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An Act to Provide for the Building and Maintenance of the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina.

December 23, 1889

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1889, Pages 283-284.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That one-half of the Land Scrip fund heretofore vested by Section 1045 of the General Statutes in the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina be, and the same is hereby, vested in the six members of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina elected by the General Assembly; and the State Treasurer is hereby authorized and required to take up and retire the certificate of State stock heretofore issued to the Board of Trustees of the said University in the sum of one hundred and ninety-one thousand eight hundred dollars, according to the provisions of Section 1045 aforesaid, and the State Treasurer is hereby authorized and required on or as soon after the first day of July, A. D. 1890, as this Act shall take effect, to issue a certificate of State stock in the sum of ninety-five thousand nine hundred dollars, bearing interest at the rate of 6 per centum per annum, payable semi-annually, to the six members of the said Board of Trustees of the said Clemson Agricultural College, to be held as a perpetual fund, the capital of which shall forever remain undiminished, the income of said fund to be used by said Board of Trustees for the building and maintenance of the said Clemson Agricultural College in accordance with the purposes for which the said Land Scrip was donated by the Acts of Congress of the United States in relation thereto: Provided, That the State Treasurer shall issue, and he is hereby authorized and required to issue, to the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina a certificate of State stock in the sum of ninety-five thousand nine hundred dollars, bearing interest at the rate of 6 per centum per annum from July 1st, A. D. 1889, payable semi-annually, to be held as a perpetual fund, the capital of which shall forever remain undiminished, the income of said fund to be used by said Board of Trustees for the use and maintenance of the South Carolina Agricultural College and Mechanics Institute, now in operation for the benefit of colored students, as set forth in Section 1046 of the General Statutes.

Sec. 2. That the annual grant of fifteen thousand dollars, commonly known as the Hatch Bill fund, made to the State of South Carolina by the Congress of the United States according to the terms of an Act of Congress entitled "An Act to establish agricultural experiment stations in connection with the colleges established in the several States under the provisions of an Act approved July second, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and of the Act supplementary thereto," approved March 2d, 1887, be, and the same shall be, on or as soon after the first day of November, A. D. 1890, as this Act shall take effect, withdrawn from the control of the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina, in whom it was vested by an Act entitled "An Act to amend Chapter XX of the General Statutes, entitled 'Of the University of South Carolina,'" approved December 22, 1887, and the said grant of fifteen thousand dollars is hereby vested in the six members of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina chosen by the General Assembly, and an agricultural experiment station shall be established in connection with the said Clemson Agricultural College, and under the direction of the Board of Trustees thereof, to be supported by said grant according to the provisions of the Act of Congress hereinbefore mentioned.

Sec. 3. That the sum of fifteen thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated to the building and maintenance of the said Clemson Agricultural College, and shall be paid by the State Treasurer to the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the said Agricultural College upon the order of said Board of Trustees signed by their President and Secretary; such sum to be paid out on the warrant of the Comptroller General as in the case of all other appropriations.

Sec. 4. That ten thousand dollars of the moneys arising from the privilege tax on fertilizers sold or offered for sale in this State collected by the Department of Agriculture during the fiscal year ending October 31st, 1889, and now on hand to the credit of said Department of Agriculture, shall be paid into the State Treasury, and are hereby appropriated to the building and maintenance of the aforesaid Clemson Agricultural College, and shall be paid by the State Treasurer to the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of said Clemson Agricultural College upon the order of said Board of Trustees, signed by their President and Secretary. And fifteen thousand dollars of all moneys arismg from the privilege tax on fertilizers sold or offered for sale in this State which shall hereafter be collected for the fiscal year ending thirty-first day of October, A. D. 1890, by the Department of Agriculture, or those upon whom the duty of collecting said privilege tax may by Act of Assembly be devolved, shall be paid into the State Treasury, and shall be kept on a separate account by the State Treasurer, and are hereby appropriated to the building and maintenance of the said Clemson Agricultural College; and the State Treasurer is hereby authorized and required to pay the same to the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the said Clemson Agricultural College, upon the order of said Board of Trustees, signed by their President and Secretary.

Sec. 5. That the Board of Directors of the State Penitentiary are hereby authorized and required, upon the order of the Board of Trustees of the said Clemson Agricultural College, signed by their President and Secretary, to furnish to said Board of Trustees able-bodied convicts, not to exceed fifty in number at one time, said convicts to be employed by said Board of Trustees in work connected with the erection of the buildings of said Clemson Agricultural College, or in the preparation of the ground and the materials therefor: Provided, That the said Board of Trustees shall defray the expense of the transportation of said convicts to and from the Penitentiary, the expense of medical attention, and the expense of furnishing such convicts with proper food and lodging.

Sec. 6. That the Board of Trustees of the said Clemson Agricultural College are hereby authorized and empowered to procure forthwith from competent architects and contractors plans and estimates of buildings suitable for the purposes of the said Clemson Agricultural College, and to erect said college buildings upon a suitable site on Fort Hill plantation, situate in County of Oconee, and to defray the expenses incident to the erection of college buildings, and to the proper maintenance of said Clemson Agricultural College, out of the funds and moneys hereby, in the preceding Sections of this Act, appropriated and made available, and out of such other funds and moneys as may by the General Assembly be hereafter appropriated and made available, and to do all other things necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act, and the provisions of the Act entitled "An Act to accept the devise and bequest of Thomas G. Clemson, and to establish an agricultural college in connection therewith," approved 27th November, A. D. 1889: Provided, That this Act shall not take effect until the executor of the will of the aforesaid Thomas G. Clemson shall have executed a deed and conveyance of the property so devised to the State: Provided, nevertheless, That of the funds and moneys by the several Sections of this Act appropriated, the sum of three thousand dollars shall, upon the approval of this Act, be immediately paid by the State Treasurer to the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the said Clemson Agricultural College to defray the cost of plans and specifications and estimates of suitable college buildings as aforesaid, said sum to be paid upon the order of the said Board of Trustees, signed by their President and Secretary: Provided, further, That said funds and moneys shall be paid by the State Treasurer to the Treasurer of the said Board of Trustees at such times and in such amounts as shall be determined upon by the said Board of Trustees, the same to be paid on the application of said Board of Trustees on the warrants of the Comptroller General.

Sec. 7. That the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the said Clemson Agricultural College shall also be the Treasurer of said Board, and for the faithful performance of his duties as such Treasurer he shall give to the said Board such bond as shall be determined upon by said Board, said bond to be approved by said Board.

Sec. 8. That the Board of Trustees of the said Clemson Agricultural College shall make an annual report to the General Assembly of this State of their various proceedings during the year next preceding, together with a full and itemized statement of all moneys received and disbursed by them.

Sec. 9. That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Approved December 23d, A.D. 1889.

John P. Richardson, Governor.
William L. Mauldin, President of the Senate and Lt. Governor.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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