To amend the Militia Laws for other purposes.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That so much of any act as provides that the Militia of this Territory shall form one Brigade, and authorizes the appointment of Brigadier General, shall be, and the same is hereby, repealed.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Governor shall have power to arrange the respective Regiments, Battalions and Companies of Militia; and from time to time, when, in his opinion, the public safety may require it, or on a requisition under the authority of the United States, to call out any Volunteer corps, and to order the same into the service of the United States.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That when any portion of the Mili-
tia, or any Corps of Volunteers, shall be called into service, by order of the Governor, it shall be the duty of the Quartermasters, or such other officer or officers, as the Governor may appoint, to furnish them with the necessary supplies, and means of transportation, and to render a just account of expenditures.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the sum of Two Thousand Dollars, be, and the same is hereby, set apart, out of any monies in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and shall constitute a contingent fund to defray any expenses which may be incurred under the provisions of this act, and such other incidental expenses as may be required for public fee service; and the Governor, may, from time to time draw on the Auditor of Public Accounts for such sums as may be necessary; stating always the amount, and the object for which it is wanted; whereupon the Auditor shall issue his warrant therefor on the Territorial
Treasurer, who shall forthwith pay the same.
To incorporate the Town of Rodney, and for other purposes.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That the Town of Rodney, laid out on the land of Josias Bullock near St. Stephens, in the county of Washington, pursuant to an act of the Territory passed on the twenty-fifth day of November, eighteen hundred and eleven, be, and the same is, hereby, established, by the name and style.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That hereafter, the land holders,
freeholders, and house holders, within the said Town of Rodney, shall on the first Monday in March next, and on that day in each year, at the Eagle Tavern, hold an election, to commence at ten o'clock in the morning, and close at five o'clock in the evening, for the purpose of electing, by ballot, five persons, inhabitants of said town, Trustees thereof, a majority of whom shall constitute a quorum to do business; and also a town Treasurer, Assessor and Collector, and Constable to serve for one year.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said Trustees and other officers to be so elected shall proceed in the same manner, possess the same powers, and be subject to the same restrictions as are prescribed by law for the government of the Trustees and other officers of the town of St. Stephens.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That every free white male, of full age, who has resided in the town of St. Stephens six months previously to the election of the Trustees for the said town of St. Stephens shall
be entitled to vote for the said Trustees.
To amend an act entitled an act against Usury.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That any rate of interest, or premium for the loan or use of money, wares, merchandise, or other commodity, fairly & bona fide stipulated and agreed upon by the parties to such contract, expressed in writing, and signed by the party to be charged therewith, shall be legal and recoverable; and no bona fide contract shall be vacated, or in any man-
ner impaired, by reason of any premium, or rate of interest, so stipulated and expressed.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That on all contracts, written or verbal, ascertaining the sum due, where no specific premium or rate of interest is expressed, interest shall be taken, recovered and allowed, at the rate of eight per centum per annum from and after said sum due and payable.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all acts, or parts of acts contravening the provisions of this act, be, and the same are hereby, repealed: Provided, that nothing in this act contained, shall be so construed as to make it legal for any Bank to receive more than at the rate of six per centum per annum, for and upon its loans and discounts.
To fix the compensation of the members of the General Assembly.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General assembly convened, That the President of the Legislative Council, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, shall be entitled to receive seven dollars, and each other member of the General Assembly five dollars for each and every days attendance at the General Assembly; and shall moreover, be allowed at the commencement and end of every session, five dollars for every twenty miles of the estimated distance, by the most usual road, in coming to, and returning home, from, the place at which the General Assembly shall sit, and in that proportion for a shorter distance: and if any member of the General Assembly shall be detained by sickness in coming to, or returning home from any session of the Legislature, or be unable to attend the house to which he belongs, he shall
be entitled to the same daily allowance.
Further to enable the County Court of Madison, to complete the Public Buildings of said County.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory in General Assembly convened, That, in addition to the powers already given them by law, as Commissioners for that purpose, the County Court of Madison be, and they are hereby authorized to levy a special tax, to enable them the more speedily to complete the public buildings of said county to be drawn for and applied to that object only; Provided, such special tax
shall not exceed one half of the Territorial tax of said county, and shall be collected in the same manner, by the same person, and for the same per centum, as the Territorial tax.
For the relief of Tax Collectors.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama convened, That it shall be the duty of the Auditor of Public Accounts to allow to the Tax Collectors of the several counties, for the last year, the same sums which would have been allowed to them, if they had made their payments on or before the fifteenth day of November last, and said Collectors shall be relieved from the penalties of their respective bonds:
Provided, the shall complete their payments into the Territorial Treasury, on or before the first day of May next.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the several assessors within this Territory shall be allowed, for the present year, till the first day of July next, to complete and deliver the several lists of taxable persons and property which they are bound by law to furnish.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said assessors and collectors are hereby authorized and required to receive, and discharge the amount of any draft or warrant, signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or President of the Legislative Council; and such draft or warrant shall be a sufficient voucher in the settlement of the accounts of such assessor and collector, with the Auditor.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the tax collector for the county of Monroe, for the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, be allowed the sum of one hundred and fifty-five dollars and twenty five
cents, as the amount of insolvencies in said county, for the year aforesaid, and that the Auditor of Public Accounts be and he is hereby, authorized and required to audit said account accordingly.