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Armstrong are hereby appointed commissioners to provide, and also to issue the said warrants, and which warrants shall be signed by one of them to be designated by themselves for that purpose, and the same shall only be issued by them to the treasurer for the payments of such amounts as shall be duly audited and certified by the proper officers of said city, and on the written affirmation of the mayor and comptroller thereof.

Sec. 4. The said commissioners shall keep a correct list of all amounts issued by them to the treasurer, and charge the same to him, and shall keep a register of all applications made to them by the said mayor and comptroller for the issue of the same; and it shall further be their duty to report at every regular session of the city council the amount so issued, and the applications upon which they were issued from the mayor and comptroller, as aforesaid.

Sec. 5. The said commissioners are hereby authorized to appoint a clerk, whose duty it shall be to keep a regular and perfect account of the issues provided as aforesaid, and to whom the said commissioners shall allow a reasonable compensation, to be paid by the city.

Sec. 6. At stated periods, to be determined by the commissioners, the said treasurer shall pay over to the commissioners all the city warrants so issued which may be in his possession, and take their receipt for the same; and the commissioners shall at once, in the presence of the mayor and comptroller, proceed to destroy the same, first having taken a complete account of such warrants.

Sec. 7. The banks, savings institutions, associations, and bankers, of this State, may, if they deem proper, receive and pay out all such city warrants, without being subject to the penalties of any law of this State in regard to the circulation of notes under five dollars.

Sec. 8. From and after the second Monday of October, 1861, the common council of the city shall not, after having passed a general appropriation bill, pass any ordinance appropriating money unless the amount thereby appropriated be actually in the treasury of the city and not required to meet appropriations already existing. Any member of said common council voting for, [and] any mayor approving any ordinance passed in violation of this section, shall be jointly and severally liable in his personal estate for any amount drawn from the treasury of said city in pursuance of any such ordinance.

Sec. 9. No sum of money appropriated by ordinance to any particular fund or object, shall, except in pursuance of change in the appropriation thereof by ordinance, be diverted from such fund or object, or used for any other purpose; and any officer of said city making or authorizing any such diversion, or use, without such change of appropriation by ordinance, shall be liable in his personal estate for any amount só diverted or used for any purpose, or object, other than that for which the same was especially appropriated.

Sec. 10. The comptroller of said city shall cause to be cancelled all special accounts on the books of the auditor of said city showing an unexpended balance to the credit of any special fund when he shall be satisfied that such apparent balance has been authorized, [and] used in the payment of indebtedness of said city.

Sec. 11. No officer of said city authorized to make contracts on behalf of the city for work, or materials, shall make any such contract which shall require the expenditure of any greater sum than the amount actually appropriated by existing ordinance for such work or materials.

Sec. 12. The common council of said city shall not pass any ordinance for the improvement of streets in the new limits of said city, or for other improvements in said new limits, to be paid for out of the new limit fund, when the amount required for such improvement exceeds the amount actually in the treasury of said city to the credit of said fund.

Sec. 13. The twenty-fifth section of the “Act amendatory of and supplementary to the several Acts incorporating the City of St. Louis," approved March 14th, 1859, is hereby amended by striking out therefrom the words “two thirds," and inserting in lieu thereof “a majority.”

Sec. 14. The said city shall not be liable to any action for the destruction of any property by a mob, in favor of any person who at the time of such destruction is delinquent in the payment of any taxes due the said city.

SEC. 15. The common council of the City of St. Louis shall have no power to pave, macadamize, curb, or gutter, any street or alley, at the expense of property owners whose property fronts on such street or alley, unless a majority in interest on such street or alley shall consent thereto in writing, or unless the same shall be declared a nuisance by a jury of six disinterested citizens of said city : Provided, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to any street or alley where two or more blocks are owned by one person, or one estate ; but the provisions of the law now in force shall apply in all such cases.

This act shall take effect from and after its passage.
Approved May 13, 1861.

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I. All that district of country situated in the county of Description of the St. Louis, embraced within the following limits, to wit: Be- City of St. Louis. ginning at a point in the middle of the main channel of the Mississippi river, where the continuation of the south side of Keokuk street eastwardly would intersect said main channel; thence westwardly by the said line of the south side of Keokuk street to a point six hundred and sixty feet west of Grand avenue; thence northwardly and parallel to said Grand or Lindell avenue, at a distance of six hundred and sixty feet therefrom, until it intersects the Bellefontaine road; thence northeast to the line dividing townships forty-five and fortysix north, range seven east; thence eastwardly with said line and in the same direction to the middle of the main channel of the Mississippi river; thence southwardly with the meanderings of the main channel of said river to the place of beginning, is hereby incorporated into a city, by the name of the City of St. Louis. (a)

GENERAL CORPORATE POWERS. I. The inhabitants of the City of St. Louis, as the same General corporate extends and is laid out above, and their successors, forever, powers of the city. are hereby constituted a corporation and body politic, in fact and in law, by the name and style of the City of St. Louis,

(a) Sec. 1, act of December 5, 1855, p. 193.

and by the same name shall have perpetual succession, shall sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, defend and be defended, in all courts of law and equity, and in all actions whatsoever; may purchase, receive, and hold property, real and personal, within said city; and may sell, lease, or dispose of the same for the benefit of the city; and may purchase, receive, and hold property, real and personal, beyond the limits of the city, to be used for the burial of the dead of the city; also, for the erection of water-works, to supply the city with water; and also for the establishment of a hospital, for the reception of persons infected with contagious and other diseases ; also, for a poorhouse, workhouse, or house of correction ; and may sell, lease, or dispose of such property for the benefit of the city; they shall have and use one common seal, and may break, change, alter, and make a new seal at pleasure. (b)

II. All acts and parts of acts now in force concerning the tory included in City of St. Louis or the inhabitants thereof, and not incon

sistent with or repugnant to the provisions of this act, shall extend to all the district of country included in the above

mentioned boundaries, and to all inhabitants therein. (c) City to be divided III. The City of St. Louis shall be divided into eight izing their popula- wards, and the common council may at any time district the tation in council. city into ten wards, the boundaries of which shall be fixed

by the common council, by straight lines running east and west, deviating to equalize population; and each ward shall, as near as practicable, contain an equal number of white male inhabitants; and the common council shall, from time to time, change the the lines of each of said wards for the purpose of equalizing population in the same; but in so changing must adhere to straight lines as above, as near as may be. (d)

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I. The city council shall consist of one board, called the board of common council, who shall possess all the powers,

Common council, how composed ; qualification for membership, &c.

(6) Art. 1, sec. 2, act of March 3, 1851, p.

147. (c,d) Secs. 2 & 3, act of December 5, 1855, p. 193, 194.

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