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THE CODE OF LAW

FOR THE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, laws,
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ENACTED MARCH 3, 1901; AMENDED BY THE ACTS
APPROVED JANUARY 31 AND JUNE 30, 1902,
AND AMENDED BY FURTHER ACTS
OF CONGRESS TO AND IN-

CLUDING MARCH 4, 1911

RECOMPILED, INDEXED, AND ANNOTATED TO MARCH 4, 1911

BY

WILLIAM F. MEYERS, LL. M.

OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BAR

UNDER SUPERVISION OF

EDWARD H. THOMAS, Esq.
CORPORATION COUNSEL, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

WASHINGTON

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

1911

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Aug. 1, 1902.- Printed for the use of the Senate Committee on the District of Columbia
Jan. 15, 1906.-Recompiled and reprinted for use of the House Committee on the

District of Columbia.
Mar. 4, 1911.-Recompiled, reindexed, and annotated for the use of the Congress of

the United States and the government of the District of Columbia.
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MAY 10 1911

EDITORIAL PREFACE.

This revision of the Code of Law for the District of Columbia was submitted by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia to the House of Representatives for printing May 7, 1909, at the request of the Superintendent of the House Document Room, Mr. Chas. J. Sumner, amended, reindexed, and annotated up to that date, but for some reason unknown it was not printed.

At the request of the Superintendent of Documents of the Government Printing Office it has again been revised, amended, and amplified up to date.

This compilation includes all amendments of the code enacted since its adoption; but a number of important acts of Congress relating to the District of Columbia of general interest but not strictly within the nature of an amendment have been included and appended to various sections and added as an addendum. Some of the latter are only cited in the index by the date of their enactment and the Statutes at Large, etc.

All repealed sections have been headed with the word “repealed," and the Statutes at Large have been quoted, for convenient and quick reference, after every amendment inserted.

The pamphlets referred to are published by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia and may be obtained upon request.

The demands of the compiler's regular official duties have narrowly limited the time and energy available for this work, but it is believed that this revision is practically comprehensive and will, it is hoped, materially facilitate the efforts of those seeking to consult the information it purports to contain.

For the annotations consisting of the decisions of the different courts affecting the various sections and subjects, I am indebted to Edw. H. Thomas, Esq., corporation counsel for the District of Columbia.

If I have furnished the public with a convenient and practical business index, my object has been accomplished.

COMPILER. MARCH 4, 1911.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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Rules for interpretation and construction.

Chapter I. Laws remaining in force....

The judiciary..

Subchapter I. Justices of the peace (municipal court)

Subchapter II. The police court..

Subchapter III. Supreme court the District of Columbia.

Subchapter IV. The court of appeals.

Subchapter V. The Supreme Court of the United States.

Chapter II. Abatement..

Chapter III. Absence for seven years..

Chapter IV. Account.....

Chapter V. Administration...

Subchapter I. Executors, administrators, and collectors.

Subchapter II. Inventory.

Subchapter III. Assets..

Subchapter IV. Sales.

Subchapter V. Suits.

Subchapter VI. Debts..

Subchapter VII. Accounts..

Subchapter VIII. Distribution to next of kin and legatees.

Chapter VI. Adoption of children..

Chapter VII. Aliens....

Chapter VIII. Amendments.

Chapter IX. Apprentices....

Chapter X. Arbitration and award.

Chapter XI. Assignment of choses in action..

Chapter XII. Assignment of insolvent debtors.

Chapter XIII. Attachments...

Chapter XIV. Bonds and undertakings.

Chapter XV. Condemnation of land for public use.

Chapter XVI. Conveyancing...

Subchapter I. Deeds of real property.

Subchapter II. Mortgages and deeds of trust of real property

Subchapter III. Deeds of chattels....

Subchapter IV. Recorder of deeds.

Subchapter V. Forms of conveyancing,

Chapter XVII. Commissioners of deeds and notaries public.

Chapter XVIII. Corporations.....

Subchapter I. Institutions of learning.

Subchapter II. Religious societies...

Subchapter III. Societies, benevolent, educational, etc...

Subchapter IV. Manufacturing, agricultural, mining, mechanical, insur-

ance, mercantile, transportation, market, and savings bank corporations.

Subchapter V. Insurance companies..

Subchapter VI. Cemetery associations.

Subchapter VII. Building associations.

Subchapter VIII. Board of trade...

Subchapter IX. Street railways..

Subchapter X. Savings banks..

Subchapter XI. Trust, loan, mortgage, and certain other corporations.

Subchapter XII. Fraternal beneficial associations.

Subchapter XIII. Existing corporations...

Subchapter XIV. Dissolution of corporations..

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