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belief of the party who was capable of contracting the second marriage that the former husband or wife was dead, or that the former marriage was void, or that a divorce had been decreed which left the party to the former marriage free to marry again, such finding shall be stated in the decree, and the issue of the second marriage, if born or begotten before the second marriage was declared void, shall be the legitimate issue of the parent capable of contracting the marriage.

SECTION 2. Section fourteen of chapter one hundred Repeal. and fifty-one of the Revised Laws is hereby repealed.

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage, When to take and it shall apply to proceedings pending upon or instituted after its passage, although such second marriage may have been contracted before its passage.

Approred April 17, 1902.

folk county.

An ACT RELATIVE TO THE CUSTODY OF CERTAIN PUBLIC RECORDS. Chap.311 Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. All public records of the county of Nor- Custody of cerfolk prior to the year sixteen hundred and eighty-one records of Norwhich shall be found within the Commonwealth, except those now in the registry of deeds for the southern district of Essex county, shall be deposited in the office of the clerk of the courts in Essex county.

SECTION 2. Any public records, except those men- Custody of certioned in the foregoing section, deposited elsewhere than records. in the office in the county, city or town to which they respectively originally belonged, shall be kept in the custody of the person having the custody of similar records in such original county, city or town. But this section shall not apply to the records of the town of Adams deposited in North Adams, under the provisions of chapter one hundred and forty-three of the acts of the year eighteen hundred and seventy-eight.

SECTION 3. Whoever under the provisions of this act certain persons is to become the custodian of any of the records mentioned records upon in this act shall demand the same from any person in whose possession they may be, and such person shall forthwith deliver the same to him.

SECTION 4. Whoever refuses or neglects to perform Penalty. any duty required of him by this act shall be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars.

Approred April 17, 1902.

Chap.312 AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE INSPECTION OF CERTAIN DOMESTIC ANI

MALS AND OF CERTAIN CARCASSES.

amended.

certain persons.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: R. L. 75, $$ 103, SECTION 1. Sections one hundred and three and one 104, repealed.

hundred and four of chapter seventy-five of the Revised

Laws are hereby repealed. R. L. 75, $ 105, SECTION 2. Section one hundred and five of chapter

seventy-five of the Revised Laws is hereby amended by striking out the word “six”, in the first line, and

inserting in place thereof the word :—four, - so as to Not to apply to read as follows: Section 105. The provisions of the

four preceding sections shall not apply to a person not
engaged in such business, who, upon his own premises
and not in a slaughter house, slaughters his own neat
cattle, sheep or swine, but the carcass of any such
animals shall be inspected by an inspector at the time of
slaughter, unless said animal is less than six months old
or has been duly inspected under the provisions of chapter
ninety, within six months prior to such slaughter and a
certificate of health has been delivered to the owner or
person in charge thereof.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage. .

Approved April 17, 1902.

Chap.313

AN ACT TO CHANGE A PART OF THE HARBOR LINE ON THE MERRI

MAC RIVER ALONG THE WATER FRONT OF THE CITY OF HAVER

HILL.

Part of harbor line on the Merrimac river changed, etc.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. The harbor line established by chapter one hundred and four of the acts of the year eighteen hundred and eighty-three, along a part of the water front of the city of Haverhill on the Merrimac river, is hereby changed and established as follows:- Beginning at a point in the line described in said chapter as “ the southeasterly corner of the wharf known as Sargent and Holden's wharf, said corner being about one hundred and ninety-two feet distant southerly from the southerly side of Merrimac street"; thence running easterly about two hundred and seventy-two feet to a point in the westerly line of city landing number twelve, one hundred and ninety-one feet southerly from the southerly side of Merrimac street ; thence easterly about five hundred and thirteen feet to a point in the easterly line of Ilaverhill Part of harbor bridge, sixty-five feet southerly from an angle in the rimac river easterly line of Bridge street, said angle being one hun- changed, etc. dred twenty-one and seven tenths feet southerly from a stone post in the line between Bridge street and city landing number eleven at the intersection of Bridge street with Merrimac and Water streets; thence easterly about three hundred and fourteen feet to a point in the easterly line of city landing number ten, one hundred eighty-two and five tenths feet southwesterly from a stone bound at the intersection of said easterly line with the southerly line of Water street ; thence easterly about two hundred and seventy-nine feet to a point in the easterly line of city landing number nine, one hundred and fifty-seven feet southwesterly from a stone bound at the intersection of said easterly line with the southerly line of Water street. SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved April 17, 1902.

AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE COMMITMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN.

Clap.314 Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. Section twenty of chapter eighty-six of Amended. 20, the Revised Laws is hereby amended by inserting after the word "committed ", in the second line, the words: to a police station, — and by inserting after the word “ Boston", in the third line, the words: - pending an examination, so as to read as follows: Section 20. Commitments

of young child A child under twelve years of age shall not be committed dren limited. to a police station, to a jail or house of correction, to the state farm, or to the house of correction at Deer Island in the city of Boston, pending an examination, in default of bail, or for the non-payment of a fine or upon conviction of any offence not punishable by death or imprisonment for life. SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved April 17, 1902.

AN ACT TO REGULATE THE SPEED AND OPERATION OF AUTOMO- Chap.315

BILES AND MOTOR VEHICLES ON HIGHWAYS. Be it enacted, etc., as follows: SECTION 1. No automobile or other motor vehicle speed of motor

vehicles regu. shall be run on any public highway outside the limits of late.

Certain precautions to be exercised by persons having

a city, fire district or thickly settled or business part of a town at a speed exceeding fifteen miles an hour, and no such vehicle shall be run on any public way within the limits of a city, fire district, or of any thickly settled or business part of a town at a speed exceeding ten miles an hour.

SECTION 2. Every person having control or charge

of a motor vehicle or automobile shall, whenever upon control of motor any public street or way and approaching any vehicle

drawn by a horse or horses, or any horse upon which any person is riding, operate, manage and control such motor vehicle or automobile in such manner as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of any such horse or horses, and to insure the safety and protection of any person riding or driving the same. And if such horse or horses appear frightened, the person in control of such motor vehicle shall reduce its speed, and if requested by signal or otherwise by the driver of such horse or horses, shall not proceed farther towards such animal unless such movement be necessary to avoid accident or injury, or until such animal appears to be

under the control of its rider or driver. Precaution to be

SECTION 3. Upon approaching a crossing of intersectapproaching a

ing ways, and also in traversing the crossing or intersection, the person in control of a motor vehicle shall run it at a rate of speed less than that above specified, and not greater than is reasonable and proper, having regard to the traffic and the use of the intersecting ways.

SECTION 4. The term "o motor vehicle” in this act shall include all vehicles propelled by any power other than muscular power, excepting railroad and railway cars and motor vehicles running only upon rails or tracks.

SECTION 5. Any person violating any provision of this act shall be punished for each offence by a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. SECTION 6. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved April 17, 1902.

taken upon

crossing of intersecting ways, etc.

Term"motor vehicle" detined.

Penalty.

AN ACT TO CONFER UPON THE PITTSFIELD ELECTRIC STREET RAIL- Chap.316

WAY COMPANY CERTAIN POWERS AS A COMMON CARRIER.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. The Pittsfield Electric Street Railway May act as a Company is hereby authorized to act as a common carrier of merchandise, of baggage and small parcels of merchandise, and fuel etc. and supplies for its own use in any city or town in which it is authorized to operate its railway : provided, that Provisos. said company shall not so act in any city or town until authorized so to do by the board of aldermen or the selectmen thereof; and provided, further, that said company shall be subject to such ordinances or by-laws as may from time to time be made by any such city or town, and shall also be subject to the provisions of chapter seventy of the Revised Laws and of all other laws now or hereafter in force relating to common carriers.

SECTION 2. The Pittsfield Electric Street Railway May act as a Company is hereby authorized to act as a common car- of baggage, etc., rier of freight, merchandise, baggage and farm produce, points. between the tracks of the Boston and Albany railroad in the city of Pittsfield and the north line of the town of Lanesborough, subject to all the provisions contained in section one of this act. SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage. .

Approved April 17, 1902.

Chap.317

AN ACT TO EXTEND THE TIME FOR FILING PETITIONS FOR THE

ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGES ARISING FROM THE ALTERATION OF THE
GRADE CROSSING OF AUSTIN STREET IN THE CHARLESTOWN DIS-
TRICT OF THE CITY OF BOSTON.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. The time within which any person may Time for filing file his petition in the superior court for damages arising petitiome for the from any taking of land or any change of grade of streets certain damages in connection with the abolition of the grade crossing of Austin street in the Charlestown district of the city of Boston in accordance with the provisions of chapter four hundred and twenty-one of the acts of the year eighteen hundred and ninety-nine and of chapters one hundred and ninety-three and four hundred and seventy-one of the

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