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automobile or motor vehicle that hi l been old or exchanged by him, imme diately notify said secretary of the sale or exchange of such automobile or motor vehicle, as thr case may be, ami give the nanif anil address of tin: purchaser of such automobile or motor vehicle, the registration number on the tem porary Mtmiber plfttcs and such other in formation a -aid secretary may rc 1 1 iff. Said purchaser shall immediately, upon the delivery to him of an automobile or motor vehicle, apply for registration thereof. Said purchaser shall, unless otherwise dinc'cd by the secretary of Mate, at the expiration of -m-h period of live clays, return such temporary num ber plates to said manufacturer or dealer. Such temporary plates shall only bo n-cd by a manufacturer or dealer for the purposes herein provided Sec. 2. Section 4' 1S7 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 41X7. Special or professional chauffeur's licenses shall be issued by said secretary. Such a license shall not be issued until said secretary or his duty authorized agent satisfies himself that the applicant is a proper person to receive the same; and such license shall not he issued to a person under eighteen years of age. Said secretary shall ap point examiners and cause examinations, as they seem necessary, to be held at convenient points throughout the state. Applications for such licenses shall lie made 1111011 blanks furnished by said .secretary. Sec. 3. Section 4601 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 4091. The fee payable to said secretary for an examination hereinbe fore provided for shall be two dollars. Special or professional chauffeurs' licenses .shall expire on December thirtv-lirst of the year in which they are issued. The fee for such a license, if issued prior to August first, shall be three dollars, and the fee for such a license, if issued after August first, shall he one dollar and fifty cents. Sec. 4. This act shall tale effect January first, nineteen hundred and twenty. Approved April 7, 1919. NO. 120 AN ACT TO AMEND CERTAIN SECTION'S OF THE GENERAL LAW'S. RELATING TO MOTOR TRUCKS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the Slate of Vermont: Section 1. Section 4144 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 40.14. Freight wagons, carts or carriages carrying more than one ton tind less than two tons shall have the tires and felloes of their wheels at least two inches wide and if carrying more than two tons' and less than three tons the tires and felloes of their wheels shall he at least three inches wide and if carrying more than three tons and less than four tons the tires and felloes shall be four inches wide and if carry ing more than four tons and less than six tons their tires and felloes shall be five inches wide; but the selectmen may give a person permission to use wagons, carts or carriages in their re spective towns with the tires or felloes of less width than is provided in this section, when in their opinion, the high ways would not he injured thereby. Motor trucks and trailers shall not be operated upon the highways with a greater gross weight than six hundred pounds to inch of tire surface in con tact with road, except in the case of traction engines, tractors, trailers, motor trucks and motor vehicles owned by per sons to whom special permits shall be issued in accordance with the provisions of section four of this act. Motor trucks shall be equipped with rubber tires and not more than one trailer shall be attached to one motor truck. Motor trucks and trailers and loads shall not exceed eight feet in width or twelve feet and two inches in height and motor trucks shall he equipped with a mirror not less than six inches in diameter so attached that the driver of such motor truck shall at all times have a reflected view of other vehicles approaching from the rear. Pec. 2. Section 4671 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 4(171. The annua! fee for regis tering a traction engine, motor truck or other vehicle having a carrying capacity including the carrying capacity of trailers or other contrivances of one ton shall be twenty dollars; exceeding one and not over one and a half tons, thirty dollars; exceeding one and a half tons and not over two tons, forty dollars ; exceeding two tons and not over two and a half tons, fifty dollars; exceeding two and a half and not over three tons, seventy-five dollars; exceeding three and not over four tons, one hundred dollars; and for each additional ton or fraction thereof above four tons, twenty-live dollars. A person who applies for reg istration of a traction engine or motor truck on or after August first shall be entitled to have such traction engine or motor truck registered upon payment of an amount equal to half of the fee which the owner of such traction engine or motor truck would be required to pay if such traction engine or motor truck were registered prior to August first. The owner of a traction engine or motor truck weighing more than six and one-fourth tons gross weight in eluding its carrying capacity and the weight and carrying capacity of trailers or other contrivances and load, shall, at the time of transmitting his applica tion for registration to the secretary of state, cause to he attached to such api cation a copy of the permit issued by the board of selectmen, board of trustees or board of county road commissioners as the case may be, as hereinafter pro vided. The weight and carrying ca pacity shall be marked plainly on all motor trucks so as to show the weight of chassis, weight of body and carrying capacity and the weights as marked thereon shall be prima facie evidence of such weight. The term traction engine shall include caterpillar tractors of the kind known as log haulers. If permit issued by the board of selectmen, board of trustees or the board of county road commissioners for the registration of a traction engine equipped with caterpil lar treads, and commonly known as a log hauler, limits the use of such trac tion engine to operation upon snow roads, the annual fee for registration of such traction engine shall be one dollar for each horse power of such log hauler. Sec. 3. Traction engine or motor truck registration certificate issued after January first, nineteen hundred and nineteen, and prior to the date this act takes effect are hereby declared null and void. A person who has registered a traction engine or motor truck since January first, nineteen hundred and nineteen, and prior to the passage of this act may apply to said secretary for a refund of such per cent of the regis tration fee as the unexpired term of the certificate bears to the entire time such certificate would have been in force in case such certificate had not been declared null and void as hereinbefore provided, and said secretary shall cer tify to the auditor of accounts the amount due said person and said audi- I tor of accounts shall draw an order in pajBMi Uwotj or vu4 iwm mn4usk rgiitration number to be painted in lieu of applying for a refund of the registration paid, an hereinbefore pro vided, apply for registration of a trac tion engine or motor truck, ami said applicant shall be entitled to a credit f'r the fee paid since January hrst. nineteen hundred ami nineteen, and prior to the passage of this act Sec. 4 Sietion 4;m of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 4700. A per-on nr corporation shall tint operate a traction engine, tractor, trailer, motor truck or other vehicle in excess of a total weight of six and one-fourth tons, including ve hicle, object or contrivance and load, upon a highway in any town or incor porated village except in conformity with the regulations of a written permit to be obtained as herein provided. A per son or corporation owning or operating a traction engine, tractor, trailer, motor truck or motor vehicle that desires to so operate the same shall make written ap plication for such a permit to the board of selectmen of the town or the trustees of the incorporated village, as the case may be, who shall set a time for hearing upon such application. The state highway commissioner shall he notified of such hearing and may attend such hearing or he may designate a person to represent him. Said board may in its discretion issue to such person or corporation a permit authorizing such person or cor poration to operate such traction engine, tractor, trailer, motor truck or motor vehicle upon such highway or highways in such town or incorporated village as said board may designate and con taining the regulations subject to which such traction engine, tractor, trailer, motor truck or motor vehicle is to be operated. Said board of selectmen or trustees of an incorporated village may incorporate in such permit such de scriptive matter as to the highways to be traveled over, restrictions as to width and character of wheels of such tractor, trailer, motor truck or other motor vehicle and such other regulations as in their judgment seem most conducive to a proper use of the highways. Such per mit shall expire on the thirtv-lirst day of December but may be revoked for cause after due hearing before the board which granted same. Such permit shall he signed bv a majority of said board; and the person or corporation to whom the same is granted shall, helore operat ing such traction engine, tractor, trailer, motor truck or motor vehicle, cause such permit to be filed in the town clerk's olhce ot such town or 111 the village clerk's office of such village. Said board of selectmen or trustees ot an incor porated village, or hoard of county road commissioners under the provisions of the following section may require the applicant to file a bond in such an amount as in their judgment seems ade quate, executed by a surety company authorized to transact business in this state, conditioned to pay all damages sustained by a person, town or incor porated village, injured or damaged in consequence of the careless, negligent or unlawful act of said principal or the failure of said principal to comply with the provisions of such permit. A per son, town or incorporated village, in jured by any careless, negligent or unlawful act of or failure of the prin cipal to comply with the provisions of such permit, or on account of the in jury to a bridge or culvert because of the excessive weight allowed by such permit, and, if the death of any per son is caused by any careless, negligent or unlawful act as aforesaid, the ex ecutor or administrator shall have a right of action upon such bond for all damages sustained, and shall, upon re quest, he furnished by said board with a certified copy of such bond and may bring an action in the name of the obligee named in such bond for his, its or their use and benefit against the principal and surety named in such bond, and may prosecute the same to final judgment and execution. In case of road machinery, oilers, tractors, rol lers, dump wagons, etc., the same per mit as above shall be issued by the sec retary of state with the approval of the highway commissioner. Sec. 5. Section 4617 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 4(117. A person shall not recover against a town or other corporation for such damage, sustained in .consequence of the passing on a bridge or culvert of a carriage of a total gross weight ex ceeding twelve thousand live hundred pounds weight. An action shall not be had or maintained in any court against a town for injuries received or damages sustained through the insufficiency of a bridge or culvert, unless notice is first given in writing, signed by the partv so injured or claiming damage, to one or more of the selectmen of the town in which the bridge or culvert is situ ated, within twenty days of the time of the occurrence of such injury or damage, stating the time when and the place where the injury was received, ami pointing out in what respect the bridge or culvert was insufficient or out of repair, and stating that such person will claim satisfaction of the town. Sec. 6. This act shall take effect from its passage, but shall not apply to pending causes. Approved April 8, 10,10. NO. 121 AN ACT TO AM EX I ) SECTION 4707 OF THE GENERAL LAWS, RE LATING TO SIZE OF AUTO MOBILE NUMI'.ER PLATES. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. Section 4707 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 4707. The secretary of slate shall furnish to each person registering an automobile or motor vehicle, except motor cycles, two metal plates. .Such plates shall be delivered without expense to said person at snob place as said person may, in his application for regis tration, designate. Such plates shall not be less than twelve inches in length and four and live-eighths inches in width and shall he of a distinctively different color each year, and there shall be a marked contrast between the colors of such plates and that of the numerals or letters thereon and such colors shall be designated by said secretary. Such plates shall hear the number assigned to such automobile or motor vehicle, and such number shall be in Arabic figures not less than three inches in height with a stroke at least half of an inch in width, and such figures shall be placed at least half of an inch apart. On the number plates furnished to a manufacturer or dealer under section four thousand six hundred and seventy eight there shall he a different letter or mark on each pair of such number plates. An automobile or motor vehicle shall not display the number plates of more than one state at the same time. One of the plates shall he attached to the rear of the automobile or motor vehicle in a secure manner, so as to be plainly visible, and the other shall he attached to the front of the auto mobile or motor vehicle in a similar ma'il'er; provided, however, that an o.wner of an automobile or motor vehicle, in lieu of attaching the numher plate to the front of the automobile or motor Vehicle, may, upon being authorized by sffid secretary and in conformity with regulations prescribed bv him. cause on the front of the radiator of such automobile or motor vehicle. Said sec retary shall furnish to each person rcgi-icrine a motor cycle two number plati s w hich shall be of such sie, shape ami color, with such letters and figures thereon as said secretary may deter mine. Such number plates shall be dis played and illuminated substantially in the same manner as plates 011 automo bile and motor vehicles are required to t'O displayed and illuminated Sec. 2. This act shall take effect January 1, tojo. Approved March 7, 1010. NO. 122 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 47-'-' OK THE GENERAL LAWS. RE LATING TO THE MAINTE NANCE FUND: INCREASING THE AMOUNT TO HE EXPEND ED IN THE MAINTENANCE OF HIGHWAYS OTHER THAN STATE ROADS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. Section 4722 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 4722. All fees required by this chapter shall be deposited with the sec retary of state at the time of making application, and said secretary shall pay the same quarterly into the state treas ury. All expenses incurred by said secretary under the provisions of this chapter shall he paid out of the gross amount of fees so covered into the state treasury, and the balance shall be set apart as a separate fund to be called the "maintenance fund," said fund to be expended as follows: seventy-live thou sand dollars of said fund is hereby an nually set apart to be used by the state highway commissioner in assisting towns in the maintenance and improvement of highways other than state roads, the balance of said maintenance fund to be used in the repair and maintenance of the main thoroughfares and state roads, including the maintenance and neces sary improvements on the Sandbar bridge and culvert mentioned in sec tion four thousand live hundred and eighty-four. Such money shall be ex pended upon such thoroughfares under the supervision and direction of the state highway commissioner. Said commis sioner shall make such rules and regu lations respecting the expenditure and apportionment of such funds, and shall cause such amounts of money to be ex pended in the several counties of the state under the provisions of this chap ter, as in his judgment seems for the best interests of the state. The said maintenance fund is appropriated for the purposes specified herein and the auditor of accounts shall draw his order therefor upon the requisition and the approval of the state highway commis sioner. Approved April 3, lotg. NO. 123 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 4771 OF THE GENERAL LAWS, GIV ING MUNICIPAL AND CITY COURTS JURISDICTION IN ACTIONS RELATING TO MAIN TENANCE OF FENCES. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. Section 4771 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 4771. When a person bound to support a proportion of the division fence docs not make or maintain his pro portion, he shall be liable for damages done to or suffered by the opposite party in consequence of such neglect, and an owner or occupant of adjoining lands may, after ten days from the time notice is given to the opposite party, make or put in repair the fence and recover from the opposite party damages arising from the neglect, with the ex '"use of building or repairing the "jiice. Actions under this section may be brought before a municipal or city court or a justice when the amount claimed does not exceed two hundred dollars, and in case the action is brought before a justice either party may appeal as 111 other cases. Approved March 22, 1919. NO. 124 AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF AND IN ADDITION TO SEC TION 479G OF THE GENERAL LAWS. RELATING TO BURIAL GROUNDS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. Section 4796 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 47)6. Said board may make necessary by-laws and regulations in respect to such burial grounds, and in terment of the dead not inconsistent with law, and may alter the same; and such by-laws and regulations shall be recorded in the town clerk's office. A by-law or regulation shall not be adopted to re strain a person in the free exercise of his religious sentiments as to the burial of the dead, but a box containing a dead body shall not be buried at a depth less than three feet from the top of the box to the surface of the ground. Sec. 2. A person who violates a pro vision of this act shall be lined not more than ten dollars. Sec. 3. 'I his act shall take effect from its passage. Approved April 4, toio. NO. 125 AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF SECTIONS' 4020 AND 40.1 OF THE GENERAL LAWS. RELAT ING TO THE SALE OF ALL THE ASSETS OF A CORPORATION NOT UNDER THE JURISDIC TION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont: Section 1. Section 492(1 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 492(1. A corporation having a capital stock and able to meet its liabili ties then matured may, subject to the rights of creditors, sell, lease or ex change all its assets, including its fran chises, to any other corporation author ized to do business under the laws of this state and to acquire such assets, for cash, stock of other corporations or other property. Such sale, lease or ex change shall first be authorized by such vote of the stockholders of both cor porations as is provided in their articles of association, or, if provision is not so made therein, then by the vote, at meetings called upon twenty days' no tice for such purpose, of the holders of two-thirds of the outstanding stock, of Dotn corporations, or, it the stock is divided into classes, then by the vote of the holders of two-thirds of each class of outstanding stock entitled to vote, or if the purchasing corporation is organiz ing and issuing stock for the property to be acquired, then by the vote, at a meeting called upon twenty days' notice for such purpose, of all the incorporators of such corporation. If stock of an other corporation is received in full or part payment, all of such stock must be disposed of within two years from the time it was acquired. Failure to make such disposition shall be cause for the dissolution of the corporation, under the provisions of section four thousand nine hundred and forty-four. A corporation having a capital stock and unable to meet in liabilities then matured may, sub ject to the rights of creditors, so sell, lease or exchange all its assets, includ ing its franchises, by the vote, at a meet ing called upon twenty days' notice for such purpose, 01 the holders ot a ma jority of the stock represented at such meeting and entitled to vote A Cor poration to which any nell sale, lease or exchange has been made, in addi tion to the general powers of such cor poration, shall possess and enjoy all the rights, privileges, powers, franchises. immunities, exemptions and benefits of the original corporation and may exer cise the same in this state, except that the purchasing corporation shall not ex ercise in this state any such rights not granted bv this state and not properlv exercisable under its laws, and all prop erty, rights, privileges, powers, trail chises. immunities. exemptions and benefits, claims and demands, and all and every other right and interest of the original corporation shall belong there after as effectually to the corporation to which such sale, lease or exchange was made, as they did to the original cor poration; and the title to any real estate, whether by deed or otherwise, under the laws of this state vested in the original corporation, shall not re vert or be in any way impaired by reason thereof; and all rights ot creditors and liens upon the property of said original corporation shall he pre served unimpaired; and all debts, lia bilities and duties of said original cor poration shall thenceforth attach to said purchasing corporation and may be en forced against it to the same extent as if such obligations and liabilities had been incurred or contracted by it ; and the court of chancery and courts of law shall have concurrent jurisdiction of rights of action arising by reason of debts, liabilities or duties of the orig inal corporation and rights of action arising under a sale, lease or exchange made under the laws of this state. The contract of sale or exchange, or the in strument of conveyance or lease, or a duplicate original thereof, or a copy duly certified by the clerk, secretary or other like officer of the purchasing cor poration, shall be filed in the office of the secretary of state of this state, and such contract or other instrument or a duplicate original thereof shall, if the same affects title to real estate in this state, be recorded in the office where by law a deed of such real estate is required to be recorded. The making and per fecting of such contract of sale or ex change, or other instrument shall not be effective until the same is filed in the office of the secretary of state as herein provided ; and in the case of an organiz ing corporation not until it has filed the affidavit of proposed issue of capital stock. Sec. 2. Section 4938 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 4938. A stockholder in a cor poration which has amended its articles of association by changing its purposes, or a stockholder in a corporation not in default on any of its obligations then matured, which has voted to sell, lease or exchange all its assets, under the provisions of section four thou sand nine hundred and twenty-six, and who at the meeting of stockholders voted against such amendment, or against such sale, lease or exchange, or was not present or represented at such meet ing, may make a demand in writing upon the corporation for payment for his stock within thirty days after the amendment, sale, lease or exchange is made. If the amendment, sale, lease or exchange is completed by filing with the secretary of state the documents required by section four thousand nine hundred and twenty-six and if at that time the corporation and the stock holder have not agreed upon the value of the stock at the date of such amend ment, or of such sale, lease or exchange, such value shall be ascertained by three disinterested persons, one of whom shall be named by the stockholder, another by the corporation, and the third by the two thus chosen. The finding of the appraisers shall be final, and if their award, or the agreed valuation is not paid by the corporation within thirty days after it is made, it may be recov ered by the stockholder from the cor poration in an action of contract, on this statute. Upon the payment by the cor poration to the stockholder of the agreed or awarded price of his stock, the stock holder shall forthwith transfer and assign the stock certificate held by him at the request of the corporation and in accordance therewith. Sec. 3. This act is hereby declared to be a part of chapter 2JD of the Gen eral Laws. Sec. 4. This act slraft take effect from its passage. Approved April 8, 1919. NO. 126 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 4051, 4952 AND 4953 OF THE GEN ERAL LAWS, RELATING TO THE PRODUCTION OF BOOKS, DOCUMENTS, AND OTHER DATA IN THE CUSTODY OR CONTROL OF A CORPORA TION. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. Section 4951 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 4951. A corporation doing busi ness within this state, whether organ ized under the laws of this or any other state or country, shall, when notice therefor is served upon it according to the provisions of the second following section, produce before any court, magis trate, grand jury, tribunal or commis sion, acting under the authority of this state, all of the books, documents, corre spondence, memoranda, papers and data which may contain any account of, refer ence to or information concerning the suit, proceedings, action, charge or sub ject of inquiry pending before or to be heard or determined by such court, magistrate, grand jury, tribunal or com mission, and which have, at any time, been made or kept within this state, and are in the custody or control of such corporation in this state or elsewhere at the time of service of such notice upon it. Sec. 2. Section 495a of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read is follows : Sec. 4952. Such a corporation shall. when notice therefor served upon it according to the provisions of the fol lowing section, produce Before any court, magistrate, grand jury, tribunal or com mission acting under the authority of this state, all of the books, documents. correspondence, memoranda, papers and data which may contain any account of, reference to or information concerning the suit, proceedings, action, charge or subject of inquiry pending before or to be heard or determined by such court, magistrate, grand jury, tribunal or commission, and which in any way relate to or contain entries, data or memoranda concerning any transaction within this state or with any party re siding or having a place of business within this state, and which are in the custody or control of such corporation in this state or elsewhere at the time of service of such notice upon it. Sec. 3. Section 4953 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 49JJ. Such notice to produce shall issue from the court, magistrate, tribunal or commission before which the production is required, and shall dc scribe in a general way what i required to be produced, and shall state the tune when and place where the production is required. Service of such notice shall be made in the same manner as the law provides for the service of a writ of summons upon such corporation, and shall give such corporation at least six days' time within which to comply. If such a corporation has no officer, agent or attorney to receive service of process as provided by law, service of such notice may be made upon the man ager of its business within this state, or the person in charge of its property within this state, or upon its attorney within this state, or upon the secretary of state, in the same manner as the law provides for the service of a writ of summons. Sec. 4. This act shall take effect from its passage. Approved April 3, 1919. NO. 127 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION soot OF THE GENERAL LAWS. RE LATING TO FOREIGN CORPO RATIONS ; PROHIBITING THE GRANTING OF A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY IN CERTAIN CASES. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section I. Section 5001 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 5001. The commissioner shall not give a certificate, original or in ex tension, to a foreign corporation having a name which is the same as, or de ceptivclv similar to, the name ot a domestic corporation or a foreign cor poration duly authorized to do business in this state. If the name of a foreign corporation is changed subsequent to the issue ot its certificate, such corpora tion shall, within fifteen days after such change of name takes effect, file a state ment with said commissioner, under its corporate seal, setting forth such change of name and the new name adopted. Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage. Approved February It, 1919. NO 128 AN ACT TO REGULATE THE TRANSPORTATION OF DYNA MITE. GUNPOWDER AND OTHER EXPLOSIVES BY COM MON CARRIERS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. It shall be unlawful to transport, carry or convey from one place in this state to another place in this state, any dynamite, gunpowder, or other explosive on any vessel or vehicle of any description operated by a com mon carrier, which vessel or vehicle is carrying passengers for hire; provided, that it shall be lawful to transport on any such vessel or vehicle small arms ammunition in any quantity, and such fuses, torpedoes, rockets, or other sig nal devices, as may be essential to pro mote safety in operation ; and properly packed and marked samples of ex plosives for laboratory examination, not exceeding a net weight of a half pound each, and not exceeding twenty sam ples at one time in a single vessel or vehicle; but such samples shall not be carried in that part of a vessel or vehicle which is intended for transportation of passengers for hire; provided further, that nothing in this section shall be con strued to prevent the transportation of military or naval forces with their accompanying munitions of war on pas senger equipment, vessels or vehicles. Sec. 2. The public service commis sion shall formulate regulations for the safe transportation of explosives, mov ing picture films and highly inflam mable materials, which shall be binding upon all common carriers engaged in interstate commerce which transport ex plosives by land. Said commission, of its own motion, or upon application made by an interested party, may make changes or modifications in such regu lations, made desirable by new informa tion or altered conditions. Such regu lations shall be in accord with the best known practicable means for securing safety in transit, covering the packing, marking, loading, handling while in transit, and the precautions necessary to determine whether the material when offered is in proper condition to trans port. Such regulations, as well as all changes or modifications thereof, shall take effect ninety days after their formulation and publication by said commission and shall be in effect until reversed, set aside, or modified. Sec. 3. It shall be unlawful to trans port, carry, or convey, from one place 111 this state to another place in this state, liquid nitroglycerine, fulminate in bulk in dry condition, or other like ex plosive, on any vessel or vehicle of any description operated by a common car rier in the transportation of passengers or articles ot commerce by land or water. Sec. 4. Every package containing explosives or other dangerous articles when presented to a common carrier for shipment shall have plainly marked on the outside thereof the contents there of ; and it shall he unlawful for any per son to deliver, or cause to lie delivered, to any common carrier any explosive, or other dangerous article, under any false or deceptive marking, description, in voice, shipping order, or other declara tion, or without informing the agent of such carrier of the true character thereof, at or before the time such deliv ery for carriage is made. A person who knowingly violates, or causes to be violated, a provision of this act, or a regulation made by the public service commission in pursuance hereof, shall be imprisoned not more than eighteen months, or lined not more than two thousand dollars, or both. Sec. 5. When the death or bodily injury of a person is caused by the ex plosion of any article named in this act, while the same is being placed upon a vessel or vehicle to be transported in violation hereof, or while the same is being so transported, or while the same is being removed from such vessel or vehicle, the person who knowingly places, or aids or permits the placement of such articles upon such vessel or vehicle to be so transported, shall be imprisoned not more than ten years. Approved April 3,I9iq. NO. 129 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 5066 OF THE GENERAL LAWS. RE LATING TO THE FILING OF CHANGES IN SCHEDULES OF RATES BY PUBLIC SERVICE CORPORATIONS. It is hereby enacted bv the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section I. Section 5066 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 5066. Every company subject to the provisions of this chapter shall file with the commission within a time to be fixed by it, schedules which shall be open to public inspection, showing all rates, tolls and charges which it has established and which are in force at theMime, including joint rates, for any service performed, or any product fur uished by it, within the state, and as a part thereof shall file the rules and regulations that in any uunnrr affect the tolls or rates charged, or to be charged, for any such service or product . and a change -hall in it thereafter he made m any -tich ctn doles, inc'iidmg schedules of joit't r.ites, ,,r in any such rules nr regulations, except upon thirtv days' notice to the coimni-si.ni: and all such change- -h.ili be plainly indicated upon existing schedules, or bv tiling new schedules 111 lieu thereof tinny days prior to the time the -ame are to take effect; provided that the commis sion may. upon application oi any com pany subject to the prov i-iou ot this ehaptcr, prescribe a shorter time with in which such reduction or change may be made. Sec. J. This act shall take effect from its pas-age. Approved March 2S. 10m. NO. 130 AN ACT RELATING TO CHANGE OF NAME OF A the AIL- ROAD CORPORATION. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section I. A railroad corporation organized or incorporated under the laws of the state may change its name by the vote in meeting assembled of the holders of two-thirds of the class of outstanding stock entitled to vote. Sec. 2. Such change of name shall be evidenced by a certificate reciting the required vote of the stockholders and executed by the president and clerk, or by a majority of the directors. Sec. 3. The certificate of change of name and the fee prescribed by law shall be transmitted to the secretary of state, who shall record such certificate if it conforms to the provisions of this act, and the change of name shall take effect when such certificate is recorded. A certified copy of such certificate shall also be filed in the office of the com missioner of taxes. Sec. 4. Such corporation shall have succession by such changed corporate name for the period limited in its char ter nr articles of association, or per petually if no period is limited, and by such changed corporate name shall be entitled to all of the rights, privileges and immunities of its charter or articles of association and shall be subject to the provisions of title twenty-seven so far as consistent with its charter. Sec. 5. A change of name as herein provided shall not affect an existing liability of such corporation. Sec' d. This act shall take effect from its passage. Approved March it, 1010. Nam AN ACT TO EXTEND THE TIME WITHIN WHICH THE CON STRUCTION OF RAILROADS HERETOFORE AUTHORIZE. 1) MAY BE COMMENCED OR FINISHED. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont: Section 1. The time limited by law, within which any railroad corporation existing or chartered under the laws of this state is required to commence or to finish the construction of a railroad together with all rights granted under its charter is hereby extended for a period of two years from and after the present time limit within which the rail road corporation is required to com mence or to finish such construction. Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage. Approved March 28, 1919. N0Tl32 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 5204 OF TH i GK.NUKAL LAWS. RE LATING TO THE HEIGHT OF RAILROAD BRIDGES. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section f. Section 5204 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 5204. All single track railroad bridges in this state, except the two bridges over the track in the village of Middlebury, and except as hereinafter provided, shall, when built or rebuilt, be hereafter so constructed as to leave a clear space of not less than fifteen feet between the inner sides of such bridges, and also a clear space of not less than twenty-two feet from the low est timbers, boards or irons in the cover ing of such bridges, and the top of the rails under the same; and, in all double track bridges, the clear space of inside width shall be not less than twenty seven feet. All overhead highway bridges, wires, ropes or other obstruc tions shall be not less than tweuty-twn feet above the top of the rails under the same, except the bridge crossing the track of the Central Vermont railroad on Stowe Street, in the village of Water- bury, which may be constructed at a height of not less than eighteen feet above the top of the rails under the same. The. public service commission may after notice and bearing grant such further exemptions from the provisions of this section as may in its judgment be for the public interest. Approved March 28, 1919. NO. 133 AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 222 OF THE GENERAL LAWS. RE LATING TO RAILROAD RATES. GIVING THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION JURISDICTION OF STREET RAILWAYS IN CER TAIN INSTANCES. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of' Vermont : Section f. The provisions of sections 5280, 5281, 5283, 5284, 5286, and 5292 shall apply to street railway companies, provided, however, that nothing con tained in this act shall be construed as affecting special provisions of law re lating to anything contained in said sections, or as impairing the obligations of existing franchise agreements. Sec. 2. Section 5293 of the General Laws is hereby repealed. Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage. Approved April 9, 1019. NO. 134 AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 225 OF THE GENERAL LAWS, RE LATING TO THE FORMATION OF SAVINGS BANKS AND OF TRUST COMPANIES. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. If a savings bank, trust company or savings bank and trust com pany for which a charter shall be granted under the provisions of chapter two hundred and twenty-five of the General Laws shall not commence business within two years from the granting of such charter, the charter shall lapse. Sec. 2. A charter for a bank already granted under the provisions of this chapter shall lapse if within two years from the passage of this act business shall not he commenced thereunder. Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage. Approved March 18, 1919. NO. 135 AN ACT IN ADDITION TO SEC TION 5363 OF THE GENERAL LAWS, RELATING TO INVEST- MENTS OF BANKS, PERMIT TING BWKS TO INVEST IN It WKEKS' ACCEPTANCES AND IX CERI IN NOTES It 1- hereby enacted bv the Gcnrral As-eiiibly of the State of Vermont: Section 1 There is hereby a ided to section of the General Laws a new subdiv 1 -i. ",1 to be numbered Nil to read .'IS lol'uOV s ; Nil A hank may invest in bankers' acceptances and bills of exchange, pro vided the same are accepted by an in corporated saving- h.uik or a savings lv.:ik and trust company or a national bank doing business in this state or bv a haul. I'icoiporati'd m Boston. New York or Philadelphia, to an amount not to exceed twenty per cent of its de posits; and a bank may invest in notes endorsed or guarantied by any of the above named banks to an amount not to exceed twenty per cent of its deposits. Approved April 8, hi id. NO. 136 AN ACT IX ADDITION TO SEC TION 53C3 OF THE GENERAL LAWS RELATING TO INVEST MENTS OF BANKS ; PERMIT TING BANKS TO INVEST IN FEDERAL FARM LOAN BONDS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the Stale of Vermont : Section 1. There is hereby added to section 53(13 of the General Laws a new subdivision to be numbered XI to read as follows: .XI In farm loan bonds issued by fed eral land banks in accordance with the provisions of an act of Congress ap proved July 17, 191(1 known as "The Federal Farm Loan Act." Approved February 27, 1910. NO. 137 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION "i.tftf OF THE GENERAL LAWS. RE LATING TO INVESTMENTS BY BANKS IN MUNICIPAL BONDS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont: Section 1. The last paragraph of sub division II of section 53(13 of the Gen eral Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : In subdivisions (c) and (d) the word "indebtedness" shall mean the gross debt less debts created in anticipation of taxes to be paid within one year and the amount of any sinking funds available for the payment of such indebtedness; and in subdivisions (e) and (f) tin word "indebtedness" shall mean the gross debt less debts created in antici pation of taxes to be paid within one year, the amount of any sinking funds available for the payment of such in debtedness and debts created for supply ing the inhabitants of the municipality with water. Banks may invest in bonds described in subdivision (h) not to ex ceed thirty thousand dollars by any on bank, and in addition thereto two per cent of the deposits of such bank in excess of one million dollars; and in bonds described in subdivision (i) not to exceed thirty thousand dollars by any one bank, and in addition thereto five per cent of the deposits of such bank in excess of one million dollars; but nothing hereinbefore contained shall authorize investments in railroad aid bonds, except such as are issued by mu nicipalities in the state of Vermont, or in bonds which are not direct obligations of a municipality or in bonds of mu nicipalities which have within twenty years repudiated or compromised the payment of any debt or defaulted for more than ninety days in the payment of any indebtedness, and the purchase of such securities is hereby prohibited. Approved April 2, 1919. NO. 138 AN ACT TO REPEAL SUBDIVI SION V OF SECTION 5363 OF THE GENERAL LAWS. RELAT ING TO INVESTMENTS OF BANKS IN RAILROAD BONDS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section 1. Part V of section 5363 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof a new sub division (n) as follows: STATUS FIXED DURING FED ERAL OPERATION OF RAILR' )ADS. (11) Railroad bonds which were legal investments ior savings banks at the time when the government of th United States, under the act of Congress approved March 21, 1918, took over the operation of the railroads issuing such bonds, shall not become illegal invest ments by reason of the operation of the railroads by the Federal government. The time during which any such rail road is operated by the Federal govern ment shall be excluded, including the year in which the government operation ends, in determining the compliance ol any such railroad with the provisions oi this section : provided, however, that in case a railroad corporation the mort gage bonds of which would become legal for investment under subdivision (e) of Part V of this section upon its compliance with the requirements of said subdivision shall have complied with the requirements of said subdivi sion during the ten years or more next preceding January 1st, 1918, such rail road corporation shall be deemed to have complied with the requirements of said subdivision during the period of the government operation of its rail road, including the year in which such government operation ends, in comput ing the time of compliance with the re quirements of said subdivision. Sec. 2. This act shall" take effect from its passage. Approved April 8, 1919. NO. 139 AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 5363 OF THE GENERAL LAWS, RE LATING TO INVESTMENTS BY BANKS IN ROAD BONDS. It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont : Section t. Subsection' (c) of subdivi sion ft of section 5363 of the General Laws is hereby amended so as to read as follows : (e) In the legally authorized bonds of counties in any of the above men tioned states having a population according to the last preceding United States or state census of at least twenty thousand and an indebtedness not ex ceeding five per cent of the last preced ing valuation tor the assessment of taxes, at, the time of the investment. Bonds issued under this subdivision for building or improving roads, shall not be legal unless they are payable serially; the entire issue payable in not to exceed twenty vcars; the principal and inter est payable from a direct tax levied upon all of the taxable property within the county, and only such portion of such bond issue shall be legal as will be due and payable in not more than fifteen years from date of issue. Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage. Approved March 7, 1919. NO. 140 AN ACT TO AMEND PARAGRAPH (H) OF SUBDIVISION II OP SECTION 5363 OF THE GEN ERAL LAWS. RELATING TO IN-j VESTMENTS OF BANKS IN '' THE BONDS OF THE UNITEil r !