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Proposed Amendments to the Constitution, to be
Voted for at Election to be Held Tuesday, November 4th. Act No. 5G.) Senate Bill No. ."1. JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to Ar ticle 47 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana, relative to rectifying and approving agreements or contracts for works of public improvements j in November, 1902, ! j made or entered into by the City of New Orleans prior to the 12th day of May, 1902, and to authorize the City of New Orleans to make all payments thereunder in accordance with the terms and under the condi tions thereof. Section 1. Be it resolved by ; the General Assembly of the ' State of Louisiana, two-thirds of all the members elected to each 1 House concurring, That the fol lowing amendment to Article 47 of the Constitution of the State' of Louisiana be submitted to the j electors of the State at the next Congressional election to be hold-1 en on the first Tuesday after tlu first Monday to-wit: That Article 47 of the Constitu tion of the State of Louisiana be amended so as to read as follows, to-wit: "Article 47: The general As sembly shall have no power to grant or authorize any parish or municipal authority to grant any extra compensation, fee or allow ance to a public officer, agent, servant or contractor, nor pay, nor authorize the payment of any claim against the State or any parish or municipality thereof, under any agreement of contract made without express authority of law ; and all such unauthorized agreements or contracts shall be null and void, but all agreements or contracts for work of public improvements made or entered into by the City of New Orleans prior to the twelfth day of May, 1902, are hereby ratified and ap proved and the City of New Or leans is hereby authorized to make all payments provided for in said contracts in accordance with the terms and under the conditions set forth in said con tracts. Sec. 2. Be it further resolved, etc., That on the official ballots to be used at said election shall be placed the words "For the pro posed amendment to Article 47 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana;" and the words "Against the amendment to Ar ticle 47 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana:" and each elector shall indicate, as provided in the general election laws of the State, which of the propositions, "for" or "against" he votes for. (Signed) J. Y. Sanders, Speaker of the House of Repre sentatives. (Signed) Albert Estopinal, Lieutenant Governor. App roved : June 20th, A. D. 1902. W. W. Heard, Governor of the State of Lou isiana. A true copy : John T. Michel, Secretary of State. Act No. 83.) Senate Bill No. 114. joint resolution Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Louisiana by repealing and ab rogating Article One Hundred and Ninety-Eight (198) thereof. Section 1. Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana, two-thirds of all members elected to each House concurring,Thatanamend ment to the Constitution of the State of Louisiana be submitted to the qualified electors of the State, for their approval or re jection at the next Congressional election tobe holden therein on the first Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 1902, as follows: That Article 198 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana, which reads as follows : No person less than sixty years of age shall be per mitted to vote at any election in the State who shall not, in addi tion to the qualifications above prescribed, have paid on or be fore the 31st day of December of each year, for the two years pre ceding the year in which he offers to vote, a poll tax of one dollar per annum, to be used exclusively in aid of the public schools of the parish in which sffcli tax shall have been collected 1 which tax is hereby imposed on every male resident of this State between the ages of twenty-one and sixty years. Poll taxes shall be a lien only upon assessed property, and no process shall issue to enforce the collection of the same except against assessed property. Every person liable for such ta x shall, before being allowed to vote, exhibit to the Commission ers of Election his poll tax re ceipts for two years, issued on the official form of duplicates thereof, in the event of loss, or proof of payment of such poll taxes may be made by a certifi cate of the tax collector, which shall be sent to the Commission ers of tho several votingpivcincts showing a list of those who have paid s:iid two years' poll taxes ;is above provided, and the dates of payment. It is hereby declared to be forgery, and punishable as s uch, for any tax collector or other person. t«> antedat a poll tax receipt. who shall pay the another or advance turn money for that purpose, in order to in fluence his vote, shall be guilty of bribery and punished according ly. The provisions of this sec tion as to the payment of poll taxes shall not apply to persons who are deaf and dumb, or blind, nor to persons under twenty three years of age, who have paid all poll taxes assessed against them. This section shall not go into operation until after the gen eral State election to be held in the year 1900, and the Legisla ture elected in the year lWOs shall have authority to repeal or modi fy same: be and the same is hereby repealed, abrogated and stricken from the Constitution of this State. Sec. 2. Be it further resolved, etc., That the official ballots to be used at said Congressional elec tion shall have printed thereon r alter I Any person ! poll tax I i j ; ! the words "For the proposed amendment to the Constitution ; of the State of Louisiana repeal- 1 ing and abrogating Article 19* of the Constitution," and the words "Against the proposed amend- ! ment, to the Constitution of the | State of Louisiana repealing and abrogating Article 19s of the I Constitution:" and each elector i sliall indicate, as provided in the general election laws of the Stat« 1 , i whether he votes for or against the proposed amendment. (Signed) .T. Y. SANDERS, Speaker of the House of Repre sentatives. (Signed) Albert Estopinal, Lieutenant Governor and Presi dent of the Senate. Approved: July 5th, A. 1). 1902. W. W. Heard, Governor of the State of Louisi ana. A true copy: John.T. Michel, Secretary of State. ! I Act No. 120.) House Bill No. 328. an act. J< »int ivs« )luti< >n proposing amend - ments to Articles 85,98,99,100, 105, and 131 of the Constitu tion of the State of Louisiana relative to the Judiciary De partment. Sec. 1. Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana two-thirds of all mem bers elected to each House con curring, That Article 85 of the Constitution of the State of Lou isiana be so amended as to read as follows: Article H5. TheSupreme Court, except as hereinafter provided, shall have appellate jurisdiction only, which jurisdiction shall ex tend to all cases where the mat ter in dispute, or the fund to be disturbed, whatever may be the amount therein claimed, shall ex ceed Five Thousand Dollars, ex clusive of interest: to suits of di vorce and separation from bed and board, and toall matters .aris ing therein: to suits involving ali mony, for the nullity of m irriage, or for interdiction; toall matters of adoption, emancipation, legiti macy, and custody of children; to suits involving homestead ex emptions, and to all cases in which the constitutionality or legality of any local assessment, tax, toll, or impost whatever, or for any forfeiture, or penalty im posed by a municipalcorporation, shall be in contestation, whatever may be the amount thereof, and to all cases wherein the consti tutionality or legality of any ordi nance of a municipal corporation or a law of this State is called in question, and in such cases the appeal on the law and the facts shall be directly from the court in which the case originated to the Supreme Court: and incrim inai cases on questions of law alone, whenever the punishment of death or imprisonment at hard labor may be inllicted, or a fine exceeding Three Hundred Dol lars, or imprisonment exceeding six months, is actually imposed. Said court shall have such origi nal jurisdiction as may be neces sary to enable it to determine questions of facts affecting its own jurisdiction in any case pending before it, or it may re mand the case; and shall have exclusive original jurisdiction in all matters touching professional misconduct of members of the bar, with power to disbar under such rules as may be adopted by the Court. Section 2. Be it further re solved, etc., That Article 9s of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana be so amended as to read as follows : Article 98. The courts of ap peal. except as otherwise pro vided in this Constitution, shall have appeUftte jurisdiction only, which jurisdiction shall extend SUPPLEMENT NEW IBERIA AND OBSERVER, consolidated. ÏERPRISE to all cases, civil or probate, when the matter in dispute or the fund te be distributed shall exceed One Hundred Dollars, exclusive of interest, and shall not exceed Five Thousand Dollars, exclusive of interest, and such appeal shall be upon the law and the facts. Section 8. Be it further re solved. etc.. That Article99of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana be so amended as to read as sollows : Article 91». The Court of Ap peals shall consist each <»1 three judges. They shall be citizens citizens ol tho United States, of'learned in the law, and shall have practiced law in this State for six years, and shall have been actual residents of the Circuit from which they are appointed or elected for at least two years next preceding their appoint ment or election. They shall each re ceive a salary of Pour Thousand Dollars per annum, payable monthly on their own warrants. Section 4. Be it further re solved. etc.. That Article 100 of the Constitution of the State Lou isiana be so amended as to read as follows: Article 100. Exclusive of the Parishes composing the Court of Appeal for the Parish of Orleans, elsewhere provided for, the State shall be divided into two circuits, until otherwise provided by law, the Parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Liv St. Mary, Terrebonne, Assump tion, Lafourche, Ascension, Cal Jcasieu, Cameron, \ ermilion, La fayette, Iberia, St. Martin, St. Tammany and Acadia, shall com pose the first Circuit, and to be known as the "Court of Appeals, First Circuit, State of Louisiana; and the Parishes of Caddo, Bos sier, Webster. Bienville, Clai borne, I nion, Lincoln, Jackson, Caldwell, Winn, ingston, Tagipalioa, Washington. St. Helena, East Feliciana, West Feliciana. Point Coupee, Iberville, Natchitoches, j Sabine, Desoto, Red River, Ouachita, Richland, Franklin, j Catahoula. Concordia, Tensas, 1 Madison, East Carroll, West Car roll, Morehouse, Avoyelles, St. Landry, Rapides, Grant and Ver non. shall compose the Second Circuit, and to be known as the "Court of Appeals, Second Cir cuit, State of Louisiana." From each of said Circuits there shall be appointed, and elected as here inafter provided, three judges. The First Court of Appeals to be organized in th<> circuits herein described, under this amendment to the Constitution shall be as follows : The judges of the pres ent Court of Appeals of theThird and Fourth Circuits, as organ ized under the Constitution of 1879, and the judge appointed under the authority of Act No. 7 of 1900, to fill the vacancy in the Fifth Circuit, shall constitute the Court of Appeals, FirstCircuitof Louisiana, until the first day of July, 1904, when three judges shall be appointed for said cir cuit, by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, whose term shall ex pire one oft December 1st, 1908, one on December 1st, 1906, and one on December 1st, 1904; and the Governor shall state in the commission of each judge the term for which he is appointed, and the judges of the present Court of Appeals of the First and Second Circuits, as organized under the Constitution of 1879, together with an additional judge to be appointed by the Governor of Louisiana, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate to serve until July 1st, 1904, and shall constitute the Court of Ap peals, Second Circuit of Louisi ana, until the 1st day of July, 1904, when three judges shall be appointed for said circuit, whose commission shall expire one on December 1st, 1908, one Decem ber 1st, 1906, and one on Decem ber 1st, 1904, and the Governor shall designate in thecommission of each the term for which said judge is appointed, and upon the expiration of the term of office of each of the judges tliusappointed, his successor shall be elected for a term of eight years. The elec tion herein provided for shall take place at the same time that representatives in Congress are elected, the first of said election being in November, 1904, and the judges appointed under this act shall hold office until their suc cessors are elected and qualified. In case of death, resignation or removal from office of any judge, the vacancy shall be filled by ap point m ent for the unexpired term of said judge. Until other wise provided by the General Assembly, the Court of Appeals of the First Circuit shall hold sessions of Court at Baton Rouge, Amite City, New Iberia, Crowley, Thibodeaux, and Lake Chai'les, and such other places as may be designated by said Court of Ap peals: and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit shall hold sessions of Court at Shreveport, Monroe, Opelousas and Alexan dria, and such other places as may be designated by said Court of Appeals. The terms of Court to be held at said places from the tirst Monday of October to the end of June of each year, and said court shall convene at the different return places herein named as Hie public bu-ii may require, und shall l ;e«'p ! Court in session unt il Ii ; before them are heard and mi determined. The time and to which appeals shall be n returnable from the Parish« •• said Circuit to be ti x*•<I by Court until otherwise iv; by law. Section 5. Be i' furthei solved, etc.. That Article i:«. the Constitution of the Slat: 111 v Louisiana read as fo Article District t wliicli the of Appeal: as Clerk o and shall ; be so amended llows : 10."). The Clerk oi ourt s of the I i i sessions of the < '< •; are held, shall s f the Court of App ittend sessions of said I' by 'ourt »f < ti li xed the I Court either in person ■ deputy and the Clerk of th" l of Appeals for the Parish < leans shall remain as now by the Constitution, until < wise provided by tliefb-neral .As sembly. The cost of appeal in any case app«*aled to the Court "1 Appeals shall not exceed Six I)->1 lars. The Police .Juries ol the )f the State in i»f Appeals are suitable rooms tuch Cou rt s. so with the >es various Parishes which the Courts held, shall provide for the holding of : as not to interfort sions of the District or < Courts. Section 0. Be it furthei solved, etc., That Article I the Constitution of the Sta it lie Louisiana be amended so is t read as follows: Article 131. liiere shall i»e Court of Appeal known and signated as the Court of Appeal for the Parish of Orleans, which shall be composed of three judges, who shall be learned in the law and who shall have prac ticed law in this State for six years, and shall have been resi dents of one of the Parishes li'i-o inafter named for at least two years next preceeding that «-l tion, and they shall be elected ! a term of twelve years. Th. Court, except as othorwis« vided in thi villi ) re constitution. shall have appellate jurisdiction only, which jurisdiction shall extend to all cases, civil or probate, when the matter in dispute, or the funds to be distributed, shall ex ceed one hundred dollars, exclu sive of interest, and shall not ex ceed five thousand dollars, exclu sive of interest. No judgment shall be rendered by the Court of Appeal for the Parish of Orleans without the concurrence of two judges, except as herein other wise provided. When two judges cannot concur for any reason, the Court shall have authority to call upon any judge or judges of the District Court within its territory of jurisdiction, whose duty it shall be when called upon to aid in the determination of the case; or it may request a judge or judges of the Court of Appeals to aid in the determination of the case. Said Courts shall have also jurisdiction of all appeals from the City Courts of the City of New Orleans, and all appeals from the said City Courts shall be tried de novo, and the judges of the said Court of Appeals may provide by rule that one or more of the judges shall try such cases, which they shall be author ized to decide immediately after trial and without written opi nions. The first Court to be organized under this amendment shall be composed of the present judges of the Court of Appeals for the Parish of Orleans, who shall con tinue in office until the first day of December of the year of the expiration of the terms for which they were respectively elected, or until such time thereafter as their successors may be elected and qualified; and upon the expi ration of the term of the present two judgesTof said Court, which term expires in 1904, there shall be elected at the general State election next preceding the expi ration of their terms of office, two judges for said Court, one thereof for a term of eight years, and the other thereof for a term of twelve years. And upon the expiration of the term of office of the other present judge thereof, whose term expires in 190s, there shall be elected at the general State election next preceding the expiration of his term, one judge for the term of twelve years. All subsequent elections for judges for said Court shall be for a term of twelve years and shall be held at the general State election next preceding the expiration of tl*> term of the judges of said Court. Said Court shall sit in the Parish of Orleans and shall hold its ses sions from the second Monday in October until the end of the month of June of each year. Vacancies occasioned by death, resignation or otherwise, shall be filled for the unexpired terms by appointment of the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The judges of said Court shall each receive a salary of Four Thousand Dollars per annum, payable monthly on his own war rant. All appeals within its jurisdic tion from the Parishes of Orleans, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Jefferson; St. Charles, Plaque mines, St. Bernard shall l>e re turnable to said Court, and the ( U 111" by th nt'il oth ( !< .15 -hall be it 11 1 i'>u se regu 1er I 1 lia ving 15e it further re That 1 lie foregoing 3 to the Articles of .* »Ii of Ibis State i I' ,11 become operative of .lanuaiy. 190.'!. s pending and undo said date, in theSu t shall I»' finally id Court and all n:. and undetermined 1 ol Appeals as now shall i>" 1 ransft'rred -, of App"al. as organ theso amendments, isdiction under the amendments ol ill" \v : ! holt t c< isl s t o t lie j A da dment !1 of the ( Be if fucth That said pr. ; lie su bin it t I'd their approval •equi rod by onstil ut ion < •r re I lose« to tin or re A rt id. Louis pa pa III 11n ! \Y : mom! I State, •et i« m 1 n N't dl 1 In 11 this h (Sign S pea l sentatives. (Signed) AuiKiri' Lieutenant < îovern« ident of the Senat App neral eloctio •. at the Cor be held i liber, 1902. Y S\ndi;rs, ill se of ijepri >]■ and r< ( iana. A true Jon: Se 'nor .1 uly Mil. A. I). 190 W. W 11 i: \Kt). I the Si ate of I jouis so •op\ : T. M ich r:i . retai'v of Stat« Ni I 'r< »posing Article 230 ! of the State an in be of re Act No 129.) i lolls« an act .7 oint. Résolutif» amendment t C< »nstituti ' ma. tion !. Be it ( -n acted by tin L-al Assembly of the State .» iana, two-third s of all mem elected to each House con Article 230 of >f t hi 1 " State amended as the Loui Se« ( Jene Loue hers curring, That Article 2->0 of the Constitution Louisiana be read as follows: Article 230. The following s hal! be exempt from taxation, and m» other, viz: All public property. plae< s of religious worship, or burial, the rectories j and parsonages of churches and grounds thereunto appurtenant.] used exclusively as residences for the ministers in charge of j such churches, all charitable in stitutions, all buildings and prop-1 erty used exclusively for public j monuments or historical collec-J tions. colleges and other school purposes, the real and personal estate ol : any public library, and that of any other library asso ciation used by or connected with such library, all books and phil osophical apparatus, and all paintings and statuary of any company or association, kept in a public iiall ; provided, the prop erty so exempted be not leased for purposes of private or corpo ate profit or income. There hall also be exempt from tax ation household property to the value of five hundred dollars. icre shall also be exempt from parochial and municipal taxation for a period of ten years from the 1st day of January, the capi tal machinery and other property employed in mining operations, md in the manufacture of textile fabrics, yarns, rope, cordage, leather, shoes, harness, saddlery, îats, clothing, Hour, machinery, articles of tin, copper and sheet iron, agricultural implements, and furniture and other articles wood, marble stone, soap, station ery. ink and paper, boatbuilding, and fertilizers and chemicals; provided that not less than five hands are employed in any one factory: provided that nothing herein contained shall affect the exemptions provided for by exist ing Constitutional provisions. There shall also be exempt from taxation for a period of ten years from the date of its completion any railroad or parts of such rail road that may hereafter be con structed. and completed prior to January 1st. 1904: provided, that when aid has heretofore been voted by any parish, ward, or municipality to any railroad not yet constructed, such railroad shall not be entitled to the ex emptioni from taxation herein established, unless it waivers and relinquishes such aid or con sents to a resubmission of the question of granting such aid to a vote of the property taxpayers of the parish, ward <»r municipal ity which has voted the same, if one-third of such property tax payers petition for the same within six months after the adoption of this Constitution. And provided, further, that this exemption shall not apply to double tracks, siding switches, depots or other improvements or betterments which may be con structed by railroads now in operation within the State, other than extensions or new lines con structed by such railroads; nor shall the exemption hereinbefore granted apply to any railroader part of such railroad, the con struction of which was begun and the roadbed of which was sub stantially completed at the date of the adoption of this constitution. A to all of of it it in The property or real estate be longing to any military organiza j tion of the State of Louisiana which is used by the Slat" Xa tion a! ( !ua rd or militia for military purposes, such as arsenals or armories, while so used, shall be exempt from taxation. Section l \ Be it furtli •nact (1. et i A si da Y thé the Sec the . That the a amendments each House« blv. on tin •on having bee journal of eacl el a ry of Statt same to be mill •liera I •rate niivs 1 on e. the cause ill the dl of r in e. pa ri pa rei State publi ceding the i Kepi'esellt a 1 i V( Section '■>. 1 ed. etc.. Keprese said aim III it t ed 1 ill approve and ratify j then such amend ments < >r tli in whicl led. for foresaid having f the ( •e sep s am' II enter« House shall « lished and in one parish of the a newspaper is two months pre xt election for in ( '«ingress. • i1 furtherenact That at sail tatives in ( '« ndments si » the electoi electi mgrcs all be si ■s for th the approval or rejection. Section 1. Be it further enact ed, etc.. That said election shall beheld under the existing elec tion laws of the State, and if a majority voting oil said amend ments s the sann so approved and ratified shall be come a part of tho Constitution. Secton 5. Be it further enact ed. etc.. That the result of such election shall be made known by tin.- proclamation of thoGovernor. (Signed) J. V. Sanders, Speaker of the House of Repre sentatives. (Signed) Albert Estopinal, Lieutenant Governor and Presi dent of the Senate. Approved : July 8, 1902. W. W. Heard, ( Jovernor of the State of Louisi ana. A true copy : John T. Michel, Secretary of State. Act No. 165. House Bill No. 259. j oi nt resolution. Proposing an amendment to Ar ticle 226 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana. Section 1. Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana, two-thirds of all the members elected to each House concurring, That the fol- J lowing shall be submitted as an ! amendment in lieu of Article 226 ' of the Constitution to the electors of the State at the next Congress ional electon to be holden on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 1902, and it shall be the duty of the officers charged with the conduct of said election t< » promulgate and pro vide for said election in accord ance with Article 321 of the Con stitution. Article 226. There shall be and is hereby created a State Board of Appraisers, whose duty it shall be to assess the property belonging to corporations, asso ciations and individuals employed in railway, telegraph, telephone, sleeping car and express busi ness throughout the State of Louisiana, which Board of Ap praisers shall be composed of the Auditor and other members cor responding in number to the Congressional Districts of the State, to be elected by the Gov ernor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Attorney General and Secretary of State, one member from each Congressional Dis trict, for the term of four years, and the General Assembly shall fix the compensation of said Board. (Signed) J. Y. Sanders, Speaker of the House of Repre sentatives. (Signed) Albert Estopinal, Lieutenant Governor and Presi dent of the Senate. Approved: July 9, 1902. W. W, Heard, Governor of the State of Louisi ana. A true copy : John T. Michel, Secretary of State. Act No. 182. Senate Bill No. 84. joint resolution Amending Article 156 of the Con stitution of the State of Louis iana. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of L»uis iana, a majority of both Houses concurring, That at the next general election for Congress men to be held in this State on the first Tuesday in the month of November, 1902, that thereshall be submitted to the qualified electors of this State an amend ment to Article 156» of the Consti tution of this State, so that the same shall read as follows, to wit: Article 156. All valid warrants issued for salaries and author ized expenses of the offices of the clerks of the Civil District Court, Register of Conveyances and Recorder of Mortgages for the parish of Orleans, of the Clerks of the City Courts of the City of New Orleans, and for salaries of the Clerks of the Court of Ap peal, which are payable out of the special judicial expense fund pro vieed for by Article 146 of the Constitution of 1*79. as amended, and which shall be outstanding and unpaid at the date of adoption of this Constitution, or which shall be issued for the current month in which this Constitution is adopted, are hereby declared to be valid and subsisting claims against the revenues of the re spective offices upon which said fund was made dependent. The holders of said warrants may present them within six months after the adoption of this Constitution to the Board of Liquidation of the City Debt, and receive therefor the bonds here inafter authorized to be issued: and the City of New Orleans is required, within three months from the adoption of this Consti tution, to provide for said war rants or claims, by the issuance of bonds in the sum of two hun dred and twenty five thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary: said bonds shall be for the face value of said warrants, in such denominations as the said Board of Liquidation shall recommend and shall be dated July 1st. 1*9*, and made payable twenty-five years after date, or earlier, at the option of said Board, and shall bear 4 per cent per annum interest, payable semi-annually, and represented by interest coupons attached thereto, the tirst of said coupons payable January 1st, 1899; said bonds to be known as Judicial Ex pens« Fund Bonds, and tobe signed by the Mayor and Comp troller of the ( "ity of New Orleans, and delivered to the Board of Liquidation of the City Debt and shall be countersigned by the President and Secretary of said Board and issued by said Board to the holders of said warrants upon surrender of same. Neither the State of Louisiana nor the City of New Orleans shall ever be liable for the payment of said bonds nor the interest thereon, except from th«' special fund herein provided for, and any ap propriation or other provision therefor made by the State or city shall be null and void. There shall be stamped across the face of said bonds the words: "Is sued in accordance with Articles 156 of the Constitution of Louis iana of 1898." The Clerk of the Civil District Court, Register of Conveyances and Recorder of Mortgages for the Parish of Or leans and the Clerks of the City Courts of New Orleans, shall keep accurate and detailed accounts in books to be used exclusively for that purpose of all fees and charges collected in their offices, charges collected in their offices, respectively, and they shall fur nish daily, to the City Comptrol ler transcripts of said accounts duly certified by them <»r by their authority, and said officers shall also daily pay into the Treasury of the City of New Orleans the whole amount of fees and charges so collected. From the amounts thus paid into the City Treasury the Treasurer shall set apart and reserve twenty per cent out of which shall tirst be paid the ex penses necessary for the prepa ration and execution of the afore said bonds, and thereafter the same shall be used solely and ex clusively to retire the bonds issued in payment of said Judi cial Expense Fund warrants and interest thereon, and the certifi cate of the Comptroller herein after authorized ; and upon the second Tuesday in December and June of every year the said Treasurer shall pay said amounts so reserved, and also the amounts received from the Civil Sheriff, to the Board of Liquidation of the City Debt, until all the bonds herein authorized have been re tired or paid : and <»n the second Tuesday in February and August of every year, said Board of Liquidation, in accordance with rules to be adopted and made public by it, shall, after paying the semi-annual interest on said bonds, purchase or redeem with such money thus set apart as may have accumulated, and with the surplus of the remaining eighty per cent as hereinafter provided, as many of said bonds as said money will buy or redeem preference being given to hold ers offering at the lowest rate and all such bonds so purchased or redeemed shall be by said Board of Liquidation immedi ately canceled, and a record made thereof. From the remaining eighty per cent, of said fund there shall be paid monthly the current salaries and expenses of the offices from which the same is derived, in cluding the salary of the docket and minute clerks of the Court of Appeal, as now constituted and until the election of the clerk of the said court, as above pro vided, together with such authorized ex penses of said offices as are not required to be paid by the City of New Orleans; and the surplus of said eighty per cent., if any, shall be paid by the Treasurer, to the said Board of Liquidation, and shall be used to redeem or pay said bonds and cer tificates as hereinbefore and hercinaftei provided. But if said eighty per cent, during the six months ending July 31, or January 31 of any year, should prove in adequate to pay said salaiies and ex penses, the Comptroller'shall prorate the deficit among those entitled to payment, and shall issue certificates therefor in sums not less than ten dollars, which shall bear interest at the rate of four per cent, per annum from date, and said interest to if shall be paid annually, but the principal of said certificates shall be paid from the funds herein set apart and teserved only after all tho bonds issued in payment of outstanding wairants shall have first baea redeemed or paid. All disbursements from said fund for stationery shall be made upon the requi sition of the officers requiring same ; said requisition to be approved by the mayor of the City of New Orleans; and in all cases such disbursements and all salaries shall be paid by the Treasurer of the City of New Orleans upon warrants drawn against said fund by the Comptroller of said city, approved, so far as the Civil District Court is concerned, by the pre siding judge thereof, for the office of Re corder of Mortgages and the office of Reg ister of Conveyances, by the Mayor of the City of Now Orleans, and for the offices of the respective city courts by the judge or judges thereof, and for the offices of ttte «'ourt of Appeal by one of the judges thereof. Until the full and final payment of all said bonds and certificates herein before provided for the salarios of the um ployes of the various offioes hereinafter named shall remain as now fixed by law, and there shall be no increase in the num ber of employes now authorized by law for the offices of recorder of mortgages or legister of conveyances, unless otherwise ordered by the Civil District Court sitting en banc; and the number of employas of tho Civil Distiict Court shall be at deter mined by a majority of the judges thereof. The clerks of the tirst and second city courts, until tho oragniz .ation of the city courts hereinbefore provided for, may each appoint, with the approval of tha judges thoreof, an additional deputy clerk at fifty dollars per month, but no other employees, nor larger salaries than those now fixed by law, shall be allowed to th« city courts. Tho said Board of Liquida tion hereinbefore named shall have the right to reject auy and all bids made for tho redemption of bonds issued as herein above provided, and should there be no bids, or none accepted, then said Board of Liquidation, on the second Tuesday in February and August of each year, with whatever amount has been paid to said board by tho treasurer, as herein provided, shall, after paying the interest pay said bonds in numerical order. After the payment of all of said bonds, the 20 per cent, reserve herein provided, and any surplus of the remaining eighty percent, shall be used by the City Treas urer in paying the certificates herein pro vided for, if any, in the order of their issue. When said judicial expense fund bonds and comptroller certificates, if any of the latter shall be issued, shall have been retired and canceled, the salaries and expenses of the various officer! ef fected by this aitiole and the revenue of said officers shall be regulated and dis posed of as may be determined by the General Assembly. This article shall take effect from the last day of the cur rent month in which this constitution is adopted, and all amounts arising from the judicial expense fund which shall re main in the hands of the State Treasurer on that date, shall be paid by him to th« Boatd of Liquidation of the City Debt, and be used by said board as part of the funds herein above referred to. (Signed) J. y. Sanders, Speaker of the House of Kepiesenta tives. Albert Estopinal, Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate. Approved July 10th, A. D., 1902. W. W. Heard, Go vernor of the State of Louisiana. A true copy : J ohn T. M ichel, Secretary of State.