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DIGEST

OF THE

STATUTES OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA.

IMMIGRATION.

NO.

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No.

1 Appointment of Commissioners of Vacancies

8 Immigration,

1 Recovery of penalties. Title.....

1 Commissioners not to make conOffrers of the Commission.

1 tracts with the Commission...... 10 Duties of Commissioners... 1 Actions on bonds.....

11 Masters of vessels to report foreign Care and distribution of property of passengers to the Commissioners deceased immigrants...

12 of Immigration....

2 Statistics to be published. . What report to contain..

2 Commissioners to make contracts, Penalty for non-compliance.

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etc......

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Bonds and commutation...
3 Register of immigrants.

13 Duties of Commissioners with regard

Annual report....

13 to foreigners likely to become a Immigrant depot

14 public charge.... 4 Care of immigrants.

14 Commissioners to provide for for- Annual publication of statistics for eigners becoming public charge.. 5 general information.....

15 Agents and Clerks.. 6 Labor Exchange....

16 Annual report....

7 Homestead and statement of lands.. 17

1869–106.

Commissioners

1. [Sec. 1721.] In order to attract immigration and capital to Louisiana, and to aid in developing her resources, the Governor is hereby authorized and directed, by and with the advice of the Sen- Appointment of ate, to appoint six Commissioners, two of whom shall hold their of Immigration. office for the term of two years, two for four years, and two for six years, and upon the expiration of their several terms of office, their places shall be filled, as aforesaid, for the term of six years. The Governor of this State and the President of the German Society shall, by virtue of their respective offices, be Commissioners as aforesaid. The said Commissioners shall be known as the Commissioners of Immigration,” and by that title shall be capable of suing and being sued. The said Commissioners shall appoint one of their number to act as President of the Board and General Agent of the Commission.

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Commission; all money appropriated for said Commission by the
General Assembly, or received for commutation, as hereafter pro-

vided, shall be paid out on the warrant of said Commissioners, or a Duties of Com- majority of them. It shall be the duty of the said Commissioners

to provide for the maintenance and support of such of the persons
for whom commutation money shall have been paid, as hereinafter
provided, or on whose accounts bonds shall have been taken, as
would otherwise become a charge on any city, town or parish of
this State; and the said Commissioners shall appropriate the moneys
for that purpose in such manner as to indemnify, so far as may be,
the several cities, towns and parishes of the State for any expense
or charge which may be incurred for the maintenance and support
of the persons hereinafter mentioned. And the more fully to effect
the object contemplated by this act, the said Commissioners are
authorized to apply in their discretion any part of the said money
to aid in removing any of said persons from any part of this State
to another part of this or any other State, or from this State, or in
assisting them to procure employment, and thus prevent them from
becoming a public charge.

2. [Sec. 1722.) Within twenty-four hours after the landing of Masters of ves- any passenger or passengers from any ship or vessel arriving at the foreign passen- port of New Orleas, from any of the United States, other than this

State, or from any country out of the United States, the master or
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commander of the ship or vessel, from which such passenger or
passengers shall have been landed, shall make a report in writing,
on oath or affirmation, to the "Commissioners of Immigration," or

to such person as they may designate and appoint as their Agent, What report to which report shall state the name, place of birth, last legal resi

dence, age and occupation of every person or passenger who shall
have landed from such ship or vessel, on her last voyage to said
port, not being a citizen of the United States, and who shall have
within the last twelve months, arrived from any country out of the
United States, at any place within the United States, and who shall
not have paid the commutation money or been bonded according
to the provisions of this act; the same report shall contain a like
statement of all such persons or passengers aforesaid, as shall
have been landed or been suffered to land from any such ship or
vessel, at any place during such last voyage; or who shall have
been put on board, or suffered to go on board of any other ship,
vessel or boat with the intention of proceeding to, and landing at,
the said city of New Orleans, or elsewhere within the limits of this
State. The said report shall further specify whether any of the said

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passengers so reported, are lunatic, idiot, deaf, dumb, blind, infirm, maimed, or above the age of sixty years; also, designating all such passengers as shall be under the age of thirteen, or widows having families, or women, without husbands, having families, with the names and ages of their families; and shall further specify particularly the

names, last place of residence, and ages of all passengers who may have died during said last voyage of such vessel, also the names and residences of the owner or owners of such vessel. In case any such master or commander shall omit or neglect to report as afore- Penalty for non

compliance. said any such person or passenger, with the particulars aforesaid, or shall make any false report or statement in respect to any such person or passenger, or in respect to the owner or owners of any such vessel, or in respect to any of the particulars hereinbefore specified, such master or commander shall forfeit the sum of one bundred dollars for every such passenger, in regard to whom any such omission or neglect shall have occurred, or any such false report or statement shall be made, for which the owner or owners, consignee or consignees of every such ship or vessel, shall also be liable, jointly and severally, and which may be sued for and recoverd as hereinafter provided.

3. [Sec. 1723.] It shall be the duty of the said Commissioners of Immigration or their appointed Agent, by an indorsement to be Bonds and commade on said report, to require the owner or consignee of the ship or vessel from which such persons were landed, to give a several bond to the people of the State in a penalty of three hundred dollars for each and every person or passenger included in said report; such bond being secured, as hereinafter provided, and conditioned to indemnify and save harmless the Commissioners of Immigration, and each and every city, town or parish in this State, from any costs which said Commissioners or such city, town or parish shall incur for the relief or support of the person named in the bond, within five years from the date of such bonds, and also to indemnify and refund, to the said Commissioners of Immigration, any expense or charge they may necessarily incur for the support or medical care of the persons named therein. Each and every bond shall be secured by two or more sufficient securities, being residents of the State of Louisiana, each of whom shall prove by oath or otherwise that he is owner of a freehold, in the State, of the value of three hundred dollars over and above all and any claim or lien thereon or against him, including therein any contingent claim which may accrue from or upon any former bond given under the provisions of this act; or such bond may, at the option of the party, be secured by mortgage

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of real estate, or by pledge and transfer of public stock of the United States or of the State of Louisiana, or of the city of New Orleans, or by deposit of the amount of penalty in some bank or trust company, such security, real or personal, having been first approved by the said Commissioners of Immigration. It shall be lawful for any owner or consignee, at any time within twenty-four hours after the landing of such persons or passengers from any ship or vessel in the port of New Orleans, except as in the section herein provided, to commute for the bond or bonds so required by paying to the Commissioners of Immigration or their appointed Agent the sum of two dollars for each and every passenger reported by him, as by law required; the receipt of such sum by said Commissioner or Agent shall be deemed a full and sufficient discharge from the requirements of giving bonds, as above provided, but no owner or consignee shall be authorized to commute for the bond, so required for any passenger arriving in the port of New Orleans, who may be sent to any hospital from shipboard by the Health Officer, or by the authority of the Board of Health of the city of New Orleans, on account of illness from ship fever, cholera or yellow fever. The Commissioners of Immigration shall have authority to commute specially for any bond in such cases, at such rates and in such manner as shall appear to them equitable and proper. It shall be the duty of the Health Officer to report, without delay, to the Commissioners of Immigration, the names of all passengers sent by his order, during the above mentioned period, from shipboard to any hospital, on account of illness from ship fever, cholera or yellow fever.

4. [Sec. 1724.] It shall be the duty of the Commissioners of Duties of Com. Immigration to examine into the condition of passengers arriving at regard to for

the port of New Orleans in any ship or vessel, and for that purpose eigners likely to become a public all or any of the said Commissioners, or such other person or persons

as they shall appoint, shall be authorized to go on board and through any such ship or vessel, and if on such examination there shall be found among such passengers any lunatic, idiot, deaf, dumb, blind, maimed or infirm person or persons above the age of sixty years, or widow with a child or children, or any woman without a husband and with a child or children, or any person unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge, or who, from sickness or disease existing at the time of departure from the foreign port, are or are likely soon to become a public charge, or if it shall appear from the report of the master or commander of said ship or vessel that any of the class of persons, described in this

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section of this act, as likely to become a public charge, have been brought on the said ship or vessel on her last voyage, thereupon the said Commissioners of Immigration, or their appointed Agent, shall require, in addition to the commutation money, that the owner or consignee or of such ship or vessel, with one or more sufficient sureties, shall execute a joint and several bond to the people of the State, in a penalty of five hundred dollars for every such passenger, conditioned to indemnify and save harmless the Commissioners of Immigration, and each and every city, town or parish within the State, from any further cost or charge, which said Commissioners, or any such city, town, or parish, shall incur for the maintenance or support of the person or persons named in such bond, or any of them, within five years from the date of such bond. The securities to the said bonds shall be required to justify before, and to the satisfaction of, the officer making such indorsement, and by their oath or affirmation, shall satisfy such officer that they are respectively residents of the State of Louisiana, and worth double the amount of the penalty of such bond over and above all debts, liabilities, and all property exempt from execution. The subsequent indorsement, authorized in this section, may be made at any time within thirty days of such examination or of the landing of any such passenger or person. The Commissioners of Immigration shall have authority to commute especially for any bond in such cases at such rates and in such manner as shall appear to them equitable

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5. [Sec. 1725.] In case any of the persons for whom commutation money has been paid, as aforesaid, or for whom a bond has been given, as aforesaid, shall, at any time within five years from the foreigners be

coming public payment of such money, or the execution of such bond, become charge. chargeable upon any city, town or parish within this State, it shall be the duty of the said Commissioners to provide for the payment of any expense incurred by any such city, town or parish for the maintenance and support of any such person out of the commutation money to be paid, as aforesaid, and the money collected on such bonds so far as the same will enable them to do. The said Commissioners shall prescribe such rules and regulations as they shall deem proper for the purpose of ascertaining the right and the amount of the claim of any city, town or parish to indemnity under the provisions of this and the preceding section.

The said Commissioners shall have power to provide for the support and maintenance of any persons for whom commutation money shall have been paid, or on whose account a bond shall have

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