The law authorizes any number c persons, not less than'six, to constiuct a railroad in that State. It fixes the gauge, or width between the rails, of all the railroads, at 5 feet 6 inches. It exempts all existing railways from the jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace, from and after the 24th of February. It authorizes any County Court or City Council in the State, to subscribe to any rail way, and to pay their installments by an is sue of bonds, or by special taxation. And they may put in their swamp and overflowed lands, internal improvements and other funds. Any county or city levying a railway tax, are to issue receipts to the tax payers, which are assignable, and convertible into stock of the company to which subscription is made. The law contains many other provisions important to Missouri railway enterprizes.
This article was originally published with the title "Missouri Railway Law"