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AN ACT TO ESTABLISH OLD HOME WEEK AND TO AUTHORIZE ITS

Chap.109 OBSERVANCE BY CITIES AND TOWNS. Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. The calendar week beginning with the last Old Home Week Sunday of July in each year is hereby designated as Old Home Week, and is set apart as a season during which cities and towns may conduct appropriate celebrations in honor of returning sons and daughters of the Commonwealth and other invited guests, and may hold exercises of historical interest.

SECTION 2. Cities by their city councils, and towns Appropriations at legal town meetings, may appropriate money for the for observance. observance of old home week. SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved February 25, 1902.

AN ACT TO TRANSFER THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE INSPECTOR Chap.110

AND ASSAYER OF LIQUORS TO THE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH. Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. The office of inspector and assayer of office of inspecliquors is hereby abolished.

of liquors SECTION 2. The powers and duties heretofore conferred Powers and and imposed on the inspector and assayer of liquors are ferred to state hereby conferred and imposed on the state board of health. board of health. SECTION 3. This act shall take effect

upon

its

passage. Approved February 25, 1902.

abolished.

AN ACT TO REPEAL THE LAW REQUIRING ASSESSORS TO SPECIFY

Chap.111

THE AMOUNT OF CERTAIN CLASSES OF PERSONAL PROPERTY.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows:
SECTION 1. Section forty-nine of chapter twelve of R. L. 13. $ 49,

repealed.
the Revised Laws is hereby repealed.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon

its

passage. Approved February 25, 1902.

AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE TAXATION OF MORTGAGED REAL ESTATE. Chap.112 Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. Section seventeen of chapter twelve of the R. L. 12, $ 17, Revised Laws is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the words : Whenever, in any case of mort

amended,

Taxation of mortgaged real estate.

gaged real estate, a statement is not brought in as herein
provided, no tax on such real estate for the year then
current shall be invalidated for the reason that a mort-
gagee's interest therein has not been assessed to him,-
so as to read as follows: Section 17. If the holder of
such mortgage fails to file in the assessors' office a state-
ment under oath of all his estate liable to taxation under
the preceding section, including a statement of the full
amount remaining unpaid upon such mortgage and of his
interest therein, the amount stated in the mortgage shall
be conclusive as to the extent of such interest; but his
interest in such real estate shall not be assessed at a
greater sum than the fair cash valuation of the land and
the structures thereon or affixed thereto; and the amount
of a mortgage interest in an estate which has been divided
after the creation of such mortgage need not be appor-
tioned upon the several parts of such estate, except as
provided in sections eighty-eight to ninety inclusive.
Whenever, in any case of mortgaged real estate, a state-
ment is not brought in as herein provided, no tax on
such real estate for the year then current shall be invali-
dated for the reason that a mortgagee's interest therein
has not been assessed to him.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved February 25, 1902.

Chap.113 AN ACT RELATIVE TO THIE · RECORD OF THE OWNERSHIP OF REAL

ESTATE SUBJECT TO TAXATION.

R. L. 12, $ 15, amended,

real estate sub.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. Section fifteen of chapter twelve of the Revised Laws is hereby amended by inserting after the word “record”, in the fourth line, the words : - in the records of the county, or of the district, if such

county is divided into districts, in which the estate lies, Ownership of so as to read as follows: Section 15. Taxes on real ject to taxation, estate shall be assessed, in the city or town in which the

estate lies, to the person who is either the owner or in possession thereof on the first day of May, and the person appearing of record, in the records of the county, or of the district, if such county is divided into districts, in which the estate lies, as owner on the first day of May, even though deceased, shall be held to be the true owner thereof.

Except as provided in the three fol

how determined.

lowing sections, mortgagors of real estate shall for the purpose

of taxation be deemed the owners until the mortgagee takes possession, after which the mortgagee shall be deemed the owner. SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved February 25, 1902.

AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE CONNECTING OF THE EAST BOSTON TUNNEL, Chap.114

THE CAMBRIDGE STREET SUBWAY, AND OTHER SUBWAYS. Be it enacted, etc., as follows. SECTION 1. The provisions of chapter five hundred Provisions of

1897, 500, exof the acts of the year eighteen hundred and ninety-tended. seven, relative to the construction of a tunnel to East Boston and a subway under Cambridge street, are extended so that the East Boston tunnel and the Cambridge street subway may, with the consent of the Boston Elevated Railway Company, be connected with the existing subway and with each other, and with any other subway, on such terms, in such manner and at such points, whether at grade or otherwise, as the Boston transit commission may deem that the public interests require.

SECTION 2. The provisions of chapter five hundred Certain provi. and forty-eight of the acts of the year eighteen hundred apply to the and ninety-four, of chapter five hundred of the acts of commission, the year eighteen hundred and ninety-seven, and of the acts in amendment of or in addition to said acts, shall apply to the Boston transit commission and the members thereof in the execution of any work authorized by law to be done by said commission. SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its

passage. Approved February 25, 1902.

etc.

BARREL OF

SWEET POTATOES.

AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE STANDARD WEIGHT OF A

Chap.115 Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

Section three of chapter sixty-two of the Revised Laws R. L. 62,5 2, is hereby amended by striking out the word “and”, after amended. the word “pounds ", in the second line, and by adding after the word “pounds”, in the third line, the words : and the barrel of sweet potatoes one hundred and fifty pounds, so as to read as follows: Section 3. The weight of barrel of flour, measured by weight, shall contain one etc

barrel of flour,

hundred and ninety-six pounds, the barrel of potatoes one hundred and seventy-two pounds, and the barrel of sweet potatoes one hundred and fifty pounds.

Approved February 25, 1902.

Chap.116 AN ACT TO ABOLISH THE BOARD OF CATTLE COMMISSIONERS AND

TO CREATE A CATTLE BUREAU OF THE STATE BOARD OF AGRI-
CULTURE.

Board of cattle commissioners abolished. Cattle bureau

Chief of the

duties.

Proviso.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. The board of cattle commissioners is hereby abolished.

SECTION 2. A bureau of the state board of agriculture of state board of agriculture

is hereby created, to be known as the cattle bureau of the created.

state board of agriculture. cattle bureau,

SECTION 3. The governor shall annually appoint a appointment, chief of the cattle bureau of the state board of agriculpowers and

ture, who shall have the powers and perform the duties heretofore conferred and imposed upon the board of cattle commissioners : provided, that no orders or regulations made by him under authority of sections four and seven of chapter ninety of the Revised Laws shall take effect until approved by the governor and council. His appointinent shall be confirmed by the executive council. He shall make a written report on or before the tenth days of January and July in each year to the state board of agriculture, and the board shall include an abstract of his reports in its annual report to the general court. He shall receive an annual salary of eighteen hundred dollars and the amount of his necessary expenses, and may appoint a clerk at a salary of twelve hundred dol

lars a year.

constituted,

R. L. 89, $1, SECTION 4. Section one of chapter eighty-nine of amended.

the Revised Laws is hereby amended by inserting after the word “agriculture”, in the third line, the words:

the chief of the cattle bureau of the state board of State board of agriculture, so as to read as follows: Section 1. The agriculture, how

governor and lieutenant governor, ex officiis, the secretary of the Commonwealth, the president of the agricultural college, the secretary of the state board of agriculture, the chief of the cattle bureau of the state board of agriculture, one person appointed from and by the Massachusetts society for promoting agriculture, one person appointed from and by each agricultural society which receives an annual bounty from the Commonwealth, and three other persons appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the council, shall constitute the state board of agriculture.

SECTION 5. So much of section three of this act as When to take authorizes the appointment of said chief of the cattle bureau shall take effect thirty days after the passage of this act, and the remainder of the act shall take effect as soon as the said chief has been appointed and qualified.

Approved February 25, 1902.

effect.

AN ACT IN ADDITION TO AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR DE

Chap.117 FICIENCIES IN APPROPRIATIONS FOR CERTAIN EXPENSES AUTHOR

IZED IN THE YEAR NINETEEN HUNDRED AND ONE. Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. The sums hereinafter mentioned are ap- Appropriations. propriated, to be paid out of the treasury of the Commonwealth from the ordinary revenue, for expenses in excess of the appropriations therefor in the year nineteen hundred and one, to wit:

For the compensation of officers and men of the vol- Militia compenunteer militia, the sum of seven thousand nine hundred ninety-six dollars and sixty-four cents.

For expenses in connection with the state armories, the state armories. sum of three thousand six hundred thirty-four dollars and twelve cents. SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved February 25, 1902.

sation.

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR SALARIES AND EXPENSES AT

Chap.118 THE REFORMATORY PRISON FOR WOMEN. Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

SECTION 1. The sums hereinafter mentioned are ap- Appropriations. propriated, to be paid out of the treasury of the Commonwealth from the ordinary revenue, for the purposes specified, for the year ending on the thirty-first day of December, nineteen hundred and two, to wit:

For salaries, wages and labor at the reformatory prison Reformatory for women, a sum not exceeding twenty-five thousand primentor dollars.

For other current expenses at the reformatory prison for Expenses. women, a sum not exceeding thirty-two thousand dollars.

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