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An Act to Incorporate the Regents of the Orphans' Home of the Presbyterian Church of the State of North Carolina.

1891 Private Laws: Chapter 4

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1891 - Pages 674-675.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That J. Rumple, D. I, Craige, George Chadbourn, William E. McIIwaine, John E. Gates, A. Leazer, W. R. McLelland, G. W. Love, Samuel H. Wiley and George E. Wilson, and their successors in office, are hereby created a body politic and corporate by the name and style of "The Regents of the Orphans' Home," and by that name may have perpetual succession, may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, may have a common seal, and may purchase, take, receive and hold any real or personal property whatsoever, and may sell, transfer, mortgage and convey any such property. But nothing in this section shall authorize the said regents to use or dispose of any property given, bequeathed, devised or conveyed to them contrary to the conditions annexed to such gift, bequest, devise or conveyance.

Sec. 2. That the said regents may establish at or near Barium Springs, in the county of Iredell, a home for the care, control, education, maintenance and support of such indigent orphan children as the regents may desire to provide for, which children shall be received only upon compliance with such rules as the regents may prescribe for their reception. That the regents may make by-laws for the government of the home and for the preservation of good morals therein, and may discharge any child so received in the home whenever, in their opinion, the good of the institution so requires; that any child or children when so received shall be under the care and control of the regents, and anyone who shall take or remove from the home any such child or children without the consent of the regents, or who shall aid or abet in such removal, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by fine or imprisonment or both in the discretion of the court.

Sec. 3. That the regents of the said home shall not exceed ten in number, all of whom shall be elected by the synod of the Presbyterian Church of North Carolina, and the regents shall at all times be amenable to the said synod, and may be removed by such synod at any time for cause; that the regents shall be elected by the said synod under such rules and regulations as the synod may prescribe, and the term of office of each of the regents shall be fixed by the synod.

Sec. 4. That all gifts, grants, purchases, devises or bequests, or the proceeds of such, made to the said regents shall be held by them in trust for the use and benefit of the synod of the Presbyterian Church of North Carolina for the purpose of maintaining the Orphans' Home when the conditions of the gift, grant, bequest or devise does not otherwise forbid.

Sec. 5. That the regents shall elect one of their number president, and out of their number a secretary and treasurer, but nothing herein shall be so construed to prevent the regents from separating the office of secretary and treasurer. They may also elect a superintendent for the home and such other teachers and servants as they may deem necessary for the successful operation of the institution; they shall also fix the salary attached to each officer, but the superintendent, by and with the consent of the regents, may fix the compensation of the servants of the home.

Sec. 6. It shall be unlawful for any person to set up or continue any gaming or billiard table or any device whatever for playing at any game of chance or hazard by whatever name called, or to exhibit any sleight-of-hand, theatrical performance, rope or wire-dancing or other itinerant natural or artificial curiosities, or to make, sell, give or transmit to any inmate of the home, or to anyone connected therewith, or to any person within three miles of the said home, any spirituous or malt liquors without the written permission of the superintendent of the home. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined or imprisoned or both in the discretion of the court.

Sec. 7. That the real estate of the said corporation hereby created shall not exceed in value the sum of three hundred thousand dollars, and the personal property thereof shall not exceed in value the sum of five hundred thousand dollars.

Sec. 8. That the real estate owned by the said corporation, or that may be hereafter acquired by it, not exceeding three hundred thousand dollars in value, including the land upon which the home is erected and that adjacent thereto, shall be exempt from taxation, and that the personal property thereof, including money, not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars in value, shall be exempt from taxation.

Sec. 9. That the regents are authorized, by and with the consent of the Synod of the Presbyterian Church of North Carolina, to change the location of the home at any time.

Sec. 10. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 21st day of January, A.D. 1891.

Daniel G. Fowle, Governor
Thomas M. Holt, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Rufus A. Doughton, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, June 13, 1891.

I, Octavius Coke, Secretary of State, hereby certify that the fore-
going are true copies of the original acts and resolutions on file in
this office.

Octavius Coke,
Secretary of State.

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