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$ 4. And be it further enacted, That all moness derived from the sale of lands aforesaid, by the states to which the lands are apportioned, and from the sales of land scrip bereinbefore provided for, shall be invested in stocks of the United States, or of the states, or some other safe stocks, yielding not less than five per cent. upon the par value of said stocks; and that the money so invested shall constitute a perpetual fund, the capital of which shall remain forever undiminished (except so far as may be provided in section fifth of this act), and the interest of which shall be inviolably appropriated by each state, which may take and claim the benefit of this act, to the endowment, support and maintenance of, at least, one college, where the leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies, and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts, in such manner as the legislatures of the states may respectively prescribe, in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions

in life.

8 6. And be it further enacted, That the grant of land and scrip hereby authorized, shall be made on the following conditions, to which, as well as to the provisions hereinbefore contained, the previous assent of the several states shall be signified by legislative acts:

First-If any portion of the fund invested, as provided by the foregoing section, or any portion of the interest thereon, shall, by any action, or contingency, be diminished or lost, it shall be replaced by the state to which it belongs, so that the capital of the fund shall remain forever undiminished; and the annual interest shall be regularly applied without diminution to the purposes mentioned in the fourth section of this act, except that a sum, not exceeding ten per centum upon the amount received by any state under the provisions of this act, may be expended for the purchase of lands for sites or experimental farms, whenever authorized by the respective legislatures of said states.

Second-No portion of said fund, nor the interest thereon, shall be applied, directly or indirectly, under any pretense whatever, to the purchase, erection, preservation or repair of any building or buildings.

Third- Any state which may take and claim the benefit of the provisions of this act, shall provide, within five years, at least not less than one college, as prescribed in the fourth section of this act, or the grant to such state shall ce ise ; and said state shall be bound to pay the United States the amount received of any lands previously sold, and that the title to purchasers under the state shall be valid.

Fourth-An annual report shall be made regarding the progress of each college, recording any improvements and experiments made, with their cost and results, and such other matters, including state industrial and economical statistics, as may be supposed useful; one copy of which shall be transmitted by mail free, by each, to all the other colleges which may be endowed under the provisions of this act, and also one copy to the secretary of the interior.

Fifth--When lands shall be selected from those which have been raised to double the minimum price in consequence of railroad grants, they shall be computed to the states at the maximum price, and the number of acres proportionally diminished.

Sixth-No state, while in a condition of rebellion or insurrection against the gove ernment of the United States, shall be entitled to the benefits of this act.

Seventh-No state shall be entitled to the benefits of this act, unless it shall express its acceptance thereof by its legislature within two years from the date of the approval by the President.

§ 6. And be il further enacted, That land scrip issued under the provision of this act, shall not be subject to location until after the first day of January, 1863.

§ 7. And be it further enacted, That land officers shall receive the same fee for locating land scrip issued under the provisions of this act, as is now allowed for the location of military bounty land warrants under existing laws: Provided, Their maximum compensation shall not be thereby increased.

$ 8. And be it further enacted, That the governors of the several states to which scrip shall be issued under this act, shall be required to report annually to congress all sales made of such scrip until the whole shall be disposed of, the amount received for the same, and what appropriation has been made of the proceeds.

APPROVED July 20, 1862.

AN ACT to amend the fifth section of an act entitled “ An act donating public

lands to the several States and Territories which may provide Colleges for the benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanio Arts,” approved July two, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, so as to extend the time within which the provisions of said act shall be accepted and such colleges established.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the time in which the several states may comply with the provisions of the act of July two, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, entitled "An act donating public lands to the reveral states and territories which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts,” is hereby extended 80 that the acceptance of the benefits of said act may be expressed within three years from the passage of this act, and the colleges required by the said act may be provided within five years from the date of the filing of such acceptance with the commissioner of the general land office: Provided, 'I hat when any territory sha!l become a state and be admitted into the Union, such new state shall be entitled to the benefits of the said act of July two, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, by expressing the acceptance therein required within three years from the date of its admission into the Union, and providing the college or colleges within five years after such acceptance, as prescribed in this act: Provided, further, That any state #bich bas heretofore espressed its acceptance of the act herein referred to, shall have the period of five years within which to provide at least one college, as described in the fourth section of said act, after the time for providing said college, according to the act of July second, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, shall have expired.

APPROVED July 23, 1866.


AN ACT in relation to the location of the Industrial University, WHEREAS, Each portion of the state is alike interested in the proper location of said University, and it is desirable to enable the public spirit in each community or section to fully compete for such location; therefore,

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That any county, city, township or incorporated town of said state, may, by taxation, as well as by voluntary subscription of its citizens, raise a fund to secure the location of said University at any point whatever; and any other corporation in this state may make bids and subscription for the purpose of securing said location at any point whatever.

§ 2. That any county, through its county court or board of supervisors, and any township or town, through its supervisor, assessor and collector, and any city or incorporated town, through its council or board of aldermen, or other constituted authorities, as the case may be, may subscribe such sum or sums as they may deem necessary, to secure such location, and to raise the amount or amounts so subscribed by taxation, or by issuing bonds, payable at any seasonable or convenient time, and bearing any rate of interest not exceeding ten per cent. per annum: Provided, however, That no tax shall be levied for such purpose until the proposition so to raise a fund, together with the amount to be raised shall, after at least ten days' notice, be submitted to a vote of the people so to be taxed, and be approved by a majority of the persons voting at such election: Provided, That the county clerk of such county shall order an election in accordance with the provisions of this act: And provided, also, That it shall not be obligatory on any county, city or town authorities, or county clerk, as aforesaid, to submit any such proposition to a vote of the people, unless at least one hundred of the legal voters of said county, city or town shall petition for the same; in which event said election or elections shall be ordered: And provided further, That any election heretofore held in any county, city or town, for the purpose aforesaid, is hereby legalized and made valid.

§ 3. The county, city or town authorities, as aforesaid, are hereby invested with full power to make any and all needful orders and regulations to carry into effect the foregoing provisions; and in case of an election being applied for, as aforesaid, it shall be the duty of said authorities to give the usual and seasonable notice, required by law, according to this act, and the end in view, and to conduct and report the same in the usual way. Such election to be conducted and return made accord. ing to the law governing elections: Provided, That the registry of voters used af the last general selection) shall be the registry for any election to be held under this act.

§ 4. This act shall be a public act, to effect and be in force from and after its passage.

APPROVED January 25, 1867.

AN ACT to provide for the organization and maintenance of the Illinois Industrial

University. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That it shall be the duty of the governor of this state within ten days from the passage of this act, to appoint five trustees, resident in each of the judicial grand divisions of this state, who, together with one additional trustee, resident in each of the congressional districts of this state, to be appointed in like manner, with their associates and successors, shall be a body corporate and politic, to be styled “The Board of Trustees of the Illinois Industrial University;" and by that Dame and style shall have perpetual succession, have power to contract and be contracted with, to sue and be sued, to plead and to be impleaded, to acquire, hold and convey real and personal property; to have and use a common seal, and to alter the same at pleasure; to make and establish by-laws, and to alter or repeal the same as they sball deem necessary, for the management or government, in all its various departments and relations, of the Illinois Industrial University, for the organization and endowment of which provision is made by this act. Said appointments to be subject to approval or rejection by the senate at its next regular session thereafter, and the appointees to be and they are hereby authorized to act as trustees as aforesaid, until their successors shall be appointed by the governor and such appointment shall be approved by the senate.

§ 2. The members of the board of trustees, and their successors, shall hold their office for the term of six years each: Provided, That at the first regular meeting of said board, the said members shall determine, by lot, so that, as nearly as may be, one-third shall hold their office for two years, one-third for four years, and onethird for six years from the first day of said meeting. The governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, shall fill all vacancies which may at any time occur by expiration of term of office, or otherwise, in said board, by appointment of suitable persons resident in the respective grand divisions and congressional districts in which such vacancies may occur. Said board of trustees may appoint an executive committee of their own number, who, when said board is not in session, shall have the management and control of the same, and for that purpose have and exercise all the powers bereby conferred on said board which are necessary and proper for such object,

$ 3. In case the board of trustees shall at any time determine to establish a branch or department of said University at any points elected by them, such branch or department shall be under the control of the members of said board residing in the grand division and congressional district where such branch shall be located, unless otherwise ordered by said board of trustees: Provided, That no portion of the funds resulting from the congressional grant of land for the endowment of said University, or from any donation now or hereafter to be made by the county, city or town at or near which the University is located; and no portion of the interest or proceeds of either of said funds shall ever be applied to the support of any branch or department located outside of the county wherein said University is located by this act.

$ 4. The first regular meeting of the board of trustees shall be held at such place as the governor may designate, on the second Tuesday in March, A. D. 1867, at which meeting they shall elect a regent of the University, who, together with the governor, superintendent of public instruction, and president of the state agricul. taral society, shall be, ex-officio, members of said board of trustees. Said regent, if present, shall preside at all meetings of the board of trustees and of the faculty, and shall be charged with the general supervision of the educational facilities and interests of the University. His term of office shall be two years, and his compensation shall be fixed by the board of trustees.

§ 6. At the first, and at each biennial meeting thereafter, it shall be the duty of the board to appoint a treasurer, who shall not be a member of the board, and who shall give bonds, with such security as the board of trustees shall deem amply sufficient to guard the University from danger of loss or diminution of the funds intrusted to his care. The trustees may appoint, also, the corresponding secretary, whose duty it shall be, under the direction or with the approval of the trustees, to issue circulars, directions for procuring needful materials for conducting experiments, and eliciting instructive information from persons in various counties, selected for that purpose, and skilled in any branch of agricultural, mechanical and industrial art; and to do all other acts needful to enable him to prepare an annual report regarding the progress of the University, in each department thereof—recording any improvements and experiments made, with their costs and results, and such other matters, including state, industrial and economical statistics, as may be supposed useful; not less than five thousand copies of which reports shall be published an. nually, and one copy be transmitted by said corresponding secretary, by mail, free, to each of the other colleges endowed under the provisions of an act of congress, approved July 2, 1862, entitled "An act donating lands to the several states and territories which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts;" one copy to the United States secretary of the interior; and one thousand copies to the secretary of state of this state, for the state library, and for distribution among the members of the general assembly. Also, a recording secretary, whose duty it shall be to keep faithful record f the transactions of the board of trustees, and prepare the same for publication in said annual report. The said treasurer, corresponding and recording secretaries to receive such compensation as the trustees may fix, and to be paid in the same manner as the teachers and other employees of the University are paid,

$ 6. No money shall be drawn from the treasury of the University, except by order of the board of trustees, on warrant of the regent, drawn upon the treasurer, and countersigned by the recording secretary.

$ 7. The trustees shall have power to provide the requisite buildings, apparatus and conveniences; to fix the rates for tuition; to appoint such professors and instructors, and establish and provide for the management of such model farms, model art, and other departments and professorships, as may be required to teach, in the most thorough manner, such branches of learning av are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts, and military tactics, without excluding other scientific and classical studies They may accept the endowments of voluntary professorships or departments in the University, from any person or persons or corporations who may proffer the same, and, at any regular meeting of the board, may prescribe rules and regulations in relation to such endowments, and declare on what general principles they may be admitted: Provided, That such special voluntary endowments or professorships shall not be incompatible with the true design and scope of the act of congress, or of this act; and they shall, as far as practicable, arrange all the regular and more important courses of study and lectures in the University, so that the students may pass through and attend upon them during the six autumn and winter months, and be left free to return to their several practical arts and industries at

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