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SECTION 3.-This Act shall take effect from and after

its passage.

Approved, March 8, 1904.

AN ACT

TO PROVIDE FOR THE ERECTION OF A NEW PENITENTIARY IN

PORTO RICO, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Porto Rico:

SECTION 1.—That a board of trustees consisting of five members, appointed by the Governor of Porto Rico with the advice and consent of the Executive Council of Porto Rico, be and is hereby constituted, to have charge of the selection of a site for, and the erection of, a new penitentiary. Said trustees shall serve without compensation, and hold office during the pleasure of the Governor of Porto Rico.

SECTION 2.-That the board of trustees, immediately upon its organization, shall proceed to the selection and purchase of a site for the new penitentiary, subject to the approval of the Executive Council. Such site shall be located within a radius of twenty miles from the city of San Juan, and shall embrace not to exceed two hundred acres, and the price to be paid therefor shall not exceed forty dollars per acre, all expenses of the transfer to be paid by the seller.

SECTION 3.—That the board of trustees is empowered to procure such plans, specifications and accurate estimates as may be necessary for the construction of a penitentiary, which penitentiary shall consist of a building or buildings, as may be decided by the board. Said plans, after their adoption by the board, shall be submitted to the Executive Council for its approval. Upon the plans, specifications and estimates being definitely approved and adopted by the board of trustees and the Executive Council, the board of trustees shall proceed to secure the construction of the said building or buildings. The board may, with the approval of the. Executive Council, appoint and fix the compensation of a superintendent of construction, to take charge of the management of the work under the direction of the Commissioner of the Interior and the general supervision of the board of trustees. The board of trustees shall also, with the approval of the Executive Council, have power to employ such other help and make such other expenditures as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act. In the work of construction the largest possible use shall be made of the labor of prison

ers.

SECTION 4.-That said penitentiary shall be erected in accordance with the requirements of a modern penal institution, and shall have especially in view the employment of convicts in order that the establishment may, as far as possible, be self-supporting. The total of the penitentiary, including the cost of the site and all incidental expenses, shall not exceed two hundred thousand dollars.

SECTION 5.-That the board of trustees shall make a detailed report at least twice a year to the Executive Council, and annually to the Legislature upon its assembly, showing the progress made and estimating the amount of money that will be required to complete the plans and that can be profitably expended during the ensuing fiscal year; Provided, that in order to carry out the provisions of this Act without delay, the sum of ten thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, but said sum of ten thousand dollars, hereby appropriated, shall be returned to the general funds of the treasury of Porto Rico from the sum realized by any sale of bonds by the Island of Porto Rico for public improvements, as soon as the proceeds of any such sale of bonds are available.

SECTION 6.—The work under this Act shall be begun as soon as any sale of bonds by the Insular Government for the purpose of making public improvements has been consummated, and a portion of the proceeds of said eale of bonds has been set aside sufficient in amount to purchase a site, secure plans and specifications for the build. ing or buildings, and to begin the work of the actual construction, in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

SECTION 7—That all laws, or parts of laws, in conflict with this Act, be and the same are hereby repealed.

SECTION 8.–That this Act shall take effect on and after the date of its passage.

Approved, March 10, 1904.

AN ACT

ASSIGNING SALARIES TO THE REGISTRARS OF PROPERTY,

AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of Porto Rico:

SECTION 1.—That hereafter all appointees as registrars of property for any registries of property of the Island of Porto Rico must be citizens of Porto Rico over twentyfive years of age, and must be practicing lawyers with more than five years practice before the courts of this Island, and who know Spanish correctly.

SECTION 2.—The appointments of registrars to occupy the registries of property which may become vacant hereafter shall be made by competitive examination held before a court of five members to be appointed by the Supreme Court, one member of which court must necessarily be a registrar of property; Provided, that said court shall draw up a list of persons competing, to be classified by the order of competency shown at the examination, and said list shall be forwarded to the Governor, in order that he may make the appointment, with the consent of the Executive Council, from among the names proposed.

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SECTION 3.—On or before the first day of July, 1904, each registrar of property must give good and sufficient bond to the Treasurer of Porto Rico for and in representation of the People of Porto Rico, conditioned on the faithful discharge of the duties of his office, as follows: The registrars located in San Juan, Ponce, Mayaguez and Arecibo shall each give an additional bond in the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars, and the present bonds of said officers shall continue in force and effect; and the registrars located in San German, Guayama, Aguadilla, Humacao and Caguas shall each give an additional bond in the sum of two thousand dollars, and the present bonds of said officers shall continue in force and effect; Provided, that said bonds shall be approved by the Auditor as to form and execution, and by the Treasurer as to the sufficiency of the sureties thereon, and they shall be filed in the office of the Treasurer; and, provided, further, that in the case of future appointments, in accordance with section 2 of this Act, the registrars located in San Juan, Ponce, Mayaguez and Arecibo shall each furnish a bond of five thousand dollars, and the registrars of San German, Humacao, Guayama, Aguadilla and Caguas shall each furnish a bond of three dollars.

SECTION 4.–The registrars of property shall keep their offices and archives open to the public every day, except Sundays and legal holidays, from nine a. m. to twelve m., and from two to five p. m. ; Provided, that on Saturdays said offices and archives shall remain open to the public only from nine a. m. to twelve m.

SECTION 5.--It shall be the duty of the registrars to be present in their offices punctually, and they shall not absent themselves without due leave of absence, which the judge of the District Court may grant for a period of not more than eight days, and which, if for a period exceeding eight days, may be granted by the Attorney General.

SECTION 6.-In no case shall leave of absence be granted to a registrar unless a substitute, who must be a lawyer.

is placed in charge of the office, and the name of said substitute shall be designated by the applicant when requesting leave of absence.

SECTION 7.- When the leave of absence granted to a registrar exceeds fifteen days, the salary of said registrar shall be divided between him and his substitute; but in no case shall the leave of absence exceed three months within the same year, except in the case of sickness, which shall, to the satisfaction of the Attorney General, be duly proven.

SECTION 8.-The other employees of the office of the registry may make use of leaves of absence, which shall be granted to them by the registrar for just causes, and if such leaves of absence exceed fifteen days, the registrar shall report the same to the Attorney General.

SECTION 9.—The position of registrar of property shall be incompatible with all other positions or offices, whether such positions be elective by popular vote or not, and whether they be compensated or not; nor shall a registrar be allowed to practice his profession as lawyer.

SECTION 10.–The registrars of property of San Juan and Ponce shall receive from the treasury of the People of Porto Rico an annual salary of three thousand dollars, to be paid in monthly installments by the disbursing officer of the Department of Justice. The registrars of Mayagüez and Arecibo shall receive, in the same manner, an annual salary of two thousand seven hundred dollars. The registrars of San German and Humacao shall likewise receive an annual salary of two thousand four hundred dollars ; and those at Caguas, Guayama and Aguadilla shall receive, in the same manner, an annual salary of one thousand eight hundred dollars. And they shall receive no other remuneration from any other

source.

SECTION 11.-Each of the registrars of property of San Juan and Ponce shall have as subordinate assistants an officer at an annual salary of seven hundred and eighty dollars, and four clerks at an annual salary of four hun

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