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same shall be construed to mean or apply to all persons of African descendi The term "white race" shall include all other persons.

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ARTICLE XXIV.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.

SECTION 1. Any amendment or amendments to this constitution may proposed in either branch of the legislature, and if the same shall be agre to by a majority of all the members elected to each of the two houses, s proposed amendment or amendments shall, with the yeas and nays theres be entered in their journals and referred by the secretary of state to people for their approval or rejection, at the next regular general electe except when the legislature, by two-thirds vote of each house, shall order special election for that purpose. If a majority of all the electors voting such election shall vote in favor of any amendment thereto, it shall there become a part of this constitution.

If two or more amendments are proposed they shall be submitted in manner that electors may vote for or against them separately.

SEC. 2. No convention shall be called by the legislature to propose a ations, revisions, or amendments to this constitution, or to propose a constitution, unless the law providing for such convention shall first be a proved by the people on a referendum vote at a regular or special electra and any amendments, alterations, révisions, or new constitution, proj by such convention, shall be submitted to the electors of the State at a eral or special election and be approved by a majority of the electors Ga thereon, before the same shall become effective: Provided, That the quest a of such proposed convention shall be submitted to the people at least 28 in every twenty years.

SEC. 3. This article shall not impair the right of the people to a this constitution by a vote upon an initiative petition therefor.

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In order that no inconvenience may arise by reason of a change t the forms of government now existing in the Indian Territory and ir Territory of Oklahoma, it is hereby declared as follows:

SECTION 1. No existing rights, actions, suits, proceedings, contracts. claims shall be affected by the change in the forms of government, but shall continue as if no change in the forms of government had taken pa And all processes which may have been issued previous to the admission ( the State into the Union under the authority of the Territory of Oklab d or under the authority of the laws in force in the Indian Territory sha.. as valid as if issued in the name of the State.

SEC. 2. All laws in force in the Territory of Oklahoma at the time the admission of the State into the Union, which are not repugnant to tal constitution, and which are not locally inapplicable, shall be extended to al remain in force in the State of Oklahoma until they expire by their limitation or are altered or repealed by law.

SEC. 3. All debts, fines, penalties, and forfeitures which have accruel may hereafter accrue to the Territory of Oklahoma shall inure to the of Oklahoma, and may be sued for and recovered by the State.

SEC. 4. This constitution shall take effect and be in full force in diately upon the admission of the State into the Union.

SEC. 5. Until otherwise provided by law, notaries public appointed the laws of the Territory of Oklahoma, or under the authority of the heretofore in force in the Indian Territory, may continue to exercise r perform the duties of the office of notary public until the expiration of the commissions: Provided, That any notary public appointed in the Indian T ritory for any district, or in the Territory of Oklahoma for any county, sta after this constitution takes effect, exercise the powers, privileges, and rig.: of a notary public only of the county formed in whole or in part out of t

t or county for which such person is a notary public, and in which such resides at the time the State is admitted into the Union; but before ich notary public, except notaries public for those counties in the Terriof Oklahoma, the boundaries of which have not been changed by the ution, shall exercise the powers, privileges, and rights of a notary of such county, he shall have filed in the office of the county clerk of unty in which he resides his commission as notary public and an affistating that he is a resident of such county, whereupon he shall become ry public for such county.

6. The appointments of female persons as notaries public, heretode by the Governor of Oklahoma, and by the United States courts for lian Territory, and by the judges of said courts, are hereby confirmed de valid, and all official acts of such notaries public heretofore perare hereby validated, in so far as the acts of such notaries public affected by any ineligibility of such persons to appointment as notaries Female persons possessing the other qualifications prescribed by law eligible to the office of notary public and of county superintendent of nstruction,

7. All property, real and personal, credits, claims, and choses in belonging to the Territory of Oklahoma at the time the State is adinto the Union, shall be vested in and become the property of the Oklahoma.

8. All judgments and records of deeds, mortgages, liens, and other nts, filed or recorded, affecting the title to real and personal propthe Indian Territory and Osage Indian Reservation, are hereby made ual to impart notice and for all other purposes under the laws of the

of Oklahoma extended in force in the State, as they were under heretofore in force in the Indian Territory and Osage Indian Reser

|9. All judgments and records of deeds, mortgages, liens, and other hts, filed or recorded, affecting title to real and personal property in ties that have been created out of the territory of, any county or of the Territory of Oklahoma, or out of the territory of any county es of the Territory of Oklahoma and of any recording district or of the Indian Territory, are hereby made as effectual to impart d for all other purposes under the laws of the Territory of Oklatended in force in the State, as the same would have been if no had been made by the provisions of this constitution in the boundbe counties as they existed in the Territory of Oklahoma, or of the s of the recording districts as they existed in the Indian Territory. Until otherwise provided by law, incorporated cities and towns, incorporated under the laws in force in the Territory of Oklahoma Indian Territory, shall continue their corporate existence under the led in force in the State, and all officers of such municipal corpothe time of the admission of the State into the Union shall perduties of their respective offices under the laws extended in force te, until their successors are elected and qualified in the manner may be provided by law: Provided, That all valid ordinances now h such incorporated cities and towns shall continue in force until ended, or repealed.

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1. All taxes assessed or due to incorporated cities and towns in Territory, and all taxes levied by such incorporated cities and the year 1907 shall, until otherwise provided by law. be levied ed in the same manner as now provided by law in force in the ritory, and under the laws and ordinances now in force in such corporations.

In all incorporated cities and towns in the Indian Territory, all vements or public buildings in process of being made or conder the laws in force in the Indian Territory, or for which proving been commenced under such laws at the time of the admisState into the Union, shall be completed under said laws, and said

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laws are hereby extended in force as to such improvements or public buildings until such local improvements or public buildings are completed and paid 7. for, as by such laws provided.

SEC. 13. The act of Congress entitled "An act for the protection of the lives of miners in the Territories," approved March 3, 1891, and the act of Congress entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act for the protection Ex of the lives of miners in the Territories,'" approved July 1, 1902, are hereby extended to and over the State of Oklahoma until otherwise provided by law: Provided. That the words, "governor of the State" are hereby substituted for the words, "governor of such organized territory," and for the words "secretary of interior," wherever the same appear in said acts, and the words, "chief mine inspector," for the words, "mine inspector," wherever the same appear in said acts. The chief mine inspector shall also perform the duties required by laws of the Territory of Oklahoma of the territorial oil inspecter until otherwise provided by law.

SEC. 14. Until otherwise provided by law, all dental surgeons licensed to practice in the Territory of Oklahoma and all dental surgeons who were rest dents of the Indian Territory on the 16th day of June, 1906, and also all grad uates of some reputable school or college of dental surgery, shall be eligible and be licensed to practice in the State without examination.

SEC. 15. Until otherwise provided by law, the officers of the State sha receive annually as compensation for their services, the following sums: The governor, $4,500; lieutenant-governor, $1,000; secretary of state $2,500; attorney-general, $4,000; state treasurer, $3,000; state auditor, $2,500 state examiner and inspector, $3,000; chief mine inspector, $3,000; labor con missioner, $2,000; commissioner of charities and corrections, $1,500; corpora tion commissioners, $4,000 each; superintendent of public instruction, $2,500 the insurance commissioner, $2,500.

SEC. 16. The salary, of the justices of the supreme court of the State sha be $4,000 per annum each, and that of the judges of the district court, $3,000 per annum each, until changed by the legislature.

SEC. 17. The members of the board of agriculture, bank commissioner clerk of the supreme court, and all other State officers, except as herein pro vided, or such as may be created, and all clerks and assistants, shall receive such compensation for their services as may be provided by law.

SEC. 18. Until otherwise provided by law, the terms, duties, powers, qus. ifications, and salary and compensation of all county and township officers not otherwise provided in this constitution, shall be as now provided by the laws of the Territory of Oklahoma for like named officers, and the duties and compensation of the probate judge under such laws shall devolve upon a belong to the judge of the county court: Provided, That the term of office of those elected at the time of the adoption of this constitution, or fire appointed under the provisions of the laws extended in force in the State shall expire on the second Monday of January in the year 1911: And pr vided further, That county attorneys and judges of the county court of the several counties of the State, having a population of more than 20,000 sha⠀ be paid a salary of $2,000 per annum; and of counties having a population of more than 30,000, a salary of $2,500 per annum; and of counties having a population of more than 40,000 a salary of $3,000 per annum; such salaries to be paid in the same manner as is provided by law in force in the Territory of Oklahoma for the payment of salaries to county attorneys.

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SEC. 19. Until, otherwise provided by law, the boards of regents of the University of Oklahoma, of the Agricultural and Mechanical College, of the Normal schools now established, of the University Preparatory School, atd of the Colored Agricultural and Normal and University, shall continue to ho! their offices and exercise the functions thereof until their successors are elected or appointed and qualified.

SEC. 20. The legislature shall provide by general, special, or local law for the equitable division of the property, assets, and liabilities of any county existing in the Territory of Oklahoma between such county and any De

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bounty or counties created in whole or in part out of the territory of such Junty.

SEC. 21. All property, real and personal, and credits, claims, and choses action, belonging to the county of Day at the time of the admission of the tate into the Union, shall be vested in and become the property of the county Ellis: Provided, The legislature shall provide, by general, special, or local w, for the equitable division of the assets of Day County, thus transferred Ellis County, and of the liabilities of Day County, between the counties of oger Mills and Ellis.

SEC. 22. The clerk of the supreme court shall procure a seal and cause ich inscription to be placed thereon as may be prescribed by the supreme urt. Each clerk of the district court shall procure a seal, and, under the rection of the judge of the district court, cause to be inscribed thereon the yle of his office and the name of his county. Each county clerk, county easurer, register of deeds, county surveyor, and county superintendent of tblic instruction, shall procure a seal, and, under the direction of the county dge, cause to be inscribed thereon the style of his office and the name of s county. Said seal shall be sufficient and used for all lawful purposes until herwise provided by law: Provided, That, until any of such officers shall ve procured a seal, the signature of any such officer shall be sufficient for I purposes without a seal.

SEC. 23. When this constitution shall go into effect, the books, records, pers, and proceedings of the probate court in each county, and all causes d matters of administration and guardianship, and other matters pending erein, shall be transferred to the county court of such county, except Day unty, which shall be transferred to the county court of Ellis County, and e county courts of the respective counties shall proceed to final decree or dgment, order, or other termination in the said several matters and causes the said probate court might have done if this constitution had not been -opted. The district court of any county, the successor of the United States urt for the Indian Territory, in each of the counties formed in whole or in rt in the Indian Territory, shall transfer to the county court of such county matters, proceedings, records, books, papers, and documents appertaining all causes or proceedings relating to estates: Provided, That the legislature y provide for the transfer of any of said matters and causes to another unty than herein prescribed.

SEC. 24. Until otherwise provided by law, the seal of the probate courts the counties of the Territory of Oklahoma shall be the seal of the county urts, and in that part of the State heretofore comprising the Indian Terriry and Osage Indian Reservation, and in the new counties created in the rritory of Oklahoma, until the county court shall have procured a proper al, the signature of the county judge shall be sufficient for all purposes thout a seal.

SEC. 25. Any county, city, incorporated town, township, board of educa on, school district, or other municipality, either in the Territory of Oklama or the Indian Territory, that shall owe, at the time of the admission the State into the Union, any indebtedness, evidenced by warrants, scrip. other evidence of indebtedness, is authorized, through the proper officers ereof, to make provision for the payment of, and to pay, such indebtedness, ther by tax levy or by issuing bonds in lieu thereof, in accordance with and ider the provision of the laws extended in force in the State: Provided. That e limitation upon the amount of indebtedness that may be created by any unty, city, incorporated town, township, board of education, school district. other municipality, and upon the amount of taxes that may be levied by y county, city, incorporated town, township, board of education, school disict, or other municipality, under the provisions of this constitution, or of w, shall not apply to the indebtedness, the levying of taxes, and the issuing bonds provided for herein.

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SEC. 26. All cases, civil and criminal, pending, upon the admission of e State into the Union, in the supreme court of the Territory of Oklahoma,

on appeal or writ of error from the district or probate courts of any county or subdivision within the limits of the State, and the papers, records, proceedings, and seal of said court shall be transferred to the supreme court of the State, except as is otherwise provided in the enabling act of Congress. And all cases, civil and criminal, pending, on the admission of the State into the Union, in the United States court of appeals for the Indian Territory. and the papers, records, and proceedings of said court, shall be transferred to the supreme court of the State, except as is otherwise provided by the enabling act of Congress and the amendments thereto.

SEC. 27. All cases, civil and criminal, pending, at the time of the admis sion of the State into the Union, in the district courts of the Territory of Oklahoma, in any county within the district, and the records, papers, and proceedings of said district court, and the seal and other property appertaining thereto, shall be transferred into the district court of the State for such county, except as is provided in the enabling act of Congress, and all cases civil and criminal, pending, at the time of the admission of the State into the Union, in the United States court for the Indian Territory, within the limits of any county created in whole or in part within the limits of what was heretofore the Indian Territory, and all records, papers, and proceedings of said United States courts for the Indian Territory, and the seal and other property appertaining thereto, shall be transferred to the district court of the State for such county, except as is provided in the enabling act of Con gress and the amendments thereto: Provided, That the legislature may pro vide for the transfer of any such cases from one county to another county. SEC. 28. The terms and provisions of an act of Congress, entitled "A act to amend sections 16, 17 and 20, of an act entitled 'An act to enable the people of Oklahoma and Indian Territory to form a constitution and State government and be admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States, and to enable the people of New Mexico and Arizona to for a constitution and State government and be admitted into the Union on al equal footing with the original States,'" are hereby accepted, and the jurisdiction of the cases enumerated therein is hereby assumed by the courts of the State.

SEC. 29. Any person who shall be a qualified elector of any county of judicial district at the time of the election held to ratify this constitution. and who shall, in all other respects, be eligible under the provisions of the constitution, to be elected judge of the district court of such district, shal be eligible to the elected judge of the district court of such district at the first election held for the election of State officers.

SEC. 30. Any person who shall have been a resident of the territory within the limits of the State for a period of one year next preceding the date o which the election for the ratification of the constitution is held, and wh shall otherwise be eligible, under the provisions of this constitution, to be elected to any State office, shall be eligible to be elected to any such State office at the first election held for the election of State officers.

SEC. 31. The assessment of property in the Osage Indian Reservation for the year 1907, by the authorities of Pawnee County, shall be the assessmer! of Osage County for the year 1907, and the proper authorities of Pawe County shall levy a tax on the property of the Osage Indian Reservation fo: the year 1907, as now provided by law, and immediately upon the admission of the State into the Union, the county treasurer of Pawnee County shall turn over to the county treasurer of Osage County the tax books and records of taxes in the Osage Indian Reservation, so made for the year 1907, and the treasurer of Osage County shall proceed and have the authority to receive all such taxes in the Osage Indian Reservation for the year 1907, and such taxes shall be collected and enforced in the manner provided by law. An there shall also be collected, in addition to the tax so levied by the authorities of Pawnee County, a county school tax of 10 mills on the dollar of the assessed valuation. and the same shall be and become the property of sk Osage County: Provided. That, out of the funds so collected, the county tresurer of Osage County shall pay to the county treasurer of Pawnee County

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