his office when such county organization is completed.
On the 6th day of March, 1877, the miners again met and passed this resolution:
SEC. 12—" Resolved, That we the quartz miners of Whitewood Quartz Mining District, in mass meeting assembled, re-enact and legalize the laws heretoforo passed and adopted in this district and that Thomas H. Carr, the present recorder be elected and is hereby doclared recorder of this district for one year from this date”.
S. P. Romans was in the Chair, and Geo. 8. Houghton acted as secretary.
SEC. 13. "Be it Enacted by the quartz miners of Whitewood Quartz Mining District, in mass meeting assembled, That the quartz recorder of said district is hereby authorized to turn over all records, lawe, papers and documents, belonging to said office to the Recorder of Deeds of Lawrence county, D. T., within thirty days from date, and the recorder is requested to take receipts for the same when delivered".
8. P. Romans also presided at this meeting, and T. H. Carr performed the duties of secretary.