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An Act to Incorporate the High School of Swain County, Under the Name and Style of the James L. Robinson Institute in Swain County.

1899 Private Laws: Chapter 244

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1899 - Pages 721-723.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do Enact:

Section 1. That L. Lee More, S. B. Gibson, D. Dehart, A. V. Calhoun, John S. Woodard, R. T. Cunningham, A. H. Hayes, E. C. Monteeth, John Enloe, T. P. Sawer, W. T. Conley, E. Everett, D. K. Collins, A. M. Fry, S. B. Allison, their associates and successors, be and they are hereby created a joint stock company, a body politic and corporate, for the purpose of maintaining a school of high grade in the town of Bryson City, North Carolina, Swain County, for the intellectual and moral training of the children and young men and women of the white race, under the name and style of the James L. Robinson Institute, and in that name may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, contract and be contracted with, acquire, hold and convey in their corporate capacity property, real and personal, and exercise all acts in relation thereto or incident to the ownership of real and personal property and for the promotion of education.

Sec. 2. That said trustees shall, if they deem proper, establish a school of law in said institute, and secure the services of some competent instructor to preside over the same, who shall receive as compensation for his services such sum as may be determined upon by said trustees.

Sec. 3. That the members of said corporation shall have perpetual succession, shall elect their officers, and may, if they deem it advisable, have a common seal.

Sec. 4. That the officers of said corporation shall be a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and five directors, three of whom shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and all of whom shall be elected by the stockholders annually.

Sec. 5. That the first meeting for the election of officers shall be held within sixty days from the ratification of this Act, and these shall continue to hold their offices until their successors are elected; and the annual meeting of stockholders shall be on the first Monday in June of each year, unless otherwise ordered by the stockholders.

Sec. 6. That at the first regular meeting of the stockholders they shall have power to make such by-laws not inconsistent with the laws of the state as shall be deemed necessary to promote the object of the corporation, and from time to time to make such charges [changes] as they may deem best.

Sec. 7. That the capital stock of said corporation shall not be less than five thousand nor more than ten thousand dollars and shall be divided into shares of twenty-five dollars each, and to be paid at such times and in such manner as the board of directors may direct.

Sec. 8. That at the meetings of stockholders all questions may be decided by a majority vote, each share being entitled to one vote, and a majority of all the stock shall be represented in person or by proxy, to constitute a legal meeting of stockholders.

Sec. 9. That the president of said corporation, with the advice and consent of the directors, shall have power to call a meeting of the stockholders whenever he may deem it proper.

Sec. 10. That except for building purposes said corporation shall have no power to contract indebtedness exceeding three hundred dollars, nor shall it have power to execute any mortgage or to create other lien than mechanics' and laborers' liens upon its property; and the stockholders shall not be individually liable for any indebtedness of said corporation.

Sec. 11. That the said board of directors shall have power to appoint such teachers as may be necessary in and over said school, and may remove the same for misbehavior, inability or neglect of duty; they shall also have power to make all necessary rules and regulations for the government of said school, not inconsistent with the laws of this state.

Sec. 12. That land held by any of the officers of said corporation for the benefit of said school shall be and the same is hereby exempted from all kinds of public taxation.

Sec. 13. That any license to retail spirituous, vinous or malt liquors at or within three miles of said school shall be void.

Sec. 14. That if any person shall sell, give or carry to any student or students of said institute or school at or within three miles thereof any spirituous or intoxicating liquors, also wines, beers or cordials, by whatsoever name the same may be called, without special permission in writing from the president of said school, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of two hundred dollars, to be recovered in any court of record, one-half to the use of the informant and the other half to the use of said school, and the offender shall furthermore be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof in the superior court of Swain County shall be fined at the discretion of the court.

Sec. 15. All laws or clauses of laws in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.

Sec. 16. This Act shall take effect from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 6th day of March, A.D. 1899.

Daniel L. Russell, Jr., Governor
Charles A. Reynolds, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Henry Groves Connor, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, April 28th, 1899.

I, Cyrus Thompson, Secretary of State, hereby certify that the
foregoing (manuscript) are true copies of the original acts and reso-
lutions on file in this office.

Cyrus Thompson,
Secretary of State.

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