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every proprietor, or keeper of such hotel or lodging house, in case of fire therein, to give notice of same to all guest and inmates thereof at once, and to do all in their power to save such guest and inmates.

SEC. 6. Should such watchman leave his post of Watchman duty in such hotel or lodging house for more than fif-demeanor. teen minutes at any one time during the hours specified for him to be on watch, or if he shall sleep while on duty, or if he shall fail to awaken the persons sleeping in such hotel or lodging house, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars.

Sec. 7. Every proprietor of such hotel or lodging Penalty for not house who shall fail to comply with the requirements watchman, etc. of section five (5) of this act, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished in the same manner as is provided in section four (4) of this act.

Sec. 8. This act shall be given in charge to the grand Law to be jury at each session. And they shall make due inquiry jury. and indict and bring to trial all parties found guilty of violating any of its provisions.

SEC. 9. All fines imposed or collected for any viola- Pisposal of tion of the provisions of this act shall be paid to the treasurer of the county where such offense is committed for the use and benefit of the common school fund.

SEC. 10. All hotels or lodging houses hereafter con- When two structed in this state over two stories in height and required. over one hundred feet in length, shall be constructed so that there shall be at least two stairways for the use of the guests leading from the ground floor to the uppermost story. And all out doors shall be so hung that they shall open on the outside instead of the inside of such hotel.

given to grand

fines.

To take effect.

Sec. 11. Whereas, an emergency exists, this act shall be in force and effect from and after its passage.

Approved February 24th, A.D. 1883.

CHAPTER XLVIII.

AN ACT entitled "An act to amend sections ten and thirteen of

chapter forty (40) of the Compiled Statutes of Nebraska, entitled 'Insane.'"

Governor appoints superintendent and two assistants.

Duties and salaries of assistants.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Nebraska:

SECTION 1. That sections ten and thirteen of chapter forty (40) of the Compiled Statutes, entitled “Insane,” be so amended as to read as follows:

Sec. 10. The governor of the state shall appoint a superintendent, and may appoint two assistant physicians for the hospital of the insane, one of whom shall be a woman, who shall hold their offices for a term of six years, unless sooner removed as hereinafter provided.

Sec. 13. The assistant physicians shall be graduates of a medical school, and be able to perform the ordinary duties of the superintendent, and the physician who is oldest in office shall be known as the first assistant, and shall, during the necessary absence of the superintendent, perform the duties of said superintendent. The salary of the first assistant shall be fifteen hundred ($1,500.00) dollars, and of the second assistant twelve hundred ($1,200.00) dollars per annum.

SEC. 2. That sections ten and thirteen of chapter forty (40) of the Compiled Statutes, entitled “Insane," and all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with this act are hereby repealed.

Approved February 23d A.D. 1883.

Act repealed,
Comp.
Stat., 301.
Gen. Stat.,
412—3.

CHAPTER LXIX.

AN ACT for the protection of the inmates of the hospital for the

insane.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Nebraska :

SECTION 1. That henceforth there shall be no cen- Correspon

dence of insorship exercised over the correspondence of inmates mates of Hos

pital for the inof the hospital for the insane in this state, but their sane. postoffice rights shall be as free and unrestrained as are those of any resident or citizen of this state, and be under the protection of the same postal laws. And every inmate shall be allowed to write when and whenever he or she desires to any person he or she may choose. And it is hereby made the duty of the superintendent to furnish each and every inmate of each and every insane asylum in this state with suitable material, at the expense of the state, for writing, enclosing, sealing, stamping, and mailing letters, sufficient for writing at least one letter a week, provided they request the same, , unless they are otherwise furnished with such material; and all such letters shall be dropped by the writers thereof, accompanied by an attendant when necessary, into a postoffice box, provided by the state at the hospital for the insane, and kept in some place easy of access to all the patients; and the contents of such postoffice box or boxes shall be collected once every week by an authorized person and by him placed into the hands of the United States mail for delivery. And it is hereby made the duty of the superintendent of every hospital for the insane in the state, either public or private, to deliver or cause to be delivered to said person any letter or writing to him or her directed, with

Penalty for not

out opening or reading the same, or allowing it to be opened or read, without consent of the recipient of such letter, or the request or consent of the writer.

SEC. 2. That any person refusing or neglecting to with this act. comply with, or willfully and knowingly violating any

of the provisions of this act, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary for a term not exceeding three years nor less than six months, or by a fine not exceeding $500, or both, at the discretion of the court, and by ineligibility to any

office in the asylum afterward. Copy of act to Sec. 3. A printed copy of this act shall be framed

and kept posted in every ward of every hospital for the insane, both public and private, in the state of Nebraska.

SEC. 4. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent with any of the provisions of this act are hereby repealed.

Sec. 5. Whereas, an emergency exists for the passage of this act, therefore this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved February 27th, A.D. 1883.

be posted.

Acts repealed.

To take effect.

CHAPTER L.

AN ACT to amend section forty [40], chapter forty-three [43], enti

tled "Insurance Companies," Nebraska Compiled Statutes, of 1881,

page 322.

Be it en icted by the Legislature of the State of Nebraska :

SECTION 1. That section 40, chapter 43, read as fol

lows:

Unincorporated and mu. tual com panies.

Sec. 40. (Unincorporated mutual companies.) Nothing in this act shall be so construed as to prevent any number of persons, not exceeding two hundred, from

making mutual pledges and giving valid obligations to each other for their own insurance from loss by fire, hail or death; but such associations of persons shall in no case insure any property not owned and occupied by one of their number, and no life except that of their own number, nor shall the provisions of this act be applicable to such associations or companies; Provided, Such associations or companies shall in no case pay any salaries or compensations to officers, agents, or any other employees, and shall receive no premiums, nor make any dividends, and further, nothing in this act shall be so construed as to prevent any number of persons from making mutual pledges and giving valid obligations to each other for their own insurance from loss by hail; Provided, Such association of persons shall in no case insure any property not owned and occupied by one of their own number, neither receive premiums or make any dividends.

Approved March 1st, A.D. 1883.

CHAPTER LI.

AN ACT to amend section 11 of chapter 50, Compiled Statutes of

1881, entitled “Liquors."

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Nebraska:

SECTION 1. That section 11 of chapter 50 of the Compiled Statutes of 1881, entitled “Liquors.” be amended to read as follows:

Sec. 11. All persons who shall sell or give away Disposing of upon any pretext, malt, spirituous, or vinous liquors, or license. any intoxicating drinks, without first having complied 12 Neb. , 539. with the provisions of this act and obtained a license

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