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ACTS 



RESOLVES 



PASSED BY TFIE 



€mtu\ (^mvi of gHasjiarlmsetts 



IN THE TEAR 



1937 



TOGETHER WITH 



TABLES SHOWING CHANGES IN THE STATUTES, ETC. 



PUBLISHED BT THE 

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH 




BOSTON 

WRIGHT & POTTER PRINTING COMPANY 

1937 



ACTS AND RESOLVES 



OF 



MASSACHUSETTS 
1937 



BP The General Court, which was chosen November 3, 1936, assembled on 
Wednesday, the sixth day of January, 1937, for its first annual session. 

The oaths of office were taken and subscribed by His Excellency Charles F. 
Hurley and His Honor Francis E. Kelly on Thursday, the seventh day of 
January, in the presence of the two Houses assembled in convention. 



ACTS. 



An Act providing for the continuance of the annual Chav. 1 

LISTING OF MALE PERSONS SEVENTY YEARS OF AGE OR 
OLDER NOTWITHSTANDING THEIR EXEMPTION FROM PAY- 
MENT OF POLL TAXES. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend p™ambi"!^ 
to defeat its purpose, it is hereby declared to be an emer- 
gency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the 
pubhc convenience. 

Be it enacted hj the Senate and House of Representatives in 
General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, 
as follows: 

Section 1. The first paragraph of section four of chap- g. l. (Ter. 
ter fifty-one of the General Laws, as most recently amended etc!, 'amended. 
by section one of chapter three hundred and forty-five of 
the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, is hereby fur- 
ther amended by inserting after the word "tax" in the 
tenth fine the words: — , of every male inhabitant of the 
commonwealth seventy years of age or older, residing in 
their respective cities and towns, — so as to read as fol- 
lows : — The assessors, assistant assessors, or one or more of Assessors to 

11 • T T-1 1 • • make lists 

them shall annually in January or l"ebruary, visit every of male persons 
building in their respective cities and towns, and, after dili- ylars^orage^ 
gent inquiry, shall make true lists containing, as nearly as 
they can ascertain, the name, age, occupation, nationality 
if not a citizen of the United States, and residence on Janu- 
ary first in the preceding year and in the current year, of 
every male person twenty years of age or older, residing in 
their respective cities and towns, liable to be assessed for a 
poll tax, of every male inhabitant of the commonwealth 
seventy years of age or older, residing in their respective 
cities and towns, and of soldiers and sailors exempted from 
the payment of a poll tax under section five of chapter 
fifty-nine; and shall also make true lists containing the 
same facts relative to every woman twenty years of age or 
older residing in their respective cities and towns. 

Section 2. Section eight of said chapter fifty-one, as g. l. (Ter. 
most recently amended by section seven of chapter two ^tl! 'amended. 
hundred and fifty-four of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-three, is hereby further amended by inserting after 
the word "if" in the fourth line the words: — a male resi- 
dent seventy years of age or older or, — so as to read as 
follows: — Section 8. If a male resident in a cit}'' or town. Assessment of 
except in one having a listing board, on January first was ^"^^^^^^ ^°^ 



4 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 2, 3. 

previously not Rssessed fop a poll tax, or if a male resident seventy 
years of age or older or an exempted soldier or sailor or a 
woman in such a city or town was not listed under section 
four, such person shall, in order to estabHsh his right to be 
assessed or listed, present to the assessors before the close 
of registration a sworn statement that he was on said day 
a resident of such city or town, and a sworn list of his polls 
and estate. If the assessors are satisfied that such state- 
ment is true, they shall assess or list him, as the case may 
be, and give him a certificate thereof. 

Approved January I4, 1937. 

Chap. 2 An Act placing under the civil service laws the 

OFFICE OF chief OF POLICE OF THE TOWN OF TEWKS- 
BURY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The office of chief of pofice of the town of 
Tewksbury shall, upon the effective date of this act, become 
subject to the civil service laws and rules and regulations 
relating to police officers in towns, and the tenure of office 
of any incumbent thereof shall be unlimited, subject, how- 
ever, to said laws, but the present incumbent of said office 
may continue to serve as such without taking a civil service 
examination. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted to the voters of 
said town at the annual town meeting in the current year 
in the form of the following question which shall be placed 
upon the official ballot to be used for the election of town 
officers at said meeting: — "Shall an act passed by the 
general court in the year nineteen hundred and thirty- 
seven, entitled 'An Act placing under the Civil Service Laws 
the Office of Chief of PoHce of the Town of Tewksbury', be 
accepted?" If a majority of the votes in answer to said 
question are in the affirmative, then this act shall there- 
upon take effect, but not otherwise. 

Approved January 14, 1937. 

Chap. 3 An Act authorizing the trustees of the essex county 
agricultural school to expend a certain sum of 
money toward the completion of an athletic field 
now being constructed thereat as a federal works 
progress administration project. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The trustees of the Essex County Agricultural 
School may expend a sum, not exceeding six thousand dollars, 
toward the completion of an athletic field now being con- 
structed at said school as a federal works progress administra- 
tion project, the said sum to be included in the appropriation 
of the current year for said school. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved January 22, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 4, 5. 



An Act extending the time within which towns may Chap. 4 

APPROPRIATE MONEY FOR TEMPORARY EMERGENCY UNEM- 
PLOYMENT FUNDS. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to Emergency 
defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an i^reambie. 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 
of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The first paragraph of chapter ninety of the acts of nineteen 
hundred and thirty-five is hereby amended by striking out, 
in the second line, the words "and nineteen hundred and 
thirty-six" and inserting in place thereof the words: — to 
nineteen hundred and thirty-eight, inclusive, — so as to 
read as follows: — During the calendar years nineteen 
hundred and thirty-five to nineteen hundred and thirty- 
eight, inclusive, any town may by two thirds vote appropriate 
money to be set apart and administered as a general unem- 
ployment relief fund, for expenditure by or under the direction 
of the boards and officers in charge of town departments, 
subject to the approval of a board of administration consisting 
of such town officers ex officiis as the town shall by its vote 
determine, for the construction, improvement, or repair of 
public ways, public parks, sewerage and water supply sys- 
tems, municipal buildings and other municipal works or 
undertakings, whereby employment may be afforded citizens 
of the town who shall be determined, in such manner as the 
town shall by its vote prescribe, to be in need thereof, or for 
the purchase or hire of materials, supplies and equipment 
and the employment of labor for the furtherance of, or as the 
contribution of the town to, any federal unemployment relief 
project undertaken or to be undertaken within the town. 

Approved January 22, 1937. 



An Act placing under the civil service laws the office QJidy 5 
OF chief of police of the town of medway. ^' 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The office of chief of police of the town of 
Medway shall, upon the effective date of this act, become 
subject to the civil service laws and rules and regulations re- 
lating to police officers in towns, and the tenure of office of 
anj'- incumbent thereof shall be unhmited, subject, however, 
to such laws; provided, that Leo F. Cassidy, the present 
incumbent of said office, may continue to serve therein with- 
out taking a civil service examination. 

Section 2, This act shall be submitted to the voters 
of said town at the annual town meeting in the current year 
in the form of the following question, which shall be placed 
upon the official ballot to be used for the election of town 
officers at said meeting: "Shall an act passed by the General 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 6, 7. 

Court in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, en- 
titled 'An Act placing under the civil service laws the 
office of chief of police of the town of Medway ', be accepted? " 
If a majority of the votes in answer to said question are in the 
affirmative, then this act shall thereupon take effect, but not 
otherwise. Approved January 22, 1937. 



ChCLV. 6 -^N ^^'^ 'TO PERMIT THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE OF THE TOWN OP 
DALTON TO RETIRE WITH AN ANNUAL PENSION WILLIAM M. 
BARTLEY, A SCHOOL JANITOR IN THAT TOWN WHO HAS BE- 
COME PHYSICALLY INCAPACITATED. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The school committee of the town of Dalton, 
having control of janitors employed in the public schools 
of that town, may retire with an annual pension William M. 
Hartley, a janitor of a school in that town who has reached 
the age of sixty after completing a service of more than 
twenty-five years and is physically incapacitated. The pen- 
sion shall be one half the compensation to which the pensioner 
would have been entitled for full employment during the last 
year of his service but not more than seven hundred and fifty 
dollars per year. It shall be payable out of the appropriation 
for the support of the public schools, maintenance of school 
buildings or payment of janitors. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved January 25, 1937. 



ChaV. 7 -^^ ^^"^ PLACING under the CIVIL SERVICE LAWS THE OFFICE 
OF CHIEF OF POLICE OF THE TOWN OF NORTH ANDOVER. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The office of chief of police of the town of 
North Andover shall, upon the effective date of this act, 
become subject to the civil service laws and rules and regula- 
tions relating to police officers in towns, and the tenure of 
office of any incumbent thereof shall be unlimited, subject, 
however, to said laws, but Alfred H. McKee, the present 
incumbent of said office, may continue to serve as such 
without taking a civil service examination. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted to the voters of 
said town at the annual town meeting in the current year 
in the form of the following question, which shall be placed 
upon the official ballot to be used for the election of town 
officers at said meeting: "Shall an act passed by the General 
Court in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, en- 
titled 'An Act placing under the civil service laws the office 
of chief of police of the town of North Andover', be ac- 
cepted?" If a majority of the votes in answer to said ques- 
tion is in the affirmative, then this act shall thereupon take 
effect, but not otherwise. Approved January 27, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 8, 9. 



An Act placing under the civil service laws the office Chap. 

OF CHIEF OF POLICE OF THE TOWN OF HOLLISTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The office of chief of police of the town of 
Holliston shall, upon the effective date of this act, become 
subject to the civil service laws and rules and regulations 
relating to police officers in towns, and the tenure of office 
of any incumbent thereof shall be unlimited, subject, how- 
ever, to said laws, but the present incumbent of said office 
may continue to serve as such without taking a civil serv- 
ice examination. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted to the voters of 
said town at the annual town meeting in the current year 
in the form of the following question, which shall be placed 
upon the official ballot to be used for the election of town 
officers at said meeting: "Shall an act passed by the General 
Court in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, entitled 
'An Act placing under the civil service laws the office of 
chief of police of the town of Holliston', be accepted?" 
If a majority of the votes in answer to said question is in the 
affirmative, then this act shall thereupon take effect, but not 
otherwise. Approved January 27, 1937. 



An Act providing for the filling of vacancies in the Chap. 

BOARD OF aldermen OF THE CITY OF MEDFORD BY THE 
remaining members of said BOARD. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter three hundred and forty-five of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and three is hereby amended by 
striking out section five and inserting in place thereof the 
following: — Section 5. If it shall appear that there is no 
choice of mayor, or if the person elected to that office shall 
refuse to accept or shall die before qualifying, or if a vacancy 
in the office shall occur more than four months previous 
to the expiration of the term of office of a mayor, the board 
of aldermen shall forthwith cause warrants, or orders, to 
be issued for a new election, and the same proceedings shall 
be had in all respects as are hereinbefore provided for the 
election of a mayor; and such proceedings shall be repeated 
until the election of a mayor is completed. In case a vacancy 
in the office of mayor shall occur within the four months 
previous to the expiration of his tei'm of office, the board of 
aldermen may, in its discretion, order a new election to be 
held as aforesaid to fill the vacancy. Any vacancy in the 
board of aldermen shall be filled by election by said board 
by a majority vote of all its members; and the person elected 
to fill such vacancy shall be a resident of the ward from which 
his predecessor was elected and shall have resided therein 
for not less than six months last preceding suqh election. 



8 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 10, 11. 

A person elected hereunder shall, before entering upon the 
duties of the office, take oath before the city clerk faith- 
fully to perform the same. 

Section 2. Chapter one hundred and forty-two of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five is hereby repealed. 

Section 3. Any vacancy in the board of aldermen of the 
city of Medford existing upon the date of passage of this 
act shall be filled as provided in section one thereof, not- 
withstanding that the provisions of said section will not 
otherwise be effective unless said section is accepted in 
accordance with section four. 

Section 4. Section one of this act shall be submitted 
for acceptance to the registered voters of the city of Medford 
at its biennial municipal election in the current year in the 
form of the following question which shall be placed upon 
the official ballot to be used at said election: "Shall section 
one of an act passed by the general court in the year nineteen 
hundred and thirty-seven, entitled 'An Act providing for 
the filling of vacancies in the board of aldermen of the city 
of Medford by the remaining members of said board', be 
accepted?" If a majority of the voters voting thereon vote 
in the affirmative in answer to said question, said section 
shall thereupon take effect, but not otherwise. Sections 
two and three of this act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved January 27, 1937. 

Chap. 10 An Act authorizing the city of boston to pay a certain 

SUM OF MONEY TO MIRIAM L. SHAPIRO OF BOSTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. For the purpose of discharging a moral 
obligation, the city of Boston is hereby authorized to pay 
to Miriam L. Shapiro, of said Boston, the sum of fourteen 
hundred dollars as a refund of the fee paid by said Shapiro 
for a retail package store liquor license, so called, no right, 
power or privilege under said license having been exercised 
by said Shapiro. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its accept- 
ance during the current year by vote of the city council 
of said city, subject to the provisions of its charter. 

Approved February 2, 1937. 

Chap. 11 An Act authorizing special judges of probate and 
insolvency and special justices of district courts, 

WHEN holding COURT, TO WAIVE THE REQUIREMENTS 
OF THE FIVE-DAY MARRIAGE LAW, SO CALLED. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

G. L. (Ter SECTION 1. Section thirty of chapter two hundred and 

ameAded.' ' seven of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary 

Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word 

"court" in the fifth line the following: — , or a special 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 12, 13. 9 

judge of probate and insolvency or special justice of a dis- 
trict court when holding court, — so as to read as follows : — 
Section 30. Upon application by both of the parties to an waiver of 
intended marriage, when both parties are residents of the tiran^age law. 
commonwealth or both parties are non-residents, or upon 
application of the party residing within the commonwealth 
when one of the parties is a resident and the other a non- 
resident, a judge of probate or a justice of a district court, 
or a special judge of probate and insolvency or special jus- 
tice of a district court when holding court, may, after hearing 
such evidence as is presented, grant a certificate stating 
that in his opinion it is expedient that the intended marriage 
be solemnized without delay. Upon presentation of such a 
certificate, or, in extraordinary or emergency cases when 
the death of either party is imminent, upon the authoritative 
request of a minister, clergyman, priest, rabbi or attending 
physician, the clerk or registrar of the town where the notice 
of intention has been filed shall at once issue the certificate 
prescribed in section twenty-eight. 

Section 2. This act shall become operative June first Effective 
in the current year. Approved February 2, 1937. 



An Act placing under the civil service laws the office (JJkit) 12 
of chief of police of the town of northbridge. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The office of chief of poHce of the town of 
Northbridge shall, upon the effective date of this act, become 
subject to the civil service laws and rules and regulations 
relating to police officers in towns, and the tenure of office 
of any incumbent thereof shall be unlimited, subject, how- 
ever, to said laws, but the present incumbent of said office 
may continue to serve as such without taking a civil service 
examination. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
by vote of the inhabitants of said town at any town meeting 
held during the current year. Approved February 2, 1937. 



An Act making certain perfecting changes in the laws Chav 13 

RELATIVE TO REGISTRATION OF EMBALMERS AND FUNERAL 
DIRECTORS. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend Emergency 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be ^^'^^^"^ 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 
of the public health and convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section eighty-seven of chapter one hundred and twelve g. l. (Ter. 
of the General Laws, as appearing in section three of chapter ^tt^'amfnied^' 
four hundred and seven of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-six, is hereby amended by striking out, in the second 



section. 



10 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 14. 

and seventh lines, respectively, the word "eighty-two" and 
inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the word : — 
Penalty eighty-three, — so as to read as follows: — Section 87. Who- 

ever, not being registered as an embalmer under section 
eighty-three or corresponding provisions of earlier laws, shall 
by himself or by his agent or servant, unless such agent or 
servant is so registered, engage in the business of embalming 
dead human bodies, or whoever, not being registered as a 
funeral director under said section eighty-three and licensed 
as a funeral director under section forty-nine of chapter one 
hundred and fourteen, shall engage in the business of funeral 
directing, or shall hold himself out as such, shall, except 
as otherwise provided in section sixty-five, be punished by 
a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or by imprison- 
ment for not more than two months, or both; but sections 
eighty-two to eighty-seven, inclusive, shall not prohibit 
the employment of apprentices or assistants in embalming 
under the personal supervision of a registered embalmer, or 
in funeral directing under the personal supervision of a 
registered and licensed funeral director. 

Approved February 3, 1937. 



Chap. 14 -^N ^^'^ RELATIVE TO THE NUMBER OF PACKAGE STORE 
LICENSES THAT MAY BE ISSUED FOR THE SALE OF ALL 
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN THE CITY OF BOSTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

G. L (Ter SECTION 1. The first paragraph of section seventeen of 

etc., 'amended. ' chapter oue hundred and thirty-eight of the General Laws, 
as most recently amended by chapter two hundred and 
forty-five of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, 
is hereby amended by striking out, in the twenty-first line, 
the word "three" the second time it occurs and inserting 
in place thereof the word : — five, — so as to read as fol- 
Package store jQ^g . — Exccpt as Otherwise provided in this chapter, the 

IIC6IIS6S 

number' of, number of licenses granted by the local licensing authori- 
reguiated. ^.^^ -^ ^^^ ^^^^ ^^ town Under sections twelve and fifteen 
shall not exceed in the aggregate one for each population 
unit of one thousand or fraction thereof; provided, that 
within said aggregate number the licensing authorities may 
grant three licenses under section fifteen in any city or 
town having a population of five thousand or more but not 
exceeding fifteen thousand and may grant not more than 
one license thereunder for each population unit of five 
thousand or fraction thereof in any city or town having a 
population of more than fifteen thousand; and provided, 
further, that the licensing authorities in any town, irre- 
spective of its population, may grant not more than four 
licenses in the aggregate under sections twelve and fifteen, 
but in no such case shall they grant more than three licenses 
under section twelve or more than two hcenses under sec- 
tion fifteen; and provided, further, that in the city of Bos- 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 15. 11 

ton licenses under section twelve may be granted up to a 
total number not exceeding one thousand and licenses under 
section fifteen up to a total number not exceeding three 
hundred and five but no further original licenses under said 
section fifteen shall be granted in said city until the num- 
ber of licenses outstanding thereunder shall have been re- 
duced to less than two hundred and fifty by cancellation or 
revocation or the failure of holders of such licenses to apply 
for renewals, and thereafter licenses thereunder may be 
granted only up to a total not exceeding two hundred and 
fifty; and provided, further, that in any city or town which 
has an increased resident population during the summer 
months, the local licensing authorities may make an esti- 
mate prior to April first in any year of such temporary resi- 
dent population as of July tenth following, a copy of which 
estimate shall be transmitted forthwith to the commission, 
and one additional license under section twelve, to be 
effective from April first to November thirtieth only, may 
be granted for each unit of one thousand or additional frac- 
tion thereof of such population as so estimated, and one 
additional license under section fifteen, to be effective from 
April first to November thirtieth only, may be granted for 
each unit of five thousand or additional fraction thereof of 
such population as so estimated; and provided, further, 
that said authorities may grant in addition and irrespective 
of any limitation of number of licenses contained in this 
section seasonal licenses under section twelve to duly in- 
corporated clubs in their city or town if deemed by them 
to be in the public interest. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. Effective 

Approved February 5, 1937. '^**^- 

An Act relative to vacations for certain municipal (Jjiav. 15 

EMPLOYEES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter forty-one of the General Laws is hereby amended EJ^IJ^^sm 
by striking out section one hundred and eleven, as most etc!, 'amended. ' 
recently amended by chapter two hundred and forty-two 
of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, and inserting 
in place thereof the following section: — Section 111. In vacations 
any town which accepted chapter two hundred and seven- muni^ip^ar 
teen of the acts of nineteen hundred and fourteen or which employees. 
accepts this section in the manner hereinafter provided, all 
persons classified as laborers, or doing the work of laborers, 
regularly employed by such town, shall be granted an an- 
nual vacation of not less than two weeks without loss of 
pay. In any city which accepted said chapter or which 
accepts this section in the manner hereinafter provided, the 
city council may determine that a vacation of two weeks 
without loss of pay shall be granted to every person regu- 
larly employed by such city as a common laborer, skilled 
laborer, mechanic or craftsman. If such vacations are author- 



12 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 16. . 

ized, they shall be granted by the heads of the executive 
departments of the city at such times as in their opinion 
will cause the least interference with the performance of the 
regular work of the city. A person shall be deemed to be 
regularly employed, within the meaning of this section, if 
he has actually worked for the city or town for thirty-two 
weeks in the aggregate during the preceding twelve months, 
notwithstanding that he has ceased, otherwise than by vol- 
untary withdrawal or dismissal for cause in accordance with 
law, to be in the employ of such city or town. Any official 
of a city or town whose duty it is to grant a vacation as 
provided by this section who wilfully refuses to grant the 
same shall be punished by a fine of not more than one 
hundred dollars. The department of labor and industries 
shall enforce this section, and shall have all necessary pow- 
ers therefor. 

If a petition requesting that the question of acceptance 
of this section be submitted to the registered voters of any 
city or town which has not accepted said chapter two hun- 
dred and seventeen, signed by registered voters thereof equal 
in number to at least five per cent of the whole number of 
registered voters thereof, is filed with the city or town clerk 
not less than sixty days before a biennial state election, 
said city or town clerk shall immediately transmit said 
petition to the state secretary, who shall cause to be placed 
upon the ofiicial ballot to be used in said city or town at 
said state election the following question: "Shall section 
one hundred and eleven of chapter forty-one of the General 
Laws, providing for vacations for certain municipal em- 
ployees be accepted?" If a majority of the registered voters 
of such city or town voting thereon shall vote in the affirma- 
tive, said section shall be applicable in such city or town 
from and after the beginning of the next municipal year. 

Approved February 5, 1937. 



Chap. 16 ^^ -^CT AUTHORIZING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BOARD OF 
TRUSTEES TO MANAGE THE LAND OF THE TOWN OF IPSWICH 
AT GREAT NECK IN SAID TOWN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town of Ipswich shall elect by ballot, at 
its annual town election in the year nineteen hundred and 
thirty-eight, three persons to constitute a board of trustees 
for the management of the land owned by the town at Great 
Neck, in said Ipswich. One of such trustees shall hold office 
until the expiration of three years, one until the expiration 
of two years, and one until the expiration of one year, from 
said election; and at each annual town election thereafter 
one such trustee shall be elected by ballot for three years. 
Said board of trustees shall be subject to such instructions, 
rules and regulations as said town may from time to time 
impose by vote. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 17. 13 

Section 2. Pending the election of the board of trustees 
authorized by section one of this act, the board of selectmen 
of said town may appoint three persons to constitute such 
board. Persons appointed under this section shall serve until 
the qualification of their successors elected at the annual town 
election in said town in the year nineteen hundred and thirty- 
eight as provided in said section one, and shall have and 
exercise the same powers and privileges and be subject to the 
same restrictions, rules and regulations as the board referred 
to in said section one. 

Section 3. This act shall be submitted for acceptance to 
the registered voters of the town of Ipswich at the annual 
town meeting in the current year. If a majority of the votes 
cast thereon at said meeting is in the affirmative, this act 
shall take full effect, but not otherwise. 

Approved February 8, 1937. 

An Act establishing in the town of braintree repre- (^/^^jr) 17 

SENTATIVE TOWN GOVERNMENT BY LIMITED TOWN MEET- ^' 

INGS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Part I, 

Section 1. There is hereby established in the town of 
Braintree the form of representative town government by 
limited town meetings hereinafter set forth. 

Section 2. Upon the acceptance of Part I of this act by 
the town of Braintree as hereinafter provided, the selectmen 
shall forthwith divide the territory of said town into not 
less than six nor more than nine voting precincts, each of 
which shall be plainly designated and shall contain not less 
than four hundred registered voters. All precincts shall also 
contain approximately an equal number of registered voters. 
The precincts shall be so established as to consist of compact 
and contiguous territory to be bounded, as far as possible, 
by the center line of known streets and ways or by other well- 
defined limits. Their boundaries shall be reviewed, and, if 
need be, wholly or partly revised, by the selectmen in Decem- 
ber, once in five years, or in December of any year when so 
directed by a vote of a representative town meeting held not 
later than November tw^entieth of that year. 

The selectmen shall, within ten days after any establish- 
ment or revision of the precincts, file a report of their doings 
with the town clerk, the registrars of voters and the assessors, 
with a map or maps or description of the precincts and the 
names and residences of the registered voters therein. The 
selectmen shall also cause to be posted in the town hall a 
map or maps or description of the precincts as established or 
revised from time to time with the names and residences of 
the registered voters therein; and they shall also cause to be 
posted in at least one public place in each precinct a map or 
description of that precinct, mth the names and residences 



14 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 17. 

of the registered voters therein. The division of the town 
into voting precincts and any revision of such precincts shall 
take effect upon the date of the fihng of the report thereof by 
the selectmen with the town clerk. Whenever the precincts 
are estabhshed or revised, the towTi clerk shall forthwith give 
written notice thereof to the state secretary, stating the num- 
ber and designation of the precincts. Meetings of the regis- 
tered voters of the several precincts for elections, for 
primaries, and for voting upon any question to be submitted 
to all the registered voters of the town, shall be held on the 
same day and at the same hour and at such place or places 
within the town as the selectmen shall in the warrant for 
such meeting direct. The provisions of chapters fifty to 
fifty-six, inclusive, of the General Laws relating to precinct 
voting at elections, so far as the same are not inconsistent 
with this act, shall apply to all elections and primaries in the 
town upon the establishment of voting precincts as herein- 
before provided. 

Section 3. Other than the officers designated in the by- 
laws of the town as town meeting members at large, the 
representative town meeting membership shall in each pre- 
cinct consist of the largest number divisible by three which 
will admit of a representation thereof in the approximate 
proportion which the number of registered voters therein 
bears to the total number of registered voters in the town, 
and which will cause the total membership to be as nearly 
two hundred and forty as may be. 

The registered voters in every precinct shall, at the first 
annual town election held after the establishment of such 
precinct, and the registered voters of any precinct affected 
by any revision of precincts shall, at the first annual town 
election following such revision, conformably to the laws 
relative to elections not inconsistent with this act, elect by 
ballot the number of registered voters in the precinct, other 
than the officers designated in the by-laws as town meeting 
members at large, provided for in the first sentence of this 
section, to be town meeting members of the town. The first 
third, in the order of votes received, of members so elected 
shall serve three years, the second third in such order shall 
serve two years, and the remaining third in such order shall 
serve one year, from the day of the annual town meeting; in 
case of a tie vote affecting the division into thirds, as afore- 
said, the members elected from the precinct shall by ballot 
determine the same; and thereafter, except as is otherwise 
provided herein, at each annual town election the registered 
voters of each precinct shall, in like manner, elect, for the 
term of three years, one third of the number of elected town 
meeting members to which such precinct is entitled, and shall 
at such election fill for the unexpired term or terms any 
vacancy or vacancies then existing in the number of elected 
town meeting members in such precinct. 

The terms of ofiice of all elected town meeting members 
from every precinct revised as aforesaid shall cease upon the 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 17. 15 

election as hereinbefore provided of their successors. The 
town clerk shall, after every election of town meeting mem- 
bers, forthwith notify each such member by mail of his 
election. 

Section 4. Any representative town meeting held under 
the provisions of this act, except as otherwise provided herein, 
shall be limited to the town meeting members elected under 
section three, together with such town meeting members at 
large as may be provided for by the by-laws of the town. 

The town clerk shall notify the town meeting members of 
the time and place at which representative town meetings 
are to be held, the notices to be sent by mail at least seven 
days before the meeting. The town meeting members, as 
aforesaid, shall be the judges of the election and qualifica- 
tions of their members. A majority of the town meeting 
members shall constitute a quorum for doing business; but 
a less number may organize temporarily and may adjourn 
from time to time, but no town meeting shall adjourn over 
the date of an election of town meeting members. All town 
meetings shall be public. The town meeting members as such 
shall receive no compensation. Subject to such conditions 
as may be determined from time to time by the members of 
the representative town meeting, any registered voter of the 
town who is not a town meeting member may speak at any 
representative town meeting, but shall not vote. A town 
meeting member may resign by filing a written resignation 
with the town clerk, and such resignation shall take effect on 
the date of such filing. A town meeting member who removes 
from the town shall cease to be a town meeting member, and 
a town meeting member who removes from the precinct from 
which he was elected to another precinct may serve only until 
the next annual town meeting. 

Section 5. Nomination of candidates for town meeting 
members to be elected under this act shall be made by nom- 
ination papers, which shall bear no political designation, shall 
be signed by not less than ten voters of the precinct in which 
the candidate resides, and shall be filed with the town clerk 
at least ten days before the election ; provided, that any town 
meeting member may become a candidate for re-election by 
giving written notice thereof to the town clerk at least thirty 
days before the election. No nomination papers shall be 
valid in respect to any candidate whose written acceptance 
is not thereon or attached thereto when filed. 

Section 6. The articles in the warrant for every town 
meeting, so far as they relate to the election of the moderator, 
town officers and town meeting members, and, as herein 
provided, to referenda, and all matters to be acted upon and 
determined by ballot, shall be so acted upon and determined 
by the registered voters of the town in their respective pre- 
cincts. All other articles in the warrant for any town meeting 
shall be acted upon and determined exclusively by town 
meeting members at a meeting to be held at such time and 
place as shall be set forth by the selectmen in the warrant 



16 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 17. 

for the meeting, subject to the referendum provided for by 
section nine. 

Section 7. A moderator shall be elected by ballot at each 
annual town meeting, and shall serve as moderator of all 
town meetings, except as otherwise provided bj'" law, until a 
successor is elected and qualified. Nominations for and elec- 
tion of a moderator shall be as in the case of other elective 
town officers, and any vacancy in the office may be filled by 
the town meeting members at a meeting held for that pur- 
pose. If a moderator is absent, a moderator pro tempore may 
be elected by the town meeting members. 

Section 8. Any vacancy in the full number of town 
meeting members from any precinct, whether arising from a 
failure of the registered voters thereof to elect, or from any 
other cause, may be filled, until the next annual election, by 
the remaining members of the precinct from among the regis- 
tered voters thereof. Upon petition therefor, signed by not 
less than ten town meeting members from the precinct, notice 
of any vacancy shall promptly be given by the town clerk to 
the remaining members from the precinct in which the 
vacancy or vacancies exist, and he shall call a special meeting 
of such members for the purpose of filHng such vacancy or 
vacancies. He shall cause to be mailed to every such mem- 
ber, not less than five days before the time set for the meet- 
ing, a notice specifying the object, time and place of the 
meeting. At the said meeting a majority of the members 
from such precinct shall constitute a quorum, and they shall 
elect from their own number a chairman and a clerk. The 
choice to fill any vacancy shall be by ballot, and a majority 
of the votes cast shall be required for a choice. The chairman 
and clerk shall count the ballots and shall make a certificate 
of the choice and forthwith file the same with the town clerk, 
together with a written acceptance by the member or mem- 
bers so chosen, who shall thereupon be deemed elected and 
qualified as a town meeting member or members, subject to 
the right of all the town meeting members to judge of the 
election and qualifications of the members as set forth in 
section four. 

Section 9. A vote passed by any representative town 
meeting authorizing the expenditure of twenty thousand 
dollars or more as a special appropriation, or establishing a 
new board or office or abolishing an old board or office or 
merging two or more boards or offices, or fixing the term of 
office of town officers, where such term is optional, or increas- 
ing or reducing the number of members of a board, or adopt- 
ing a new by-law, or amending an existing by-law, shall not 
be operative until after the expiration of five days, exclusive 
of Sundays and holidays, from the dissolution of the meeting. 
If, within said five days, a petition, signed by not less than 
five hundred registered voters of the town, containing their 
names and addresses as they appear on the list of registered 
voters, is filed with the selectmen asking that the question 
or questions involved in such a vote be submitted to the 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 17. 17 

registered voters of the town at large, then the selectmen, 
after the expiration of five daj-^s, shall forthwith call a special 
meeting for the sole purpose of presenting to the registered 
voters at large the question or questions so involved. The 
polls shall be opened at two o'clock in the afternoon and shall 
be closed not earher than eight o'clock in the evening, and 
all votes upon any questions so submitted shall be taken by 
ballot, and the check list shall be used in the several precinct 
meetings in the same manner as in the election of town offi- 
cers. The questions so submitted shall be determined by a 
majority vote of the registered voters of the town voting 
thereon, but no action of the representative town meeting 
shall be reversed unless at least twenty per cent of the total 
number of registered voters shall vote for such reversal. Each 
question so submitted shall be in the form of the following 
question, which shall be placed upon the official ballot: — 
"Shall the town vote to approve the action of the represent- 
ative town meeting whereby it was voted (brief description 
of the substance of the vote)?" If such a petition is not filed 
within said period of five days, the vote of the representative 
town meeting shall become operative and effective upon the 
expiration of said period. 

Section 10. The town, after the acceptance of Part I of 
this act, shall have the capacity to act through and to be 
bound by its town meeting members, who shall, when con- 
vened from time to time as herein provided, constitute repre- 
sentative town meetings; and the representative town meet- 
ings shall exercise exclusively, so far as will conform to the 
provisions of this act, all powers vested in the municipal cor- 
poration. Action in conformity with all provisions of law 
now or hereafter applicable to the transaction of town affairs 
in town meetings, shall, when taken by any representative 
town meeting in accordance with the provisions of this act, 
have the same force and effect as if such action had been 
taken in a town meeting open to all the voters of the town as 
organized and conducted before the estabhshment in said 
town of representative town meeting government. 

Section 11. This act shall not abridge the right of the 
inhabitants of said town to hold general meetings, as secured 
to them by the constitution of this commonwealth; nor shall 
this act confer upon any representative town meeting in said 
town the power finally to commit the town to any measure 
affecting its municipal existence or substantially changing its 
form of government without action thereon by the voters of 
the town at large, using the ballot and the check list therefor. 

Section 12. Part I of this act shall be submitted to the 
registered voters of the town of Braintree for acceptance at 
its annual town election in the year nineteen hundred and 
thirty-seven; and the selectmen of said town are hereby 
directed to insert in the regular warrant for such election an 
appropriate article relative to the matter to be acted on as 
aforesaid. The vote shall be taken by ballot in accordance 
with the provisions of the General Laws, so far as the same 



18 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 18, 19. 

may be applicable, in answer to the question which shall be 
placed upon the official ballot to be used in the several pre- 
cincts for the election of town officers at said election : — 
"Shall Part I of an act passed by the general court in the year 
nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, entitled 'An Act estab- 
Hshing in the town of Braintree representative town govern- 
ment by hniited town meetings', be accepted by this town?" 
If accepted by a majority of the voters voting thereon, Part 
I of this act shall thereupon take effect for all purposes inci- 
dental to the annual town election in said town in the year 
nineteen hundred and thirty-eight, and shall take full effect 
beginning with said election. 

Section 13. If Part I of this act is rejected by the regis- 
tered voters of the town of Braintree when submitted to said 
voters under section twelve it may be submitted for accept- 
ance in hke manner to such voters at any annual town elec- 
tion in said town not later than the annual town election in 
the year nineteen hundred and forty, and, if accepted by a 
majority of the voters voting thereon at such an election, 
shall thereupon take effect for all purposes incidental to the 
next annual town election in said town and shall take full 
effect beginning with said election. 

Part II. 

Section 14. Chapter fifty-six of the acts of nineteen 
hundred and thirty-six is hereby repealed and said repeal 
shall take effect upon the passage of this act. 

Approved February 8, 1987. 



Chap. 18 An Act authorizing towns in barnstable county to 

APPROPRIATE MONEY FOR STOCKING INLAND WATERS IN 
SUCH TOWNS WITH FISH AND FOR LIBERATING GAME 
THEREIN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Any town in Barnstable county may annu- 
ally appropriate a sum, not exceeding five hundred dollars, 
for the purpose of stocking ponds and other inland waters 
located within its limits with fish and of liberating game 
within said limits and to meet necessary expenses incidental 
thereto, including the feeding of game so liberated. Two or 
more of said towns bordering upon the same pond or other 
inland waters may join in stocking the same hereunder. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved February 11, 1937. 



Chap. 19 An Act designating a certain highway as the grand 

ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC HIGHWAY. 

^rTambk''^ Whcrcas, It is fitting and proper that the veterans of the 

civil war should be given further recognition for their valiant 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 20. 19 

services in the war of the rebelhon from eighteen hundred 
and sixty-one to eighteen hundred and sixty-five; therefore, 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

Section 1. That portion of the highway known as 
"U. S. Route 6" which begins in the town of Provincetown 
and extends to the boundary hne between tliis common- 
wealth and the state of Rhode Island shall hereafter be 
designated and known as the Grand Army of the Republic 
Highway. The department of public works is hereby author- 
ized and directed to erect along said portion of said high- 
way suitable markers bearing said designation. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved February 12, 1937. 



An Act requiring all subordinate officers of the state Chav. 20 

FARM TO TAKE AND SUBSCRIBE TO CERTAIN OATHS OF 
OFFICE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter one hundred and twenty-five of g- l. (Ter. 
the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section amended.' • ' 
ten, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting 
in place thereof the following: — Section 10. All subordi- Oathsofsub- 
nate officers of the state prison, state prison colony, Massa- of state^'f arm,"^ 
chusetts reformatory, state farm or reformatory for women, ^""""^ °^- 
before entering upon the performance of their official duties, 
shall take and subscribe the following oaths: 

I, A. B., do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance 
to the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and will support the consti- 
tution thereof. So help me, God. 

I, A. B., do solemnly swear that I will obey the lawful orders of all 
my superior officers. So help me, God. 

I, A. B., do solemnly swear and affirm that I will faithfully and 
impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me in 
the office to which I have been appointed, according to the best of my 
abilities and understanding, agreeably to the rules and regulations of 
the constitution, the laws of the commonwealth and the rules pro- 
vided in accordance with law for the government of the state prison 
(state prison colony, Massachusetts reformatory, state farm or reform- 
atory for women). So help me, God. 

The oaths may be administered by "any officer authorized 
by law to administer oaths, and a record thereof shall be in 
the possession of the warden or superintendent. 

Section 2. Each person holding office, on the effective present officers 
date of this act, as a subordinate officer of the state farm [ake'oa*th° 
shall, within fifteen days after said date, take and subscribe 
the oaths specified in section ten of said chapter one hun- 
dred and twenty-five. Approved February 12, 1937. 



20 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 21, 22. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 51, § 61, 
amended. 



Returns of 
registered 
voters, etc. 



Chap. 21 ^^ ^^'^ RELATIVE TO RETURNS TO THE SECRETARY OF THE 
COMMONWEALTH AND TO THE GENERAL COURT OF THE 
NUMBER OF ASSESSED POLLS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section sixty-one of chapter fifty-one of the 
General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is 
hereby amended by striking out, in the third Hne, the words 
"the number of assessed polls,", — so as to read as follows: 
— Section 61. They shall forthwith, after the final day for 
registration before a biennial state or regular city or town 
election, certify to the state secretary the number of regis- 
tered voters in the city or town, and in each ward and pre- 
cinct therein, and the number of persons entitled to vote for 
a part only of the whole number of officers to be chosen at a 
state election in such city or town and in each ward and 
precinct therein, with the titles of the officers for whom such 
persons are entitled to vote. 

In cities where the city clerk is not a member of the board 
of registrars, the registrars shall likewise, after the last day 
for registration for a city election, certify to the city clerk 
the number of registered voters in the city, and in each ward 
and voting precinct therein. 

Section 2. Section one hundred and thirtj'^-three of 
chapter fifty-four of the Genei-al Laws, as so appearing, is 
hereby amended by striking out, in the second line, the 
words "the number of assessed polls and", — so as to read 
as follows: — Section 183. The state secretary shall before 
Februaiy first of each year report to the general court the 
number of registered voters in each city and town at the 
date of the last preceding state, and city or town election, 
as the case may be, and the total number of persons who 
voted at each such election in every city and town, and in 
every voting precinct therein, and, in the year following a 
state election, the number of votes received by each candi- 
date for nomination and for election for a state office, and 
for election for a state committee, arranged by cities, towns 
and districts, and a concise statement of other matters relat- 
ing to elections, with such suggestions as he deems advisable. 

Approved February 12, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 54, § 133, 
amended. 



Report of 
registered 
voters to the 
general court. 



Chart. 22 -^^ ^^t requiring the printing on official ballots of 
addresses of candidates for delegates to political 
conventions. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 53, § 34, 
etc., amended. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section thirty-four of chapter fifty-three of the General 
Laws, as amended by section seven of chapter three hun- 
dred and ten of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-two, 
is herebj^ further amended by striking out the fourth para- 
graph and inserting in place thereof the following: — 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 23, 24. 21 

Against the name of a candidate for an elective office, for Acuiresaes of 
delegate or alternate delegate to a state or national conven- ria'tM"to''be''"' 
tion, for a ward or town committee, or for a member of a "[i^'V/"}, 
state committee, shall be printed the street and number, if ° "^ 
any, of his residence, Apyroved February 12, 1937. 



An Act BRfNGiNG into conformity with federal law fLr,^ o*^ 

THE provisions RELATIVE TO MEETINGS OF PRESIDENTIAL ^ * 

ELECTORS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section one hundred and thirty-eight of EdV' ^)T%' i38 
chapter fifty-four of the General Laws, as appearing in the amemied. 
Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, 
in the eighth line, the words "first Wednesday in Januaiy" 
and inserting in place thereof the words : — date fixed un- 
der federal law, — so that the last paragraph will read as 
follows: — 

If the whole number of electors has not been chosen Prosidontiai 
when the electors meet on the date fixed under federal law, f.'.yr*''!;?^ „<„ 
or if an elector has died or is then absent, the electors present 
shall forthwith choose electors from the citizens of the com- 
monwealth to complete the full number. 

Section 2. Section one hundred and forty-eight of said S,^" iT^'^i.c 
chapter fifty-four, as so appearing, is hereby amended by amended, 
striking out, in the second line, the words "first Wednesday 
in January" and inserting in place thereof the words: — 
date fixed by federal law, — so as to read as follows : — 
Section 14S. The persons chosen as presidential electors organization 
shall meet at the state house on the date fixed by federal "^ceti^s- etc. 
law next following their election at three o'clock in the 
afternoon and organize by the choice of a presiding officer 
and secretary. The state secretary shall call the meeting to 
order, call the roll of electors, and preside until a presiding 
officer shall be chosen. The secretary of the electors shall 
keep a journal of their proceedings and deposit the same in 
the office of the state secretary, where it shall be recorded 
and filed. A'p'proved February 12, 1937. 

An Act establishing the date for filing with the rhnr* 94 
secretary of the commonwealth certain returns ^ ' 
relative to delegates to political conventions and 
to members of political committees and relative to 
other matters preliminary to party primaries. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section nine of chapter fifty-two of the Gen- c. y,. (Tor. 
eral Laws, as amended by section three of chapter three !'i'l^'J?"ij.2;i 

1 111 ci (•• iiii- etc., amenuea. 

hundred and ten of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
two, is hereby further amended by striking out, in the 
eleventh line, the word "March" and inserting in place 
thereof the word : — February, — so as to read as follows : 



22 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 24. 



State com- 
mittees, 
number of 
members of. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 53, § 42, 
etc., amended. 



Primaries to 
be held by 
wards, etc., 
notice of. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 53, § 54, 
etc., amended. 



State con- 
ventions of 
political 
parties. 



— Section 9. The state committee shall fix the number of 
district delegates and the number of district alternate dele- 
gates, not less than one from each congressional district, 
and the number of delegates and alternate delegates at large, 
to the national convention. City and town committees shall 
fix the number of members of ward and town committees, 
not less than three for each ward or town. Notice of the 
number of delegates and members of committees to be 
elected shall be given by the state, city or town committee, 
as the case may be, to the state secretaiy on or before 
February first. In case a city or town committee fails to 
fix the number of the members of a ward or town committee 
and to give notice thereof as aforesaid to the state secretary, 
the number of members of such a ward or town committee 
to be elected shall not exceed ten. 

Section 2. Section forty-two of chapter fifty-three of 
the General Laws, as amended by section ten of said chapter 
three hundred and ten, is hereby further amended by strik- 
ing out, in the fifth line, the word "March" and inserting in 
place thereof the word : — February, — so as to read as fol- 
lows : — Section 1^.2. In cities or towns where the aldermen 
or selectmen determine the question of holding primaries 
by wards, precincts, or groups of precincts, they shall give 
notice of their determination to the state secretary on or 
before February first; except that in case of primaries be- 
fore special elections they shall give such notice at least 
fourteen days before the primaries. 

Section 3. Section fifty-four of said chapter fifty- three, 
as most recently amended by section one of chapter eleven 
of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby 
further amended by striking out, in the twenty-sixth line, 
the word "March" and inserting in place thereof the word: 

— February, — so as to read as follows: — Section 5J^. A 
political party shall, upon the call of its state committee, 
but not later than June thirtieth, in a year in which a bi- 
ennial state election is held, hold a state convention for the 
purpose of adopting a platform, electing such number of 
members at large of the state committee as may be fixed by 
the convention, nominating presidential electors and en- 
dorsing for nomination candidates for offices to be filled by 
all the voters of the commonwealth, to be voted for at the 
ensuing state primary, and for such other purposes consistent 
with law as the convention may determine. Such conven- 
tion shall consist of the delegates elected at the party pri- 
mary as hereinbefore provided. The number of delegates 
shall be one from each ward and town and one additional 
for every fifteen hundred votes, or major fraction thereof, 
above the first fifteen hundred votes cast at the preceding 
biennial state election in such ward or town for the political 
party candidate for governor. At the second party primary 
following the redivision of a city into wards under the pro- 
visions of section one of chapter fifty-four there shall be 
elected one delegate from each ward as established by such 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 25. 23 

redivision and such additional delegates, if any, from such 
city as would be elected from the wards thereof if no such 
redivision had been made. The state committee shall ap- 
portion the number of said additional delegates by wards 
and notify the state secretary of such apportionment on 
or before February first preceding said party primary. In 
case of a vacancy occurring for any reason except a tie vote 
such vacancy shall not be filled. Nothing herein contained 
shall affect or diminish the operation of the laws relating to 
state primaries contained in sections forty-one to fifty-three 
A, inclusive. Approved February 12, 1937. 



An Act advancing the time for filing nomination Chav. 25 

PAPERS FOR certification IN CERTAIN CASES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section seven of chapter fifty-three of the g l. (Ter. 
General Laws, as most recently amended by section one of ftc'^ 'amended. 
chapter four of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, 
is hereby further amended by striking out the third sentence 
and inserting in place thereof the following : — Every nomi- Nomination 
nation paper of a candidate for a state office and, except Cfmi^ng. 
where otherwise provided by law, of a candidate for a city 
or town office, shall be submitted, on or before five o'clock 
in the afternoon of the seventh day preceding the day on 
which it must be filed, to the registrars of the city or town 
where the signers appear to be voters. 

Section 2. Said chapter fifty-three is hereby further q. l. (Ter. 
amended by striking out section forty-six, as most recently ^tc.'! 'amended.' 
amended by section two of said chapter four, and inserting 
in place thereof the following : — Section 4^. Every nomi- Certification, 
nation paper shall be submitted, on or before five o'clock 
in the afternoon of the seventh day preceding the day on 
which it must be filed, to the registrars of the city or town 
in which the signers appear to be voters, who shall check 
each name to be certified by them on the nomination paper 
and shall forthwith certify thereon the number of signatures 
so checked which are names of voters both in the city or 
town and in the district for which the nomination is made, 
and who are not enrolled in any other party than that 
whose nomination the candidate seeks, and only names so 
checked shall be deemed to be names of qualified voters for 
the purposes of nomination. 

The provisions of section seven relative to the number of 
names to be certified and received, and to names not certi- 
fied in the first instance, shall apply to such papers. For 
the purpose of certifying to the names on primary nomina- 
tion papers the registrars shall hold meetings on the four 
Tuesdays next preceding the date on which such papers are 
required to be filed with the state secretary', except that for 
primaries before special elections the meetings shall be held 
on the two Tuesdays next preceding such date. 



24 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 26, 27. 



No person shall be a candidate for nomination for more 
than one office; but this shall not apply to candidates for 
membership in political committees or delegations to the 
state convention. Approved February 12, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.). 53, § 13, 
etc., amended. 



Chap. 26 ^'^ ■^^'^ RELATIVE TO LIMITING THE TIME FOR RECEIVING 
WITHDRAWALS OF CANDIDATES FOR ELECTIVE PUBLIC 
OFFICE, 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section thirteen of chapter fifty-three of the General 
Laws, as amended by section four of chapter three hundred 
and thirteen of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three, 
is hereby further amended by inserting after the word 
"papers" in the sixth line, as appearing in the Tercentenary 
Edition, the words: — and no such requests for withdrawals 
shall be received after such time has expired, — so as to 
read as follows: — Section 13. A person nominated as a 
candidate for any state, city or town office may withdraw 
his name from nomination by a request signed and duly 
acknowledged by him, and filed with the officer with whom 
the nomination was filed, within the time prescribed by 
section eleven for filing objections to certificates of nomina- 
tion and nomination papers and no such requests for with- 
drawals shall be received after such time has expired. This 
section shall be in force in any city which accepts section 
one hundred and three A of chapter fifty-four, any special 
provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Approved February 12, 1937. 



Withdrawal 
of names of 
candidates. 



Chap. 27 An Act relative to the appointment of temporary 

ADDITIONAL ELECTION OFFICERS IN CITIES. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 54, § 11, 
etc., amended. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section eleven of chapter fifty-four of the General Laws, 
as most recently amended by section one of chapter one 
hundred and fifty-eight of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-four, is hereby further amended by adding after the 
word "following" in the sixteenth line the following new 
sentence: — After said September first, the mayor, with the 
approval of the aldermen, may, from time to time, appoint 
temporary additional inspectors to count and tabulate the 
votes, — and by striking out, in the seventeenth line, the 
words "Such appointment" and inserting in place thereof 
the words : — Any appointment made under authority of 
this section, — so as to read as follows: — Section 11. The 
appointment of. mayor of cvcry city, except where city charters provide 
otherwise and except as provided in section eleven A, shall 
annually not earlier than June fifteenth nor later than Au- 
gust fifteenth appoint as election officers for each voting 
precinct, one warden, one deputy warden, one clerk, one 
deputy clerk, four inspectors and four deputy inspectors, 



Election officers 
in cities 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 28, 29. 25 

who shall, at the time of their appointment, be enrolled 
voters in the ward of which such precinct forms a part. 
He may, in hke manner, appoint two inspectors and two 
deputy inspectors in addition, and such additional inspectors 
to count and tabulate the votes as he may deem necessary. 
Every such appointment shall be filed in the office of the 
city clerk of such city within forty-eight hours after it is 
made, and shall be acted on by the aldermen not less than 
three days after the filing of such appointment and on or 
before September first following. After said September 
first, the mayor, with the approval of the aldermen, may, 
from time to time, appoint temporary additional inspectors 
to count and tabulate the votes. Any appointment made 
under authority of this section shall be open to public 
inspection. Approved February 12, 1937. 



An Act to authorize the county treasurer of essex (Jhav. 28 

COUNTY TO MAKE A CHARGE AGAINST AN APPROPRIATION 
FOR SAID COUNTY FOR THE CURRENT YEAR. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The county treasurer of Essex county is hereby author- 
ized to charge to the appropriation for criminal costs in the 
superior court made for said county for the current year 
the sum of three hundred and fourteen dollars and sixty-two 
cents, being the difference between the amount advanced 
on July seventeenth, nineteen hundred and thirty-four, from 
the funds of said county for expenses to be incurred in ac- 
cordance with the provisions of section twenty-five of chap- 
ter twelve of the General Laws and the amount of approved 
vouchers and cash representing such advance returned to 
said county treasurer on October eighteenth, nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-four. Approved February 12, 1937. 

An Act making further provisions relative to the con- Chav 29 

STRUCTION AND LEASING BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF A FISH 
AND COMMERCIAL PIER IN GLOUCESTER HARBOR. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to Emergency 
defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an preamble, 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of 
the pubhc convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section three of chapter three hundred and 
eleven of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-one, as 
amended by section three of chapter three hundred and three 
of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby 
further amended by inserting after the word "forty-nine" 
in the seventeenth line the following: — Said lessee corpora- 
tion, if not the city of Gloucester, shall be a corporation 
organized for the purpose of administering said pier and its 



26 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 29. 

facilities without profit and in such manner that said pier and 
its facihties shall be available, to the extent of their capacity, 
to fishermen, fish dealers and the fishing industry generally, 
subject to such reasonable regulations under the lease as the 
corporation may deem necessary or desirable for the purpose, 
and to the right of the corporation from time to time to sub- 
lease or hcense the use of portions of such pier or its facili- 
ties, or structures on such pier, to persons engaged in the 
fishing industry or business incidental thereto in such manner 
as will, in the judgment of the corporation, best and most 
equitably promote the purposes of this chapter; and the 
members of the corporation shall be the members of the mu- 
nicipal council, the city treasurer and city auditor of the city 
of Gloucester from time to time in office. The city of Glouces- 
ter may be the lessee of said pier and buildings, which in such 
case shall be administered by the municipal council of said 
city or by a commission appointed by it, — so as to read as 
follows : — Section 3. No work authorized by section one 
shall be done unless prior to June first, nineteen hundred and 
thirty-seven, the city of Gloucester shall effect the transfer 
to the commonwealth of property authorized to be acquired 
by the preceding section, and shall agree to lay out, construct 
and maintain at its own expense a pubUc way, suitable for 
heavy trucking, and extending from the site of the proposed 
pier to an existing public way which is a main artery of travel; 
nor unless prior to said date a corporation incorporated under 
the laws of the commonwealth, hereinafter called the lessee, 
the financial responsibility of which is satisfactory to the 
commissioner of corporations and taxation, shall execute a 
lease of said pier together with the buildings thereon, for a 
term beginning on the date of the completion by the depart- 
ment of the work authorized by section one and ending 
September thirtieth, nineteen hundred and forty-nine. Said 
lessee corporation, if not the city of Gloucester, shall be a 
corporation organized for the purpose of administering said 
pier and its facihties without profit and in such manner that 
said pier and its facilities shall be available, to the extent of 
their capacity, to fishermen, fish dealers and the fishing in- 
dustry generally, subject to such reasonable regulations under 
the lease as the corporation may deem necessary or desirable 
for the purpose, and to the right of the corporation from time 
to time to sublease or license the use of portions of such pier 
or its facilities, or structures on such pier, to persons engaged 
in the fishing industry or business incidental thereto in such 
manner as will, in the judgment of the corporation, best and 
most equitably promote the purposes of this chapter; and 
the members of the corporation shall be the members of the 
municipal council, the city treasurer and city auditor of the 
city of Gloucester from time to time in office. The city of 
Gloucester may be the lessee of said pier and buildings, which 
in such case shall be administered by the municipal council 
of said city or by a commission appointed by it. Said lease 
shall provide that the lessee shall pay to the commonwealth 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 30, 31. 27 

a rental not less than twenty thousand dollars a year, and 
shall be subject to such provisions and conditions as may be 
agreed upon by the department and the lessee. 

Section 2. Section one of said chapter three hundred and 
eleven, as amended by section one of said chapter three hun- 
dred and three, is hereby further amended by adding at the 
end thereof the following new sentence : — For the purpose 
of carrying out the provisions of this section, the department 
may accept any grant of federal funds and may use the same 
in addition to the amount made available therefor under 
section five. Approved February 15, 1937. 

An Act to authorize the placing of the office of chief QJiq'T) qq 
OF police and the positions of members of the regu- 

LAR OR permanent POLICE FORCE OF THE TOWN OF WEST- 
WOOD UNDER THE CIVIL SERVICE LAWS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The office of chief of police and the positions 
of members of the regular or permanent police force of the 
town of Westwood shall, upon the effective date of this act, 
become subject to the civil service laws and rules and regu- 
lations relating to police officers in towns, and the tenure of 
office of any chief of police or any member of such police 
force shall be unlimited, subject, however, to said laws, but 
the chief of police and the members of the regular or per- 
manent police force of said town on said effective date may 
continue to serve as such without taking a civil service 
examination. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted for acceptance 
to the voters of said town at the annual town meeting in the 
current year in the form of the following question which shall 
be placed upon the official ballot to be used for the election 
of town officers at said meeting: "Shall an act passed by the 
general court in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, 
entitled, 'An Act to authorize the placing of the office of 
chief of police and the positions of members of the regular or 
permanent police force of the town of Westwood under the 
civil service laws', be accepted?" If a majority of the votes 
in answer to said question is in the affirmative, then this act 
shall thereupon take effect, but not otherwise. 

Approved February 15, 1987. 

An Act to authorize the placing of the office of chief fhn^ 31 

OF police of the town of MEDFIELD under the CIVIL ^' 

SERVICE laws. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The office of chief of police of the town of 
Medfield shall, upon effective date of this act, become subject 
to the civil service laws and rules and regulations relating to 
pohce officers in towns, and the tenure of office of any incum- 



28 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 32, 33. 

bent thereof shall be unlimited, subject, however, to such 
laws; provided, that the present incumbent of said office 
may continue to serve as such without taking a civil service 
examination. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted to the voters of 
said town at the annual town meeting in the current year in 
the form of the following question, which shall be placed upon 
the official ballot to be used for the election of town officers 
at said meeting: "Shall an act passed by the General Court 
in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven entitled 'An 
Act to authorize the placing of the office of chief of poHce of 
the town of Medfield under the civil service laws', be ac- 
cepted?" If a majority of the votes in answer to said ques- 
tion are in the affirmative, then this act shall thereupon take 
effect, but not otherwise. Approved February 16, 1937. 

Chap. 32 An Act validating a certain vote of the town of dra- 

CUT PASSED AT A SPECIAL MEETING IN THE YEAR NINETEEN 
HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SIX BY WHICH IT REVOKED ITS AC- 
CEPTANCE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE LAW^S AS APPLICABLE TO 
ITS POLICE DEPARTMENT. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The action of the inhabitants of the town of 
Dracut, at a special town meeting held November seven- 
teenth, nineteen hundred and thirty-six, in voting to revoke 
its acceptance of the civil service laws as applicable to its 
police department, is hereby ratified and confirmed, and shall 
have the same effect and validity as if the voting on the ques- 
tion of revoking such acceptance had been authorized by 
law, and the civil service laws and rules and regulations made 
thereunder shall no longer apply to the police department of 
said town. 

Section 2. Nothing contained in this act shall prevent 
the said town from hereafter accepting the provisions of chap- 
• ter thirty-one of the General Laws applicable to its police 
department. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved February 16, 1937. 

Chap. 33 -An Act repealing certain provisions of law relative 

TO THE USE OF PARK LAND IN THE TOWN OF HARWICH FOR 
SCHOOL PURPOSES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter eighty-five of the acts of nineteen 
hundred and thirty-six is hereby repealed. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved February 16, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 34, 35. 29 



An Act authorizing cities to increase their appropria- QJiaj). 34 

TIONS FOR RESERVE FUNDS, SO CALLED. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would defeat ^r"STe''^ 
its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emer- 
gency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the 
public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section five A of chapter forty of the General Laws, in- g. l. (Ter.^ 
serted by chapter forty of the acts of nineteen hundred and j!',';!ended.^ ^^' 
thirty-six, is hereby amended by inserting after the word 
"one" in the fourth line the words: — and one half, — so 
as to read as follows : — Section 5 A . To provide for extra- Reserve fund 
ordinary or unforeseen expenditures, a city may, prior to the '" '''"""*■ 
date when the tax rate for the year is fixed, appropriate a 
sum not exceeding one and one half per cent of the tax levy 
for the preceding year to be known as a reserve fund. No 
direct drafts against this fund shall be made, but transfers 
from the fund may from time to time be voted by the city 
council upon recommendation of the mayor, and the city 
auditor or officer having similar duties shall make such trans- 
fers as are so voted. Approved February 16, 1937. 

An Act providing that the chairman of the board of (jhrijj 35 

SEWER commissioners OF THE TOWN OF MILFORD SHALL ^' 

BE A TOWN MEETING MEMBER AT LARGE IN SAID TOWN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section three of chapter two hundred and 
seventy-one of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three 
is hereby amended by inserting after the word "welfare" in 
the fifteenth line the words : — , the chairman of the board 
of sewer commissioners, — so that the first sentence will read 
as follows : — Any representative town meeting held under 
the provisions of this act, except as otherwise provided herein, 
shall be hmited to the voters elected under section two, to- 
gether with the following, designated as town meeting mem- 
bers at large ; namely, any member of the general court of the 
commonwealth from the town, the moderator, the town clerk, 
the selectmen, the town treasurer, the town counsel, the high- 
way surveyor, the chairman of the trustees of the public 
library, the chairman of the finance committee, the chairman 
of the school committee, the chairman of the board of asses- 
sors, the chairman of the board of health, the chairman of the 
park commission, the chairman of the board of town ceme- 
teries, the chairman of the registrars of voters, the tax col- 
lector, the chairman of the board of public welfare, the chair- 
man of the board of sewer commissioners and the town 
accountant. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted for acceptance 
to the town meeting members of the town of Milford at the 



30 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 36, 37. 

next annual town meeting under an article which the select- 
men of said town are hereby directed to insert in the warrant 
for such meeting, and shall take full effect upon its accept- 
ance by a majority of the town meeting members voting 
thereon. Approved February 16, 1937. 

Chap. 36 ^^ ^^'^ RELATIVE TO EXPENDITURES BY COUNTIES BEFORE 
THE ENACTMENT OF THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ACT. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed X 35^1 34, Chapter thirty-five of the General Laws is hereby amended 
amended. ' by Striking out section thirty-four, as appearing in the Ter- 
centenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the follow- 
^oS^un-^ ing : — Section 34- After December thirty-first and before 
appropriated the regular appropriations have been made by the general 
a ances. court, the couuty commissioners and other officers authorized 

to incur liabihties payable by the county may incur liability 
for general maintenance and operation of regular county 
activities at a rate of expenditure which does not exceed in 
any month the sum spent for a similar purpose in any one 
month in the preceding year; provided, that said commis- 
sioners or officers may expend in any one month for any office 
or board created by law an amount not exceeding one twelfth 
of the estimated cost for said year for said office or board. 
Payments therefor may be made from any available funds 
in the county treasury, to be charged to the regular appro- 
priation when made. No new or unusual expense shall be 
incurred, or permanent contract made, or salary increased, 
until an appropriation sufficient therefor has been made by 
the general court. Approved February 16, 1937. 

Chap. 37 An Act authorizing the appointment to the perma- 
nent FORCE OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OP THE TOWN OF 
MILFORD OF CERTAIN CALL MEN IN SAID DEPARTMENT. 

Be it enacted, etc., asfolloivs: 

Section 1. The town of Milford, on the recommenda- 
tion of the board of engineers of the fire department, may 
promote to membership on the permanent force, without 
civil service examination and without any probationary 
period of service required under chapter thirty-one of the 
General Laws and the rules and regulations made there- 
under, any person in the call fire department of said town 
upon the date when said town accepted section forty-eight 
of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws, or corresponding 
provisions of earlier law; provided, that every such person 
is certified to be competent physically for the duty by the 
town physician. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted for acceptance 
to the voters of the town of Milford at the annual town 
meeting to be held in the current year by an article which 
the selectmen of said town are hereby directed to insert in 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 38, 39. 31 

the warrant for such meeting, and shall take effect in said 
town upon acceptance by a majority of the town meeting 
members of said town voting thereon. 

Approved February 17, 1937. 

An Act relative to the observance of memorial day. QJiav. 38 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Clause eighteenth of section seven of chapter four of the g. l. (Ter. 
General Laws, as most recently amended by chapter one ftl! 'amended. 
hundred and eighty of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-six, is hereby further amended by inserting after the 
word "to" in the tenth line the words: — May thirtieth 
and, — and by inserting after the word "when" in the 
thirteenth line the words: — May thirtieth or, — so as to 
read as follows: — Eighteenth, "Legal holiday" shall in- "Legal 
elude January first, February twenty-second, April nine- defined. 
teenth, May thirtieth, July fourth, the first Monday of 
September, October twelfth, November eleventh. Thanks- 
giving day and Christmas day, or the day following when 
any of the five days first mentioned, October twelfth, Novem- 
ber eleventh, or Christmas day occurs on Sunday; and the 
public offices shall be closed on all of said days; and all laws, 
statutes, orders, decrees, rules and regulations regulating the 
observance of the Lord's day shall be applicable to May 
thirtieth and November eleventh between the hours of seven 
o'clock ante meridian and one o'clock post meridian, or 
during the same hours on the day following when May 
thirtieth or November eleventh occurs on Sunday; and all 
laws, statutes, orders, decrees, rules and regulations regu- 
lating the keeping open of retail stores on the Lord's day 
shall be apphcable to the keeping open of retail stores on 
October twelfth between the hours of seven o'clock ante 
meridian and one o'clock post meridian, or during the same 
hours on the day following when October twelfth occurs on 
Sunday. "Legal holiday" shall also include, with respect 
to Suffolk county only, June seventeenth, or the day fol- 
lowing when June seventeenth occurs on Sunday, and the 
pubhc offices in said county shall be closed on said day. 

Approved February 19, 1937. 

An Act relative to contributions by the county of Qhav 39 

BARNSTABLE TO THE COST OF CONSTRUCTING SEA WALLS 
OR OTHER WORKS TO BE BUILT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF 
PUBLIC WORKS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section one of chapter two hundred and seventy-five of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three, as amended by 
chapter thirty-six of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
five, is hereby further amended by striking out, in the fifth 
to the seventh lines, inclusive, the words ", nineteen hundred 



32 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 40. 

and thirty-four, nineteen hundred and thirty-five, nineteen 
hundred and thirty-six and nineteen hundred and thirty- 
seven" and inserting in place thereof the words: — to nine- 
teen hundred and forty, inclusive, — and by striking out, 
in the sixteenth line, the word "thirty-four" and inserting 
in place thereof the word: — sixty-eight, — so as to read as 
follows : — Section 1 . The county of Barnstable is hereby 
authorized to contribute to the cost of constructing sea walls 
or other works to be built by the department of public works 
during the years nineteen hundred and thirty-three to nine- 
teen hundred and forty, inclusive, under the provisions of 
section eleven of chapter ninety-one of the General Laws for 
the protection of the shores of the towns in said county from 
erosion by the sea, and the treasurer of said county, with the 
approval of the county commissioners, may pay the county's 
proportion of such cost from the highway appropriation or, 
for the purpose of so contributing, may borrow from time to 
time on the credit of the county such sums as may be neces- 
sary, not exceeding, in the aggregate, sixty-eight thousand 
dollars, and may issue bonds or notes of the county therefor, 
which shall bear on their face the words, Barnstable County 
Shore Protection Loan, Act of 1933. Each authorized issue 
shall constitute a separate loan, and such loans shall be pay- 
able in not more than five years from their dates. Such bonds 
or notes shall be signed by the treasurer of the county and 
countersigned by a majority of the county commissioners. 
The county may sell such securities at public or private sale 
upon such terms and conditions as the county commissioners 
may deem proper, but not for less than their par value. In- 
debtedness incurred under this act shall, except as herein pro- 
vided, be subject to chapter thirty-five of the General Laws. 

Approved February 19, 1937. 



Chap. 40 An Act requieing the periodic replacement of meters 

FOR MEASURING GAS BY MUNICIPAL LIGHTING PLANTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Bdn' il^' Section L Section one hundred and fifteen A of chapter 

§ lisA, etc.. one hundred and sixty-four of the General Laws, inserted by 
amended. gectiou ouc of chapter two hundred and fifty-nine of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby amended by 
inserting after the word "company" in the second and fourth 
lines, in each instance, the words: — or municipal lighting 
Replacement plant, — SO as to read as follows: — Section 115A. Each 
meter for measuring gas provided by a gas company or munic- 
ipal lighting plant to a consumer shall, not later than seven 
years from the date of installation or replacement, be re- 
moved by the company or municipal lighting plant from the 
premises of the consumer and replaced by it with such a meter 
which has been newly tested, sealed and stamped in accord- 
ance with law. 



of gas meters. 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 41, 42. 33 

Section 2. A municipal lighting plant shall be deemed to Temporary 
be complying with the provisions of this act with respect to p''°^'s'°"3- 
meters used for measuring gas provided by it prior to the 
effective date hereof if, beginning in the year nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-eight, it shall annually remove from the 
premises of its consumers at least fifteen per cent of the total 
number of such meters in use on such effective date and re- 
place them with such meters which have been newly tested, 
sealed and stamped in accordance with law. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect on January first, Effpctive 
nineteen hundred and thirty-eight. ^^'^' 

Approved February 19, 1937. 



An Act relative to the disposition of income received (Jfiap. 41 

AT county agricultural SCHOOLS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section thirty of chapter seventy-four of the General Edwllao, 
Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended, 
amended by striking out all after the word "treasurer" in 
the last line, — so as to read as follows : — Section SO. Mis- ^'fr^^ii"?" 
cellaneous income of the Bristol county agricultural school, 
the Essex county agricultural school and the Norfolk county 
agricultural school, including the tuition of non-resident 
pupils and receipts from the sale of products and work of 
pupils, shall be paid to the county treasurer. 

Approved February 19, 1937. 



of income. 



An Act to enable the Middlesex county commissioners (JJidy 42 
to acquire additional land for the purposes of the ^ ' 

district court of low^ell at lowell in said county. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The county commissioners of Middlesex 
county are hereby authorized to acquire by purchase, or by 
eminent domain under chapter seventy-nine of the General 
Laws, additional land adjacent to the lands owned by the 
said county and used for the district court of Lowell in the 
city of Lowell in said county, and, for said purpose, may 
expend out of any appropriation for county buildings a sum 
not exceeding fifteen thousand dollars. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its accept- 
ance during the current year by the county commissioners 
of said county, but not otherwise. 

Approved February 19, 1937. 



34 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 43, 44. 



Chap. 43 An Act making a corrective change with respect to 

THE PENALTY IMPOSED FOR VIOLATION OF CERTAIN PRO- 
VISIONS OF LAW RELATIVE TO THE REDEMPTION OF LAND 
TAKEN OR SOLD FOR TAXES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter sixty of the General Laws is hereby amended by 
striking out section one hundred and four, as appearing in 
the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the 
following: — Section 104- Violation by any person of the 
last sentence of the second paragraph of section sixty-two 
shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred 
dollars. Approved February 19, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), SO, § 104, 
amended. 



Penalty. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.),»261,i§ 4, 
amended. 



Costs in 
superior court. 



Chap. 44 An Act relative to costs in certain actions of tort 

ARISING OUT OF THE OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, 
WHERE THE PLAINTIFF DOES NOT RECOVER FINAL JUDG- 
MENT FOR MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS AS DAM- 
AGES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section four of chapter two hundred and 
sixty-one of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercen- 
tenary Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the 
word "court" in the third line the words: — , or in an 
action of tort arising out of the operation of a motor vehicle 
which has been removed by the plaintiff to the superior 
court under section one hundred and two A of chapter two 
hundred and thirty-one, — so as to read as follows: — Sec- 
tion 4- If, in a personal action, except an action of replevin 
or an action under section fifteen of chapter two hundred 
and fifty-three, which is commenced in the superior court, 
or in an action of tort arising out of the operation of a 
motor vehicle which has been removed by the plaintiff to 
the superior court under section one hundred and two A of 
chapter two hundred and thirty-one, the plaintiff does not 
recover final judgment for more than one hundred dollars 
as damages, he shall recover no costs, unless the right to an 
easement or the title to land is drawn in question and the 
justice before whom the action is tried so certifies, or unless 
the plaintiff's claim, as established on the trial, exceeds one 
hundred dollars and is reduced to that amount or less by 
set-offs which could not have been proved in payment. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect on September first 
of the current year and shall apply only in case of actions 
commenced thereafter. Approved February 19, 1937. 



Effective 
date. 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 45, 46. 35 



An Act relative to the time for filing certain accept- Chap. 45 

ANCES AND CERTIFICATES OF NOMINATION. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

Section 1. Section three of chapter fifty-three of the g. l. (Ter. 
General Laws, as amended by section one of chapter one ^tc!'amended. 
hundred and sixteen of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-six, is hereby further amended by striking out, in the 
sixth and seventh lines, the words "before the last hour for 
filing certificates of nomination for such office", and insert- 
ing in place thereof the words : — within six days succeed- 
ing five o'clock in the afternoon of the day of holding the 
primaries, — so as to read as follows: — Section 3. A per- Acceptance of 
son whose name is not printed on a state, city or town ^InAidltT^^ 
primary ballot as a candidate for an office but who receives ^a°n®o"'*'^inted 
sufficient votes to nominate him therefor, shall file a writ- on primary 
ten acceptance of the nomination in the office of the state *'''"°*'- 
secretary or the city or town clerk, as the case may be, 
within six days succeeding five o'clock in the afternoon of 
the day of holding the primaries, otherwise his name shall 
not be printed on the ballot as a candidate for that office at 
the ensuing election. 

Section 2. Section ten of said chapter fifty-three, as q. l. (Xer. 
most recently amended by chapter one hundred and eleven efc!! 'amended. 
of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, is hereby 
further amended by striking out the first paragraph and 
inserting in place thereof the following: — All certificates of Time of filing 
nomination and nomination papers of candidates for offices noniimftionr 
to be filled at a state election shall be filed on or before the ®*'^- 
twelfth Tuesday preceding the day of the election; but if 
there is a special election to fill any state office, all certifi- 
cates of nomination and nomination papers shall be filed 
on or before the fourth Tuesday preceding the day of such 
election. Approved February 19, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the sale by county commissioners (Jhav 46 

OF CERTAIN COUNTIES OF COPIES OF A COMPILATION OF 
county laws and COURT DECISIONS RELATIVE THERETO. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The county commissioners of the several counties, ex- 
cept Suffolk and Nantucket, are hereby authorized to sell 
copies of a compilation of laws and court decisions relating 
to county laws now being printed in book form for said 
counties. Such books shall be sold at a price, substantially 
equal to the cost thereof, to be fixed by the director of 
accounts, and all receipts from such sales in any county 
shall be paid into the treasury thereof. 

Approved February 19, 1937, 



36 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 47, 48, 49. 



Chap. 47 An Act designating the new bridge over the mystic 

RIVER, BETWEEN THE CITIES OF SOMERVILLE AND MED- 
FORD, AS THE WELLINGTON MEMORIAL BRIDGE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The new bridge constructed by the metropohtan district 
commission over the Mystic river, between the cities of 
Somerville and Medford, shall be designated and known as 
the WelHngton Memorial Bridge, and a suitable tablet or 
marker, bearing said designation shall be attached to said 
bridge by the commission. Approved February 19, 1937. 

Chap. 48 An Act to authorize the placing of the office of 

CHIEF OF police AND THE POSITIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE 
REGULAR OR PERMANENT POLICE FORCE OF THE TOWN OF 
CHELMSFORD UNDER THE CIVIL SERVICE LAWS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The office of chief of police and the positions 
of members of the regular or permanent police force of the 
town of Chelmsford shall, upon the effective date of this 
act, become subject to the civil service laws and rules and 
regulations relating to police officers in towns, and the 
tenure of office of any chief of police or member of such 
police force of said town shall be unlimited, subject, how- 
ever, to said laws, but the chief of police and the members 
of the regular or permanent police force of said town on 
said effective date may continue to serve as such without 
taking a civil service examination. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted for acceptance to 
the voters of said town at the annual town meeting in the 
current year in the form of the following question which 
shall be placed upon the official ballot to be used for the 
election of town officers at said meeting: "Shall an act 
passed by the general court in the year nineteen hundred 
and thirty-seven, entitled, 'An Act to authorize the placing 
of the office of chief of police and the positions of members 
of the regular or permanent police force of the town of 
Chelmsford under the civil service laws', be accepted?" If 
a majority of the votes in answer to said question is in the 
affirmative, then this act shall thereupon take effect, but 
not otherwise. Approved February 20, 1937. 



Chap. 49 An Act for the further protection of the fisheries 

in the vicinity of NANTUCKET. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter two hundred and eighty-four of the 
acts of eighteen hundred and seventy is hereby amended by 
striking out section one and inserting in place thereof the 
following: — Section 1. It shall not be lawful for any per- 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 49. 37 

son or persons to take any fish with any kind of net, or to 
set any net for the purpose of taking any fish therewith, 
within the coastal waters, as defined by section one of chap- 
ter one hundred and twenty-nine A of the General Laws, 
inserted by section one of chapter three hundred and twenty- 
nine of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three, which 
are adjacent to Nantucket, Tuckernuck, Smith's, Muskegat 
and Gravel islands, without first obtaining permission of the 
selectmen of Nantucket. 

Section 2. Said chapter two hundred and eighty-four is 
hereby further amended by striking out section two and in- 
serting in place thereof the following: — Section 2. Every 
person violating any provision of this act, or of any order, 
by-law, rule or regulation made under authority thereof, 
shall forfeit and pay for each offence a sum not less than 
fifty nor more than five hundred dollars. 

Section 3, Said chapter two hundred and eighty-four is 
hereby further amended by striking out section three and 
inserting in place thereof the four following new sections : — 
Section 3. The town of Nantucket is hereby authorized at 
any annual town meeting to adopt orders and by-laws, not 
repugnant to law, regulating and governing fisheries under 
this act, and the selectmen of said town may make rules and 
regulations, not repugnant to law or contrary to such orders 
and by-laws, if any, regulating and governing such fisheries. 

Section 3A. The selectmen of the town of Nantucket shall 
annually, on or before March fifteenth, submit to the state 
supervisor of marine fisheries a list of one or more persons 
to serve as fish wardens under this act, and said supervisor 
shall, not later than April first follov/ing, appoint as fish 
wardens such of the persons named on said list as in his 
opinion are qualified to act as such, who shall be sworn by 
him to the faithful discharge of their duty and whose duty 
it shall be to prosecute for every violation of any provision 
of this act or of any order, by-law, rule or regulation made 
under authority thereof. 

Section SB. Said supervisor may remove any fish warden 
appointed hereunder who refuses or neglects to be so sworn 
or who, in his opinion, fails or refuses properly to perform 
the duties of his office; and thereupon said supervisor may 
appoint another warden or wardens from the same or any 
further list of names submitted by the selectmen of said 
town as provided in the preceding section; such warden or 
wardens to serve for the residue of the term of the warden 
or wardens so removed. 

Section SC. Fish wardens appointed under this act, in- 
cluding one to be designated chief fish warden in case more 
than one fish warden is so appointed, shall receive from the 
town such salaries and be authorized to expend for expenses 
such sums as the town may annually appropriate therefor. 

Section 4. Said chapter two hundred and eighty-four is 
hereby further amended by striking out section four and in- 
serting in place thereof the following: — Section 4- Any 



S8 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 50. 

boat or vessel used, and any fish taken or held, in violation 
of any provision of this act or of any order, by-law, rule or 
regulation made under authority thereof may be seized by 
any fish warden appointed under this act or any person author- 
ized by section eleven of said chapter one hundred and 
twenty-nine A of the General Laws, inserted by section one 
of said chapter three hundred and twenty-nine of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-three, to seize property 
therein referred to, and shall be forfeited. The possession, 
control or tending of a net which is in contact with the 
waters subject to this act shall be prima facie evidence of a 
violation thereof. 

Section 5. Said chapter two hundred and eighty-four is 
hereby further amended by striking out section five and 
inserting in place thereof the following : — Sediori 5. All 
fines, penalties and forfeitures recovered and received by 
virtue of this act shall go to, and for the use of, said town 
of Nantucket. 

Section 6. Said town may, at its annual town meeting 
in the current year, by vote under articles in the warrant 
for said meeting, take action under the provisions of this 
act, and such action shall be fully effective notwithstanding 
that the warrant for said meeting was served prior to the 
passage thereof. 

Section 7, This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved February 23, 1937. 



Chap. 50 An Act authorizing the county of Middlesex to pro- 
vide ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE FIRST DIS- 
TRICT COURT OF EASTERN MIDDLESEX. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. For the purpose of providing adequate accom- 
modations at the county court house in the city of Maiden, 
the county commissioners of the county of Middlesex may 
make additions to and alterations in such court house, and 
may furnish and equip said court house as so enlarged or 
altered. 

Section 2. For the purpose of meeting the expenses 
authorized under section one, the county treasurer of said 
county, with the approval of the county commissioners, may 
borrow from time to time upon the credit of the county such 
sums as may be necessary, but not exceeding, in the aggre- 
gate, eighty-five thousand dollars, and may issue temporaiy 
notes of the county therefor, payable in not more than one 
year from their date or dates of issue. 

Section 3. Upon completion of the project herein au- 
thorized, the county treasurer shall, with the approval of the 
county commissioners, issue bonds or notes of the county, in 
a total amount not to exceed eighty-five thousand dollars, 
which shall bear on their face the words, Middlesex County 
Court House Loan, Act of 1937; and such bonds or notes 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 51, 52. 39 

shall be payable in not more than five years from their dates 
of issue. Such bonds or notes shall be signed by the treas- 
urer of said county and countersigned by a majority of the 
county commissioners. The county may sell the said secu- 
rities at public or private sale upon such terms and conditions 
as the county commissioners may deem proper, but not for 
less than their par value. Receipts from the sale of such 
bonds or notes shall be applied to the payment of costs of 
construction and to the payment of any temporary loans 
authorized under section two, or to either of such purposes. 
Indebtedness incurred under this act shall, except as herein 
provided, be subject to chapter thirty-five of the General 
Laws. 

Section 4. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance, 
during the current year, by the county commissioners of said 
county. Approved Fehruanj 25, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the town of dedham to use stone nfiQr) 51 

PARK, so CALLED, FOR PLAYGROUND AND ATHLETIC FIELD 
PURPOSES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The town of Dedham is hereby authorized to use for the 
purposes of a public playground, under the provisions of 
section fourteen of chapter forty-five of the General Laws, 
Stone Park, so called, located in said town. The selectmen 
of said town, acting as park commissioners, may set apart 
and enclose for use as an athletic field such portion of said 
park as they may designate, and, subject to such terms and 
conditions as they may impose, may allow such field to be 
used for athletic games and other entertainments of a pub- 
lic nature, to which an admission fee may be charged. 

Approved February 25, 1937. 



An Act relative to the calling of special meetings of (JJidr) 52 
stockholders of business corporations. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section thirty of chapter one hundred and fifty-six of the g. l. (Ter. 
General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is amende^d.' * ^°' 
hereby amended by striking out, in the fourth line, the word 
"three" and inserting in place thereof the word: — one, — 
so as to read as follows : — Section 30. Special meetings of Corporations, 
the stockholders may be called by the president or by a mg'(if stock-' 
majority of the directors, and shall be called by the clerk, ^°'^«''«- 
or in case of the death, absence, incapacity or refusal of the 
clerk, by any other officer, upon written application of one 
or more stockholders who are entitled to vote and who hold 
at least one tenth part in interest of the capital stock entitled 
to vote at the meeting, stating the time, place and purpose 
of the meeting. Approved February 25, 1937. 



40 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 53, 54. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 94, § 8, 
amended. 



Labelling 
of bread. 



Chap. 53 An Act relative to the labelling op bread wrapped in 

CELLOPHANE OR SIMILAR TRANSPARENT WRAPPERS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter ninety-four of the General Laws is hereby- 
amended by striking out section eight, as appearing in 
the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the 
following new section: — Section 8. Unit weights, as defined 
in the preceding section, shall not apply to rolls or to fancy 
bread weighing less than four ounces, nor to loaves bearing 
in plain position a plain statement of the weight of the loaf 
and the name and business address of the manufacturer 
thereof. Such information shall be stated in case of wrapped 
bread, upon the wrapper of each loaf; provided that, when 
cellophane or similar transparent wrappers are employed, 
the director of standards may authorize the placing of a 
statement of such information between such transparent 
wrapper and the top of the loaf in such manner that such 
statement may be easily read through the wrapper. In the 
case of unwrapped bread such information shall be stated 
upon a printed label not larger than one by one and three 
quarters inches nor smaller than one by one and one half 
inches. No label, attached to an unwrapped loaf, shall be 
larger than provided herein, nor shall any such label be 
affixed in any manner or with any gum or paste which is 
unsanitary or unwholesome. When an inspection of bread 
is made at any bakery by the director or any inspector of 
standards or sealer of weights and measures, the manu- 
facturer of such bread, or his servants or agents, shall, upon 
request of the official making such inspection, inform him 
whether such bread is manufactured for sale in any of the 
standard unit weights prescribed by the preceding section 
and, if not so manufactured for sale in such standard unit 
weights, shall furnish such official with samples of the labels 
or wrappers intended to be used on all such loaves of 
other than standard unit weights. 

Approved February 25, 1937. 



Chap. 54 An Act authorizing the town of hull to appropriate 

MONEY TO PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR HOLDING IN SAID TOWN 
the state CONVENTION OP THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN 
WARS OF THE UNITED STATES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town of Hull may appropriate a sum not 
exceeding two thousand dollars, for the purpose of providing 
proper facihties for pubhc entertainment at the time of the 
state convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the 
United States, to be held in said town during the current 
year, and of paying expenses incidental to such entertain- 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 55, 56. 41 

ment. Money so appropriated shall be expended under the 
direction of the selectmen of said town. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 

An Act authorizing the town of essex to vote at its nhnjy 55 
current annual town meeting on the question of ^' 

granting licenses for the retail sale in said town 
of wines and malt beverages. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town clerk of the town of Essex shall 
place upon the official ballot to be used for the election of 
town officers at its annual town meeting in the current year 
the second question set forth in section eleven of chapter one 
hundred and tliirty-eight of the General Laws, as amended 
by section one of chapter two hundred and seven of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-six. The selectmen of said 
town are hereby authorized and directed to warn the inhabit- 
ants of said town relative to the aforesaid question by serv- 
ing as early as possible before such meeting a supplementary 
warrant containing an appropriate article relative thereto. 
If a majority of the votes cast in said town in answer to said 
question is in the affirmative, such town shall be taken to 
have authorized for the remainder of the calendar year nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-seven and for the calendar year 
nineteen hundred and thirty-eight, the retail sale therein of 
wines and malt beverages only, to be drunk on and off the 
premises where sold, in accordance with the provisions of 
said chapter one hundred and thirty-eight. The provisions 
of the General Laws relative to the ascertainment of the re- 
sult of the votes at state elections and returns thereof shall, 
so far as practicable, apply to the vote taken hereunder. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 

An Act further modifying the requirements for mak- Qfidj) 56 

ING certain railroad BONDS LEGAL INVESTMENTS FOR 
SAVINGS BANKS, INSTITUTIONS FOR SAVINGS AND TRUST 
COMPANIES IN THEIR SAVINGS DEPARTMENTS. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to Emergency 
defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an p'"'^^'"^''' 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of 
the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section I. Section two of chapter eighty-four of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-six is hereby repealed. 

Section 2. Wherever in clauses third and sixteenth of 
section fifty-four of chapter one hundred and sixty-eight of 
the General Laws a number of fiscal years is mentioned, 
the fiscal years beginning in the years nineteen hundred and 



42 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 57. 

thirty-one to nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, both in- 
elusive, shall be excluded from the count, if the inclusion of 
such years or any one or more of them would render the 
security of any railroad ineligible for investment, and all 
railroad securities which were eligible for investment by sav- 
ings banks on January first, nineteen hundred and thirty- 
one, or have become eligible for such investment since that 
date, or shall hereafter, prior to April first, nineteen hundred 
and thirty-nine, become eligible for such investment, shall 
continue to be eligible for such investment until April first, 
nineteen hundred and thirty-nine; provided, however, that 
the securities of a railroad company defaulting at any time 
between January first, nineteen hundred and thirty-one, 
and March thirty-first, nineteen hundred and thirty-nine, 
both dates inclusive, in the payment of matured principal or 
interest of any of its mortgage or funded indebtedness shall 
not be eligible for such investment. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 



Chap. 57 An Act providing for the functioning of retirement 

BOARDS IN CERTAIN CITIES AND TOWNS PRIOR TO THE 
TIME WHEN CONTRIBUTORY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS BECOME 
OPERATIVE THEREIN. 

pr'^ambk!^ Whcj-eas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 

to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the pubHc convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Edo.'32!^§'3iF. Section 1. Clause (6) of section thirty-one F of chap- 
ameAded. ' ter thirty-two of the General Laws, as appearing in sec- 
tion one of chapter three hundred and eighteen of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby amended by 
striking out, in the fourth fine, the words "commencing on" 
and inserting in place thereof the word : — from, — so as to 
read as follows : — 
Membership Q^-^ Qj^g pcrsou to bc appointed, in a city, by the mayor, 

subject to confirmation by the board of aldermen, or, in a 
town, by the selectmen, to serve for a term of three years 
from the date when the system becomes operative, and until 
the qualification of his successor, and 
Ed^iJl'aiF Section 2. Said section thirty-one F of said chapter 
further ' ' thirty-two, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by 
amended. inserting after the word "successor" in the thirteenth line 

the following new paragraph : — 
Pstem^oes (1"^) ^^ ^ ^^^^ ^^ towu not haviug a contributory re- 

into operation, tircmeut systcm in which a contributory retirement system 
under sections twenty-six to thirty-one H, inclusive, is es- 
tablished by certificate of the commissioner of insurance, the 
board may commence to function at any time after the 
issue of such certificate but, until the system becomes op- 
erative therein, shall consist only of the officer specified 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 58. 43 

in clause (o) of paragraph (1) of this section and a person 
appointed in the manner provided by clause (b) of said 
paragraph (1). 

Section 3. Paragraph (3) of section thirty-one I of said Si^-.^T%o,t 
chapter thirty-two, as so appearing, is hereby amended by amended. 
striking out the second sub-paragraph and inserting in place 
thereof the following : — 

The city or town clerk shall file in the office of the com- Acceptance 
missioner of insurance a copy of the vote of the city council provisions. 
or of the selectmen, certified by the city or town clerk, and 
a certificate of the vote at the city or state election, or at the 
town meeting, sworn to by the city or town clerk or elec- 
tion commissioners or officers corresponding thereto, within 
thirty days after the date of the latter vote or after the date 
of the vote of the city council or selectmen, in any case 
where no acceptance by the qualified voters is required. 
Said commissioner shall forthwith issue to the mayor or 
selectmen a certificate, either that the system, or that a 
retirement system for policemen and firemen, or for mem- 
bers of the poHce and fire departments, as the case may be, 
is established in said city or town by such votes or vote, 
and said system shall become operative therein, to the ex- 
tent so voted, on the first day of January or July, which- 
ever first occurs, following the expiration of three months 
after the date of the certificate of said commissioner estab- 
lishing such system, but otherwise said sections twenty-six 
to thirty-one H, inclusive, shall be operative upon the date 
of the latter certificate. 

Section 4. In any city or town which accepted said Temporary 
sections twenty-six to thirty-one H, inclusive, of chap- p''°^''*'°'^^- 
ter thirty-two of the General Laws at the biennial state 
election in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-six, the 
contributory retirement system established upon such ac- 
ceptance shall become operative upon the first day of July 
following the expiration of three months after the date of 
the certificate of the commissioner of insurance estabhshing 
such system but otherwise the provisions of said sections as 
amended by sections one and two of this act shall be opera- 
tive upon its passage, notwithstanding the provisions of 
section seven of chapter three hundred and eighteen of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 



An Act relative to the construction of certain main Qhav 58 

AND particular SEWERS IN THE SOUTHEASTERLY SECTION 
OF THE CITY OF MELROSE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The city of Melrose, acting through its board 
of aldermen, is hereby authorized to assess upon the owners 
of estates which derive particular benefit or advantage from 
any system of main drains and common sewers which may be 



44 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 58. 

constructed by said city, with the aid of federal funds, in that 
portion of the southeasterly section of said city shown as 
Part One on a plan entitled "Plan Showing Proposed Sewer 
Extensions in Southeast Section, Melrose, Mass., in Two 
Parts, Public Works Department, City of Melrose, Sept. 
12, 1933, Fred E. EUis, Engr. and Supt.", sums equal, in the 
aggregate, to not more than one half of so much of the cost 
of such construction as is paid by said city from funds other 
than those made available by the federal government, at a 
fixed uniform rate according to both frontage and area, as 
authorized by section fifteen of chapter eighty-three of the 
General Laws, any provision of any general or special law or 
of any ordinance of said city to the contrary notwithstand- 
ing. 

Section 2. Assessments under the preceding section 
shall be levied and collected in accordance with the provi- 
sions of chapter eighty-three of the General Laws; provided, 
that such assessments shall bear interest at a rate not more 
than one per cent in excess of the rate which said city shall 
pay for a loan for the purposes of said sewer system, but, in 
no case, more than six per cent, from the thirtieth day after 
the assessments have been committed to the collector; and, 
provided further, that the maximum number of portions into 
which the assessments may be apportioned under section 
thirteen of chapter eighty of the General Laws shall be 
twenty instead of ten. Interest on any amount of such as- 
sessments remaining unpaid shall be computed in the manner 
hereinbefore provided. 

Section 3. The time of the payment of assessments 
made under this act may be extended as provided in section 
nineteen of said chapter eighty-three; provided, that when- 
ever the time for the payment of any assessment is so ex- 
tended for a definite period and the land to which such as- 
sessment relates is not built upon at the expiration of such 
time, the time may be further extended as determined by 
the board of aldermen. If the time for payment of assess- 
ments is so extended, no demand for payment thereof shall 
be made by the collector within six months after the termina- 
tion of such definite period or after such land is built upon, 
whichever occurs first, and within said six months the assess- 
ments may be apportioned under said section thirteen of 
chapter eighty of the General Laws, as affected by section 
two of this act. 

Section 4. The said city of Melrose, acting through its 
engineer and superintendent of public works, may, upon 
apphcation of the owner of any estate abutting on any way 
where a sewer is constructed in the southeasterly section of 
said city referred to in section one of this act, lay in such 
sewered way and in the private land of such owner such 
particular sewer or connecting drain as may be necessary to 
connect any building on such estate with such main drain 
or sewer, and said officer may make all necessary contracts 
in the name of and in behalf of said city for such purpose. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 59. 45 

The expenses thereof shall be paid out of any appropriation 
that may be made by the board of aldermen therefor. 

Section 5. The cost of constructing each particular 
sewer or connecting drain shall be assessed by the said 
engineer and superintendent of pubhc works upon the estate 
benefited thereby. Such assessment shall be made by fihng 
with the board of assessors of the city a certificate, designat- 
ing the way and the private land in which such particular 
sewer or connecting drain has been constructed, and giving 
the name or names of the owners of the estate for which such 
connection has been made and the amount of the assessment 
to be paid by such owner or owners. A copy or duplicate of 
this certificate shall, within ten days after the filing of the 
same with the board of assessors, be recorded in the registry 
of deeds for the southern district for the county of Middle- 
sex, or, in the case of registered land, filed in the office of the 
assistant recorder for the Middlesex county registry district. 
The board of assessors shall, upon receipt of such certificate, 
forthwith commit such assessments or charges with their 
warrant to the collector of taxes, who shall forthwith make 
a demand in writing for the payment of such assessments or 
charges, and every owner shall, within three months after 
such demand is served upon him or upon the occupant of 
the estate, or sent by mail to the last known address of the 
owner known to the collector of taxes, pay to the collector of 
taxes the sum assessed or charged under this section. 

Section 6. Except as herein provided, the provisions of 
general law relative to the assessment, apportionment, divi- 
sion, re-assessment, abatement and collection of sewer as- 
sessments, to liens therefor and to interest thereon shall apply 
to assessments for particular sewers made under this act. 
In applying said provisions to assessments so made for par- 
ticular sewers, the notice therein referred to shall be deemed 
to be the demand of the tax collector required by section five 
hereof. The lien for any assessment for particular sewers 
made under this act shall attach upon the recording or filing 
for registration of the copy or dupHcate of the certificate of 
assessment. 

Section 7. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance, 
within two years after its passage, by the board of aldermen 
of the city of Melrose, subject to the provisions of its charter. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 



An Act relative to the destruction of certain old Chav. 59 

PAPERS AND documents IN CIVIL ACTIONS IN DISTRICT 
COURTS AND TO THE SAFEGUARDING OF RECORDS, PAPERS 
AND DOCUMENTS IN SUCH COURTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter two hundred and eighteen of the General Laws g. l. (Ter. 
is hereby amended by striking out section thirteen, as appear- ame^did.' * ^^' 
ing in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof 



46 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 60, 61. 

S^oidTou°t ^^^ following: — Section 13. Any district court may destroy 
documents. complaints, warrants, documents and other papers in crim- 
inal cases, and writs, declarations, petitions and other papers 
in civil causes, filed in said court as completed business for 
not less than twenty years, except dockets and record books, 
and shall enter the fact of such destruction upon the records 
of the court. Thereafter the dockets and record books and 
the minutes and entries therein shall be admissible as evi- 
dence of the facts stated therein. 

The records, papers and documents of district courts may, 
subject to the approval of the supervisor of public records, 
be stored and kept in fireproof rooms, vaults and safes, 
provided by the county commissioners in the towns where 
the courts are respectively situated, or in the county court 
houses. Approved February 26, 1937. 

Chap, 60 An Act authorizing the town of Plymouth to pension 

LINCOLN S. WIXON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. For the purpose of promoting the pubHc good 
and in consideration of his long and meritorious service, the 
town of Plymouth may retire Lincoln S. Wixon, who served 
the town faithfully for over twenty-five years in its police 
department and is now permanently disabled for further per- 
formance of duty, on an annual pension, payable monthly, 
equal to one half the salary received by him during the last 
year of his active service. 

Section 2, This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
during the current j^ear by vote of the selectmen of said town, 
but not otherwise. Approved February 26, 1937. 

Chap. 61 An Act authorizing the county commissioners of Plym- 
outh COUNTY TO CONSTRUCT AN ELEVATED WATER TANK 
AND CONNECTIONS FOR PROVIDING BETTER FIRE PROTEC- 
TION AT THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY TUBERCULOSIS HOSPITAL 
AND FOR THE SURFACING OF THE DRIVEWAY AND PARKING 
SPACE ON THE PROPERTY OF SAID HOSPITAL. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. For the purpose of constructing an elevated 
water tank and connections for providing better fire protec- 
tion at the Plymouth county tuberculosis hospital in the town 
of Hanson and for surfacing the driveway and parking space 
on the property of said hospital, the county commissioners 
of Plymouth county may expend a sum not exceeding sixteen 
thousand dollars. 

Section 2, For the purposes aforesaid, the treasurer of 
said county, with the approval of the county commissioners, 
may borrow upon the credit of the county such sums as may 
be necessary, not exceeding, in the aggregate, sixteen thou- 
sand dollars, and may issue notes of the county therefor, 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 62. 47 

which shall bear on their face the words, Plymouth County 
Tuberculosis Hospital Loan, Act of 1937; and such notes 
shall be payable in not more than four years from their dates. 
Such notes shall be signed by the treasurer of the county and 
countersigned by a majority of the county commissioners. 
Said securities may be sold at public or private sale upon 
such terms and conditions as the said treasurer and county 
commissioners may deem proper, but not for less than their 
par value. All money so borrowed shall be deposited in the 
county treasury and the county treasurer shall pay out the 
same as ordered by the county commissioners. The county 
treasurer shall keep a separate account of all money so bor- 
rowed and expended. Indebtedness under this act shall, 
except as herein provided, be subject to chapter thirty-five 
of the General Laws. All sums necessary to meet interest 
paj^ments on notes issued under this act and payments on 
account of principal as the same mature shall be assessed 
upon the twenty-six towns and one city of said county con- 
stituting the hospital district, with other assessments made 
under section eighty-five of chapter one hundred and eleven 
of the General Laws. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
during the current year by the county commissioners of the 
county of Plymouth, but not otherwise. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the county commissioners of plym- Chap. 62 

OUTH county to CONSTRUCT AN ELEVATED TANK FOR 
WATER SUPPLY AND TO MAKE CERTAIN OTHER IMPROVE- 
MENTS AT THE COUNTY JAIL AND HOUSE OF CORRECTION 
AT PLYMOUTH. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section L For the purpose of providing better fire pro- 
tection, installing modern sanitary toilet facilities, construct- 
ing an elevated water tank and connections, and surfacing 
driveways, at the jail and house of correction at Plymouth, 
the county commissioners of Plymouth county may expend 
a sum not to exceed thirty-five thousand dollars. 

Section 2. For the purposes aforesaid, the treasurer of 
said county, with the approval of the county commissioners, 
may borrow upon the credit of the county such sums as 
may be necessary, not exceeding, in the aggregate, thirty-five 
thousand dollars, and may issue notes of the county therefor, 
which shall bear on their face the words, Plymouth County 
Jail and House of Correction Loan, Act of 1937. Each 
authorized issue shall constitute a separate loan and such 
loans shall be payable in not more than five years from their 
dates. Such notes shall be signed by the treasurer of the 
county and countersigned by a majority of the county com- 
missioners. The county may sell the said securities at public 
or private sale upon such terms and conditions as the county 



48 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 63. 

commissioners may deem proper, but not for less than their 
par value. Indebtedness incurred hereunder shall, except as 
herein provided, be subject to chapter thirty-five of the Gen- 
eral Laws. 

Section 3. The county treasurer, with the approval of 
the county commissioners, may issue temporary notes of the 
county, payable in not more than one year from their dates, 
in anticipation of the issue of serial notes under this act, but 
the time within which such serial notes shall become due and 
payable shall not, by reason of such temporary notes, be 
extended bej^ond the time fixed by this act. Any notes 
issued in anticipation of the serial notes shall be paid from 
the proceeds thereof. 

Section 4. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
during the current year by the county commissioners of the 
county of Plymouth, but not otherwise. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 



Chap. 63 An Act authorizing the county commissioners of the 

COUNTY OF PLYMOUTH TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY FOR THE USE 
OF THE SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF SAID COUNTY, LOCATED 
IN THE TOWN OF HINGHAM. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

Section 1. The county commissioners of the county of 
Plymouth may acquire by purchase or otherwise the build- 
ing and lot at Hingham in said county now leased by said 
county and occupied by the second district court of Plym- 
outh, together with an adjoining lot, for use by said court, 
and may expend for such purposes a sum not exceeding 
sixty-five thousand dollars. 

Section 2. For the purposes aforesaid, the treasurer of 
said county, with the approval of the county commissioners, 
may borrow upon the credit of the county such sums as 
may be necessary, not exceeding, in the aggregate, sixty-five 
thousand dollars, and may issue notes of the county therefor, 
which shall bear on their face the words, Plymouth County 
Court House Loan, Act of 1937. Each authorized issue shall 
constitute a separate loan and such loans shall be payable in 
not more than five years from their dates. Such notes shall 
be signed by the treasurer of the county and countersigned 
by a majority of the county commissioners. The county may 
sell the said securities at public or private sale upon such 
terms and conditions as the county commissioners may deem 
proper, but not for less than their par value. Indebtedness 
incurred hereunder shall, except as herein provided, be sub- 
ject to chapter thirty-five of the General Laws. 

Section 3. The county treasurer, with the approval of 
the county commissioners, may issue temporary notes of the 
county, payable in not more than one year from their dates, 
in anticipation of the issue of serial notes under this act, but 
the time within which such serial notes shall become due 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 64. 49 

and payable shall not, by reason of such temporary notes, be 
extended beyond the time fixed by this act. Any notes 
issued in anticipation of the serial notes shall be paid from 
the proceeds thereof. 

Section 4, This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
during the current year by the county commissioners of the 
county of Plymouth, but not otherwise. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 



An Act further regulating the return or recovery (Jjmj) g4 

OF CERTAIN MONEY REQUIRED TO BE PAID TO COUNTY ^' 

TREASURERS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section twenty-five of chapter twelve of the g. l. (Ter. 
General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, ^.ueAdla.* "^' 
is hereby amended by striking out, in the thirteenth and 
fourteenth fines, the words "any unexpended balance of 
such money shall be paid to the county treasurer" and in- 
serting in place thereof the following : — the difference be- 
tween the amount advanced as aforesaid and the amount 
of the vouchers so approved shall be paid to the county 
treasurer within thirty days after such return, — so as to 
read as follows : — Section 25. Money to be used for the Counties may 
necessary expenses to be incurred by officers, under the expe^et oT^"'" 
direction of a district attorney, in going outside of the district _at- 
commonwealth for the purpose of searching for, or bring- officer. 
ing back for trial, persons under indictment in any county 
in the district of said district attorney shall be advanced by 
the treasurer of that county, upon the presentation of a 
certificate signed by the district attorney and approved in 
the manner provided in the preceding section for approving 
bills incurred by district attorneys. After their return, such 
ofiicers shall account for such money by filing with the 
county treasurer itemized vouchers duly sworn to, approved 
by the district attorney and also approved in the manner 
provided in the preceding section for approving bills in- 
curred by district attorneys. Such vouchers shall show the 
necessary expenses so incurred, and the difference between 
the amount advanced as aforesaid and the amount of the 
vouchers so approved shall be paid to the county treasurer 
within thirty days after such return. 

Section 2. Section twenty-one of chapter thirty-five of ej^'"^J%'2i 
the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by amended. 
inserting after the word "officer" in the first line the words: 
— , or other person, — so as to read as follows: — Section County treas- 
21. If a pubHc ofiicer, or other person, required by law to dLTnJt attir^ 
account with and pay money to a county treasurer, fails so "'^y °^ persons 
to do for ten days after the time prescribed by law therefor, to money 
the treasurer shall notify the district attorney, who shall p'*>""«"*»- 
forthwith proceed to recover the sum due. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 



50 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 65, 66. 



Chap. 65 An Act providing for the taking or other acquisition 

BY THE TOWN OF NANTUCKET OF CERTAIN LAND THEREIN 
FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE FISHERIES OF SAID TOWN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town of Nantucket, acting by its board 
of selectmen, is hereby authorized and directed to take by 
eminent domain under chapter seventy-nine of the Gen- 
eral Laws, or acquire by purchase or otherwise, for the 
purpose of improving the fisheries of said town, a certain 
parcel of land situated in said town, and bounded and de- 
scribed as follows: — northeasterly by the Atlantic ocean; 
southeasterly by Lot A-1 on land court plan No. 10990-B 
filed with certificate of title No. 2129, being land now or 
formerly of James A. Backus, held under said certificate 
of title; southwesterly by Nantucket harbor; and north- 
westerly by land, now or formerly of James A. Backus et al., 
the boundary line beginning at a point on Nantucket harbor 
now marked by a land court bound situated at the north- 
west corner of Lot C on land court plan No. 10990-A filed 
with said certificate of title and thence running north- 
easterly, true meridian, to the waters of the Atlantic ocean. 

Section 2. For the purpose of providing funds for the 
taking or other acquisition of land under the provisions of 
section one, the treasurer of said town, with the approval 
of the selectmen, may make a temporary loan for a period 
not exceeding one year; and the assessors of said town 
shall, in the year following the issuing of such loan, include 
the amount represented thereby in the tax levy of the town 
for that year unless payment thereof is otherwise provided 
for. 

Section 3. This act shall take full effect upon its accept- 
ance by a majority of the registered voters of the town of 
Nantucket voting thereon at any annual town meeting held 
within three years after its passage, or at any special town 
meeting called for the purpose within said period. If sub- 
mitted at any such annual town meeting it shall be in the 
form of the following question, which shall be placed upon 
the official ballot to be used for the election of town officers: 
— "Shall an act passed by the general court in the year 
nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, entitled 'An Act pro- 
viding for the taking or other acquisition by the town of 
Nantucket of certain land therein for the improvement of 
the fisheries of said town', be accepted?" 

Approved February 26, 1937. 

Chap. 66 An Act requiring applicants for registration as vet- 
erinarians to be citizens of the united states. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

EdV' iTr§ 55 Section fifty-five of chapter one hundred and twelve of 
amended.' ' the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 67, 68. 51 

is hereby amended by inserting after the word "over" in 
the third hne the words : — who is a citizen of the United 
States, — so as to read as follows: — Section 55. Applica- Examination 
tions for registration hereunder, signed and sworn to by the t/J,n ^f '®*'^''' 
applicant, shall be made upon blanks furnished by the board, veterinarians. 
Any applicant twenty-one years of age or over who is a citi- 
zen of the United States shall, upon payment of fifteen 
dollars, be entitled to examination, and, if found qualified 
by the board, shall be registered as a veterinarian and shall 
receive a certificate thereof, signed by its chairman and 
secretary. Any applicant failing to pass a satisfactory ex- 
amination may be re-examined at any regular meeting of 
the board within two years thereafter, without additional 
fee, and thereafter may be examined at any such meeting 
upon payment of fifteen dollars for each examination. The 
board, after a hearing, may revoke any certificate issued by 
it to any veterinarian convicted of a crime in the practice 
of his profession and cancel his registration. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 



Chap. 67 



An Act concerning the sale and taxation of the "old 

COURT house property", SO CALLED, IN GREENFIELD, 
OWNED BY THE COUNTY OF FRANKLIN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 
four hundred and forty-nine of the acts of nineteen hundred 
and thirty-one, the county commissioners of the county of 
Franklin are hereby authorized to sell the "old court house 
property", so called, for such price as they, in their discre- 
tion, deem to be proper and for the best interests of said 
county. 

Section 2. During such time as the county of Franklin 
continues to own the "old court house property", so called, 
and receives no rent or other income thei'efrom, said property 
shall be exempt from taxation. 

Approved February 26, 1937. 

An Act providing that the chairman of the planning Qhn'r) gc 

BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NEEDHAM BE A TOWN MEETING ^' 

MEMBER AT LARGE OF SAID TOWN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section three of chapter two hundred and seventy-nine 
of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-two is hereby 
amended by inserting after the word "assessors" in the 
tenth line the words : — , the chairman of the planning 
board, — so that the first paragraph will read as follows: — 
Any representative town meeting held under the provisions 
of this act, except as otherwise provided herein, shall be 
limited to the voters elected under section two, together 
with the following, designated as town meeting members at 



52 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 69, 70. 

large; namely, any member of the general court of the com- 
monwealth from the town, the moderator, the town clerk, 
the members of the board of selectmen, the town treasurer, 
the town counsel, the chairman of the school committee, the 
chairman of the finance committee, the chairman of the 
board of assessors, the chairman of the planning board, 
and the chairman of the board of health. The town clerk 
shall notify the town meeting members of the time and 
place at which representative town meetings are to be held, 
the notices to be sent by mail at least seven days before the 
meeting. Approved February 26, 1937. 

Chap. 69 An Act authorizing the county commissioners of essex 

COUNTY TO PURCHASE ADDITIONAL LAND IN THE CITY OF 
LAWRENCE TO BE USED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE ESSEX 
COUNTY TRAINING SCHOOL. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The county commissioners of Essex county 
are hereby authorized to purchase additional land in the 
city of Lawrence to be used for the purposes of the Essex 
county training school, and may expend therefor out of the 
appropriation for county buildings for said county for the 
current year a sum not exceeding three thousand dollars. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 4, 1937. 



Chap. 70 An Act relative to the retirement of permanent mem- 
bers of the police department of the town of WEY- 
MOUTH AND VALIDATING CERTAIN ACTION TAKEN BY SAID 
TOWN AND ITS OFFICIALS IN RELATION THERETO. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The action of the town of Weymouth at its 
annual town election in the year nineteen hundred and 
twenty-five in voting to accept so much of section eighty- 
five of chapter thirty-two of the General Laws as relates to 
the permanent members of the police department of said 
town, and all action purportedly taken by the officials of 
said town under said section, are hereby confirmed and 
made valid in so far as the same were invalid for the reason 
that said section was so limited in its application and was 
not accepted in the manner authorized by law, and the pro- 
visions of said section eighty-five, so far as they relate to 
permanent members of the police department of said town, 
shall continue to be operative therein, subject to the provi- 
sions of section eighty-five C of said chapter thirty-two. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 4, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 71. 53 

An Act providing for removing or placing under- fUajj 71 

GROUND CERTAIN OVERHEAD WIRES AND ELECTRICAL AP- ^ ' 

PLIANCES IN THE TOWN OF WINCHESTER. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The board of selectmen of the town of Win- 
chester shall have exclusive authority to order and to cause 
to be removed from above the surface of Common street in 
said town all telegraph or telephone and electric light, elec- 
tric motor and power, and all other wires, cables or con- 
ductors in said street and above the surface thereof, together 
with all poles and structures in said street used for the sup- 
port of such wires, cables or conductors, and to order and 
to cause all such wires, cables and conductors to be placed, 
and thereafter maintained and operated, in underground 
conduits. 

Section 2. In ease of any order for removal under 
authority of section one of this act, or at any time upon 
application of any person lawfully maintaining or using any 
wires in said Common street for authority to place such 
wires underground, the board of selectmen of said town 
shall grant all necessary permits for placing, maintaining 
and operating such wires, cables and conductors and any 
other necessary appurtenances in underground conduits, and 
for constructing and maintaining manholes, subject to the 
bj'-laws of said town, and the superintendent of streets or 
other officer having charge of the highways of said town 
shall issue all permits for opening and occupying the streets, 
or portions thereof, to accomplish said purposes. 

Section 3. No person shall erect, place or maintain any 
poles or other structures for the support of any wires, cables 
or conductors in said Common street, or in any portion 
thereof, after the overhead wires, cables or conductors shall 
have been removed therefrom pursuant to this act, except 
temporarily, in case of emergency, and with the consent in 
each instance of the board of selectmen of said town. If, 
after the expiration of the time prescribed by section four 
of this act for the removal of all overhead wires, cables, 
conductors, poles and structures in said Common street, 
there shall remain in said street, or any portion thereof, 
any wires, cables, conductors, poles or structures, required 
by this act to be removed or placed underground, or both, 
said board of selectmen shall cause the same to be removed 
forthwith, and the town may by proper action collect from 
the owners or users thereof any expense involved in such 
removal. 

Section 4. Every owner or user of overhead wires, cables 
or conductors, and poles and other structures for the sup- 
port thereof, in said Common street shall, prior to the first 
day of September in the current year, remove therefrom all 
such overhead wires, cables and conductors, and such poles 
and other structures, owned or used by him, and construct 



54 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 72, 73. 



in said street all necessary underground conduits and ducts, 
and manholes, and remove thereto such wires, cables and 
conductors as he shall desire to continue to use in said street. 

Section 5. The superior court shall have jurisdiction in 
equity to enforce the provisions of this act or of any order 
passed thereunder. 

Section 6. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 4, 1937. 

Chap. 72 An Act designating the new bridge to be constructed 

OVER THE CONNECTICUT RIVER BETWEEN NORTHAMPTON 
AND HADLEY as THE CALVIN COOLIDGE MEMORIAL BRIDGE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The new bridge authorized to be constructed over the 
Connecticut river between Northampton and Hadley under 
the provisions of chapter four hundred and thirty-three of 
the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six shall be known 
and designated as the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Bridge. A 
suitable tablet or marker bearing said designation shall be 
attached to said bridge, upon its completion, by the depart- 
ment of public works. Approved March 4, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.). 101, 
§ 19. etc., 
amended. 



Regulation 
of sale of 
song sheets 
by minors. 



Chap. 73 An Act relative to the sale of song sheets, so called, 

BY MINORS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section nineteen of chapter one hundred and one of the 
General Laws, as amended by chapter one hundred and four- 
teen of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, is hereby 
further amended by inserting after the word "periodicals" 
in the eighteenth line the words: — and song sheets, so called, 
— so as to read as follows: — Section 19. The aldermen or 
selectmen may make regulations consistent with the general 
laws relative to the exercise of the trade of bootblacking by 
minors, and to the sale or barter by minors of any goods, 
wares or merchandise the sale of which is permitted without a 
license by section seventeen, and may prohibit such trade or 
such sales, or may require a minor to obtain from them a 
permit therefor to be issued on terms and conditions pre- 
scribed in such regulations; provided, that in the case of girls 
under the age of eighteen years and of boys under the age of 
sixteen years the foregoing powers in cities shall be vested in 
and exercised by the school committee. No permit issued to 
a minor under this section nor badge issued to him under sec- 
tions sixty-nine to seventy-three, inclusive, of chapter one 
hundred and forty-nine shall authorize the sale by a minor of 
any article, other than those which may be sold without a 
license under section seventeen, except that a badge so issued 
may authorize, in addition, the sale of magazines and other 
periodicals and song sheets, so called. A minor who sells such 
article or exercises such trade without a permit, if one is re- 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 74, 75. 55 

quired, or who violates the conditions of his permit or any pro- 
vision of said regulations, shall be punished by a fine of not 
more than ten dollars. Approved March 4) 1937. 



Chap. 74 



An Act relative to fees for sealing certain scales and 

CERTAIN liquid CAPACITY MEASURES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter ninety-eight of the General Laws is hereby q. l. (Ter. 
amended by striking out section fifty-six, as amended by j^se'et^c.. 
chapter ninety-eight of the acts of nineteen hundred and amended, 
thirty-four, and inserting in place thereof the following: — 
Section 56. Except as otherwise provided, sealers shall ^^1^^°^ 
receive the following fees for sealing the following weighing 
or measuring devices : — 

(a) Each scale with a weighing capacity of five thousand to 
ten thousand pounds, one dollar. 

(6) Each scale with a weighing capacity of more than ten 
thousand pounds, two dollars. 

(c) Each liquid capacity measure, except vehicle tanks, 
of the capacity of more than one gallon, ten cents. 

(d) Each liquid-measuring meter, except water meters, 
the diameter of the inlet pipe of which is one inch or less, 
fifty cents; and for each such meter the diameter of the inlet 
pipe of which is more than one inch, one dollar. 

(e) All other scales, balances, and measures on pumps, ten 
cents each. 

(/) Each taximeter, or measuring device used upon vehicles 
for determining the cost of transportation, one dollar. 

{g) Each machine or other device used for determining the 
measurement of leather, one dollar. 

{h) Milk bottles or jars, fifty cents per gross. 

(i) Vehicle tanks used in the sale of commodities by liquid 
measure and having a capacity of one hundred gallons or less, 
one dollar. For each additional one hundred gallons or frac- 
tion thereof, an additional fee of fifty cents shall be received. 
When a vehicle tank is subdivided into two or more compart- 
ments, each compartment shall, for the purposes of this sec- 
tion, be considered as a separate tank. 

(ji) All weights and other measures, three cents each. They 
shall also receive reasonable compensation for necessary re- 
pairs, alterations and adjustments made by them. 

Approved March 4, 1937. 

An Act authorizing the town of rehoboth to receive z^/,^^ nr. 

AND ADMINISTER THE PROPERTY OF THE BAKER AND HOR- ^' 

TON CEMETERY ASSOCIATION IN SAID TOWN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The Baker and Horton Cemetery Associa- 
tion, a corporation duly incorporated under chapter seventy- 
nine of the acts of eighteen hundred and eighty-two and 



56 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 75. 

situated in the town of Rehoboth, hereinafter called the cor- 
poration, is hereby empowered and authorized to convey and 
transfer to said town, and said town is hereby authorized and 
empowered to receive, and thereafter to hold and maintain, 
but for cemetery purposes only, and subject to all rights 
heretofore existing in any burial lots, the real and personal 
property of the corporation not subject to any trust, and 
thereupon, and upon the transfer of the trust funds as here- 
inafter provided, the corporation shall be dissolved; and the 
cemetery of the corporation shall be and become a public 
burial place, ground or cemetery. 

Section 2. In so far as authorized by a decree of a court 
of competent jurisdiction and in compliance with the terras 
and conditions of such decree, said town may receive from 
the corporation a conveyance and transfer of, and administer, 
all funds or other property held by the corporation in trust 
for the perpetual care of the lots in its cemetery and for other 
purposes, and also any property devised or bequeathed to the 
corporation under the will of any person living at the time 
of said transfer or convej^ance or under the will of any de- 
ceased person not then probated. Interest and dividends 
accruing on funds deposited in trust with any savings bank, 
under authority of section thirty-seven or thirty-eight of 
chapter one hundred and sixty-eight of the General Laws, or 
with any other banking institution, for the benefit of the 
corporation, or of any lots in its cemetery, may, after such 
conveyance, be paid by such bank or institution to the treas- 
urer of said town; and upon such payment said treasurer shall 
use the same for the purposes of said trusts. 

Section 3. All real and personal property and property 
rights, acquired by said town from the corporation under 
authority of section one shall be held and managed by said 
town in the same manner in which cities and towns are au- 
thorized by law to hold and manage property for cemetery 
purposes; provided, that all rights which any persons have 
acquired in its cemetery or lots therein shall remain in force 
to the same extent as if this act had not been passed and such 
transfer had not occurred. The records of the corporation 
shall be delivered to the clerk of said town and such clerk 
may certify copies thereof. 

Section 4. This act shall take full effect upon its accept- 
ance by a majority of the registered voters of the town of 
Rehoboth voting thereon at a regular or special town meet- 
ing of said town not later than the regular town meeting in 
the year nineteen hundred and thirty-eight. 

Approved March 4, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 76, 77. 57 



An Act constituting imprisonment for five years or (JJiQ/n 'JQ 

MORE IN A FEDERAL PENAL INSTITUTION OR ANY PENAL OR 
REFORMATORY INSTITUTION IN THIS OR ANY OTHER STATE 
AS A CAUSE FOR DIVORCE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter two hundred and eight of the Gen- g. l. (Ter. 
eral Laws is hereby amended by striking out section two, as ameAde°d' ^ ^' 
appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place 
thereof the following : — Section 2. A divorce may also be Certain causes 
decreed if either party has been sentenced to confinement for ^°'" '^'^°'''=<'- 
life or for five j^ears or more in a federal penal institution or in 
a penal or reformatory institution in this or any other state; 
and, after a divorce for such cause, no pardon granted to the 
party so sentenced shall restore such party to his or her con- 
jugal rights. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect on October first of Effective 
the current year. Approved March 4, 1937. 



An Act providing for absent voting at regular town Chav. 77 

ELECTIONS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter fifty-four of the General Laws is g. l. (Ter. 
hereby amended by striking out section one hundred and fto3Af'eto., 
three A, inserted by section one of chapter three hundred and amended, 
thirteen of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three, 
and inserting in place thereof the following: — Section 103 A. ^^l^^*" 
Sections eighty-six to one hundred and three, inclusive, of this 
chapter and sections twenty-seven and thirty-four of chapter 
fifty-six shall, so far as applicable, apply to regular city elec- 
tions in any citj' which accepts this section by vote of its city 
council, subject to the provisions of its charter, and to regular 
town elections in any town which accepts this section at any 
annual meeting or any special town meeting held not less 
than ninety days before an annual meeting. All the rights, 
powers, duties and obligations conferred and imposed upon 
the state secretary by said sections shall, with respect to said 
city and town elections, be exercised and performed by the 
clerk of such city or town, and, in construing said sections for 
the purposes of this section, any reference to state elections 
shall be considered as referring to said city or town elections 
in such city or town. 

In each such city which holds its regular city election 
annually, or which holds such election biennially in the even 
numbered years, and in which the date for such election is 
fixed by general or special law at a date earlier than the third 
Tuesday of December, the date of such city election shall be 
said third Tuesday and not such earlier date. 

Section 2. Section ten of chapter fifty-three of the Gen- o. l. (Ter. 
eral Laws, as most recently amended by section two of chap- ^ttl'ameided'. 



58 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 77. 



Time for 
filing nomina- 
tion papers, 
etc., in towns. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 53, § 11. 
etc., amended. 



Objections. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 53, § 13, 
etc., amended. 



Withdrawals. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 53, § 72A, 
etc., amended. 



Caucuses, time 
for holding. 



ter forty-five of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
seven, is hereby further amended by striking out the third 
paragraph, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and 
inserting in place thereof the following: — 

In any town which does not accept section one hundred and 
three A of chapter fifty-four, certificates of nomination for 
town offices shall be filed on or before the second Wednesday, 
and nomination papers on or before the second Thursday, 
preceding the day of the election; but if such Wednesday or 
Thursday falls on a legal holiday, the said certificates of 
nomination or nomination papers shall be filed on or before 
the succeeding day; but if a town election is held on a day 
of the week other than Monday, such certificates of nomina- 
tion and nomination papers shall be filed, respectively, on or 
before the twelfth and eleventh days preceding the day of the 
election, except as otherwise provided in any special law 
affecting such town. In any town which accepts said section 
one hundred and three A, certificates of nomination and 
nomination papers for any regular town election shall be 
filed on or before the Thursday following the fourth Tuesday 
preceding such election, notwithstanding any special law 
affecting such town. In any such town the time for present- 
ing nomination papers for certification to the registrars of 
voters, and for certifying the same, shall be governed by 
section seven of this chapter, notwithstanding any contrary 
provision in any special law. 

Section 3. Section eleven of said chapter fifty-three, as 
amended by section three of said chapter three hundred and 
thirteen, is hereby further amended by striking out the sen- 
tence added by said section three and inserting in place 
thereof the following : — This section shall be in force in any 
city or town which accepts section one hundred and three A 
of chapter fifty-four, any special provision of law to the 
contrary notwithstanding. 

Section 4. Section thirteen of said chapter fifty-three, 
as most recently amended by chapter twenty-six of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, is hereby further 
amended by striking out the sentence acided by section four 
of said chapter three hundred and thirteen and inserting in 
place thereof the following : — This section shall be in force 
in any city or town which accepts section one hundred and 
three A of chapter fifty-four, any special provision of law to 
the contrary notwithstanding. 

Section 5. Said chapter fifty-three is hereby further 
amended by striking out section seventy-two A, inserted by 
section six of said chapter three hundred and thirteen, and 
inserting in place thereof the following: — Section 72 A. In 
any city or town which accepts section one hundred and three 
A of chapter fifty-four, caucuses before regular city or town 
elections shall be held on the fourth Tuesday preceding such 
city or town elections, notwithstanding any contrary provi- 
sion in any general or special law. 

Approved March 4, 1937, 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 78, 79. 59 



An Act relative to records and returns of abnormal (^Jiar), 78 
SEX births. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section two A of chapter forty-six of the g. l. (Ter. 
General Laws, inserted therein by chapter two hundred and ^tc:^'am;n^ded.' 
seventy-nine of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three, 
is hereby amended by inserting after the word "births" in 
the second Hne the words : — or abnormal sex births, — so 
as to read as follows : — Section 2 A . Examination of records impounding 
and returns of illegitimate births, or abnormal sex births, or Clrth'^recorda. 
of copies of such records in the office of the state secretary, 
shall not be permitted except upon proper judicial order, or 
upon request of a person seeking his own birth record, or his 
attorney, parent, guardian or conservator, or of a person 
whose official duties, in the opinion of the town clerk or state 
secretary, entitle him to the information contained therein, 
nor shall certified copies thereof be furnished except upon 
such order, or the request of such person. 

Section 2. Section twelve of said chapter forty-six, as g. l. (Ter. 
appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereb}^ amended amend«i.^ ^^' 
by inserting after the word "wedlock" in the thirteenth line 
the words: — or of a child of abnormal sex, — so as to read 
as follows: — Section 12. Except as hereinafter provided. Copies of 
each town clerk shall forthwith make a certified copy of the wrthslnd 
record of each birth and death recorded during the previous ^^^.ths, etc 
month, if the parents of the child born or the deceased were 
residents of any other town in the commonwealth or in any 
other state at the time of said birth or death, and transmit it 
to the clerk of the town where such parents or deceased per- 
son were so resident, stating the name of the street and num- 
ber of the house, if any, where such parents or deceased per- 
son so resided ; and the clerk of a town in the commonwealth 
receiving such certified copy, or certified copies of births, 
marriages or deaths, from the clerk of a town without the 
commonwealth, shall record the same and transmit to the 
state secretarj^ a certified copy of the record thereof. No 
birth record of a child born out of wedlock or of a child of 
abnormal sex shall so be transmitted to any other city or 
town. Approved March 4, 1937. 



Chap. 79 



An Act relative to the designating of beneficiaries 
under death benefit certificates by members of 
certain fraternal benefit societies. 

Be it enacted, etc., asfolloius: 

Chapter one hundred and seventy-six of the General g l. (Ter 
Laws is hereby amended by striking out section twenty- etc!, 'amended. ' 
one, as most recently amended by chapter one hundred and 
seventy of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, 
and inserting in place thereof the following : — Section 21 . BeneSciariea. 



60 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 80. 

Death benefits shall be payable to any beneficiary desig- 
nated by the member; provided, that the society may by 
its by-laws make restrictions as to who may be beneficiaries. 
Each member shall have the right to change his beneficiary 
from time to time in accordance with the by-laws of the 
society; and no beneficiary shall have or obtain any vested 
interest in said benefits until the same have become due 
and payable upon the death of the member. No contract 
under this chapter, except where an incorporated charitable 
institution or home is made a beneficiary in accordance 
with the by-laws of the society, shall be valid which shall 
be conditioned upon an agreement or understanding that 
the person to whom the death benefit is made payable shall 
pay the periodic or other contributions of the member. 

Approved March 4, 1937. 



Chap. 80 An Act increasing the salary of the mayor of the 

CITY OF CHELSEA. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section sixty-five of Part II of chapter six 
hundred and eighty of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
eleven, as amended by section one of chapter one hundred 
and ninety-three of the acts of nineteen hundred and twenty- 
seven, is hereby further amended by striking out, in the 
second fine, the words "thirty-five hundred" and inserting 
in place thereof the words: — five thousand, — and by strik- 
ing out, in the twelfth fine, the words "annual city" and 
inserting in place thereof the words: — biennial municipal, — 
so as to read as follows : — Section 65. The salary of the 
mayor shall be five thousand dollars per annum, and the 
salary of each alderman five hundred dollars per annum, 
except that in case of a vacancy in the office of mayor 
the president of the board of aldermen shall be entitled to 
the salary of mayor while performing the duties of mayor. 
These salaries shall be payable in equal monthly instal- 
ments. Upon the petition of at least twenty-five per cent 
of the aggregate number of registered voters in the city, 
the question of increasing or decreasing the salaries of the 
mayor or the aldermen shall be printed upon the ballot at 
the next biennial municipal election in substantially the 
following manner: "Shall the salary of the (mayor or alder- 
men) be increased or decreased to (the amount petitioned 
for) per annum?" and if the vote is in the affirmative, the 
increase or decrease shall take effect in the next municipal 
year thereafter. The members of the school committee shall 
receive no salary. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted for acceptance 
to the voters of the city of Chelsea at the biennial municipal 
election in the current year in the form of the following 
question which shall be placed upon the official ballot to be 



YES 





Acts, 1937. —Chap. 81. 61 

used at said election: — "Shall an act passed by the gen- 
eral court in the year nineteen hundred and 
thirty-seven, entitled 'An Act Increasing the 
Salary of the Mayor of the City of Chelsea', 
be accepted?" If a majority of the votes cast on said 
question is in the affirmative, this act shall thereupon take 
effect, but not otherwise. Approved March 4, 1937. 



An Act providing for the appointment of the city Chap. 81 

SOLICITOR OF the CITY OF CHELSEA BY THE MAYOR, SUB- 
JECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF 
SAID CITY, AND TO THE REMOVAL OF SUCH SOLICITOR. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section fifty-one of Part II of chapter six 
hundred and eighty of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
eleven is hereby amended by inserting after the word "alder- 
men" in the second line the words: — , a city solicitor, — 
so as to read as follows : — Section 51 . The mayor shall 
appoint, subject to the approval of the board of aldermen, a 
city solicitor, a chief of police, a city engineer, who shall be 
superintendent of streets and sewers, who shall have the 
powers of surveyors of highways and all the powers of 
road commissioners not herein otherwise conferred; a chief 
engineer of the fire department; a superintendent of public 
buildings, and a superintendent of fire alarms. Every ad- 
ministrative officer so appointed shall, unless sooner removed, 
hold office until his successor is appointed and qualified. Any 
officer so appointed under this section may be removed by 
the mayor, for such cause as he shall deem sufficient and shall 
assign in writing in his order of removal, and the removal 
shall take effect upon the filing of the order in the office of the 
city clerk and the service of a copy of such order upon the 
officer removed either personally or at his last or usual place 
of residence. The city clerk shall keep such order on file and 
subject to public inspection. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted for acceptance 
to the registered voters of the city of Chelsea at the biennial 
municipal election in the current year in the form of the 
following question, which shall be placed upon the official 
ballot to be used at said election: "Shall an act passed by the 
general court in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, 
entitled 'An act providing for the appointment of the city 
solicitor of the city of Chelsea by the mayor, subject to the 
approval of the board of aldermen of said city, and to the 
removal of such solicitor', be accepted?" If a majority of 
the votes cast on said question is in the affirmative, then this 
act shall take effect on the first Monday of January in the 
year nineteen hundred and thirty-eight, but not otherwise. 

Approved March 4, 1937. 



62 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 82, 83, 84. 



Chap. 82 An Act relative to appropriations by the town of 

HARWICH FOR PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section one of chapter two hundred and 
seventy-two of the acts of nineteen hundred and twenty-nine, 
as amended by section one of chapter twelve of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty, is hereby further amended by 
striking out, in the first and second lines, the words "two 
thirds" and inserting in place thereof the word: — majority, 
— so as to read as follows : — Section 1 . The town of Har- 
wich may, by a majority vote at any annual town meeting, 
appropriate a sum not exceeding twenty-five hundred dol- 
lars, to be expended under the direction of the selectmen, for 
the purpose of providing amusements or entertainments of a 
public character. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Appi'oved March 5, 1937. 

Chap. 83 An Act relative to appropriations by the town of 

ORLEANS for PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section one of chapter one hundred and 
fifty-eight of the acts of nineteen hundred and twenty-nine 
is hereby amended by striking out, in the first line, the words 
"two thirds" and inserting in place thereof the word: — 
majority, — so as to read as follows: — Section 1. The 
town of Orleans may, by a majority vote, appropriate each 
year a sum not exceeding twenty-five hundred dollars for 
providing amusements or entertainments of a public charac- 
ter. The money so appropriated by the town shall be ex- 
pended under the direction of the board of selectmen. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 5, 1937. 

Chap. 84 An Act placing under the civil service all employees 
OF the state superintendent of buildings. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

EdVa^fi Section 1, Chapter eight of the General Laws is hereby 

etc., 'amended, amended by striking out section four, as most recently 
amended by chapter two hundred and fifty-one of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, and inserting in place 
^t'^^^^^^,1^^ thereof the following : — Section 4- He may appoint such 
clerks, engineers, electricians, firemen, oilers, mechanics, 
watchmen, elevator operators, porters, cleaners and other 
persons as may be necessary to enable him to perform his 
duties. Watchmen appointed hereunder for service at the 
state house or on the grounds thereof shall be designated as 
capitol police and shall, when on duty, wear and display a 



of employees. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 85. 63 

metallic badge bearing the seal of the commonwealth and 
the words "Capitol PoHce", He shall be responsible for 
the fitness and good conduct of all such employees. 

Section 2. The offices and positions of all employees of Certain present 
the superintendent of buildings shall, upon the effective placed under 
date of this act, become subject to the civil service laws and "^'^'^ service, 
rules and regulations, and the tenure of office or employ- 
ment of any such employee shall be unlimited, subject, 
however, to said laws, but the persons holding said offices 
and positions on said effective date may continue to serve 
therein without taking a civil service examination. 

Approved March 5, 1937. 



An Act providing for one day off in every seven days (JJiar) 85 

FOR POLICE OFFICERS IN CERTAIN CITIES AND TOWNS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter one hundred and forty-seven of the g. l. (Ter. 
General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after sec- ^ctlonYeA*"^ 
tion sixteen, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, the added, 
following new section: — Section 16 A. Except in Boston, Onedayoff 
members of the police department of every town which p^ucr^fficlrs. 
accepts the provisions of this section by vote of its city 
council or selectmen, whether or not section fourteen, fif- 
teen or sixteen has theretofore been operative therein, shall 
be excused from duty for one day out of every seven with- 
out loss of pay. 

Section 2. Section seventeen of said chapter one hun- g. l. (Ter. 
dred and forty-seven, as so appearing, is hereby amended amend'eti'.' ^ ^^' 
by striking out, in the second fine, the word "three" and 
inserting in place thereof the word : — four, — and by in- 
serting after the word "sixteen" in the seventeenth fine the 
words: — , or fifty-two in each year in a town subject to 
section sixteen A, — so as to read as follows: — Section 17. Same subject. 
The time and manner of excusing members of police depart- General 
ments from duty in any town subject to any of the four 
preceding sections shall be determined by the chief, super- 
intendent or other officer or board at the head of the pohce 
department. A member so excused shall be exempt from 
duty and from attendance at a police station or other place, 
but otherwise shall be subject to all laws, rules and regula- 
tions relating to members of the department to which he 
belongs. The chief, superintendent or other officer or board 
at the head of the police department of any such town may, 
in case of any public emergency, or of any unusual demand 
for the services of the police in that town, prevent any mem- 
ber of the department from taking the day off at the time 
when he is entitled thereto, or at the time assigned there- 
for, provided that such day off shall be granted to him as 
soon thereafter as is practicable. In no case shall the num- 
ber of such days off be less than twelve in each year in a 
town subject to section fourteen, or twenty-four in each 



64 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 86, 87. 

year in a town subject to section fifteen, or forty-five in 
each year in a town subject to section sixteen, or fifty-two 
in each year in a town subject to section sixteen A, and 
they shall be in addition to any annual vacation now or 
hereafter allowed to members of the said departments, and 
such annual vacation shall not be diminished on account 
thereof. Approved March 5, 1937. 

Chap. 86 An Act relative to medical attendance furnished to 

CERTAIN NEEDY PERSONS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed x' n^'i 19 Section nineteen of chapter one hundred and seventeen of 
amended.' ' the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, 

is hereby amended by adding at the end the following new 

paragraph : — 
I^ttkmU?^^ No town shall execute a contract or agreement for the 
not to bar services of a physician which excludes attendance upon or 
recei^ng'^medi- treatment of persous having no legal settlement or having a 
cai treatment, jggal Settlement in other towns. Approved March 5, 1937. 

Chap. 87 An Act clarifying the law in regard to investment in 

CERTAIN BANK STOCKS BY SAVINGS BANKS AND SAVINGS 
DEPARTMENTS OF TRUST COMPANIES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed^)" 168 '■§ 54 Clause Seventh of section fifty-four of chapter one hundred 
etc.. 'amended. ' and sixty-eight of the General Laws, as amended by chapter 
two hundred and twenty of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-two, is hereby further amended by striking out, in the 
fifth line, the w^ord "thereon" and inserting in place thereof 
the words : — on its capital stock, — so that the first para- 
graph of said clause will read as follows : — 
and dl^ostts ^^ ^^® stock of a trust company incorporated under the 

in banks. laws of and doing business within this commonwealth, or in 

the stock of a national banking association located in the 
New England states and incorporated under the authority of 
the United States, which has paid dividends of not less than 
four per cent on its capital stock in cash in each of the five 
years next preceding the date of such investment and the 
amount of whose surplus is at least equal to fifty per cent of 
its capital; but a savings bank shall not hold, both by way 
of investment and as security for loans, more than twenty- 
five per cent of the stock of any one such company or associa- 
tion, nor shall it hold by way of investment stock of such 
companies and associations having an aggregate initial cost 
in excess of fifteen per cent of the deposits of such savings 
bank, or stock of any one such company or association having 
an initial cost in excess of one per cent of the deposits afore- 
said, except that in the event of the consolidation or merger 
of such companies or associations or of one or more such 
companies with one or more such associations the amount of 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 88, 89. 65 

stock of the consolidated or absorbing company or associa- 
tion which may be held under authority hereof may be in 
excess of one per cent but not in excess of two per cent of the 
deposits aforesaid, provided the stock so held is acquired in 
exchange for stock of the consolidating or merging companies 
or associations which is owned by such savings bank at the 
time of consolidation or merger. 

Approved March 5, 1937. 



Chap. 



An Act further extending the time during which the 
cities of lynn, peabody, salem and beverly and the 
town of danvers may take water from the ipswich 
river for emergency purposes. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section one of chapter one hundred and fifteen of the 
Special Acts of nineteen hundred and nineteen, as most 
recently amended by chapter fifty of the acts of nineteen 
hundred and thirty-three, is hereby further amended by 
striking out, in the tw^elfth to fourteenth lines, inclusive, the 
words "nineteen hundred and thirty-three, nineteen hundred 
and thirty-four, nineteen hundred and thirty-five and nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-six" and inserting in place thereof 
the following: — nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-eight and nineteen hundred and 
thirty-nine, — so as to read as follows : — Section 1 . The 
cities of Lynn, Peabody, Salem and Beverly and the town of 
Danvers, authorized to take water from the Ipswich river 
or its tributaries during the months from December to May, 
inclusive, under the provisions of chapter five hundred and 
eight of the acts of nineteen hundred and one and chapters 
six hundred and ninetj^-eight, six hundred and ninety-nine 
and seven hundred of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirteen, are hereby further authorized, in case of emergency, 
to take water from said river or its tributaries during the 
months from June to November, inclusive, in the years nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-seven, nineteen hundred and thirty- 
eight and nineteen hundred and thirty-nine, or any of said 
years, in quantities not exceeding those which may be taken 
from December to May, inclusive, as set forth in said acts, 
whenever, in the opinion of the department of public health, 
the taking of water during the months aforesaid in the years 
mentioned, or any of them, is necessary to provide an ade- 
quate water supply for the cities and town herein mentioned, 
subject otherwise to the remaining provisions of said acts. 

Approved March 5, 1937. 

An Act relative to hunting within the boundaries of QJku) gg 

CERTAIN public LANDS. ^ ' 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section one hundred and nine of chapter one g. l. (Tcr. 
hundred and thirty-one of the General Laws, as most re- ft'^i^amlndid!'* 



66 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 89. 

cently amended by section one of chapter one hundred and 
thirty-eight of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, 
is hereby further amended by striking out, in the twenty- 
second to the twenty-fourth lines, the words "in any state 
reservation subject to section one hundred and fourteen 
except as provided therein" and inserting in place thereof 
the words : — within the boundaries of any public lands 
subject to section one hundred and fourteen, — and by in- 
serting after the word "killing" in the thirty-second line 
the following new sentence : — This section shall not author- 
ize the hunting of deer in any state forest reservation or any 
state park or reservation under the control of the division 
of parks of the department; but the hunting of deer in any 
such reservation or park shall be authorized during the 
whole or any part of the open season for deer provided by 
this section, if and as permitted by regulations made by 

ki?Xer^°" the commissioner, — so as to read as follows: — Section 109. 

Penalty. Subjcct to the restrictions and provisions hereinafter con- 

tained, any person duly authorized to hunt in the common- 
wealth may hunt a deer, by the use of a shotgun or bow and 
arrow, in all coimties except Dukes, between one half hour 
before sunrise and one half hour after sunset of each day 
beginning with the first Monday in December and ending 
with the following Saturday, and in any or all of the coun- 
ties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire, if the 
additional hunting period hereinafter specified is authorized 
in such county or counties by the director, as evidenced by 
an order filed in his office and advertised in a newspaper or 
newspapers published in such county or counties not less 
than ten days prior to the first Monday in December, be- 
tween one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after 
sunset of each day, beginning with the second Monday in 
December and ending with the following Saturday. No 
person shall, except as provided in the preceding section, 
kill more than one deer. No deer shall be hunted on land 
posted in accordance with section one hundred and twenty- 
three, or on land under control of the metropolitan district 
commission, or within the boundaries of any public lands 
subject to section one hundred and fourteen. No person 
shall make, set or use any trap, torch light or jack light, 
salt lick or other device for the purpose of ensnaring, en- 
ticing, taking, injuring or killing a deer. No person shall 
use or carry on his person an arrow adapted for hunting 
purposes unless it is plainly marked with his name and 
permanent address. Whoever wounds or kills a deer shall, 
within forty-eight hours thereafter, send to the director a 
written report, signed by him, of the facts relative to the 
wounding or killing. This section shall not authorize the 
hunting of deer in any state forest reservation or any state 
park or reservation under the control of the division of 
parks of the department; but the hunting of deer in any such 
reservation or park shall be authorized during the whole or 
any part of the open season for deer provided by this sec- 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 90. 67 

tion, if and as permitted by regulations made by the commis- 
sioner. Whoever violates any provision of this section shall 
be punished by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than 
one hundred dollars. 

Section 2. Said chapter one hundred and thirty-one is o. l. (Ter. 
hereby further amended by striking out section one hun- fii4,imended. 
dred and fourteen, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edi- 
tion, and inserting in place thereof the following: — Section Hunting on 
114. No person shall hunt, or in any manner molest or ?e"g''uiatl*d.'^* 
destroy any bird or mammal within the boundaries of any 
state reservation, park, common or any land owned or 
leased by the commonwealth or any political subdivision 
thereof or any land held in trust for public use, except that 
the authorities or persons having the control and charge 
of such reservations, parks, commons or other lands may, 
with such limitations as they may deem advisable, author- 
ize persons to hunt within said boundaries any of the birds 
named in section seventy-seven, or the fur- bearing mam- 
mals, except muskrats, mentioned in section ninety-seven, 
or foxes, weasels or wildcats. Such an authorization shall 
be by written license, revocable at the pleasure of the 
authorities or persons granting it. The boards, officials and 
persons having charge of such reservations, parks, commons 
or lands owned or leased or held for pubHc use shall enforce 
this section. 

This section shall not apply to state forests acquired 
under section thirty or thirty-three of chapter one hundred 
and thirty-two or any other provision of law, or to state 
parks and reservations under the control of the division of 
parks of the department. Approved March 5, 1937. 



An Act further regulating the use of the market (JJiap, 90 

LIMITS OF the city OF BOSTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section eight of chapter five hundred and 
eighty-four of the acts of nineteen hundred and seven, as 
amended by section one of chapter five hundred and nine- 
teen of the acts of nineteen hundred and eight, is hereby 
further amended by striking out, in the twelfth to the seven- 
teenth lines, inclusive, the words "or of a farm within ten 
miles of the residence of such person; or are to be sold at 
wholesale only by the party offering the same for sale on 
commission, for, or as agent for, some person or persons not 
residing or having a usual place of business within eight 
miles of said market ; ", — by striking out, in the twenty-ninth 
line, the words "drawn by horses", — and by adding at the 
end thereof the following: — Nothing in this section shall 
prevent the owner of a farm from allowing a person or per- 
sons solely employed by him to sell the products of such 
farm, — so as to read as follows: — Section 8. Requirements 
and prohibitions contained in this act or elsewhere to the 



68 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 91. 

contrary notwithstanding, it shall be lawful to occupy with- 
out license or fee places in the streets, not including side- 
walks, within the limits of Faneuil Hall Market, as the same 
are or may be defined in the ordinances of the city of Boston, 
and other market limits added under authority of chapter 
three hundred and seventy-six of the acts of the year eighteen 
hundred and ninety-six, for the sale from wagons or other 
vehicles of fresh provisions and perishable produce: 'pro- 
vided, that the same are the product of the farm of the per- 
son offering them for sale, or are meats to be sold at wholesale 
only by the person who slaughtered the animals of which 
the same were a part. It shall also be lawful for persons 
who are the principal tenants of basement or of ground-floor 
parts of buildings abutting on streets within the market 
limits, as they have been declared or defined by the street 
commissioners of the city of Boston, and who are regularly 
engaged in the business of selling fresh provisions or perish- 
able produce to occupy, from time to time, by themselves 
or their employees, without license or fee, for the sale of 
said goods at wholesale and not by auction, parts of the 
roadway in front of their respective premises with vehicles, 
and in like manner to occupy parts of the roadway in front 
of the premises of other persons engaged in the same busi- 
ness within said limits for the purpose of selling to them or 
of offering to them for sale said goods under the conditions 
described in this section; provided, however, that such per- 
sons offer no objection. Occupations under authority of 
this section shall be only in accordance with rules and regu- 
lations established from time to time by the street commis- 
sioners of the city of Boston, the police commissioner of the 
city of Boston concurring, for the purpose of securing the 
orderly and convenient transaction of business and the free 
passage of vehicles and of foot passengers within and through 
said limits; and in so far as they shall deem proper the said 
street commissioners, the police commissioner concurring, 
may further allow tenants to occupy temporarily with goods 
parts of sidewalks in front of their respective premises addi- 
tional to such parts as may be specified in licenses issued 
to them by the street commissioners. Nothing in this sec- 
tion shall prevent the owner of a farm from allowing a per- 
son or persons solely employed by him to sell the products 
of such farm. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 11, 1937. 

Chap. 91 An Act relative to the term of certain licenses for 

THEATRICAL AND LIKE EXHIBITIONS IN THE CITY OF 
BOSTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. A license to be exercised in a building li- 
censed as a theatre issued, after the date of passage of this 
act, for a theatrical season under the provisions of section 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 92, 93. 69 

one of chapter four hundred and ninety-four of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and eight, as amended, shall expire on 
the thirty-first day of December of the year during the 
whole or a portion of which it is to be exercised. 
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 11, 1937. 

An Act abolishing the Swansea fire and water district. Chap. 92 
Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

Section 1. The Swansea Fire and Water District, es- 
tablished by chapter three hundred and seventeen of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three and enlarged by 
chapter three hundred and fifty-nine of the acts of said year, 
is hereby abolished. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 11, 1937. 

An Act changing the period of the operating year in (JJidj) 93 
connection with the operation and maintenance of 
the sumner tunnel in the city of boston. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

Section 1. Section eleven of chapter two hundred and 
ninety-seven of the acts of nineteen hundred and twenty- 
nine, as amended by section one of chapter seventy-four 
of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, is hereby 
further amended by striking out, in the eleventh line, the 
word "March" and inserting in place thereof the word: — 
December, — so as to read as follows : — Section 11. If at 
any time during the operation of the tunnel the receipts 
from tolls and charges as established under section nine or 
twelve are insufficient to meet the operating costs, including 
for sinking fund requirements, however, only such amount 
as is required by section eight, the treasurer of the city is 
hereby authorized and directed to make payments on ac- 
count of the same from any funds in the treasury of the 
city, including temporary tax loan funds but excluding trust 
funds. If for any year ending on the last day of December 
the operating costs, including for sinking fund requirements, 
however, only such amount as is required by section eight, 
exceed the receipts from such tolls and charges, the said 
treasurer shall notify the assessors of the city of the amount 
of such excess and the same amount shall be added to the 
amount to be raised by the city in the next annual tax levy. 
Any such amount shall be in excess of the limit imposed by 
law on the amount to be raised for municipal purposes by 
taxation in said city. 

Section 2. Section twelve of said chapter two hundred 
and ninety-seven, as most recently amended by section four 
of chapter four hundred and fifty-five of the acts of nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-five, is hereby further amended 



70 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 93. 

by striking out, in the second line, the word ''March" and 
inserting in place thereof the word : — December, — so as 
to read as f ollows : — >Sed2on 12. Whenever as of the last 
day of December in any year the receipts from tolls and 
charges as established under section nine or under this sec- 
tion exceed the operating costs, excluding for this purpose 
interest and sinking fund requirements in respect of the 
said three million dollars of bonds and in respect of the said 
six hundred thousand dollars of bonds, but including sink- 
ing fund requirements in respect of the said sixteen million 
dollars of bonds on a basis of the payment of all of the said 
sixteen million dollars of bonds at the expiration of twenty 
years after their respective dates, said excess shall be trans- 
ferred to the general funds of the city so far as necessary 
to reimburse it for any amounts raised by taxation under 
section eleven, exclusive of any amounts so raised for in- 
terest or sinking fund requirements in respect of the said 
three million dollars of bonds and in respect of the said six 
hundred thousand dollars of bonds. If any such excess 
occurs after the city shall have been reimbursed in full for 
all amounts so raised by taxation, exclusive of amounts for 
interest and sinking fund requirements in respect of the 
said three million dollars of bonds and of the said six 
hundred thousand dollars of bonds, the public works depart- 
ment shall, subject to the provisions of section nine, estab- 
lish a reduced schedule of tolls and charges, sufficient, how- 
ever, to meet the operating costs; provided, however, that 
until all of the said three million dollars of bonds and 
of the said six hundred thousand dollars of bonds, shall 
become payable, whether at their final maturity or when 
called as hereinbefore provided, of such excess not so needed 
for such reimbursement so much thereof as shall be required 
for the payment of the interest and principal of the said 
three million dollars of bonds shall be paid into said first 
supplemental sinking fund to be applied by the treasurer 
to the payment of the interest and principal of the said three 
million dollars of bonds, on a basis of the payment of all of 
the said three million dollars of bonds at the expiration of 
twenty years after their respective dates, and the remainder 
of such excess shall be paid into such second supplemental 
sinking fund to be applied by the treasurer to the payment 
of the interest and principal of the said six hundred thou- 
sand dollars of bonds. In case it shall be determined that 
all of such excess cannot be so paid without impairing rights 
secured by the constitution of the United States to holders 
of any of the said sixteen million dollars of bonds heretofore 
sold and paid for or to holders of any of the said three million 
dollars of bonds heretofore sold and paid for, then to the 
extent that such excess can be so paid without such impair- 
ment, so much thereof as may be required for interest and 
sinking fund requirements in respect of the said three mil- 
lion dollars of bonds on a basis of the payment thereof at 
the expiration of twenty years after their respective dates 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 94. 71 

shall be paid into the said first supplemental sinking fund and 
the remainder shall be paid into the second supplemental 
sinking fund as hereinbefore provided. If the amounts so 
directed to be contributed to the said first and second sup- 
plemental sinking funds shall be more than necessary to 
meet the interest on the said three million dollars of bonds 
and on the said six hundred thousand dollars of bonds and 
to retire the principal thereof at the expiration of twenty 
years after their respective dates, the public works depart- 
ment shall establish the said reduced schedule as hereinbefore 
provided. 

Section 3. Reference in section one to "any year ending 
on the last day of December" shall mean the nine month 
period between the last day of March and the last day of 
December in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-six, as 
well as each calendar year beginning with the calendar year 
nineteen hundred and thirty-seven. 

Section 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 11, 1937. 



An Act repealing provisions of law permitting ap- Chap. 94 

PLICANTS FOR REGISTRATION AS BARBERS TO PRACTICE 
BARBERING PENDING REGISTRATION. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

The second paragraph of section eighty-seven H of chap- g. l. (Ter. 
ter one hundred and twelve of the General Laws, as most f gyHlet'c, 
recently amended by section one of chapter three hundred amended, 
and fourteen of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, 
is hereby further amended by striking out, in the first to 
the seventh lines, the words "Each person making appli- 
cation for examination hereunder shall be allowed to prac- 
tice the occupation of barbering until the next meeting of 
the board, and the board shall grant without charge a per- 
mit authorizing him to practice such occupation until such 
next meeting; provided, that the board may, in its discre- 
tion, extend such permits until the date of a subsequent 
meeting of the board", — by striking out, in the sixteenth 
to the nineteenth lines, the words "A new temporary permit 
shall be issued for each re-examination fee paid. No ap- 
plicant for registration who has filed an application and holds 
a temporary permit, and no" and inserting in place thereof 
the word : — No, — and by striking out the comma after 
the word "barber" in the twentieth line, — so as to read 
as follows : — Any applicant failing to pass an examination Re-exami- 
satisfactory to the board shall thereafter be entitled to re- appUc"ant8. 
examination by payment of a fee of five dollars and by filing 
a re-examination application upon a form furnished by the 
board, but two re-examinations shall exhaust his privilege 
under his original application, and if he fails to apply for 
re-examination within one j^ear after his original examina- 
tion, or to appear for re-examination when notified so to do, 



72 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 95, 96. 



his re-examination privilege for such original application 
shall be forfeited. No person who holds a card as an ap- 
prentice barber shall be permitted to open and/or to operate 
a barber shop until he has successfully passed the required 
examination and obtained a certificate of registration. Be- 
fore any registered barber opens a barber shop he shall apply 
to the board for the inspection and approval thereof, and 
the board shall collect a fee of five dollars for each such in- 
spection. Approved March 11, 1937. 



Chav. 95 An Act relative to the licensing of dog kennels in 

CASE OF THEIR REMOVAL TO OTHER MUNICIPALITIES WITHIN 
THE SAME COUNTY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section one hundred and thirty-seven A of chapter one 
hundred and forty of the General Laws, inserted by section 
three of chapter three hundred and twenty of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-four, is hereby amended by 
adding at the end the following new paragraph : — 

Any holder of a license for a kennel in any town may re- 
move his kennel to a location in any other town in the same 
county, with the written approval of such new location of 
the mayor or selectmen of the town to which he removes 
his kennel. Before such removal he shall deliver to the 
clerk of the town into which he intends to remove his kennel 
the written approval of the mayor or selectmen thereof and 
his original license, and the clerk shall thereupon, on pay- 
ment of a fee of one dollar, issue to him a new license cover- 
ing the new location for the balance of the period of the 
original license. Approved March 11, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 140, 
§ 137A, etc., 
amended. 



Kennel 
licenses, 
transfer of. 



Chap, 96 An Act relative to the maturity date of certain 

PUBLIC utility BONDS WHICH ARE LEGAL INVESTMENTS 
FOR SAVINGS BANKS AND SAVINGS DEPARTMENTS OF TRUST 
COMPANIES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

G. L. (Ter. Clause Sixth A of section fifty-four of chapter one hun- 

Send^^.' ^ ^*' dred and sixty-eight of the General Laws, as appearing in 
the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by striking 
out in the first line the word "thirty" and inserting in place 
thereof the word : — forty, — so that the first paragraph of 
said clause will read as follows: — In the bonds, maturing 
not later than forty years subsequent to such investment, 
issued or assumed by any corporation incorporated under 
the laws of the United States or of any state thereof which 
is operating under the supervision of a public service or 
other similar commission of the United States or of any 
state thereof exercising regulatory jurisdiction therein and 
is engaged in the sale and distribution of electricity, or in 
such sale and distribution and also in some other form of 



Public service 

company 

securities. 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 97, 98. 73 

public service enterprise, or in the manufacture and dis- 
tribution of artificial gas, or in the sale or distribution, of 
natural gas supplied in substitution for or in mixture with 
artificial gas, but in no case shall the bonds of any company- 
engaged in the sale or distribution of natural gas become a 
legal investment unless said company maintains at all times 
full facilities for the manufacture of artificial gas in quanti- 
ties sufficient to supply the normal demand, and is doing 
at least eighty per cent of its business within the territorial 
limits of the United States; provided, that — 

Approved March 11, 1937. 



An Act relative to the fees for recording instru- QJi^jj 97 

MENTS OF TAKING FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES. ^' 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The second paragraph of section thirty-eight of chapter g. l. (Ter. 
two hundred and sixty-two of the General Laws, as appear- amende^d.' ^ ^^' 
ing in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by add- 
ing at the end the words : — The fee for recording an instru- 
ment of taking of land for non-payment of taxes shall be 
one dollar, — so as to read as follows : — 

For entering and recording any paper, certifying the same Certain fees 
on the original, and indexing it, and for all other duties ofdeeds?'^'' 
pertaining thereto, including, when a marginal reference or 
references are required, one such reference, one dollar. If 
the paper contains more than one page, at the rate of forty- 
five cents for each page after the first; provided, that if 
the paper contains the names of more than two parties 
thereto, other than the husband or wife of the grantor or 
grantee, an additional fee of ten cents each shall be charged 
for indexing the names of additional grantors or grantees 
or other parties thereto. The minimum fee for recording 
a deed or conveyance or a mortgage shall be two dollars. 
The fee for recording an instrument of taking of land for 
non-payment of taxes shall be one dollar. 

Approved March 11, 1937. 

An Act relative to the investment and disbursement (JJiar) 98 

OF funds IN the hands OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE BURLEY 
education FUND IN IPSWICH, 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The Trustees of the Burley Education Fund 
in Ipswich, incorporated by chapter twelve of the acts of 
eighteen hundred and twenty-five, shall cause all sums of 
money, including all accumulations of income and all pro- 
ceeds from property, which have or may hereafter come into 
their hands to be placed at interest in savings banks or co- 
operative banks within the commonwealth or to be invested 
in bonds or notes of the commonwealth or of the town of 
Ipswich, and whenever the principal of said sums, including 



74 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 99. 

said accumulations and proceeds, exceeds five thousand dol- 
lars, any portion of any excess over five thousand dollars 
may, in the discretion of the trustees, be appropriated to 
the purposes authorized by said chapter twelve; provided, 
that nothing in this act shall prevent said trustees from 
investing and expending any donations made to them in 
accordance with the directions of the donor. 

Section 2. Whatever authority or right is granted or 
conferred by this act is hereby declared to be limited to 
such authority or right as the general court may constitu- 
tionally grant or confer. 

Section 3. This act shall not take full effect until it 
shall have been accepted on the part of the town of Ipswich, 
by vote of a majority of the legal voters of the town present 
and voting thereon at an annual or special town meeting; 
and, on the part of the Trustees of the Burley Education 
Fund in Ipswich, by vote of said trustees, and a certified 
copy of said last mentioned vote shall have been filed with 
the clerk of said town and with the state secretary. 

Approved March 11, 1937. 

Chap. 99 -^N ^CT RELATIVE TO THE MAKING, DRAWING, UTTERING AND 
DELIVERY OF FRAUDULENT CHECKS, DRAFTS AND ORDERS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

EdV' 266'^s 37 Chapter two hundred and sixty-six of the General Laws is 
amended.' ' hereby amended by striking out section thirty-seven, as ap- 
pearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place 
Drawing-etc-. thcrcof the followiug: — Section 37. Whoever, with in- 
lent checks. tent to defraud, makes, draws, utters or delivers any check, 
draft or order for the payment of money upon any bank or 
other depositary, with knowledge that the maker or drawer 
has not sufficient funds or credit at such bank or other de- 
positary for the payment of such instrument, although no 
express representation is made in reference thereto, shall be 
guilty of attempted larceny, and if money or property is 
obtained thereby shall be guilty of larceny. As against the 
maker or drawer thereof, the making, drawing, uttering or 
delivery of such a check, draft or order, payment of which 
is refused by the drawee, shall be prima facie evidence of 
intent to defraud and of knowledge of insufficient funds in, 
or credit with, such bank or other depositary, unless the 
maker or drawer shall have paid the holder thereof the 
amount due thereon, together with all costs and protest 
fees, within two days after receiving notice that such check, 
draft or order has not been paid by the drawee. The word 
"credit", as used herein, shall be construed to mean an 
arrangement or understanding with the bank or depositary 
for the payment of such check, draft or order. 

Approved March 11, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 100. 75 



An Act authorizing the county commissioners of the (Jfid-r) \QQ 

COUNTY OF NORFOLK TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE ACCOMMO- 
DATIONS FOR THE DISTRICT COURT OF EAST NORFOLK AT 
QUINCY AND FOR THE DISTRICT COURT OF NORTHERN 
NORFOLK AT DEDHAM. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. For the purpose of providing adequate court 
house accommodations and faciUties for the district court 
of east Norfolk, the county commissioners of Norfolk county 
may construct and originally furnish and equip additions 
to the district court house at Quincy, and, for the purpose 
of providing such accommodations and facilities for the 
district court of northern Norfolk, said commissioners may 
take by eminent domain under chapter seventy-nine of the 
General Laws, or acquire by purchase or otherwise, such 
land in Dedham as may be necessary and may erect on such 
land a suitable building for said court and may equip and 
furnish the same. 

Section 2. For the purposes aforesaid, the treasurer 
of said county, with the approval of the county commis- 
sioners, may borrow upon the credit of the county, such 
sums as may be necessary, not exceeding, in the aggregate, 
two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, and may issue bonds 
or notes of the county therefor, which shall bear on the face 
the words, Norfolk County District Court House Loan, Act 
of 1937. Each authorized issue shall constitute a separate 
loan and such loans shall be payable not more than five 
years from their dates. The bonds or notes shall be signed 
by the county treasurer and countersigned by a majority 
of the county commissioners. The county may sell the said 
securities at public or private sale, upon such terms and 
conditions as the county commissioners may deem proper, 
but not for less than their par value. Lidebtedness incurred 
hereunder shall, except as herein provided, be subject to 
chapter thirty-five of the General Laws. 

Section 3. The county treasurer, with the approval of 
the county commissioners, may issue temporary notes of 
the county, payable in not more than one year from their 
dates, in anticipation of the issue of serial bonds or notes 
under this act, but the time within which such serial bonds 
or notes shall become due and payable shall not, by reason 
of such temporary notes, be extended beyond the time fixed 
by this act. Any notes issued in anticipation of the serial 
bonds or notes shall be paid from the proceeds thereof. 

Section 4. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
during the current year by the county commissioners of said 
county, but not otherwise. Approved March 11, 1937. 



76 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 101, 102. 



Chap. 101 An Act regulating the effect of certain final decrees 

IN EQUITY MADE BY THE PROBATE AND LAND COURTS, AND 
THE EFFECT OF THE RECORDING OR REGISTRATION OF CER- 
TIFIED COPIES OF SUCH DECREES. 

Emergency Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 

pream e. ^^ defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an 

emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of 

the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

G- 1-- (Ter. SECTION 1. Sectiou forty- three of chapter one hundred 

ameAded.' ' and eighty-three of the General Laws, as appearing in the 
Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, 
in the second line, the words "or superior" and inserting in 
place thereof the words : — , superior, probate or land, — 
Title by SO as to read as follows : — Section 43- Whenever a final 

coSt^°^ decree in equity shall be made by the supreme judicial, 

superior, probate or land court directing that a deed, con- 
veyance or release of any real estate or interest therein shall 
be made, and the party directed to make such deed, con- 
veyance or release does not duly execute it within the time 
specified in the decree, the decree itself shall operate to vest 
title to the real estate or interest in the party entitled thereto 
by the decree as fully and completely as if such deed, con- 
veyance or release had duly been executed by the party 
directed to make it. 
EdV' ilr'i 44 Section 2. Section forty-four of said chapter one hun- 
am'ended.' ' dred and eighty-three, as so appearing, is hereby amended 
by striking out, in the second line, the words "or assistant 
clerk" and inserting in place thereof the words: — , assist- 
ant clerk, register or assistant register, recorder or deputy 
recorder, as the case may be, — so as to read as follows : — 
Recording SectioTi 44- The recording or registration of a duly certified 
of decree. copy of sucli decrce, attested by the clerk, assistant clerk, 

register or assistant register, recorder or deputy recorder, 
as the case may be, of the court where made, in the registry 
of deeds of the district where said real estate is situated, 
shall have the same force and effect as if a duly executed 
deed, conveyance or release had so been recorded or regis- 
tered. Approved March 12, 1937. 



Chap. 102 An Act advancing the date upon which the ultimate 

ABOLITION OF NON-CONTRIBUTORY PENSIONS AND RETIRE- 
MENT allowances for certain PUBLIC EMPLOYEES SHALL 
BECOME EFFECTIVE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Edj'sl^'ii Section 1. Section forty-four of chapter thirty-two of 
etc!, 'amended', the General Laws, as most recently amended by chapter 
two hundred and twenty-three of the acts of nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-six, is hereby further amended by striking 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 102. 77 

out, in the first and second lines of the last paragraph, the 
words "December thirty-first" and inserting in place thereof 
the words: — June thirtieth, — so that said paragraph will 
read as follows : — 

No school janitor whose employment begins after June School 
thirtieth, nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, shall be sub- J*'^'*^"- 
ject to the provisions of this section. 

Section 2. Section sixty of said chapter thirty-two, as g. l. (Xer. 
amended by section two of chapter two hundred and eighty- ftl^'amemicd. 
five of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, is 
hereby further amended by striking out, in the first and 
second lines of the paragraph inserted thereby, the words 
"December thirty-first" and inserting in place thereof the 
words: — June thirtieth, — so that said paragraph will read 
as follows : — 

No veteran whose employment first begins after June veterans, 
thirtieth, nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, shall be sub- 
ject to the provisions of sections fifty-six to fifty-nine, in- 
clusive. 

Section 3. Section sixty A of said chapter thirty-two, g. l. (Ter. 
as amended by section three of said chapter two hundred fit^'amendtd^' 
and eighty-five, is hereby further amended by striking 
out, in the first and second fines of the paragraph inserted 
thereby, the words "December thirty-first" and inserting 
in place thereof the words: — June thirtieth, — so that said 
paragraph will read as follows : — 

No army nurse whose employment begins after June Army 
thirtieth, nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, shall be sub- '*^^^^- 
ject to the provisions of this section. 

Section 4. Section sixty-six of said chapter thirt5^-two, g. l. (Tor. 
as amended by section four of said chapter two hundred and ^tc'^'amended 
eighty-five, is hereby further amended by striking out, in 
the first and second lines of the paragraph inserted thereby, 
the words "December thirty-first" and inserting in place 
thereof the words : — June thirtieth, — so that said para- 
graph will read as follows: — 

No court officer whose employment begins after June Court 
thirtieth, nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, shall be sub- °^^^"- 
ject to the provisions of this section. 

Section 5. Section seventy of said chapter thirty-two, g. l. (Ter. 
as amended by section five of said chapter two hundred and ^tl!'amendld. 
eighty-five, is hereby further amended by striking out, in 
the first and second lines of the paragraph inserted thereby, 
the words "December thirty-first" and inserting in place 
thereof the words: — June thirtieth, — so that said para- 
graph will read as follows : — 

No call officer whose employment begins after June thir- Caii 
tieth, nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, shall be subject °^''=®"- 
to the provisions of this section. 

Section 6. Section seventy-five of said chapter thirty- g. l. (Ter. 
two, as amended by section six of said chapter two hundred ^tc^! 'amended, 
and eighty-five, is hereby further amended by striking out, 
in the second line of the paragraph inserted thereby, the 



78 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 102. 



Probation 
officers. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.). 32, § 78A, 
etc., amended. 



Laborers. — 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 32, § 80, 
etc., amended. 



Firemen. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 32, § 85C, 
etc., amended. 



Certain police 
and firemen. 



1934, 285, 

§ 10, amended. 



Temporary 
provisions. 



words "December thirty-first" and inserting in place thereof 
the words : — June thirtieth, — so that said paragraph will 
read as follows: — 

No probation officer or assistant probation officer whose 
employment begins after June thirtieth, nineteen hundred 
and thirty-seven, shall be subject to the provisions of this 
section. 

Section 7. Section seventy-eight A of said chapter 
thirty-two, inserted by section seven of said chapter two 
hundred and eighty-five, is hereby amended by striking 
out, in the second line, the words "December thirty-first" 
and inserting in place thereof the words : — June thirtieth, 

so as to read as follows : — Section 78 A . No laborer 
whose employment begins after June thirtieth, nineteen 
hundred and thirty-seven, shall be subject to the provisions 
of section seventy-seven or seventy-eight. 

Section 8. Section eighty of said chapter thirty-two, as 
most recently amended by section one of chapter four 
hundred and thirty-nine of the acts of nineteen hundred 
and thirty-six, is hereby further amended by striking out, in 
the first and second lines of the last paragraph, the words 
"December thirty-first" and inserting in place thereof the 
words : — June thirtieth, — so that said paragraph will read 
as follows : — 

No fireman whose employment begins after June thirtieth, 
nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, shall be subject to the 
provisions of this section. 

Section 9. Section eighty-five C of said chapter thirty- 
two, inserted by section nine of said chapter two hundred 
and eighty-five, is hereby amended by striking out, in the 
third fine, the words "December thirty-first" and insert- 
ing in place thereof the words : — June thirtieth, — so as to 
read as follows : — Section 85C. No policeman or fireman 
whose emplojanent begins after June thirtieth, nineteen 
hundred and thirty-seven, shall be subject to the provisions 
of sections eighty-three to eighty-five B, inclusive, or any 
of them. 

Section 10. Section ten of said chapter two hundred 
and eighty-five is hereby amended by striking out, in the 
fourth line, the words "December thirty-first" and insert- 
ing in place thereof the words: — June thirtieth, — so as to 
read as follows: — Section 10. No person who is appointed 
or employed by an office, board, commission or other gov- 
ernmental organization or agency in any county, city, town 
or district in the commonwealth after June thirtieth, nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-seven, shall be subject to the 
provisions of any special act providing a non-contributory 
pension or retirement allowance. 

Approved March 12, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 103. 79 



An Act authorizing the payment of commissions to (JJiar) 103 

CERTAIN EMPLOYEES OF LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES WITH 
RESPECT TO CERTAIN POLICIES ISSUED ON THE LIVES OF 
SUCH EMPLOYEES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section one hundred and eighty-four of chapter one hun- g. l. (Ter. 
dred and seventy-five of the General Laws, as appearing in fj^gn^JI" ^ ^^*' 
the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by inserting 
after the word "him " in the tenth Hne the following: — ; nor 
shall said sections prohibit a life company from paying to 
any one of its employees, other than an insurance agent, 
who has been employed by it for at least one year a commis- 
sion or commissions, or such employee from receiving a com- 
mission or commissions, in respect to so much of the face 
amount of any policy or policies of insurance on his life at 
any time outstanding as does not exceed ten thousand dol- 
lars, — so as to read as follows: — Section 184- The two Payment of 
preceding sections shall apply to all kinds of insurance, in- em™Kyees"of° 
eluding contracts of corporate suretyship, except those speci- ''^^ insurance 
fied in subdivisions (a), (6) and (c) of the second clause 
of section forty-seven. The said sections shall not prohibit 
any company from paying a commission to another company 
or to any person who is duly licensed as an insurance agent 
of such company or as an insurance broker and who holds 
himself out and carries on business in good faith as such, or 
prohibit any such person or any company from receiving a 
commission in respect to any policy under which he or it is 
insured, or in respect to any annuity or pure endowment con- 
tract held by him ; nor shall said sections prohibit a life com- 
pany from paying to any one of its employees, other than 
an insurance agent, who has been employed by it for at least 
one year a commission or commissions, or such employee from 
receiving a commission or commissions, in respect to so much 
of the face amount of any policy or pohcies of insurance on 
his life at any time outstanding as does not exceed ten thou- 
sand dollars; nor shall said sections apply to (1) a distribu- 
tion, without special favor or advantage, by mutual com- 
panies to policyholders of savings, earnings or surplus without 
specification thereof in the poHcy, or (2) the furnishing to the 
insured of information or advice by any company, officer, 
agent or broker with regard to any risk for the purpose of 
reducing the hability of loss, or (3) the payment or allowance 
to the insured of a return premium upon the cancellation or 
surrender of a policy, or of a cash surrender or other value 
upon the lapse or surrender of a policy of life or endowment 
insurance or upon the exchange, alteration or conversion of 
any such poUcy under section one hundred and thirty-nine. 

Approved March 12, 1937. 



80 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 104. 



Chap. 104: An Act authorizing the town of harvard to supply 

ITSELF AND ITS INHABITANTS WITH WATER. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town of Harvard may supplj^ itself and 
its inhabitants with water for the extinguishment of fires 
and for domestic and other purposes; may estabhsh foun- 
tains and hydrants, relocate or discontinue the same, and 
may regulate the use of such water and fix and collect rates 
to be paid for the use of the same. 

Section 2. For the purposes aforesaid, said town, acting 
by and through its board of water commissioners herein- 
after provided for, may contract with any other munici- 
pality, acting through its water department, or with any 
water company, or with any water district, for whatever 
water may be required, authority to furnish the same being 
hereby granted, and/or may take by eminent domain under 
chapter seventy-nine of the General Laws, or acquire by 
lease, purchase, gift, devise or otherwise, and hold, the 
waters, or any portion thereof, of any pond, brook, spring 
or stream or of any ground water sources, by means of 
driven, artesian or other wells or filter galleries, within the 
limits of said town, not already appropriated for purposes 
of public water supply, and the water rights connected with 
any such water sources; and also for said purposes may 
take by eminent domain under said chapter seventy-nine, 
or acquire by lease, purchase, gift, devise or otherwise, and 
hold, all lands, rights of way and other easements necessary 
for collecting, storing, holding, purifying and treating such 
water and protecting and preserving the purity thereof and 
for conveying the same to any part of said town; provided, 
that no source of water supply and no lands necessary for 
protecting and preserving the purity of the water shall be 
taken or used without first obtaining the advice and ap- 
proval of the department of public health, and that the 
location and arrangement of all dams, reservoirs, wells or 
filter galleries, filtration and pumping plants or other works 
necessary in carrying out the provisions of this act shall be 
subject to the approval of said department; and for said 
purposes said town may acquire by lease, purchase, gift, 
bequest or otherwise any appliances, works, tools, machinery 
and other equipment that may be necessary or expedient in 
carrying out the provisions of this act. Said town may 
construct and maintain on the lands acquired and held 
under this act proper dams, wells, reservoirs, pumping and 
filtration plants, buildings, standpipes, tanks, fixtures and 
other structures, including also purification and treatment 
works, the construction and maintenance of which shall be 
subject to the approval of said department of public health, 
and may make excavations, procure and operate machinery, 
and provide such other means and appHances and do such 
other things as may be necessary for the establishment and 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 104. 81 

maintenance of complete and effective water works; and 
for that purpose may construct, lay and maintain aque- 
ducts, conduits, pipes and other works, under or over any 
lands, water courses, railroads, railways and pubhc or other 
ways, and along any such way in said town in such manner 
as not unnecessarily to obstruct the same; and for the 
purposes of constructing, laying, maintaining, operating and 
repairing such conduits, pipes and other works, and for all 
other proper purposes of this act, said town may dig up or 
raise and embank any such lands, highways or other ways 
in such manner as to cause the least hindrance to public 
travel thereon; provided, that all things done upon any 
such way shall be subject to the direction of the selectmen 
of said town. Said town shall not enter upon, construct or 
lay any conduits, pipes or other works within the location 
of any railroad corporation except at such time and in such 
manner as it may agree upon with such corporation or, in 
case of failure so to agree, as may be approved by the de- 
partment of pubhc utiUties. Said town may enter upon 
any lands for the purpose of making surveys, test pits and 
borings, and may take or otherwise acquire the right to 
occupy temporarily any lands necessary for the construction 
of any works or for any other purpose authorized by this act. 

Section 3. The land, water rights and other property 
taken or acquired under this act, and all works, buildings 
and other structures erected or constructed thereunder, shall 
be managed, improved and controlled by the board of water 
commissioners hereinafter provided for, in such manner as 
they shall deem for the best interest of the town. 

Section 4. Any person or corporation injured in his or 
its property by any action of said town or board under this 
act may recover damages from said town under said chapter 
seventy-nine; provided, that the right to damages for the 
taking of any water, water source or water right, or any 
injury thereto, shall not vest until the water is actually 
withdrawn or diverted by said town under authority of this 
act. 

Section 5. Said town may, for the purpose of paying 
the necessary expenses and liabilities incurred or to be in- 
curred under the provisions of this act, other than expenses 
of maintenance and operation, issue from time to time 
bonds or notes to an amount, not exceeding, in the aggre- 
gate, twenty thousand dollars, which shall bear on their face 
the words. Town of Harvard Water Loan, Act of 1937. 
Each authorized issue shall constitute a separate loan, and 
such loans shall be payable in not more than twenty years 
from their dates. Indebtedness incurred under this act 
shall be subject to chapter forty-four of the General Laws. 

Section 6. Said town shall, at the time of authorizing 
said loan or loans, provide for the payment thereof in ac- 
cordance with the provisions of section five; and when a 
vote to that effect has been passed, a sum which, with the 
income derived from the water rates, will be sufficient to 



82 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 104. 

pay the annual expense of operating its water works or the 
purchasing of water and the maintenance of its pipe Hues, 
as the case may be, and the interest as it accrues on the 
bonds or notes issued as aforesaid, and to make such pay- 
ments on the principal as may be required under the provi- 
sions of this act, shall without further vote be assessed by 
the assessors of said town annually thereafter in the same 
manner as other taxes, until the debt incurred by the said 
loan or loans is extinguished. 

Section 7. Whoever wilfully or wantonly corrupts, pol- 
lutes or diverts any of the waters taken or held under this 
act, or injures any structure, work or other property owned, 
held or used by said town under the authority and for the 
purposes of this act, shall forfeit and pay to said town three 
times the amount of damages assessed therefor, to be re- 
covered in an action of tort; and upon conviction of any 
one of the above wilful or wanton acts shall be punished by 
a fine of not more than three hundred dollars or by im- 
prisonment for not more than one year. 

Section 8. Said town shall, after its acceptance of this 
act, at the same meeting at which the act is accepted, or at 
a meeting thereafter called for the purpose, and without the 
necessity, in either case, of a prior caucus for the nomina- 
tion of candidates, elect by ballot three persons to hold 
office, one until the expiration of three years, one until the 
expiration of two years, and one until the expiration of one 
year, from the next succeeding annual town meeting, to 
constitute a board of water commissioners; and at the an- 
nual town meeting held on the day on which the shortest 
of such terms expires, and at each annual town meeting 
thereafter, one such commissioner shall be elected by ballot 
for the term of three years. All the authority granted to 
the town by this act, except sections five and six, and not 
otherwise specially provided for, shall be vested in said 
board of water commissioners, who shall be subject, how- 
ever, to such instructions, rules and regulations as said 
town may impose by its vote. A majority of said com- 
missioners shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of 
business. After the election of a board of water commis- 
sioners under authority of this section, any vacancy occur- 
ring in said board from any cause may be filled for the 
remainder of the unexpired term by said town at any legal 
town meeting called for the purpose. Any such vacancy 
may be filled temporarily in the manner provided by sec- 
tion eleven of chapter forty-one of the General Laws, and 
the person so appointed shall perform the duties of the 
office until the next annual meeting of said town or until 
another person is qualified. 

Section 9. Said commissioners shall fix just and equi- 
table prices and rates for the use of water, and shall pre- 
scribe the time and manner of payment. The income of 
the water works shall be appropriated by vote of said town 
to defray all operating expenses, interest charges and pay- 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 105, 106. 83 

merits on the principal as they accrue upon any bonds or 
notes issued under authority of this act. If there should be 
a net surplus remaining after providing for the aforesaid 
charges, it may be appropriated for such new construction 
as the water commissioners, with the approval of the town, 
may determine upon, and in case a surplus should remain 
after payment for such new construction the water rates 
shall be reduced proportionately. All authority vested in 
said commissioners by the foregoing provisions of this sec- 
tion and by section three shall be subject to the provisions 
of section eight. Said commissioners shall annually, and as 
often as the town may require, render a report upon the 
condition of the works under their charge, and an account 
of their doings, including an account of the receipts and 
expenditures. 

Section 10. This act shall take effect upon its accept- 
ance by a majority of the voters of the town of Harvard 
present and voting thereon at a town meeting called for the 
purpose within three years after its passage ; but the number 
of meetings so called in any year shall not exceed three. 

Approved March 12, 1937. 

An Act authorizing the county commissioners of the (JJiaj) 105 

COUNTY OF DUKES COUNTY TO ACQUIRE CERTAIN LAND IN 
the TOWN OF GAY HEAD FOR PARK PURPOSES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The county commissioners of the county of Dukes county 
are hereby authorized to acquire by purchase or otherwise 
for park purposes a certain parcel of land situated in the 
town of Gay Head containing one half acre, more or less, 
being the same parcel described in a deed executed on 
December second, eighteen hundred and ninety-two, and 
recorded at the registry of deeds for said county in book 
eighty-eight at page three hundred and seventy-six, and 
said county commissioners are hereby authorized to pay 
for said parcel of land a sum not to exceed three hundred 
and fifty dollars out of the appropriation for the current 
year for building county buildings and purchase of land. 

Approved March 12, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the city of haverhill to erect 

AND maintain, IN A PART OF MEMORIAL PARK IN SAID 
city, a building TO BE USED AS A PUMPING STATION, 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The city of Haverhill may erect and thereafter maintain 
a building, to be used as a pumping station, on such por- 
tion of a certain parcel of land situated on the southerly 
side of Washington square in said city, known as Memorial 
Park, and now used by said city for park purposes under 
the jurisdiction of the park commission of said city, as may 



Chap.lOQ 



84 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 107. 

be designated by the municipal council of said city; and 
said city may use, for such purpose, so much of said Memorial 
Park as may be reasonably necessary for the use and main- 
tenance of such building and its appurtenances and for a 
proper right of way thereto. Approved March 12, 1937. 

Chap. 107 An Act authorizing cities, towns and districts to 

BORROW ON ACCOUNT OF PUBLIC WELFARE, SOLDIERS' 
BENEFITS AND FEDERAL EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT RE- 
LIEF PROJECTS. 

prTambiT^ Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to 

defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 
of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Subject to the provisions of this act, any 
city, town or district, by a two thirds vote as defined in sec- 
tion one of chapter forty-four of the General Laws, and with 
the approval of the mayor, selectmen, or prudential com- 
mittee or commissioners, and of the board established under 
section one of chapter forty-nine of the acts of nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-three, may borrow, during the year nineteen 
hundred and thirty-seven, outside its debt limit as fixed by 
sections eight and ten of said chapter forty-four, for use 
only for meeting appropriations made or to be made for 
public welfare, including aid to dependent children and old 
age assistance, soldiers' benefits including state aid, military 
aid, soldiers' burials and soldiers' relief, and for any federal 
emergency unemployment relief projects, exclusive of public 
works administration projects, to an amount not more than 
one half of one per cent of the average of the assessors' valua- 
tions of its taxable property for the three preceding years, 
such valuations to be reduced and otherwise determined as 
provided in section ten of said chapter forty-four, and may 
issue bonds or notes therefor, which shall bear on their face 
the words, (name of city, town or district) Municipal Relief 
Loan, Act of 1937. Each authorized issue shall constitute a 
separate loan, and such loans shall be paid in not more than 
ten years from their dates and, except as herein provided, 
shall be subject to said chapter forty-four, exclusive of the 
limitation contained in the first paragraph of section seven 
thereof. 

Loans may be issued hereunder only by such cities, towns 
and districts as in the current year have appropriated to be 
raised by taxation or appropriated from available revenue 
funds for the purposes enumerated in the preceding para- 
graph, an amount not less than seventy per cent of the aggre- 
gate expenditures for the year nineteen hundred and thirty- 
six for public welfare, including aid to dependent children 
and old age assistance, soldiers' benefits including state 
aid, military aid, soldiers' burials and soldiers' relief, exclud- 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 108. 85 

ing any federal emergency unemployment relief projects, as 
determined by the board. 

Section 2. The members of the board aforesaid, when 
acting under this act, shall receive from the commonwealth 
compensation to the same extent as provided for services 
under chapter three hundred and sixty-six of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-three, as amended. 

Section 3. Loan orders passed in any city under author- 
ity of this act shall be deemed to be emergency orders and as 
such may be passed in such manner as is provided for emer- 
gency orders in its charter. Approved March 16, 1937. 

An Act relating to the distribution op certain cor- Qhdj) IQS 

PORATION taxes AND TO THE APPEARANCE OF THE COM- ^ 
MISSIONER OF CORPORATIONS AND TAXATION BEFORE 
COURTS. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to Emergenoy 
defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an p'^^ambie. 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of 
the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section twenty of chapter fifty-eight of the g. l. (Xer. 
General Laws, as most recently amended by section three ^tc'^'am^nded 
of chapter three hundred and sixty-two of the acts of nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby further amended by 
striking out in the twelfth and thirteenth lines, the words 
"One million, two hundred and ninety thousand, three hun- 
dred and eighty-three dollars and fifty-six" and inserting 
in place thereof the words: — One million, eight hundred and 
one thousand, two hundred and fifty-eight dollars and thirty- 
eight, — by striking out in the fifteenth and sixteenth lines, 
the words "Five million, six hundred and fifty-nine thousand, 
one hundred and sixty-eight dollars and forty-six" and in- 
serting in place thereof the words: — Six million, three hun- 
dred and fifty-one thousand, four hundred and fifteen dollars 
and thirty-four, — by striking out, in the twenty-eighth and 
twenty-ninth lines, the words "Two million, three hundred 
and seventy-seven thousand, nine hundred and seventy-seven 
dollars and ninety" and inserting in place thereof the words: 
— Two million, six hundred and fifty-four thousand, eight 
hundred and seventy-six dollars and fifty-four, — by striking 
out, in the thirty-eighth line, the word "Any" and by insert- 
ing in place thereof the words: — Five sixths of any, — and 
by inserting after the word "them" in the fortieth line the 
words : — , and one sixth shall be retained by the common- 
wealth, — so as to read as follows : — Section 20. From the Distribution 
total taxes paid in any state fiscal year by domestic business eorporatton 
and domestic manufacturing corporations and foreign manu- taxes, 
facturing and other foreign corporations under sections thirty 
to fifty-one, inclusive, of chapter sixty-three there shall be 
deducted such taxes paid under said sections as have been 



86 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 108. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.). 58, § 1, 
etc., amended. 



Commissioner 
may appear 
in tax cases. 



Temporary 
provisions. 



refunded under said chapter or section twenty-seven of this 
chapter during said year, together with any interest or costs 
paid such corporations on account of refunds. The balance 
shall be disposed of in the following manner and in the order 
named : 

(1) One million, eight hundred and one thousand, two 
hundred and fifty-eight dollars and thirty-eight cents shall 
be retained by the commonwealth; 

(2) Six million, three hundred and fifty-one thousand, 
four hundred and fifteen dollars and thirty-four cents shall 
be distributed, credited and paid to the several cities and 
towns in the proportion that the amount of taxes locally 
paid in each city or town in the year nineteen hundred and 
thirty-five by domestic manufacturing corporations as de- 
fined in section thirty-eight C of said chapter sixty-three and 
by foreign manufacturing corporations as defined in section 
forty-two B of said chapter sixty-three upon machinery 
owned and used in the conduct of the business bears to the 
aggregate amount so paid by such corporations in all cities 
and towns of the commonwealth as determined by the com- 
missioner; 

(3) Two million, six hundred and fifty-four thousand, 
eight hundred and seventy-six dollars and fifty-four cents 
shall be distributed, credited and paid to the several cities 
and towns in the proportion that the value of machinery 
owned and used in the conduct of the business in the year 
nineteen hundred and thirty-five by such domestic manu- 
facturing and foreign manufacturing corporations in each 
city or town bears to the aggregate value of such machinery 
in all cities and towns of the commonwealth as determined 
by the commissioner; 

(4) Five sixths of any sum then remaining shall be dis- 
tributed to the several cities and towns in proportion to the 
amounts of the last preceding state tax imposed upon them, 
and one sixth shall be retained by the commonwealth. 

City and town assessors shall make such returns and 
supply such information as the commissioner shall reason- 
ably require to make the determinations provided by this 
section. 

Section 2. Section one of said chapter fifty-eight, as 
amended by section nine of chapter one hundred and eighty 
of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-two, is hereby 
further amended by striking out the sentence amended by 
said section nine and inserting in place thereof the following: 
— He may appear before any court or before any board of 
county commissioners sitting for the abatement of taxes, or 
before the board of tax appeals. 

Section 3. From the total taxes paid in the fiscal year 
ending on November thirtieth, nineteen hundred and thirty- 
seven, by domestic business and domestic manufacturing 
corporations and foreign manufacturing and other foreign 
corporations under sections thirty to fifty-one, inclusive, of 
chapter sixty-three of the General Laws, there shall, in 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 109, 110. 87 

the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, be distributed, 
credited and paid to those cities and towns which made 
abatements of taxes assessed in the year nineteen hundred and 
thirty-six upon machinery made exempt from local taxa- 
tion by chapter three hundred and sixty-two of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-six to an amount in excess of 
the reimbursement provided for such year by clause (2) of 
section twenty of chapter fifty-eight of the General Laws, 
as amended by section three of said chapter three hundred 
and sixty-two, the sum of six hundred and ninety-three 
thousand, two hundred and sixty dollars and sixty-five cents; 
said sum to be distributed, credited and paid to each city or 
town in the proportion that the amount of such excess in 
such city or town bears to the aggregate amount of such ex- 
cesses in all such cities and towns. The foregoing distribu- 
tion shall be made notwithstanding the provisions of section 
twenty of said chapter fifty-eight as most recently amended 
by section one of this act. Approved March 16, 1937. 

An Act authorizing the town of scituate to acquire (7/iai}.109 
A parcel of land adjoining peggoty beach in said 

TOWN and to improve AND MAINTAIN THE SAME FOR 
RECREATIONAL AND VEHICLE PARKING PURPOSES AND 
VALIDATING ACTION AT THE CURRENT TOWN MEETING IN 
CONNECTION THEREWITH. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town of Scituate is hereby authorized to 
acquire by purchase, or take by eminent domain under the 
provisions of chapter seventy-nine of the General Laws, a 
parcel of land adjoining Peggoty beach in said town for 
recreational and vehicle parking purposes and to improve 
and maintain the land so acquired for the public use of the 
inhabitants of said town under the direction of the selectmen. 

Section 2. The action of the inhabitants of the town of 
Scituate, at its annual town meeting in the current year, in 
voting to appropriate twenty thousand dollars to provide 
money for the purposes set forth in section one of this act is 
hereby ratified and confirmed and shall have the same effect 
and validity as if said section one had been in effect prior to 
said vote. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 19, 1937. 

An Act authorizing the town of rockport to convey QfiQij WQ 

TO THOMAS TERTIUS NOBLE A PORTION OF OLD GARDEN 
BEACH LANDING, SO CALLED, IN SAID TOWN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town of Rockport is hereby authorized, 
in accordance with a vote of said town passed at a town 
meeting held on March second in the year nineteen hundred 



88 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. Ill, 112. 

and thirty-six, to convey to Thomas Tertius Noble of the 
city and state of New York, a summer resident of said town, 
such portion or portions of Old Garden Beach Landing, so 
called, in said town as may be determined by the board of 
selectmen of said town to be included within the description 
of the property conveyed to said Noble, under the name of 
T. Tertius Noble, by either or both of two deeds of George 
W. Harvey, as trustee or otherwise, to said Noble, one 
deed being dated May twenty-fourth, nineteen hundred and 
twenty-nine, and recorded with Essex south district registry 
of deeds in book twenty-eight hundred and six at page two 
hundred and forty, and the other deed being dated Septem- 
ber twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred and twenty-nine, and 
being recorded with said registry in book twenty-eight hun- 
dred and thirty-three at page two hundred and fifteen, the 
entire property having since been used and occupied by said 
Noble. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 19, 1937. 

Cha'p.Wl An Act relative to the charging of admission fees by 

THE CITY OF BOSTON IN CONNECTION WITH DEMONSTRA- 
TIONS, LECTURES, CONTESTS AND EXHIBITIONS AT WORKS 
CONSTRUCTED UNDER THE WILL OF GEORGE ROBERT WHITE, 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Upon the construction or erection and es- 
tablishment by the city of Boston, acting by and through 
the board of trustees of the George Robert White Fund and 
under and in accordance with the provisions of article four- 
teenth of the will of said George Robert White, of any work 
of public utilit}^ and beauty for the use and enjoyment of the 
inhabitants of said city, said city, acting by and through the 
head of the department in whose charge and control the same 
shall be placed, if permissible under the provisions of said 
will, may, in connection with any demonstration, lecture, 
athletic contest or athletic or other exhibition therein, charge 
a fee for admission thereto; provided, that the aggregate 
amount of such fees charged at any such work in any fiscal 
year shall not exceed the expense of the care and mainte- 
nance thereof during such year. Such fees shall be applied 
by said city only toward meeting the expense of said care 
and maintenance. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 19, 1937. 

Chap.112 An Act relative, to conditional sales of elevator 

APPARATUS OR MACHINERY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed^' lif^ 13 Section thirteen of chapter one hundred and eighty-four 

ameAded.' "' of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary 

Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 113. 89 

"buildings" in the third line the following: — , elevator 
apparatus or machinery, — so as to read as follows : — Sec- Conditional 
tion IS. No conditional sale of heating apparatus, plumb- cordi^ngTetc. 
ing goods, ranges, buildings of wood or metal construction 
of the class commonly known as portable or sectional build- 
ings, elevator apparatus or machinery, or other articles of 
personal property, which are afterward wrought into or 
attached to real estate, whether they are fixtures at com- 
mon law or not, shall be valid as against any mortgagee, 
purchaser or grantee of such real estate, unless not later than 
ten days after the delivery thereon of such personal property 
a notice such as is herein prescribed is recorded in the registry 
of deeds for the county or district where the real estate lies. 
The notice shall be signed by the vendor or a person claiming 
under him and shall contain the names of the contracting 
parties, the name of the record owner of the real estate at the 
time of recording the notice, the fact that it is agreed that 
title to such personal property shall remain in the vendor 
until the purchase price is paid, the terms of payment and 
the amount of such purchase price remaining unpaid, and 
descriptions, sufficiently accurate for identification, of such 
real estate and the personal property delivered or to be de- 
livered thereon. If the sale is of several articles for a lump 
sum greater than the value of the personal property delivered 
or to be delivered on the real estate, the notice shall also 
state such lump sum and such value. The notice shall be 
indexed under the name of such record owner, and a release 
of title in any such article of personal property may be re- 
corded at any time. Approved March 19, 1937, 

An Act providing that certain persons receiving re- (JJiaj) 113 

LIEF FROM TOWNS MAY BE REQUIRED TO WORK IN RETURN 
THEREFOR. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and seventeen of the General Laws g. l. (Ter. 
is hereby amended by striking out section fourteen, as ap- amendVd^' ^ ^^' 
pearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place 
thereof the following: — Section I4. Boards of public wel- pubiic\°eifare 
fare in their respective towns shall provide for the imme- may require 
diate comfort and relief of all persons residing or found sons'^recefv^ng 
therein, having lawful settlements in other towns, in distress '''^''^^ '° '^°''''- 
and standing in need of immediate relief, until removed to 
the towns of their lawful settlements. Any such board may 
require persons receiving such relief to work in return there- 
for in the infirmary, or in such other manner as the town 
directs, or otherwise at the discretion of the board. The 
expense of such relief and of their removal, or burial in case 
of their decease, may be recovered in contract against the 
town liable therefor, if commenced within two years after 
the cause of action arises; but nothing shall be recovered 
for relief furnished more than three months prior to notice 
thereof given to the defendant. 

Approved March 19, 1937. 



90 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 114, 115. 



Chap. 114: An Act relative to the assessment of real estate of 

DECEASED PERSONS IN CERTAIN CASES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed^ig^'ie Section sixteen of chapter fifty-nine of the General Laws, 

amended. ' as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended 

by striking out, in the third and fourth hues, the words 

"they have given notice to the assessors of the division of 

the estate and of the names of the several heirs or devisees" 

and inserting in place thereof the words: — the names of 

such heirs or devisees appear in the probate coiu-t records 

in the county in which said real estate lies, — so as to read 

Taxation of as follows I — Section 16. The undivided real estate of a 

decLd^nt? °^ deceased person may be assessed to his heirs or devisees, 

liability of without designating any of them by name, until the names 

of such heirs or devisees appear m the probate court records 

in the county in which said real estate lies; and each heir 

or devisee shall be liable for the whole of such tax, and when 

paid by him he may recover of the other heirs or devisees 

their respective proportions thereof. 

Approved March 19, 1937. 



heirs, etc. 



Cha'p. lib An Act relative to the establishment of salaries for 

THE MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF 
SPRINGFIELD. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The city council of the city of Springfield 
may, by a two thirds vote of all its members taken by yeas 
and naj^s, establish a salary for its members not exceeding 
five hundred dollars each. Such salary may be reduced, but 
no increase therein shall be made to take effect during the 
year in which the increase is voted. 

Section 2. Such provisions of chapter ninety-four of the 
acts of eighteen hundred and fifty-two, and acts in amend- 
ment thereof and in addition thereto, as are inconsistent 
with this act are hereby repealed. 

Section 3. This act shall be submitted to the registered 
voters of said city at the regular municipal election in the 
current year in the form of the following question which 
shall be placed upon the official ballot to be used at said 
election: — "Shall an Act passed by the General Court in 
the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, entitled 'An 
Act relative to the Establishment of Salaries for the Mem- 
bers of the City Council of the City of Springfield', be 
accepted?" If a majority of the voters voting thereon 
votes in the affirmative in answer to said question, this act 
shall thereupon take full effect, but not otherwise. 

Approved March 19, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 116, 117. 91 



An Act relative to the taking of trout from miller's Chap. 116 

RIVER AND ITS DIVERTED WATERS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section fifty-seven of chapter one hundred and thirty-one g. l. (Ter. 
of the General Laws, as most recently amended by section ftc".!'amiAde"' 
one of chapter four hundred and twenty-five of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby further amended 
by inserting after the word "Pittsfield" in the eleventh line 
the following: — , or between August thirty-first and May 
fifteenth following, if taken from Miller's river or its diverted 
waters within the commonwealth, — and by inserting after 
the word "Pittsfield" in the sixteenth line the following: — 
or from Miller's river or its diverted waters within the 
commonwealth, — so as to read as follows: — Section 57. Possession of 
Except as provided in section fifty-one, no person shall take ^"^""^ '^^'^^ ^^^ 
or have in possession trout between July thirty-first in any 
year and April fifteenth of the year following, or between 
July fifteenth in any year and April first of the year follow- 
ing, if taken from the waters of Dukes county, or between 
September first and May twenty-ninth of the year follow- 
ing, if taken from the Deerfield river or its diverted waters 
within the commonwealth, or between the first Monday in 
September in any year and May thirtieth of the year fol- 
lowing, if taken from the waters of Onota lake in the city 
of Pittsfield, or between August thirty-first and May fif- 
teenth following, if taken from Miller's river or its diverted 
waters within the commonwealth, nor shall any person have 
in possession at any time a trout less than six inches in 
length, or trout less than twelve inches in length if taken 
from the Deerfield river or its diverted waters within the 
commonwealth, or a trout less than nine inches in length 
if taken from the waters of Onota lake in the city of Pitts- 
field or from Miller's river or its diverted waters within the 
commonwealth, unless taken by a person lawfully fishing 
and immediately returned alive to the water whence it was 
taken. Approved March 19, 1937. 



An Act relative to the revocation of licenses to nhnjy 117 

OPERATE MOTOR VEHICLES ON CONVICTION OF OPERATING ' ' 

NEGLIGENTLY SO THAT THE LIVES OR SAFETY OF THE 
PUBLIC MIGHT BE ENDANGERED. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Paragraph (2) (c) of section twentj^-four of chapter ninety g. l. (Ter. 
of the General Laws, as most recently amended by section ft c'^ 'amended 
one of chapter four hundred and thirty-four of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby further amended 
by adding at the end the following: — But the registrar, 
after investigation, may at any time rescind the revocation 
of a license revoked because of a conviction of operating a 



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Acts, 1937. —Chap. 118. 



Revocation of 
licenses to 
operate motor 
vehicles. 



motor vehicle upon any way or in any place to which the 
public has a right of access negligently so that the lives or 
safetj^ of the public might be endangered, — so as to read 
as follows : — 

(c) The registrar, after having revoked the license of any 
person under the preceding paragraph of this section, in his 
discretion may issue a new license to him, if the prosecution 
of such person in the superior court has terminated in favor 
of the defendant, or, after an investigation or upon hearing, 
may issue a new license to a person convicted in any court 
of the violation of any provision of paragraph (2) (a) of this 
section; provided, that no new license shall be issued by 
the registrar to any person convicted of going away without 
stopping and making known his name, residence and the 
register number of his motor vehicle after having, while 
operating such vehicle upon any way or in any place to 
which the public has a right of access, knowingly collided 
with or otherwise caused injury to any person until one 
year after the date of his original conviction if for a first 
offence or two years after the date of any subsequent con- 
viction, or to any person convicted of violating any other 
provision of paragraph (2) (a) of this section, until sixty 
days after the date of his original conviction if for a first 
offence or one year after the date of any subsequent con- 
viction. But the registrar, after investigation, may at any 
time rescind the revocation of a license revoked because of 
a conviction of operating a motor vehicle upon any way or 
in any place to which the public has a right of access negli- 
gently so that the lives or safety of the public might be 
endangered. Approved March 19, 1937. 



Chav. lis An Act relative to payment of compensation of guard- 
ians AD LITEM APPOINTED BY THE LAND COURT ON PETI- 
TIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF TITLE TO LAND. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section forty of chapter one hundred and eighty-five of 
the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, 
is hereby amended by striking out, in the sixth and seventh 
lines, the words "part of the expenses of the court" and 
inserting in place thereof the words : — it may direct, — so 
as to read as follows : — Section Jf.0. Upon the return of the 
notice, and upon proof of service of all orders of notice issued, 
the court may appoint a disinterested person to act as guard- 
ian ad litem for minors, and for persons under disability, 
and for all persons not in being, unascertained, unknown or 
out of the commonwealth, who may have an interest. The 
compensation of the guardian shall be determined by the 
court and paid as it may direct. 

Approved March 19, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 185, § 40, 
amended. 



Guardian 
ad litem. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 119. 93 



An Act authorizing the city of springfield to con- CJiapAlQ 

STRUCT FLOOD PROTECTION WORKS ALONG THE CONNECTI- 
CUT RIVER. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

Section 1. The city of Springfield, for the purpose of 
protecting highways and pubUc and private property from 
damage by freshet or any flow of the Connecticut river, may, 
by its city council, from time to time, construct dikes or 
other works on the easterly bank and easterly of the harbor 
line of the Connecticut river within the limits of said city, 
and, by its city council, may divert the water or alter the 
course of the watercourse known as Mill river, a tributary 
of said Connecticut river, and may construct tunnels to 
conduct the waters of said Mill river from such point westerly 
of Fort Pleasant avenue as said city council may determine 
to be reasonably necessary to prevent any freshet or flow of 
water of said Connecticut river escaping through the chan- 
nels of said Mill river to the areas to be protected. Said 
flood protection works may be constructed in conjunction 
with the Connecticut river flood protection projects of the 
United States of America. The provisions of sections thir- 
teen and twenty of chapter ninety-one of the General Laws 
shall apply to the projects herein authorized. 

Section 2. For any or all of the projects authorized by 
section one, said city may take by eminent domain under 
chapter seventy-nine of the General Laws, or acquire by 
purchase or otherwise, lands, easements, rights of way, water 
rights or other property, on the easterly side of said Con- 
necticut river or on one or both sides of said Mill river, or 
may in like manner take or otherwise acquire lands, ease- 
ments, rights of way, water rights and other property to 
form a new channel for said ]\Iill river, and may enter into 
and upon any land or way, and may do thereon work neces- 
sary for any such improvement; and any person who is 
injured in his property by any act of said city under any 
provision of this act may recover from said city damages 
therefor under said chapter seventy-nine. 

Section 3. For the purpose of meeting appropriations 
for any or all of the projects authorized by said section one, 
the city of Springfield may use the proceeds of loans issued 
under authority of clause (7) of section seven of chapter 
forty-four of the General Laws. 

Section 4. If any limited and determinable area within 
said city receives benefit other than the general advantage 
to the community from any improvement made under au- 
thority of this act, under an order declaring the same to 
be done under the provisions of law authorizing the assess- 
ment of betterments, the city council of said city shall, within 
two years after the completion of such improvement, deter- 
mine the value of such benefit or advantage to the lands 
within such area, and assess upon each parcel thereof a pro- 



94 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 120. 

portionate share of the cost of such improvement, including 
therein all costs for the purchase and all damages for the 
taking of lands, easements, rights of way, water rights and 
other property in order to carry out such improvement, and 
all other sums expended under authority of this act, but not 
exceeding one half of such adjudged benefit or advantage. 
The provisions of chapter eighty of the General Laws shall 
apply to such assessments and the collection thereof, except 
as otherwise herein provided. Approved March 19, 1937. 



Chap. 120 An Act re-establishing a certain harbor line in wey- 

MOUTH FORE RIVER IN QUINCY AND BRAINTREE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The harbor line on the westerly side of Wey- 
mouth Fore river above Quincy Point bridge, as established 
by section one of chapter one hundred and four of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and twenty, is hereby changed so as to 
run as follows: — Beginning at a point on the southerly side 
of the old Quincy Point bridge, so called, as located in nine- 
teen hundred and twenty, in latitude forty-two degrees, 
fourteen minutes, forty-one and seven tenths seconds north, 
and longitude seventy degrees, fifty-eight minutes, seven 
and three tenths seconds west; thence south thirteen de- 
grees, thirty-four minutes, thirty-five seconds west, true 
bearing, two hundred eight and twenty-eight one hundredths 
feet to a point near the southeasterly corner of the wharf of 
the heirs of Cyrus Patch, in latitude forty-two degrees, 
fourteen minutes, thirty-nine and seven tenths seconds 
north, and longitude seventy degrees, fifty-eight minutes, 
seven and ninety-five one hundredths seconds west; thence 
south nineteen degrees, twenty-nine minutes, fourteen sec- 
onds west, true bearing, one thousand five hundred thirty- 
three feet to a point in latitude forty-two degrees, fourteen 
minutes, twenty-five and fortj'^-two one hundredths seconds 
north and longitude seventy degrees, fifty-eight minutes, 
fourteen and seventy-five one hundredths seconds west; 
thence turning southerly and easterly by the arc of a circle 
of one thousand feet radius one thousand two hundred 
ninety and sLx one hundredths feet to a point in latitude 
forty-two degrees, fourteen minutes, fourteen and nine one 
hundredths seconds north and longitude seventy degrees, 
fifty-eight minutes, nine and ninety-five one hundredths 
seconds west; thence south fifty-four degrees, twenty-five 
minutes, thirty-six seconds east, true bearing, seven hundred 
eighty-seven and sLx one hundredths feet to a point in lati- 
tude forty-two degrees, fourteen minutes, nine and fifty- 
seven one hundredths seconds north and longitude seventy 
degrees, fifty-eight minutes, one and forty-four one hun- 
dredths seconds west; thence south eighty-two degrees, 
thirteen minutes, fifty-five seconds east, true bearing, one 
thousand one hundred and forty-three one hundredths feet 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 121. 95 

to a point in latitude forty-two degrees, fourteen minutes, 
eight and one tenth seconds north, and longitude seventy- 
degrees, fifty-seven minutes, forty-six and ninety-five one 
hundredths seconds west; thence curving southerly by the 
arc of a circle of four hundred feet radius, five hundred 
forty-six and fifty-five one hundredths feet, to a point in 
latitude forty-two degrees, fourteen minutes, four and forty- 
six one hundredths seconds north and longitude seventy de- 
grees, fifty-seven minutes, forty-two and thirty-six one hun- 
dredths seconds west; thence south three degrees, fifty-six 
minutes, thirty-three seconds east, true bearing, seven hun- 
dred fifty-six and forty-two one hundredths feet to a point 
in latitude forty-two degrees, thirteen minutes, fifty-seven 
and one one hundredths seconds north and longitude sev- 
enty degrees, fifty-seven minutes, forty-one and sixty-seven 
one hundredths seconds west; thence southerly and westerly 
by the arc of a circle of four hundred feet radius, three hun- 
dred seventy-six and sixteen one hundredths feet to a point 
in latitude forty-two degrees, thirteen minutes, fifty-three 
and seventy-one one hundredths seconds north and longi- 
tude seventy degrees, fifty-seven minutes, forty-three and 
fifty-five one hundredths seconds west; thence south forty- 
nine degrees, fifty-six minutes, seventeen seconds west, true 
bearing, two hundred seventy-five and sixteen one hun- 
dredths feet to a point in latitude forty-two degrees, thir- 
teen minutes, fifty-one and ninety-six one hundredths sec- 
onds north and longitude seventy degrees, fifty-seven 
minutes, forty-six and thirty-five one hundredths seconds 
west, said point being located at the southerly corner of a 
stone wharf. 

The bearings and geographical positions used in the fore- 
going description are based on the elements of Clark's 
spheroid and the astronomical data adopted by the United 
States Coast and Geodetic Survey in the year eighteen 
hundred and eighty. 

Section 2. The harbor line on the Quincy and Brain- 
tree side of said river, as estabUshed by said section one of 
said chapter one hundred and four, is hereby abolished. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 2S, 1937. 

An Act prohibiting, during certain months of the Chav.121 

YEAR, the taking OF EDIBLE CRABS FROM THE WATERS 
within THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to Emergency 
defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an preamble, 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 
of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and thirty of the General Laws is a. l. (Ter. 
hereby amended by inserting after section forty-one, as ^ecti'onTiA^* 

added. 



96 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 122, 123. 



Possession of 
edible crabs 
regulated. 



appearing in section two of chapter three hundred and 
twenty-nine of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
three, the following new section: — Section JflA. No per- 
son, either as principal, agent or employee, shall, between 
January first and March thirty-first, both dates inclusive, 
in any year, take or catch edible crabs, by the use of traps 
or otherwise, from any waters within the jurisdiction of the 
commonwealth. Violation of this section shall be punished 
by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than fifty 
dollars. Approved March 23, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 159B, 
§ 13, etc., 
amended. 



Chap. 122 An Act relating to the licensing by the police com- 
missioner FOR THE CITY OF BOSTON OF CERTAIN MOTOR 
VEHICLES TRANSPORTING PROPERTY FOR HIRE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloios: 

Section thirteen of chapter one hundred and fifty-nine B 
of the General Laws, as appearing in section one of chapter 
two hundred and sixty-four of the acts of nineteen hundred 
and thirty-four, is hereby amended by adding at the end the 
following: — No person holding a certificate or a permit 
issued under the provisions of this chapter and authorizing 
the transportation of property for hire by motor vehicle 
within the city of Boston shall be required to obtain a license 
from the police commissioner for said city on account of such 
transportation or the use of motor vehicles therein, — so 
as to read as follows: — Section 13. Nothing contained in 
this chapter shall lessen or affect the authority or powers of 



Powers of 
certain public 
officers rela- 



motor°ve'hkies.^ ^^^ department of public works or of the registrar of motor 
vehicles under chapter ninety. No person holding a certifi- 
cate or a permit issued under the provisions of this chapter 
and authorizing the transportation of property for hire by 
motor vehicle within the city of Boston shall be required to 
obtain a license from the police commissioner for said city on 
account of such transportation or the use of motor vehicles 
therein. Approved March 23, 1937. 



Chav. 123 An Act establishing a cposE season for fish with re- 
spect TO which no close season is otherwise estab- 
lished BY law. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 131, new 
section 49A, 
added. 

General close 
season for fish. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and thirty-one of the General Laws 
is hereby amended by inserting after section forty-nine, as 
amended, the following new section: — Section 49 A. No 
person, except as otherwise permitted by law, shall between 
March first and April fourteenth, both dates inclusive, fish 
in any inland waters of the commonwealth for any particular 
species of fish with respect to which no close season is other- 
wise established by law. The possession by any person in 
or upon inland waters or upon the banks of the same between 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 124, 125, 126. 97 

the above dates of any net, trap, trawl or other device 
adapted for fishing for such species of fish shall be prima 
facie evidence of a violation of this section. 

Approved March 23, 1937. 

An Act relative to the granting and taking effect of Chap. 124: 

LICENSES TO KEEP CERTAIN PLACES OF BUSINESS OPEN ON 
THE lord's day. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section eight of chapter one hundred and thirty-six of G^L.|T|r. 
the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, ameAded." 
is hereby amended by striking out the second sentence and 
inserting in place thereof the following: — Such licenses 
shall expire on April thirtieth of each year; but they may 
be granted during April, to take effect on May first follow- 
ing, — so as to read as follows : — Section 8. Every license Provisions 
granted under the preceding section shall specify the street pU^Ixpira- 
or place and the number, if any, or if there is no number, the tion of. 
location of the place of business in which the license is to be 
exercised, and the license shall not be valid in any other 
place. Such licenses shall expire on April thirtieth of each 
year; but they may be granted during April, to take effect 
on May first following. The fee for such license shall not 
be more than five dollars a year, and it may be suspended 
or revoked by the officer or board granting the same. 

Approved March 23, 1937. 

An Act extending the liability of needy persons and (Jjidj) ]^25 

THEIR estates TO TOWNS FURNISHING THEM SUPPORT, SO 
AS TO INCLUDE TOWNS OTHER THAN THE TOWN OF SETTLE- 
MENT. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section five of chapter one hundred and seventeen of the g. l. (Ter. 
General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, ^^jj^^jgj* ^ ^' 
is hereby amended by striking out, in the second line, the 
words "the town where he has a settlement" and inserting 
in place thereof the words : — any town, — so as to read 
as follows : — Section 5. A person, his executor or adminis- Liability 
trator, shall be liable in contract to any town for expenses ^°'' ''"pp"'"^- 
incurred by it for his support. 

Approved March 23, 1937. 

An Act authorizing the Isabella stewart Gardner r*/,^^ lofi 

MUSEUM, INCORPORATED, TO HOLD ADDITIONAL REAL AND ' ' 

PERSONAL ESTATE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Incorporated, a 
charitable institution organized under the general laws 
relating to charitable corporations to carry out the chari- 



98 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 127. 

table provisions contained in the will of Isabella Stewart 
Gardner, may hold real and personal estate to an amount 
not exceeding twelve million dollars notwithstanding the 
limitation provided by section nine of chapter one hun- 
dred and eighty of the General Laws, which estate shall be 
devoted to the purposes of said institution as provided in 
said section nine. Approved March 23, 1937. 



Chap.127 An Act relocating certain harbor lines in new 

BEDFORD HARBOR. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The third paragraph of section one of chap- 
ter eighty of the acts of nineteen hundred and twenty-nine 
is hereby amended by striking out, in the eighty-second to 
the ninety-third lines, inclusive, the words "four hundred 
eighty and fifty-seven one hundredths feet to point T in lati- 
tude four thousand five hundred thirty-eight and ninety- 
three one hundredths feet north and longitude five thousand 
twenty and six one hundredths feet west, said point T being 
located south nineteen degrees, fourteen minutes, fifty-three 
seconds east, true bearing, one hundred sixty-seven and 
eighty-two one hundredths feet from Mark 15 near the 
southeasterly corner of the Union street railway wharf in 
New Bedford; thence south fifty-six degrees, nineteen min- 
utes, twenty-six seconds east, true bearing, eight hundred 
twentj'^-two and sixty-four one hundredths feet" and insert- 
ing in place thereof the following: — three hundred fifteen 
and ten one hundredths feet to point Tl, in latitude four 
thousand seven hundred two and seven one hundredths feet 
north and longitude five thousand forty-seven and seventy- 
five one hundredths feet west, said point Tl being located 
north eighty degrees, twenty minutes, forty-six seconds, 
east, true bearing, twenty-eight and three one hundredths 
feet from Mark 15 near the southeasterly corner of Union 
street railway wharf in New Bedford; thence south forty- 
eight degrees, fifty-nine minutes, forty-one seconds east, 
true bearing, nine hundred forty-three and eighty-six one 
hundredths feet, — so as to read as follows: — Beginning at 
point L in latitude sixteen thousand four hundred twenty- 
eight and sixteen one hundredths feet north and longitude 
four thousand five hundred thirty-four and seven one hun- 
dredths feet west, said point L being the most northerly 
point of the harbor line hereby established on the westerly 
side of Acushnet river, being located north four degrees, 
twenty-one minutes, fifty-five seconds east, true bearing, 
three hundred sixty-three and fifty-eight one hundredths 
feet from Mark 10 on the Manomet mill property; thence 
south five degrees, twenty minutes, thirty-three seconds 
east, true bearing, three thousand seven hundred fifteen 
and three tenths feet to point M in latitude twelve thousand 
seven hundred twenty-nine feet north and longitude four 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 127. 99 

thousand one hundred eighty-eight and fourte<;n one hun- 
dredths feet west, said point M being located north seventy- 
six degrees, forty-two minutes, fifty-seven seconds east, true 
bearing, one thousand seven hundred thirteen and forty- 
seven one hundredths feet from a stone monument at the 
southeasterly corner of Belleville avenue and Sawyer street 
in New Bedford; thence south thirty-four minutes, two 
seconds west, true bearing, one thousand one hundred forty- 
four and eighty-eight one hundredths feet to point N in lati- 
tude eleven thousand five hundred eighty-four and seven- 
teen one hundredths feet north and longitude four thousand 
one hundred ninety-nine and forty-eight one hundredths 
feet west, said point N being located south two degrees, 
thirty-two minutes, forty-nine seconds east, true bearing, 
fifty-nine and forty-eight one hundredths feet from Mark 
11 on the Coggeshall street bridge near the New Bedford 
end; thence south twenty-seven degrees, thirteen minutes, 
eight seconds west, true bearing, one thousand one hundred 
two and seven one hundredths feet to point O in latitude 
ten thousand six hundred four and fifteen one hundredths 
feet north and longitude four thousand seven hundred three 
and fifty-five one hundredths feet west, said point O being 
located south twenty degrees, fifty-one minutes, sixteen sec- 
onds east, true bearing, two hundred eighty-five and seven 
one hundredths feet from Mark 12 at the easterly end of 
Washburn street in New Bedford; thence south twelve de- 
grees, thirtj'-eight minutes, twenty seconds west, true bear- 
ing, one thousand five hundred fifty-four and ninety-seven 
one hundredths feet to point P in latitude nine thousand 
eighty-six and eighty-six one hundredths feet north and 
longitude five thousand forty-three and seventy-nine one 
hundredths feet west, said point P being located north 
eighty-two degrees, forty-one minutes, thirty seconds east, 
true bearing, three hundred thirteen and eight one hun- 
dredths feet from Mark 13 near the southeasterly corner of 
Wamsutta wharf in New Bedford; thence south three de- 
grees, forty-six minutes, fifty seconds west, true bearing, 
three thousand ninety-nine and thirty-eight one hundredths 
feet to point Q in latitude five thousand nine hundred 
ninety-four and twenty-thiee one hundredths feet north and 
longitude five thousand two hundred forty-eight and fifteen 
one hundredths feet west, said point Q being located north 
seventy-five degrees, twenty minutes, thirty seconds east, 
true bearing, six hundred twenty-six and forty-six one hun- 
dredths feet from a stone monument, at the intersection of 
the southerly line of Hilhnan street, extended easterly, and 
the westerly line of North Water street extended northerly, 
in New Bedford; thence south three degrees, fifteen min- 
utes, foity-four seconds east, true bearing, five hundred 
forty-seven and seventy-three one hundredths feet to point 
R in latitude five thousand four hundred forty-seven and 
thirty-eight one hundredths feet north and longitude five 
thousand two hundred sixteen and ninety-eight one bun- 



100 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 127. 

dredths feet west, said point R being located south eighty- 
one degrees, fifty-eight minutes, twenty seconds east, true 
bearing, six hundred two and thirteen one hundredths feet 
from a stone monument at the southwest corner of North 
street and North Water street in New Bedford ; thence south 
fifteen degrees, twenty-one seconds east, true bearing, four 
hundred fifty feet to point S in latitude five thousand twelve 
and seventy-three one hundredths feet north and longitude 
five thousand one hundred and forty-seven one hundredths 
feet west, said point S being located north seventy-seven 
degrees, twenty-eight minutes, twenty-one seconds east, true 
bearing, fifteen and forty-four one hundredths feet from 
Mark 14 on the southerly side of the New Bedford and Fair- 
haven bridge near the New Bedford end; thence south, nine 
degrees, thirty-seven minutes, fifty-six seconds east, true 
bearing, three hundred fifteen and ten one hundredths feet 
to point Tl, in latitude four thousand seven hundred two 
and seven one hundredths feet north and longitude five 
thousand forty-seven and seventy-five one hundredths feet 
west, said point Tl being located north eighty degrees, 
twenty minutes, forty-six seconds, east, true bearing, twenty- 
eight and three one hundredths feet from Mark 15 near the 
southeasterly corner of Union street railway wharf in New 
Bedford; thence south forty-eight degrees, fifty-nine min- 
utes, forty-one seconds east, true bearing, nine hundred 
forty-three and eighty-six one hundredths feet to point U in 
latitude four thousand eighty-two and seventj^-eight one 
hundredths feet north and longitude four thousand three 
hundred thirty-five and forty-seven one hundredths feet 
west, said point U being located south sixty-nine degrees, 
forty-four minutes, twenty-four seconds east, true bearing, 
seventy-seven and seventy-two one hundredths feet from 
Mark 16 near the northwesterly corner of the state pier in 
New Bedford; thence south fourteen degrees, three min- 
utes, ten seconds east, true bearing, six thousand five hun- 
dred ninety-three feet to point V in latitude two thousand 
three hundred twelve and ninety-one one hundredths feet 
south and longitude two thousand seven hundred thirty- 
four and fifty-nine one hundredths feet west, said point V 
being located north forty-two degrees, fourteen minutes, 
thirty-one seconds east, true bearing, two hundred fifty-one 
and sixty-one one hundredths feet from Mark 17 on the 
easterly end of the Cove street storm sewer, point V being 
the southerly end of the harbor line hereby established on 
the easterly side of New Bedford harbor. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 25, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 128, 129. 101 



An Act to enable the city of boston to use for general QJiq^ 128 
purposes of the county of suffolk a certain sum of 
money now in the custody of said city.. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The superior court, after notice to the city 
of Boston and the attorney general, may by order authorize 
said city to use for the genei'al purposes of the county of 
Suffolk the sums, aggregating fourteen thousand, three hun- 
dred and twenty-six dollars and twenty-three cents, paid to 
the collector of the city of Boston by the clerk of the superior 
court for civil business within and for the county of Suffolk, 
and now held by said city subject to the further order of 
said court, pursuant to an order made upon the suggestion 
of said clerk on March eleventh, nineteen hundred and 
twenty-one, in case numbered one hundred and thirty thou- 
sand and seventy of the files and records on the law side of 
said court within and for said county, together with all in- 
terest received by said city on all or any part of said sums, 
and thereafter said city may use said funds as so authorized. 

Section 2. At any time within six years after the mak- 
ing of the order authorized by section one, said court, upon 
the petition of any person claiming any part of the sums to 
which such order relates, and after notice to the city of 
Boston, may order such amount as it finds to be due to him 
out of such sums to be paid to him out of any available 
funds in the treasury of said city. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 25, 1937. 

An Act relative to assessors and assistant assessors. (JJidj) 129 
Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter forty-one of the General Laws, as g. l. (Ter. 
appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is herebj'' amended J^peated.^ ^^'^' 
by striking out section twenty-four A. 

Section 2. Said chapter forty-one is hereby further g. l. (Ter. 
amended by striking out section twenty-five, as so appear- amended.^ ^^' 
ing, and inserting in place thereof the following : — Section Appointment 
25. In towns which accept this section or have accepted of assessors, 
corresponding provisions of earlier laws, the selectmen shall 
appoint suitable citizens of the town assessors for a term of 
not more than three years, and may remove them at any 
time for cause after a hearing. Upon the qualification of 
persons so appointed the term of existing assessors of such 
town shall terminate. 

Section 3. Said chapter forty-one is hereby further g. l. (Ter. 
amended by striking out section twenty-five A, as so appear- amended.^ ^^'^' 
ing, and inserting in place thereof the following: — Section Assistant 
25 A. The assessors, during the month of December in each assessors, 

1 11 . , • i_ j_ 1 1 e appointment of. 

year, shall appomt as assistant assessors such number oi 
suitable citizens of the town as they deem necessary, and 



102 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 130, 131. 

may remove them. Such assistant assessors shall perform 
such duties as the assessors may require for such time as 
they may determine and shall receive compensation only for 
duties performed as so required. Every such assistant as- 
sessor shall hold office for the calendar year following his 
appointment unless sooner removed; provided, that, in case 
the assessors fail to appoint a successor to any such assistant 
assessor during the month of December preceding the ex- 
piration of his term of office, he shall continue to serve 
during the ensuing calendar year unless sooner removed. 
This section shall apply in all cities and towns, except Bos- 
ton, notwithstanding any provision of special law. 
Sj^iT^t'ofl Section 4. Said chapter forty-one is hereby further 

Ed.), 41, § 26, 111 J.-1- J. .■ 1 J. ■ 

amended. amended by strikmg out section twenty-six, as so appear- 

Appointraent, iug, and inserting in place thereof the following: — Section 
sefectmen. ^6. If a town votcs Under section twenty-one to have its 
selectmen appoint a board of assessors, the selectmen shall 
thereupon appoint three or five suitable persons as assessors, 
who shall act as assessors of the town and shall have all 
necessary powers therefor. Approved March 25, 1937. 



Chap. 130 An Act relative to the sale of artificial flowers by 

HAWKERS AND PEDLERS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed.h ioiT§ 16, Section sixteen of chapter one hundred and one of the 
etc'ameAded. ■ General Laws, as amended by chapter forty-two of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, is hereby further 
amended by inserting before the word "artificial" in the 
third and sixth lines, in each instance, the word : — small, 
— and by adding at the end the following new sentence : — 
For the purposes of this section, a "small artificial flower" 
shall mean any artificial flower the blossom or body of 
which does not exceed two and one quarter inches in any 
certain articles dimension, — SO as to read as follows: — Section 16. The 
prohibited. sale by hawkcrs or pedlers of jewelry, furs, wines or spirit- 
uous liquors, small artificial flowers or miniature flags is 
prohibited. Nothing in this section shall be construed to 
prevent the granting of temporary licenses under section 
thirty-three for the sale of small artificial flowers or minia- 
ture flags. For the purposes of this section, a "small arti- 
ficial flower" shall mean any artificial flower the blossom or 
body of which does not exceed two and one quarter inches in 
any dimension. Approved March 25, 1937. 

Chap.131 An Act relative to the arrangement of the names of 

CANDIDATES ON BALLOTS TO BE USED AT PRELIMINARY 
elections IN THE CITY OF FALL RIVER. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The names of candidates for nomination at prefiminary 
elections in the city of Fall River shall be arranged on the 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 132, 133. 103 

official ballots to be used at such elections alphabetically 
according to their surnames, notwithstanding any provision 
of chapter forty-three of the General Laws. 

Approved March 25, 1937. 

An Act relative to exemption from the payment of fhn^ iqo 

LOCAL taxes on TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY. ^' 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section five of chapter fifty-nine of the General Laws, as g. l. (Ter. 
most recently amended by section one of chapter three hun- ^tl^'amenVed. 
dred and sixty-two of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-six, is hereby further amended by striking out clause 
twentieth, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and 
inserting in place thereof the following : — 

Twentieth, The wearing apparel, farming utensils and Exemption 

, 1 !<• ij^iiipi-i 1-c from taxation 

cash on hand oi every person and the tools oi his trade it a of wearing 
mechanic, to any amount; and to an amount not exceeding ^pparei. etc. 
a total value of one thousand dollars in respect to all the 
articles hereinafter specified in this clause, his household 
furniture and effects, including jewelry, plate, works of art, 
musical instruments, radios and garage or stable accessories, 
used or commonly kept in or about the dwelling of which 
he is the owner of record or for the use of which he is obli- 
gated to pay rent, and which is the place of his domicile, 
and boats, fishing gear and nets owned and actually used 
by him in the prosecution of his business if engaged exclu- 
sively in commercial fishing. Approved March 25, 1937. 

An Act relative to the time of filing in district (JJiqjj ^^33 
courts, by plaintiffs in actions of tort arising out ^ 

of the operation of motor vehicles, of claims of 
trial by the superior court, 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section one hundred and two A of chapter g. l. (Ter. 
two hundred and thirty-one of the General Laws, inserted f'{i]^A^g'tc 
by section three of chapter three hundred and eighty-seven amended. 
of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, is hereby 
amended by striking out, in the ninth hne, the words "less 
than two nor", — so as to read as follows: — Section 102 A. Removal of 
A party bringing in a district court an action of tort arising brought in 
out of the operation of a motor vehicle shall thereby be '^•^*'"'=*^ ''""'■*^- 
deemed to have waived a trial by jury and any right of 
appeal to the superior court, unless said action is removed 
to the superior court as provided in this section, but in 
case such action is so removed by any other party the 
plaintiff shall have the same right to claim a jury trial as if 
the action had been originally brought in the superior court. 
Not more than four days after the entry of such an action 
in a district court, the plaintiff may file in said court a 
claim of trial by the superior court, with or without jury, 



104 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 134. 

and an affidavit by his counsel of record, if any, and if none, 
the affidavit of such party, that in his opinion there is an 
issue of fact or law requiring trial in the cause and that 
such trial is in good faith intended, together with the sum 
of three dollars for the entry of the cause in the superior 
court. The clerk shall forthwith transmit the papers in the 
cause and said entry fee to the clerk of the superior court, 
and the case shall proceed as though originally entered 
there. 

No other party to such action shall be entitled to an 
appeal. In lieu thereof, any such other party may remove 
such action to the superior court and the pertinent provi- 
sions of sections one hundred and four to one hundred and 
ten, inclusive, shall apply thereto. If a trial by jury is 
claimed by any party such action may be marked for trial 
upon the list of causes advanced for speedy trial by jury. 
Effective SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on July first of the 

current year. Approved March 25, 1937. 



date. 



C/?a79. 134 ^^ ^^'^ INCREASING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF 
PUBLIC WELFARE OF THE CITY OF MEDFORD. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section thirty-two of chapter three hundred 
and forty-five of the acts of nineteen hundred and three is 
hereby amended by striking out clause Eighth and insert- 
ing in place thereof the following : — 

Eighth. A board of public welfare, consisting of five 
persons. 

Section 2. Of the additional members of the board of 
public welfare of the city of Medford authorized by section 
one of this act, one shall be appointed by the mayor, subject 
to confirmation by the board of aldermen, to serve until the 
first Monday in March in the year nineteen hundred and 
thirty-nine, and one to serve until the first Monday in 
March in the year nineteen hundred and forty; and their 
respective successors shall be appointed subject to the pro- 
visions of section thirty-four of said chapter three hundred 
and forty-five. 

Section 3. This act shall be submitted for acceptance to 
the registered voters of the city of Medford at its city elec- 
tion in the current year in the form of the following question 
which shall be placed upon the official ballot to be used at 
said election: "Shall an act passed by the general court in 
the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, entitled 'An 
Act increasing the Membership of the Board of Public 
Welfare of the City of Medford', be accepted?" If a ma- 
jority of the voters voting thereon votes in the affirmative 
in answer to said question, this act shall thereupon take 
effect, but not otherwise. Approved March 25, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 135. 105 



An Act relative to forms of application for abate- (Jho^r) 135 

MENT OF TAXES AND CERTAIN OTHER FORMS AND THE ^' 
APPROVAL THEREOF BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CORPORA- 
TIONS AND TAXATION. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloios: 

Section 1. Chapter fifty-eight of the General Laws is g. l. (Ter. 
hereby amended by adding at the end, under the heading fectioi^'ai"*'"' 
"forms", the following new section : — Section SI. In addi- added. 
tion to the forms expressly required by any other provision Forms of 
of law to be as prescribed or approved by the commissioner, '^^'^ nations, 
such other forms as may be deemed by him to be neces- 
sary or convenient for use under any provision of chapters 
fifty-nine to sixty-five A, inclusive, shall be as prescribed or 
approved by him; provided, that variance from a form so 
prescribed or approved shall not affect the validity of the 
form so used, if the form used is in substantial conformity 
to that so prescribed or approved, and the commissioner 
shall, upon written request, approve said form for the par- 
ticular use intended. In any case where the commissioner, 
under authority hereinbefore granted to him, shall pre- 
scribe or approve only a portion of a form as being neces- 
sary or convenient for use, the provisions of this section 
relative to forms shall apply to such portion of a form. 

Section 2. Section forty-three of chapter sixty-two of g l. (Ter. 
the General Laws, as amended by section five of chapter etc!, 'amended'. 
three hundred and fifty of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-three, is hereby further amended by inserting after 
the word "apply" in the third line the words: — in writing, 
— and by inserting after the word "commissioner" in the 
same line the words: — on a form approved by him, — so 
as to read as follows: — Section A3. Any person aggrieved Abatement by 
by the assessment of a tax under this chapter may apply in 
writing to the commissioner on a form approved by him for 
an abatement thereof at any time within six months after 
the date of the notice of the assessment, or, if he dies during 
said six months his executor or administrator may apply 
for such abatement within one month after his appoint- 
ment; and if, after a hearing, the commissioner finds that 
the tax is excessive in amount or that the person assessed is 
not subject thereto, he shall abate it in whole or in part 
accordingly. If the tax has been paid, the state treasurer 
shall repay to the person assessed the amount of such abate- 
ment, with interest thereon at the rate of six per cent per 
annum from the time when it was paid, but not from a 
time earlier than October first of the year in which the return 
of income subject to said tax was required to be filed. The 
commissioner shall notify the petitioner by registered letter 
of his decision upon the petition. 

Section 3. Chapter sixty-three of the General Laws is g. l. (Ter. 
hereby amended by inserting after section seventy-one A, ^ction^n^'' 
as amended, the following new section: — Section 7i 5. added. 



commissioner. 



106 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 136, 137. 

AppWcai^onto Applications for abatement or correction of taxes, made 
pursuant to any provision of this chapter, shall be in writing 
upon forms approved by the commissioner. 

Approved March 25, 1937. 



Chap. 136 ^'^ -^CT RELATIVE TO THE WILFUL PARTICIPATION BY ANY 
PERSON IN CONSPIRACIES TO COMMIT, OR IN THE COM- 
MITMENT, TO INSTITUTIONS FOR THE INSANE OF PERSONS 
WHO ARE NOT INSANE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed.xmriiio, Section one hundred and ten of chapter one hundred 
amended! ' and twenty-three of the General Laws, as appearing in the 
Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, 
in the first line, the words "A physician who" and inserting 
in place thereof the word : — Whoever, — and by inserting 
after the word "insane" in the thiid line the words: — or 
wilfully assists in or connives at such a commitment, — 
Conspiracy SO as to read as follows: — Section 110. Whoever wilfully 
sanTpeTaon* couspires with a person unlawfully or improperly to com- 
mit to an institution for the insane a person who is not in- 
sane or wilfully assists in or connives at such a commit- 
ment shall be punished by fine or imprisonment, at the 
discretion of the court. Approved March 25, 1937. 



Chap. 1S7 An Act authorizing the associated charities of pitts- 

FIELD TO TRANSFER CERTAIN FUNDS TO THE BERKSHIRE 
COUNTY HOME FOR AGED WOMEN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The Associated Charities of Pittsfield, for- 
merly called Union for Home Work in Pittsfield, a chari- 
table corporation, is hereby authorized to transfer and pay 
over to the Berkshire County Home for Aged Women, a 
charitable corporation, the Mary E. Francis fund, so called, 
bequeathed to it in the will of Mary E. Francis, late of said 
Pittsfield, and the Abraham Burbank fund, so called, held 
by it under the will of Abraham Burbank, late of said 
Pittsfield, and/or under the compromise agreement author- 
ized by the Berkshire probate court in relation to the set- 
tlement of the estate of said Abraham Burbank, such funds 
to be administered by said Berkshire County Home for 
Aged Women for the purposes respectively stated in said 
will or wills and/or said compromise agreement. 

Section 2. The power hereby granted shall be exer- 
cised only in conformity with such a decree, if any, of the 
supreme judicial court, sitting in equity for the county of 
Berkshire, as may be entered within one year after the 
effective date of this act. 

Section 3. This act shall not take effect until it shall 
have been accepted by the votes of the board of directors, 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 138. 107 

or the officers having the powers of directors, of each of said 
corporations and copies of the respective votes of accept- 
ance shall have been filed with the state secretary. 

Approved March 25, 1937. 



An Act establishing the topsfield water district of (Jfiav 138 

TOPSFIELD. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The inhabitants of the town of Topsfield, 
liable to taxation in said town and residing within the ter- 
ritory comprised within the following boundary lines, to 
wit : beginning at the point where the boundary line between 
the town of Topsfield and the town of Boxford intersects 
the center line of Bear Hill road; thence approximately 
easterly along a straight line to the intersection of the 
center line of North street and the center line of Camp 
Meeting road; thence approximately easterly along the 
center line of said Camp Meeting road to its intersection of 
a line which lies parallel to and east of the present center 
line of the Newburyport turnpike a distance of twelve hun- 
dred feet; thence southwesterly parallel to and east of said 
Newburyport turnpike to the center line of Ipswich river; 
thence westerly following the center line of said Ipswich 
river to the boundary line between the town of Topsfield 
and the town of Boxford at Fish brook; thence northerly 
along said boundary line between the town of Topsfield and 
the town of Boxford to the point of beginning, — shall 
constitute a fire and water district, and are hereby made a 
body corporate by the name of Topsfield Water District of 
Topsfield, hereinafter called the district, for the purpose of 
supplying themselves with water for the extinguishment 
of fires and for domestic and other purposes, with power 
to establish fountains and hydrants and to relocate and 
discontinue the same, to regulate the use of such water 
and to fix and collect rates to be paid therefor, and to assess 
and raise taxes as provided herein for the payment of such 
services and for defraying the necessary expenses of carry- 
ing on the business of said district, but subject to all general 
laws now or hereafter in force relating to such districts, 
except as otherwise provided herein. The district shall have 
power to prosecute and defend all actions relating to its 
property and affairs. 

Section 2. For the purposes aforesaid, the district, acting 
by and through its board of water commissioners hereinafter 
provided for, may contract with any municipality, acting 
through its water department, or with any water company, 
or with any water district, for whatever water may be 
required, authority to furnish the same being hereby granted, 
and may enter into such other contracts as may be neces- 
sary for the purposes set forth in section one of this act, 
and/or may take by eminent domain under chapter seventy- 



108 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 138. 

nine of the General Laws, or acquire by lease, purchase or 
otherwise, and hold, the waters, or any portion thereof, of 
any pond, spring or stream, or of any ground sources of 
supply by means of driven, artesian or other wells, within 
said town of Topsfield, not already appropriated for the 
purposes of a public water supplj^, and the water rights 
connected with any such water sources; and for said pur- 
poses may take as aforesaid, or acquire by purchase or 
otherwise, and hold, all lands, rights of way and other ease- 
ments necessary for collecting, storing, holding, purifying 
and preserving the purity of the water and for conveying 
the same to any part of said district; provided, that no 
source of water supply or lands necessary for preserving 
the quality of the water shall be so taken or used without 
first obtaining the advice and approval of the state depart- 
ment of public health, and that the location and arrange- 
ment of all dams, reservoirs, wells, pumping and filtration 
plants and such other works as may be necessary in carry- 
ing out the provisions of this act shall be subject to the 
approval of said department. The district may construct 
and maintain on the lands acquired and held under this act 
proper dams, wells, reservoirs, standpipes, tanks, pumping 
plants, buildings, fixtures and other structures, including 
also the establishment and maintenance of filter beds and 
purification works or systems, and may make excavations, 
procure and operate machinery and provide such other 
means and appliances, and do such other things as may be 
necessary for the establishment and maintenance of com- 
plete and effective water works; and for that purpose may 
construct pipe lines, wells and reservoirs and establish 
pumping works, and may construct, lay, acquire and main- 
tain aqueducts, conduits, pipes and other works under or 
over any land, water courses, railroads, railways, and public 
or other ways, and along such ways, in said town, in such 
manner as not unnecessarily to obstruct the same; and for 
the purposes of constructing, laying, maintaining, operating 
and repairing such aqueducts, conduits, pipes and other 
works, and for all proper purposes of this act, the district 
may dig up or raise and embank any such lands, highways 
or other ways in such manner as to cause the least hindrance 
to public travel on such ways; provided, that all things 
done upon any such way shall be subject to the direction 
of the selectmen of said town. The district shall not enter 
upon, or construct or lay any aqueduct, conduit, pipe or 
other works within, the location of any railroad corpora- 
tion except at such time and in such manner as it may 
agree upon with such corporation, or, in case of failure so 
to agree, as may be approved by the department of public 
utihties. Said district may enter upon any lands for the 
purpose of making surveys, test wells or pits and borings, 
and may take or otherwise acquire the right to occupy tem- 
porarily any lands necessary for the construction of any 
work or for any other purpose authorized by this act. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 138. 109 

Section 3. Any person sustaining damages in his prop- 
erty by any taking under this act or any other thing done 
under authority thereof may recover such damages from the 
district under said chapter seventy-nine; but the right to 
damages for the taking of any water, water right or water 
source, or for any injury thereto, shall not vest until water 
is actually withdrawn or diverted under authority of this act. 

Section 4. For the purpose of pajdng the necessary 
expenses and liabilities incurred under this act, other than 
expenses of maintenance and operation, the district may 
borrow from time to time such sums as may be necessary, 
not exceeding, in the aggregate, one hundred and sixty 
thousand dollars, and may issue bonds or notes therefor, 
which shall bear on their face the words, Topsfield Water 
District Loan, Act of 1937. Each authorized issue shall con- 
stitute a separate loan, and such loans shall be payable in 
not more than thirty years from their dates. Indebtedness 
incurred under this act shall be subject to the provisions of 
chapter forty-four of the General Laws pertaining to such 
districts. 

Section 5. The district shall, at the time of authorizing 
said loan or loans, provide for the payment thereof in ac- 
cordance with section four of this act; and, when a vote to 
that effect has been passed, a sum which, with the income 
derived from water rates, will be sufficient to pay the annual 
expense of operating its water works and the interest as it 
accrues on the bonds or notes issued as aforesaid by the 
district, and to make such payments on the principal as may 
be required under this act, shall without further vote be 
assessed upon the district by the assessors of said town of 
Topsfield annually thereafter until the debt incurred by said 
loan or loans is extinguished. 

Section 6. Any land taken or acquired under this act 
shall be managed, improved and controlled by the board of 
water commissioners hereinafter provided for, in such man- 
ner as they shall deem for the best interest of the district. 
All authority vested in said board by this section shall be 
subject to the provisions of section nine. 

Section 7. Whenever a tax is duly voted by the district 
for the purposes of this act, the clerk shall send a certified 
copy of the vote to the assessors of said town, who shall assess 
the same on property within the district in the same manner 
in all respects in which town taxes are required by law to 
be assessed; provided, that no estate shall be subject to any 
tax assessed on account of the system of water supply under 
this act if, in the judgment of the board of water commis- 
sioners hereinafter provided for, after a hearing, such estate 
is so situated that it can receive no aid in the extinguish- 
ment of fire from the said system of water supply, or re- 
ceive no benefit in fire insurance grading therefrom, or both, 
or if such estate is so situated that the buildings thereon, or 
the buildings that might be constructed thereon, could not 
be supplied in any ordinary or reasonable manner with water 



no Acts, 1937. —Chap. 138. 

from the said system; but all other estates in the district 
shall be deemed to be benefited and shall be subject to such 
tax. A certified list of the estates exempt from taxation 
under the provisions of this section shall annually be sent 
by said board of water commissioners to said assessors, at 
the same time at which the clerk shall send a certified copy 
of the vote as aforesaid. The assessment shall be com- 
mitted to the town collector, who shall collect said tax in 
the manner provided by law for the collection of town taxes, 
and shall deposit the proceeds thereof with the district 
treasurer for the use and benefit of the district. The dis- 
trict may collect interest on overdue taxes in the manner 
in which interest is authorized to be collected on town 
taxes. 

Section 8. The first meeting of the voters of the terri- 
tory included within the boundaries set forth in section one 
of this act shall be called, on petition of ten or more 
legal voters therein, by a warrant from the selectmen of 
said town, or from a justice of the peace, directed to one 
of the petitioners, requiring him to give notice of the meet- 
ing by posting copies of the warrant in two or more public 
places in the district seven days at least before the time of 
the meeting. Such justice of the peace, or one of the select- 
men, shall preside at such meeting until a clerk is chosen 
and sworn, and the clerk shall preside until a moderator is 
chosen. After the choice of a moderator for the meeting 
the question of the acceptance of this act shall be submitted 
to the voters, and if it is accepted by a majority of the 
voters present and voting thereon it shall thereupon take 
effect, and the meeting may then proceed to act on the 
other articles in the warrant. 

Section 9. The district, after the acceptance of this act 
as aforesaid, shall elect by ballot, either at the same meet- 
ing at which this act is accepted or at an annual meeting 
or at a special meeting thereafter called for the purpose, 
three persons, resident taxpayers of the district, to hold 
office, one until the expiration of three years, one until the 
expiration of two years, and one until the expiration of one 
year, from the day of the next succeeding annual district 
meeting, to constitute a board of water commissioners, and 
at every annual district meeting following such next suc- 
ceeding annual district meeting one such commissioner shall 
be elected by ballot for the term of three years. All the 
authority granted to the district by this act, except sec- 
tions four and five, and not otherwise specifically provided 
for, shall be vested in said board of water commissioners, 
who shall be subject, however, to such instructions, rules 
and regulations as the district may by vote impose. At the 
meeting at which said commissioners are first elected and at 
each annual district meeting held thereafter, the district 
shall elect by ballot a treasurer of the district, who shall 
not be a water commissioner thereof, and who shall give 
bond to the district in such an amount as may be approved 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 138. Ill 

by said commissioners and with a surety company author- 
ized to transact business in the commonwealth as surety. 
A majority of said commissioners shall constitute a quorum 
for the transaction of business. Any vacancy occurring in 
said board from any cause may be filled for the remainder 
of the unexpired term by the district at any legal meeting 
called for the purpose. ISTo money shall be drawn from the 
treasury of the district on account of its water works except 
upon a written order of said commissioners or a majority of 
them. 

Section 10. Said commissioners shall fix just and equi- 
table prices and rates for the use of water, and shall pre- 
scribe the time and manner of payment. The income of 
the water works shall be appropriated to defray all operat- 
ing expenses, interest charges and payments on the principal 
as they shall accrue upon any bonds or notes issued under 
authority of this act. If there should be a net surplus re- 
maining after providing for the aforesaid charges, it may 
be appropriated for such new construction as said commis- 
sioners may recommend, and in case a surplus should re- 
main after payment for such new construction the water 
rates shall be reduced proportionately. Said commissioners 
shall annually, and as often as the district may require, 
render a report upon the condition of the works under their 
charge, and an account of their doings, including an account 
of receipts and expenditures. 

Section 11. The district may adopt by-laws prescrib- 
ing by whom and how meetings of the district may be 
called, notified and conducted; and upon the application of 
ten or more legal voters in the district, meetings may also 
be called by warrant as provided in section eight. The dis- 
trict may also establish rules and regulations for the man- 
agement of its water works, not inconsistent with this act 
or with law, and may choose such other officers not pro- 
vided for in this act as it may deem necessary or proper. 

Section 12. Whoever wilfully or wantonly corrupts, pol- 
lutes or diverts any water obtained or supplied under this 
act, or wilfully or wantonly injures any reservoir, well, 
standpipe, aqueduct, pipe or other property owned or used 
by the district for any of the purposes of this act, shall 
forfeit and pay to the district three times the amount of 
damages assessed therefor, to be recovered in an action of 
tort, and upon conviction of any of the above wilful or 
wanton acts shall be punished by a fine of not more than one 
hundred dollars or by*imprisonment in jail for not more than 
six months. 

Section 13. Upon a petition in writing addressed to said 
commissioners requesting that certain real estate, accurately 
described therein located in said town and abutting on said 
district be included within the limits thereof, and signed by 
the owners of such real estate, or a major portion of such 
real estate, said commissioners shall cause a duly warned 
meeting of the district to be called, at which meeting the 



112 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 139, 140. 

voters may vote on the question of including said real es- 
tate within the district. If a majority of the voters present 
and voting thereon vote in the affirmative the district clerk 
shall within ten days file with the town clerk of said town 
and with the state secretary an attested copy of said peti- 
tion and vote; and thereupon said real estate shall become 
and be part of the district and shall be holden under this act 
in the same manner and to the same extent as the real es- 
tate described in section one. 

Section 14. This act shall take full effect upon its 
acceptance by a majority vote of the voters of the district 
present and voting thereon at a district meeting called, in 
accordance with the provisions of section eight, within three 
years after its passage; but the number of meetings so 
called in any one year shall not exceed three. 

Approved March 25, 1937. 

C/iap. 139 An Act relative to appropriations by the town of nan- 
tucket FOR MUNICIPAL ADVERTISING PURPOSES AND FOR 
PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town of Nantucket may, by a majority 
vote, appropriate each year a sum not exceeding three thou- 
sand dollars for advertising the advantages of the town 
and for providing amusements or entertainments of a public 
character. The money so appropriated by the town shall 
be expended under the direction of the board of selectmen. 

Section 2. Chapter three hundred and seventy-seven 
of the acts of eighteen hundred and ninety-eight is hereby 
repealed. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 29, 1937. 

Chav. 14Q An Act establishing the boundary line between the 

TOWNS OF FOXBOROUGH AND WALPOLE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The following described line shall hereafter 
be the boundary line between the towns of Foxborough and 
Walpole: Beginning at a rough stone monument in the 
woods marking the corner of Foxborough, Norfolk and 
Walpole in latitude 42° 05' 18.76" and longitude 71° 16' 
50.71"; thence running north 32° 34' east (true bearing) 
along the present boundary between the towns of Foxborough 
and Walpole and four thousand three hundred and three feet 
distant to a point, south 32° 34' west and one thousand five 
hundred and fifty feet distant from a town bound on the 
southerly side of Summer street known as Foxborough- 
Walpole 1; thence running north 65° 00' 47" east (true 
bearing) three thousand six hundred and fifty-five feet to a 
stone bound standing on the southwesterly side of Water 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 141, 142. 113 

street; thence in the same direction one thousand two hun- 
dred and forty-six feet to a point on the center Hne of the 
Boston-Providence state highway, U. S. Route 1; thence 
north 51° 20' 32" east (true bearing) seven hundred and 
eleven feet along the center line of said highway to a point; 
thence north 84° 24' east (true bearing) three thousand nine 
hundred and fiftj^-seven feet to a point on the present bound- 
ary line between the towns of Walpole and Sharon; thence 
south 1° 25' west (true bearing) eight hundred feet distant 
along the present boundary line between the towns of Wal- 
pole and Sharon to the stone bound marking the corner of 
Foxborough, Sharon and Walpole in latitude 42° 06' 15.33" 
and longitude 71° 14' 21.71". 

Section 2. The department of public works, as soon as 
may be after the passage of this act, shall locate all the 
points on the new line mentioned in this act, and shall file 
a plan of the same with the state secretary. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 29, 1937. 

An Act enabling the npjw Bedford police association (JJku) \/^\ 

TO PAY increased BENEFITS. ^' 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend Emergency 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an preamble, 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of 
the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter four hundred and one of the acts of nineteen 
hundred is hereby amended by striking out section one and 
inserting in place thereof the following new section : — Sec- 
tion 1. The New Bedford Police Association, a corporation 
duly established by law, acting by its board of directors, is 
hereby authorized to pay or cause to be paid from its gen- 
eral fund to any member in good standing, upon the death 
of his wife, such sum of money, not exceeding three hundred 
dollars, as may from time to time be fixed by vote of said 
corporation. Approved March 29, 1937. 

An Act authorizing the town of sandwich to appropri- Chav 142 

ATE MONEY FOR PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1, The town of Sandwich may, by a majority 
vote, appropriate each year a sum not exceeding five hundred 
dollars for providing amusements or entertainments of a 
public character. The money so appropriated by the town 
shall be expended under the direction of the board of select- 
men. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 29, 1937. 



114 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 143. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 41. § 13, 
etc., amended. 



Bond of 
town clerk. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 41, § 35, 
amended. 



Bond of 

town treasurer. 



Chap. 14:3 An Act making certain perfecting changes in the laws 

AFFECTING REGULAR AND TEMPORARY CITY AND TOWN 
OFFICERS IN RESPECT TO THEIR GIVING BOND AND IN OTHER 
RESPECTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section thirteen of chapter forty-one of the 
General Laws, as amended by chapter eighteen of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby further amended 
by striking out, in the second Hne, the word " quahfication " 
and inserting in place thereof the word : — election, — so as 
to read as follows: — Section 13. Every town clerk shall, 
within ten days after his election and thereafter, at intervals 
of not more than one year, so long as he continues to hold 
said office, give bond to the town for the faithful perform- 
ance of his duties, in such sum as the selectmen shall ap- 
prove. If he does not give bond as herein required the select- 
men may declare the office vacant and fill the vacancy in the 
manner prescribed in section fourteen. 

Section 2. Said chapter forty-one is hereby further 
amended by striking out section thirty-five, as appearing in 
the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the 
following : — Section 35. Every town treasurer shall give 
bond annually for the faithful performance of his duties in a 
form approved by the commissioner of corporations and 
taxation and in such sum, not less than the amount estab- 
lished by the said commissioner, as shall be fixed by the 
selectmen or the mayor and aldermen, and if he fails to give 
such bond within ten days after his election or appointment, 
the selectmen or the mayor and aldermen may declare the 
office vacant and the vacancy may be filled in the manner 
prescribed by section forty or sixty-one A, as the case may 
be. He shall receive and take charge of all money belonging 
to the town, and pay over and account for the same accord- 
ing to the order of the town or of its authorized officers. No 
other person shall pay any bill of any department. He shall 
have the authority given to an auditor by section fifty-one, 
and shall annually render a true account of all his receipts 
and disbursements and a report of his official acts. 

Section 3. Said chapter forty-one is hereby further 
amended by striking out section forty, as so appearing, and 
inserting in place thereof the following : — Section Ifi. If 
the office of town treasurer, town collector of taxes, town 
accountant or auditor in a town having but one is vacant or 
if any such officer, because of disability or absence, is unable 
to perform his duties, the selectmen may in writing signed 
by them or by a majority of them, which shall be filed in 
the office of the town clerk, appoint a temporary officer to 
hold such office and exercise the powers and perform the 
duties thereof until another is duly elected or appointed 
and has qualified according to law or the officer who was 
disabled or absent resumes his duties. Any such temporary 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 41, § 40, 
amended. 

Bond of 

temporary 

treasurer. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 144. 115 

officer shall be sworn and give bond for the faithful per- 
formance of his duties in accordance with the provisions of 
law applying to the officer whose place he fills, and if he 
fails so to do within five days after his appointment the 
selectmen may rescind the appointment and appoint an- 
other. This section shall not apply to cities. 

Section 4. Said chapter forty-one is hereby further g. l. (Ter. 
amended by striking out section sixty-one A, as so appear- amended.* ^^^' 
ing, and inserting in place thereof the following : — Section Temporary 
61 A. If the office of city auditor, city treasurer, city col- auditor, etc. 
lector of taxes or other officer having charge of a city de- 
partment is vacant, or if any such officer, because of dis- 
ability or absence, is unable to perform his duties, the mayor, 
without confirmation by the city council, any provision of 
a city charter to the contrary notwithstanding, shall appoint 
a temporary officer to hold such office and exercise the 
powers and perform the duties thereof until another is duly 
elected or appointed and has quahfied according to law, or 
the officer who was disabled or incapacitated resumes his 
duties; but no such temporary officer shall be appointed 
under this section for a period longer than sixty days. Any 
such temporary officer shall be sworn and give bond for the 
faithful performance of his duties in accordance with the 
provisions of law applying to the officer whose place he fills, 
and if he fails so to do within five days after his appointment 
the mayor may rescind the appointment and appoint an- 
other. 

Section 5. Section thirteen of chapter sixty of the Gen- g. l. (Ter. 
eral Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding amended.* ^^' 
at the end the following new sentence : — If the collector 
does not give bond as herein required, the selectmen or 
mayor and aldermen may declare the office vacant and the 
vacancy may be filled in the manner prescribed by section 
forty or sixty-one A of chapter forty-one, as the case may 
be, — so as to read as follows: — Section IS. The collector Bond of 
shall, before the commitment to him of any taxes of any "o^^ctor. 
year, give bond for the faithful performance of his duties 
in a form approved by the commissioner and in such sum, 
not less than the amount established by the commissioner, 
as shall be fixed by the selectmen or mayor and aldermen, 
A copy of each such bond shall be delivered to the commis- 
sioner. If the collector does not give bond as herein required, 
the selectmen or mayor and aldermen may declare the office 
vacant and the vacancy may be filled in the manner pre- 
scribed by section forty or sixty-one A of chapter forty-one, 
as the case may be. Approved March 29, 1937. 



An Act relative to attachments of real estate affect- 
ing REGISTERED LAND. 



C/iap.l44 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section seventy-eight of chapter one hun- g. l. (Ter. 
dred and eighty-five of the General Laws, as appearing in a^g^d^^; * ^^' 



116 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 145. 

the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by striking 
out, in the seventh and eighth hnes, the words ", except in 
the case of attachment on mesne process,", — so as to read 
Attachments of as follows : — SecUon 78. A writing of any description or a 
registered land, copy of any Writ required by law to be filed or recorded in 
the registry of deeds in order to create or preserve any lien, 
right or attachment upon unregistered land, if intended to 
affect registered land shall, in lieu of recording, be filed and 
registered in the office of the assistant recorder for the reg- 
istry district where the land lies, and, in addition to any 
particulars required in such papers for recording with rec- 
ords of deeds, shall also contain a reference to the number 
of the certificate of title of the land to be affected, and 
the volume and page of the registration book in which the 
certificate is registered, and also, if the attachment, right or 
lien is not claimed on all the land in any certificate of title, 
shall contain a description sufficiently accurate for identi- 
fication of the land intended to be affected; provided, that 
if a notice of a federal tax lien on property and rights thereto 
of a delinquent taxpayer or a certificate of discharge of such 
a lien is filed with the register of deeds under section twenty- 
four of chapter thirty-six and it affects registered land in 
his district, the duty of properly registering such notice or 
certificate and proceedings incident to or in connection with 
such a lien shall be upon him, acting as such register and as 
assistant recorder of the land court. 
Effective Section 2. This act shall take effect on September first 

in the current year. Approved March 29, 1937. 

ChaV.14:5 ^^ ■^^'^ ESTABLISHING THE BUZZARD's BAY WATER DISTRICT 

IN THE TOWN OF BOURNE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The inhabitants of the town of Bourne, 
liable to taxation in said town, and residing within the ter- 
ritory comprised within the following boundary lines, to 
wit: — Beginning at the northwest corner of the town of 
Bourne at Red brook and running northeasterly along the 
boundary line between the towns of Plymouth and Bourne 
approximately two miles to a point two thousand feet 
northeasterly as measured along said town line from the 
center of White Island road; thence running southerly in 
a straight line to a point two thousand feet measured due 
east (true meridian) from the junction of the center of the 
state highway and the head of the Bay road; thence con- 
tinuing by the same course to the Cape Cod canal; thence 
running westerly by the Cape Cod canal to the Wareham- 
Bourne town line in the Cohasset Narrows and thence turn- 
ing and running northerly by the said Wareham-Bourne 
town line through the Cohasset Narrows, Buttermilk Bay, 
and to the point of beginning, — shall constitute a water 
district and are hereby made a body corporate by the name 
of the Buzzard's Bay Water District, hereinafter called the 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 145. 117 

district, for the purpose of supplying themselves with water 
for the extinguishment of fires and for domestic and other 
purposes, with power to establish fountains and hydrants 
and to relocate and discontinue the same, to regulate the 
use of such water and to fix and collect rates to be paid 
therefor, and for the purposes of assessing and raising taxes 
as provided herein for the payment of such services, and 
for defraying the necessary expenses of carrying on the 
business of said district, subject to all general laws now or 
hereafter in force relating to such districts, except as other- 
wise provided herein. The district shall have power to 
prosecute and defend all actions relating to its property and 
affairs. 

Section 2. For the purposes aforesaid, the district, act- 
ing by and through its board of water commissioners here- 
inafter provided for, may contract with any municipality, 
acting through its water department, or with any water 
company, or with any other water district, for whatever 
water may be required, authority to furnish the same being 
hereb}^ granted, and/or may take by eminent domain under 
chapter seventy-nine of the General Laws, or acquire by 
lease, purchase or otherwise, and hold, the waters, or any 
portion thereof, of any pond, spring or stream, or of any 
ground sources of supply by means of driven, artesian or 
other wells, within the town of Bourne or within that por- 
tion of the town of Plj^mouth lying within one half mile of 
the northerly boundary of the above defined Buzzard's Bay 
Water District, not already appropriated for the purposes 
of a public supply, and the water rights connected with 
any such water sources; and for said purposes may take 
as aforesaid, or acquire by purchase or otherwise, and hold, 
all lands, rights of way and other easements necessary for 
collecting, storing, holding, purifying and preserving the 
purity of the water and for conveying the same to any part 
of said district; provided, that no source of water supply or 
lands necessary for preserving the quality of the water shall 
be so taken or used without first obtaining the advice and 
approval of the state department of public health, and that 
the location and arrangement of all dams, reservoirs, wells, 
pumping and filtration plants and such other works as may 
be necessary in carrying out the provisions of this act shall 
be subject to the approval of said department. Said district 
may construct and maintain on the lands acquired and held 
under this act proper dams, wells, reservoirs, standpipes, 
tanks, pumping plants, buildings, fixtures and other struc- 
tures including also the establishment and maintenance 
of filter beds and purification works or systems, and may 
make excavations, procure and operate machinery and pro- 
vide such other means and appliances, and do such other 
things as may be necessary for the establishment and main- 
tenance of complete and effective water works; and for that 
purpose may construct, lay and maintain aqueducts, con- 
duits, pipes and other works under or over any land, water 



118 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 145. 

courses, railroads, railways and public or other ways, and 
along such ways, within said town of Bourne, or within the 
aforesaid portion of said town of Plymouth, in such manner 
as not unnecessarily to obstruct the same; and for the pur- 
poses of constructing, laying, maintaining, operating and 
repairing such conduits, pipes and other works, and for all 
proper purposes of this act, the district may dig up or raise 
and embank any such lands, highways or other ways in such 
manner as to cause the least hindrance to public travel on 
such ways; provided, that all things done upon any such 
way shall be subject to the direction of the selectmen of the 
town in which any such way lies. Said district shall not 
enter upon, construct or lay any conduit, pipe or other works 
within the location of any railroad corporation except at 
such time and in such manner as it may agree upon with 
such corporation, or, in case of failure so to agree, as may 
be approved by the department of public utilities. Said 
district may enter upon any lands for the purpose of mak- 
ing surveys, test pits and borings, and maj^ take or other- 
wise acquire the right to occupy temporarily any lands 
necessary for the construction of any work or for any other 
purpose authorized by this act. 

Section 3. Any person sustaining damages in his prop- 
erty by any taking under this act or any other thing done 
under authority thereof may recover such damages from 
the district under said chapter seventy-nine; but the right 
to damages for the taking of any water, water right or 
water source, or for any injury thereto, shall not vest until 
water is actually withdrawn or diverted under authority of 
this act. 

Section 4. For the purpose of paying the necessary ex- 
penses and liabilities incurred under the provisions of this 
act, other than expenses of maintenance and operation, the 
district may borrow from time to time such sums as may 
be necessary, not exceeding, in the aggregate, two hundred 
thousand, dollars, and may issue bonds or notes therefor 
which shall bear on their face the words, Buzzard's Bay 
Water District Loan, Act of 1937. Each authorized issue 
shall constitute a separate loan, and such loans shall be 
payable in not more than thirty years from their dates. 
Indebtedness incurred under this act shall be subject to the 
provisions of chapter forty-four of the General Laws per- 
taining to such districts. The town of Bourne may, at its 
annual town meeting or at a legal meeting called for the 
purpose, guarantee the payment of such bonds or notes. 

Section 5. The district shall, at the time of authorizing 
said loan or loans, provide for the pajinent thereof in ac- 
cordance with section four of this act; and when a vote to 
that effect has been passed a sum which, with the income 
derived from water rates, will be sufficient to pay the annual 
expense of operating its water works and the interest as it 
accrues on the bonds or notes issued as aforesaid by the 
district, and to make such payments on the principal as 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 145. 119 

may be required under the provisions of this act, shall 
without further vote be assessed upon the district by the 
assessors of said town of Bourne annually thereafter until 
the debt incurred by said loan or loans is extinguished. 

Section 6. Any land taken or acquired under this act 
shall be managed, improved and controlled by the board of 
water commissioners hereinafter provided for, in such man- 
ner as they shall deem for the best interest of the district. 
All authority vested in said board by this section shall be 
subject to section nine. 

Section 7. Whenever a tax is duly voted by said dis- 
trict for the purposes of this act, the clerk shall send a certi- 
fied copy of the vote to the assessors of said town, who 
shall assess the same in the same manner in all respects in 
which town taxes are required by law to be assessed; pro- 
vided, that no estate shall be subject to any tax assessed 
on account of the system of water supply under this act, if, 
in the judgment of the board of water commissioners here- 
inafter provided for, after a hearing, such estate is so situ- 
ated that it can receive no aid in the extinguishment of fire 
from the said system of water supply, or receive no benefit 
in fire insurance grading therefrom, or both, or if such 
estate is so situated that the buildings thereon, or the build- 
ings that might be constructed thereon, could not be sup- 
plied with water from said system in any ordinary or reason- 
able manner; but all other estates in said district shall be 
deemed to be benefited and shall be subject to the tax. A 
certified list of the estates exempt from taxation under the 
provisions of this section shall annually be sent by the board 
of water commissioners to the assessors, at the same time at 
which the clerk shall send a certified copy of the vote as 
aforesaid. The assessment shall be committed to the town 
collector, who shall collect said tax in the manner provided 
by law for the collection of town taxes, and shall deposit the 
proceeds thereof with the district treasurer for the use and 
benefit of said district. Said district may collect interest 
on overdue taxes in the manner in which interest is author- 
ized to be collected on town taxes. 

Section 8. The first meeting of the voters of the terri- 
tory included within the boundaries set forth in section one 
of this act shall be called on petition of ten or more legal 
voters therein, by a warrant from the selectmen of said 
town, or from a justice of the peace, directed to one of 
the petitioners, requiring him to give notice of the meeting 
by posting copies of the warrant in two or more public 
places in the district seven days at least before the time of 
the meeting. Such justice of the peace, or one of the select- 
men, shall preside at such meeting until a clerk is chosen 
and sworn, and the clerk shall preside until a moderator is 
chosen. After the choice of a moderator for the meeting 
the question of the acceptance of this act shall be submitted 
to the voters, and if it is accepted by a majority of the voters 
present and voting thereon it shall thereupon take full effect, 



120 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 145. 

and the meeting may then proceed to act on the other articles 
in the warrant. 

Section 9. Said district shall, after the acceptance of 
this act as aforesaid, elect by ballot, either at the same meet- 
ing at which this act is accepted or at a special meeting 
thereafter called for the purpose, three persons, resident 
taxpayers of the district, to hold office, one until the expira- 
tion of three years, one until the expiration of two years, 
and one until the expiration of one year, from the day of 
the next succeeding annual district meeting, to constitute 
a board of water commissioners; and at every annual dis- 
trict meeting following such next succeeding annual district 
meeting one such commissioner shall be elected by ballot 
for a term of three years. All the authority granted to said 
district by this act, except sections four and five, and not 
otherwise specifically provided for, shall be vested in said 
board of water commissioners, who shall be subject, how- 
ever, to such instructions, rules and regulations as the dis- 
trict may by vote impose. At the meeting at which said 
commissioners are first elected and at each annual district 
meeting held thereafter, the commissioners shall elect by 
ballot a treasurer of the district, who may be a commissioner, 
and who shall give bond to the district in such an amount 
as may be approved by said commissioners and with a 
surety company authorized to transact business in the com- 
monwealth as surety. A majority of said commissioners 
shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. 
Any vacancy occurring in said boiird from any cause may 
be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by said 
district at any legal meeting called for the purpose. No 
money shall be drawn from the treasury of said district on 
account of its water works except upon a written order of 
said commissioners or a majority of them. 

Section 10. Said commissioners shall fix just and equi- 
table prices and rates for the use of water, and shall prescribe 
the time and manner of payment. The income of the water 
works shall be appropriated to defray all operating expenses, 
interest charges and payments on the principal as they shall 
accrue upon any bonds or notes issued under authority of 
this act. Tf there should be a net surplus remaining after 
providing for the aforesaid charges, it may be appropriated 
for such new construction as said commissioners may recom- 
mend, and in case a surplus should remain after payment 
for such new construction the water rates shall be reduced 
proportionately. Said commissioners shall annually, and as 
often as the district may require, render a report upon the 
condition of the works under their charge, and an account 
of their doings, including an account of receipts and ex- 
penditures. 

Section 11. The district may adopt by-laws, prescrib- 
ing by whom and how meetings of the district may be called, 
notified, and conducted; and, upon the application of ten 
or more legal voters in the district, meetings may also be 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 146. 121 

called by warrant as provided in section eight. The dis- 
trict may also establish rules and regulations for the man- 
agement of its water works, not inconsistent with this act 
or with any other provision of law, and may choose such 
other officers not provided for in this act as it may deem 
necessary or proper. 

Section 12. Whoever wilfully or wantonly corrupts, pol- 
lutes or diverts any water obtained or supplied under this 
act, or wilfully or wantonly injures any reservoir, well, 
standpipe, aqueduct, pipe or other property owned or used 
by the district for any of the purposes of this act, shall 
forfeit and pay the district three times the amount of dam- 
ages assessed therefor, to be recovered in an action of tort, 
and upon conviction of any of the above wilful or wanton 
acts shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hun- 
dred dollars or by imprisonment in jail for not more than 
six months. 

Section 13. Upon a petition in writing addressed to 
said commissioners requesting that certain real estate, accu- 
rately described therein, located in said town and abutting 
on said district and not otherwise served by a pubhc water 
supply be included within the limits thereof, and signed by 
the owners of such real estate, or a major portion of such 
real estate, said commissioners shall cause a duly warned 
meeting of the district to be called, at which meeting the 
voters may vote on the question of including said real 
estate within the district. If a majority of the voters pres- 
ent and voting thereon vote in the affirmative the district 
clerk shall within ten days file with the town clerk of said 
town and with the state secretary an attested copy of said 
petition and vote; and thereupon said real estate shall be- 
come and be part of the district and shall be holden under 
this act in the same manner and to the same extent as the 
real estate described in section one. 

Section 14. This act shall take full effect upon its ac- 
ceptance by a majority vote of the voters of the territory 
included within said district by section one of this act 
present and voting thereon at a district meeting called, in 
accordance with the provisions of section eight, within three 
years after its passage, but the number of meetings called 
in any one year shall not exceed three. 

Approved March 29, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the registration of voters in 
certain cities on october fourteenth in the cur- 
rent year. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

In cities in which the municipal election takes place on 
the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November the 
election commissioners or registrars of voters, as the case 
may be, may in the current year register voters on October 



Chap.UQ 



122 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 147, 148, 149. 

fourteenth, in addition to the days on which they may by 
general law register voters, anything to the contrary in any 
provision of general or special law notwithstanding. 

Approved March 29, 1937. 

Chap. 147 An Act relative to the time for filing certain state- 
ments AND petitions BY CANDIDATES TO BE VOTED FOR 
AT PRELIMINARY ELECTIONS IN CITIES HAVING STANDARD 
FORM CHARTERS, SO CALLED. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

EdViI%'iiC Section forty-four C of chapter forty-three of the General 
amended. ' Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby 
amended by striking out, in the fifth line, the word "ten" 
and inserting in place thereof the word : — twenty, — so 
nom^natira ^""^ ^^^^ *^^ ^^^^ paragraph will read as follows : — Any person 
who is qualified to vote for a candidate for any elective 
municipal office and who is a candidate for nomination 
thereto, shall be entitled to have his name as such candidate 
printed on the official ballot to be used at a preliminary 
election; provided, that at least twenty days prior to such 
preliminary election he shall file with the city clerk a state- 
ment in writing of his candidacy, and with it the peti- 
tion of at least fifty voters, qualified to vote for a candidate 
for the said office. Said statement and petition shall be in 
substantially the following form : — 

Approved March 29, 1937. 

Chap. 14:S An Act repealing provisions of law relative to cer- 
tain ANNUAL RETURNS BY SHERIFFS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

EdV'37^5'''3 Section twenty-three of chapter thirty-seven of the Gen- 
etc!, 'repealed.' eral Laws, as amended by section two of chapter thirty-one 
of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby 
repealed. Approved March 29, 1937. 

Chap. 14:9 An Act relative to the use of the wading river as a 
source of water supply of the city of attleboro. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section one of chapter two hundred and eighty-two of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and twenty-five is hereby amended 
by inserting at the end the following new paragraph: — 

The manner and extent of taking water from said Wading 
river and the storing thereof in Miramichi pond shall be 
subject at all times to the approval of the state department 
of public health, hereafter in this paragraph called the de- 
partment, and said city of Attleboro shall install and main- 
tain such measuring and recording devices, satisfactory to 
the department, as may be necessary to record at all times, 
accurately, regularly and permanently (a) the amount of 



\ 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 150. 123 

water diverted or taken by said city from said Wading river, 
(6) the amount of water released from said Miramichi pond, 
and (c) the amount of water flowing in said Wading river 
below said point of diversion or taking, and said city shall 
file on or before the fifteenth day of each month with the de- 
partment a true and correct transcript of all such records 
for the preceding month, which shall be open at all reason- 
able times to inspection by the public. In the operation of 
Miramichi pond as a compensating reservoir for the purpose 
of compensating for all damages that would otherwise arise 
to property owners having rights in said Wading river and 
its waters, by reason of the taking and diverting of water 
from the said Wading river as provided in this act, said city 
of Attleboro shall release from Miramichi pond water in 
such amounts and at such times as maj^ be necessary in the 
opinion of the department to compensate for the water 
taken or diverted from the said river by the said city of 
Attleboro and for the increased evaporation loss, if any, due 
to storage at Miramichi pond, but no water shall be released 
by said city from said pond except with the approval of the 
department. Approved March 29, 1937. 



An Act providing for biennial municipal elections in Chap. 150 

THE city of NEWTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

Section 1, Beginning with the year nineteen hundred 
and thirty-seven, municipal elections in the city of Newton 
for the choice of mayor, aldermen and members of the 
school committee shall be held biennially in each odd- 
numbered year; in said year nineteen hundred and thirty- 
seven on the second Tuesday in December and thereafter 
on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November. 
No municipal election shall be held in said city in the year 
nineteen hundred and thirty-eight. 

Section 2. All members of the board of aldermen to be 
elected at the regular municipal election to be held in said 
city in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven shall 
serve for two years from the first secular day in January 
following their election and until their successors are quali- 
fied. The aldermen at large elected at the regular munici- 
pal election held in the year nineteen hundred and thirty- 
six shall continue to hold office until the qualification of 
their successors who shall be elected at the biennial munici- 
pal election in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-nine. 
At the biennial municipal election to be held in said city in 
the year nineteen hundred and thirty-nine and at every 
biennial municipal election held thereafter the mayor and 
all the aldermen shall be elected to serve for two years from 
the first secular day in January following their election and 
until their successors are qualified. 



124 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 150. 



PROVISIONS RELATIVE TO SCHOOL COMMITTEE IF PLAN A IS 

ADOPTED. 

Section 3. Members of the school committee elected at 
the regular municipal election in the year nineteen hundred 
and thirty-five shall continue to hold office until the quali- 
fication of their successors who shall be elected at the bien- 
nial municipal election in the year nineteen hundred and 
thirty-nine. Members of the school committee to be elected 
at the regular municipal election in the year nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-seven shall serve for four years from the 
first secular day in January following their election and 
until their successors are quahfied. At the biennial munici- 
pal election in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-nine 
there shall be elected five members of the school committee, 
and the four members elected thereat who receive the high- 
est number of votes shall serve for four years from the first 
secular day in January following their election and until 
their successors are qualified, and the member elected thereat 
who receives the fifth highest number of votes shall serve 
for two years from the first secular day in January follow- 
ing his election and until his successor is qualified. At every 
biennial municipal election thereafter all members of the 
school committee to be elected thereat shall be elected to 
serve for four years from the first secular day in January 
following their election and until their successors are quali- 
fied. Section thirty-six of chapter forty-three of the Gen- 
eral Laws shall apply to vacancies in the school committee, 
except that for the purposes hereof where the words "first 
Monday in January" are used in said section they shall be 
deemed to mean the first secular day in January. 

PROVISIONS relative TO SCHOOL COMMITTEE IF PLAN B IS 

ADOPTED. 

Section 4. Members of the school committee elected at 
the regular municipal election in the year nineteen hundred 
and thirty-five shall continue to hold office until the quali- 
fication of their successors who shall be elected at the bien- 
nial municipal election in the year nineteen hundred and 
thirty-nine. Members of the school committee to be elected 
at the regular municipal election in the year nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-seven shall serve for two years only, from 
the first secular day in January following their election and 
until the qualification of their successors. At the biennial 
municipal election in the year nineteen hundred and thirty- 
nine and thereafter at every biennial municipal election all 
elective members of the school committee shall be elected 
to serve for two years from the first secular day in January 
following their election and until the qualification of their 
successors. Section thirty-six of chapter forty-three of the 
General Laws shall apply to vacancies in the school com- 
mittee, except that for the purposes hereof where the words 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 150. 



125 



YES 




NO 





"first Monday in January" are used in said section they 
shall be deemed to mean the first secular day in January. 

Section 5. So much of chapter two hundred and eighty- 
three of the acts of eighteen hundred and ninety-seven, and 
acts in amendment thereof and in addition thereto, as is 
inconsistent with this act is hereby repealed. 

Section 6. There shall be placed upon the official ballot 
to be used at the regular municipal election in the city of 
Newton in the current year the following questions: — 

"Question (1). Shall municipal elections in this city be 
hekl biennially under the provisions of an act passed by the 
general court during the current year entitled, 'An act pro- 
viding for biennial municipal elections in the city of Newton ', 
providing among other things for either four-year terms or 
two-year terms for members of the school com- 
mittee as may be determined by the votes in 
answer to Question (2)? 

Question (2). If municipal elections are held biennially 
in this city as aforesaid, which one of the following plans 
relative to the terms of members of the school committee 
shall be adopted? 

Plan A. Members of the school commit- 
tee shall serve for terms of FOUR years 
each. 

Plan B. Members of the school commit- 
tee shall serve for terms of TWO years 
each. 

The following instructions shall also be placed on said 
ballot immediately above said Plan A: — 

Instructions. Each voter shall make a c7'oss in the space at 
the right of the plan under question (2) which he desires to 
have adopted. If a voter has made a cross in each such space 
his vote on question (2) shall not he counted. 

Section 7. If a majority of the votes cast under the 
preceding section on question (1) is in the affirmative and 
a majority of the votes so cast on question (2) is in favor 
of Plan A, sections one, two, three and five of this act shall 
thereupon take full effect, and section four shall be of no 
effect. 

If a majority of the votes so cast on question (1) is in 
the affirmative and a majority of the votes so cast on ques- 
tion (2) is not in favor of Plan A, sections one, two, four 
and five of this act shall thereupon take full effect, and sec- 
tion three shall be of no effect. 

If a majority of the votes so cast on question (1) is not 
in the affirmative, sections one to five, inclusive, of this act 
shall be of no effect. Approved March 29, 1937. 



126 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 151. 



Chap. Idl An Act relative to change of purpose or name of 

CORPORATIONS ORGANIZED FOR CHARITABLE AND CERTAIN 
OTHER PURPOSES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Edo,' i80^§ 10, Section 1. Chapter one hundred and eighty of the Gen- 
etc, amended, eral Laws is hereby amended by striking out section ten, 
as amended by section thirty-seven of chapter one hundred 
and eighty of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-two, 
Change of and inserting in place thereof the following: — Section 10. 
cOTporatron. Such corporatiou may, at a meeting duly called for the 
purpose, by vote of two thirds of the capital stock out- 
standing and entitled to vote, or, in case such corporation 
has no capital stock, by vote of two thirds of the persons 
legally qualified to vote in meetings of the corporation, or 
by a larger vote if its agreement of association or by-laws 
shall so require, add to or change the purposes for which it 
was incorporated, if the additional or new purpose is author- 
ized by section two. The presiding, financial and recording 
officers and a majority of its other officers having the pow- 
ers of directors shall forthwith make, sign and swear to a 
certificate setting forth such addition to or change of pur- 
poses, which, having been submitted to the commissioner 
of corporations and taxation and approved by him, shall 
thereupon be filed in the office of the state secretary. 
Ed^,' iso'^'i 11 Section 2. Said chapter one hundred and eighty is 
amended.' ' hereby further amended by striking out section eleven, as 
appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in 
Change of placc thereof the following : — Section 11. A corporation 
purpose. organized under general or special laws for any of the pur- 

poses specified in section two, if unable to comply with 
section ten of this chapter or section ten of chapter one 
hundred and fifty-five, may petition the commissioner of 
corporations and taxation, hereinafter called the commis- 
sioner, for an addition to or change of purposes or for a 
change of name, as the case may be. The petition shall 
contain a list of the officers and stockholders or members 
of the corporation, so far as they are known, with their 
addresses; shall state why the section in question cannot 
be complied with and the additional or new purposes or the 
name proposed to be adopted by the corporation. It shall 
be signed and sworn to by the president or one member of 
the board of directors. The commissioner may require the 
petitioner to give him information as to what attempt, if 
any, has been made to secure the approval of two thirds of 
the stockholders or members, or of such proportion thereof 
as the agreement of association or by-laws of the corpora- 
tion may prescribe, for the proposed addition to or change 
of purposes or for the proposed change of name. The com- 
missioner may also require any other information which 
may assist in determining the matter before him. He may 
direct the petitioner or the officers of the corporation to 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 152, 153. 127 

give any further notice to the members thereof of the pro- 
posed addition to or change of purposes or change of name 
and to report to him the result of such notice. If the com- 
missioner is satisfied that the proposed new or additional 
purposes or the proposed name of the corporation is ap- 
proved b}^ such members or stockholders thereof as have 
expressed an opinion in relation thereto, or of a reasonable 
proportion thereof, he shall, in the case of a change of 
name, endorse his approval on the petition, or, in the case 
of an addition to or change of purposes, if he finds that 
the additional or new purpose is authorized by said section 
two, he shall so endorse his approval, and thereupon the 
petition shall be filed in the office of the state secretary, 
who shall, in the case of a change of name, direct publica- 
tion thereof and grant a certificate of name as provided in 
section ten of said chapter one hundred and fifty-five. No 
petition hereunder for a change of name of a corporation 
subject to section twenty-six shall be considered by the 
commissioner until after such change of name has been 
approved b}- the state secretary. 

Approved March 29, 1937. 

An Act permitting fishing without a license in cer- Qhdj) \^2 

TAIN PONDS in DUKES COUNTY. ^' 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Fishing without a license, but subject other- 
wise to the provisions of law regulating fishing, is hereby per- 
mitted in the following ponds in Dukes county, — Lower 
Chilmark pond in the town of Chilmark, West Tisbury 
pond in the towns of Chilmark and West Tisbury, Oyster 
pond, Edgartown pond and Trapp pond in the town of 
Edgartown, Farm pond in the town of Oak Bluffs, Tash- 
moo pond in the town of Tisbury and Squibnocket pond 
in the towns of Chilmark and Gay Head. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved March 31, 1937. 

An Act authorizing the commissioner of labor and nhn^y i 53 

industries to suspend until APRIL FIRST, NINETEEN "' 

hundred and thirty-eight, the SIX o'clock law, so 

CALLED, relating TO THE HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT OF 
WOMEN IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend Emergency 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be ^^^^"^ 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the public health, safety and convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section one of chapter three hundred and forty-seven of 
the acts of nineteen hundred and thirtj^-three,- as most re- 
cently amended by chapter one hundred and fifty-four of 



128 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 154. 

the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby fur- 
ther amended by striking out, in the fourth and fifth hnes, 
the word "thirty-seven" and inserting in place thereof the 
word: — thirty-eight, — so as to read as follows: — Section 
1. The commissioner of labor and industries is hereby 
authorized, in conformity with Article XX of Part the First 
of the Constitution of the Commonwealth, to suspend, 
until April first, nineteen hundred and thirty-eight, subject 
to such restrictions and conditions as the said commis- 
sioner may prescribe, so much of section fifty-nine of chap- 
ter one hundred and forty-nine of the General Laws, as 
amended, as prohibits the employment of women in the 
manufacture of textile goods after six o'clock in the eve- 
ning; and, during the time of such suspension, those parts 
of said section fifty-nine which are so suspended shall be 
inoperative and of no effect. Approved March 31, 1937. 

Chap. 154: An Act relative to appropriations for school purposes 

IN THE CITY OF LYNN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section one of chapter one hundred and 
seventy-eight of the acts of nineteen hundred and nine, as 
most recently amended by section one of chapter two hun- 
dred and thirty-four of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
twenty-one and as affected by section thirty of chapter 
forty-four of the General Laws, is hereby further amended 
by adding at the end the following new paragraph : — 

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, 
if in the opinion of the school committee amounts in excess 
of the aggregate amount which would be available under 
such provisions are necessary for the above named purposes 
for any financial year, the school committee, by vote of a 
majority of all its members taken by yeas and nays, subject 
to the approval of the mayor, may increase appropriations 
for said purposes for such financial year, but the total amount 
available for said purposes from all sources, including taxa- 
tion, balances of appropriations and miscellaneous receipts, 
shall not exceed the sum of one million five hundred and fifty 
thousand dollars. 

Section 2. Said chapter one hundred and seventj^-eight 
is hereby further amended by striking out section three and 
inserting in place thereof the following : — Section 3. The 
school committee shall forthwith certify to the assessors the 
appropriations voted hereunder for each financial year and 
the provisions made for meeting such appropriations; and 
the assessors shall include as appropriations in the annual 
assessment of taxes for that year the total amount so certified 
and may deduct from the amount required to be assessed 
all amounts lawfully applicable to the payment of school 
expenditures of that year. 

Section 3. Appropriations for the current year may be 
made under section one of said chapter one hundred and 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 155. 129 

seventy-eight, as most recently amended by section one of 
this act and as affected as aforesaid, at any time before the 
fixing of the tax rate for the city of Lynn for the current year, 
notwithstanding any provision therein contained. 
Section 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 1, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the county commissioners of hamp- Chap. 165 

SHIRE county to PURCHASE A CERTAIN BRIDGE OVER THE 
CONNECTICUT RIVER BETWEEN THE CITY OF NORTHAMPTON 
AND THE TOWN OF HADLEY AND TO DO CERTAIN OTHER ACTS 
IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW BRIDGE 
IN THE VICINITY THEREOF AND TO BORROW MONEY FOR 
SUCH PURPOSES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The county commissioners of the county of 
Hampshire, hereinafter called the commissioners, are hereby 
authorized to purchase the bridge, and its approaches, now 
or formerly owned by the Northampton Street Railway Com- 
pany, which crosses the Connecticut river, between the city 
of Northampton and the town of Hadley, if they deem such 
purchase advisable and are able to purchase said bridge and 
approaches for a price which they deem reasonable, but not 
exceeding five thousand dollars. 

Section 2. The commissioners may enter upon, or take 
by eminent domain under chapter seventy-nine of the Gen- 
eral Laws, or acquire by purchase or otherwise, all such public 
or private lands or parts thereof or rights therein, or such 
public ways, as may be necessary for carrjdng out the plans 
of the state department of pubhc works for the erection of 
a new bridge and approaches to replace the present bridge 
over the Connecticut river between the city of Northamp- 
ton and the town of Hadley, including such lands or rights 
therein as may be necessary for the construction of all neces- 
sary drainage outlets; provided, that no damages shall be 
paid for public lands or public ways so taken. The cost of 
land takings, including any damages awarded on account 
of any taking of lands or property, or any injury to the same, 
and any sums paid for lands or rights purchased, shall be 
borne by the county of Hampshire. The total amount to be 
paid by said county under this and the preceding section 
shall not exceed thirty thousand dollars. 

Section 3. For the purpose of meeting the payments 
required to be made by the county of Hampshire under this 
act, the treasurer of said county, with the approval of the 
county commissioners, may borrow from time to time upon 
the credit of the county such sums as may be necessary, not 
exceeding, in the aggregate, thirty thousand dollars, and may 
issue notes of the county therefor. Each authorized issue 
shall constitute a separate loan, and such loans shall be pay- 
able in not less than one year and not more than five years 
from their respective dates. Notes issued hereunder shall 



130 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 156, 157. 

bear on their face the words, County of Hampshire Bridge 
Loan, Act of 1937. Indebtedness incurred hereunder shall, 
except as herein provided, be subject to chapter thirty-five 
of the General Laws. Such notes shall be signed bj^ the 
treasurer of said county and countersigned by a majority 
of the commissioners. The county may sell said securities 
at pubhc or private sale upon such terms and conditions as 
the commissioners may deem proper, but not for less than 
their par value. 

Section 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 1, 1937. 

Chap.l5Q An Act penalizing the deposit without right of cer- 
tain ARTICLES AND MATERIALS IN PONDS IN THE TOWN OF 
NANTUCKET, 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Whoever wilfully, intentionally and without 
right deposits or causes to be deposited in anj^ pond in the 
town of Nantucket any article or materials which may di- 
rectly or indirectly be detrimental to fishing in or navigation 
on such pond or to any public or private right therein, shall 
be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more 
than five hundred dollars. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 1, 1937. 

Chap. 157 An Act providing for enforcement of certain provi- 
sions OF LAW RELATIVE TO STATE FINANCE. 

^rTambiT^ TFAereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to 

defeat its purpose, it is hereby declared to be an emergency 
law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the pubHc 
convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed^'iJ^new Chapter twenty-nine of the General Laws is hereby 
section 63, amended by inserting after section sixty-two, as appearing 
added. ^^ ^^iq Tercentenary Edition, the following new section : — 

pe^ution'^to Scction 63. If a department, commission, board, officer, 
restrain cmploycc or agent of the commonwealth is about to expend 

expenditures, moncy or iucur obligations purporting to bind the common- 
wealth for any purpose or object or in any manner other than 
that for and in which such department, commission, board, 
officer, employee or agent has the legal and constitutional 
right and power to expend money or incur obhgations, the 
supreme judicial or superior court may, upon the petition 
of not less than twenty-four taxable inhabitants of the com- 
monwealth, not more than six of whom shall be from any one 
county, determine the same in equity, and may, before the 
final determination of the cause, restrain the unlawful exer- 
cise or abuse of such right and power. 

Approved April 1, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 158. 131 



An Act providing for a fifth assistant clerk of courts Chav 158 

FOR the county OF MIDDLESEX. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section four of chapter two hundred arid Ed V' 2 Jr '5 4 
twenty-one of the General Laws, as amended by section one etc!, 'amended', 
of chapter eighty-nine of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-five, is hereby further amended by striking out, in the 
fourteenth Hne, the word "and" and inserting in place 
thereof a comma, — by inserting after the word "assistant" 
in the same line the words : — and a fifth assistant, — and 
by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph : — 
The fifth assistant clerk of courts for the county of Middle- 
sex shall keep reasonable daily office hours, on days other 
than Sundays and hohdays, at the office of the clerk of courts 
for said county in the county court house in the city of 
Lowell, — so as to read as follows: — Section 4- The justices Assistant clerks 
of the supreme judicial court shall appoint for a term of three °^^°^^^- 
years from the date of their appointment, and may remove, 
assistant clerks of courts, as follows: 

For the county of — 

Barnstable, an assistant; 

Bristol, an assistant; 

Essex, an assistant, a second assistant, a third assistant, 
a fourth assistant and a fifth assistant; 

Hampden, an assistant, a second assistant and, subject to 
the approval of the county commissioners, a third assistant; 

Middlesex, an assistant, a second assistant, a third assist- 
ant, a fourth assistant and a fifth assistant; 

Norfolk, an assistant; 

Plymouth, an assistant; 

Suffolk, an assistant of the supreme judicial court; 

Worcester, an assistant, a second assistant, a third assist- 
ant and a fourth assistant. 

Assistant clerks of courts except in Suffolk county shall 
act as assistant clerks of the supreme judicial court, the 
superior court and the county commissioners. 

The fifth assistant clerk of courts for the county of Middle- 
sex shall keep reasonable daily office hours, on days other 
than Sundays and holidays, at the office of the clerk of courts 
for said county in the county court house in the city of Lowell. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance Effective 
during the current year by the county commissioners of the ^^*®' 
county of Middlesex. Approved April 1, 1937. 



132 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 159, 160. 



Chap. 159 An Act to enable the city of boston to secure the 

BENEFITS OF CERTAIN ACTS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS OF 
THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES FOR CARRYING 
OUT A CERTAIN SUBWAY PROJECT IN SAID CITY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Wherever in Part II of chapter three hun- 
dred and sixty-six of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
three reference is made to the National Industrial Recovery 
Act or any title or part thereof, such reference shall be 
deemed and held to refer also, and in the alternative, to any 
and all acts and joint resolutions of the Congress of the 
United States enacted during nineteen hundred and thirty- 
five or nineteen hundred and thirty-six or thereafter author- 
izing grants or use of federal money for public projects. 

Section 2. This act shall take full effect only upon its 
acceptance both by vote of the city council of the city of 
Boston, approved by the mayor, and by the Boston Ele- 
vated Railway Company by vote of its board of directors, 
and upon the filing of certificates of such acceptances with 
the state secretary, provided that such acceptances, ap- 
proval and filing occur during the current year. 

Approved April 1, 1937. 

Chap. 160 An Act providing for an extension of the period within 

WHICH THE CITY OF BOSTON MAY BORROW MONEY FOR AIR- 
PORT PURPOSES. 

Be it enacted, etc., asfolloivs: 

Section 1. Section one of chapter two hundred and 
seventy-one of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-one 
is hereby amended by striking out, in the fifth line, the word 
"two" and inserting in place thereof the word: — seven, — 
so as to read as follows : — Section 1 . For the purpose of 
improving, extending and developing the Boston airport, 
so-called, in the East Boston district of the city of Boston, 
said city is hereby authorized to borrow, outside the statu- 
tory limit of indebtedness, from time to time within a period 
of seven years from the passage of this act, such sums as may 
be necessary, not exceeding, in the aggregate, one million 
two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, and may issue bonds 
or notes therefor, which shall bear on their face the words, 
Boston Airport Improvement Loan, Act of 1931. Each 
authorized issue shall constitute a separate loan, and such 
loans shall be paid in not more than ten years from their 
dates. Except as herein provided, indebtedness incurred 
under this act shall be subject to the laws relative to the 
incurring of debt by said city. 

Section 2. Debt incurred by the city of Boston, after 
the effective date of this act, for the purposes provided in 
section one of said chapter two hundred and seventy-one, as 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 161, 162. 133 

amended by section one of this act shall, except that the 
same shall be outside the statutory limit of indebtedness, 
be subject to the provisions, appUcable to the city of Boston, 
of chapter forty-four of the General Laws, as amended, ex- 
clusive of the limitation contained in the first paragraph 
of section seven thereof, anything in the provisions of 
section one of said chapter two hundred and seventy-one, 
as amended, to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
during the current year by vote of the city council of the 
city of Boston, subject to the provisions of its charter, but 
not otherwise. Approved April 1, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the society of st. mary op the C/iap.l61 

PEACE TO change THE LOCATION OF ITS PLACE OF BUSI- 
NESS FROM WALTHAM TO WATERTOWN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The Society of St. Mary of the Peace, a fraternal benefit 
society incorporated under chapter one hundred and seventy- 
six of the General Laws, may, with the approval of the com- 
missioner of insurance, change the location of its place of 
business from the city of Waltham to the town of Water- 
town. Upon such approval, the presiding, financial and 
recording officers and a majority of the directors of said cor- 
poration shall file in the office of the state secretary a cer- 
tificate, with the approval of said commissioner endorsed 
thereon, setting forth the change in location as aforesaid. 
The state secretary shall cause such certificate to be filed in 
his office. Approved April 1, 1937. 

An Act liberalizing the provisions of law relative C'/iax).162 
TO absent voting. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section I. Section ninety-two of chapter fifty-four of ^j^-^jTgg 
the General Laws, as amended by section four of chapter etc!, 'amended'. 
four hundred and four of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-six, is hereby further amended by striking out, in the 
tenth and in the thirtieth fines, the words "two municipali- 
ties" and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the 
words : — one municipality, — so as to read as follows : — 
Section 92. A voter who has received an official absent Method of 
voting ballot as provided in section eighty-nine may vote ^°*'"^- 
by mailing the same to the city or town clerk, or, if on the 
day of the biennial state election he will be on the high seas 
in the prosecution of the business of fishing or as a mariner, 
by delivering the same to such clerk. He shall mark said 
ballot in the presence of an official authorized by law to ad- 
minister oaths, and of no other person, in a municipafity 
which is separated by at least one municipality from the 
city or town where the voter is registered, or, if on the day 



134 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 162. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.). 54, § 87, 
etc., amended. 



Affidavit, 
form of. 



of the biennial state election he will be on the high seas in 
the prosecution of the business of fishing or as a mariner, he 
may mark said ballot in the presence of the city or town clerk, 
and of no other person, in the municipality wherein he is 
registered. Before marking the ballot he shall exhibit it to 
said official, who shall satisfy himself that it is unmarked, 
but he shall not allow said official to see how he marks it. 
Said official shall hold no communication with the voter, 
nor he with said official, as to how he is to vote. Thereafter 
the voter shall enclose and seal the same in the proper en- 
velope provided for by clause (c) of section eighty-seven. He 
shall then execute before said official the necessary affidavit 
on said envelope as set forth in said clause (c), and shall 
enclose and seal the envelope with the ballot in the envelope 
provided for in clause (d) of said section, endorse thereon his 
name, address and voting place, and mail the same within 
the time prescribed in the following section, postage prepaid, 
at a post office in a municipality which is separated by at 
least one municipality from the city or town wherein the 
voter is registered, or, if on the day of the biennial state 
election he will be on the high seas in the prosecution of the 
business of fishing or as a mariner, may deliver the same 
within the time so prescribed to the clerk of the municipality 
wherein he is registered. 

Section 2. The first affidavit appearing in subsection (c) 
of section eighty-seven of said chapter fifty-four, as amended 
by section two of said chapter four hundred and four, is 
hereby amended by striking out, in the fifth line, the words 
"are at least two municipahties" and inserting in place 
thereof the words: — is at least one municipality, — so as 
to read as follows : — 

State of , 

County of , ss. 

I, , do solemnly swear that I am a registered voter in the 

city or town of , Massachusetts, in precinct , ward 

, that there is at least one municipality intervening be- 
tween the municipality in which I am a registered voter and the place 
where I now am; that I have carefully read the instructions forwarded 
to me with the ballot herein enclosed, and that I have marked, enclosed 
and sealed the within ballot as stated hereon by the person taking my 
oath. 

(Signature) 

Subscribed and sworn to before me by the above affiant, personally 
known to me, this day of ,19 , in the city or 

town of , state of , and I hereby certify that when 

I was alone with the affiant he showed me the ballot herein enclosed, 
unmarked, and then in my presence marked the same without my see- 
ing how he marked it, after which he sealed said ballot in this envelope. 
I had no communication with the affiant as to how he was to vote. 
(Seal, if any) Name 

Residence 

Official title or military or naval rank 



Approved April 1, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 163. 135 

An Act relative to payments under the boston retirp:- (JJiQr) \Q'i 

MENT ACT FOR INCAPACITY OR DEATH OCCASIONED BY AN ^' 

ACCIDENT OR BY UNDERGOING A HAZARD PECULIAR TO THE 
member's EMPLOYMENT. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter five hundred and twenty-one of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and twenty-two is hereby amended 
by striking out section thirteen and inserting in place thereof 
the following: — Section 13. If the retirement board, upon 
application by a member or by a person acting in his behalf 
or by the head of the department in which such member is 
employed, or, in the case of heads of departments, by the 
mayor, and upon receipt of proper proofs, finds that such 
member is totally and permanently incapacitated for duty 
as the natural and proximate result of an accident or of 
undergoing a hazard peculiar to his employment, in the per- 
formance and within the scope of his duty, at some definite 
time and place, without contributory negligence on his part, 
and that such accident occurred or hazard was undergone 
not more than two years prior to said application, or, if more 
than two years prior to said application, was reported in 
writing to the retirement board by the member or in his be- 
half within ninety days after it occurred or was undergone, 
and that such member should be retired, and if the medical 
board, after an examination of such member, shall find that 
such member is totally and permanently incapacitated for 
further performance of duty as the natural and proximate 
result of such accident or of undergoing such hazard, such 
member shall be retired for accidental disability. 

Section 2. Said chapter five hundred and twenty-one 
is hereby further amended by striking out the first paragraph 
of section fifteen and inserting in place thereof the following: 
— If a member is killed or dies or a beneficiary retired for 
accidental disability who has not taken an option under sec- 
tion seventeen dies and the retirement board, upon applica- 
tion by the head of the department in which the member 
or beneficiary was employed or of a person acting in behalf 
of the legal representative or dependents of the member 
or beneficiary, and upon receipt of proper proofs, finds that 
such death was the natural and proximate result of an acci- 
dent or of undergoing a hazard peculiar to his employment, 
in the performance and within the scope of his duty, at some 
definite time and place, without contributory negligence on 
his part, and that such accident occurred or hazard was un- 
dergone not more than two years prior to the date of death 
or that, in the case of one who was a member at the time of 
his death, such accident occurred or hazard was undergone 
more than two years prior to the date of death but was 
reported in writing to the retirement board by the member 
or in his behalf within ninety days after it occurred or was 
undergone, and if the medical board shall find that the death 



136 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 164, 165. 

was the natural and proximate result of such accident or of 
undergoing such hazard, an accidental death benefit shall 
be granted by the retirement board. Such accidental death 
benefit shall consist of: 

Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
during the current year by vote of the city council of the city 
of Boston, subject to the provisions of its charter. 

Approved April 1, 1937. 



Chap. 164: An Act relative to expenditures by the town of 

BOURNE FOR MUNICIPAL ADVERTISING PURPOSES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town of Bourne may annually appro- 
priate a sum, not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars, for the 
purpose of advertising the advantages of the town, with 
special reference to its facilities for summer vacation, recre- 
ation, seashore, residential and small manufacturing pur- 
poses; provided, that as to each such appropriation a sum 
equal to the amount thereof shall previously have been con- 
tributed by public subscription or by donation and paid 
into the town treasury to be expended for the aforesaid 
purposes. The money so appropriated by the town and so 
raised by subscription or donation shall be expended under 
the direction of the selectmen. 

Section 2. This act shall take full effect upon its ac- 
ceptance by said town within three years after its passage. 

Approved April 1, 1937. 

Chap.lQ5 An Act permitting recipients of old age assistance, 

so CALLED, TO LEAVE THE COMMONWEALTH WITHOUT 
SUSPENSION OF SUCH ASSISTANCE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

G. L. (Ter. Chapter one hundred and eighteen A of the General Laws 

new'elctim is hereby amended by inserting after section six, as appear- 
6A, added. jj^g jj^ sectiou ouc of chapter four hundred and thirty-six of 
the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, the following 
Leave of ab- ncw sectiou I — Scction 6 A . Any person receiving assistance 
Buspenlion°"*^ uudcr this chapter may be absent from the commonwealth 
of benefits. f^j. ^q^ exceeding thirty days in any year without having 
such assistance suspended; provided, that such person, be- 
fore his departure from the commonwealth and following 
his return thereto, notifies the bureau of old age assistance 
of the town granting such assistance. 

Approved April 1, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 166. 137 



An Act to incorporate the board of home missions of Chav 166 

THE congregational AND CHRISTIAN CHURCHES. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend prefmbi"'^^ 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Thomas P. Alder of New Jersey, John C. 
Blackman of Wyoming, William C. Boult of New York, 
Ronald Bridges of Maine, Irene K. Brown of CaUfornia, 
Charles W. Case of New York, Raymond G. Clark of Ohio, 
Robert W. Coe of Massachusetts, Edward W. Cross of 
New York, Edith M. Dabb of New York, William F. Frazier 
of Connecticut, Philip E. Gregory of Minnesota, Joel W, 
Harper of Washington, Elbert A. Harvey of Massachusetts, 
Alfred H. Hauser of New Jersey, Margaret G. Hayes of 
New York, Jacob L. Hirning of Illinois, Harding R. Hogan 
of Wisconsin, Martha A. Horning of Kansas, Mary W. 
Jewett of New York, Caesar S. Ledbetter of South Caro- 
lina, Oscar E. Maurer of Connecticut, Kate K. Newman of 
Pennsylvania, WilUam W. Patton of New Jersey, Mary C. 
Peters of Connecticut, Warren W. Pickett of Michigan, 
Josabel L. Read of Iowa, Hibbard Richter of Massachu- 
setts, Louise G. Rounds of New Jersey, Fred W. Rust of 
Massachusetts, Helen C. Ryerson of New York, Katherine 
T. Schroeder of Maine, Theodore M. Shipherd of Connec- 
ticut, Harley H. Short of Indiana, H. Shelton Smith of 
North Carolina, Robert S. Smith of Connecticut, Phihp S. 
Suffern of New Jersey, Chester A. Thomas of Pennsylva- 
nia, Laura H. Wild of Massachusetts and Percy R. Ziegler 
of Massachusetts, together with such others as may be here- 
after associated with or succeed them, are hereby consti- 
tuted a body corporate by the name of The Board of Home 
Missions of the Congregational and Christian Churches, 
hereinafter called the corporation hereby created. 

Section 2. The objects of the corporation hereby cre- 
ated shall be exclusively charitable, educational and Uterary, 
as follows: 

First: To conduct missionary and educational opera- 
tions, and diffuse a knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, in 
the United States and in other countries, and promote 
Christian civilization by endowing, assisting or estabhshing 
academic, collegiate, or theological institutions of learning 
therein, and assisting persons of either sex seeking an edu- 
cation. 

Second: To establish, aid and promote churches, Sunday 
schools, Bible schools and kindred institutions, either di- 
rectly or through other corporations having similar objects 
in the United States and in other countries. 



138 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 166. 

Third: To promote the building of meeting-houses, par- 
sonages and other buildings by the Congregational and 
Christian churches of the United States and its possessions. 

Fourth: To secure, hold, manage and distribute funds for 
the relief of needy Congregational and Christian ministers 
and the needy families of deceased Congregational and Chris- 
tian ministers, in accordance with resolutions and declara- 
tions adopted or made, from time to time, by the General 
Council of the Congregational and Christian Churches of 
the United States, or by any body which may succeed to the 
present functions of that council. 

Fifth: To publish, purchase, sell, circulate and distribute, 
in such manner as they shall deem expedient, any and all 
publications, books, tracts, papers or periodicals, calculated 
to promote good morals and pure Christianity and the spread 
and extension of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Sixth: And in general to extend the gospel and the means 
of Christian education, and to do and promote charitable 
and Christian work for the advancement of the general 
interests of the Congregational and Christian churches in 
the United States and elsewhere ; and the corporation hereby 
created may co-operate with any other societies or agencies 
under the charge and control of churches of the Congrega- 
tional and Christian order in the United States. 

Section 3. The corporation hereby created shall have 
power to take over, carry on and/or conduct (a) the work 
or any part of the work now or heretofore carried on by 
The American Missionary Association, a corporation existing 
under the laws of the state of New York and incorporated 
under chapter three hundred and fifty-eight of the laws of 
eighteen hundred and sixty-two, as amended by chapter 
seven hundred and ninety-six of the law^s of eighteen hun- 
dred and seventy-one, chapter fifty-two of the laws of eight- 
een hundred and eighty-six, chapter three hundred and 
ninety-five of the laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, 
chapter three hundred and forty-one of the laws of nineteen 
hundred and seventeen, (6) the work or any part of the work 
now or heretofore carried on by the Congregational Church 
Building Society, a corporation existing under the laws of 
the state of New York and incorporated under an "Act 
for the Incorporation of Benevolent, Charitable, and Mission- 
ary Societies" — April twelfth, eighteen hundred and forty- 
eight, whose charter was amended by chapter three of the 
laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-one, which corpora- 
tion was allowed to assume its name at present used by an 
order of the supreme court of the state of New York, entered 
on the ninth day of May, eighteen hundred and ninety-two, 
(c) the work or any part of the work now or heretofore car- 
ried on by The Congregational Home Missionary Society, a 
corporation existing under the laws of the state of New York 
and incorporated under chapter twenty-one of the laws of 
eighteen hundred and seventy-one, as amended by chapter 
fifty-three of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety, chap- 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 16G. 139 

ter seventy-six of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety- 
three, chapter four hundred and ninety-eight of the laws of 
eighteen hundred and ninety-six and chapter four hundred 
and thirty-seven of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety- 
nine, (d) the work or any part of the work now or heretofore 
carried on by The Congregational Sunday School Extension 
Society, a corporation existing under the laws of the state 
of New York and incorporated under the Membership Cor- 
porations Law under a charter bearing date December nine- 
teenth, nineteen hundred and seventeen, (e) the work or any 
part of the work now or heretofore carried on by the Con- 
gregational Education Society, a corporation existing under 
the laws of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, under 
chapter sixty-one of the acts of eighteen hundred and six- 
teen, chapter eighty-three of the acts of eighteen hundred 
and nineteen, chapter two hundred and eighty-five of the 
acts of eighteen hundred and seventy-two, chapter fifty- 
eight of the acts of eighteen hundred and seventy-four, 
chapter one hundred and twenty of the acts of eighteen 
hundred and ninety-three, chapter eighty-one of the acts of 
eighteen hundred and ninety-four and chapter one hundred 
and forty-three of the acts of nineteen hundred and seven, 
(/) the work or any part of the work now or heretofore car- 
ried on by the Congregational Publishing Society, a cor- 
poration existing under the laws of the commonwealth of 
Massachusetts under the provisions of chapter twenty-nine 
of the acts of eighteen hundred and forty-one, chapter 
seventy-eight of the acts of eighteen hundred and fifty, 
chapter eight of the acts of eighteen hundred and fifty-four, 
chapter thirty-one of the acts of eighteen hundred and fifty- 
seven, chapter forty-three of the acts of eighteen hundred 
and SLxty-eight, chapter two hundred and seventy-two of 
the acts of eighteen hundred and seventy and chapter nine- 
teen of the acts of eighteen hundred and eighty-three, (g) 
the work or any part of the work now or heretofore carried 
on by The Congregational Board of Ministerial Relief, a 
corporation incorporated by and existing under the laws of 
the general assembly of the state of Connecticut, and the 
laws of that assembly passed at the session in January, 
eighteen hundred and eighty-five, which charter was amended 
at said assembly under dates of May twenty-fifth, eighteen 
hundred and ninety-three, March twenty-seventh, nineteen 
hundred and seven, and May twenty-fourth, nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-three; and, if said General Council of the 
Congregational and Christian Churches, or a successor body, 
shall hereafter so recommend, may take over, acquire and 
become possessed of and invested with all, or any part, of 
the property and assets now owned, possessed, held and/or 
administered by the said The American Missionary Asso- 
ciation, the Congregational Church Building Society, The 
Congregational Home Missionary Society, The Congrega- 
tional Sunday School Extension Society, the Congregational 
Education Society, the Congregational Publishing Society 



140 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 166. 

and The Congregational Board of Ministerial Relief, ex- 
pressly subject as to all said property and assets of the said 
societies, and each of them, and as to each and every part 
of said property and assets, to all and every the terms, con- 
ditions, stipulations, restrictions, reservations and provisions, 
of any and all wills, trusts, gifts, grants and contracts re- 
lating to or in anywise affecting the property and assets, 
so far as the same are now, or may become subject to or 
affected thereby, which shall be strictly and completely ob- 
served, fulfilled, discharged and complied with by the cor- 
poration hereby created, when and after, and from time to 
time as, it shall have duly acquired and become possessed 
of such property and assets; provided, that nothing herein 
contained shall authorize the corporation hereby created 
to engage in any activity not embraced within the objects 
of said corporation as set out in section two of this act or to 
take over or hold any property for any purpose not within 
the scope of said objects. Notwithstanding such convey- 
ances and transfers to the corporation hereby created all 
and singular the obligations of the said corporations so 
conveying their property shall remain in full force and the 
corporation hereby created shall be liable upon all contracts 
made by each of said conveying corporations to the extent 
of the value of the property applicable to the discharge of 
its obligations, received from such conveying corporation. 

Section 4. The corporation hereby created is hereby 
authorized to accept and receive the assignment, transfer, 
conveyance, setting over and dehvery of all or any portion 
of the property, estates and rights of any and every descrip- 
tion held or enjoyed, or which may hereafter be held or 
enjoyed by said The American Missionary Association, the 
Congregational Church Building Society, The Congrega- 
tional Home Missionary Society, The Congregational Sun- 
day School Extension Society, the Congregational Educa- 
tion Society, the Congregational Publishing Society and 
The Congregational Board of Ministerial Relief, or any of 
said corporations, or to which they now are or any of them 
now is or they or any of them may hereafter become enti- 
tled, by virtue of any grant, gift, bequest or devise or other- 
wise, howsoever, and in respect of any and all such property, 
estates and rights if and when, and from time to time as, 
the same are assigned, transferred, conveyed, set over and 
dehvered to it by said corporations respectively, shall have, 
hold, use and enjoy the same corporate powers, franchises, 
and privileges as those which in respect thereof are now 
held, used and enjoyed by said corporations respectively; 
and the corporation hereby created shall have, hold, use 
and enjoy all the property, estates and rights which may 
be so assigned, transferred, conveyed, set over and deliv- 
ered by said corporations respectively in the same manner 
and to the same extent as such last mentioned corporations 
might respectively have done, and shall be entitled to re- 
ceive, sue for and recover all legacies, devises, bequests, 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 166. . 141 

gifts, and property which have heretofore been or may here- 
after be made or given to said corporations, or any of them, 
if and when, and from time to time as, the same are by 
them respectively so assigned, transferred, conveyed, set 
over and dehvered; provided, and it is hereby expressly 
declared, that the corporation hereby created shall receive 
and hold said property, estates and rights, legacies, devises, 
bequests and gifts, upon the same respective trusts, and for 
the same respective uses and purposes only, as the same are 
or otherwise would be held by the respective corporations 
by which the same may be so assigned, transferred, con- 
veyed, set over and dehvered to it; and provided, further, 
that nothing herein contained shall authorize the corpora- 
tion hereby created to receive or hold property which is 
subject to any limitation or condition not consistent with 
the objects of said corporation as set out in said section two 
of this act. 

Section 5. In addition to the properties and assets of 
the corporations, other than the corporation hereby created, 
mentioned in the preceding sections of this act, which the 
corporation hereby created is hereby authorized and em- 
powered to acquire, become possessed of and administer, 
the corporation hereby created shall have the power and 
authority in law to take, receive, accept, purchase or other- 
wise acquire, hold, properly administer and dispose of prop- 
erty, real and/or personal, of any and every kind, which at 
any time and from time to time may be given, devised, be- 
queathed, conveyed, sold, transferred, assigned, set over or 
dehvered to it in connection with, or for, or in furtherance 
of, the purposes and objects to be served and accompHshed 
by its creation or any of them, in so far as the same may be 
properly asserted and exercised by it, and may not be in- 
consistent with the constitution and laws of the common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, and in accordance with the terms, 
conditions, stipulations, restrictions, reservations and provi- 
sions of any and all wills, trusts, gifts, grants and contracts, 
relating to or affecting any of the properties, real or per- 
sonal, of which it may become possessed. 

Section 6. Persons other than those named in section 
one of this act may be admitted to membership in the cor- 
poration hereby created, either in addition to the persons 
so named or in succession to them, in such manner and upon 
such conditions as its by-laws may prescribe. Its business 
and affairs shall be managed and conducted by a board of 
directors, hereinafter referred to as the board, consisting of 
forty members of said corporation. Until their successors 
are elected in such manner as may be prescribed by the by- 
laws, the persons named in said section one shall constitute 
the board. 

Section 7. The board may annually elect from its mem- 
bers an executive committee of not less than fifteen. Said 
executive committee shall possess and exercise all such pow- 
ers and functions of the board as shall be from time to time 



142 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 167, 168. 

delegated to it b}' the board. The work of the board shall 
be conducted by and through such organization, with such 
administrative officers, who need not be members of the 
board, as the board may from time to time provide. The 
board shall meet at least annually at such place, within or 
without the commonwealth of Massachusetts, as it may 
determine. 

Section 8. The corporation hereby created may hold 
real and personal estate in any amount, which estate or its 
income shall be devoted to the purposes set forth in this 
act, or in any amendment thereof. 

Section 9. The principal office of the corporation hereby 
created shall be at the city of Boston, but its annual or 
special meetings may be held within or without the com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts. Approved April 6, 1937. 

Chap. 1^1 An Act relative to the hunting of quail in nantucket 

COUNTY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed^' 13^1 85 Section eighty-five of chapter one hundred and thirty-one 
etc., 'amended. ' of the General Laws, as most recently amended by chapter 
thirteen of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, is 
hereby further amended by striking out, in the sixth fine, the 
words "Hampden, Hampshire or Nantucket" and insert- 
ing in place thereof the following : — Hampden or Hamp- 
ciose season shire, — SO as to read as follows: — Section 85. Except as 
on quail. providcd in section seventy-eight, no person, except between 

the twentieth of October and the twentieth of November, 
both inclusive, shall hunt a quail, nor shall any person hunt 
a quail at any time in Berkshire, Essex, Franklin, Hampden 
or Hampshire county. Approved April 6, 1937. 

Chap. IQS An Act providing a penalty for theft of fish or lob- 
sters WHILE IN STORAGE AND INCREASING THE PENALTY 
FOR CERTAIN OTHER THEFTS THEREOF. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed^,' i30^§ 23, Section twenty- three of chapter one hundred and thirty 

etc.. 'amended. ' of the General Laws, as appearing in section two of chapter 
three hundred and twenty-nine of the acts of nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-three, is hereby amended by inserting after 
the word "lobsters" in the second line the words: — or 
from any contrivance used for the purpose of storing fish or 
lobsters, — by striking out, in the fourth fine, the words 
"or seine" and inserting in place thereof the words: — , seine 
or other contrivance, — by striking out, in the fifth line, the 
word "twenty" and inserting in place thereof the words: — 
one hundred, — and by striking out, in the sixth fine, the 
word "fifty" and inserting in place thereof the words: — 

TakSg^fh' three hundred, — so as to read as follows : — Section 23. 

etc., from traps. Whocvcr takes any fish or lobster from a trap, trawl or seine 
set for catching fish or lobsters or from any contrivance used 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 169. 143 

for the purpose of storing fish or lobsters, without the con- 
sent of the owner thereof, and whoever wilfully molests or 
interferes with such trap, trawl, seine or other contrivance, 
shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred nor 
more than three hundred dollars or by imprisonment for 
two months, or both. Approved April 6, 1937, 

An Act authorizing the centerville-osterville fire (J}iny ;[A9 

DISTRICT TO SUPPLY ITSELF AND ITS INHABITANTS WITH ^ ' 

WATER. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The Centerville-Osterville Fire District in 
the town of Barnstable may supply itself and its inhabit- 
ants with water for the extinguishment of fires and for do- 
mestic and other purposes; may estabHsh fountains and 
hydrants, relocate or discontinue the same, and may regulate 
the use of such water and fix and collect rates to be paid for 
the use of the same. 

Section 2. For the purposes aforesaid, said district, 
acting by and through its board of water commissioners 
hereinafter provided for, may contract with any municipal- 
ity, acting through its water department, or with any water 
company, or with any water district, for whatever water 
may be required, authority to furnish the same being hereby 
granted, and may take by eminent domain under chapter 
seventy-nine of the General Laws, or acquire by lease, pur- 
chase or otherwise, and hold, the waters, or any portion 
thereof, of any pond, spring or stream, or of any ground 
sources, by means of driven, artesian or other wells, or filter 
galleries, within the Hmits of said district, not already ap- 
propriated for purposes of public water supply, and the 
water rights connected with any such water sources; and 
also for said purposes may take as aforesaid, or acquire by 
purchase or otherwise, and hold, all lands, rights of way and 
other easements necessary for collecting, storing, holding, 
purifjdng and treating such water and protecting and pre- 
serving the purity thereof and for conveying the same to 
any part of said district; provided, that no source of water 
supply and no lands necessary for protecting and preserving 
the purity of the water shall be taken or used without first 
obtaining the advice and approval of the state department 
of public health, and that the location and arrangement of 
all dams, reservoirs, wells or filter galleries, filtration and 
pumping plants or other works necessary in carrying out the 
provisions of this act shall be subject to the approval of said 
department. Said cUstrict may construct and maintain on 
the lands acquired and held under this act proper dams, 
wells, reservoirs, pumping plants, buildings, standpipes, 
tanks, fixtures and other structures, including also the estab- 
lishment and maintenance of filter beds and purification 
works or systems which shall be subject to the approval of 
said department of public health, and may make excavations, 



144 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 169. 

procure and operate machinery and provide such other 
means and appliances, and do such other things as may be 
necessary for the establishment and maintenance of com- 
plete and effective water works; and for that purpose may 
construct pipe hnes, wells and reservoirs and establish pump- 
ing works, and may construct, lay, acquire and maintain 
aqueducts, conduits, pipes and other works under or over 
any land, water courses, railroads, railways, and public or 
other ways, and along such ways in said district in such 
manner as not unnecessarily to obstruct the same; and for 
the purposes of constructing, laying, maintaining, operating 
and repairing such aqueducts, conduits, pipes and other 
works, and for all proper purposes of this act, said district 
may dig up or raise and embank any such lands, highways 
or other ways in such manner as to cause the least hindrance 
to public travel on such ways; provided, that all things done 
upon any such way shall be subject to the direction of the 
selectmen of the town of Barnstable. Said district may 
enter upon any lands for the purpose of making surveys, test 
pits and borings, and may take or otherwise acquire the 
right to occupy temporarily any lands necessary for the con- 
struction of any work or for any other purpose authorized 
by this act. 

Section 2A. If said Centerville-Osterville Fire District 
at any time, without the written assent and agreement of 
the Barnstable Water Company, lays, installs or uses water 
pipes or mains for supplying water anywhere within one 
thousand feet of any water pipes or mains then actually 
laid, installed or used by said Barnstable Water Company, 
for supplying water within that portion of said district that 
lies east and north of Bump's river, then in such event said 
district shall thereupon take over and acquire by purchase 
or by the exercise of the right of eminent domain all the 
water pipes, mains and other structures, easements and 
property of said Barnstable Water Company laid, con- 
structed, owned and maintained within the limits of said 
district, and shall pay for the same the actual cost thereof 
to the said company plus the amount, if any, by which the 
said company has failed to earn a net return on such actual 
cost at the rate of five per cent per annum from March first, 
nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, to the date of such 
purchase or taking, computed and based upon a proper and 
equitable allocation of revenue and earnings of the said 
company. In case said district and said company shall be 
unable to agree upon the actual cost of said property, the 
amount shall be determined upon application of either part}'", 
in the manner provided in section twelve of chapter two 
hundred and eighty-six of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
eleven, and acts in addition thereto and in amendment 
thereof. Interest at the rate of six per cent shall be in- 
cluded in any award from the date of the taking or purchase. 

Section 3. The land, water rights and other property 
taken or acquired under this act, and all works, buildings 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 169. 145 

and other structures erected or constructed thereunder, 
shall be managed, improved and controlled by the board 
of water commissioners hereinafter provided for, in such 
manner as they shall deem for the best interest of the 
district. 

Section 4. Any person sustaining damages in his prop- 
erty by any taking under this act or any other thing done 
under authority thereof may recover such damages from 
said district under said chapter seventy-nine, but the right 
to damages for the taking of any water, water source or 
water right, or for any injury thereto, shall not vest until 
the water is actually withdrawn or diverted by said district 
under authority of this act. 

Section 5. For the purpose of paying the necessary ex- 
penses and liabilities incurred or to be incurred for the sys- 
tem of water supply under the provisions of this act, other 
than expenses of maintenance and operation, said district 
may borrow from time to time such sums as may be neces- 
sary, not exceeding, in the aggregate, five hundred thousand 
dollars, and may issue bonds or notes therefor, which shall 
bear on their face the words, Centerville-Osterville Fire 
District Water Loan, Act of 1937. Each authorized issue 
shall constitute a separate loan, and such loans shall be pay- 
able in not more than tljirty years from their dates. In- 
debtedness incurred under this act shall be subject to the 
provisions of chapter forty-four of the General Laws per- 
taining to such districts. 

Section 6. Said district shall, at the time of authoriz- 
ing said loan or loans, provide for the payment thereof in 
accordance with the provisions of section five; and when a 
vote to that effect has been passed a sum which, with the 
income derived from the water rates, will be sufficient to 
pay the annual expense of operating its water works or the 
purchasing of water, as the case may be, and the mainte- 
nance of its pipe lines, and the interest as it accrues on the 
bonds or notes issued as aforesaid, and to make such pay- 
ments on the principal as may be required under this act, 
shall without further vote be assessed upon said district by 
the assessors of the town of Barnstable annually thereafter 
in the same manner as other taxes, until the debt incurred 
by the said loan or loans is extinguished. 

Section 7. Whoever wilfully or wantonly corrupts, pol- 
lutes or diverts any water obtained or suppUed under this 
act, or wilfully or wantonly injures any dam, well, reser- 
voir, pumping or filtration plant, building, standpipe, tank, 
fixture or other structure, or other property owned, held or 
used by said district under authority and for the purposes 
of this act, shall forfeit and pay to said district three times 
the amount of damages assessed therefor, to be recovered 
in an action of tort, and upon con\action of any one of the 
above wilful or wanton acts shall be punished by a fine of 
not more than three hundred dollars or by imprisonment 
for not more than one year. 



146 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 169. 

Section 8. Said district shall, after its acceptance of 
this act, either at the same meeting at which it is accepted 
or at a meeting thereafter called for the purpose, elect by- 
ballot three persons to hold office, one until the expiration 
of three years, one until the expiration of two years, and 
one until the expiration of one year, from the date of the 
next succeeding annual district meeting, to constitute a 
board of water commissioners; and at every annual dis- 
trict meeting subsequent to such next succeeding annual 
district meeting one such commissioner shall be elected by 
ballot for the term of three years. All the authority granted 
to said district by this act, except sections five and six and 
not otherwise specifically provided for, shall be vested in 
said board of water commissioners, who shall be subject, 
however, to such instructions, rules and regulations as said 
district may impose by its vote. A majority of said com- 
missioners shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of 
business. Any vacancy occurring in said board from any 
cause may be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term 
by said district at any annual or special meeting called for 
the purpose. Any such vacancy may be filled temporarily 
in the manner provided by section eleven of chapter forty- 
one of the General Laws, and the person so appointed shall 
perform the duties of the office until the next annual meet- 
ing of said district or until another person is quafified. 

Section 9. Said commissioners shall fix just and equi- 
table prices and rates for the use of water, and shall pre- 
scribe the time and manner of payment. The income of 
the water works shall be appropriated to defray all operat- 
ing expenses, interest, charges and payments on the princi- 
pal as they shall accrue upon any bonds or notes issued 
under authority of tliis act. If there should be a net sur- 
plus remaining after providing for the aforesaid charges it 
may be appropriated for such new construction as the water 
commissioners, with the approval of the district, may deter- 
mine upon, and in case a surplus should remain after pay- 
ment for such new construction the water rates shall be 
reduced proportionately. All authority vested in said com- 
missioners by the foregoing provisions of this section shall 
be subject to the provisions of section eight. Said commis- 
sioners shall annually, and as often as said district may 
require, render a report upon the condition of the works 
under their charge and an account of their doings, including 
an account of receipts and expenditures. 

Section 10. No money shall be drawn from the treas- 
ury of said district to pay any expense, or to discharge any 
Hability incurred on account, of its system of water supply 
unless and until such payment is approved in writing by a 
majority of the board of water commissioners and by a 
majority of the prudential committee of said district. 

Section 11. This act shall take full effect upon its ac- 
ceptance by a majority vote of the voters of the said Cen- 
terville-Osterville Fire District present and voting thereon 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 170, 171. 147 

at a district meeting called for the purpose within three 
years after its passage; but the number of meetings so 
called in any one year shall not exceed three. 

Approved April 6, 1937. 

An Act relative to payment of dividends on deposits in Qhav 170 

CLOSED BANKS TO CERTAIN MINORS AND TO NEXT OF KIN ^' 
OF CERTAIN DECEASED PERSONS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and sixty-seven of the General Laws g. l. (Ten 
is hereby amended by striking out section thirty-one A, I'siX^etc 
inserted by chapter two hundred and seventy-seven of the amended. " 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three, and inserting in 
place thereof the following: — Section 31 A. In the case of Commissioner 

J .,..,° - . ,. , of banks may 

a deposit standmg in the name oi a minor having no known pay dividends 
guardian, the commissioner, in his discretion if the amount CT dose'd'banka 
of the deposit does not exceed five hundred dollars, or with *" certain 
the approval of the supreme judicial court for the county 
in which the principal office of the bank involved was situ- 
ated, whether or not the amount of the deposit exceeds five 
hundred dollars, may make any dividend payment, payable 
under section thirty-one on account of such deposit, to such 
minor or either of his parents, and in either case such pay- 
ment shall be a valid discharge to the same extent as if made 
to the legal representative of such minor. In the case of a 
deposit standing in the name of a decedent after whose death 
sixty days have elapsed, if no petition for the allowance of 
his will or for the administration of his estate has been filed, 
the commissioner, in his discretion if the amount of the de- 
posit does not exceed five hundred dollars, may make any 
dividend payment, payable under said section thirtj'^-one on 
account of such deposit, to the person or persons whom he 
finds entitled thereto, or the commissioner, with the approval 
of the supreme judicial court for the county in which the 
principal oflace of the bank involved was situated, whether 
or not the amount of the deposit exceeds five hundred dollars, 
may make any dividend payment, payable under said sec- 
tion thirtj^-one on account of such deposit, to the person or 
persons whom the court finds entitled thereto, and in either 
case such payment shall be a valid discharge to the same 
extent as if made to the legal representative of the decedent. 

Approved April 6, 1937. 

An Act providing for the funding by the city of new QJiaj) 171 

BEDFORD OF TAX ABATEMENTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The city of New Bedford, for the purposes 
set forth in section two of this act, may issue from time to 
time bonds or notes to an amount not exceeding, in the ag- 
gregate, four hundred thousand dollars, which shall bear on 



148 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 172, 173. 

their face the words, City of New Bedford Tax Funding 
Loan, Act of 1937. Each authorized issue shall constitute 
a separate loan, and such loans shall be payable in not more 
than five years from their dates. Indebtedness incurred 
under this act shall be in excess of the statutory limit, but 
shall, except as herein provided, be subject to chapter forty- 
four of the General Laws, exclusive of the limitation con- 
tained in the first paragraph of section seven thereof. 

Section 2. The amounts borrowed under authority of 
this act shall be used only for the purpose of meeting so 
much of the abatements, made and to be made, of taxes 
which were assessed in the years nineteen hundred and 
twenty-nine to nineteen hundred and thirty-five, inclusive, 
as is in excess of the amounts of the overlaj^s provided for 
such abatements. Approved April 6, 1937. 

Chap. 172 An Act relative to the hunting or possession of 

RABBITS IN NANTUCKET COUNTY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed^' iJr's 94 Section ninety-four of chapter one hundred and thirty- 
etc!, 'amended. ' ouc of the General Laws, as amended by chapter one hun- 
dred and eighty-three of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-four, is hereby further amended by inserting after the 
word "rabbits", the third time such word occurs in the 
eleventh line, the following: — , or in Nantucket county 
S"harM ■ ^'^ " ^^0^6 than two rabbits, — so as to read as follows: — Sec- 
and rabbits. tiou 9Jf. No pcrsou. Otherwise than as provided in section 
regulated. niucty-six, shall hunt or have in possession the carcass of a 
hare or rabbit, except between November twentieth and the 
last day of February, both inclusive, in Nantucket county, 
or between November fifteenth and February fifteenth, both 
inclusive, in Dukes county, or between October twentieth 
and February fifteenth, both inclusive, in any other county, 
or during such open seasons kill or have in possession the 
carcasses of more than two northern varying hares, other- 
wise known as Canada hares, snow-shoe rabbits or white rab- 
bits, or more than five rabbits, or in Nantucket county more 
than two rabbits, in any one day. This section shall not 
apply to European hares in the county of Berkshire, which 
may be taken or killed at any time. 

Approved April 7, 1987. 

Chap. 173 An Act providing for the construction of an under- 
pass IN COMMONWEALTH AVENUE AT OR NEAR ITS INTER- 
SECTION WITH MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE IN THE CITY OF 
BOSTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section L Subject to the provisions contained in sec- 
tion five of this act, the city of Boston, hereinafter called 
the city, acting through the transit department of said city, 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 173. 149 

hereinafter called the department, is hereby authorized to 
construct an underpass for vehicular traffic in Common- 
wealth avenue at or near its intersection with Massachu- 
setts avenue in said city, with such connecting roadways 
and alterations to existing roadways and parkways in said 
city as the department may deem necessary, and to make 
necessary alterations to street railway tracks. 

Section 2. For the purpose of carrying out the provi- 
sions of this act, the department may use public lands, 
ways and parkways without compensation therefor, and may 
take by eminent domain under chapter seventy-nine of the 
General Laws, or acquire by purchase or otherwise, for and 
on behalf of the city, lands in fee, and easements, estates 
and rights in land; and such taking in fee or otherwise may 
be made whether the lands taken or otherwise affected are 
held under or by title derived through eminent domain or 
otherwise, and may be made for the purpose of providing 
locations for pipes, wires, conduits and other structures, the 
relocation of which is made necessary or expedient by the 
construction of the underpass authorized by this act. Any 
person sustaining damage by reason of property or rights 
in property taken under authority of this act, except public 
lands, ways or parkways which may be taken and used 
without compensation as hereinbefore provided, shall be 
entitled to recover therefor from the city under said chap- 
ter seventy-nine. The members of the department shall not 
be Hable personally for any such damage. 

Section 3. To meet the cost to the city of the under- 
pass, which shall include all expenses of the city incurred in 
constructing the same and all connecting roadways, and al- 
terations to existing parkways and roadways, and all land 
damages, expenses of the department, such proportions of 
the salaries of the department as may, in its opinion, be 
properly chargeable thereto and all interest on money bor- 
rowed for the purposes of this act accruing prior to the use 
of the said underpass, the treasurer of said city, with the 
approval of the mayor of said city, may, from time to time, 
issue and sell at public or private sale bonds of the city to 
an amount sufficient to provide funds for the payment 
of said cost but not exceeding the sum of two hundred thou- 
sand dollars, which bonds shall bear on their face the words, 
City of Boston, Commonwealth Avenue Underpass Loan, 
Act of 1937. Each authorized issue shall constitute a sep- 
arate loan, and such loans shall be payable in not more 
than ten years from their dates. Indebtedness incurred 
hereunder shall be outside the statutory limit of indebted- 
ness and shall, except as herein provided, be subject to 
the provisions, appHcable to the city of Boston, of chapter 
forty-four of the General Laws, as amended, exclusive of 
the limitation contained in the first paragraph of section 
seven thereof. 

Section 4. The department may order the temporary 
removal or relocation of any surface tracks, and the tempo- 



150 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 174. 

rary or permanent removal or relocation of any conduits, 
pipes, wires, poles, or other property located in public ways 
or places, which it deems to interfere with the laying-out 
or construction of the underpass authorized by this act, and 
shall grant new locations for any such structures so removed 
or relocated. Such orders, to the extent specified therein, 
shall be deemed a revocation of the right or license to main- 
tain such tracks, conduits, pipes, wires, poles or other prop- 
erty in such public wa.ys or places, and the owner of any 
such structures in pubhc ways or lands shall comply with 
such orders without expense to the city. If any owner shall 
fail to comply with the order of the department within a 
reasonable time, to be fixed in the order, the department 
may discontinue and remove such tracks, conduits, pipes, 
wires, poles or other property, and may relocate the same, 
and the cost of such discontinuance, removal or relocation 
shall be repaid to the city by the owner. No such dis- 
continuance, removal or relocation shall entitle the owner 
of the property thus affected to any damages on account 
thereof. Any gas or electric lighting company shall shut off 
the gas or current from any pipes or wires affected by any 
acts done hereunder, so far and for such time as may be 
necessary to prevent the escape or explosion of gas, or other 
public danger. Said underpass, when completed, shall be 
under the control of the park department of said city. 

Section 5. This act shall take effect only upon its ac- 
ceptance by the city council of the city of Boston subject to 
the provisions of the charter of said city and upon approval 
by the proper federal authorities of a works progress admin- 
istration project for the construction of the underpass hereby 
authorized or the making or approval of an allotment, allo- 
cation or grant of federal funds therefor under the joint 
resolution of Congress, known as the emergency relief ap- 
propriation act of 1935, or under any act or joint resolution 
of Congress enacted during nineteen hundred and thirty- 
six or nineteen hundred and thirtj^-seven, authorizing the 
expenditure or use of federal money for pubhc projects; 
pro\'ided, that such allotment, allocation or grant of federal 
funds is of an amount approved by said mayor. 

Approved April 7, 1937. 



Chap. 17 4: An Act providing for the elimination of the time 

LIMIT ON CONSOLIDATING CO-OPERATIVE BANKS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

EdV' iTo'^s 50 Section fifty of chapter one hundred and seventy of the 
etc.'ameAded. ' General Laws, as most recently amended by chapter fifty- 
four of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, is 
hereby further amended by striking out, in the first and 
second fines, the words "At any time prior to June first, 
nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, any" and inserting in 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 175. 151 

place thereof the word : — Any, — so that the first para- 
graph will read as follows: — Any two or more such cor- consolidation 
porations may consohdate into a single corporation, upon j^^^iXs"^^"^^*^'^^ 
such terms as shall have been agreed upon by vote of two 
thirds of the board of directors of each corporation and as 
shall have been approved in writing by the commissioner, 
provided such action is approved at a special meeting of the 
shareholders of each corporation called for that purpose, by 
a vote of at least two thirds of those shareholders present, 
quaUfied to vote, and voting. Notice of such special meet- 
ing, setting forth the terms agreed upon, shall be sent by 
the clerk of each corporation to each shareholder thereof by 
mail, postage prepaid, at least thirty days before the date 
of the meeting. Notice of the meeting shall also be adver- 
tised three times in one or more newspapers published in 
each town in which the main office of any of said corpora- 
tions is situated, and if there be no such newspaper, then 
in a newspaper published in the county where the town is 
situated, the last pubUcation to be at least one day before 
the meeting. A certificate under the hands of the presi- 
dents and clerks of all such corporations, setting forth that 
each of said corporations has comphed with all the require- 
ments of this section, shall be submitted to the commissioner, 
who, if he shall approve such consoHdation, shall endorse his 
approval upon such certificate, and thereupon such consoh- 
dation shall become effective. Upon consolidation of any 
such corporation with another, as herein provided: 

Approved April 7, 1937. 

An Act authorizing the trustees of the massachu- Chap. VI ^ 

SETTS hospital SCHOOL TO CONVEY CERTAIN LAND IN THE 
TOWN OF CANTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The trustees of the Massachusetts Hospital School, on 
behalf of the commonwealth, are hereby authorized and 
directed to convey by a sufficient deed, approved as to its 
form by the attorney general, to Edward B. and Charles V. 
Reynolds of Canton, in consideration of one dollar, a cer- 
tain parcel of land in the town of Canton shown on a plan 
on file in the office of the county engineer of Norfolk county, 
entitled "Plan of Land in Canton, IMass. Oct. 24, 1933. 
Hartley L. White, County Engineer. Scale 1 inch = 80 feet.", 
being located on the northwesterly side of the new location 
of Randolph street in said town and containing approxi- 
mately four thousand nine hundred square feet of land, in 
exchange for certain land to be conveyed by deed to the 
commonwealth, for purposes of such school, by said Ed- 
ward B. and Charles V. Reynolds, shown on said plan, 
containing approximately two thousand one hundred square 
feet of land and located on the southeasterly side of the line 
of said new location of Randolph street. 



152 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 176, 177. 

Said trustees, on behalf of the commonwealth, are hereby- 
further authorized and directed, in consideration of one dol- 
lar, to convey by a sufficient deed, approved- as to its form 
by the attorney general, to the town of Canton, for highway 
purposes in connection with the new location of Randolph 
street in said town, so much of the land of the common- 
wealth not within the present location of said Randolph 
street as is included within the lines of the new loca- 
tion of said Randolph street as shown on a plan on file in 
the office of said county engineer entitled "Plan of Land to 
be conveyed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to the 
Town of Canton for Highway Purposes. Scale 100 feet=l 
inch. Oct. 24, 1933. Hartley L. White, County Engineer." 

Approved April 7, 1937. 



Chap. 17 Q A.N Act relative to the manufacture and sale of 

ARTICLES OF UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE FILLED WITH 
GARNETTED clippings, so CALLED. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed^'94%'270 Section two hundred and seventy of chapter ninety-four 
amended. ' of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary 
Edition, is hereby amended by adding at the end the follow- 
ing new paragraph : — 
eif'^^ng""'^ Notwithstanding any provision of this section or of section 

defined. ouc, an article of upholstered furniture filled with material 

known as garnetted chppings need not be marked "second 
hand", and may be marked "manufactured of new ma- 
terial", if such garnetted cHppings are composed wholly of 
material that has been produced in the manufacture of other 
articles and has never otherwise been in actual use. 

Approved April 7, 1937. 

Chav. 17 7 An Act relative to the term of licenses for dealing 
IN methyl or wood alcohol, so called, and certain 

PREPARATIONS CONTAINING SUCH ALCOHOL, AND TO THE 
LABELLING OF THE SAME. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 
G-L.aer. Section 1. Section three hundred and three B of chapter 

§ 3b3B, etc., ninety-four of the General Laws, inserted by section three of 
amended. chapter three hundred and seventy-two of the acts of nine- 

teen hundred and thirty-four, is hereby amended by striking 
out, in the tenth fine, the words "on the thirty-first day of 
December following" and inserting in place thereof the words: 
— twelve calendar months from the date of issue, — so as 
Licenses for ^q j-ead as follows: — Section 303B. The board of health of 

sale of methyl , . . , fn i i- j. 

orwQodaico- a towu may issue to properly quaufaed persons ncenses to 

of°'fil!"'*"''^ engage therein in the business described in section three 

hundred and three A. The fee for such a license shall be one 

dollar, which shall be paid into the town treasury. The 

department of public health may issue licenses to such per- 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 178. 153 

sons to engage in such business anywhere within the com- 
monwealth upon payment of a fee of ten dollars, which shall 
be paid into the state treasury. All licenses issued under this 
section shall expire twelve calendar months from the date 
of issue, and may at any time be suspended or revoked, for 
cause, by the issuing authority. Such authority shall keep 
a record of all licenses granted, suspended or revoked by it. 

Section 2. Said chapter ninety-four is hereby further g. l. (Ter. 
amended by striking out section three hundred and three C, f 303cf etc., 
inserted as aforesaid, and inserting in place thereof the follow- amended, 
ing: — Section S03C. Every barrel, keg, bottle or other containers 
container containing methyl alcohol or wood alcohol, so *° ^® marked, 
called, or any drug or medicine intended for external use 
containing methyl alcohol shall bear in capital letters not 
less than three eighths nor more than one and one half inches 
in height, stencilled or printed thereon, the words "POISON, 
NOT FOR INTERNAL USE", or shall bear a label which 
shall include the word "POISON" and which shall conform 
to regulations prescribed by the department of pubhc health, 
authority to prescribe such regulations and to amend or 
annul the same being hereby granted to said department. 
Whoever, himself or by his servant or agent, sells, exchanges 
or delivers any such alcohol, drug or medicine in any con- 
tainer not conforming to this section shall be punished by a 
fine of not less than fifty nor more than two hundred dollars. 

Approved April 7, 1937. 

An Act relative to the construction by the metropoli- fhfj^ 1 70 

TAN DISTRICT COMMISSION OF A BEACH AT THE LOCATION OF ^* 

THE PROPOSED PUBLIC BATH HOUSE ON THE CHARLES RIVER 
IN THE TOWN OF WATERTOWN. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend Emergency 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be "^^^^^ 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

In carrying out the purposes of chapter three hundred 
and thirty-one of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
six, providing for the construction and maintenance by the 
metropolitan district commission of a public bath house 
and incidental improvements on the Charles river in the 
town of Watertown, said commission is hereby authorized 
and directed to proceed forthwith with the construction of 
a beach at the location on said river specified in said chap- 
ter and may award a separate contract for said work. The 
cost of the work authorized by this act shall be paid from 
funds available for the purposes of said chapter and shall 
be apportioned as therein provided. 

Approved April 8, 1937. 



154 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 179. 



Chap. 179 ^^ ^^^ ESTABLISHING THE MANCHAUG WATER DISTRICT OF 

SUTTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The inhabitants of the town of Sutton, Hable 
to taxation in said town and residing within the territory 
comprised within the following boundaries, to wit: Beginning 
at a point in the town boundary between Sutton and Doug- 
las on the easterly line of Main street in the village of 
Manchaug; thence running northeasterly by said bound- 
ary one half mile; thence running northwesterly to a point 
on the center line of Whitins avenue, said point being three 
quarters of a mile by the center line of Whitins avenue east- 
erly from the center line of Main street; thence north- 
westerly to a point; thence running due west one half mile 
to a point in the center line of Main street in the center of 
the northerly culvert leading from Upper Tucker pond to 
Lower Tucker pond; thence continuing due west one half 
mile; thence running southeasterly to a point in said bound- 
ary between Sutton and Douglas ; and thence running north- 
easterly by said boundary three quarters of a mile to the 
point of beginning, shall constitute a water district, and are 
hereby made a body corporate by the name of the Manchaug 
Water District of Sutton, hereinafter called the district, for 
the purpose of supplying themselves with water for the ex- 
tinguishment of fires and for domestic and other purposes, 
with power to estabhsh fountains and hydrants and to re- 
locate and discontinue the same, to regulate the use of such 
water and to fLx and collect rates to be paid therefor, to assess 
and raise taxes as provided herein for the payment of such 
services, and to defray the necessary expenses of carr3dng 
on the business of said district, but subject to all general 
laws now or hereafter in force relating to such districts, ex- 
cept as otherwise provided herein. Said district shall have 
power to prosecute and defend all actions relating to its 
property and affairs. 

Section 2. For the purposes aforesaid, the district, act- 
ing by and through its board of water commissioners here- 
inafter provided for, may contract with any municipality, 
acting through its water department, or with any water 
company, or with any other water district, for whatever 
water may be required, authority to furnish the same being 
hereby granted, and may enter into such other contracts as 
may be necessary for the purposes set forth in section one 
of this act and may take by eminent domain under chapter 
seventy-nine of the General Laws, or acquire by lease, pur- 
chase or otherwise, and hold, the waters, or any portion 
thereof, of any pond, spring or stream, or of any ground 
sources of supply by means of driven, artesian or other wells, 
within said town of Sutton, not already appropriated for the 
purposes of a public water supply, and the water rights con- 
nected with any such water sources; and for said purposes 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 179. 155 

may take as aforesaid, or acquire by purchase or otherwise, 
and hold, all lands, rights of way and other easements neces- 
sary for collecting, storing, holding, purifying and preserving 
the purity of the water and for conveying the same to 
any part of said district; provided, that no source of water 
supply or lands necessary for preserving the quality of the 
water shall be so taken or used without first obtaining the 
advice and approval of the state department of public health, 
and that the location and arrangement of all dams, reser- 
voirs, wells, pumping and filtration plants and such other 
works as may be necessary in carrying out the provisions of 
this act shall be subject to the approval of said department. 
The district may construct on the lands acquired and held 
under this act proper dams, wells, reservoirs, standpipes, 
tanks, pumping plants, buildings, fixtures and other struc- 
tures, including also the establishment and maintenance of 
filter beds and purification works or systems, and may make 
excavations, procure and operate machinery and provide 
such other means and appliances, and do such other things 
as may be necessary for the establishment and maintenance 
of complete and effective water works; and for that purpose 
may construct pipe lines, wells and reservoirs and establish 
pumping works, and may construct, lay, acquire and main- 
tain aqueducts, conduits, pipes and other works under or 
over any land, water courses, railroads, railways and public 
or other ways, and along such ways, in said town, in such 
manner as not unnecessarily to obstruct the same; and for 
the purposes of constructing, lading, maintaining, operating 
and repairing such aqueducts, conduits, pipes and other 
works, and for all proper purposes of this act, the district 
may dig up or raise and embank any such lands, highways 
or other ways in such manner as to cause the least hindrance 
to public travel on such ways; provided, that all things done 
upon any such way shall be subject to the direction of the 
selectmen of said town. The district shall not enter upon, 
or construct or lay any aqueduct, conduit, pipe or other 
works within, the location of any railroad corporation ex- 
cept at such time and in such manner as it may agree upon 
with such corporation, or, in case of failure so to agree, as 
may be approved by the department of public utilities. 
Said district may enter upon any lands for the purpose of 
making surveys, test pits and borings, and may take or other- 
wise acquire the right to occupy temporarily any lands nec- 
essary for the construction of any work or for any other 
purpose authorized by this act. 

Section 3. Any person sustaining damages in his prop- 
erty by any taking under this act or any other thing done 
under authorit}^ thereof may recover such damages from the 
district under said chapter seventy-nine; but the right to 
damages for the taking of any water, water right or water 
source, or for any injury thereto, shall not vest until water 
is actually withdrawn or diverted under authority of this 
act. 



156 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 179. 

Section 4. For the purpose of paying the necessary ex- 
penses and liabilities incurred under this act, other than ex- 
penses of maintenance and operation, the district may bor- 
row from time to time such sums as may be necessary, not 
exceeding, in the aggregate, seventy-five thousand dollars, 
and may issue bonds or notes therefor, which shall bear on 
their face the words, Manchaug Water District of Sutton 
Loan, Act of 1937. Each authorized issue shall constitute a 
separate loan, and such loans shall be payable in not more 
than thirty years from their dates. Indebtedness incurred 
under this act shall be subject to the provisions of chapter 
forty-four of the General Laws, pertaining to such districts. 

Section 5. The district shall, at the time of authorizing 
said loan or loans, provide for the payment thereof in ac- 
cordance with section four; and, when a vote to that effect 
has been passed, a sum which, with the income derived from 
water rates, will be sufficient to pay the annual expense of 
operating its water works and the interest as it accrues on 
the bonds or notes issued as aforesaid by the district, and 
to make such payments on the principal as may be required 
under the provisions of this act, shall without further vote 
be assessed upon the district by the assessors of said town 
annually thereafter until the debt incurred by said loan or 
loans is extinguished. 

Section 6. Any land taken or acquired under this act 
shall be managed, improved and controlled by the board of 
water commissioners hereinafter provided for, in such man- 
ner as they shall deem for the best interest of the district. 
All authority vested in said board by this section shall be 
subject to the provisions of section nine. 

Section 7. Whenever a tax is duly voted by the district 
for the purposes of this act, the clerk shall send a certified 
copy of the vote to the assessors of said town, who shall as- 
sess the same in the same manner in all respects in which 
town taxes are required by law to be assessed; provided, 
that no estate shall be subject to any tax assessed on account 
of the system of water supply under this act if, in the judg- 
ment of the board of water commissioners hereinafter pro- 
vided for, after a hearing, such estate is so situated that it 
can receive no aid in the extinguishment of fire from the 
said system of water supply, or receive no benefit in fire in- 
surance grading therefrom, or both, or if such estate is so 
situated that the buildings thereon, or the buildings that 
might be constructed thereon, could not be supplied in any 
ordinary or reasonable manner with water from the said 
system; but all other estates in the district shall be deemed 
to be benefited and shall be subject to such tax. A certi- 
fied list of the estates exempt from taxation under the pro- 
visions of this section shall annually be sent by said board 
of water commissioners to said assessors, at the same time 
at which the clerk shall send a certified copy of the vote as 
aforesaid. The assessment shall be committed to the town 
collector, who shall collect said tax in the manner provided 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 179. 157 

by law for the collection of town taxes, and shall deposit the 
proceeds thereof with the district treasurer for the use and 
benefit of the district. The district may collect interest on 
overdue taxes in the manner in which interest is authorized 
to be collected on town taxes. 

Section 8. The first meeting of the voters of the terri- 
tory included within the boundaries set forth in section one 
shall be called, on petition of ten or more legal voters therein, 
by a warrant from the selectmen of said town, or from a 
justice of the peace, directed to one of the petitioners, re- 
quiring him to give notice of the meeting by posting copies 
of the warrant in two or more pubUc places in the district 
seven days at least before the time of the meeting. Such 
justice of the peace, or one of the selectmen, shall preside 
at such meeting until a clerk is chosen and sworn, and the 
clerk shall preside until a moderator is chosen. After the 
choice of a moderator for the meeting the question of the 
acceptance of this act shall be submitted to the voters, and 
if it is accepted by a majority of the voters present and voting 
thereon it shall thereupon take effect, and the meeting may 
then proceed to act on the other articles in the warrant. 

Section 9. The district shall, after the acceptance of 
tliis act as aforesaid, elect by ballot, either at the same meet- 
ing at which this act is accepted or at a special meeting there- 
after called for the purpose, three persons, resident taxpayers 
of the district, to hold office, one until the expiration of three 
years, one until the expiration of two years, and one until 
the expiration of one year, from the day of the next succeed- 
ing annual district meeting, to constitute a board of water 
commissioners, and at every annual district meeting follow- 
ing such next succeeding annual district meeting one such 
commissioner shall be elected by ballot for the term of three 
years. All the authority granted to the district by this act, 
except sections four and five, and not otherwise specifically 
provided for, shall be vested in said board of water commis- 
sioners, who shall be subject, however, to such instructions, 
rules and regulations as the district may by vote impose. 
At the meeting at which said commissioners are first elected 
and at each annual district meeting held thereafter the dis- 
trict shall elect by ballot a treasurer of the district, who shall 
not be a water commissioner thereof, and who shall give 
bond to the district in such an amount as may be approved 
by said commissioners. A majority of said commissioners 
shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. 
Any vacancy occurring in said board from any cause may 
be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by the dis- 
trict at any legal meeting called for the purpose. No money 
shall be drawn from the treasury of the district on account of 
its water works except upon a written order of said commis- 
sioners or a majority of them. 

Section 10. Said commissioners shall fix just and equi- 
table prices and rates for the use of water, and shall prescribe 
the time and manner of payment. The income of the water 



158 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 179. 

works shall be appropriated to defray all operating expenses, 
interest charges and payments on the principal as they shall 
accrue upon any bonds or notes issued under authority of 
this act. If there should be a net surplus remaining after 
providing for the aforesaid charges, it may be appropriated 
for such new construction as said commissioners may recom- 
mend, and in case a surplus should remain after payment 
for such new construction the water rates shall be reduced 
proportionately. Said commissioners shall annually, and as 
often as the district may require, render a report upon the 
condition of the works under their charge, and an account of 
their doings, including an account of receipts and expendi- 
tures. 

Section 11. The district may adopt by-laws prescribing 
by whom and how meetings of the district may be called, 
notified and conducted; and, upon the application of ten or 
more legal voters in the district, meetings may also be called 
by warrant as provided in section eight. The district may 
also estabhsh rules and regulations for the management of 
its water works, not inconsistent with this act or with law, 
and may choose such other officers not provided for in this 
act as it may deem necessary or proper. 

Section 12. Whoever wilfully or wantonly corrupts, 
pollutes or diverts any water obtained or suppHed under 
this act, or wilfully or wantonly injures any reservoir, stand- 
pipe, aqueduct, pipe or other property owned or used by the 
district for any of the purposes of this act, shall forfeit 
and pay to the district three times the amount of damages 
assessed therefor, to be recovered in an action of tort, and 
upon conviction of any of the above acts shall be punished 
by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or by im- 
prisonment in jail for not more than one year. 

Section 13. Upon a petition in writing addressed to said 
commissioners requesting that certain real estate, accurately 
described therein, located in said town and abutting on said 
district and not otherwise served by a pubHc water supply 
be included within the limits thereof, and signed by the 
owners of such real estate, or a major portion of such real 
estate, said commissioners shall cause a duly warned meet- 
ing of the district to be called, at which meeting the voters 
may vote on the question of including said real estate within 
the district. If a majority of the voters present and voting 
thereon vote in the affirmative the district clerk shall within 
ten days file with the town clerk of said town and with the 
state secretary an attested copy of said petition and vote; 
and thereupon said real estate shall become and be part of 
the district and shall be holden under this act in the same 
manner and to the same extent as the real estate described 
in section one. 

Section 14. This act shall take full effect upon its ac- 
ceptance by a majority vote of the voters of the district 
present and voting thereon at a district meeting called, in 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 180. 159 

accordance with the provisions of section eight, within three 
years after its passage; but the number of meetings so 
called in any one year shall not exceed three. 

Approved April 8, 1937. 



An Act to modify the laws concerning mortgage invest- diav.X^i} 

MENTS BY SAVINGS BANKS. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to Emergency 
defeat its purpose, therefore it^is hereby declared to be an '""®^"' 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 
of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section fifty-four of chapter one hundred and sixty-eight g^J- {J|''-j ^^ 
of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out clause etcVameAded. ' 
First, as amended by section twenty-two of chapter three 
hundred and thirty-four of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-three, and inserting in place thereof the following : — 

First. In first mortgages of real estate located in the Mortgage 
commonwealth but not more than seventy per cent of the iTfYavhlgs*^ 
whole amount of deposits shall be so invested. No loan on ^anks. 
mortgage shall be made except upon written apphcation i-'mits. 
showing the date, name of apphcant, amount asked for and 
security offered, nor except upon the report of not less than 
two members of the board of investment who shall certify 
on said application, according to their best judgment, the 
value of premises to be mortgaged; and such apphcation 
shall be filed and preserved with the records of the corpora- 
tion. All loans secured by first mortgages of real estate shall 
be subject to the following restrictions: — 

(a) A loan secured bj^ a first mortgage of real estate lo- 
cated in the commonwealth, except real estate referred to 
in subdivision (b) hereof, may be made on demand or for a 
period not extending beyond three years from the date of the 
note and shall not exceed sixty per cent of the value of the 
premises to be mortgaged. 

(6) A loan secured by a first mortgage of unimproved and 
unproductive real estate located in the commonwealth may 
be made on demand or for a period not extending beyond 
three years from the date of the note and shall not exceed 
forty per cent of the value of the premises to be mortgaged. 

(c) Not later than three years after the date of the note, 
as provided by subdivisions (a) and (6) hereof, not less than 
two members of the board of investment shall certify in 
^ writing, according to their best judgment, the value of the 
' premises mortgaged; and the premises shall be revalued in 
the same manner at intervals of not more than three years 
so long as they are mortgaged to such corporation. Such 
report shall be filed and preserved with the records of 
the corporation. If at the time a revaluation is made, the 
amount loaned is in excess of sixty per cent, or, in the case 
of unimproved and unproductive real estate, in excess of 



160 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 180. 

forty per cent, of the value of the premises mortgaged, a 
sufficient reduction in the amount of the loan shall be re- 
quired, as promptly as may be practicable, to bring the loan 
within sixty per cent, or, in the case of unimproved and 
unproductive real estate, within forty per cent of the value 
of said premises. 

(d) A loan secured by a first mortgage of real estate lo- 
cated in the commonwealth, except real estate referred to 
in subsection (6) hereof, not exceeding sixty per cent of the 
value of the premises to be mortgaged, may be made for a 
period extending beyond tfhree years but not exceeding 
twenty years from the date of the note, provided the terms 
of such note shall require payments on the loan to be made 
in quarterly installments, at intervals not exceeding three 
months, such payments to commence not later than three 
months after the date of the note, and to be in amounts ag- 
gregating annually not less than two per cent of the original 
amount of the loan. 

(e) A loan secured by a first mortgage of real estate lo- 
cated in the commonwealth, except real estate referred to 
in subsection (6) hereof, not exceeding seventy per cent of 
the value of the premises to be mortgaged, may be made for 
a period extending beyond three years but not exceeding 
twenty years from the date of the note, provided the terms 
of the note shall require payments on the loan to be made 
in quarterly installments, at intervals not exceeding three 
months, such payments to commence not later than three 
months after the date of the note, and to be in amounts 
aggregating annually not less than three per cent of the 
original amount of the loan. No loan under this subsection 
shall be made for a sum in excess of twenty-five thousand 
dollars. 

(/) Not later than three years after the date of the note, 
as provided by subdivisions (d) and (e) hereof, not less than 
two members of the board of investment shall certify in 
writing, according to their best judgment, the value of the 
premises mortgaged; and the premises shall be revalued in 
the same manner at intervals of not more than three years 
so long as they are mortgaged to such corporation. Such 
report shall be filed and preserved with the records of the 
corporation. 

Whenever the commissioner deems an excessive loan has 
been made, or is about to be made upon real estate, he may 
cause an appraisal of said real estate to be made at the 
expense of the bank making the loan. One appraiser shall 
be named by the commissioner, one by the bank making the 
loan, and a third by the two thus named. Said appraisers 
shall determine the value of said real estate and certify the 
same in writing to the commissioner and to the bank. If it 
shall appear from said appraisal that said loan is in excess 
of the amount allowed by this clause, the commissioner may 
make such order in relation thereto as he deems advisable. 

Approved April 9, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 181. 161 



An Act authorizing temporary borrowing by the city Chav. ISl 
OF boston to provide funds to meet in part the cost 
of providing certain additional accommodations and 

FACILITIES for THE COURTS AND OTHER OFFICIALS IN THE 
COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, IN ANTICIPATION OF PAYMENTS BY 
THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend pr'^ambie?^ 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 
of the public safety and convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

For the purpose of providing necessary funds to meet in 
part the cost of the additional court house accommodations 
and facilities, including furnishings and equipment, author- 
ized by chapter four hundred and seventy-four of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, in anticipation of the 
receipt by the commission established by section one of said 
chapter, hereinafter called the commission, of the proceeds 
of such funds as shall have been allotted, or of any grant ap- 
proved, by the federal government to the commission under 
any agreement with the federal government relating thereto, 
the city of Boston may, from time to time, at the request 
of the commission, place at its disposal such funds as may 
be needed to an amount not exceeding the amount of the 
allotment or grant as shown by such agreement, and for this 
purpose the treasurer of said city, with the approval of the 
mayor of said city, may incur debt, outside the debt limit, 
to an amount not exceeding, in the aggregate, such sums as 
shall have been so allotted, or the amount of the grant that 
shall have been so approved, by the federal government 
under such agreement, and may issue notes therefor payable 
in not more than one year from their dates; and the pro- 
ceeds of such allotment or of such grant, so far as necessary, 
shall be applied by said commission to repay to said city 
such sums as shall have been placed at its disposal, under 
the provisions of this paragraph, which sums, when so re- 
paid to said city, shall, so far as necessary, be apphed to the 
discharge of the loan made under this paragraph. 

For the purposes of providing necessary funds to meet in 
part the aforesaid cost authorized by said chapter, in antici- 
pation of the receipt by the commission of the contribution 
from the commonwealth to pay its share of the expenditures 
authorized by said chapter the city of Boston may, from 
time to time at the request of the commission, also place at 
its disposal such funds as may be needed to an amount not 
exceeding the amount of the commonwealth's share of the 
expenditures so authorized, and for this purpose the treas- 
urer of said city, with the approval of the mayor of said city, 
may incur debt, outside the debt limit, to an amount not 
exceeding, in the aggregate, the amount of the common- 
wealth's share of the expenditures so authorized, and may 



162 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 182, 183, 184. 

issue notes therefor payable in not more than one year from 
their dates; and the money paid by the commonwealth to 
meet its share of such expenditures, so far as necessary, shall 
be applied by said commission to repay to said city such 
sums as shall have been so placed at its disposal under the 
provisions of this paragraph, which sums, when so repaid to 
said city, shall, so far as necessary, be applied to the dis- 
charge of the loan made under this paragraph. 

Approved April 9, 1937. 

C hap. 1S2 An Act prohibiting the use of beam or otter trawls 

IN TAKING FISH FROM SWAN POND RIVER, AT THE MOUTH 
THEREOF OR IN THE PONDS OR STREAMS CONNECTED THERE- 
WITH IN THE TOWN OF DENNIS. 

Be it enacted, etc., asfolloivs: 

Section 1, Whoever uses beam or otter trawls to drag 
for fish in Swan Pond river, at the mouth thereof or in the 
ponds or streams connected therewith in the town of Dennis 
shall be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 9, 1937. 

Chap.lSS An Act providing that certain expenses of the land 

COURT BE PAID BY THE COMMONWEALTH. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

G- L. (Ter SECTION 1. Section One of chapter one hundred and 

etc., 'amended', cighty-five of the General Laws, as most recently amended 
by section five of chapter three hundred and eighteen of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, is hereby further 
amended by striking out the paragraph contained in hnes 
fort5''-four to fifty, inclusive, as appearing in the Tercente- 
nary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following: — 

Lfnd^com-t, The court shall hold its sittings in Boston, but may ad- 

journ from time to time to such other places as public con- 
venience may require. In Suffolk county, the city council 
of Boston, and in other counties, the county commissioners, 
shall provide suitable rooms for the sittings of said court in 
the same building with, or convenient to, the probate court 
or the registry of deeds. 

Effective SECTION 2. Tliis act shall take effect on October first in 

the current year. Approved April 9, 1937. 



sittings of. 



date. 



C/iai9.184 An Act making effective throughout the common- 
wealth THE LAW RELATIVE TO THE REGISTRATION OF 
BARBERS AND THE PRACTICE OF BARBERING. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section seven of chapter four hundred and eighteen of 
the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-one is hereby re- 
pealed. Approved April 9, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 185, 186. 163 

An Act authorizing municipalities to appropriate (JJiav.\S5 

MONEY FOR EYEGLASSES AND SPECTACLES FOR NEEDY ^' 

SCHOOL CHILDREN, 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section five of chapter forty of the General Laws is hereby o. l. (Ter. 
amended by inserting after paragraph (39), inserted by chap- £1! amended, 
ter twenty-eight of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
five the following new paragraph : — 

(40) To provide eyeglasses and spectacles for school chil- ^°^''p^;o^^*fj^ 
dren eighteen years of age or under who are in need thereof eyeglasses, etc., 
and whose parents or guardians are financially unable to cSidren"^ 
furnish the same. Money so appropriated shall be expended 
under the direction of the mayor and city council of a city 
and the selectmen of a town. Approved April 9, 1937, 



An Act relative to fixing the compensation of pro- Qfidj) \^Q 

BATION officers APPOINTED FOR THE BOSTON JUVENILE ^' 

COURT AND THE DISTRICT COURTS IN SUFFOLK COUNTY 
OTHER THAN THE MUNICIPAL COURT OF THE CITY OF 
BOSTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section eighty-three of chapter two hundred and seventy- g. l. (Ter. 
six of the General Laws, as amended by chapter three hun- fttl'ameAded^' 
dred and sixty of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
six, is hereby further amended by inserting after the word 
"or" in the fifteenth fine the words: — by the justice of, 
— by inserting after the word "court" the first time it 
occurs in the twenty-seventh line the words: — ; in each 
other district court in Suffolk county and in the Boston 
juvenile court, the justice thereof, subject to the approval 
of the administrative committee of the district courts, shall 
fix the compensation for each probation officer appointed 
for such court, — and by striking out, in the twenty-seventh 
and twenty-eighth fines, the words "and in the Boston 
juvenile court", — so as to read as follows: — Section 83. ^^"^^^^"^ 
The superior court, the chief justice of the municipal court pointment, 
of the city of Boston, subject to the approval of the asso- ^''''"'^' 
ciatc justices thereof, and the justice of each other district 
court, with the written approval of the administrative com- 
mittee of the district courts, who shall consult the board 
of probation relative thereto, and the justice of the Boston 
juvenile court may appoint such male and female proba- 
tion officers as they may respectively from time to time 
deem necessary for their respective courts; and if there is 
more than one probation officer in one court, one of such 
officers may be designated as chief probation officer. All 
officers so appointed shall be removable for cause by the 
court making the appointment; provided, that no officer 
appointed by a justice of a district court other than the 



1.64 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 187. 

municipal court of the city of Boston or by the justice of 
the Boston juvenile court shall be removed or discharged 
from office unless such removal or discharge shall be. ap- 
proved in writing by the administrative committee of the 
district courts after consultation with the board of proba- 
tion relative theretoyf The compensation of each probation 
, officer appointed by the superior court shall be fixed by 
that court and by it apportioned from time to time among 
the counties wherein said officer performs his duties. In 
the municipal court of the city of Boston, the chief justice 
of said court, subject to the approval of the associate jus- 
tices thereof, shall fix the compensation of each probation 
officer appointed for such court; in each other district court 
in Suffolk county and in the Boston juvenile court, the 
justice thereof, subject to the approval of the administra- 
tive committee of the district courts, shall fix the compen- 
sation for each probation officer appointed for such court; 
and in each other district court, the justice thereof, subject 
to the approval of the county commissioners, shall fix the 
compensation of each probation officer appointed for such 
court; and such compensation shall be paid by the county 
on vo^hers approved respectively by the chief justice of 
the municipal court of the city of Boston or by the justice 
of such other district court or juvenile court. 

Approved April 9, 1937. 



Chap. 187 An Act authorizing the town of shutesbury to use 

ALL OR ANY PART OF CENTRE CEMETERY AND A CERTAIN 
WAY IN SAID TOWN FOR SCHOOL AND SCHOOL YARD PUR- 
POSES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town of Shutesbury, by its vote, may 
discontinue the use for cemetery purposes of the whole or 
any part of a certain tract of land therein known as Centre 
Cemetery, owned by said town and used from time imme- 
morial as a cemetery after complying with the provisions 
of section two, may discontinue a certain way extending 
from the Leverett road, so called, to said cemetery, and 
may thereafter use said cemetery or part thereof, as the 
case may be, and said way for school and school yard pur- 
poses; and said cemetery or part thereof and said way, 
according to said vote, shall thereafter be under the same 
care and control as other school property. 

Section 2. Said town, at its expense, shall exhume and 
re-inter in other suitable burial places the remains of such 
bodies interred in said cemetery or said part thereof, as the 
case may be, as have not been removed therefrom by rela- 
tives or friends of the deceased within a period of three 
months after the last publication of the notice hereinafter 
provided for, and shall remove all headstones and other 
monuments standing, after the expiration of said period, 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 188, 189. 165 

in said cemetery or in said part thereof, and, in a suitable 
manner, replace the same at or over the graves in the new 
burial places so that the remains of the bodies re-interred 
therein shall be indicated as they were in said cemetery or 
in said part thereof. Such notice shall be given by the town 
by publishing a copy of this act once a week for three suc- 
cessive weeks in a newspaper published in Franklin county 
and also by mailing, postage prepaid, before the last pub- 
lication as aforesaid, such a copy to each known relative of 
any deceased person whose remains are to be exhumed and 
re-interred under authority hereof. 

Section 3. This act shall be submitted to the voters of 
said town at its annual town meeting to be held in the year 
nineteen hundred and thirty-eight; and, if accepted by a 
majority of the voters present and voting thereon, sections 
one and two of this act shall thereupon take full effect, but 
not otherwise. Approved April 9, 1937. 

An Act reducing the entry fee for supplementary (7/ia».188 

PROCEEDINGS IN CIVIL ACTIONS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section four of chapter two hundred and sixty-two of the g. l. (Ter. 
General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is amende^!.' ^ *' 
hereby amended by striking out, in the eighteenth line, the 
words "three dollars" and inserting in place thereof the 
words : — one dollar, — so that the seventh paragraph will 
read as follows : — Upon the commencement of supplemen- Certain fees 
tary proceedings under chapter two hundred and twenty- corns. ^ ° 
four there shall be paid to the clerk an entry fee of one 
dollar. The entry fee and the fees of witnesses and officers 
shall be allowed the creditor as costs. The plaintiff or cred- 
itor making affidavit to the court as provided in section 
two or six of said chapter shall pay a fee of one dollar, 
which fee, together with any sums paid under section twelve 
of said chapter shall be taxed in the plaintiff's or creditor's 
costs. The only other fees under said chapter, except as 
provided in section nine of said chapter and except those of 
officers, shall be payable in advance by the defendant or 
debtor as follows: — Approved April 9, 1937. 

An Act relative to the purchase of uniforms for the (Jlidj) Jgg 

SERGEANT- AT- ARMS, DOORKEEPERS, ASSISTANT DOORKEEP- 
ERS, GENERAL COURT OFFICERS AND PAGES OF THE GEN- 
ERAL COURT. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter three of the General Laws is hereby amended by g. l. (Ter. 
inserting after section twenty, as appearing in the Tercen- fectmn'aoX 
tenary Edition, the following new section: — Section 20 A. added. 
Subject to such annual appropriation as may be made for yf{j|.g°™^f the 
the purpose, the sergeant-at-arms may purchase at the ex- general court. 



166 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 190, 191. 

pense of the commonwealth such uniforms for himself, the 
doorkeepers, assistant doorkeepers, general court officers and 
pages as he may determine. Approved April 9, 1937. 

Chap. 190 An Act relative to the salaries of the principal 

ASSESSORS OF THE CITY OF BOSTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section two of chapter ninety-three of the 
Special Acts of nineteen hundred and eighteen, as most re- 
cently amended by section one of chapter one hundred of 
the acts of nineteen hundred and twenty-eight, is hereby 
further arnended by striking out, in the fourteenth line, the 
word "five" and inserting in place thereof the word: — six, 
— so as to read as follows : — Section 2. The mayor of the 
city shall appoint, and may at any time remove, in accord- 
ance with the provisions of chapter four hundred and eighty- 
six of the acts of nineteen hundred and nine, three assessors 
to hold office for terms of one, two, and three years, re- 
spectively, beginning with the first day of April in the cur- 
rent year. As the term of each assessor expires, the mayor 
in hke manner shall appoint his successor for a term of three 
years from the first day of April in the year of appoint- 
ment. The mayor shall also fill any vacancy for the unex- 
pired term. The mayor shall designate the chairman of 
the board who shall receive an annual salary of seventy- 
five hundred dollars; the two other members of the board 
shall each receive an annual salary of six thousand dollars. 

Section 2. This act shall take full effect upon its ac- 
ceptance during the current year by vote of the city council 
of the city of Boston, subject to the provisions of its charter, 
but not otherwise. Approved April 9, 1937. 

Chap.191 An Act authorizing the issuance to certain officials 
OF certain other states of complimentary certifi- 
cates entitling them to hunt and fish in this com- 
monwealth. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

EdViJr§5 Section 1. Section five of chapter one hundred and 
etc', amended', thirty-ouc of the General Laws, as most recently amended 
by section one of chapter two hundred and fourteen of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three, is hereby further 
amended by inserting after the word "section" in the first 
fine the following: — eight B, — so as to read as follows: — 
Licenses to Scction 5. Except as provided in section eight B, ninety- 

hsh and hunt. .,, ^ . , . . , . °i iij 

one, ninety-two, nmety-six, nmety-mne or one hundred and 
eight, no person shall hunt any bird or mammal, and no 
person, unless he is under fifteen years of age, shall fish, 
except as hereinafter provided, in any of the inland waters 
of the commonwealth, and no person shall use, set, tend or 
maintain any trap, or take or attempt to take any mammal 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 192. 167 

by means thereof, without first having obtained a sporting, 
hunting, fishing or trapping license, or a special fox-hunting 
license issued under section eight A, as the case may be, 
authorizing him so to do, as provided in the four following 
sections; provided, that nothing in sections five to twelve, 
inclusive, shall be construed as affecting in any way the 
general laws relating to trespass, or as authorizing the hunt- 
ing, or the possession of, birds or mammals, contrary to 
law, or the taking of fish, or the possession thereof, con- 
trary to law. But said last mentioned sections shall not 
prohibit any person who is a legal resident of the common- 
wealth or any member of his immediate family, residing on 
land owned or leased by him, from hunting or trapping on 
such land or from fishing in any inland waters bordered by 
such land; provided, that he is or they are actually domi- 
ciled thereon, and that the land is used exclusively for agri- 
cultural purposes, and not for club, shooting or fishing pur- 
poses; and provided, further, that the burden of proof shall 
rest upon the person claiming such exemptions to show that 
he is entitled thereto. 

Section 2. Said chapter one hundred and thirty-one is g. l. (Xer. 
hereby further amended by inserting after section eight A, ne'lv'siciion 
inserted by section two of said chapter two hundred and sb. added. 
fourteen, the following new section: — Section 8B. An ex- Complimentary 
ecutive or administrative pubhc official of any state grant- certificates. 
ing similar privileges to such an officer of this common- 
wealth may hunt any bird or mammal or may fish in any 
of the inland waters of the commonwealth if he holds a 
special complimentary certificate entitling him so to do, 
which certificate the director, with the approval of the gov- 
ernor and the commissioner, is hereby authorized to issue, 
and the holder of such certificate shall have the same rights 
and privileges and be subject to the same duties as if he 
held a sporting license. Approved April 9, 1937. 



An Act relative to the appointment of the adjutant nu^j^ 100 

GENERAL AND OF CERTAIN OFFICERS OF THE MASSACHU- ^' 

SETTS NATIONAL GUARD. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section twenty-two of chapter thirty-three g. l. (Tm-. 
of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edi- amended ^ ^^' 
tion, is hereby amended by striking out the paragraph ap- 
pearing in the third fine and inserting in place thereof the 
following : — 

One adjutant general with the grade of brigadier general, Adjutant 
who shall be appointed from those persons who are, or who pointment!' 
previously have been, active commissioned officers of the 
Massachusetts National Guard with a grade not lower than 
that of Heutenant colonel. 

Section 2. Section ninety of said chapter thirty-three is g. l. (Ter. 
hereby amended by striking out paragraph (k), as most amended * ^' 



pointment of. 



168 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 193. 

recently amended by chapter one hundred and six of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, and inserting in 
place thereof the following : — 
2!il?f";nT^f (^) ^ niajor general commanding a division shall be ap- 

pointed by the commander-in-chief from the brigadier gen- 
erals who are in command of the several brigades of such 
division, or who within a period of two years have been 
in command of such brigades and have had active service 
for at least two years as brigadier generals. 

A brigadier general commanding an infantry brigade shall 
be appointed by the commander-in-chief, upon recommenda- 
tion of the division commander, from the colonels who are 
in command of the several infantry regiments of the divi- 
sion, or who within a period of two years have been in com- 
mand of such regiments and have had active service for at 
least two years as such colonels. 

A brigadier general commanding an artillery brigade shall 
be appointed by the commander-in-chief, upon recommen- 
dation of the division commander, from the colonels who 
are in command of the several artillery regiments of such 
brigade, or who within a period of two years have been in 
command of such regiments and have had active service for 
at least two years as such colonels. 

Regimental and separate unit commanders shall be ap- 
pointed by the commander-in-chief from the officers of said 
respective regiments and units, upon the recommendation 
of superior commanders, if any. 

All other officers of the line shall be appointed by the 
commander-in-chief, upon the recommendation of regimental 
or separate unit commanders, approved by superior com- 
manders. 

Departmental officers shall be appointed by the com- 
mander-in-chief, upon the recommendation of the chief of 
the department in which the appointment is to be made; 
provided, that if such an officer is to be assigned or detailed 
to an organization the appointment shall be upon the rec- 
ommendation of its commander. 

All commissioned officers of the land forces shall be se- 
lected from the ehgible officers' list provided for in this 
section. Chiefs of departments shall be appointed by the 
commander-in-chief from said list. 

Approved April 10, 1937. 



C/iai>.193 An Act authorizing the city of lynn to pay an an- 
nuity TO THE WIDOW OF ROGER DWYER. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The city of Lynn shall have the same au- 
thority to pay an annuity under the provisions of section 
eighty-nine of chapter thirty-two of the General Laws, as 
most recently amended by chapter three hundred and twenty- 
six of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, to the 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 194, 195, 196. 169 

widow of Roger Dwyer, who died on October twelfth, nine- 
teen hundred and twenty-eight, from injuries received on 
July second, nineteen hundred and nineteen, while in the 
performance of duty as a member of its police department, 
as though the injuries causing the death of said Dwyer had 
been received after January first, nineteen hundred and 
thirty. 

Section 2. This act shall take full effect upon its ac- 
ceptance during the current year by vote of the city coun- 
cil of said city, subject to the provisions of its charter. 

Approved April 12, 1937. 

An Act authoeizing the temporary reinstatement, for fhn^ 104 

PURPOSES OF retirement ONLY, OF J. EDGAR THOMPSON ^' 

AS A MEMBER OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF 
SOMERVILLE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

Section 1. J. Edgar Thompson, a former member of 
the fire department of the city of Somerville may be rein- 
stated in said department without examination; provided, 
that such reinstatement shall be for the sole purpose of re- 
tiring him under the provisions of section eighty of chapter 
thirty-two of the General Laws or any other pertinent pro- 
vision of said chapter. 

Section 2. This act shall take full effect upon its ac- 
ceptance by the mayor and board of aldermen of said city, 
in accordance with the provisions of its charter, but not 
otherwise. Approved April 12, 1937. 

An Act changing the name of the edison electric Qii^x) 195 

ILLUMINATING COMPANY OF BROCKTON TO BROCKTON EDI- ^' 

SON COMPANY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The name of The Edison Electric Illuminating Company 
of Brockton, a corporation incorporated under general law 
on March twenty-second, eighteen hundred and eighty- 
three, is hereby changed to Brockton Edison Company. 

Approved April 13, 1937. 



Chap.im 



An Act relative to the disclosure by municipalities 
or officers thereof of the names of recipients of 
state aid, military aid or soldiers' relief. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter forty of the General Laws is hereby amended by g. l. (Ter. 
striking out section fifty-one, as appearing in the Tercente- ^^enj^d ^ ^^' 
nary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following: — 
Section 51. No town or officer thereof shall publish in any Names of per- 
report for general distribution to the public or to its citizens a?d^nLrtr7b°e^ 
the names of persons assisted in any way by the board of published. 



170 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 197, 198, 199. 

public welfare of the town or publish or disclose in any man- 
ner to others than officers of any city, town or other govern- 
mental agency or the duly authorized agents of such officers 
the names of any persons residing in such town who received 
aid under chapter one hundred and fifteen, except that a 
duly incorporated charitable corporation shall be informed, 
upon its request, as to whether or not any designated person 
has received aid under said chapter one hundred and fifteen. 

Approved April IS, 1937. 

Chap.197 An Act relative to the use of lake cochituate in the 

TOWN OF NATICK FOR BOATING AND FISHING. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Subject to such reasonable regulations as 
may be made by the metropolitan district commission, it 
shall be lawful for any inhabitant of the town of Natick to 
enter any boat or canoe, or go in any boat or canoe, or to fish 
therefrom, in or upon the waters of so much of Lake Co- 
chituate in the town of Natick as lies south of Worcester 
street until such time as said waters are used for water 
supply purposes of the metropolitan water district as au- 
thorized by law. 

Section 2. Any person violating any regulation made 
under section one shall be punished by a fine of not more than 
twenty dollars, and may be suspended from the right to boat 
or fish as aforesaid for such time as said commission may 
deem reasonable and just. Approved April 13, 1937. 

C/lftX). 198 An Act authorizing the city of boston to pay a certain 

SUM of money to the widow of RICHARD D. GLEASON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. For the purpose of promoting the pubhc 
good, the city of Boston may pay to the widovv^ of Richard 
D. Gleason, who served faithfully and conscientiously as a 
member of the city council of said city, a sum of money equal 
to the balance of the salary to which he would have been 
entitled had he lived and continued to serve until the end of 
the term for which he was elected as city councillor. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
during the current year by vote of the city council of said 
city, subject to the provisions of its charter, but not other- 
wise. Approved April 13, 1937. 

C/iap. 199 An Act relative to certain firearms the serial or 
identification numbers of WHICH have been re- 
moved, defaced, altered, obliterated or mutilated. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

BdVim^' Chapter two hundred and sixty-nine of the General Laws 

new sections is hereby amended by inserting after section eleven, as 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 199. 171 

appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, under the heading iia-iid, 

TAMPERING WITH IDENTIFYING NUMBERS OF CERTAIN FIRE- *'^'^^'^' 

ARMS, the four following new sections: — Section 11 A. For 
the purposes of this section and sections eleven B, eleven C 
and eleven D, the following words shall have the following 
meanings : — 

"Firearm", a firearm as defined in section one hundred Definitions, 
and twenty-one of chapter one hundred and forty, or a rifle 
or shotgun. 

"Serial number", the number stamped or placed upon a 
firearm by the manufacturer in the original process of manu- 
facture. 

"Identification number", the number stamped or placed 
upon a firearm by the commissioner of public safety under 
authority of section eleven D. 

Section IIB. Whoever, while in the commission or at- Penalty for 
tempted commission of a felony, has in his possession or E^earms"'^ ° 
under his control a firearm the serial number or identifica- faced"eto^ 
tion number of which has been removed, defaced, altered, 
obliterated or mutilated in any manner shall be punished 
by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than two and 
one half nor more than five years, or in a jail or house of 
correction for not less than six months nor more than two 
and one half years. 

Section IIC. Whoever, by himself or another, removes, Penalty for 
defaces, alters, obliterates or mutilates in any manner the aeriarnumbera 
serial number or identification number of a firearm, or in 
an}' way participates therein, and whoever receives a fire- 
arm with knowledge that its serial number or identification 
number has been removed, defaced, altered, obliterated or 
mutilated in any manner, shall be punished by a fine of not 
more than two hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not 
less than one month nor more than two and one half years. 
Possession or control of a firearm the serial number or 
identification number of which has been removed, defaced, 
altered, obliterated or mutilated in- any manner shall be 
prima facie evidence that the person having such possession 
or control is guilty of a violation of this section; but such 
prima facie evidence may be rebutted by evidence that 
such person had no knowledge whatever that such number 
had been removed, defaced, altered, obliterated or muti- 
lated, or by evidence that he had no guilty knowledge 
thereof and that prior to his prosecution on the charge of 
a violation of this section he presented such weapon to the 
commissioner of public safety and requested said commis- 
sioner to stamp or place an identification number thereon. 

Section IID. The commissioner of public safety, upon identification 
request of the lawful owner of a firearm having no serial Cy'comr^s"^'* 
number and no identification number, or having a serial sioner. 
number which is not as stamped or placed thereon by its 
manufacturer and having no identification number, or the 
identification number of which is not as stamped or placed 
thereon by the commissioner under authority hereof, as the 



172 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 200, 201. 

case may be, shall stamp or place thereon an identification 
number. The commissioner shall keep a complete record of 
every such firearm, together with the full name, address and 
occupation of each person making such a request. 

Approved April 13, 1937. 

Chap. 200 An Act authorizing the sale of certain land in the 

TOWN OF NORFOLK OWNED BY THE COMMONWEALTH AND 
USED FOR PURPOSES OF THE STATE PRISON COLONY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The commissioner of correction in the name and on be- 
half of the commonwealth may sell and convey a certain 
parcel of land in the town of Norfolk used for the purposes 
of said prison colony and not now needed therefor, said 
parcel being bounded and described as follows : — Begin- 
ning at the northerly corner of said parcel at a stone bound 
on the southerly side of Main street and thence running 
south 40°-29'-20" east about one hundred and forty-seven 
and eighty-two hundredths feet to a stake, thence south 
70°-26'-10" west about eighty-nine and eighty-eight hun- 
dredths feet to a stake adjoining the land of Henry C. and 
Annie M. Walker, thence north 4°-31'-50" west by land of 
aforesaid Henry C. and Annie M. Walker about one hun- 
dred and forty-two and ninety-five hundredths feet to the 
point of beginning. All of the above as shown and described 
as lot C on a plan entitled "Plan of Land in Norfolk, Mass. 
Scale 1 in. 20 ft. April 14, 1936, Kenneth E. Mclntyre, 
Civil Engineer, Walpole, Mass." 

Approved April 13, 1937. 



Chap.201 An Act limiting the hours in the evening during which 

THE POLLS MAY BE OPEN AT STATE AND PARTY PRIMARIES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed^'53l'43 Section forty-three of chapter fifty-three of the General 
etc'., 'amended'. Laws, as amended by section eleven of chapter three hun- 
dred and ten of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
two, is hereby further amended by adding at the end the 
following sentence : — The polls shall in no case be kept 
open after eight o'clock in the evening, — so as to read as 
Srbeo"^en follows: — Sectiou 43. The polls at every primary shall be 
at primaries, opcu duriug such hours, not Icss than nine in cities or two in 
towns, as may be designated by the aldermen in cities, and 
in towns by by-law or vote, or, in default of such by-law or 
vote, by the selectmen. The polls shall in no case be kept 
open after eight o'clock in the evening. 

Approved April 13, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 202, 203. 173 

An Act relative to the pensions payable to certain Qhav 202 

RETIRED PUBLIC SCHOOL JANITORS IN CERTAIN CITIES AND 
TOWNS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Pensions payable by a city or town to public school jani- 
tors, formerly employed by it and retired under the provi- 
sions of section forty-four of chapter thirty-two of the Gen- 
eral Laws prior to the effective date of chapter two hundred 
and twenty-three of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
six, may be increased to the amount authorized by said 
section forty-four, as amended by said chapter two hundred 
and twenty-three. Approved April 13, 1937. 



Chap.20S 



An Act further reducing the rate of interest on 
unpaid local taxes. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section fifty-seven of chapter fifty-nine of S.^iPj^ 
the General Laws, as most recently amended by section one etc!, 'amended'. 
of chapter one hundred and fifty-eight of the acts of nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-five, is hereby further amended by 
striking out, in the sixth line, the word "five" and inserting 
in place thereof the words : — four and one half, — so as to 
read as follows: — Section 57. Taxes shall be payable in Date for pay- 
every city, town and district in which the same are assessed, "'^^*' °^ t^'^^^- 
in two equal instalments, on July first and on October first 
of each year, and bills for the same shall be sent out not 
later than June fourteenth of each year. Interest shall be interest. 
paid at the rate of four and one half per cent per annum on 
all taxes remaining unpaid after November first of the year 
in which they are payable, computed from October first of 
such year, and, by way of penalty, at the additional rate of 
one and one half per cent per annum on so much of the 
taxes assessed to any taxpayer in any one city or town and 
remaining unpaid after December thirty-first of the year in 
which they are payable as is in excess of three hundred dol- 
lars, computed from October first of such year. Bills for 
taxes assessed under section seventy-five shall be sent out 
not later than December twenty-sixth, and such taxes shall 
be payable not later than December thirty-first. If they 
remain unpaid after that date, interest shall be paid at the 
rates above specified, computed from December thirty-first 
until the day of payment, but if, in any case, the tax bill is 
sent out later than December twenty-sixth, said taxes shall 
be payable not later than ten days from the da}^ upon 
which said bill is sent out, and interest shall be computed 
from the fifteenth day following the date when the tax be- 
comes due. In all cases where interest is payable it shall be 
added to and become a part of the tax. 

Section 2. This act shall apply only to taxes assessed ^^^^^^''^ 
in the current year and thereafter. 

Approved April 14, 1937. 



174 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 204, 205. 



Chap. 204: An Act authorizing the town of fairhaven to borrow 

MONEY FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPROVING FAIRHAVEN 
HARBOR. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. For the purpose of meeting the share of the 
town of Fairhaven of the cost of the work of improving Fair- 
haven harbor, by dredging and otherwise, said work to be 
done by said town itself, or by said town in co-operation with 
the federal government and the state department of pubhc 
works, or either of them, the said town of Fairhaven may 
borrow from time to time, within a period of five years from 
the passage of this act, such sums as may be necessary, not 
exceeding, in the aggregate, sixteen thousand dollars, and 
may issue bonds or notes therefor, which shall bear on their 
face the words, Fairhaven Harbor Improvement Loan, Act 
of 1937. Each authorized issue shall constitute a separate 
loan, and such loans shall be paid in not more than five years 
from their dates, but no issue shall be authorized under this 
act unless a sum equal to an amount not less than ten per 
cent of such authorized issue is voted for the same purpose 
to be raised by the tax levy of the year when authorized. 
Indebtedness incurred under this act shall be inside the 
statutory limit, and shall, except as provided herein, be sub- 
ject to chapter forty-four of the General Laws, exclusive of 
the limitation contained in the first paragraph of section 
seven thereof. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 16, 1937. 



Chap.205 An Act relative to the funding of assessments on 

ACCOUNT OF ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE MIDDLE- 
SEX COUNTY TUBERCULOSIS HOSPITAL. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section five of chapter four hundred and 
seventeen of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five 
is hereby amended by striking out, in the fourth and fifth 
lines, the word "thirty-seven" and inserting in place thereof 
the word : — thirty-eight, — so as to read as follows : — 
Section 5. A municipahty of the said hospital district shall 
be entitled to participate in the benefits provided by section 
four only if it files with said county commissioners, not 
later than April fifteenth, nineteen hundred and thirty- 
eight, an election that all or any specified portion of its 
then outstanding assessments on account of the expendi- 
tures authorized by section one of this act shall be funded 
as herein authorized, executed, in case of a city, in accord- 
ance with a vote of its city council approved by the mayor 
thereof, or, in case of a town, in accordance with a vote of 
its town meeting, and any such municipality may specify 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 206, 207. 175 

in such election a lesser period than the maximum term pro- 
vided for the funding loan authorized hereby, for the pay- 
ment by it of assessments on account of such loan. 
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 16, 1937. 

An Act relative to the pensions of foremen, inspectors, Qhav 206 

MECHANICS, DRAW TENDERS, ASSISTANT DRAW TENDERS AND ' 

storekeepers FORMERLY IN THE EMPLOY OF THE CITY OF 
SALEM. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Pensions payable by the city of Salem to 
foremen, inspectors, mechanics, draw tenders, assistant draw 
tenders and storekeepers, formerly in the employ of said 
city and retired under the provisions of section seventy- 
seven of chapter thirty-two of the General Laws, prior to 
the acceptance by said city of the provisions of paragraph 
(c) of said section, may be increased to the amount author- 
ized by said paragraph (c). 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 16, 1937. 

An Act relative to an investigation by the town of Chav 207 

WEST SPRINGFIELD WITH RESPECT TO THE ACQUISITION OF 
additional SOURCES OF WATER SUPPLY FOR SAID TOWN 
AND ITS INHABITANTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The town of West Springfield, in investi- 
gating the matter of acquiring additional sources of water 
supply for said town and its inhabitants, may enter upon 
any lands within said town, within any municipality ad- 
joining said town and within the town of Southwick, for the 
purpose of making surveys, test pits and borings, and may 
take by eminent domain under chapter seventy-nine of the 
General Laws, or otherwise acquire, the right to occupy tem- 
porarily any such lands necessary for the purposes hereof; 
provided, that said town of West Springfield shall not enter 
upon the location of any railroad corporation except at such 
time and in such manner as it may agree upon with such 
corporation, or, in case of failure so to agree, as may be 
approved b}^ the department of pubUc utilities. 

Section 2. Any person injured in his property by any 
taking under this act or any other thing done under author- 
ity thereof may recover damages therefor from said town of 
West Springfield under said chapter seventy-nine. 

Section 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 16, 1937. 



176 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 208. 



C hap. 20S An Act making uniform the law as to extra-territorial 

ARREST ON FRESH PURSUIT AND AUTHORIZING THIS COM- 
MONWEALTH TO CO-OPERATE WITH OTHER STATES IN CON- 
NECTION THEREWITH. 



Emergency 
preamble. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 276, 
new sections 
lOA-lOD, 
added. 



Fresh pur- 
suit, arrest 
by ofBcers. 



Arresting 
officer to 
present per- 
son to court. 



Invalidity of 
part of act, 
effect of. 



Act, how cited. 



Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to 
defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 
of the public safety. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter two hundred and seventy-sLx of the 
General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 
ten, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, the following 
four new sections under the caption extra-territorial 
arrest on FRESH PURSUIT: — Section 10 A. Any member 
of a duly organized state, county or municipal peace unit of 
another state of the United States the laws of which contain 
provisions substantially equivalent to the provisions of this 
and the following section, who enters this commonwealth in 
fresh pursuit, and continues herein in such fresh pursuit, of 
a person in order to arrest him on the ground that he has 
committed a felony in such other state shall have the same 
authority to arrest and hold in custody such person as mem- 
bers of a duly organized state, county or municipal peace 
unit of this commonwealth have to arrest and hold in custody 
a person on the ground that he has committed a felony in this 
commonwealth. This section shall not be construed so as to 
make unlawful any arrest in this commonwealth which would 
otherwise be lawful. 

Section lOB. If an arrest is made in this commonwealth 
by an officer of another state in accordance with the pro- 
visions of the preceding section he shall without unnecessary 
delay take the person arrested before a justice, associate 
justice or special justice of a court of record in the county in 
which the arrest was made, who shall conduct a hearing for 
the purpose of determining the lawfulness of the arrest. If 
such justice, associate justice or special justice determines 
that the arrest was lawful he shall commit the person arrested 
to await for a reasonable time the is.suance of a rendition 
warrant by the governor of the state from which he fled. If 
such justice, associate justice or special justice determines 
that the arrest was unlawful he shall discharge the person 
arrested. 

Section IOC. If any part of sections ten A and ten B is 
for any reason declared void, it is declared to be the intent 
of said sections that such invalidity shall not affect the 
validity of the remaining portions of said sections. 

Section lOD. Sections ten A to ten C, inclusive, may be 
cited as the uniform extra-territorial arrest on fresh pursuit 
law, and shall be so interpreted and construed as to effectu- 
ate their general purpose to make uniform the law of the 
states which enact similar laws. 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 209, 210. 177 

Section 2. As soon as practicable after this act has the Copies of act 
force of law, the state secretary shall certify a copy thereof othw states" 
to the executive department of each of the states of the 
United States. Approved April 16, 1937. 



Chap.209 



An Act relative to the effect of tax sales on cove- 
nants AND agreements RUNNING WITH THE LAND. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

Section forty-five of chapter sixty of the General Laws, o. l. (Ter. 
as amended by section four of chapter three hundred and S^.^'amendtd'. 
twenty-five of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
three, is hereby further amended by inserting after the word 
"thereto" in the eighteenth line the following: — , and all 
covenants and agreements running with said premises either 
at law or in equity, — so as to read as follows: — Section 1^.5. Collector's 
The collector shall execute and deliver to the purchaser a tents' and 
deed of the land, stating the cause of sale, the price for which ^^^'^^' 
the land was sold, the name of the person on whom the de- 
mand for the tax was made, the places where the notices were 
posted, the name of the newspaper in which the advertise- 
ment of the sale was published, and the residence of the 
grantee, and shall contain a warranty that the sale has in 
all particulars been conducted according to law. The deed 
shall convey the land to the purchaser, subject to the right 
of redemption. The title thus conveyed shall, until redemp- 
tion or until the right of redemption is foreclosed as herein- 
after provided, be held as security for the repayment of the 
purchase price, with all intervening costs, terms imposed for 
redemption and charges, with interest thereon, and the prem- 
ises conveyed shall also be subject to and have the benefit 
of all easements and restrictions lawfully existing in, upon or 
over said land or appurtenant thereto, and all covenants and 
agreements running with said premises either at law or in 
equity, when so taken. Such deed shall not be valid unless 
recorded within sixty days after the sale. If so recorded it 
shall be prima facie evidence of all facts essential to the 
validity of the title thereby conveyed, whether the deed was 
executed on or before as well as since July first, nineteen 
hundred and fifteen. No sale hereafter made shall give to 
the purchaser any right to possession of the land until the 
expiration of two years after the date of the sale. 

Approved April 16, 1937. 



Chap.2l0 



An Act making uniform the law securing the attend- 
ance of w^itnesses from without a state in criminal 
proceedings. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter two hundred and thirty-three of the o. l. (Ter. 
General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section n^^ sections 
thirteen, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, the fol- i3a-i3D, 

added. 



178 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 210. 



Certificate 
of court 
requiring 
witness to 
attend court 
without the 
state. 



Hearing. 



Witness may 
be taken into 
custody. 



Fees of 
witness. 



lowing four new sections: — Section ISA. If a certificate 
wherein a judge of a court of record in any state which by its 
laws has made provision for commanding persons within its 
borders to attend and testify in criminal actions, prosecutions 
and other criminal proceedings pending, or grand \\ivy inves- 
tigations and other proceedings commenced or about to com- 
mence, in this commonwealth certifies under the seal of such 
court that there is a criminal proceeding pending in such 
court, or that a grand jury investigation or proceeding has 
commenced or is about to commence within the jurisdiction 
of such court, that a person being within this commonwealth 
is a material witness in such proceeding or investigation and 
that his presence will be required for a specified number of 
days, is presented to a justice of the superior court sitting in 
and for the county, or the justice or a special justice of the 
district court in the judicial district, in which such person is, 
such justice or special justice shall make an order directing 
such person to appear at a time and place certain for a hear- 
ing upon the question of compelling his attendance at such 
proceeding or investigation. 

If at the hearing the justice or special justice determines 
that the witness is material and necessary, that it will not 
cause undue hardship to the witness to be compelled to attend 
and testify in the proceeding or investigation in such other 
state, and that the laws of such other state and of any other 
state through which the witness may be required to pass by 
the ordinary traveled route will give to him protection from 
arrest and the service of process, civil or criminal, as pro- 
vided in section thirteen C, he shall issue a summons, which 
term shall include a subpoena, order or other notice requiring 
the appearance of a witness in any state where such process 
is used in lieu of a summons, with a copy of such certificate 
attached, directing the witness to attend and testify in the 
coiu-t where the proceeding is pending, or before the grand 
jury before which the investigation or proceeding has com- 
menced or is about to commence, at a time and place specified 
in the summons. At any such hearing such certificate shall 
be prima facie evidence of all the facts stated therein. 

If in any such certificate it is recommended that the witness 
be taken into immediate custody and delivered to an officer 
of the requesting state to assure his attendance at such a 
proceeding or investigation therein, such justice or special 
justice may, in lieu of notification of the hearing, direct that 
such witness be forthwith brought before him for said hearing 
and the justice or special justice at the hearing, if satisfied 
of the desirability of such custody and delivery, for which 
determination such certificate shall be prima facie evidence 
of such desirability, may, in lieu of issuing a summons, order 
that said witness be taken into custody and delivered to an 
officer of the requesting state. 

If a witness who is summoned as hereinbefore provided, 
after being paid or tendered by some properly authorized 
person the sum of ten cents a mile for each mile by the 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 210. 179 

ordinary traveled route to and from the place where the 
proceeding is pending, or the grand jury investigation or 
proceeding has commenced or is about to commence, and five 
dollars for each day that he is required to travel and attend 
as a witness, fails without good cause to attend and testify 
as directed in the summons, he shall be punished in the man- 
ner provided for the punishment of a witness who disobeys a 
summons issued from a court of record of this commonwealth. 

Section 13B. If a person in any state which by its laws Certificate 
has made provision for commanding persons within its tendance of" 
borders to attend and testify in criminal proceedings pend- JJ^p^^^fij^j^t 
ing, or grand jury investigations and proceedings com- the state. 
menced or about to commence, in this commonwealth is a 
material witness in a criminal proceeding pending in a court 
of record of this commonwealth, or in a grand jury investi- 
gation or proceeding which has commenced or is about to 
commence within the jurisdiction of such a court of record, a 
justice or special justice of such court may issue a certificate 
under the seal of the court, stating such facts and specifying 
the number of days the witness will be required, which certifi- 
cate may be presented in accordance with the laws of such 
other state to a magistrate or officer thereof for appropriate 
action to secure the attendance of such witness in this com- 
monwealth. Such certificate may include a recommendation 
that the witness be taken into immediate custody and de- 
livered to an officer of this commonwealth to assure his 
attendance in this commonwealth. 

If the witness is summoned to attend and testify in this witness 
commonwealth he shall be tendered the sum of ten cents a *^^^' 
mile for each mile by the ordinary traveled route to and from 
the place where the criminal proceeding is pending, or the 
grand jury investigation or proceeding has commenced or is 
about to commence, and five dollars for each day that he is 
required to travel and attend as a witness. A witness who 
has appeared in accordance with the provisions of the sum- 
mons shall not be required to remain within this common- 
wealth a longer period of time than the period mentioned in 
the certificate, unless otherwise ordered by the court having 
jurisdiction of the criminal proceeding or grand jury investi- 
gation or proceeding; and any court order that such witness 
remain after the time for which he was summoned shall be 
conditioned upon the immediate tender to him of five dollars 
for each day dm^ing which his further attendance as a witness 
is ordered. If such a witness, after coming into this com- 
monwealth, fails without good cause to attend and testify 
as directed in the summons, he shall be punished in the man- 
ner provided for the punishment of a witness who disobeys 
a summons issued from a court of record of this common- 
wealth. 

Section 13C. If a person comes into this commonwealth Exemption 
in obedience to a summons or order directing him to attend etc., of wit- 
and testify in a criminal proceeding or grand jury investiga- "^thin'thl 
tion or proceeding in this commonwealth he shall not, while state. 



180 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 211. 



Sections, 
how cited. 



Copies of act 
to be sent to 
other states. 



in this commonwealth pursuant to such summons or order, 
be subject to arrest or the service of process, civil or criminal, 
in connection with matters which arose before his entrance 
into this commonwealth under the summons or order. 

If a person passes through this commonwealth while going 
to another state in obedience to a summons or order to attend 
and testify in a criminal proceeding or grand jury investiga- 
tion or proceeding in that state, or while returning therefrom, 
he shall not, while so passing through this commonwealth, be 
subject to arrest or the service of process, civil or criminal, in 
connection with matters which arose before his entrance into 
this commonwealth under the summons or order. 

Nothing in this section or either of the two preceding 
sections shall preclude action under sections twelve and 
thirteen or under similar reciprocal provisions of law in other 
states. 

Section 13D. Sections thirteen A to thirteen C, inclusive, 
may be cited as the uniform law to secure the attendance of 
witnesses from without a state in criminal proceedings, and 
shall be so interpreted and construed as to effectuate their 
general purpose to make uniform the law of the states which 
enact similar laws. 

Section 2. As soon as practicable after this act has the 
force of law, the state secretary shall certify a copy thereof to 
the executive department of each of the states of the United 
States. Approved April 16, 1937. 



Chap. 211 An Act relative to non-partisan municipal elections 

IN THE CITY OF SOMERVILLE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The first paragraph of section three of chap- 
ter two hundred and eighty-one of the acts of nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-two, as amended by chapter three hundred 
and eleven of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is 
hereby further amended by striking out, in the tenth line, 
the word "sixth" and inserting in place thereof the word: 
— seventh, — so as to read as follows: — Any person who 
is qualified to vote at any regular or special election for a 
candidate for any elective municipal office in said city, and 
who is a candidate for nomination thereto, shall be entitled 
to have his name as such candidate printed on the official 
ballot to be used at a preliminary election for nomination 
therefor; provided, that if he is a candidate to be voted for 
in a single ward he is a registered voter in the ward wherein 
he is a candidate; and provided, further, that on or before 
five o'clock in the afternoon of the seventh Tuesday pre- 
ceding such regular or special municipal election there shall 
be submitted to the board of election commissioners, here- 
inafter called the board, a nomination paper prepared and 
issued by the board, wherein the candidate sets forth in 
writing his candidacy, and wherein the petition is signed by 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 211. 181 

voters of the city qualified to vote for a candidate for said 
office to the number of at least two hundred and fifty for 
the office of mayor, one hundred and fifty for the office of 
alderman at large and one hundred for the office of ward 
alderman and of member of the school committee, whose 
signatures are certified as hereinafter provided. 

Section 2. Section four of said chapter two hundred 
and eighty-one is hereby amended by striking out, in the 
ninth fine, the word "fifth" and inserting in place thereof 
the word: — sixth, — so as to read as follows: — Section 4. 
After any such nomination paper has been submitted to 
the board, it shall certify thereon the number of signatures 
which are the names of registered voters in said city quali- 
fied to sign the same. All such papers found not to contain 
a number of names so certified equivalent to the number 
required to make a nomination shall be invaUd, and such 
papers shall be preserved by the board for one year. The 
board shall complete their certification on or before five 
o'clock in the afternoon of the sixth Tuesday preceding such 
regular or special municipal election, and the board, or some 
member thereof, shall file in their office on or before five 
o'clock in the afternoon of the next day all papers not found 
to be invalid as aforesaid. 

Section 3. The first paragraph of section five of said 
chapter two hundred and eighty-one, as amended by chapter 
sixty-two of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, 
is hereby further amended by striking out, in the ninth 
line, the words "seventy-two hours" and inserting in place 
thereof the words : — seven days, — and by inserting after 
the word "of" in the eleventh line the words: — objections 
to, — so as to read as follows: — On the first day, other 
than a legal holiday, following the expiration of the time 
for filing the above described nomination papers, the board 
shall post in a conspicuous place in their office the names 
and residences of the candidates for nomination who have 
duly qualified as such, as they are to appear on the official 
ballots to be used at the preliminary election, except as to 
the order of the names, which shall be drawn by lot by the 
chairman of the board within seven days succeeding five 
o'clock in the afternoon of the last day fixed for the filing 
of objections to nomination papers, and the board shall 
cause the ballots, which shall contain said names in their 
order as so drawn, and no others, with a designation of resi- 
dence, and of the office and term of office, to be printed, and 
the ballots so printed shall be official and no others shall 
be used at the prehminary election. At any drawing for 
position on the ballot, each candidate shall have an oppor- 
tunity to be present in person or by one representative. 
There shall be left at the end of the fist of candidates for 
nomination for each office blank spaces equal in number to 
the number of persons to be nominated therefor, in which 
spaces the voter may insert the name of any person not 
printed on the ballot for whom he desires to vote for nomi- 



182 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 212. 



nation for such office, but the name of such person shall 
not be printed on the official ballot to be voted for at any- 
regular or special municipal election in said city unless such 
person is qualified to be nominated under the provisions of 
section three. There shall be printed on such ballots such 
directions as will aid the voter, as, for example: ''vote for 
one", "vote for two", and the Hke, and the ballots shall be 
headed substantially as follows : — 

Approved April 16, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 53, § 11, 
etc., amended. 



Ballot law 
commission, 
transmission 
to, of objec- 
tions to nom- 
ination papers. 



Chap.212 An Act relative to the transmission to the state 

BALLOT LAW COMMISSION OF OBJECTIONS TO NOMINATIONS 
FOR STATE OFFICES AND TO SENDING NOTICES OF SUCH 
OBJECTIONS TO INTERESTED PARTIES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter fifty-three of the General Laws is 
hereby amended by striking out section eleven, as most 
recently amended by section three of chapter seventy-seven 
of the acts of the current year, and inserting in place thereof 
the following: — Section 11. When certificates of nomina- 
tion and nomination papers have been filed, and are in 
apparent conformity with law, they shall be valid unless 
written objections thereto are made. Such objections shall 
be filed as to state offices with the state secretary, and as 
to city or town offices with the city or town clerk, and in 
the case of state offices within the seventy-two week day 
hours, in the case of city offices, except where city charters 
provide otherwise, within the forty-eight week day hours, 
and in the case of town offices within the twenty-four 
week day hours, succeeding five o'clock in the afternoon of 
the last day fixed for filing the certificate of nomination or 
nomination papers to which objections are made. Objec- 
tions so filed with the state secretary shall forthwith be 
transmitted bj^ him to the state ballot law commission. 
This section shall be in force in any city or town which 
accepts section one hundred and three A of chapter fifty- 
four, any special provision of law to the contrary notwith- 
standing. 

Section 2. Said chapter fifty-three is hereby amended 
by striking out section twelve, as appearing in the Ter- 
centenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the fol- 
lowing: — Section 12. Objections to nominations for state 
offices, and all other questions relating thereto, shall be 
considered by the state ballot law commission; to nomina- 
tions for city offices, except in Boston, by the board of 
registrars, the citj'' clerk and the city solicitor; and to nomi- 
nations for town offices, by the board of registrars. 

Boards in cities and towns may, at hearings on such ob- 
jections and questions, summon witnesses, administer oaths 
and require the production of books and papers. Such wit- 
nesses shall be summoned in the same manner, be paid the 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed ), 53, § 12, 
amended. 



Objections, 
etc., by whom 
considered. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 213. 183 

same fees, and be subject to the same penalties for default, 
as witnesses in civil cases before the courts. A summons 
may be signed, and an oath may be administered b}' any 
member of such board, and the decision of the board shall 
be final. 

When such objection has been filed, and, in the case of 
an objection to nomination for a state office, transmitted 
to the state ballot law commission, notice thereof shall be 
forthwith mailed by said commission, or by the city or town 
clerk, as the case ma}^ be, to the candidates affected thereby, 
addressed to their residences as given in the certificates of 
nomination or nomination papers, and to any party com- 
mittee interested in the nomination to which objection is 
made. 

If more candidates bearing the same designation are nomi- 
nated for an office, otherwise than by nomination papers, 
than are to be elected thereto, such boards shall determine 
the candidates, if any, entitled to such designation. 

Approved April 16, 1937. 



Chap.2V6 



An Act extending the advantages of free corre- 
spondence COURSES to certain BLIND PERSONS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section seven of chapter sixty-nine of the General Laws, g. l. (Ter. 
as amended by chapter two hundred and seventy-five of the ^ttl'amendld. 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, is hereby further 
amended by inserting after the word "commonwealth" in 
the fifteenth line the following: — and to blind persons who 
have resided in the commonwealth at least one year imme- 
diately prior to the taking of such courses, — so as to read 
as follows : — Section 7. The department may co-operate university 
with existing institutions of learning in the establishment corrrspondem^e 
and conduct of university extension and correspondence courses. 
courses; may supervise the administration of all such courses 
supported in whole or in part by the commonwealth; and 
also, where deemed advisable, may establish and conduct 
such courses for the benefit of residents of the common- 
wealth and, provided that the fees charged exceed the cost 
of service, may enroll in correspondence courses such non- 
residents as are approved by the department. The depart- 
ment may offer correspondence courses, free of charge, to 
inmates of county and state hospitals and sanatoria, county 
and state correctional institutions, the state infirmary, and 
federal hospitals situated within the commonwealth and to 
blind persons who have resided in the commonwealth at 
least one year immediatel}' prior to the taking of such courses. 
It may, in accordance with rules and regulations established 
by it, grant to students satisfactorily completing such courses 
suitable certificates. Approved April 16, 1937. 



184 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 214, 215. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 101, § 15, 
amended. 



Chav.214: An Act authorizing certain licensed milk dealers to 

SELL MILK, CREAM AND CERTAIN MILK PRODUCTS WITHOUT 
BEING LICENSED AS HAWKERS AND PEDLERS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section fifteen of chapter one hundred and one of the 
General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is 
hereby amended by inserting at the end the following : — 
, nor to persons licensed under section forty of chapter ninety- 
four with respect to the sale by them of milk, skimmed milk, 
cream, butter, cheese or other milk products, except frozen 
desserts as defined in section sixty-five G of said chapter 
ninety-four, — so as to read as follows: — Section 15. The 
provisions of this chapter relating to hawkers and pedlers 
shall not apply to wholesalers or jobbers selling to dealers 
only, nor to commercial agents or other persons selling by 
sample, lists, catalogues or otherwise for future delivery, nor 
to any person who peddles only fish obtained by his own 
labor or that of his family, fruits, vegetables or other farm 
products raised or produced by himself or his family, nor to 
persons selling articles for charitable purposes under section 
thirty-three, nor to persons licensed under section forty of 
chapter ninety-four with respect to the sale by them of milk, 
skimmed milk, cream, butter, cheese or other milk products, 
except frozen desserts as defined in section sixty-five G of 
said chapter ninety-four. Ajp-proved April 16, 1937. 



Limit of 
application 
of chapter. 



Chap.215 An Act providing for the appointment of the city 

SOLICITOR OF THE CITY OF HAVERHILL BY THE MAYOR OF 
SAID CITY WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE MUNICIPAL 
COUNCIL THEREOF. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The mayor of the city of Haverhill shall, 
annually in the month of January, without the approval of 
the municipal council, appoint a city solicitor, who shall hold 
his office for the term of one year and until the qualification 
of his successor; provided, that he may be removed at any 
time by the mayor. 

Section 2. So much of chapter sixty-one of the acts of 
eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, and acts in amendment 
thereof and in addition thereto, as is inconsistent with this 
act is hereby repealed. 

Section 3. This act shall be submitted to the registered 
voters of said city at the regular municipal election in the 
current year in the form of the following question which 
shall be placed upon the official ballot to be used at said 
election: — "Shall an Act passed by the General Court in 
the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, entitled 'An 
Act providing for the appointment of the city solicitor of the 
city of Haverhill by the mayor of said city without the ap- 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 216. 185 

proval of the municipal council thereof, be accepted?" If 
a majority of the voters voting thereon vote in the afhrma- 
tive in answer to said question, this act shall thereupon take 
full effect, but not otherwise. Approved April 16, 1937. 



An Act relative to the purchase of supplies by the 
purchasing department of the city of lawrence. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section fifty-one of Part II of chapter six 
hundred and twenty-one of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
eleven is hereby amended by striking out, in the sixth Hne, 
the word "twenty-five" and inserting in place thereof the 
words: — one hundred, — and by striking out, in the eighth 
and ninth lines, the word "twenty-five" and inserting in 
place thereof the words: — two hundred and fifty, — so as 
to read as follows : — Section 51 . The purchasing depart- 
ment shall consist of a purchasing agent and such assistants 
as the city council may from time to time deem necessary. 
The purchasing agent shall purchase all supphes for the city, 
except in case of an emergency; but all purchases or con- 
tracts for purchase exceeding one hundred dollars in amount 
shall be based upon competition, and no purchases or con- 
tracts for purchase shall be made involving the expenditure 
of more than two hundred and fifty dollars for any one class 
of supplies in any month, except by competition. The pur- 
chasing agent shall purchase all supplies for the school de- 
partment in accordance with instructions given to him by 
the school committee. A record shall be kept by this de- 
partment of the prices paid, and to whom paid, for all sup- 
plies, which shall be open to the inspection of any citizen. 
The salaries in this department shall be fixed by the city 
council. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted for acceptance 
to the registered voters of the city of Lawrence at the regular 
municipal election in the current year in the form of the 
following question which shall be placed upon the official 
ballot to be used at said election: "Shall an act of the gen- 
eral court passed in the current year, entitled ' An Act rela- 
tive to the purchase of supphes by the purchasing depart- 
ment of the city of Lawrence', which provides for increasing 
the amount that may be spent for purchases and contracts 
without competition, be accepted?" If a majority of the 
voters voting thereon vote in the affirmative in answer to 
said question this act shall thereupon take effect, but not 
otherwise. Approved April 16, 1937. 



Chap.216 



186 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 217, 218. 



Chap. 217 An Act changing the name of the edison electric illu- 
minating COMPANY OF BOSTON TO BOSTON EDISON COM- 
PANY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The name of The Edison Electric Illuminat- 
ing Company of Boston, a corporation incorporated under 
general law on January eighth, eighteen hundred and eighty- 
six, is hereby changed to Boston Edison Company. 

Section 2. The bonds of said corporation, entitled "First 
Mortgage Bonds, Series A, Sinking Fund S^s due 1965", 
which are issued after the time this act takes effect in ex- 
change for or upon transfer of outstanding bonds in accord- 
ance with its Indenture of Trust and First Mortgage with 
Old Colony Trust Company, Trustee, dated as of July first, 
nineteen hundred and thirty-five, shall not be invalid because 
of being issued under its former name and seal. 

Approved April 16, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.). 81, § 5, 
amended. 



Laying out, 
etc., of state 
highways. 



C/?ap. 218 An Act providing additional procedure for laying out 

AND constructing STATE HIGH"WAYS BY THE DEPARTMENT 
OF PUBLIC WORKS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter eighty-one of the General Laws is 
hereby amended by striking out section five, as appearing in 
the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the 
following: — Section 5. If the department determines, after 
public notice and a hearing of all parties interested, that 
public necessity and convenience require that a way should 
be laid out or be taken charge of by the commonwealth, it 
shall file in the office of the county commissioners for the 
county where the way is situated a certified copy of a plan 
thereof and a certified copy of a certificate that it has laid 
out and taken charge of said way in accordance with said 
plan, and shall file in the office of the clerk of each town 
where the way is situated a copy of the plan showing the 
location of the portion l>ing therein and a copy of the certifi- 
cate that it has laid out and taken charge of said highway 
in accordance with said plan, and thereafter said way shall 
be a state highway, and shall be constructed by the depart- 
ment at the expense of the commonwealth; but any state 
highway so laid out and constructed may be abandoned or 
discontinued as provided in section twelve. The, width of a 
state highway shall be such as the department deems neces- 
sary. If the width of a state highway be less than that of 
the way previously existing, that portion of the way which 
lies between the boundary or location lines of the state high- 
way and the boundary lines of the way previously existing 
shall remain a public way unless the department determines 
that it should be abandoned, or the county commissioners 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 219. 187 

of the count}!', or the city or town in which the way is situ- 
ated, having jurisdiction of the way, abandon at any time 
said portion in the manner provided by law for the altera- 
tion, relocation or discontinuance of public ways. 

Section 2. Section eight of said chapter eighty-one, as q. l. (Ter. 
amended by chapter three hundred and seventy-one of the ftc.J amended, 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby further 
amended by striking out in the twentj^-third line the words 
", on petition as aforesaid,", — so as to read as follows: — 
Section 8. The department, when about to construct a state Construction 
highway, shall advertise in two or more newspapers pub- ^^ ^°'""^- 
lished in each county in which the highway lies, and in 
three or more daily newspapers published in Boston, for 
sealed proposals for the construction of such highway, stating 
the time and place for opening such proposals, and reserving 
the right to reject any and all proposals. If a proposal is 
satisfactory, the department, with the approval of the gov- 
ernor and council, shall make a contract in writing on be- 
half of the commonwealth for such construction. After the 
proposals have been accepted or rejected they shall be kept 
by the department, and shall be open to public inspection 
for three years, and may then be destroyed by the depart- 
ment. The department may, in the same manner and under 
the same conditions, contract for the grading of a state high- 
way or for furnishing labor, materials or any other element 
in its construction. The construction of all state highways 
shall be under the supervision and subject to the approval 
of the department and in accordance with plans and speci- 
fications furnished by it, shall be fairly apportioned by the 
department among the different counties, and not more 
than ten miles of state highway shall be constructed in any 
one county in any one year, without the previous written 
approval of the governor and council. 

Approved April 16, 1937. 



An Act requieing certain county officers to give (7/iap.219 

BOND ANNUALLY AND MAKING CERTAIN OTHER CHANGES 
IN LAWS RELATING TO SUCH OFFICERS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter thirty-six of the General Laws is g. l. (Ter. 
hereby amended by striking out section three, as appearing ^jf^g^^d^^j^ ^' 
in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof 
the following: — Sections. Each register of deeds shall J^^J^^^^^f^^ 
be sworn before the county commissioners, or in Suffolk bond. 
county before the city council of Boston, and prior to being 
sworn, and thereafter, at intervals of not more than one year, 
so long as he continues to hold such office, shall give bond to 
the county, conditioned to perform faithfully his own duties 
and to be responsible for the official acts of his assistant 
registers, with such sureties and in such sum as the commis- 
sioners or said council, respectively, shall approve. 



188 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 219. 

Ed^'37l'2 Section 2. Chapter thirty-seven of the General Laws is 

amended. ' hereby amended by striking out section two, as so appearing, 
Sheriff to give and inserting in place thereof the following : — Section 2. A 
°" ■ sheriff, before performing any official act, shall be sworn and 

prior to being sworn, and thereafter, at intervals of not more 
than one year, so long as he continues to hold such office, 
shall give to the state treasurer a bond in such amount and 
with such sureties as the superior court shall order and ap- 
prove, conditioned to perform faithfully his own duties and 
to be responsible for the official acts of his deputies. A de- 
fault, malfeasance or misfeasance in office of a deputy sheriff 
or jailer after the death, removal or resignation of the sheriff 
by whom he was appointed, shall be a breach of the bond 
of such sheriff. 
G. L. (Ter. SECTION 3. Chapter two hundred and eighteen of the 

amended.' ' General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 
sixteen, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof 
Clerks of dis- the following: — Section 16. The clerk of a district court, 
to^^ve^b^ond. before entering upon the performance of his official duties, 
and thereafter, at intervals of not more than one year, so long 
as he continues to hold such office, shall give to the county 
treasurer a bond, with a surety company authorized to trans- 
act business in the commonwealth, as surety, in a sum ap- 
proved by the justice of such court, but in no event less than 
one thousand dollars, conditioned to account for and pay 
over as and when required by law all fines, forfeitures, fees 
and other money received by him in the exercise of his office. 
Failure to give such bond shall be sufficient cause for his 
removal. 
G. L. (Ter SECTION 4. Chapter two hundred and twenty-one of the 

amended.' ' General Laws is hereby amended b}^ striking out section 
twelve, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the 
aSan't'^of f ollowiug : — Section 12. The clerk and assistant clerk of the 
the supreme suprcmc judicial court for the commonwealth shall each, 
bond.*° "^^^ before entering upon the performance of his duties, and there- 
after, at intervals of not more than one year, so long as he 
continues to hold such office, give bond in the sum of two 
thousand dollars for the faithful performance of his official 
duties, payable to the state treasurer, with sufficient surety 
or sureties approved by the court. Each clerk, assistant 
clerk, and each temporary assistant clerk appointed under 
section nine, shall give bond in like manner to the county 
treasurer, in a sum not less than five hundred nor more than 
two thousand dollars, to be determined by the court; and 
each temporary clerk appointed under section eight shall 
give bond in like manner, if required by the court. 
G. L. (Ter. SECTION 5. Chapter two hundred and seventy-six of the 

aminde^d.' ^^' General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 
eighty-four, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof 
Probation the following: — Section 84. Each probation officer shall, 
givrbond. before performing any official duty, and thereafter, at inter- 
vals of not more than one year, so long as he continues to 
hold such office, give bond to the county treasurer, in a sum 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 220. 189 

to be fixed and with sufficient sureties to be approved by a 
justice of the superior court, conditioned to account for and 
pay, as and when required by law, all moneys or property 
received by him in the exercise of his official duty. Failure 
to so give bond shall be sufficient cause for removal from 
office. 

Section 6. Chapter one hundred and twenty-six of the r;,^|J^'"-. jg 
General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section ameiided." 
sixteen, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the 
ioWowing: — Section 16. The sheriff shall have custody and j?","^^"^ 
control of the jails in his county, and, except in Suffolk 
county, of the houses of correction therein, and of all prison- 
ers committed thereto, and shall keep the same himself or 
by his deputy as jailer, master or keeper, and shall be re- 
sponsible for them. The jailer, master or keeper shall appoint 
subordinate assistants, employees and officers, and shall be 
responsible for them. In Suffolk county the penal institu- 
tions commissioner shall appoint a master of the house of 
correction, who shall hold office during the pleasure of said 
commissioner. A sheriff, who acts as jailer, master or keeper, 
or a jailer, master or keeper appointed by the sheriff, before 
entering upon the performance of his duties as such, and 
thereafter, at intervals of not more than one year, so long as 
he continues so to act or to hold such office, as the case may 
be, shall give to the state treasurer a bond, with such sureties 
as the superior court shall order and approve, conditioned 
faithfully to perform his duties. 

Approved April 16, 1937. 



An Act relative to the retirement of certain call QJidj) 220 

MEMBERS OF FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN CERTAIN TOWNS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter thirty-two of the General Laws is hereby amended g^^'- ^J^^^^ 
by inserting after section eighty-five C, inserted by section section 85D, 
nine of chapter two hundred and eighty-five of the acts of '"^'^^'^' 
nineteen hundred and thirty-four, the following new sec- 
tion: — Section 85D. Upon the acceptance of this section Pensions for 
by a town at its annual town meeting by a two thirds vote, *''^" firemen, 
the provisions of section eighty-five relative to the retire- 
ment of permanent members of the fire department for in- 
capacity shall apply to call members of its fire department, 
except that the pension of any call member retired here- 
under shall be the same as that of a permanent member of 
the first grade of the fire department, or, if there be no 
grades, the same as that of a permanent member of the fire 
department performing duties like those which he performed. 

Approved April 16, 1937. 



190 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 221, 222, 223. 



Chap.221 An Act making the provisions of the one day's rest 
IN seven law, so called, applicable to certain res- 
taurants. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section forty-nine of chapter one hundred and forty-nine 
of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edi- 
tion, is hereby amended by striking out, in the third hne, 
the word "restaurants,", — so as to read as follows: — Sec- 
tion 49- The two preceding sections shall not apply to 
establishments used for the manufacture or distribution of 
gas, electricity, milk or water, hotels, drug stores, livery 
stables or garages, nor to the transportation, sale or delivery 
of food. Approved April 16, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 149, I 49, 
amended. 



Limitation of 
provisions of 
one day's rest 
in seven law. 



Chap. 222 An Act authorizing the city of boston to refund to 

DOOLEY BROS., INC., THE AMOUNT OF ITS DEPOSIT ON ITS 
proposal for a CERTAIN CONTRACT TO REMOVE ASHES 
AND GARBAGE, 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1, The city of Boston may refund to Dooley 
Bros., Inc. the sum of eight thousand dollars, being the 
amount deposited by it with said city on its proposal for a 
certain contract for the removal of ashes and garbage. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its accept- 
ance by vote of the city council of said city, subject to the 
provisions of its charter, but not otherwise. 

Approved April 20, 1937. 



C hap. 22S An Act giving preference to blind persons in the 
employment of typists in certain cases by state 
departments, boards and commissions. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section three of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws, 
as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended 
by inserting after clause (/) the following new clause: — 

(g) Preference to blind persons in the employment, by 
an}^ state department, board or commission in the office or 
offices of which dictating machines are used, of typists to 
take dictation solely from such machines. 

Approved April 20, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 31, § 3, 
amended. 

Preference to 
bUnd persons 
in employ- 
ment. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 224. 191 



An Act relative to the filling of vacancies in the Chap. 224: 

CITY COUNCIL IN CITIES HAVING A PLAN B FORM OF 
CHARTER. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend p^^l%i^^^ 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 
of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section twenty-six of chapter forty-three of Ed^il^'iae, 
the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edi- amentied. 
tion, is hereby amended by striking out the first paragraph 
and inserting in place thereof the following: — Except ascertain 
otherwise provided in sections fifty A and fifty-nine A, if a how filled. 
vacancy occurs in the office of the mayor or city council 
before the last six months of the term of office, the city 
council shall order an election for a mayor or a member of 
the council to serve for the unexpired term; and if such 
vacancy occurs in the office of mayor in the last six months 
of the term, the president of the city council shall succeed 
to said office for the unexpired term. If the mayor is ab- 
sent or unable from any cause temporarily to perform his 
duties they shall be performed by the president of the city 
council. The person upon whom such duties shall devolve 
shall be called "acting mayor", and he shall possess the 
powers of mayor only in matters not admitting of delay, but 
shall have no power to make permanent appointments. 

Section 2. Section fifty-six of said chapter forty-three, g. l. (Ter. 
as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in the ameAded.^ ^^' 
second line, the word "seven" and inserting in place thereof 
the word : — eight, — so as to read as follows : — Section 56. Plan b. 
The method of city government provided for in the eight 
following sections shall be known as Plan B. 

Section 3. Said chapter forty-three is hereby further g l. (jer. 
amended by inserting after section fifty-nine, as so appear- section sgT^ 
ing, the following new section: — Section 59 A. If a vacancy added, 
occurs at any time in the office of a councillor elected by and ™"n^oi°g jn 
from the qualified voters of the city, such vacancy shall be city council, 
filled forthwith by a majority vote of all the remaining 
members of the city council for the remainder of the unex- 
pired term. 

If a vacancy occurs, before the last six months of the 
term, in the office of a councillor elected by and from the 
voters of a ward, the city council shall forthwith order an 
election to fill such vacancy for the remainder of the un- 
expired term. Approved April 26, 1937. 



192 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 225, 226, 227. 



Chap. 225 An Act authorizing and directing the metropolitan 

DISTRICT COMMISSION TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMPLETION 
OF THE DIVERSION OF THE WATERS OF EAST WAUSHACUM 
POND IN THE TOWN OF STERLING. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The metropolitan district commission is 
hereby authorized and directed to provide for the comple- 
tion of the diversion of the waters of East Waushacum pond 
in the town of Sterling in the manner provided in section 
two of chapter three hundred and forty-six of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-four. For the purpose of com- 
pleting the said construction, said commission may expend, 
in addition to the amount provided for in said section two, 
such sums not exceeding, in the aggregate, twenty-five hun- 
dred dollars, as may hereafter be appropriated therefor. 
The sums so expended shall be added to the annual assess- 
ments upon the cities and towns comprising the metropoli- 
tan water district, and apportioned and collected as pro- 
vided by section twenty-six of chapter ninety-two of the 
General Laws. Federal money granted for the purpose of 
completing said diversion may be used in conjunction with 
such funds. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 26, 1937. 

Chap. 22Q An Act relative to information as to citizenship re- 
quired IN THE ANNUAL LISTING OF RESIDENTS OF BOSTON 
FOR VOTING PURPOSES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

In the annual hsting of residents of the city of Boston for 
voting purposes it shall be sufficient if information is pro- 
cured and set forth in such lists as to whether or not the 
persons listed are citizens of the United States without 
procuring and setting forth information relative to their 
nationality. Approved April 26, 1937. 

Chap.227 An Act fixing the time within which decisions shall 

BE RENDERED BY THE STATE BALLOT LAW COMMISSION. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed.)!' 6,^r32. Section thirty-two of chapter six of the General Laws, as 
amended. ' appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended 

by adding at the end the following new paragraph: — 
rendering The commission shall render a decision on any matter 

decisions. referred to it, pertaining to certificates of nomination or 

nomination papers for any biennial party or state primaries 
or any biennial state election or to withdrawals from nomi- 
nations therefor, not later than fourteen days after the last 
day fixed for filing objections to such certificates or papers, 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 228. 193 

or for filing such withdrawals, as the case may be, under 
chapter fifty-three. In the event that said commission fails 
to render within the aforesaid period its decision on any 
matter so referred, the state secretary shall, notwithstand- 
ing such failure, proceed forthwith to cause to be printed 
the ballots for such primaries or elections. 

Approved April 26, 1937. 

An Act relative to investments by credit unions. Chap. 22S 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section twenty-one of chapter one hundred and seventy- g. l. (Ter. 
one of the General Laws, as amended by section two of f^-^' ^^^' * ^^• 
chapter one hundred and sixty-three of the acts of nineteen amended, 
hundred and thirty-three, is hereby further amended by 
striking out, in the eleventh line, the words "or bankers' 
acceptances which" and inserting in place thereof the words: 
— , notes of the United States or of any state or subdivi- 
sion thereof, or bankers' acceptances, which bonds, notes 
or bankers' acceptances, — so as to read as follows: — 
Section 21. The capital, deposits and surplus of a credit investment 
union shall be invested in loans to members, with ap- regXted. 
proval of the credit committee, as provided in the fol- 
lowing section, and also when so required herein, of the 
board of directors; and any capital, deposits or surplus 
funds in excess of the amount for which loans shall be 
approved by the credit committee and the board of direc- 
tors, may be deposited in savings banks or trust companies 
incorporated under the laws of this commonwealth, or in 
national banks located therein, or invested in any bonds, 
notes of the United States or of any state or subdivision 
thereof, or bankers' acceptances, which bonds, notes or 
bankers' acceptances are at the time of their purchase legal 
investments for savings banks in this commonwealth, or, to 
the extent authorized by section three of chapter two hun- 
dred and sixteen of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
two, in the shares of Central Credit Union Fund, Inc., or 
in the shares of co-operative banks incorporated in this 
commonwealth. At least five per cent of the total assets 
of a credit union shall be carried as cash on hand or as 
balances due from banks and trust companies, or invested 
in the bonds or notes of the United States, or of any state, 
or subdivision thereof, which are legal investments for sav- 
ings banks as above provided, or in the shares of Central 
Credit Union Fund, Inc., provided that such bonds, notes 
or shares are the absolute property and under the control 
of such credit union. Whenever the aforesaid ratio falls 
below five per cent, no further loans shall be made until the 
ratio as herein provided has been re-established. Invest- 
ments, other than personal loans, shall be made only with 
the approval of the board of directors. 

Approved April 26, 1937. 



194 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 229, 230. 



Chap. 229 An Act further* penalizing the dealing in or trading 

WITH RESPECT TO THE DEAD OR LIVING BODIES OF CERTAIN 
PROTECTED BIRDS OR MAMMALS. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 131, 
§ 124, 
amended. 



Sale, etc., of 
certain birds 
prohibited. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section one hundred and twenty-four of chapter one 
hundred and thirty-one of the General Laws, as appearing 
in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by adding 
at the end the following : — or by imprisonment for not 
more than thirty days, or both, — so as to read as follows: 
— Section 124- No person, except as provided in section 
one hundred and twenty-five, one hundred and twenty-six, 
one hundred and twenty-seven, one hundred and twenty- 
nine, one hundred and twenty-nine A or one hundred and 
thirty, shall buy, sell, barter, exchange, or in any way deal 
in or trade with respect to, the dead or living bodies of birds 
or mammals, protected by the law in this commonwealth, 
whenever and wherever taken or killed. Whoever violates 
any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of 
not less than fifty nor more than one hundred dollars or by 
imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both. 

Approved April 26, 19S7. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 90, § 24, 
etc., amended. 



C/iap. 230 An Act authorizing the issuance of a summons instead 

OF A WARRANT IN CERTAIN PROSECUTIONS FOR VIOLATION 
OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Paragraph (2) (a) of section twenty-four of 
chapter ninety of the General Laws, as appearing in section 
one of chapter four hundred and thirty-four of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby amended by in- 
serting at the end the following new sentence: — A sum- 
mons may be issued instead of a warrant for arrest upon a 
complaint for a violation of any provision of this paragraph 
if in the judgment of the court or justice receiving the 
complaint there is reason to believe that the defendant will 
appear upon a summons, — so as to read as follows : — (2) 
(a) Whoever upon any way or in any place to which the 
public has a right of access operates a motor vehicle reck- 
lessly, or operates such a vehicle negligently so that the 
lives or safety of the public might be endangered, or upon a 
bet or wager or in a race, or whoever operates a motor vehicle 
for the purpose of making a record and thereby violates 
any provision of section seventeen or any regulation under 
section eighteen, or whoever without stopping and making 
known his name, residence and the register number of his 
motor vehicle goes away after knowingly colliding with or 
otherwise causing injury to any other vehicle or property, 
or whoever uses a motor vehicle without authority knowing 
that such use is unauthorized, or whoever loans or know- 



Summons for 
violations of 
motor vehicle 
law. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 231. 195 

ingly permits his license to operate motor vehicles to be 
used by any person, or whoever makes false statements 
in an application for such a license or falsely impersonates 
the person named in such an appHcation or procures such 
false impersonation whether of himself or of another, or 
whoever in an application for registration of a motor vehicle 
or trailer gives as his name or address or the place where 
such vehicle is principally garaged a false name, address or 
place, shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty 
nor more than two hundred dollars or by imprisonment for 
not less than two weeks nor more than two years, or both; 
and whoever operates a motor vehicle upon any way or in 
any place to which the pubHc has a right of access and, 
without stopping and making known his name, residence 
and the register number of his motor vehicle, goes away 
after knowingly colhding with or otherwise causing injury 
to any person shall be punished by imprisonment for not 
less than two months nor more than two years. A summons 
may be issued instead of a warrant for arrest upon a com- 
plaint for a violation of any provision of this paragraph 
if in the judgment of the court or justice receiving the 
complaint there is reason to believe that the defendant will 
appear upon a summons. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon September Effective date, 
first in the current year. Approved April 26, 1937. 



An Act providing for increasing the amount of certain Chav.2Z\ 

ANNUAL ALLOWANCES PAYABLE BY THE TOWN OF MILTON 
TO WIDOWS OF MEMBERS OF ITS POLICE OR FIRE FORCE 
KILLED OR DYING FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN THE PER- 
FORMANCE OF DUTY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The annuity payable under chapter sixteen 
of the Special Acts of nineteen hundred and nineteen and 
pensions granted by the town of IVIilton prior to the effective 
date of this act to widows of members of its police force or 
of its fire force who, prior to January first, nineteen hundred 
and thirty, were killed or died from injuries received in the 
performance of duty, may be severally increased by the se- 
lectmen of said town to amounts not exceeding one thousand 
dollars, respectively. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted to the voters of 
said town at the annual town meeting in the year nineteen 
hundred and thirty-eight in the form of the following ques- 
tion, which shall be placed upon the official ballot to be 
used for the election of town officers at said meeting: "Shall 
an act passed by the General Court entitled 'An Act pro- 
viding for increasing the amount of certain annual allow- 
ances payable by the town of Milton to widows of members 
of its police or fire force killed or dying from injuries 
received in the performance of duty', be accepted?" If a 



196 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 232. 



majority of the votes in answer to said question is in the 
affirmative, then this act shall thereupon take full effect, 
but not otherwise. Approved April 26, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 32, I 6, 
amended. 



"Teacher", 
word defined. 



Chap. 232 An Act to allow credit under the teachers' retire- 
ment LAW FOR SERVICE RENDERED AS AN EXCHANGE 
TEACHER IN CERTAIN CASES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section six of chapter thirty-two of the 
General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is 
hereby amended by adding the following to the definition 
of "Teacher", — , except a person serving as an exchange 
teacher in such schools who is not at the time of entry into 
such service a member of the association, — so that said 
definition will read as follows : — 

"Teacher", any person employed by one or more school 
committees or boards of trustees, or by any combination of 
such committees and boards, on a full time basis as a teacher, 
principal, supervisor or superintendent in the public day 
schools in the commonwealth, or as a supervisor or teacher 
of adult alien education, except a person serving as an ex- 
change teacher in such schools who is not at the time of 
entry into such service a member of the association. 

Section 2. Paragraph (3) of section seven of said chap- 
ter thirtj'-'two, as so appearing, is hereby amended by strik- 
ing out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the 
following : — 

Any teacher who entered the service of the public schools 
before July first, nineteen hundred and fourteen, who has 
not become a member of the association, may hereafter, 
before attaining the age of seventy, upon written applica- 
tion to the board, become a member of the association by 
paying into the annuity fund established by paragraph (2) 
of section nine an amount equal to the total assessments, 
together with regular interest thereon, which he would 
have paid if he had joined the association on September 
thirtieth, nineteen hundred and fourteen, and had continued 
to serve in his regular position as teacher during all periods 
while he was serving as an exchange teacher; and any 
amount paid hereunder shall thereby become a part of the 
assessments of the member making the same. 

Section 3. Section seven of said chapter thirty-two is 
hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following 
new paragraph : — 

(5) Service rendered by a member of the association as an 
exchange teacher elsewhere than in the public day schools 
in this commonwealth shall not terminate his member- 
ship in the association. If his salary as such an exchange 
teacher is paid by a city or town in this commonwealth 
where he is regularly employed, regular assessments shall 
be deducted therefrom in the same manner and to the 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 32, § 7, 
amended. 



Teachers who 
may join 
association. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 32. § 7. 
further 
amended. 

Exchange 
teachers. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 233. 197 

same extent as though he were regularly employed therein. 
Service rendered as such an exchange teacher shall be con- 
sidered as service in the public schools in the common- 
wealth in determining the amount of his pension; provided, 
that regular assessments are deducted from his salary as 
aforesaid or, if his salary as such an exchange teacher is not 
paid by any such city or town, he or someone in his behalf 
pays into the annuity fund established by paragraph (2) 
of section nine in one sum, within five years from the date 
when he returns to public school service as a regular teacher 
and while so employed, the assessments which would have 
been paid if he had been employed in his regular position 
during the period employed as exchange teacher as afore- 
said; and any amount paid hereunder shall thereby become 
a part of the assessments of the member making the same. 

Section 4. Any person employed as an exchange teacher Certain 
elsewhere than in the public day schools in this common- jprn^assocTa*-^ 
wealth prior to the effective date of this act may, within t'on. 
five years from said date, if employed as a regular teacher '^^''J^p?^^^ 
in said public day schools, pay into the annuity fund estab- 
lished by paragraph (2) of section nine in one sum the 
assessments which he would have paid if he had continued 
in his regular position in said pubHc day schools during 
the period employed as such an exchange teacher, and upon 
payment of said assessments the service rendered by him 
as such an exchange teacher shall be considered as regular 
service in the public day schools in this commonwealth in 
determining his pension. Any amount paid hereunder shall 
thereby become a part of the assessments of the member 
making the same. Approved April 26, 1937. 



An Act relative to the making by co-operative banks 
of loans upon real estate differing from ordinary 

co-operative BANK LOANS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and ninety-one of the acts of nineteen 
hundred and thirty-five, as amended by chapter two hundred 
and three of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is 
hereby further amended by inserting after the word "liens" 
in the eighth line the words: — or mortgages held by the 
bank making the loan, — and by striking out, in the tenth 
line, the words "eight thousand dollars" and inserting in 
place thereof the words : — ten thousand dollars, or if thereby 
the aggregate of all loans upon real estate by such bank which, 
as to any one borrower, exceed eight thousand dollars and 
include a loan or loans made under this act would at any 
time be in excess of five per cent of the aggregate amount of 
all loans secured by mortgages of real estate held by such 
bank, — and by striking out the last sentence, — so as to 
read as follows : — Any co-operative bank established under 
the laws of the commonwealth may within six years from the 



Chap,2SS 



198 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

effective date of this act make loans, for not less than five 
nor more than twenty years, secm:-ed by mortgages of real 
estate situated in the commonwealth, the title to which is in 
the name of the borrower and which is unencumbered by any 
mortgage or lien other than municipal liens or mortgages held 
by the bank making the loan; but no loan shall be made 
hereunder if thereby the aggregate of all loans upon real 
estate by such bank to any one borrower would exceed ten 
thousand dollars, or if thereby the aggregate of all loans 
upon real estate by such bank which, as to any one borrower, 
exceed eight thousand dollars and include a loan or loans 
made under this act would at any time be in excess of five 
per cent of the aggregate amount of all loans secured by 
mortgages of real estate held by such bank. Each loan here- 
under shall be further secured by a promissory note in the 
full sum loaned, signed by the borrower, shall be upon im- 
proved real estate and shall not exceed eighty per cent of the 
value of the mortgaged property as certified by the security 
committee of such bank. Every such mortgage shall contain 
provisions calling for fixed monthly payments in the same 
amount during the term of the loan, which payments shall be 
applied first to interest and the balance thereafter remaining 
applied to principal, the interest to be computed monthly 
on the unpaid balance thereof. The borrower, and each sub- 
sequent owner of the equity of redemption of such real estate, 
shall at all times be a member of the bank, holding one 
or more unmatured, paid-up or matured shares, in his own 
name. Failure to comply with the foregoing requirement 
shall constitute a breach of condition for which the unpaid 
balance of said loan shall become due and payable forthwith, 
at the option of the bank. Approved April 26, 1937. 



Chav.234: An Act making appropriations for the maintenance of 

DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, INSTITUTIONS AND 
CERTAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMONWEALTH, FOR INTER- 
EST, SINKING FUND AND SERIAL BOND REQUIREMENTS, 
AND FOR CERTAIN PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

fo?''mamt^^'°°^ Section 1. To provide for the maintenance of the sev- 
nance of de- eral departments, boards, commissions and institutions, of 
etcTioT^^' sundry other services, and for certain permanent improve- 
i?nkin**fund mcnts, and to meet certain requirements of law, the sums 
and bond sct forth iu sectiou two, for the several purposes and sub- 

anTfor"'''"*^' ject to the conditions specified in said section two, are hereby 
certain^m-^ appropriated from the general fund or revenue of the com- 
monwealth, unless some other source of revenue is expressed, 
subject to the provisions of law regulating the disbursement 
of public funds and the approval thereof, for the fiscal year 
ending November thirtieth, nineteen hundred and thirty- 
seven, or for such other period as may be specified. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 199 

Section 2. 

Service of the Legislative Department. 

Item 

1 For the compensation of senators, a sum not exceed- 

ing eighty-two thousand dollars . . . $82,000 00 

2 For the compensation for travel of senators, a sum 

not exceeding fifty-nine hundred and forty-three 

dollars 5,943 00 

3 For the compensation of representatives, a sum not 

exceeding four hundred eighty-two thousand dol- 
lars 482,000 00 

4 For the compensation for travel of representatives, 

a sum not exceeding thirty-six thousand six hun- 
dred and fifty dollars 36,650 00 

5 For the salaries of the clerk of the senate and the 

clerk of the house of representatives, a sum not 

exceeding ten thousand dollars .... 10,000 00 

6 For the salaries of the assistant clerk of the senate 

and the assistant clerk of the house of representa- 
tives, a sum not exceeding seven thousand dollars 7,000 00 

7 For such additional clerical assistance to, and with 

the approval of, the clerk of the house of represent- 
atives, as may be necessary for the proper des- 
patch of public business, a sum not exceeding 
sixty-eight hundred dollars .... 6,800 00 

8 For such additional clerical assistance to, and with 

the approval of, the clerk of the senate, as may be 
necessary for the proper despatch of public busi- 
ness, a sum not exceeding twenty-two hundred 
and eighty dollars 2,280 00 

9 For the salary of the sergeant-at-arms, a sum not 

exceeding four thousand dollars . . . 4,000 00 

10 For clerical assistance, office of the sergeant-at-arms, 

a sum not exceeding forty-six hundred and eighty 

dollars 4,680 00 

1 1 For the compensation for travel of doorkeepers, as- 

sistant doorkeepers, general court officers, pages 
and other employees of the sergeant-at-arms, au- 
thorized by law to receive the same, a sum not 
exceeding seventy-five hundred dollars . . 7,500 00 

12 For the salaries of the doorkeepers of the senate and 

house of representatives, and the postmaster, with 
the approval of the sergeant-at-arms, a sum not 
exceeding eight thousand dollars . . . 8,000 00 

13 For the salaries of assistant doorkeepers to the sen- 

ate and house of representatives and of general 
court officers, with the approval of the sergeant- 
at-arms, a sum not exceeding fifty-two thousand 
eight hundred dollars 52,800 00 

14 For compensation of the pages of the senate and 

house of representatives, with the approval of the 
sergeant-at-arms, a sum not exceeding ninety-eight 
hundred dollars . . ... 9,800 00 

15 I'^or the salaries of clerks employed in the legislative 

document room, a sum not exceeding fifty-seven 

hundred dollars 5,700 00 

16 For certain other persons employed by the sergeant- 

at-arms, in and about the chambers and rooms of 
the legislative department, a sum not exceeding 
thirty-one hundred and fifty dollars . . 3,150 00 

17 For the salaries of the chaplains of the senate and 

house of representatives, a sum not exceeding 

fifteen hundred dollars 1,500 GO 



200 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

18 For personal services of the counsel to the senate and 

assistants, a sum not exceeding sixteen thousand 

three hundred dollars $16,300 00 

19 For personal services of the counsel to the house of 

representatives and assistants, a sum not exceed- 
ing twenty thousand dollars .... 20,000 00 

20 For clerical and other assistance of the senate com- 

mittee on rules, a sum not exceeding fifty-five 

hundred dollars 5,500 00 

21 For clerical and other assistance of the house com- 

mittee on rules, a sum not exceeding forty-five 

hundred dollars 4,500 00 

22 For traveling and such other expenses of the com- 

mittees of the present general court as may be 
authorized by order of either branch of the gen- 
eral court, a sum not exceeding six thousand dol- 
lars 6,000 00 

22a For certain expenses of the senate committee on 
elections, as authorized by legislative order, a sum 
not exceeding fifty-nine hundred one dollars and 
twenty-five cents . . . . . . 5,901 25 

23 For printing, binding and paper ordered by the sen- 

ate and house of representatives, or by concurrent 
order of the two branches, with the approval of 
the clerks of the respective branches, a sum not 
exceeding sixty-five thousand dollars . . 65,000 00 

24 For printing the manual of the general court, with 

the approval of the clerks of the two branches, a 

sum not exceeding five thousand dollars . 5,000 00 

25 For expenses in connection with the publication of 

the bulletin of committee hearings and of the daily 
list, with the approval of the joint committee on 
rules, a sum not exceeding seventeen thousand 
dollars 17,000 00 

26 For stationery for the senate, purchased by and with 

the approval of the clerk, a sum not exceeding five 

hundred dollars 500 00 

27 For office and other expenses of the committee on 

rules on the part of the senate, a sum not exceed- 
ing three hundred dollars .... 300 00 

28 For office expenses of the counsel to the senate, a 

sum not exceeding three hundred dollars . . 300 00 

29 For stationery for the house of representatives, pur- 

chased by and with the approval of the clerk, a 

sum not exceeding nine hundred dollars . . 900 00 

30 For office and other expenses of the committee on 

rules on the part of the house, a sum not exceed- 
ing four hundred dollars ..... 400 00 

31 For office expenses of the counsel to the house of rep- 

resentatives, a sum not exceeding three hundred 

dollars 300 00 

32 For contingent expenses of the senate and house of 

representatives, and necessary expenses in and 
about the state house, with the approval of the 
sergeant-at-arms, a sum not exceeding ten thou- 
sand dollars • 10,000 00 

33 For telephone service, a sum not exceeding ten thou- 

sand dollars 10,000 00 

34 For the purchase of outline sketches of members of 

the senate and house of representatives, a sum 

not exceeding eighteen hundred and fifty dollars 1,850 00 

35 For the payment of witness fees to persons sum- 

moned to appear before committees of the general 
court, and for expenses incidental to summoning 
them, with the approval of the sergeant-at-arms, 
a simi not exceeding two hundred doUars . . 200 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 201 

Item 

36 For indexing the special laws of the commonwealth, 

under the direction of the senate and house coun- 
sel, as authorized by chapter five of the resolves of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-five, a sum not ex- 
ceeding six thousand dollars .... $6,000 00 

Total $905,754 25 

Service of the Judicial Department. 

Supreme Judicial Court, as follows: 

37 For the salaries of the chief justice and of the six 

associate justices, a sum not exceeding ninety- 
nine thousand dollars $99,000 00 

38 For traveling allowance and expenses, a sum not ex- 

ceeding thirty-five hundred dollars . . . 3,500 00 

39 For the salary of the clerk for the commonwealth, 

a sum not exceeding sixty-five hundred dollars . 6,500 00 

40 For clerical assistance to the clerk, a sum not ex- 

ceeding eighteen hundred dollars . . . 1,800 00 

41 For law clerks, stenographers and other clerical as- 

sistance for the justices, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-six thousand dollars .... 26,000 00 

42 For office supplies, services and equipment, a sum 

not exceeding four thousand dollars . . . 4,000 00 

43 For the salaries of the officers and messengers, a sum 

not exceeding three thousand and forty dollars . 3,040 00 

44 For the commonwealth's part of the salary of the 

clerk for the county of Suffolk, a sum not exceed- 
ing fifteen hundred dollars .... 1,500 00 

Reporter of Decisions: 

45 For the salary of the reporter of decisions, a sum 

not exceeding six thousand dollars . . . 6,000 00 

46 For clerk hire and office supplies, services and equip- 

ment, a sum not exceeding ninety-seven hundred 

dollars 9,700 00 

Pensions: 

47 For the pensions of retired court officers, a sum not 

exceeding two hundred dollars .... 200 00 

Total $161,240 00 

Superior Court, as follows: 

48 For the salaries of the chief justice and of the thirty- 

one associate justices, a sum not exceeding three 

hundred eighty-five thousand dollars . . $385,000 00 

49 For traveling allowances and expenses, a sum not 

exceeding sixteen thousand dollars . . . 16,000 00 

50 For the salary of the assistant clerk, Suffolk county, 

a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars . . 1,000 00 

51 For clerical work, inspection of records and doings 

of persons authorized to admit to bail, for an 
executive clerk to the chief justice, and for certain 
other expenses incident to the work of the court, a 
sum not exceeding eleven thousand six hundred 
dollars 11,600 00 

52 For pensions of retired justices, a sum not exceeding 

six thousand dollars ..... 6,000 00 

Total $419,600 00 

Justices of District Courts: 

53 For compensation of justices of district courts while 

sitting in the superior court, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-two thousand dollars .... $22,000 00 



202 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

54 For expenses of justices of district courts while sitting 

in the superior court, a sum not exceeding twenty- 
six hundred dollars $2,600 00 

55 For reimbursing certain counties for compensation 

of certain special justices for services in holding 
sessions of district courts in place of the justice, 
while sitting in the superior court, a sum not ex- 
ceeding seven thousand dollars .... 7,000 00 



Total $31,600 00 

Judicial Council: 

66 For expenses of the judicial council, as authorized by- 
section thirty-four C of chapter two hundred and 
twenty-one of the General Laws, as appearing in 
the Tercentenary Edition thereof, a sum not ex- 
ceeding five hundred dollars . . . . $500 00 

57 For compensation of the secretary of the judicial 
council, as authorized by said section thirty-four 
C of said chapter two hundred and twenty-one, a 
sum not exceeding thirty-five hundred dollars . 3,500 00 



Total $4,000 00 

Administrative Committee of District Courts: 

58 For compensation and expenses of the administrative 

committee of district courts, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-five hundred dollars .... $2,500 00 

Probate and Insolvency Courts, as follows: 

59 For the salaries of judges of probate of the several 

counties, a sum not exceeding one hundred twenty- 
seven thousand five hundred dollars . . . $127,500 00 

60 For pensions of retired judges, a sum not exceeding 

sixty-three hundred and seventy-five dollars . 6,375 00 

61 For the compensation of judges of probate when 

acting for other judges of probate, a sum not ex- 
ceeding eight thousand dollars .... 8,000 00 

62 For expenses of judges of probate when acting for 

other judges of probate, a sum not exceeding five 

hundred dollars 500 00 

63 For the salaries of registers of the several counties, 

a sum not exceeding sixty-three thousand three 

hundred dollars 63,300 00 

64 For the salaries of assistant registers, a sum not ex- 

ceeding seventy-four thousand nine hundred and 

fifty-five dollars 74,955 00 

Total $280,630 00 

Administrative Committee of Probate Courts: 

65 For expenses of the administrative committee of 

probate courts, a sum not exceeding five hundred 

dollars $500 00 

For clerical assistance to Registers of the several 
counties, as follows: 

66 Barnstable, a sum not exceeding twenty-six hundred 

and eighty dollars $2,680 00 

67 Berkshire, a sum not exceeding fifty-one hundred 

dollars 5,100 00 

68 Bristol, a sum not exceeding fourteen thousand four 

hundred and ninety dollars .... 14,490 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 203 

Item 

69 Dukes County, a sum not exceeding six hundred and 

sixty dollars $660 00 

70 Essex, a sum not exceeding nineteen thousand six 

hundred dollars 19,600 00 

71 Franklin, a sum not exceeding ten hundred and fifty 

dollars 1,050 00 

72 Hampden, a sum not exceeding twelve thousand five 

hundred and forty dollars .... 12,540 00 

73 Hampshire, a sum not exceeding sixteen hundred and 

eighty dollars 1,680 00 

74 Middlesex, a sum not exceeding forty-seven thou- 

sand three hundred dollars .... 47,300 00 

75 Norfolk, a sum not exceeding fifteen thousand one 

hundred and fifty dollars . . . . 15,150 00 

76 Plymouth, a sum not exceeding forty-seven hundred 

and forty-six dollars ..... 4,746 00 

77 Suffolk, a sum not exceeding sixty-one thousand 

eight hundred dollars 61,800 00 

78 Worcester, a sum not exceeding fifteen thousand four 

hundred dollars 15,400 00 



Total $202,196 00 

District Attorneys, as follows: 

79 For the salaries of the district attorney and assistants 

for the Suffolk district, a sum not exceeding sixty- 
six thousand dollars $66,000 00 

80 For the salaries of the district attorney and assistants 

for the northern district, a sum not exceeding 

thirty-two thousand dollars .... 32,000 00 

81 For the salaries of the district attorney and assistants 

for the eastern district, a sum not exceeding seven- 
teen thousand four hundred dollars . . . 17,400 00 

82 For the salaries of the district attorney, deputy dis- 

trict attorney and assistants for the southeastern 
district, a sum not exceeding eighteen thousand six 
hundred dollars 18,600 00 

83 For the salaries of the district attorney and assistants 

for the southern district, a sum not exceeding ten 

thousand four hundred dollars .... 10,400 00 

84 For the salaries of the district attorney and assistants 

for the middle district, a sum not exceeding fifteen 

thousand dollars 15,000 00 

85 For the salaries of the district attorney and assistants 

for the western district, a sum not exceeding ten 

thousand four hundred dollars .... 10,400 00 

86 For the salary of the district attorney for the north- 

western district, a sum not exceeding four thou- 
sand dollars 4,000 00 

87 For traveling expenses necessarily incurred by the 

district attorneys, except in the Suffolk district, 
for the present and previous years, a sum not ex- 
ceeding seven thousand dollars .... 7,000 00 



Total $180,800 00 

Service of the Land Court. 

88 For the salaries of the judge, associate judges, the 

recorder and court officer, a sum not exceeding 
thirty-eight thousand nine hundred and eighty- 
four dollars $38,984 00 

89 For engineering, clerical and other personal services, 

a sum not exceeding forty-two thousand six hun- 
dred and forty dollars 42,640 00 



204 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

90 For personal services in the examination of titles, for 

publishing and serving citations and other serv- 
ices, traveling expenses, supplies and office equip- 
ment, and for the preparation of sectional plans 
showing registered land, a sum not exceeding four- 
teen thousand dollars $14,000 00 

Total $95,624 00 

Service of the Board of Probation. 

91 For personal services of the commissioner, clerks 

and stenographers, a sum not exceeding fifty-nine 

thousand five hundred dollars .... $59,500 00 

92 For services other than personal, including printing 

the annual report, traveling expenses, rent, office 
supplies and equipment, a sum not exceeding thir- 
teen thousand three hundred dollars . . . 13,300 00 

Total $72,800 00 

Service of the Board of Bar Examiners. 

93 For personal services of the members of the board, 

a sum not exceeding twelve thousand five hun- 
dred dollars $12,500 00 

94 For other services, including printing the annual 

report, traveUng expenses, office supphes and 
equipment, a sum not exceeding eight thousand 
dollars 8,000 00 

Total $20,500 00 

Service of the Executive Department. 

95 For the salary of the governor, a sum not exceeding 

ten thousand dollars $10,000 00 

96 For the salary of the lieutenant governor, a sum not 

exceeding four thousand dollars . . . 4,000 00 

97 For the salaries of the eight councillors, a sum not 

exceeding eight thousand dollars . . . 8,000 00 

98 For the salaries of officers and employees of the de- 

partment, a sum not exceeding forty-six thousand 

five hundred dollars 46,500 00 

99 For certain personal services for the lieutenant 

governor and council, a sum not exceeding six 

thousand dollars 6,000 00 

100 For travel and expenses of the lieutenant governor 

and council from and to their homes, a sum not 

exceeding one thousand dollars .... 1,000 00 

101 For postage, printing, office and other contingent 

expenses, including travel of the governor, a sum 

not exceeding thirty thousand dollars . . 30,000 00 

102 For postage, printing, stationery, traveling and 

contingent expenses of the governor and council, 

a sum not exceeding twenty-five hundred dollars . 2,500 00 

103 For expenses incurred in the arrest of fugitives from 

justice, a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars 1,000 00 

104 For payment of extraordinary expenses and for 

transfers made to cover deficiencies, with the 
approval of the governor and council, a sum not 
exceeding one hundred thousand dollars . . 100,000 00 

105 For the purchase of an automobile for the governor, 

a sum not exceeding twenty-three hundred dollars 2,300 00 

106 For certain maintenance expenses of the governor's 

automobile, a sum not exceeding two thousand 

doUars 2,000 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 205 

Item 

107 For the purchase of a portrait of a former governor, 
as authorized by section nineteen of chapter eight 
of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercen- 
tenary Edition thereof, a sum not exceeding three 
thousand dollars $3,000 00 



Total $216,300 00 

Service of the Adjutant General. 

108 For the salary of the adjutant general, a sum not 

exceeding thirty-eight hundred and fifty dollars . $3,850 00 

109 For personal services of office assistants, including 

services for the preparation of records of Massa- 
chusetts soldiers and sailors, a sum not exceed- 
ing thirty-three thousand nine hundred and fifty 
dollars 33,950 00 

110 For services other than personal, and for necessary 

office supplies and expenses, a sum not exceeding 

five thousand dollars ..... 5,000 00 

111 For expenses of the national guard convention and 

for expenses not otherwise provided for in connec- 
tion with military matters and accounts, a sum 
not exceeding ten thousand five hundred dollars . 10,500 00 

Total $53,300 00 

Service of the Militia. 

112 For allowances to companies and other adminis- 

trative units, a sum not exceeding one hundred 

fiifty-nine thousand dollars .... $159,000 00 

113 For the cost of materials and equipment and inci- 

dental expenses of training persons in the use of 
chemical gas, a sum not exceeding twenty-five 
hundred dollars 2,500 00 

114 For certain allowances for national guard officers, as 

authorized by paragraph {d) of section one hun- 
dred and forty-five of chapter thirty-three of the 
General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary 
Edition thereof, a sum not exceeding twenty-four 
thousand dollars 24,000 00 

115 For pay and transportation of certain boards, a sum 

not exceeding thirty-five hundred dollars . . 3,500 00 

116 For pay and expenses of certain camps of instruction, 

a sum not exceeding three thousand dollars . 3,000 00 

117 For pay and transportation in making inspections 

and surveys, and for escort duty, a sum not ex- 
ceeding thirty-five hundred dollars . . . 3,500 00 

118 For transportation of officers and non-commissioned 

officers for attendance at military meetings, a sum 

not exceeding thirty-five hundred dollars . 3,500 00 

119 For transportation to and from regimental and bat- 

talion drUls, a sum not exceeding one thousand 

dollars 1,000 00 

120 For transportation when appearing for examination, 

a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars . 100 00 

121 For expenses of rifle practice, a sum not exceeding 

fifteen thousand dollars ..... 15,000 00 

122 For compensation, transportation and expenses in 

the preparation for camp duty maneuvers, a sum 

not exceeding thirty thousand dollars . . 30,000 00 

123 For maintenance of horses, a sum not exceeding six 

thousand and ninety-six dollars . 6,096 00 

124 For compensation for special and miscellaneous 

duty, a sum not exceeding thirteen thousand three 

hundred dollars 13,300 00 



206 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

125 For compensation for accidents and injuries sus- 

tained in the performance of military duty, a sum 

not exceeding eight thousand dollars . . . $8,000 00 

126 To cover certain small claims for damages to private 

property arising from military maneuvers, a sum 

not exceeding five hundred dollars . . 500 00 

127 For expenses of maintaining an aero squadron, a 

sum not exceeding four thousand dollars . . 4,000 00 

128 For premiums on bonds for officers, a sum not ex- 

ceeding seventeen hundred dollars . . . 1,700 00 

129 For instruction in military authority, organization 

and administration, and in the elements of mili- 
tary art, a sum not exceeding thirteen thousand 
five hundred dollars 13,500 00 

130 For allowances for batteries of field artillery, a sum 

not exceeding sixty-four hundred dollars . . 6,400 00 

131 For expenses of operation of the twenty-sixth divi- 

sion, a simi not exceeding forty-five hundred dol- 
lars 4,500 00 

132 For clerical and other expenses for the office of the 

property and disbursing officer, a sum not exceed- 
ing fifty-six hundred dollars .... 5,600 00 

133 For personal services necessary for the operation of 

the commonwealth depot and motor repair park, 
a sum not exceeding thirty-six thousand nine hun- 
dred and sixty dollars ..... 36,960 00 

134 (This item combined with Item No. 145.) 



Total $345,656 00 

Service of Special Military Expenses. 

135 For the expense of furnishing certificates of honor 

for service on the Mexican border, as authorized 

by law, a sum not exceeding fifteen dollars . . $15 00 

136 For the expense of testimonials to soldiers and 

sailors of the world war, to be expended under the 
direction of the adjutant general, a sum not ex- 
ceeding two hundred and fifty dollars . . 250 00 

Total $265 00 

Service of the Stale Quartermaster. 

137 For personal services of the state quartermaster, 

superintendent of arsenal and certain other em- 
ployees of the state quartermaster, a sum not 
exceeding twenty-one thousand seven hundred 
and thirty dollars $21,730 00 

138 For expert assistance, the emplojTnent of which may 

be exempt from civil service rules, in the disburse- 
ment of certain money to the officers and enlisted 
men of the militia for compensation and allow- 
ances, a sum not exceeding twelve hundred dollars 1,200 00 

139 For the salaries of armorers and assistant armorers 

of first-class armories, and superintendent of ar- 
mories, a sum not exceeding one hundred thirty- 
nine thousand one hundred and sixty dollars . 139,160 00 

140 For certain incidental military expenses of the quar- 

termaster's department, a sum not exceeding 

three hundred and fifty dollars .... 350 00 

141 For office and general supplies and equipment, a 

sum not exceeding ninety-five hundred dollars . 9,500 00 

142 For the care and maintenance of the camp ground 

and buildings at Framingham, a sum not exceed- 
ing five hundred dollars ..... 500 00 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 207 

Item 

143 For the maintenance of armories of the first class, 

including the purchase of certain furniture, a sum 
not exceeding one hundred ninety-five thousand 
dollars $195,000 00 

144 For reimbursement for rent and maintenance of 

armories not of the first class, a sum not exceeding 

fifty-one hundred dollars 5,100 00 

145 For expense of maintaining and operating the Camp 

Curtis Guild rifle range, a sum not exceeding 

twenty thousand six hundred and twenty dollars 20,020 00 

146 For maintenance, other than personal services, of the 

commonwealth depot and motor repair park, a 
sum not exceeding fifteen thousand five hundred 
doUars 15,500 00 



Total $408,660 00 

Service of the State Surgeon. 

147 For personal services of the state surgeon, and regu- 

lar assistants, a sum not exceeding seven thou- 
sand and twenty dollars ..... $7,020 00 

148 For services other than personal, and for necessary 

medical and office supplies and equipment, a sum 

not exceeding two thousand dollars . . . 2,000 00 

149 For the examination of recruits, a sum not exceeding 

eight thousand dollars ..... 8,000 00 

Total $17,020 00 

Service of the State Judge Advocate. 

150 For compensation of the state judge advocate, as 

provided by law, a sum not exceeding fifteen hun- 
dred dollars $1,500 00 

Service of the Commission on Ad?ninisiration and Finance. 

151 For personal services of the commissioners, a sum not 

exceeding twenty-six thousand five hundred dol- 
lars $26,500 00 

152a For personal services of the bureau of the comp- 
troller, a sum not exceeding ninety-two thousand 
and ninety dollars 92,090 00 

1 52b For personal services of the bureau of the purchasing 
agent, a sum not exceeding sixty-eight thousand 
six hundred and thirty dollars .... 68,630 00 

152c For other personal services of the commission, a sum 
not exceeding fifty-three thousand three hundred 
and eighty dollars 53,380 00 

153 For other expenses incidental to the duties of the 
commission, a sum not exceeding twenty-seven 
thousand dollars 27,000 00 



Total $267,600 00 

Purchase of paper: 

154 For the purchase of paper used in the execution of 

the contracts for state printing, other than legis- 
lative, with the approval of the commission on 
administration and finance, a sum not exceeding 
forty-nine thousand dollars .... $49,000 00 

Service of the Armory Commissioners. 

155 For compensation of members, a sum not exceeding 

nine hundred dollars ..... $900 00 



208 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

156 For ofRce, incidental, and traveling expenses, a sum 

not exceeding one hundred dollars . . . $100 00 

157 For final payment on account of the purchase of cer- 

tain land in the town of Natick, including interest 
thereon, a sum not exceeding twenty-three thou- 
sand eight hundred and five dollars . . 23,805 00 

Total $24,805 00 

Service of the Commissioner of State Aid and Pensions. 

158 For personal services of the commissioner and depu- 

ties, a sum not exceeding twelve thousand three 

hundred and seventy dollars .... $12,370 00 

159 For personal services of agents, clerks, stenographers 

and other assistants, a sum not exceeding twentj'^- 

eight thousand dollars 28,000 00 

160 For services other than personal, including printing 

the annual report, traveling expenses of the com- 
missioner and his employees, and necessary office 
supplies and equipment, a sum not exceeding five 
thousand dollars 5,000 00 

Total $45,370 00 

For Expenses on Account of Wars. 

161 For reimbursing cities and towns for money paid 

on account of state and military aid to Massachu- 
setts soldiers and their families, the sum of three 
hundred fifty-two thousand dollars, the same to 
be paid on or before the fifteenth day of Novem- 
ber in the current year, in accordance with the 
provisions of existing laws relative to state and 
military aid $352,000 00 

162 For certain care of veterans of the civil war, their 

wives and widows, as authorized by section 
twenty-five of chapter one hundred and fifteen 
of the General Laws, as appearing in the Ter- 
centenary Edition thereof, a sum not exceeding 
twenty-seven thousand dollars .... 27,000 00 

163 For expenses of printing certain volumes of records 

of Massachusetts soldiers in the civil war, a sum 
not exceeding fifty-six hundred dollars, the same 
to be in addition to any unexpended balance of 
an appropriation made for the purpose in previous 
years 5,600 00 

Total $384,600 00 

Service of the Massachusetts Soldiers' Home. 

164 For the maintenance of the Soldiers' Home in 

Massachusetts, with the approval of the trustees 
thereof, a sum not exceeding two hundred ninety- 
four thousand dollars, the same to be in addition 
to certain receipts from the United States govern- 
ment $294,000 00 

165 For the cost of finishing the top floor of the nurses' 

dormitory, a sum not exceeding sixty-five him- 

dred dollars 6,500 00 

166 For the cost of renovating Sargent Hall, including a 

considerable reduction in fire hazard and improve- 
ment in the sanitary condition, a sum not exceed- 
ing fifty thousand dollars .... 50,000 00 

Total $350,500 00 



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Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 209 



Service of the Art Commission. 

Item 

167 For expenses of the commission, a sum not exceeding 

one hundred and fifty dollars . . . . $150 00 

Service of the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. 

168 For expenses of the commissioners, a sum not ex- 

ceeding seven hundred and fifty dollars . . $750 00 

For the Maintenance of the Mount Greylock War Memorial. 

169 For expenses of maintenance of the Mount Greylock 

war memorial, as authorized by chapter three 
hundred and thirty-six of the acts of nineteen 
hundred and thirty-three, a sum not exceeding 
twenty-three hundred dollars .... $2,300 00 

Service of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. 

The following items shall be payable from fees 
collected under section twenty-seven of chapter 
one hundred and thirty-eight of the General 
Laws, as most recently amended: 

170 For personal services, a sum not exceeding one hun- 

dred fifteen thousand four hundred dollars; pro- 
vided, that payments from this appropriation for 
the services of investigators rendered after May 
thirty-first in the current year shall not be made 
to more than twenty-five investigators . . $115,400 00 

171 For services other than personal, including rent of 

offices, travel, and office and incidental expenses, 

a sum not exceeding fortj'-four thousand dollars . 44,000 00 

Total $159,400 00 

Service of the State Planning Board. 

172 For personal services of secretary, chief engineer, 

and other assistants, a sum not exceeding thirty 

thousand five hundred dollars .... $30,500 00 

173 For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 

office supplies and equipment, a sum not exceeding 

nine thousand dollars ..... 9,000 00 



Total $39,500 00 

Service of the State Library. 

174 For personal services of the librarian, a sum not ex- 

ceeding fifty-seven hundred dollars . . $5,700 00 

175 For personal services of the regular library assist- 

ants, temporary clerical assistance, and for serv- 
ices for cataloguing, a sum not exceeding forty-one 
thousand dollars 41,000 00 

176 For services other than personal, including printing 

the annual report, office supplies and equipment, 
and incidental traveling expenses, a sum not ex- 
ceeding twenty-three hundred dollars . . 2,300 00 

177 For books and other publications and things needed 

for the library, and the necessary binding and re- 
binding incidental thereto, a sum not exceeding 
ten thousand five hundred dollars . . . 10,500 00 

Total $59,500 00 



210 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 



Service of the Superintendent of Buildings. 

Item 

178 For personal services of the superintendent and of- 

fice assistants, a sum not exceeding ten thousand 

seven hundred dollars $10,700 00 

179 For personal services of engineers, assistant engi- 

neers, firemen and helpers in the engineer's de- 
partment, a sum not exceeding sixty-one thousand 
eight hundred dollars 61,800 00 

180 For personal services of capitol pohce, a sum not 

exceeding forty-five thousand one hundred and 

eighty dollars . 45,180 00 

181 For personal services of janitors, a sum not exceed- 

ing twenty-five thousand and fifty dollars . . 25,050 00 

182 For other personal services incidental to the care 

and maintenance of the state house, a sum not 
exceeding eighty-two thousand five hundred and 
fifty dollars 82,550 00 

183 For personal services of the central mailing room, 

a sum not exceeding seventy-three hundred and 

eighty-five dollars 7,385 00 



Total $232,665 00 

Other Annual Expenses: 

184 For contingent, office and other expenses of the su- 

perintendent, a sum not exceeding three hundred 

dollars $300 00 

185 For telephone service in the building and expenses 

in connection therewith, a sum not exceeding 

thirty-eight thousand dollars .... 38,000 00 

186 For services, supplies and equipment necessary to 

furnish heat, light and power, a sum not exceeding 

forty-four thousand five hundred dollars . . 44,500 00 

187 For other services, supplies and equipment neces- 

sary for the maintenance and care of the state 
house and grounds, including repairs of furniture 
and equipment, a sum not exceeding thirty-six 
thousand dollars 36,000 00 

188 For office and other expenses of the central mailing 

room, a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars . 100 00 



Total $118,900 00 

Service of the State Racing Commission. 

189 For personal services, a sum not exceeding one hun- 

dred forty-seven thousand dollars . . . $147,000 00 

190 For other administrative expenses, including rent of 

offices, travel, and office and incidental expenses, 
a sum not exceeding fifteen thousand five hundred 
dollars 15,500 00 



Total $162,500 00 

For the Maintenance of Old State House. 

191 For the contribution of the commonwealth toward 

the maintenance of the old provincial state house, 

the sum of fifteen hundred dollars . . . $1,500 00 

Service of the Secretary of the Commornwealth. 

192 For the salary of the secretary, a sum not exceeding 

seven thousand dollars ..... $7,000 00 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 211 

Item 

193 For the salaries of officers and employees holding 

positions established by law, and other personal 
services, a sum not exceeding one hundred fifteen 
thousand dollars $115,000 00 

194 For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 

office supplies and equipment, for the arrangement 
and preservation of state records and papers, and 
for advertising the purpose of sections twenty- 
eight A to twenty-eight D of chapter six of the 
General Laws, as amended, a sum not exceeding 
seventeen thousand dollars .... 17,000 00 

195 For postage and expressage on public documents, 

and for mailing copies of bills and resolves to cer- 
tain state, city and town officials, a sum not ex- 
ceeding three thousand dollars .... 3,000 00 

196 For printing registration books, blanks and indexes, 

a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars . . 1,000 00 

197 For the purchase of certain supplies and equipment, 

and for other things necessary in connection with 
the reproduction of the manuscript collection 
designated "Massachusetts Archives", a sum not 
exceeding seventeen hundred dollars . . 1,700 00 

198 For the purchase of ink for public records of the 

commonwealth, a sum not exceeding one thou- 
sand dollars 1,000 00 

199 For traveling expenses of the supervisor of public 

records, a sum not exceeding seven hundred dollars 700 00 

Total $146,400 00 

Indexing vital statistics : 

200 For the preparation of certain indexes of births, mar- 

riages and deaths, a sum not exceeding nine thou- 
sand dollars $9,000 00 

For printing laws, etc. : 

201 For printing and distributing the pamphlet edition 

and for printing and binding the blue book edition 
of the acts and resolves of the present year, a sum 
not exceeding thirteen thousand dollars . . $13,000 00 

202 For the printing of reports of decisions of the su- 

preme judicial court, a sum not exceeding twelve 
thousand six hundred and fifty dollars, the same 
to be in addition to any unexpended balance of an 
appropriation made for the purpose in the preced- 
ing year 12,650 00 

203 For printing and binding public documents, a sum 

not exceeding thirty-seven hundred dollars . 3,700 00 

Total $29,350 00 

For matters relating to elections: 

204 For personal and other services in preparing for 

primary elections, and for the expenses of prepar- 
ing, printing and distributing ballots for primary 
anci other elections, a sum not exceeding six thou- 
sand dollars $6,000 00 

205 For the printing of blanks for town officers, election 

laws and blanks and instructions on all matters 
relating to elections, a sum not exceeding four 
thousand dollars 4,000 00 

206 For furnishing cities and towns with ballot boxes, 

and for repairs to the same; for the purchase of 
apparatus to be used at polling places in the 



212 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 

Item 

canvass and counting of votes; and for providing 
certain registration facilities, a sum not exceeding 
twenty-five hundred dollars .... $2,500 00 

207 For services and expenses of the electoral college, a 

sum not exceeding seven hundred and fifty dollars 750 00 

Total $13,250 00 

Medical Examiners' Fees: 

208 For medical examiners' fees, as provided by law, a 

sum not exceeding eleven hundred and twenty- 
five dollars $1,125 00 

209 (This item omitted.) 

Service of the Treasurer and Receiver-General. 

210 For the salary of the treasurer and receiver-general, 

a sum not exceeding six thousand dollars . . $6,000 00 

211 For salaries of officers and employees holding posi- 

tions established by law and additional clerical 
and other assistance, a sum not exceeding sixty 
thousand six hundred dollars .... 60,600 00 

212 For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 

office supplies and equipment, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-one thousand dollars .... 21,000 00 

Total $87,600 00 

Commissioners on Firemen's Relief: 

213 For relief disbursed, with the approval of the com- 

missioners on firemen's relief, subject to the pro- 
visions of law, a sum not exceeding seventeen 
thousand five hundred dollars .... $17,500 00 

214 For expenses of administration by the commissioners 

on firemen's relief, a sum not exceeding five hun- 
dred doUars 500 00 



Total $18,000 00 

Payments to Soldiers: 

215 For expenses of administering certain laws relating 

to payments in recognition of military service in 
the world war, a sum not exceeding thirty-two 
hundred dollars, to be paid from the receipts from 
taxes levied under authority of chapters two hun- 
dred and eighty-three and three hundred and 
forty-two of the General Acts of nineteen hundred 
and nineteen $3,200 00 

216 For making payments to soldiers in recognition of 

service during the world war, as provided by law, 
a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars, to be 
paid from receipts from taxes levied as specified 
in item two hundred and fifteen . . . 10,000 00 

217 For payments to soldiers and sailors in the volunteer 

service of the United States during the Spanish- 
American war, and to certain of their dependents, 
as authorized by section one of chapter five hun- 
dred and sixty-one of the acts of eighteen hundred 
and ninety-eight, as amended by section one of 
chapter four hundred and seventy-one of the acts 
of eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, a sum not 
exceeding two hundred dollars .... 200 00 

Total $13,400 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 213 

Item 

State Board of Retirement: 

218 For personal services in the administrative office of 

the state board of retirement, a sum not exceeding 

eleven thousand one hundred and fifty dollars $11,150 00 

219 For services other than personal, printing the annual 

report, and for office supplies and equipment, a 

sum not exceeding sixty-three hundred dollars . 6,300 00 

220 For requirements of annuity funds and pensions for 

employees retired from the state service under au- 
thority of law, a sum not exceeding two hundred 
ninety-eight thousand dollars .... 298,000 00 



Total $315,450 00 

Board of Tax Appeals: 

221 For personal services of the members of the board 

and employees, a sum not exceeding forty-five 

thousand four hundred and twenty-five dollars . $45,425 00 

222 For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 

office supplies and equipment, and rent, a sum not 

exceeding nine thousand dollars . . . 9,000 00 



Total $54,425 00 

Service of the Emergency Finance Board. 

223 For administrative expenses of the emergency finance 

board, a sum not exceeding seventeen thousand 

five hundred dollars $17,500 00 

Service of the Slate Emergency Public Works Commission. 

224 For expenses of the board appointed to formulate 

projects or perform any act necessary to enable 
the commonwealth to receive certain benefits pro- 
vided by the National Industrial Recovery Act, 
a sum not exceeding eleven thousand three hun- 
dred dollars $11,300 00 

Requirements for Extinguishing the State Debt. 

225 For sinking fund requirements and for certain serial 

bonds maturing during the present year, the sum 
of five million four hundred two thousand seven 
hundred twenty-two dollars and eighty-three cents, 
payable from the following accounts and funds 
in the following amounts: — from the Highway 
Fund, five million sixty-eight thousand three hun- 
dred eighty-nine dollars and fifty cents; and the 
remainder from the General Fund . . .$5,402,722 83 

Interest on the Public Debt. 

226 For the payment of interest on the direct debt of the 

commonwealth, a sum not exceeding eight hun- 
dred sixty-eight thousand two hundred thirty-two 
dollars, of which sum five hundred sixty thou- 
sand six hundred sixty-six dollars and twenty-five 
cents shall be paid from the Highway Fund . $868,232 00 

Service of the Auditor of the Commonwealth. 

227 For the salary of the auditor, a sum not exceeding 

six thousand dollars $6,000 00 

228 For personal services of deputies and other assistants, 

a sum not exceeding sixty-three thousand dollars . 63,000 00 



214 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

229 For services other than personal, traveUng expenses, 
office suppHes and equipment, a sum not exceed- 
ing sixty-five hundred dollars .... $6,500 00 



Total $75,500 00 

Service of the Attorney General's Department. 

230 For the salary of the attorney general, a sum not 

exceeding eight thousand dollars . . . $8,000 00 

231 For the compensation of assistants in his office, and 

for such other legal and personal services as may be 
required, a sum not exceeding one hundred thirty 
thousand three hundred dollars . . . 130,300 00 

232 For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 

office supplies and equipment, a sum not exceed- 
ing ten thousand five hundred dollars . 10,500 00 

233 For the settlement of certain claims, as provided by 

law, on account of damages by cars owned by the 
commonwealth and operated by state employees, 
a sum not exceeding twelve thousand dollars . 12,000 00 

234 For the settlement of certain small claims, as au- 

thorized by section three A of chapter twelve of 
the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercente- 
nary Edition thereof, a sum not exceeding eight 
thousand dollars 8,000 00 

Total $168,800 00 

Service of the Department of Agriculture. 

235 For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not exceed- 

ing six thousand dollars ..... $6,000 00 

236 For personal services of clerks and stenographers, a 

sum not exceeding twenty-six thousand seven 

hundred dollars 26,700 00 

237 For traveling expenses of the commissioner, a sum 

not exceeding nine hundred dollars . . 900 00 

238 For services other than personal, printing the annual 

report, office supplies and equipment, and printing 
and furnishing trespass posters, a sum not exceed- 
ing seventy-five hundred dollars . . . 7,500 00 

239 For compensation and expenses of members of the 

advisory board, a sum not exceeding sixteen hun- 
dred dollars 1,600 00 

240 For services and expenses of apiary inspection, a sum 

not exceeding two thousand dollars . . . 2,000 00 

Division of Dairying and Animal Husbandry: 

241 For personal services, a sum not exceeding sixteen 

thousand six hundred and twenty dollars . . 16,620 00 

242 For other expenses, including the enforcement of the 

dairy laws of the commonwealth, a sum not ex- 
ceeding seven thousand dollars .... 7,000 00 

243 For administering the law relative to the inspection 

of barns and dairies by the department of agricul- 
ture, a sum not exceeding twenty-four thousand 
dollars 24,000 00 

244 For expenses of administering sections forty-two A 

to forty-two K, inclusive, of chapter ninety-four 
of the General Laws, as appearing in section two 
of chapter three hundred and thirty-eight of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three and as 
amended, relative to the licensing and bonding of 
mUk dealers, a sum not exceeding five thousand 
dollars 5,000 00 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 215 

Item 

Division of Plant Pest Control: 

245 For personal services, a sum not exceeding seventy- 
five hundred and eighty dollars . . . $7,580 00 

24G For other expenses, a sum not exceeding forty-six 

hundred dollars 4,600 00 

Division of Markets: 

247 For personal services, a sum not exceeding thirtj'- 

three thousand four hundred and fifty dollars . 33,450 00 

248 For other expenses, a sum not exceeding ninety-seven 

hundred dollars 9,700 00 

Division of Reclamation, Soil Survey and Fairs: 

249 For personal services, a sum not exceeding eleven 

thousand one hundred dollars . . . . 11,100 00 

250 For travel and other expenses, a sum not exceeding 

fifty-three hundred dollars .... 5,300 00 

251 For state prizes and agricultural exhibits, including 

allotment of funds for the 4-X club activities, a 
sum not exceeding thirty thousand dollars, the 
same to be in addition to any amount heretofore 
appropriated for this purpose, and any unexpended 
balance remaining at the end of the current fiscal 
year may be used in the succeeding year . . 30,000 00 

Total $199,050 00 

Milk Control Board: 

252 For personal services of members of the board and 

their employees, a sum not exceeding eighty-four 

thousand dollars $84,000 00 

252a For other administrative expenses of the board for 
the present and the previous year, including office 
expenses, rent, travel and special services, a sum 
not exceeding seventy-three thousand dollars . 73,000 00 



Total $157,000 00 

Division of Livestock Disease Control: 

253 For the salary of the director, a sum not exceeding 

four thousand dollars ..... $4,000 00 

254 For personal services of clerks and stenographers, a 

sum not exceeding twenty-six thousand six hun- 
dred dollars 26,600 00 

255 For services other than personal, including printing 

the annual report, traveling expenses of the di- 
rector, office supplies and equipment, and rent, a 
sum not exceeding ten thousand five hundred 
dollars 10,500 00 

256 For personal services of veterinarians and agents 

engaged in the work of extermination of conta- 
gious diseases among domestic animals, a sum not 
exceeding seventy-three thousand dollars . . 73,000 00 

257 For traveling expenses of veterinarians and agents, 

including the cost of any motor vehicles purchased 
for their use, a sum not exceeding twenty-one 
thousand dollars 21,000 00 

258 For reimbursement of owners of horses killed during 

the present and previous years, travel, when al- 
lowed, of inspectors of animals, incidental expenses 
of killing and burial, quarantine and emergency 
services, and for laboratory and veterinary sup- 
plies and equipment, a sum not exceeding forty- 
eight hundred dollars 4,800 00 



216 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 

Item 

259 For reimbursement of owners of tubercular cattle 

killed, as authorized by section twelve A of chap- 
ter one hundred and twenty-nine of the General 
Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition 
thereof, and in accordance with certain provisions 
of law and agreements made under authority of 
section thirty-three of said chapter one hundred 
and twenty-nine, as amended, during the present 
and the previous year, a sum not exceeding thirty- 
one thousand four hundred dollars, the same to 
be in addition to any amount heretofore appro- 
priated for the purpose, and any unexpended bal- 
ance remaining at the end of the current fiscal 
year may be used in the succeeding year . . S31,400 00 

Total $171,300 00 

Reimbursement of towns for inspectors of animals: 

260 For the reimbursement of certain towns for com- 

pensation paid to inspectors of animals, a sum 

not exceeding fifty-two hundred dollars . . $5,200 00 

Specials: 

261 For work in protecting the pine trees of the com- 

monwealth from white pine blister rust, and for 
payments of claims on account of currant and 
gooseberry bushes destroyed in the work of sup- 
pressing white pine blister rust, a smn not exceed- 
ing three thousand dollars .... $3,000 00 

262 For quarantine and other expenses in connection 

with the work of suppression of the European 
corn-borer, so called, a sum not exceeding three 
thousand dollars, the same to be in addition to 
any amount heretofore appropriated for the pur- 
pose 3,000 00 

263 For quarantine and other expenses in connection 

with the work of suppression of the Japanese 
beetle, so called, a sum not exceeding thirty-four 
hundred dollars 3,400 00 

264 For the cost of work of inspecting certain orchards 

of the commonwealth to provide for effective apple 
pest control, a sum not exceeding twenty-five hun- 
dred dollars 2,500 00 

Total $11,900 00 

State Reclamation Board: 

265 For expenses of the board, a sum not exceeding four- 

teen thousand dollars $14,000 00 

266 For the maintenance and construction of drainage 

ditches, as authorized by chapter three hundred 
and fifteen of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-one, as amended by section one of chapter 
two hundred and fifty of the acts of nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-five, a sum not exceeding thirty- 
three thousand eight hundred dollars, the same 
to be assessed upon certain towns as required by 
law and to be in addition to any amount hereto- 
fore appropriated for the purpose . . . 33,800 00 

Total $47,800 00 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 217 



Service of the Department of Conservation. 

Item 

Administration: 

267 For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not ex- 

ceeding six thousand dollars .... $6,000 00 

268 For traveling expenses of the commissioner, a sum 

not exceeding sixteen hundred and fifty dollars . 1,650 00 

269 For telephone service and certain other office charges 

of the department, a sum not exceeding twenty- 
five hundred dollars . . • . . . 2,500 00 

270 For personal services of a telephone operator and 

office boy, a sum not exceeding twenty-one hun- 
dred and thirty dollars 2,130 00 

Total $12,280 00 

Division of Forestry: 

271 For personal services of office assistants, a sum not 

exceeding fourteen thousand eight hundred dollars $14,800 00 

272 For services other than personal, including printing 

the annual report, and for traveling expenses, 
necessary office supplies and equipment, and rent, 
a sum not exceeding ninety-eight hundred dollars 9,800 00 

273 For aiding towns in the purchase of equipment for 

extinguishing forest fires and for making protec- 
tive belts or zones as a defence against forest fires, 
for the present and previous years, a sum not 
exceeding one thousand dollars . . . 1,000 00 

274 For personal services of the state fire warden and 

his assistants, and for other services, including 
traveling expenses of the state fire warden and 
his assistants, necessary supplies and equipment 
and materials used in new construction in the 
forest fire prevention service, a sum not exceeding 
sixty-four thousand dollars, the same to be in 
addition to any funds allotted to Massachusetts 
by the federal authorities ..... 64,000 00 

275 For the suppression of the gypsy and brown tail 

moths, and for expenses incidental thereto, a sum 
not exceeding forty-five thousand two hundred 
dollars, the same to be in addition to any amount 
heretofore appropriated for the purpose, and any 
unexpended balance remaining at the end of the 
current fiscal year may be used in the succeeding 
year 45,200 00 

276 For the development of state forests, including 

salaries and expenses of foresters and the cost of 
maintenance of such nurseries as may be necessary 
for the growing of seedlings for the planting of 
state forests, as authorized by sections one, six, 
nine and thirty to thirty-six, inclusive, of chapter 
one hundred and thirty-two of the General Laws, 
as amended, a sum not exceeding one hundred 
seventy-one thousand dollars, the same to be in 
addition to any amount heretofore appropriated 
for this purpose, and any unexpended balance re- 
maining at the end of the current fiscal year may 
be used in the succeeding year .... 171,000 00 

277 For reimbursement to certain to\\Tis, as authorized 

by section twenty-four of chapter forty-eight of 
the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercente- 
nary Edition thereof, a sum not exceeding three 
hundred dollars 300 00 



218 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

278 For the expenses of forest fire patrol, as authorized 

by section twenty-eight A of said chapter forty- 
eight, as so appearing, a sum not exceeding twenty- 
five hundred and sixty dollars .... $2,560 00 
278a For expenses, including certain equipment, of forest 
fire patrol, as authorized by section twenty-eight A 
of said chapter forty-eight, as so appearing, a sum 
not exceeding two thousand dollars . . . 2,000 00 

Total $310,660 00 

Division of Parks: 

279 For personal services, a sum not exceeding seventy- 

four hundred dollars $7,400 00 

280 For other expenses, a sum not exceeding seventy-one 

hundred dollars 7,100 00 

281 For the maintenance of the Standish monument 

reservation, a sum not exceeding two thousand 

dollars 2,000 00 



Total $16,500 00 

Salisbury Beach Reservation: 

282 For the maintenance of Salisbury beach reservation, 

a sum not exceeding seventeen thousand five hun- 
dred dollars, the same to be assessed upon the 
cities and towns of the commonwealth, exclusive 
of those comprising the metropolitan parks dis- 
trict, but including Cohasset, in the manner pro- 
vided in section four of chapter one hundred and 
thirty-two A of the General Laws, as appearing in 
the Tercentenary Edition thereof . $17,500 00 

282a For expenses of certain Works Progress Adminis- 
tration projects for improvements at Salisbury 
beach, a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars 10,000 00 

Division of Fisheries and Game: 

283 For the salary of the director, a sum not exceeding 

five thousand dollars ..... 5,000 00 

284 For personal services of office assistants, a sum not 

exceeding twenty-two thousand dollars . . 22,000 00 

285 For services other than personal, including printing 

the annual report, traveling expenses and neces- 
sary office supplies and equipment, and rent, a 
sum not exceeding eleven thousand dollars . 11,000 00 

286 For expenses of exhibitions and other measures to 

increase the interest of the public in the protection 
and propagation of fish and game, a sum not ex- 
ceeding fifteen hundred dollars .... 1,500 00 

Enforcement of laws : 

287 For personal services of fish and game wardens, a 

sum not exceeding seventy-three thousand four 

hundred and seventy dollars .... 73,470 00 

288 For traveling expenses of fish and game wardens, 

and for other expenses necessary for the enforce- 
ment of the laws, a sum not exceeding thirty-one 
thousand one hundred dollars . . . . 31,100 00 

Biological work: 

289 For personal services to carry on biological work, a 

sum not exceeding sixty-four hundred dollars . 6,400 00 

290 For traveling and other expenses of the biologist 

and his assistants, a sum not exceeding twenty- 
five hundred dollars 2,500 00 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 219 

Item 

Propagation of game birds, etc. : 

291 For personal services of employees at game farms 

and fish hatcheries, a sum not exceeding sixty-six 

thousand one hundred dollars .... $66,100 00 

292 For other maintenance expenses of game farms and 

fish hatcheries, and for the propagation of game 
birds and animals and food fish, a sum not exceed- 
ing sixty-one thousand five hundred dollars . 61,500 00 

Damages by wild deer and wild moose: 

293 For the payment of damages caused by wild deer and 

wild moose, for the present year and previous 
years, as provided by law, a sum not exceeding 
sixty-five hundred dollars .... 6,500 00 

Supervision of public fishing and hunting grounds: 

294 For personal services, a sum not exceeding five thou- 

sand dollars 5,000 00 

295 For other expenses, a sum not exceeding fourteen 

hundred and fifty dollars ..... 1,450 00 

296 (This item omitted.) 

297 For expenses of providing for the establishment of 

public fishing grounds, a sum not exceeding thirty- 
five hundred dollars 3,500 00 

Protection of wild life: 

298 For expenses incurred in the protection of certain 

wild life, a sum not exceeding fifty-six hundred and 

fifty dollars 5,650 00 

Marine fisheries: 

299 For personal services for regulating the sale and cold 

storage of fresh food fish, a sum not exceeding 

fifteen thousand eight hundred dollars . . 15,800 00 

300 For other expenses of regulating the sale and cold 

storage of fresh food fish, a sum not exceeding 

forty- two hundred dollars . . . . 4,200 00 

State Supervisor of Marine Fisheries: 

301 For personal services of the state supervisor of marine 

fisheries and his assistants, a sum not exceeding 

thirteen thousand three hundred and fifty dollars 13,350 00 

302 For office and other expenses of the state supervisor 

of marine fisheries, a sum not exceeding eighty- 
five hundred dollars 8,500 00 

Enforcement of shellfish and other marine fishery 
laws: 

303 For personal services for the administration and 

enforcement of laws relative to shellfish and other 
marine fisheries, a sum not exceeding thirty-three 
thousand five hundred dollars .... 33,500 00 

304 For other expenses for the administration and en- 

forcement of laws relative to shellfish and other 
marine fisheries, a sum not exceeding fifteen thou- 
sand five hundred dollars ..... 15,500 00 

305 For expenses of purchasing lobsters, subject to the 

conditions imposed by section twenty-six of chap- 
ter one hundred and thirty of the General Laws, 
as appearing in section two of chapter three hun- 
dred and twenty-nine of the acts of nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-three, a sum not exceeding six 
thousand dollars 6,000 00 



220 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

306 For the cost of assisting coastal cities and towns in the 
propagation of food fish and the suppression of 
enemies thereof, as authorized by section three A 
of chapter one hundred and thirty of the General 
Laws, inserted therein by chapter three hundred 
and twenty-four of the acts of nineteen hundred 
and thirty-five, a sum not exceeding twenty thou- 
sand dollars S20,000 00 



Total $419,520 00 

Bounty on seals: 

307 For bounties on seals, a sum not exceeding fifteen 

hundred dollars $1,500 00 

Service oj the Depart^nenl of Banking and Insurance. 

Division of Banks: 

308 For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not exceed- 

ing six thousand dollars ..... $6,000 00 

309 For services of deputy, directors, examiners and as- 

sistants, clerks, stenographers and experts, a sum 
not exceeding three hundred thirty-five thousand 
dollars 335,000 00 

310 For services other than personal, printing the annual 

report, traveling expenses, office supplies and 
equipment, a sum not exceeding sixty-five thou- 
sand dollars 65,000 00 



Total $406,000 00 

Supervisor of Loan Agencies : 

311 For personal services of supervisor and assistants, a 

sum not exceeding thirteen thousand five hundred 

and forty dollars $13,540 00 

312 For services other than personal, printing the annual 

report, office supplies and equipment, a sum not 

exceeding sixteen hundred dollars . . . 1,600 00 

Total $15,140 00 

Division of Insurance: 

313 For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not ex- 

ceeding six thousand dollars .... $6,000 00 

314 For other personal services of the division, includ- 

ing expenses of the board of appeal and certain 
other costs of supervising motor vehicle liability 
insurance, a sum not exceeding two hundred 
thirty-six thousand dollars, of which sum not more 
than thirty-five thousand dollars may be charged 
to the Highway Fund 236,000 00 

315 For other services, including printing the annual 

report, traveling expenses, necessary office sup- 
plies and equipment, and rent of offices, a sum not 
exceeding sixty-one thousand dollars . . . 61,000 00 

Total $303,000 00 

Board of Appeal on Fire Insurance Rates: 

316 For expenses of the board, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand dollars $1,000 00 

Division of Savings Bank Life Insurance: 

317 For personal services of officers and employees, a sum 

not exceeding forty-six thousand dollars . . $46,000 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 221 

Item 

318 For services other than personal, printing the annual 
report, traveling expenses, rent, publicity and 
equipment, a sum not exceeding fifteen thousand 
three hundred dollars $15,300 00 



Total $61,300 00 

Service of the Department of Corporations and Taxation. 

Corporations and Tax Divisions: 

319 For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not ex- 

ceeding seventy-five hundred dollars . . . $7,500 00 

320 For the salaries of certain positions filled by the com- 

missioner, with the approval of the governor and 
council, and for additional clerical and other as- 
sistance, a sum not exceeding two hundred forty- 
nine thousand dollars, of which sum not more 
than fifty thousand dollars may be charged to the 
Highway Fund to cover the estimated cost of col- 
lection of the gasoline tax, so called, and not more 
than fifty thousand dollars may be payable from 
fees collected under section twenty-seven of chap- 
ter one hundred and thirty-eight of the General 
Laws, as amended, to cover the estimated cost of 
collection of alcoholic beverages taxes, so called . 249,000 00 

321 For other services, necessary office supplies and 

equipment, travel, and for printing the annual 
report, other publications and valuation books, 
a sum not exceeding forty-five thousand dollars 45,000 00 

322 For expenses of the department for legal services, 

evidence and other information relative to a cer- 
tain domicile case, a sum not exceeding fifteen 
thousand dollars 15,000 00 



Total $316,500 00 

Income Tax Division (the two following appro- 
priations are to be made from the receipts from 
the income tax) : 

323 For personal services of the director, assistant di- 

rector, assessors, deputy assessors, clerks, stenog- 
raphers and other necessary assistants, a sum not 
exceeding five hundred seven thousand dollars . $507,000 00 

324 For services other than personal, and for traveling 

expenses, office supplies and equipment, a sum not 

exceeding one hundred seventy thousand dollars . 170,000 00 

Total ' . . $677,000 00 

Division of Accounts: 

325 For personal services, a sum not exceeding ninety- 

eight thousand six hundred dollars . . . $98,600 00 

326 For other expenses, a sum not exceeding twelve 

thousand dollars 12,000 00 

327 For services and expenses of auditing and instaUing 

systems of municipal accounts, the cost of which 
is to be assessed upon the municipalities for which 
the work is done, a sum not exceeding one hundred 
seventy-seven thousand dollars .... 177,000 00 

328 For the expenses of certain books, forms and other 

material, which may be sold to cities and towns 
requiring the same for maintaining their system of 
accounts, a sum not exceeding twenty-one thou- 
sand dollars .... ... 21,000 00 



222 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

329 For the administrative expenses of the county per- 
sonnel board, a sum not exceeding seven thou- 
sand dollars $7,000 00 



Total $315,600 00 

Reimbursement for loss of taxes: 
330 For reimbursing cities and towns for loss of taxes on 
land used for state institutions and certain other 
state activities, as certified by the commissioner 
of corporations and taxation for the fiscal year 
ending November thirtieth, nineteen hundred and 
thirty-seven, a sum not exceeding one hundred 
fifty-nine thousand dollars .... $159,000 00 



Service of the Department of Education. 

331 For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not ex- 

ceeding nine thousand dollars .... $9,000 00 

332 For personal services of officers, agents, clerks, 

stenographers and other assistants, but not includ- 
ing those employed in university extension work, 
a sum not exceeding one hundred seven thousand 
nine hundred dollars 107,900 00 

333 For traveling expenses of members of the advisory 

board and of agents and employees when required 
to travel in discharge of their duties, a sum not 
exceeding seven thousand dollars . . . 7,000 00 

334 For services other than personal, necessary office 

supplies, and for printing the annual report and 
bulletins as provided by law, a sum not exceeding 
ninety-three hundred dollars .... 9,300 00 

335 For expenses incidental to furnishing school com- 

mittees with rules for testing the sight and hearing 
of pupils, a sum not exceeding three hundred dol- 
lars 300 00 

336 For printing school registers and other school blanks 

for cities and towns, a sum not exceeding two 

thousand dollars 2,000 00 

337 For assisting small towns in providing themselves 

with school superintendents, as provided by law, 
a sum not exceeding one himdred six thousand 
dollars 106,000 00 

338 For the reimbursement of certain towns for the pay- 

ment of tuition of pupils attending high schools 
outside the towns in which they reside, as pro- 
vided by law, a sum not exceeding one hundred 
ninety thousand dollars 190,000 00 

339 For the reimbursement of certain towns for the 

transportation of pupils attending high schools 
outside the towns in which they reside, as provided 
by law, a sum not exceeding two hundred ten thou- 
sand dollars 210,000 00 

340 For the reimbursement of certain cities and towns 

for a part of the expense of maintaining agricul- 
tural and industrial vocational schools, as pro- 
vided by law, a sum not exceeding one million 
four hundred three thousand eight hundred eighty- 
eight dollars and fifty-nine cents . . . 1,403,888 59 

341 For the expense of promotion of vocational rehabili- 

tation in co-operation with the federal govern- 
ment, including rent, with the approval of the 
department of education, a sum not exceeding 
fifty-one thousand dollars .... 51,000 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 223 



For aid to certain persons receiving instruction in the 
courses for vocational rehabilitation, as author- 
ized by section twenty-two B of chapter seventy- 
four of the General Laws, as appearing in the 
Tercentenary Edition thereof, a sum not exceeding 
four thousand dollars ..... $4,000 00 

For the training of teachers for vocational schools, 
to comply with the requirements of federal au- 
thorities under the provisions of the Smith-Hughes 
act, so called, a sum not exceeding thirty-one thou- 
sand dollars 31,000 00 

For the education of deaf and blind pupils of the 
commonwealth, as provided by section twenty- 
six of chapter sixty-nine of the General Laws, as 
amended, a sum not exceeding four hundred sixty 
thousand dollars 460,000 00 

For expenses of holding teachers' institutes, a sum 

not exceeding two thousand dollars . . . 2,000 00 

For aid to certain pupils in state teachers' colleges, 
under the direction of the department of educa- 
tion, a sum not exceeding four thousand dollars . 4,000 00 

For assistance to the children of certain war veterans, 
for the present and previous years, as authorized 
by chapter two hundred and sixty-three of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty, a sum not 
exceeding eighty-five hundred dollars . . 8,500 00 



Total S2,605,888 59 

English-speaking Classes for Adults: 
For personal services of administration, a sum not 
exceeding eleven thousand six hundred and sev- 
enty dollars $11,670 00 

For other expenses of administration, a sum not 

exceeding twenty-five hundred dollars . . 2,500 00 

For reimbursement of certain cities and towns, a sum 

not exceeding sixty thousand dollars . . . 60,000 00 

Total $74,170 00 

University Extension Courses: 

For personal services, a sum not exceeding one hun- 
dred thirty-nine thousand dollars . . . $139,000 00 

For other expenses, a sum not exceeding thirty-three 

thousand dollars 33,000 00 

Total $172,000 00 

Special : 
For the cost of publishing historical and other data 
relative to the centennial of the birth of Horace 
Mann, a sum not exceeding eight thousand dol- 
lars $8,000 00 

Division of Immigration and Americanization: 
For personal services, a sum not exceeding forty- 
three thousand one hundred dollars . . . $43,100 00 
For other expenses, a sum not exceeding sixty-six 

hundred dollars 6,600 00 



Total $49,700 00 

Division of Public Libraries: 
For personal services of regular agents and office 
assistants, a sum not exceeding eleven thousand 
three hundred dollars $11,300 00 



224 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

357 For other services, including printing the annual 
report, traveling expenses, necessary office sup- 
plies and expenses incidental to the aiding of 
public libraries, a sum not exceeding ten thousand 
dollars $10,000 00 



Total $21,300 00 

Division of the Blind: 

358 For general administration, furnishing information, 

industrial and educational aid, and for carrying 
out certain provisions of the laws establishing 
said division, a sum not exceeding fifty thousand 
one hundred dollars $50,100 00 

359 For the maintenance of local shops, a siun not ex- 

ceeding seventy thousand dollars . . . 70,000 00 

360 For maintenance of Woolson House industries, so 

called, to be expended under the authority of said 
division, a sum not exceeding thirty-nine thou- 
sand dollars 39,000 00 

361 For the maintenance of certain industries for men, to 

be expended under the authority of said division, 
a sum not exceeding one hundred sixty-five thou- 
sand dollars 165,000 00 

362 For instruction of the adult blind in their homes, a 

sum not exceeding nineteen thousand five hundred 

dollars 19,500 00 

363 For expenses of providing sight-saving classes, with 

the approval of said division, a sum not exceeding 

twenty thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars . 20,750 00 

364 For aiding the adult blind, subject to the conditions 

provided by law, a sum not exceeding one hundred 

fifty thousand dollars 150,000 00 

365 For expenses of administering and operating the 

service of piano tuning and mattress renovating 
under section twenty-five of chapter sixty-nine of 
the General Laws, as amended by chapter three 
hundred and ninety-seven of the acts of nineteen 
hundred and thirty-five, a sum not exceeding 
twenty-two thousand dollars .... 22,000^00 

Total $536,350 00 

Teachers' Retirement Board: 

366 For personal services of employees, a sum not ex- 

ceeding twelve thousand seven hundred dollars . $12,700 00 

367 For services other than personal, including printing 

the annual report, traveling expenses, office sup- 
plies and equipment, and rent, a sum not exceed- 
ing sixty-two lumdred dollars .... 6,200 00 

368 For pajTuent of pensions to retired teachers, a sum 

not exceeding one million two hundred five thou- 
sand dollars 1,205,000 00 

369 For reimbursement of certain cities and towns for 

pensions to retired teachers, a sum not exceeding 
two hundred seventy-nine thousand six hundred 
five dollars and nineteen cents .... 279,605 19 

370 For payment into the annuity fund for the period 

of the year nineteen hundred and thirty-six, in 
accordance with certain actuarial figures, a sum 
not exceeding thirty-four thousand eight hundred 
eighty-nine dollars and eighty-two cents . . 34,889 82 

Total $1,538,395 01 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. . 225 



Massachusetts Nautical School: 

For personal services of the secretary and office as- 
sistants, a sum not exceeding forty-eight hundred 
and twenty dollars $4,820 00 

For services other than regular clerical services, in- 
cluding printing the annual report, rent, office sup- 
plies and equipment, a sum not exceeding twenty- 
one hundred and eighty dollars . . . . 2,180 00 

For the maintenance of the school and ship, a sum 
not exceeding ninety-one thousand three hundred 
and fifty dollars 91,350 00 

Total S98,350 00 

For the maintenance of and for certain improve- 
ments at the state teachers' colleges, and the 
boarding halls attached thereto, with the ap- 
proval of the commissioner of education, as 
follows : 

State teachers' college at Bridgewater, a sum not 
exceeding one hundred fifty-seven thousand three 
hundred and fifty dollars $157,350 00 

State teachers' college at Bridgewater, boarding hall, 
a sum not exceeding fifty-three thousand nine 
hundred dollars 53,900 00 

For the replacement and installation of new plumb- 
ing equipment at Woodward Hall at the state 
teachers' college at Bridgewater, a sum not ex- 
ceeding five thousand dollars .... 5,000 00 

State teachers' college at Fitchburg, a sum not ex- 
ceeding one hundred seventy-seven thousand six 
hundred and fifty dollars 177,650 00 

State teachers' college at Fitchburg, boarding hall, 
a sum not exceeding thirty-three thousand two 
hundred dollars 33,200 00 

For replacing and repairing flooring in the corridors 
and stair treads of the main building at the state 
teachers' college at Fitchburg, a sum not exceed- 
ing four thousand dollars ..... 4,000 00 

State teachers' college at Framingham, a sum not 
exceeding one hundred forty-nine thousand nine 
hundred dollars 149,900 00 

State teachers' college at Framingham, boarding 
hall, a sum not exceeding fifty-eight thousand 
three hundred dollars 58,300 00 

State teachers' college at Hyannis, a sum not exceed- 
ing sixty-six thousand four hundred and twenty- 
five dollars 66,425 00 

State teachers' college at Hyannis, boarding hall, 
a sum not exceeding sixteen thousand eight hun- 
dred dollars 16,800 00 

State teachers' college at Lowell, a sum not exceed- 
ing seventy-seven thousand eight hundred dollars 77,800 00 

State teachers' college at North Adams, a sum not 
exceeding sixty-three thousand five hundred and 
twenty-five dollars 63,525 00 

State teachers' college at North Adams, boarding 
hall, a sum not exceeding ninety-two hundred 
dollars 9,200 00 

State teachers' college at Salem, a sum not exceed- 
ing one hundred nineteen thousand nine hundred 
dollars 119,900 00 

State teachers' college at Westfield, a sum not ex- 
ceeding seventy-three thousand and seventy-five 
dollars 73,075 00 



226 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 

Item 

389 State teachers' college at Westfield, boarding hall, a 

sum not exceeding seventy-six hundred dollars . $7,600 00 

390 State teachers' college at Worcester, a sum not ex- 

ceeding ninety-six thousand six hundred dollars . 96,600 00 

391 For the cost of constructing a concrete foot walk 

between the city street and the main building at 
the state teachers' college at Worcester, a sum 
not exceeding twenty-five hundred dollars . . 2,500 00 

392 Massachusetts School of Art, a sum not exceeding 

one hundred ten thousand four hundred dollars . 110,400 00 

Total $1,283,125 00 

Textile Schools: 

393 For the maintenance of the Bradford Durfee textile 

school of Fall River, with the approval of the 
commissioner of education and the trustees, a sum 
not exceeding sixty-eight thousand one hundred 
dollars, of which sum ten thousand dollars is to 
be assessed upon the city of Fall River as a part of 
the state tax for the current year . . $68,100 00 

394 For the maintenance of the Lowell textile institute, 

with the approval of the commissioner of educa- 
tion and the trustees, a sum not exceeding one 
hundred seventy-nine thousand five hundred dol- 
lars, of which sum ten thousand dollars is to be 
assessed upon the city of Lowell as a part of the 
state tax for the current year .... 179,500 00 

395 For the cost of constructing a three story addition 

to the Colonial Avenue building at the Lowell 
textile institute, with the approval of the commis- 
sioner of education and the trustees, a sum not 
exceeding one hundred fifty thousand dollars . 150,000 00 

396 For the maintenance of the New Bedford textile 

school, with the approval of the commissioner of 
education and the trustees, a sum not exceeding 
seventy thousand nine hundred and fifty dollars, 
of which sum ten thousand dollars is to be as- 
sessed upon the city of New Bedford as a part of 
the state tax for the current year . . . 70,950 00 

Total $468,550 00 

Massachusetts State College: 

397 For maintenance and current expenses of the Mas- 

sachusetts state college, with the approval of the 
trustees, a sum not exceeding one million one hun- 
dred thousand five hundred seventy-five dollars $1,100,575 00 

398 For an emergency fund to meet the needs of harvest- 

ing big crops of the control service or other unfore- 
seen conditions, which clearly indicate that addi- 
tional revenue will be produced to equal the 
expenditure, a sum not exceeding three thousand 
dollars; provided, however, that this appropria- 
tion be available only after approval of particular 
projects covered by it has been obtained from the 
governor and council ..... 3,000 00 

399 For aid to certain students, with the approval of the 

trustees, a sum not exceeding five thousand dol- 
lars 5,000 00 

400 (This item omitted.) 

40J For the construction at Waltham of a propagation 
house, including head house with glass house and 
heating unit for nursery research, a sum not ex- 
ceeding eighty-five hundred dollars , . . 8,500 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 227 



(This item omitted.) 

For improvement of the campus electric distril)ution 
system, a sum not exceeding two thousand dollars, 
and there is hereby added to this appropriation the 
balance of the appropriation authorized by Item 
396 of chapter three hundred and four of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-six . . . $2,000 00 

For the cost of completing the biological laboratory 
at Hatch barn, including certain equipment, a 
sum not exceeding eighty-five hundred dollars . 8,500 00 

For the cost of certain tiling at the ice cream labora- 
tory in the dairy building, a sum not exceeding four 
thousand dollars 4,000 00 

For improved fire protection, including the installa- 
tion of sprinklers and other safety devices, a sum 
not exceeding seventy-five hundred dollars . . 7,500 00 

For the purchase of additional equipment for the gas 
generating plant, a sum not exceeding thirty-two 
hundred dollars 3,200 00 

For completing the road project authorized by Item 
393 of chapter two hundred and forty-nine of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, a sum not 
exceeding eight hundred dollars . . . 800 00 

For the cost of field and laboratory work in connec- 
tion with the Dutch elm disease and other shade 
tree diseases and insects, a sum not exceeding five 
thousand dollars 5,000 00 



Total $1,148,075 00 

Serifice of the Department of Civil Service and Registration. 

Administration: 
For personal services of telephone operator of the 
department and for service of telephone tolls, a 
sum not exceeding nineteen hundred and sixty 
dollars $1,960 00 

Division of Civil Service: 

For the salaries of the commissioner and associate 
commissioners, a sum not exceeding nine thousand 
dollars $9,000 00 

For other personal services of the division, a sum not 

exceeding one hundred fifty-one thousand dollars 151,000 00 

For other services and for printing the annual report, 
and for office supplies and equipment necessary for 
the administration of the civil service law, a sum 
not exceeding twenty-nine thousand dollars . 29,000 00 



Total $189,000 00 

Division of Registration: 

For the salary of the director, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-four hundred dollars .... $2,400 00 

For clerical and certain other personal services of 
the division, a sum not exceeding fifty thousand 
three hundred and sixty dollars . . . 50,360 00 

For services of the division other than personal, 
printing the annual reports, office supplies and 
equipment, except as otherwise provided, a sum 
not exceeding fourteen thousand four hundred 
dollars 14,400 00 

Total $67,160 00 



228 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 

Item 

Board of Registration in Medicine: 

417 For personal services of the members of the board, 

a sum not exceeding forty-three hundred dollars $4,300 00 

418 For personal services of members of the board and 

examiners for the registration of chiropodists, a 

sum not exceeding six hundred dollars . . 600 00 

419 For traveling expenses, a sum not exceeding six hun- 

dred dollars 600 00 



Total $5,500 00 

Board of Dental Examiners: 

420 For personal services of the members of the board, 

a sum not exceeding thirty-eight hundred dollars $3,800 00 

421 For traveling expenses, a sum not exceeding nine 

hundred and fifty dollars .... 950 00 

422 For travel and other expenses necessary in provid- 

ing for the enforcement of law relative to the reg- 
istration of dentists, a sum not exceeding eighteen 
hundred dollars 1,800 00 



Total $6,550 00 

Board of Registration in Pharmacy: 

423 For personal services of members of the board, a 

sum not exceeding forty-three hundred dollars . $4,300 00 

424 For personal services of agents, a sum not exceeding 

ten thousand four hundred and sixty dollars . 10,460 00 

425 For traveling expenses, a sum not exceeding six thou- 

sand dollars 6,000 00 

Total $20,760 00 

Board of Registration of Nurses: 

426 For personal services of members of the board, a 

sum not exceeding twenty-one hundred dollars . $2,100 00 

427 For traveling expenses, a sum not exceeding twelve 

hundred doUars 1,200 00 

Total $3,300 00 

Board of Registration in Embalming and Funeral 
Directing: 

428 For personal services of members of the board, a 

sum not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars . . $1,500 00 

429 For traveling expenses, a sum not exceeding thirteen 

hundred and fifty dollars ..... 1,350 00 

430 For the dissemination of useful knowledge among 

and for the benefit of licensed embalmers, a sum 

not exceeding five hundred dollars . . . 500 00 

Total $3,350 00 

Board of Registration in Optometry: 

431 For personal services of members of the board, a sum 

not exceeding nineteen hundred dollars . . $1,900 00 

432 For traveling expenses, a sum not exceeding eight 

hundred dollars 800 00 

Total $2,700 00 

Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine: 

433 For personal services of the members of the board, a 

sum not exceeding six hundred dollars . . $600 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 229 

Item 

434 For other services, printing the annual report, trav- 
ehng expenses, office supplies and equipment, a 
sum not exceeding three hundred dollars . . S300 00 



Total $900 00 

State Examiners of Electricians: 

For personal services of the members of the board, 

a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars . . $1,000 00 

For traveling expenses, a sum not exceeding fifty- 
five hundred dollars ..... 5,500 00 



Total $6,500 00 

Board of Registration of Public Accountants: 
For personal services of members of the board, a 
sum not exceeding six hundred and seventy-five 

dollars $675 00 

For expenses of examinations, including the prepara- 
tion and marking of papers, and for other expenses, 
a sum not exceeding eighteen hundred dollars . 1,800 00 



Total $2,475 00 

State Examiners of Plumbers: 

For personal services of the members of the board, 

a sum not exceeding eleven hundred dollars . $1,100 00 

For traveling expenses, a sum not exceeding seven- 
teen hundred dollars ..... 1,700 00 



Total $2,800 00 

Board of Registration of Barbers: 
For personal services of the members of the board 

and assistants, a sum not exceeding seventeen 

thousand eight hundred and ten dollars . $17,810 00 

For travel and other necessary expenses, a sum not 

exceeding seventy-five hundred dollars . . 7,500 00 

Total $25,310 00 

Board of Registration of Hairdressers: 
For personal services of the members of the board 
and assistants, a sum not exceeding twenty-eight 
thousand five hundred dollars .... $28,500 00 
For travel and other necessary expenses, including 
rent, a sum not exceeding fifteen thousand five 
hundred dollars 15,500 00 



Total $44,000 00 

Service of the Department of Industrial Accidents. 

For personal services of members of the board, a sum 
not exceeding forty-two thousand five hundred 
dollars $42,500 00 

For personal services of secretaries, medical adviser, 
inspectors, clerks and office assistants, a sum not 
exceeding one hundred forty-five thousand dollars 145,000 00 

For expenses of impartial examinations, a sum not 

exceeding twenty thousand dollars . . . 20,000 00 

For expenses of industrial disease referees, as au- 
thorized by section nine B of chapter one hundred 
and fifty-two of the General Laws, inserted by 
chapter four hundred and twenty-four of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, a sum not 
exceeding five thousand dollars . . . 5,000 00 



230 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

449 For traveling expenses, a sum not exceeding eighty- 

two hundred and fifty dollars .... $8,250 00 

450 For other services, printing the annual report, neces- 

sary office supplies and equipment, a sum not 

exceeding fifteen thousand five hundred dollars . 15,500 00 



Total $236,250 00 

Service of the Department oj Labor and Industries. 

451 For the salaries of the commissioner, assistant and 

associate commissioners, a sum not exceeding 

twenty thousand five hundred dollars . . $20,500 00 

452 For clerical and other assistance to the commissioner, 

a sum not exceeding seventy-six hundred and forty 

dollars 7,640 00 

453 For personal services for the inspectional service and 

for traveling expenses of the commissioner, assist- 
ant commissioner, associate commissioners and 
inspectors of labor, and for services other than 
personal, printing the annual report, rent of dis- 
trict offices, and office supplies and equipment for 
the inspectional service, a sum not exceeding one 
hundred sixty-nine thousand and fifty dollars . 169,050 00 

454 For personal services for the division of occupational 

hygiene, a sum not exceeding twelve thousand six 

hundred dollars 12,600 00 

455 For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 

office and laboratory supplies and equipment, and 
rent, for the division of occupational hygiene, a 
sum not exceeding sixty-five hundred dollars . 6,500 00 

456 For personal services for the statistical service and 

for services other than personal, printing report 
and publications, traveling expenses and office sup- 
plies and equipment for the statistical service, 
a sum not exceeding seventy-one thousand nine 
hundred dollars 71,900 00 

457 For personal services for the division on necessaries 

of life, a sum not exceeding thirteen thousand one 

hundred and sixty dollars .... 13,160 00 

458 For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 

office supplies and equipment for the division on 
necessaries of life, a sum not exceeding nineteen 
hundred and fifty dollars .... 1,950 00 

459 For clerical and other assistance for the board of 

conciliation and arbitration, a sum not exceeding 

fourteen thousand dollars .... 14,000 00 

460 For other services, printing, traveling expenses and 

office supplies and equipment for the board of 
conciliation and arbitration, a sum not exceeding 
three thousand dollars ..... 3,000 00 

461 For personal services for the division of standards, a 

sum not exceeding thirtv-two thousand four hun- 
dred dollars . . " 32,400 00 

462 For other services, printing, traveling expenses and 

office supplies and equipment for the division of 
standards, a sum not exceeding eleven thousand 
nine hundred dollars ..... 11,900 00 



Total $364,600 00 

Unemployment Compensation Commission: 

463 (This item omitted.) 

464 For clerical and other personal services for the oper- 

ation of free employment offices, a sum not ex- 
ceeding eighty-two thousand six hundred dollars $82,600 00 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 231 



For rent, necessary office supplies and equipment 
for the free employment offices, a sum not exceed- 
ing seventeen thousand four hundred dollars . $17,400 00 

Total $100,000 00 

Service of the Department of Menial Diseases. 

For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not ex- 
ceeding ten thousand dollars .... $10,000 00 

For personal services of officers and employees, a 
sum not exceeding one hundred forty-eight thou- 
sand dollars 148,000 00 

For transportation and medical examination of state 
charges under its charge for the present year and 
previous years, a sum not exceeding six thousand 
dollars 6,000 00 

For the support of state charges in the Hospital Cot- 
tages for Children, a sum not exceeding eighteen 
thousand two hundred dollars .... 18,200 00 

For other services, including printing the annual re- 
port, traveling expenses and office supplies and 
equipment, a sum not exceeding twenty-six thou- 
sand dollars 26,000 00 



Total $208,200 00 

Division of Mental Hygiene: 

471 For the expenses of investigating the nature, causes 

and results of mental diseases and defects and the 
publication of the results thereof; and of what 
further preventive or other measures might be 
taken and what further expenditures for investi- 
gation might be made which would give promise of 
decreasing the number of persons afflicted with 
mental diseases or defects, a sum not exceeding 
ninety-six thousand three hundred and fifty dol- 
lars, the same to be in addition to any amount 
heretofore appropriated for the purpose . . $96,350 00 

For the maintenance of and for certain improve- 
ments at the following institutions under the 
control of the Department of Mental Diseases: 

472 Boston psychopathic hospital, a sum not exceed- 

ing two hundred fifty-two thousand six hundred 

dollars $252,600 00 

473 Boston state hospital, a sum not exceeding one mil- 

lion one hundred seventy-nine thousand and 

eighty dollars 1,179,080 00 

474 (This item included in Item 473.) 

475 For fire protection at the Boston state hospital, in- 

cluding outside enclosed stairways, replacing and 
constructing other stairs and enclosures, replacing 
electric wiring, and other fire protection for the 
buildings locally known as East A, C, E, F and 
Chapel and West B, C, D and H, a sum not ex- 
ceeding sixty-two thousand two hundred dollars 62,200 00 

475a For renewing and renovating the plumbing and sani- 
tary arrangements at the Boston state hospital, 
and work incidental thereto, for the buildings 
enumerated in Item 475, a sum not exceeding 
twenty thousand dollars 20,000 00 

475b For the purchase and installation of sterilization 
equipment at the Boston state hospital, a sum 
not exceeding three thousand dollars . . . 3,000 00 



232 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

476 Danvers state hospital, a sum not exceeding eight 

hundred seventy-five thousand four hundred and 

ninety dollars $875,490 00 

477 (This item included in Item 476.) 

478 For the purchase and installation of additional tubs 

for continuous baths at the Danvers state hospi- 
tal, a sum not exceeding eight thousand dollars . 8,000 00 

479 Foxborough state hospital, a sum not exceeding five 

hundred sixty-five thousand five hundred dollars 565,500 00 

480 For relocating and replacing plumbing for the toilets 

in "E" building at the Foxborough state hospital, 

a sum not exceeding eight thousand dollars . 8,000 00 

481 For additional equipment for the hydrotherapeutic 

suite at the Foxborough state hospital, a sum not 
exceeding twenty-five hundred dollars, the same to 
be in addition to the amount appropriated in Item 
468 of chapter two hundred and forty-nine of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five . . 2,500 00 

482 Gardner state hospital, a sum not exceeding five 

hundred ninety thousand nine hundred and sixty 

dollars 590,960 00 

483 (This item included in Item 482.) 

484 For replacing two bake ovens at the Gardner state 

hospital, a sum not exceeding eighty-five hundred 

dollars 8,500 00 

485 For the cost of electrical refrigeration in the main 

kitchen at the Gardner state hospital, a sum not 

exceeding three thousand dollars . . . 3,000 00 

486 Grafton state hospital, a sum not exceeding six hun- 

dred seventy-three thousand three hundred and 

forty dollars 673,340 00 

487 For the purchase and installation of equipment for 

continuous baths in Elms A at the Grafton state 
hospital, and for certain incidental expenses in 
connection therewith, a sum not exceeding four- 
teen thousand three hundred dollars . . 14,300 00 

488 For the purchase of certain X-ray equipment for the 

Grafton state hospital, a sum not exceeding forty- 
seven hundred dollars ..... 4,700 00 

489 (This item included in Item 486.) 

489a For the construction of a ward building in the Pines 
group of the Grafton state hospital and for the 
construction of additional kitchen space and din- 
ing room space, including certain equipment, a sum 
not exceeding four hundred thousand dollars, the 
same to be expended together with such additional 
sum as may be received from federal sources upon 
condition that said additional sum is made avail- 
able therefor and the project is approved by the 
emergency public works commission . . . 400,000 00 

490 For the purchase and installation of oil burning 

equipment in the main power plant at the Grafton 
state hospital, a smn not exceeding twenty-three 
thousand dollars 23,000 00 

491 Medfield state hospital, a sum not exceeding seven 

hundred nine thousand nine hundred and eighty 

dollars 709,980 00 

492 For the renovation of patients' toilet and bathing 

facilities, including the replacement of plumbing 
and other costs incidental thereto, at the Med- 
field state hospital, a sum not exceeding ten thou- 
sand dollars 10,000 00 

493 For providing better fire protection in B-3 and D-3 

at the Medfield state hospital by the construction 
of fireproof stairs and stair wells, a sum not exceed- 
ing seven thousand dollars .... 7,000 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 233 

Item 

494 For the cost of enlarging the tunnel from the power 

house to the hospital kitchen building at the Med- 
field state hospital, a sum not exceeding twenty- 
two thousand dollars $22,000 00 

495 Metropolitan state hospital, a sum not exceeding 

seven hundred six thousand six hundred and forty 

dollars 706,640 00 

496 (This item included in Item 495.) 

497 For the cost of certain boiler room equipment at the 

Metropolitan state hospital, a sum not exceeding 

ten thousand dollars . . . . . 10,000 00 

498 For the installation of cables in conduits on the 

ceilings of tunnels at the Metropolitan state hos- 
pital, a sum not exceeding five thousand dollars . 5,000 00 
498a For the contribution on the part of the state for a 
certain Works Progress Administration project 
at the Metropolitan state hospital, a sum not ex- 
ceeding five thousand dollars .... 5,000 00 

499 Northampton state hospital, a sum not exceeding 

seven hundred fourteen thousand six hundred and 

twenty dollars 714,620 00 

499a For the renovation of rear center for kitchen and 
dining rooms, remodeling of present dining room, 
and for purchase and installation of kitchen equip- 
ment at the Northampton state hospital, a sum 
not exceeding thirty-seven thousand five hundred 
dollars, the same to be in addition to any amount 
heretofore appropriated for the purpose • . . 37,500 00 

500 For fire protection in the North Infirmary at the 

Northampton state hospital by the construction 
of reinforced concrete floors, the replacement of 
electric wiring and other renovations, a sum not 
exceeding forty thousand dollars . . . 40,000 00 

501 For the cost of installing an automatic traffic signal 

light at the Northampton state hospital, a sum not 

exceeding twenty-five hundred dollars . . 2,500 00 

502 (This item included in Item 499.) 

603 For the purchase and installation of additional 
sprinklers at the Northampton state hospital, a 
sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars . . 10,000 00 

504 Taunton state hospital, a sum not exceeding six hun- 

dred seventy-four thousand eight hundred and five 

dollars 674,805 00 

505 For the renovation of baths and toilets at the Taun- 

ton state hospital, including the replacement of 
plumbing and expenses incidental thereto, a sum 
not exceeding ten thousand dollars, the same to be 
in addition to any amount heretofore appropriated 
for the purpose 10,000 00 

506 For the purchase of certain land for the Raynham 

Colony at the Taunton state hospital, a sum not 

exceeding four hundred and fifty dollars . . 450 00 

507 (This item included in Item 504.) 

508 Westborough state hospital, a sum not exceeding six 

hundred eighty-nine thousand and sixty dollars . 689,060 00 

509 For painting and pointing the masonry at the main 

group of the Westborough state hospital, a sum 
not exceeding five thousand dollars, the same to 
be in addition to any amount heretofore appro- 
priated for the purpose ..... 5,000 00 

510 For renovating Richmond sanatorium at the West- 

borough state hospital, a sum not exceeding three 
thousand dollars, the same to be in addition to 
any amount heretofore appropriated for the pur- 
pose 3,000 00 



234 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

511 For the purchase and installation of refrigerator 

boxes and compressors at the Westborough state 
hospital, including expenses incidental thereto, 
a sum not exceeding eleven thousand four hun- 
dred dollars $11,400 00 

512 For the completion of a garage building at the 

Westborough state hospital, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-five hundred dollars .... 2,500 00 

513 For the cost of better fire protection at the West- 

borough state hospital, a sum not exceeding five 

thousand dollars 5,000 00 

514 Worcester state hospital, a sum not exceeding one 

million forty-five thousand and twenty dollars . 1,045,020 00 
The unexpended balance of the appropriation made 
for mechanical refrigeration at the Worcester state 
hospital by Item 501 of chapter two hundred and 
forty-nine of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-five is hereby reappropriated. 

515 For the cost of new plumbing and of renovation in- 

cidental thereto at the Summer Street hospital 
of the Worcester state hospital, a sum not exceed- 
ing twenty-three hundred dollars, the same to be 
in addition to any amount heretofore appropriated 
for the purpose 2,300 00 

516 Monson state hospital, a sum not exceeding six 

hundred seventy-six thousand four hundred and 

eighty-six dollars 676,486 00 

517 (This item included in Item 516.) 

518 For the construction of roads within the property of 

the Monson state hospital, a sum not exceeding 
fifteen thousand dollars, the same to be in addi- 
tion to any amount heretofore appropriated for 
the purpose, and the letting of the contract and 
the work of construction to be done under the 
supervision of the state department of public 
works 15,000 00 

519 For improved fire protection at the Monson state 

hospital, a sum not exceeding ten thousand dol- 
lars 10,000 00 

520 Belchertown state school, a sum not exceeding five 

hundred twenty-six thousand one hundred and 

eighty dollars 526,180 00 

521 (This item included in Item 520.) 

522 For the replacing of brass pipe at the Belchertown 

state school, a sum not exceeding five thousand 

dollars 5,000 00 

523 For the construction of additional filter beds at the 

Belchertown state school, a sum not exceeding 

thirty thousand dollars 30,000 00 

524 Walter E. Fernald state school, a sum not exceeding 

seven hundred thirty-four thousand six hundred 

and fifty dollars 734,650 00 

525 For the cost of investigating relative to improving 

the water supply at the Templeton Colony of the 
Walter E. Fernald state school, a sum not exceed- 
ing twenty-five hundred dollars . . . 2,500 00 

526 For the construction of walks, roads and grading 

at the Walter E. Fernald state school, a sum not 

exceeding fifteen hundred dollars . . 1,500 00 

527 For improved fire protection at the Walter E. Fer- 

nald state school, a sum not exceeding ten thou- 
sand dollars 10,000 00 

528 For furnishings for the remodeled Cardinal House 

at the Walter E. Fernald state school, a sum not 

exceeding twenty-five hundred dollars . . 2,500 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 235 

Item 

529 Wrentham state school, a sum not exceeding six hun- 

dred fifty-one thousand four hundred dollars . $651,400 00 

530 (This item included in Item 529.) 



Total $12,088,161 00 

Service of the Department of Correction. 

531 For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not ex- 

ceeding six thousand dollars .... $6,000 00 

532 For personal services of deputies, members of the 

board of parole and advisory board of pardons, 
agents, clerks and stenographers, a sum not ex- 
ceeding one hundred eighteen thousand eight 
hundred and eighty dollars .... 118,88000 

533 For services other than personal, including printing 

the annual report, necessary office supplies and 
equipment, a sum not exceeding seventy-eight hun- 
dred dollars 7,800 00 

534 For traveling expenses of oflficers and employees of 

the department, when required to travel in the 
discharge of their duties, a sum not exceeding 
fifteen thousand dollars ..... 15,000 00 

535 For the removal of prisoners, to and from state in- 

stitutions, a sum not exceeding seventy-five hun- 
dred dollars 7,500 00 

536 For assistance to discharged prisoners, a sum not 

exceeding five hundred dollars .... 500 00 

537 For the expense of the service of the central index, 

a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars . . 1,000 00 



Total $156,680 00 

Division of Classification of Prisoners: 

538 For expenses of the division hereby authorized, a 

sum not exceeding nineteen thousand five hun- 
dred dollars; provided, that the persons employed 
hereunder shall not be subject to civil service laws 
or the rules and regulations made thereunder . $19,500 00 

For the maintenance of and for certain improve- 
ments at the following institutions under the 
control of the Department of Correction: 

539 State farm, a sum not exceeding eight hundred 

twenty thousand six hundred and forty dollars . $820,640 00 

540 For the purchase of materials for the replacement 

of a hay barn destroyed by fire at the State farm, a 

sum not exceeding ninety-five hundred dollars . 9,500 00 

541 For the purchase and installation of fireproof doors 

in the hospital at the State farm, a sum not ex- 
ceeding three thousand dollars .... 3,000 00 

542 For the reconstruction and improvement of part of 

the piggery at the State farm, a sum not exceeding 

five thousand dollars ..... 5,000 00 

543 For the purchase of X-ray equipment for the State 

farm, a sum not exceeding twenty-five hundred 

dollars 2,500 00 

544 For the construction of a building and the purchase 

of certain equipment for the purpose of canning 
fruit and vegetables at the State farm, a sum not 
exceeding seventy-five hundred dollars . . 7,500 00 

545 For beginning the replacement and relocation of 

steam lines at the State farm, including the cost 
of an engineering study to provide a layout and 
working program, a sum not exceeding ten thou- 
sand dollars 10,000 00 



236 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

546 State prison, a sum not exceeding four hundred 

seventy-nine thousand two hundred and fifty dol- 
lars $479,250 00 

547 Massachusetts reformatory, a sum not exceeding five 

hundred fifty-one thousand nine hundred dollars . 551,900 00 

548 For the construction of a dairy unit at the Massachu- 

setts reformatory, including barns and other facili- 
ties, as the beginning of the relocation of the group 
of farm buildings, a sum not exceeding forty thou- 
sand dollars 40,000 00 

549 For the construction of certain steel stairways at the 

Massachusetts reformatory, a sum not exceeding 

thirty-five hundred dollars .... 3,500 00 

550 Reformatory for women, a sxnn not exceeding two 

hundred forty thousand four hundred and twenty 

dollars 240,420 00 

551 For continuing the work of pointing and improving 

the walls and masonry of buildings at the reforma- 
tory for women, a sum not exceeding seven thou- 
sand dollars, the same to be in addition to any 
amount heretofore appropriated for the purpose . 7,000 00 

652 For the construction of a new staff house at the re- 
formatory for women, including furnishings and 
equipment, a sum not exceeding one hundred sixty 
thousand dollars 100,000 00 

553 For the purchase of a certain parcel of land for the 
reformatory for women, a sum not exceeding four 
hundred dollars ...... 400 00 

654 For the purchase and installation of certain generat- 

ing equipment at the reformatory for women, a 
sum not exceeding twenty-one thousand six hun- 
dred dollars 21,600 00 

655 State prison colony, a sum not exceeding four hun- 

dred ninety thousand six hundred and seventy- 
five dollars 490,675 00 

656 For the construction of additional treatment beds 

for sewage at the state prison colony, a sum not 

exceeding eighteen thousand dollars . . . 18,000 00 

Total $2,870,885 00 

Service of the Department of Public Welfare. 
Administration : 
667 For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not exceed- 
ing seven thousand dollars .... $7,000 00 

658 For personal services of officers and employees, a 

sum not exceeding fifty thousand nine hundred 

and fifty dollars 50,950 00 

659 For services other than personal, printing the annual 

report, traveling expenses, including expenses of 
auxiliary visitors, office supplies and expenses, a 
sum not exceeding sixty-five hundred dollars . 6,500 00 

Total $64,450 00 

State Board of Housing: 

660 For personal services, a sum not exceeding fourteen 

thousand nine hundred dollars .... $14,900 00 

661 For expenses, as authorized by section eighteen of 

chapter eighteen of the General Laws, inserted by 
section one of chapter three hundred and sixty- 
four of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
three, as amended, a sum not exceeding five thou- 
sand dollars 5,000 00 

Total $19,900 00 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 237 

Item 

Division of Aid and Relief: 

562 For personal services of officers and employees, a 
sum not exceeding two hundred fifteen thousand 
dollars; and the employment of persons author- 
ized under Item I of chapter sixty-nine of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-two may be con- 
tinued, and shall not be subject to the civil service 
laws or the rules and regulations made there- 
under $215,000 00 

663 For services other than personal, including traveling 
expenses and office supplies and equipment, a sum 
not exceeding thirty-three thousand five hundred 
dollars 33,500 00 

The following items are for reimbursement of 
cities and towns for expenses of the present year 
and previous years, and are to be in addition 
to any unexpended balances of appropriations 
made for the purpose in the previous year: 

564 For the payment of suitable aid to mothers with 

dependent children, a sum not exceeding one mil- 
lion three hundred and ninety thousand dollars . 1,390,000 00 

565 For the burial by cities and towns of indigent persons 

who have no legal settlement, a sum not exceeding 

twelve thousand dollars 12,000 00 

566 For expenses in connection with smallpox and other 

diseases dangerous to the public health, a sum not 

exceeding one hundred and five thousand dollars 105,000 00 

567 For the support of sick indigent persons who have 

no legal settlement, a sum not exceeding one hun- 
dred ninety thousand dollars .... 190,000 00 

568 For temporary aid given to indigent persons with 

no legal settlement, and to shipwrecked seamen 
by cities and towns, and for the transportation of 
indigent persons under the charge of the depart- 
ment, a sum not exceeding four million seven hun- 
dred thousand dollars 4,700,000 00 

Old Age Assistance: 
669 For personal services required for the administra- 
tion of old age assistance provided by chapter one 
hundred and eighteen A of the General Laws, as 
amended, a sum not exceeding one hundred three 
thousand dollars 103,000 00 

570 For other expenses, including rent, travel, office sup- 

plies and other necessary expenses, required for 
the administration of old age assistance provided 
by said chapter one hundred and eighteen A, a 
sum not exceeding nineteen thousand five hundred 
dollars 19,500 00 

Total $6,768,000 00 

Division of Child Guardianship: 

571 For personal services of officers and employees, a 

sum not exceeding two hundred twenty-two thou- 
sand two hundred dollars .... $222,200 00 

572 For services other than personal, office supplies and 

equipment, a sum not exceeding five thousand 

dollars 6,000 00 

573 For tuition in the public schools, including trans- 

portation to and from school, of children boarded 
by the department, for the present and previous 
years, a sum not exceeding two hundrea eighty- 
four thousand dollars 284,000 00 



238 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

574 For the care and maintenance of children, for the 
present and previous years, a sum not exceeding 
one milHon five hundred thirty-five thousand dol- 
lars $1,535,000 00 



Total $2,046,200 00 

Division of Juvenile Training, Trustees of Massa- 
chusetts Training Schools: 

575 For services of the secretary and certain other per- 

sons employed in the executive office, a sum not 

exceeding fourteen thousand one hundred dollars $14,100 00 

576 For services other than personal, including printing 

the annual report, traveling and other expenses 
of the members of the board and employees, office 
supplies and equipment, a sum not exceeding 
thirty-two hundred dollars .... 3,200 00 

Boys' Parole: 

577 For personal services of agents in the division for 

boys paroled and boarded in families, a sum not 
exceeding forty-seven thousand three hundred and 
ten dollars 47,310 00 

578 For services other than personal, including traveling 

expenses of the agents and boys, and necessary 
office supplies and equipment, a sum not exceeding 
twenty-three thousand dollars .... 23,000 00 

579 For board, clothing, medical and other expenses in- 

cidental to the care of boys, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-five thousand dollars .... 25,000 00 

Girls' Parole: 

580 For personal services of agents in the division for 

girls paroled from the industrial school for girls, 
a sum not exceeding thirty-five thousand one 
hundred and thirty dollars .... 35,130 00 

581 For traveling expenses of said agents for girls pa- 

roled, for board, medical and other care of girls, 
and for services other than personal, office supplies 
and equipment, a sum not exceeding twenty-one 
thousand dollars 21,000 00 

Tuition of children: 

582 For reimbursement of cities and towns for tuition of 

children attending the public schools, a sum not 

exceeding seven thousand dollars , . . 7,000 00 



Total $175,740 00 

For the maintenance of and for certain improve- 
nients at the institutions under the control of the 
trustees of the Massachusetts training schools, 
with the approval of said trustees, as follows: 

583 Industrial school for boys, a sum not exceeding two 

hundred eight thousand six hundred dollars . $208,600 00 

584 For the purchase of two parcels of land for the indus- 

trial school for boys, a sum not exceeding two 

thousand dollars 2,000 00 

585 Industrial school for girls, a sum not exceeding one 

hundred fifty-four thousand five hundred and 

fifty dollars 154,550 00 

586 For repairing damage done by fire to the heating 

plant at the industrial school for girls, including 
replacement of equipment, a sum not exceeding 
thirty-nine hundred and fifty dollars . . . 3,950 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 239 

Item 

587 Lyman school for boys, a sum not exceeding two 

hundred eighty-seven thousand seven hundred 

dollars $287,700 00 

588 For the purchase and installation of equipment for 

the power plant at the Lyman school for boys, 
including electric wiring, a sum not exceeding 
seventy-five hundred dollars, the same to be in 
addition to any amount heretofore appropriated 
for the purpose ...... 7,500 00 

Total $664,300 00 

Massachusetts Hospital School: 

589 For the maintenance of the Massachusetts hospital 

school, to be expended with the approval of the 
trustees thereof, a sum not exceeding two hundred 
thirty-four thousand seven hundred and sixty 
dollars . . $234,760 00 

590 For the purchase and installation of X-ray equip- 

ment, a sum not exceeding forty-seven hundred 

dollars 4,700 00 

Total $239,460 00 

State Infirmary: 

591 For the maintenance of the state infirmary, to be 

expended with the approval of the trustees thereof, 
a sum not exceeding one million three hundred ten 
thousand and fifty dollars . . $1,310,050 00 

592 For the construction of a building for male inmates, 

including the cost of furnishings and equipment, a 
sum not exceeding one hundred sixty thousand 
dollars 160,000 00 

593 For the construction of additional space connecting 

with the operating room for the convenience of 
the doctors, a sum not exceeding two thousand 
dollars 2,000 00 

594 For the replacement and building of certain fly 

screens, a sum not exceeding five thousand dol- 
lars 5,000 00 



Total $1,477,050 00 



Service of the Department of Public Health. 

Administration : 

595 For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not ex- 

ceeding seventy-five hundred dollars . . . $7,500 00 

596 For personal services of the health council and office 

assistants, a sum not exceeding twenty thousand 

nine hundred and fifty-five dollars . . 20,955 00 

597 For services other than personal, including printing 

the annual report, traveling expenses, office sup- 
plies and equipment, a sum not exceeding ninety- 
five hundred dollars 9,500 00 

Service of Adult Hygiene (cancer): 

598 For personal services of the division, including cancer 

clinics, a sum not exceeding forty-seven thousand 

seven hundred and fifty dollars . . 47,750 00 

599 For other expenses of the division, including cancer 

clinics, a sum not exceeding forty-nine thousand 

five hundred dollars 49,500 00 



240 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 

Item 

Service of Child and Maternal Hygiene: 

600 For personal services of the director and assistants, 

a sum not exceeding sixty-five thousand one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars $65,150 GO 

601 For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 

office supplies and equipment, a sum not exceed- 
ing twenty-five thousand dollars . . . 25,000 00 

602 (This item combined with Item 600.) 

603 (This item combined with Item 601.) 

Division of Communicable Diseases: 

604 For personal services of the director, district health 

officers and their assistants, epidemiologists, bac- 
teriologist and assistants in the diagnostic labo- 
ratory, a sum not exceeding seventy-seven thou- 
sand three hundred dollars .... 77,300 00 

605 For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 

laboratory, office and other necessary supplies, 
including the purchase of animals and equipment, 
and rent of certain offices, a sum not exceeding 
fifteen thousand two hundred dollars . . . 15,200 00 

Venereal Diseases: 

606 For personal services for the control of venereal dis- 

eases, a sum not exceeding thirteen thousand one 

hundred and fifty-five dollars .... 13,155 00 

607 For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 

office supplies and equipment, a sum not exceeding 
twenty-nine thousand dollars .... 29,000 00 

Wassermann Laboratory: 

608 For personal services of the Wassermann laboratory, 

a sum not exceeding eighteen thousand seven hun- 
dred dollars 18,700 00 

609 For expenses of the Wassermann laboratory, a sum 

not exceeding six thousand dollars . . . 6,000 00 

Antitoxin and Vaccine Laboratories: 

610 For personal services in the investigation and pro- 

duction of antitoxin and vaccine IjTuph and other 
specific material for protective inoculation and 
diagnosis of treatment, a sum not exceeding eighty 
thousand dollars 80,000 00 

611 For other services, supplies, materials and equip- 

ment necessary for the production of antitoxin and 
other materials as enumerated above, a sum not 
exceeding thirty-six thousand five hundred dol- 
lars 36,500 00 

Inspection of Food and Drugs: 

612 For personal services of the director, analysts, in- 

spectors and other assistants, a sum not exceeding 

sixty-two thousand nine hundred dollars . . 62,900 00 

613 For other services, including traveling expenses, sup- 

plies, materials and equipment, a sum not exceed- 
ing twelve thousand three hundred dollars . . 12,300 00 

Shellfish Enforcement Law: 

614 For personal services for administering the law rela- 

tive to shellfish, a sum not exceeding twenty-two 

hundred and twenty dollars .... 2,220 00 

615 For other expenses for administering the law relative 

to shellfish, a sum not exceeding eight hundred and 

seventy dollars ...... §70 00 



Item 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 241 



Water Supply and Disposal of Sewage: 
For personal services of directors, engineers, chemists, 
clerks and other assistants in the division of en- 
gineering and the division of laboratories, a sum 
not exceeding one hundred thirty thousand dollars $130,000 00 
For other services, including traveling expenses, sup- 
plies, materials and equipment, for the division of 
engineering and the division of laboratories, a sum 
not exceeding twenty-seven thousand three hun- 
dred dollars 27,300 00 



Total $736,800 00 

Division of Tuberculosis: 

For personal services of the director, stenographers, 
clerks and other assistants, a sum not exceeding 
thirty-nine thousand nine hundred and sixty dol- 
lars $39,900 00 

For services other than personal, including printing 
the annual report, traveling expenses and office 
supplies and equipment, a sum not exceeding four 
thousand dollars 4,000 00 

To cover the payment of certain subsidies for the 
maintenance of hospitals for tubercular patients, 
a sum not exceeding four hundred fifty-six thou- 
sand dollars 456,000 00 

For personal services for certain children's clinics 
for tuberculosis, a sum not exceeding thirty-five 
thousand three hundred dollars . . . 35,300 00 

For other services for certain children's clinics for 
tuberculosis, a sum not exceeding twelve thou- 
sand dollars 12,000 00 



Total $547,260 00 

Minimum Wage Commission: 

For personal services of investigators, clerks and 
stenographers for the minimum wage service, a 
sum not exceeding fourteen thousand nine hun- 
dred and ten dollars $14,910 00 

For compensation and expenses of wage boards, a 

sum not exceeding two thousand dollars . . 2,000 00 

For services other than personal, printing, traveling 
expenses and office supplies and equipment for 
minimum wage service, a sum not exceeding 
thirty-five hundred dollars . . . . 3,500 00 



Total $20,410 00 

For the maintenance of and for certain improve- 
ments at the sanatoria, as follows: 

626 Lakeville state sanatorium, a sum not exceeding 

three hundred thirty-six thousand eight hundred 

and twenty dollars $336,820 00 

627 For certain fire protection at the Lakeville state 

sanatorium, a sum not exceeding one thousand 
dollars, the same to be in addition to any amount 
heretofore appropriated for the purpose . . 1,000 00 

627a For the construction of beds and the purchase of cer- 
tain equipment for the disposal of sewage at the 
Lakeville state sanatorium, a sum not exceeding 
forty-one hundred and fifty dollars . . . 4,150 00 

628 North Reading state sanatorium, a sum not exceed- 

ing two hundred eighty thousand seven hundred 

dollars 280,700 00 



242 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

629 For certain fire protection at the North Reading 

state sanatorium, a sum not exceeding thirteen 
hundred dollars, the same to be in addition to any 
amount heretofore appropriated for the purpose . $1,300 00 

630 For making certain connections to improve the 

water supply at the North Reading state sana- 
torium, a sum not exceeding two hundred and 
fifty dollars 250 GO 

631 For improvements in the sewage disposal system at 

the North Reading state sanatorium, a sum not 

exceeding fourteen hundred dollars . . . 1,400 00 

632 For improvement of roads and parking spaces at the 

North Reading state sanatorium, a sum not ex- 
ceeding one thousand dollars .... 1,000 00 

633 Rutland state sanatorium, a sum not exceeding 

three hundred seventy-three thousand five hun- 
dred dollars 373,500 00 

634 For improvements in the water supply system at the 

Rutland state sanatorium, a sum not exceeding 
ten hundred and eighty dollars, the same to be in 
addition to any amount heretofore appropriated 
for the purpose ...... 1,080 00 

635 Westfield state sanatorium, a sum not exceeding 

two hundred ninety-two thousand four hundred 

and ninety dollars 292,490 00 

636 For improvements in the water supply system at 

the Westfield state sanatorium, a sum not exceed- 
ing twenty-three thousand one hundred dollars, 
the same to be in addition to any amount hereto- 
fore appropriated for the purpose . . 23,100 00 

637 For improvements in the sewage disposal system at 

the Westfield state sanatorium, a sum not exceed- 
ing fourteen hundred and fifty dollars, the same 
to be in addition to any amount heretofore ap- 
propriated for the purpose .... 1,450 00 

637a For remodeling certain spaces at the Westfield state 
sanatorium, now used for office purposes, into 
living quarters for members of the staff, a sum 
not exceeding forty-six himdred dollars . . 4,600 00 

637b For the purchase of furnishings and equipment for 
the new buildings at the Westfield state sanato- 
rium, a sum not exceeding one hundred thirty-five 
thousand dollars 135,000 00 



Total $1,457,840 00 

Pondville Hospital: 

638 For maintenance of the Pondville hospital, includ- 

ing care of radium, a sum not exceeding three 

hundred fifty-one thousand six hundred dollars . $351,600 00 

639 For improvements in the sewage disposal system at 

the Pondville hospital, a sum not exceeding thirty- 
five hundred dollars, the same to be in addition to 
any amount heretofore appropriated for the pur- 
pose 3,500 00 

640 For repair and improvement of roads and parking 

spaces at the Pondville hospital, a sum not exceed- 
ing eighty-seven hundred dollars . . . 8,700 00 

Total $363,800 00 

Service of the Department of Public Safety. 

Administration : 

641 For the salary of the commissioner, a sum not exceed- 

ing six thousand dollars ..... $6,000 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 243 

Item 

642 For personal services of clerks and stenographers, a 

sum not exceeding ninetj^-eight thousand eight 

hundred dollars $98,800 00 

643 For contingent expenses, including printing the 

annual report, rent of district offices, supplies and 
equipment, and all other things necessary for the 
investigation of fires and motion picture licenses, 
as required by law, and for expenses of administer- 
ing the law regulating the sale and resale of tickets 
to theatres and other places of public amusement 
by the department of public safety, a sum not ex- 
ceeding seventy-three thousand dollars . . 73,000 00 

Division of State Police: 

644 For the salaries of officers, including detectives, a 

sum not exceeding five hundred forty-nine thou- 
sand dollars, of which sum not more than two 
hundred thousand dollars may be charged to the 
Highway Fund 549,000 00 

045 For personal services of civilian employees, a sum 
not exceeding one hundred nineteen thousand dol- 
lars 119,000 00 

640 For other necessary expenses of the uniformed divi- 
sion, including traveling expenses of detectives, a 
sum not exceeding four hundred sixteen thousand 
dollars, of which sum not more than one hundred 
fifty thousand dollars may be charged to the High- 
way Fund 416,000 00 

647 For personal services, rent, supplies and equipment 

necessary in the enforcement of provisions of law 
relative to explosives and inflammable fluids and 
compounds, a sum not exceeding fourteen thou- 
sand six hundred dollars ..... 14,600 00 

Division of Inspection: 

648 For the salary of the chief of inspections, a sum not 

exceeding four thousand dollars . . . 4,000 00 

649 For the salaries of officers for the building inspection 

service, a sum not exceeding fifty-three thousand 

nine hundred and forty dollars .... 53,940 00 

650 For traveling expenses of officers for the building 

inspection service, a sum not exceeding eleven 

thousand five hundred dollars .... 11,500 00 

651 For the salaries of officers for the boiler inspection 

service, a sum not exceeding sixty-eight thousand 

two hundred and twenty dollars . . 68,220 00 

652 For traveling expenses of officers for the boiler in- 

spection service, a sum not exceeding thirteen 

thousand five hundred dollars .... 13,500 00 

653 For services, supplies and equipment necessary for 

investigations and inspections by the division, a 

sum not exceeding nine hundred dollars . . 900 00 

Board of Boiler Rules: 

654 For personal services of members of the board, a sum 

not exceeding one thousand dollars . . . 1,000 00 

655 For services other than personal and the necessary 

traveling expenses of the board, a sum not exceed- 
ing five hundred dollars ..... 500 00 

Total $1,429,960 00 

Fire Prevention Service: 

656 For the salary of the state fire marshal, a sum not 

exceeding four thousand dollars . . . $4,000 00 



244 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

657 For personal services of fire and other inspectors, a 

sum not exceeding fifty thousand five hundred and 
^ fifty dollars $50,550 00 

658 For traveling expenses of fire and other inspectors, 

a sum not exceeding fourteen thousand one hun- 
dred and forty dollars . . . . . 14,140 00 

659 For other services, office rent and necessary office 

supplies and equipment, a sum not exceeding four 

thousand dollars 4,000 00 

060 (This item included in Items 657 and 658.) 

Total $72,690 00 

State Boxing Commission: 

661 For compensation and clerical assistance for the 

state boxing commission, a sum not exceeding 

ninety-nine hundred and twenty dollars . . $9,920 00 

662 For other expenses of the commission, a sum not ex- 

ceeding sixty-five hundred dollars . . . 6,500 00 



Total $16,420 00 

Service of the Deparimenl of Public Works. 

The appropriations made in the following four 
items are to be paid three quarters from the 
Highway Fund and one quarter from the Port 
of Boston receipts: 

663 For the salaries of the commissioner and the asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding nineteen 

thousand five hundred dollars .... $19,500 00 

664 For personal services of clerks and assistants to the 

commissioner, a sum not exceeding eleven thou- 
sand one hundred dollars .... 11,100 00 

665 For traveling expenses of the commissioners, a sum 

not exceeding two thousand dollars . . 2,000 00 

666 For telephone service in the public works building, 

a sum not exceeding thirty thousand dollars . 30,000 00 



Total $62,600 00 

Functions of the department relating to highways 
(the following appropriations, except as other- 
wise provided, are made from the Highway 
Fund): 

667 For the maintenance and operation of the public 

works building, a sum not exceeding one himdred 

thirty thousand dollars $130,000 00 

668 For the salaries of guards for the public works build- 

ing, a sum not exceeding thirty-five thousand dol- 
lars 35,000 00 

669 For personal services of the chief engineer, engineers 

and office assistants, including certain clerks and 
stenographers, a sum not exceeding ninety-seven 
thousand dollars 97,000 00 

670 For services other than personal, including printing 

pamphlet of laws and the annual report, and neces- 
sary office supplies and equipment, and for the 
expense of membership of the department in the 
American Association of State Highway Officials, 
a sum not exceeding seventeen thousand dollars 17,000 00 

671 For the suppression of gypsy and brown tail moths 

on state highways, a sum not exceeding twelve 

thousand five hundred dollars .... 12,500 00 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 245 

Item 

672 For the construction and repair of towTi and county 

ways, a sum not exceeding two million five hun- 
dred thousand dollars, the same to be in addition 
to any amount heretofore appropriated for the 
purpose $2,500,000 00 

673 For aiding towns in the repair and improvement of 

public ways, a sum not exceeding one million four 

hundred fifty thousand dollars .... 1,450,000 00 

674 For the maintenance and repair of state highways, 

including care of snow on highways, expenses of 
traffic signs and lights; for payment of damages 
caused by defects in state highways, with the ap- 
proval of the attorney general; for care and repair 
of road-building machinery; and for the mainte- 
nance of a nursery for roadside planting, a sum 
not exceeding two million eight hundred thousand 
dollars, the same to be in addition to any amount 
heretofore appropriated for the purpose . . 2,800,000 00 

675 For the purpose of enabling the department of pub- 

lic works to secure federal aid for the construction 
and reconstruction of highways, including bridges, 
a sum not exceeding two million three hundred 
thousand dollars, the same to be in addition to any 
amount heretofore appropriated for the purpose . 2,300,000 00 

676 For administering the law relative to advertising 

signs near highways, a sum not exceeding twenty- 
one thousand dollars, to be paid from the General 
Fund 21,000 00 

677 For expenses of a topographical survey and map of 

the commonwealth, in addition to funds received 
from federal appropriations or private subscrip- 
tions, a sum not exceeding fifty thousand dollars 50,000 00 

Registration of Motor Vehicles: 

678 For personal services, a sum not exceeding one mil- 

lion eighty thousand dollars, of which sum fifteen 
thousand dollars may be charged to the General 
Fund, and the remainder shall be paid from the 
Highway Fund 1,080,000 00 

679 For services other than personal, including traveling 

expenses, purchase of necessary supplies and ma- 
terials, including cartage and storage of the same, 
and for work incidental to the registration and li- 
censing of owners and operators of motor vehicles, 
a sum not exceeding four hundred eighty thou- 
sand dollars, to be paid from the Highway Fund . 480,000 00 

680 For printing and other expenses necessary in con- 

nection with publicity for certain safety work, a 

sum not exceeding one thousand dollars . . 1,000 00 

Total $10,973,500 00 

Functions of the department relating to water- 
ways and public lands: 

681 For personal services of the chief engineer and assist- 

ants, a sum not exceeding fifty-eight thousand 

dollars $58,000 00 

682 For services other than personal, including printing 

pamphlet of laws and the annual report, and for 
necessary office and engineering supplies and equip- 
ment, a sum not exceeding sixteen hundred dollars 1,600 00 

683 For the care and maintenance of the province lands 

and of the lands acquired and structures erected by 
the Provincetown tercentenary commission, a sum 
not exceeding five thousand dollars . . . 5,000 00 



246 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 

Item 

684 For the maintenance of structures, and for repair- 

ing damages along the coast Une or river banks of 
the commonwealth, and for the removal of wrecks 
and other obstructions from tide waters and great 
ponds, a sum not exceeding twenty-two thousand 
five hundred dollars $22,500 00 

685 For the improvement, development and protection 

of rivers and harbors, tide waters and foreshores 
within the commonwealth, as authorized by sec- 
tion eleven of chapter ninety-one of the General 
liaws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition 
thereof, and of great ponds, a sum not exceeding 
one hundred thousand dollars, and any unex- 
pended balance of the appropriation remaining at 
the end of the current fiscal year may be expended 
in the succeeding fiscal year for the same purposes; 
provided, that all expenditures made for the pro- 
tection of shores shall be upon condition that at 
least fifty per cent of the cost is covered by con- 
tributions from municipalities or other organiza- 
tions and individuals, and that in the case of 
dredging channels for harbor improvements at 
least twenty-five per cent of the cost shall be so 
covered 100,000 00 

686 For re-establishing and permanently marking certain 

triangulation points and sections, as required by 
order of the land court in accordance with section 
thirty-three of chapter ninety-one of the General 
Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition 
thereof, a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars 1,000 00 

687 For expenses of surveying certain town boundaries, 

by the department of public works, a sum not ex- 
ceeding five hundred dollars .... 500 00 

688 For the operation and maintenance of the New Bed- 

ford state pier, a sum not exceeding twelve thou- 
sand dollars 12,000 00 

689 For the compensation of dumping inspectors, a sum 

not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars . . . 1,500 00 

690 For continuing the work in gauging the flow of water 

in the streams of the commonwealth, a sum not 

exceeding five thousand dollars .... 5,000 00 

691 For the maintenance and repair of certain property 

in the town of Plymouth, a sum not exceeding 

thirty-five hundred dollars .... 3,500 00 

692 For the operation and maintenance of the Cape Cod 

Canal pier, a sum not exceeding forty-five hundred 

dollars 4,500 00 

693 (This item omitted.) 

694 For certain expenditures on account of the recon- 

struction of a pier at Plymouth, the sum of four- 
teen hundred sixty-six dollars and twenty-seven 
cents, the same to be in addition to any amount 
heretofore appropriated for the purpose . . 1,466 27 

Total $216,566 27 

Functions of the department relating to Port of 
Boston (the following items are to be paid from 
the Port of Boston receipts) : 

695 For the construction of railroads and piers and for 

the development of certain land, a sum not exceed- 
ing nine thousand dollars ..... $9,000 00 

696 For the supervision and operation of commonwealth 

pier five, including the salaries or other compen- 
sation of employees, and for the repair and replace- 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 247 



Item 



ment of equipment and other property, a sum not 
exceeding one hundred eleven thousand one hun- 
dred dollars $111,100 00 

697 For the maintenance of pier one, at East Boston, a 

sum not exceeding four thousand dollars . . 4,000 00 

698 For the maintenance and improvement of common- 

wealth property under the control of the depart- 
ment in connection with its functions relating to 
waterways and public lands, a sum not exceeding 
ninety thousand dollars ..... 90,000 00 

699 For dredging channels and filling flats, a sum not 

exceeding ninety thousand dollars, the same to be 
in addition to any unexpended balance of the ap- 
propriation made for the purjjose in the previous 
year 90,000 00 

700 (This item omitted.) 



Total $304,100 00 

Service of the DeparUnenl of Public Ulililies. 

701 For personal services of the commissioners, a sum 

not exceeding thirty-six thousand dollars . . $36,000 00 

702 For personal services of secretaries, employees of the 

accounting department, engineering department, 
and rate and tariff department, a sum not exceed- 
ing thirty-nine thousand seven hundred and 
twenty dollars 39,720 00 

703 For personal services of the inspection department, a 

sum not exceeding fifty-one thousand five hundred 

dollars 51,500 00 

704 For personal services of clerks, messengers and oflfice 

assistants, a sum not exceeding sixteen thousand 

two hundred dollars 16,200 00 

705 For personal services of the telephone and telegraph 

division, a sum not exceeding seventeen thousand 

six hundred and twenty dollars .... 17,620 00 

706 For stenographic reports of hearings, a sum not 

exceeding two thousand dollars .... 2,000 00 

707 For traveling expenses of the commissioners and 

employees, a sum not exceeding twenty-seven hun- 
dred dollars 2,700 00 

708 For other services, printing the annual report, for 

rent of offices and for necessary office supplies and 
equipment, a sum not exceeding twenty-two thou- 
sand three hundred dollars .... 22,300 00 

709 For stenographic reports of evidence at inquests held 

in cases of death by accident on or about railroads, 

a sum not exceeding eight hundred dollars . . 800 00 



Total $188,840 00 

Investigation of Gas and Electric Light Meters: 

710 For personal services of the division of inspection of 

gas and gas meters, a sum not exceeding twenty- 
one thousand four hundred dollars . . . $21,400 00 

711 For expenses of the division of inspection of gas and 

gas meters, including office rent, traveling and 
other necessary expenses of inspection, a sum not 
exceeding forty-five hundred dollars . . . 4,500 00 

712 (This item combined with Item 708.) 

713 For the examination and tests of electric meters, a 

sum not exceeding two hundred dollars . . 200 00 



Total $26,100 00 



248 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

Special Investigations: 

714 For personal services and expenses of special investi- 

gations, including legal assistants as needed, a sum 

not exceeding seven thousand dollars . . . $7,000 GO 

Commercial Motor Vehicle Division: 

715 For personal services of the director and assistants, 

a sum not exceeding fifty-seven thousand four 

hundred dollars $57,400 00 

716 For other services, necessary office supplies and 

equipment, and for rent, a sum not exceeding 

fourteen thousand four hundred dollars . . 14,400 00 



Total $71,800 00 

Smoke Inspection Service: 

The following items are to be assessed upon the 
cities and towns comprising the district de- 
fined by chapter six hundred and fifty-one of 
the acts of nineteen hundred and ten, and acts 
in amendment thereof or in addition thereto : 

717 For personal services, a sum not exceeding thirty-one 

thousand seven hundred dollars . . . $31,700 00 

718 For other services, printing the annual report, rent 

of offices, travel, and necessary office supplies and 
equipment, a sum not exceeding thirty-five hun- 
dred dollars 3,500 00 



Total $35,200 00 

Sale of Securities: 

719 For personal services in administering the law rela- 

tive to the sale of securities, a sum not exceeding 

thirty-eight thousand six hundred and ten dollars $38,610 00 

720 For expenses other than personal in administering 

the law relative to the sale of securities, a sum not 

exceeding ten thousand dollars .... 10,000 00 



Total $48,610 00 

Miscellaneoiis. 

721 For the maintenance of Bunker Hill monument and 

the property adjacent, to be expended by the 
metropolitan district commission, a sum not ex- 
ceeding twelve thousand three hundred dollars . $12,300 00 

The following items are to be paid from the High- 
way Fund, with the approval of the metropoli- 
tan district commission: 

722 For maintenance of boulevards and parkways, a sum 

not exceeding six hundred ninety-eight thousand 

eight hundred and twenty doUars . . . 698,820 00 

723 For resurfacing of boulevards and parkways, a sum 

not exceeding two hundred seventy-five thousand 

dollars 275,000 00 

724 For expense of supplies and services necessary for 

procuring Works Progress Administration funds, 
a sum not exceeding eight thousand dollars, the 
same to be in addition to any amount heretofore 
appropriated for the purpose .... 8,000 00 

725 For the cost of installations necessary for additional 

street fighting, a sum not exceeding thirty-two 

thousand dollars 32,000 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 249 

Item 

726 For maintenance of Wellington bridge, a sum not 

exceeding thirty-four hundred dollars . . $3,400 00 



Total $1,029,520 00 

Unclassified Accounts and Claims. 

727 For the compensation of veterans of the civil war 

formerly in the service of the commonwealth, now 
retired, a sum not exceeding thirty-five hundred 
dollars $3,500 00 

728 For the compensation of any veteran who may be 

retired by the governor under the provisions of 
sections fifty-six to fifty-nine, inclusive, of chap- 
ter thirty-two of the General Laws, as appearing 
in the Tercentenary Edition thereof, a sum not 
exceeding sixty-five thousand dollars . . 65,000 00 

729 For the compensation of certain prison officers and 

instructors formerly in the service of the common- 
wealth, now retired, a sum not exceeding seventy 
thousand dollars 70,000 00 

730 For the compensation of state police officers for- 

merly in the service of the commonwealth, and 
now retired, a sum not exceeding eighty-five hun- 
dred dollars 8,500 00 

731 For the compensation of certain women formerly 

employed in cleaning the state house, and now 

retired, a sum not exceeding six hundred dollars . 600 00 



Total $147,600 00 

For certain other aid: 

732 For the compensation of certain public employees 

for injuries sustained in the course of their em- 
ployment, for present and previous j^ears, as pro- 
vided by section sixty-nine of chapter one hundred 
and fifty-two of the General Laws, as amended, 
a sum not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars, 
of which sum not more than fifty-five thousand 
dollars may be charged to the Highway Fund . $100,000 00 

733 For the payment of certain annuities and pensions 

of soldiers and others under the provisions of cer- 
tain acts and resolves, a sum not exceeding forty- 
two hundred and ninety-six dollars . . . 4,296 00 



Total $104,296 00 

734 For reimbursing officials for premiums paid for pro- 

curing sureties on their bonds, as provided by 
existing laws, a sum not exceeding three hundred 
and seventy-five dollars ..... $375 00 

735 For payment of any claims, as authorized by section 

eighty-nine of chapter thirty-two of the General 
Laws, as amended, for allowances to the families 
of members of the department of public safety 
doing police duty killed or fatally injured in the 
discharge of their duties, a sum not exceeding 
seventy-three hundred and eighty dollars . . 7,380 00 

736 For small items of expenditure for which no appro- 

priations have been made, and for cases in which 
appropriations have been exhausted or have re- 
verted to the treasury in previous years, a sum 
not exceeding one thousand dollars . . . 1,000 00 



250 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

737 For reimbursement of persons for funds previously 
deposited in the treasury of the commonwealth 
and escheated to the commonwealth, a sum not 
exceeding ten thousand dollars .... $10,000 00 

Total $18,755 00 

Deficiencies. 

For deficiencies in certain appropriations of previ- 
ous years, in certain items, as follows: 

Service of the Legislative Department. 

For printing, binding and paper ordered by the senate 
and house of representatives, or by concurrent 
order of the two branches, with the approval 
of the clerks of the respective branches, the sum 
of eighteen hundred forty-five dollars and fifty- 
seven cents ....... $1,845 57 

Service of the Land Court. 

For personal services in the examination of titles, 
for publishing and serving citations and other serv- 
ices, traveling expenses, supplies and office equip- 
ment, and for the preparation of sectional plans 
showing registered land, the sum of four hundred 
twenty-two dollars and seventy-seven cents . 422 77 

Service of the Executive Department. 

For postage, printing, office and other contingent 
expenses, including travel of the governor, the 
sum of seventy-two hundred seventy dollars and 
sixty-one cents ...... 7,270 61 

Service of the Adjutant General. 

For services other than personal, and for necessary 
office supplies and expenses, the sum of one hun- 
dred forty-five dollars and thirty-seven cents . 145 37 

Service of the Militia. 

For pay and transportation of certain boards, the 
sum of seven hundred thirteen dollars and forty 
cents 713 40 

For pay and transportation in making inspections 
and surveys, and for escort duty, the sum of two 
hundred eighty-nine dollars and ninety-six cents 289 96 

For transportation of officers and non-commissioned 
officers for attendance at military meetings, the 
sum of five hundred six dollars and ninety-four 
cents 506 94 

For compensation, transportation and expenses in 
the preparation for camp duty maneuvers, the 
sum of thirteen hundred two dollars and sixty- 
two cents ....... 1,302 62 

For compensation for special and miscellaneous 
dutj^ the sum of two hundred forty-six dollars 
and thirty-two cents ..... 246 32 

To cover certain small claims for damages to private 
property arising from military maneuvers, the 
sum of one hundred dollars and eighty- two cents 100 82 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 234. 251 



Service of the Commission on Administration and Finance. 

Purchase of paper: 
For the purchase of paper used in the execution of 
the contracts for state printing, other than legis- 
lative, with the approval of the commission on 
administration and finance, the sum of nineteen 
hundred ninety-one dollars and six cents . . $1,991 06 

Service of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. 

For services other than personal, including rent of 
offices, travel, and ofiice and incidental expenses, 
the sum of three thousand fifty dollars and sev- 
enty-four cents ...... 3,050 74 

Service of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. 

For matters relating to elections: 

For expenses of publication of lists of candidates 
and forms of questions before state elections, the 
sum of five hundred twenty-nine dollars and fifty 
cents 529 50 

For administering the law to permit absent voters to 
vote at state elections, the sum of sixty-two dol- 
lars and forty-six cents ..... 62 46 

Service of the Emergency Finance Board. 

For administrative expenses of the emergency fi- 
nance board, the sum of sixteen hundred ten dol- 
lars and sixty-three cents .... 1,610 63 

Service of the Attorney GeneraVs Department. 

For services other than personal, traveling expenses, 
office supplies and equipment, the sum of fifteen 
hundred ninety-five dollars and sixty-four cents . 1,595 64 

Service of the Department of Conservation. 

Division of Forestry: 
For reimbursement to certain towns, as authorized 
by section twenty-four of chapter forty-eight of 
the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercente- 
nary Edition thereof, the sum of one hundred 
thirty-two dollars and thirty-one cents . . 132 31 

Salisbury Beach Reservation: 
For the maintenance of Salisbury beach reservation, 
the sum of one hundred seventy-eight dollars and 
sixty-one cents . . . . . . 178 61 

Service of the Department of Corporations and Taxation. 

Corporations and Tax Divisions: 
For other services, necessary office supplies and 
equipment, travel, and for printing the annual 
report, other publications and valuation books, 
the sum of fifty-six hundred ninety-one dollars 
and twenty cents ...... 5,691 20 

Service of the Department of Education. 

For the reimbursement of certain towns for the pay- 
ment of tuition of pupils attending high schools 
outside the towns in which they reside, as pro- 
vided by law, the sum of twenty-five hundred 
seventy-nine dollars and thirty-one cents . . 2,579 31 



252 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

For the reimbursement of certain towns for the trans- 
portation of pupils attending high schools outside 
the towns in which they reside, as provided by 
law, the sum of eighty-four hundred six dollars 
and thirteen cents ...... $8,406 13 

English-speaking Classes for Adults: 
For reimbursement of certain cities and towns, the 
sum of four thousand thirty-eight dollars and 
forty-six cents ...... 4,038 46 

Division of Immigration and Americanization: 
For other expenses, the sum of two hundred ninety- 
five dollars and nineteen cents .... 295 19 

Massachusetts Nautical School: 
For personal services of the secretary and office as- 
sistants, the sum of seventy-nine dollars . . 79 00 

State Teachers' College: 
For the maintenance of the boarding hall at the state 
teachers' college in Framingham, the sum of one 
thousand three dollars and sixty-three cents . 1,003 63 

Service of the Departmenl of Civil Service and Registration. 

Board of Registration of Barbers: 
For travel and other necessary expenses, the sum of 

seventy-seven dollars and nine cents ... 77 09 

Service of the Department of Correction. 

For services other than personal, including printing 
the annual report, necessary office supplies and 
equipment, the sum of one hundred forty-six dol- 
lars and fifty-seven cents . . . . 146 57 

For traveling expenses of officers and employees of 
the department, when required to travel in the 
discharge of their duties, the sum of three hundred 
sixteen dollars and forty-one cents . . . 316 41 

Service of the Department of Public Welfare. 

Division of Child Guardianship: 
For services other than personal, office supplies and 
equipment, the sum of one hundred fifty-six dol- 
lars and twenty-four cents . . . . 156 24 

Service of the Department of Public Safety. 

For other necessary expenses of the uniformed divi- 
sion, including traveling expenses of detectives, 
the sum of sixty-two dollars and forty-seven cents 62 47 

State Boxing Commission: 
P^or other expenses of the commission, the sum of 

two hundred ten dollars and thirty-five cents . 210 35 

Service of the Department of Public Works. 

For services other than personal, including printing 
pamphlet of laws and the annual report, and neces- 
sary office supplies and equipment, the sum of 
eighty-six dollars and thirty-five cents, to be paid 
from the Highway Fund ..... 86 36 



Item 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 253 



For the maintenance and repair of state highways, 
including care of snow on highways, expenses of 
traffic signs and hghts; for payment of damages 
caused by defects in state highways, with the 
approval of the attorney general; for care and 
repair of road-building machinery; and for the 
maintenance of a nursery for roadside planting, 
the sum of nine thousand thirty-four dollars and 
ninety cents, to be paid from the Highway Fund . $9,034 90 

Melropolilan District Commission. 

For maintenance of parks reservations, including the 
retirement of soldiers under the provisions of the 
(General Laws, the sum of seven hundred ninety- 
one dollars and seventy-seven cents . . . 791 77 

For the cost of providing additional bathing facilities 
in the towns of Holden, Rutland and Sterling, a 
sum not exceeding four hundred two dollars and 
sixty-one cents, the same to be in addition to any 
amount heretofore appropriated for the purpose 
and to be assessed as a part of the cost of the met- 
ropolitan water maintenance .... 402 61 

Total $55,373 01 



Metropolitan District Commission. 

The following items are to be assessed upon the 
several districts in accordance with the methods 
fixed by law, unless otherwise provided, and to 
be expended under the direction and with the 
approval of the metropolitan district commis- 
sion: 

For maintenance of the Charles River basin, a sum 
not exceeding two hundred sixty-four thousand 
eight hundred and seventy dollars, including re- 
tirement of soldiers imder the provisions of the 
General Laws $264,870 00 

For maintenance of park reservations, including the 
purchase of land and the retirement of soldiers 
under the provisions of the General Laws, a sum 
not exceeding one million one hundred forty-seven 
thousand nine hundred and ten dollars . . 1,147,910 00 

For the expense of holding band concerts, a sum not 
exceeding twenty thousand dollars, to be assessed 
as part of the cost of maintenance of parks reser- 
vations 20,000 00 

For expense of supplies and services necessary for 
procuring Works Progress Administration funds, 
a sum not exceeding twelve thousand dollars, the 
same to be in addition to any amount heretofore 
appropriated for the purpose and to be assessed 
as part of the cost of maintenance of parks reser- 
vations 12,000 00 

For extending and improving the Lynn sea wall, a 
sum not exceeding eleven thousand dollars, the 
same to be in addition to any amount heretofore 
appropriated for the purpose and to be assessed 
as part of the cost of maintenance of parks reser- 
vations 11,000 00 

For the construction of a sanitary in the vicinity of 
Oak Island, a sum not exceeding twelve thousand 
dollars, to be assessed as part of the cost of main- 
tenance of parks reservations .... 12,000 00 



254 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 

Item 

744a For expense of supplies and services necessary for 
procuring Works Progress Administration funds 
for continuing the construction of additional facili- 
ties at the Ponkapoag golf course, a sum not ex- 
ceeding twenty thousand dollars, to be assessed 
as part of the cost of maintenance of parks reser- 
vations $20,000 00 

745 For improving a portion of the beach at Wollaston, 

a sum not exceeding six thousand dollars, to be 
assessed as part of the cost of maintenance of 
parks reservations ...... 6,000 00 

746 For the cost of constructing a radio room on the 

roof of the metropolitan district building, a sum 
not exceeding five thousand dollars, to be assessed 
as part of the cost of maintenance of parks reser- 
vations 5,000 00 

747 For services and expenses of the division of metro- 

politan planning, a sum not exceeding nineteen 

thousand eight hundred dollars . . . 19,800 00 

748 For maintenance of the Nantasket Beach reserva- 

tion, a sum not exceeding one hundred four thou- 
sand seven hundred dollars .... 104,700 00 

749 For maintenance of Wellington bridge, a sum not 

exceeding ten thousand two hundred dollars, in- 
cluding retirement of soldiers under the provisions 
of the General Laws, the same to be in addition 
to the amount appropriated in item seven hun- 
dred and twenty-six 10,200 00 

750 For the maintenance and operation of a system of 

sewage disposal for the north metropolitan sewer- 
age district, a sum not exceeding four hundred 
seventeen thousand eight hundred and five dol- 
lars, including retirement of soldiers under the 
provisions of the General Laws 417,805 00 

751 For repairs and improvements to the wharf at Deer 

Island, a sum not exceeding two thousand dollars, 
to be assessed as part of the cost of maintenance 
of the north metropolitan sewerage district , 2,000 00 

752 For the reconstruction of a trestle for the water in- 

take pipe at Deer Island, a sum not exceeding 
, twenty thousand dollars, to be assessed as part 

of the cost of maintenance of the north metropoli- 
tan sewerage district ..... 20,000 00 

753 For the replacement of boilers at the East Boston 

pumping station, a sum not exceeding fifteen 
thousand dollars, to be assessed as part of the cost 
of maintenance of the north metropolitan sewerage 
district 15,000 00 

754 For the maintenance and operation of a system of 

sewage disposal for the south metropolitan sew- 
erage district, a sum not exceeding three hundred 
thousand four hundred and thirty-seven dollars, 
including retirement of soldiers under the provi- 
sions of the General Laws .... 300,437 00 

756 For the maintenance and operation of the metropoli- 
tan water system, a sum not exceeding one million 
six thousand three hundred and ninety dollars, in- 
cluding retirement of soldiers under the provisions 
of the General Laws 1,006,390 00 

756 For the purchase of property for protection of the 
water supply, a sum not exceeding fifteen thou- 
sand dollars, the same to be in addition to any 
amount heretofore appropriated for the purpose 
and to be assessed as a part of the cost of the 
metropolitan water maintenance . . . 15,000 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 234. 255 



Item 

758 For the construction of additions and improvements 
to certain supply and distribution mains, as a part 
of the cost of maintenance of the metropoUtan 
water system, a sum not exceeding three hundred 
thousand dollars, the same to be in addition to 
any unexpended balance of an appropriation made 
for the purpose in the previous year . 



Total 

General and Highway Funds 
Metropolitan District Commission 



$300,000 00 
3,710,112 00 



$70,102,030 58 
3,711,306 38 



Section 3. No liabilities in excess of appropriations 
provided for under this act shall be incurred by any depart- 
ment or institution, except in cases of emergency, and then 
only upon the prior written approval of the governor and 
council. The state comptroller is hereby directed to send 
a copy of this section to each departmental, divisional and 
institutional head immediately following the passage of this 
act, together with a copy of suitable regulations relative to 
apphcations for transfers from the appropriation for ex- 
traordinary expenses as provided by section eight of chapter 
six of the General Laws. 

Section 4. The sums appropriated for maintenance of 
certain institutions include allowances for the purchase of 
coal to April first, nineteen hundred and thirty-eight, and 
balance representing these sums may be carried forward 
at the end of the fiscal year. 

Section 5. No payment shall be made or obligation 
incurred under authority of any special appropriation made 
by this act for construction of pubhc buildings or other 
improvements at state institutions until plans and speci- 
fications have been approved by the governor, unless other- 
wise provided by such rules and regulations as the governor 
may make. 

Section 6. No expenses incurred for mid-day meals by 
state employees, other than those who receive as part of their 
compensation a non-cash allowance in the form of full or 
complete boarding and housing, and those employees who 
are stationed beyond commuting distance from their homes 
for a period of more than twenty-four hours, shall be allowed 
by the commonwealth. 

Section 7. The budget commissioner is hereby directed 
to send a copy of sections five and six of this act to each 
departmental, divisional and institutional head immediately 
following the passage of this act. 

Section 8. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 26, 1937. 



256 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 235. 



Chap.2S5 An Act authorizing municipalities engaged in the dis- 
tribution OF GAS OR electricity TO CONDUCT THE BUSI- 
NESS OF SELLING, INSTALLING AND SERVICING CERTAIN 
MERCHANDISE, EQUIPMENT, UTENSILS AND CHATTELS. 



Emergency 
preamble. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 164, § 
amended. 



34, 



Acquisition 
of lighting 
plants by 
cities and 
towns. 



Validation 
of certain 
acts. 



Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of 
the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section thirty-four of chapter one hundred 
and sixty-four of the General Laws, as appearing in the 
Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by adding at the 
end the following new sentence: — A town, engaged in the 
business of distributing gas or electricity, may, as a part of 
such business, if an appropriation is made therefor, sell at 
prevaihng retail prices, install and service, within the terri- 
tory served by such business, merchandise, equipment, uten- 
sils and chattels of any description, incidental or auxiliary 
to the use of gas or electricity distributed to its consumers 
or necessary or expedient in the protection or management 
of its property used in such business, — so as to read as 
follows: — Section 34- A town may, in accordance with this 
chapter, construct, purchase or lease, and maintain within 
its limits, one or more plants for the manufacture or distribu- 
tion of gas or electricity for municipal use or for the use of its 
inhabitants. Such plants may include suitable land, struc- 
tures and machinery and other apparatus and appliances 
for manufacturing, using and distributing gas or electricity 
for said purposes. A town, engaged in the business of dis- 
tributing gas or electricity, may, as a part of such business, 
if an appropriation is made therefor, sell at prevailing retail 
prices, install and service, within the territory served by 
such business, merchandise, equipment, utensils and chattels 
of any description, incidental or auxiliary to the use of gas or 
electricity distributed to its consumers or necessary or ex- 
pedient in the protection or management of its property 
used in such business. 

Section 2. All action heretofore taken by a city or town, 
and all acts heretofore done by any of its officers, in connec- 
tion with the sale, installation or service of merchandise, 
equipment, utensils or chattels described in section one, are 
hereby confirmed and made valid to the same extent as 
though said section one had then been in effect. 

Approved April 29, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 236, 237. 257 



An Act relative to payment of the compensation of QJkij) 236 
members of the general court. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend ^^TambiT^ 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter three of the General Laws is hereby g. l. (Ter. 
amended by striking out section nine, as appearing in the amended! ^' 
Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the 
following : — Section 9, Each member of the general court Compensation 
shall receive two thousand dollars for each regular annual 
session of the term for which he is elected, and four dollars 
and twentj^ cents for every mile of ordinary traveling distance 
from his place of abode to the place of sitting of the general 
court. The president of the senate and the speaker of the 
house of representatives shall each receive two thousand 
dollars additional compensation. Each member of the gen- 
eral court shall be entitled to be paid his compensation at 
the rate of two hundred dollars for each full month of the 
session. Such paj^ments shall be made to him, upon his 
request, on the last legislative day in which the general court 
is in session preceding the fifteenth day of each month and 
on the day preceding the last legislative day of each month, 
and shall be for an amount not exceeding the proportion 
then due at the aforesaid rate; provided, that tlie state 
treasurer, in his discretion, may, during the annual session, 
make additional payments on account, in excess of such 
monthly rate, to an}^ member making written request there- 
for, but the amount of such additional payments shall not 
exceed, in the aggregate, three hundred dollars in any one 
session, and in no event shall the amount of all payments 
under this section in any year to any member exceed, in the 
aggregate, the compensation of such member for the annual 
session. 

Section 2. Section eleven of said chapter three, as so ap- 
pearing, is hereby repealed. Approved April 29, 1937. 

An Act establishing Suffolk university. Chav. 2S7 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to 
defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an 
emergency law, necessarj'- for the immediate preservation of 
the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The name of the Suffolk Law School, a 
corporation incorporated by chapter one hundred and forty- 
five of the acts of nineteen hundred and fourteen, is hereby 
changed to Suffolk University. Said corporation shall here- 
after consist of not more than twenty-one members. 



258 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 238, 239. 

Section 2. Suffolk University shall include the depart- 
ments now known as Suffolk law school, Suffolk graduate 
school of law, Suffolk college of liberal arts, Suffolk college of 
journalism and a new department to be known as Suffolk 
college of business administration. 

Said university shall possess all the powers and privileges 
heretofore granted by said chapter one hundred and forty- 
five and by chapter fifteen of the acts of nineteen hundred 
and thirty-five, together with such additional powers and 
privileges as are possessed by colleges of journalism and 
business administration in this commonwealth, including 
power to confer appropriate degrees and to grant appropriate 
diplomas. Approved April 29, 1937. 

Chap. 238 An Act authorizing the erection of certain pent houses 
OR other structures above the roof line of the pro- 
posed additional unit to the SUFFOLK COUNTY COURT 
HOUSE IN THE CITY OF BOSTON. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Any pent houses or other structures for the 
enclosure of elevator machinery or shafts or mechanical 
equipment erected above the roof line of any building to be 
erected on Pemberton square and Somerset street in the 
city of Boston, as an additional unit to the Suffolk county 
court house, under the provisions of chapter four hundred 
and seventy-four of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
five, may, with the approval of the building commissioner 
of said city, be erected above the height limit established by 
section one of chapter sixty of the acts of nineteen hundred 
and thirty-six, notwithstanding any provision of said chapter 
sixty or of any other general or special law inconsistent here- 
with. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 29, 1937. 

Chap.2S9 An Act dissolving certain corporations. 

prTambk"^ TTAereas, It is necessary that certain delinquent and other 

corporations be dissolved in the current j^ear, therefore this 
act is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for 
the immediate preservation of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Such of the following named corporations 
as are not already legally dissolved are hereby dissolved, 
subject to the provisions of sections fifty-one, fifty-two and 
fifty-six of chapter one hundred and fifty-five of the General 
Laws : — 

A and C Investment Corporation, The, A. & E. Profita, 
Inc., A & J Motor Lines, Inc., ABC Puzzle Advertising 
Company, A. C. C. Corporation, The, A. C. Manufacturing 
Company, A. Claus' Sons, Inc., A. E. Brady Company, 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 259 

A. E. Covelle Co., A. F. Brown Co., A. H. Wilson & Com- 
pany, Incorporated, A. I. Savitz Co. Inc., A. J. Chaput 
Company, Inc., A. J. Fawcett, Incorporated, A. L. Nichols 
Company, The, A. Michelini & Sons, Inc., A. Rosenberg & 
Co., Inc., A. Swiman Company Inc., Academy Theater of 
Fall River, Incorporated, Acme Heating & Power Equip- 
ment Corporation, Acoaxet Realty Company, Adams and 
Abbott, Inc., Adams Realty Corporation, Adler Richards 
Co., Inc., The, Adonijah Farm, Inc., Advocate Press, Inc., 
Air Conditioners, Inc., Alben Bag Co., Inc., Albert Flower 
Inc., Alden-Walker, Inc., Aldrich Syndicate, Inc., Alfred 
Brigham Co. (1914), Alfred V. Rivest Co., Alfred W. Raven- 
ing, Incorporated, Alhambra Theatre Co., Alkaloid Products 
Corporation, All-State Construction Company, The, Allen 
Brothers Construction Company, Allen-Howe Inc., Allen's 
Market, Inc., Allied Dental Laboratory, Inc., The, AHied 
Finance Corporation, Allied Service Corp., Allston Storage 
Warehouse Inc., Allyn, Inc., Alpha Holding Company, Inc., 
Alton Investment Co. Inc., American Brands Corporation, 
American Fire Equipment Company, Inc., American Food 
Stores Corporation, American Motors of Somerville Inc., 
American Pictures, Inc., American Provision Company, 
American Shoe Pattern Manufacturers, Inc., American 
Spring Service Company, American Trademark Association, 
Inc., Ancient River Corporation, The, Anderson Manufac- 
turing Company, Anderson Realty Corporation, Andrews & 
Wald Roofing Corp., Andrews Shade Company, The, An- 
thony Leather Company, Apollo Theatres Incorporated, 
Arborway Associates, Inc., Arcese Construction Company, 
The, Archibald Wheel Company, Arco Manufacturing Com- 
pany, Ardmore Laundry, Inc., Ariington-Belmont Ice Com- 
pany, Arlington Buildings, Inc., Arlington Motors, Inc., 
Armand Company of Massachusetts, The, Armstrong Build- 
ing Finish Co., Aronette Manufacturing Co., Arrow Shoe 
Stores, Inc. of Springfield, Arrow Transportation, Inc., 
Arthur B. Porter, Inc., Arthur Treat Company, Asiatic 
Trading Company, Inc., Associated Motors, Inc., Asso- 
ciated Printers, Inc., Association of Eastern Credit Men, 
Incorporated, Athol Real Estate Trust Incorporated, Atlantic 
Cone Company, Inc., Atlantic Ornamental Iron and Wire 
Works, Inc., Atlantic Precision Instrument Company, 
Atlantic Provision Company, Atlantic Sales Company, Atlas 
Footwear Company, Inc., Attleboro Automobile Company, 
Atwood Brothers, Incorporated, Atwood-Thomas Construc- 
tion Company, Auburn Worsted Company, Inc., Auto 
Cniiser Manufacturing & Sales Co., Inc., Auto Warehouse 
Sales Co., Autolux Sign Company, Automatic Heat Institute, 
Inc., Automatic Trading Corp., Automobile Safety Device 
Corporation, Automotive Finance Corporation, Automotive 
Radiator Corp., Avery Cafeteria, Inc., Avon Products Sales 
Co. 

B. & A. Motors Garage & Warehouse Inc., B & C Stores, 
Inc., B. G. & S. Theatre Corporation, Baber Company, 



260 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 239. 

Babson Park Company, Bachelder Motor Company, Back 
Bay Furniture Company, Inc., Ball Sq. Public Market, Inc., 
Bancroft Candy Company, Inc., Bancroft Tissue Corpora- 
tion, Bankers Fiscal Corporation, Barden Brothers Com- 
pany, Barkentine, Inc., Barlow Coal Company, Barnes 
Chevrolet Sales & Service, Inc., Barnet Slosman & Co., Inc., 
Baron Bros. & Peltz, Inc., Barre Motor Company, Incor- 
porated, Barrett Transportation Co., Inc., Barron's Outlet, 
Inc., Barstow, Hill & Company, Incorporated, Bay State 
Film Exchange Co., Bay State Finance Corporation, Bay 
State Motor Sales & Service, Inc., Bay State Restaurant, 
Inc., Bay State Upholstering Company, Bay State Wood 
Heel, Inc., Bayhte Lamp & Shade Co., Bea Shoe Co., 
Beach Theatre and Dramatic School, Inc., Beacon Chevro- 
let Company, Beacon Cloak & Suit Co. Inc., Beacon Diner, 
Inc., Beacon Holding Co., Beacon Metals Inc., Beacon 
Paint Products Company, Beals McLaughlin & Parker 
Masters Co., Beaver Transportation Company, Beckman & 
Tilden, Inc., Befco Inc., Belgian Village, Inc., Bell Mort- 
gage & Finance Corporation, Bell Refrigerator & Store 
Fixture Company, Belmont Pharmacy, Incorporated, of 
Brighton, Belmont Sales Company, Belvidere Paint & 
Hardware Company Inc., Ben-Burk Sales Corporation, 
Ben Katzeff, Inc., Benj. N. Moore & Sons Company, Ben- 
nett-Chapmanizing, Inc., Berkeley Financial Service, Inc., 
Berkshire Creamery Company, Berkshire Flying Service, 
Inc., Berkshire Progressive Corporation, Best Construction 
Co. Inc., The, Better-Built Pumps, Inc., Better Motors, 
Inc., Beverage Distributors, Inc., Beverly Building Associ- 
ation, The, Beverly Permanent Wave Shop, Inc., Biblion, 
Inc., Bick Leather Finishing Co. Inc., The, Big Six Motor 
Express, Inc., Biogene Chemical Company, Inc., Blake 
Office Supply Co., Inc., Blondell Apparel Shop, Inc., Blue 
Anchor Tavern Inc., Blue Eagle Meat Market, Inc., Blue 
Hill Coal & Coke Company, Blue Hill Ice Company, Blue 
Seal Co. Ltd., Bon Ton Laundry Co., Bond Finance Cor- 
poration, Bond Trading Corporation, Bonnie Brae Brands, 
Inc., Boston American League Basketball Club, Inc., Bos- 
ton Amusement Corp., Boston Automobile Company, Bos- 
ton Backing Co., Inc., Boston Baggage Company, Boston 
Brass Company, Boston Brass Company, Inc., Boston 
Building Material Company, Boston Coal Companj^, Bos- 
ton Consumers Cooperative Association, Boston Express 
Exchange, (Incorporated), Boston Fibre Corporation, Bos- 
ton Furniture Mart, Inc., Boston Hatters Supply Inc., 
Boston Heating Company, Boston Kennel Club, Inc., The, 
Boston Motor Warehouse, Inc., Boston Moulded Products 
Company, Boston Optical Company, Inc., Boston Piano 
Supply Company, Boston Sportswear, Inc., Boston Store of 
Beverly Inc., Bottle Shop, Inc., The, Bowdoin Square Cigar 
Company, Bowmar Restaurant Company, Boyer Realty 
Co., Inc., Bradford Realty Co. Inc., Bragdon Produce Com- 
pany Inc., Braintree Coal & Grain Co. Inc., Brattle Drug 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 261 

Company, Inc., Breezy Hill Farms, Inc., Brewer's Express, 
Inc., Brierly-Lombard Company, The, Briggs Funeral Serv- 
ice, Inc., Brimfield Brick Company, Brindis-Drapler Shoe 
Company, Brinton-Bayles Flying Service, Inc., Brockton 
Plumbing & Heating Supply Company, Brockware Food 
Company, Inc., Brohava, Incorporated, Brookline General 
Hospital Corporation, Brookline Home Development Cor- 
poration, Brookline Homes, Inc., Brophy Auto Supply Com- 
pany, Broude & Bagran, Inc., Brown Radio & Appliance 
Corp., Bruce & Sparkes, Inc., Burditt & Williams Co., Burke 
Shoe Co., Inc., Burrich Shoe Co., Business Associates Inc., 
Business Service of N. E., Inc., Bussey Motor Sales Inc., 
Butler's Garage, Inc., Butman Grain & Feed Company, 
Byron Shoe Company, Inc. 

C & W Tool Company, C. B. Chase Corporation, C. B. 
White & Company, Inc., C. E. Harris Co., The, C. Fred 
Spring Co., Inc., C. H. Cunningham & Son Co., C. H. G. 
Cederborg Company, C. S. Watson Co. Inc., C. Sugarman 
& Sons, Inc., C. Torrielli Co., Inc., C. W. Shippee, Inc., Calia 
and Zarella Company, Inc., Callanan & Archer Co. Inc., 
Callaway Associates Inc., The, Cambria Chocolate Company, 
Cambridge Battery Service Company, Incorporated, Cam- 
bridge Engraving Company, CamlDridge Ice Company, 
Cambridge Machine & Tool, Inc., Camden Sons Motor 
Company, Camera Picture Shops, Inc., Camp Idlewild, Inc., 
Camp Viking, Inc., Campbell & Moore, Inc., Campello 
Motor Com pan j^, Campello Nail-less Heel Company, Can- 
ton Corner Garage, Inc., Cape Cod Hotel Company, Cape 
Cod Motor Exchange Inc., Capital Clothing Co. Inc., Capi- 
tol Neckwear Co., Captain's Nook Incorporated, Carbone 
Brothers Music Shop Inc., Carder Wood Working Company, 
Cardoza Bros. & Pina, Inc., Cariboo Syndicate of Massa- 
chusetts, Inc., Carl F. Lawton & Co., Inc., Carl J. Johnson 
Company, Inc., Carleton-Mace Engineering Corporation, 
Carlow Automobile Company, Carlton Shoe Co., Inc., Carl- 
ton's, Inc., Carney & Company Inc., Caroline-Levins Shoe 
Co., Inc., Carp's, Inc., Carter-Korth Oil Burners, Inc., Car- 
ter Realty Company, Cary Pharmacy Inc., Casa Napoli, 
Inc., Casey's Incorporated, Castle Rock Springs Co., Inc., 
Cefalo Construction Company, Centerbar Corporation, Cen- 
tral Auto Parts Companj^, Central Building Company, 
Central Manufacturing Company, Inc., Central Massachu- 
setts Laboratories, Inc., Central Massachusetts Publishing 
Co., Central Radio Stores, Inc., Central Service Company, 
Inc., Central Stores Inc., Central Theatre Operating Com- 
pany, Central Wharf and Vessels Companj', Central Whole- 
sale Grocer}^ Co., Century Press, The, Century Shoe Cor- 
poration, Chain Leather Co., Chapdelaine Construction 
Company, Inc., Chapin, Inc., The, Charles River Meadows, 
The Proprietors of, Charles Shoe Company, Charlcsgate 
Hospital Incorporated, Chase Grain Mill, Chef Grande, 
Incorporated, Chelsea Veritas, Inc., Chemical Coated Prod- 
ucts Co., Chemical Laboratories, Inc., Chester A. Chabot, 



262 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 

Inc., Chesterfield, Inc., Chicken Products Corporation, 
Chicopee Finance Corporation, Childs, Jeffries & Co., In- 
corporated, Chile Wines Importing Company, Inc., The, 
Chimes Cafeteria Inc., Cinder Concrete Units Corporation, 
Cinder Refining Corporation, Citizens Motor Sales Corpora- 
tion, Citro Products Co., Inc., City Dye Works, Incorpo- 
rated, City Finance Corporation, City Sea Grill, Inc., City 
Taxi Service, Inc., City Welding & Radiator Company, Inc., 
Claflin Sales Co., Clarendon Garage Corporation, Cleb 
Automatic Control Co., The, Chfton Laundry, Inc., Clinton 
Land and Building Corporation, Clyde R. Sanders Inc., 
Cobb's Markets, Inc., Coburn Trolley Track Manufacturing 
Company, Cock of the Walk Mfg. Co., Colchester Mill Com- 
pany, The, Coleman Groves Company, Collegian, Inc., The, 
Collier Manufacturing Co., Colonial Enterprises Inc., Co- 
lonial Furniture Mart, Inc., Colonial Garage of Willimansett, 
Incorporated, Colonial Laboratories, Inc., Colonial Rug 
Company, Colorenda Camera Corporation, Colson's Puritan 
Dental Company, Columbia Cloak and Suit Company, Inc., 
Columbia Service Stations, Incorporated, Columbia Spring- 
field Motor Company, Columbus Construction Company 
Inc., Commercial Adjustments and Audits, Inc., Commer- 
cial Box Co. Inc., Commonwealth Kennel Club, Inc., Com- 
monwealth Motor Mart, Inc., Commonwealth Realty Com- 
pany, Community Shoppers, Inc., Conanicut Mfg. Co., 
Concord Lunch, Inc., Concord Motor Company, Condit 
Electrical Manufacturing Corporation, Congress Beauty 
Supply Company, Congress Company, The, Congress Par- 
lor Furniture Factories, Inc., Connecticut Valley Polish Co- 
operative Corporation, The, Connelly's Inc. (1932), Con- 
solidated Merchandising Corporation, Consolidated Press 
Company, Consolidated Weir Company, Consolidation Coast- 
wise Company, Consumers Coal Corporation, Consumers' 
Company, Cool Foods Equipment, Inc., Coolidge Hill As- 
sociates, Inc., Coordinators Incorporated, Copy- Writer Sales 
Corporation of Massachusetts, Coral Land Co. Inc., Corey 
Hill House, Inc., Corey Leather Company, Cornhill Lunch, 
Inc., Correct-0-Lite Co. of New England, Cosmopohtan 
Trading Corporation, Cotter Plumbing Supply Co., Cotton- 
Wood Products Inc., Country Club Community Corp., 
Court Contracting & Engineering Co., Court Pharmacy Inc., 
Courtney and Eldredge, Inc., Cover Leather Company, 
Cowin Coal Company, Crafters Incorporated, Crafts De- 
partment Store, Inc., Craig & Kimball, Inc., Credit Accept- 
ance Company, Creedman Studios Inc., Crescent Realty 
Corp., Crescent Shoe Mfg. Co., Inc., Crescentower, Inc., No. 
2, Cresylite Corporation, Crosby & Gillen Inc., Cross Woolen 
Co., Inc. (incorporated 1934), Crown Sea Food Company, 
Crystal Dress Shops Inc., Cummings Express Co., Cunning- 
ham & Thompson Company, Gushing Refrigerator Company. 
D. & M. Machinery Supply Co., D & O Box Corp., D. R. 
McKillop & Co. Inc., D. T. Kennedy Power Company, 
Dahlquist Manufacturing Company, Dainty Garment Dryer 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 239. 263 

Inc., Damon & Roemer, Inc., Daniel J. Marshall Company, 
Daniel Lawrence & Sons, Samuel C. Lawrence, Sole Pro- 
prietor, Inc., Dartmouth Factors Corporation, Davis Fur- 
niture Co. Inc., Davis Shoe Company, The, Da vol Realty 
Company, Davol Wholesale Beverage Company, Inc., Del' 
Live Poultry Company, Delia Pharmacy, Inc., Delphi Res- 
taurant Inc., Deltex Company, The, Dennison Airport Ken- 
nel Club, Inc., Devonshire Grill, Inc., Dillingham-Dyke- 
man. Incorporated, Distillers Distributors Inc., The, Dis- 
tributors Agency of New England, Inc., Domestic Sales Co., 
Inc., Dominion Fabrics Corporation, Donald A. Burdick, 
Inc., Donovan Drug Company, Dorasina Fur Corporation, 
Dorchester Coal Sales Co., Inc., Dorchester Duco Refinish- 
ers. Inc., Dorrs Market, Inc., Dorset Inn, Incorporated, 
Double Spring Shuttle Company, The, Dudley Cafe, Inc., 
Dudley Street Garage, Inc., Duncan & Goodell Co., Dun- 
can & Goodell Realty Co., Dunster House Bookshop, Inc., 
Duplex Diesel Corporation, Durham Company, Durkee 
Shoe Company, Durso Construction Co. 

E. A. A., Inc., E. & J. Laundry Company, E. D. Heffer- 
nan's Sons Company, E. D. Hewins Inc., E. H. Clapp Rub- 
ber Company, E. L. Bonney Box Co., E. S. Hall, Inc., E. W. 
Pitman Company, E. Zorbas Co., Eagle Amusement Com-' 
pany. Earl D. Smith Insurance Agency, Inc., Earl O. Max- 
well, Inc., Eastern Building Finish Company, The, Eastern 
Garage Company, Eastern Home Development Corporation, 
Eastern Ocean Shipping Corporation, Eastern Sportwear 
Company, Inc., Eastern Tire Company, Eastland Sales Cor- 
poration, Ebhng Brewing Co., Inc., The, Eclipse Lacquer and 
Chemical Company, The, Economic Lamp Company, Edmund 
S. Hunt & Sons Corp., Egleston Square Chevrolet, Inc., 
Elaine Dress Shoppes, Inc., Elangee Amusement Cor- 
poration, Eleanor Shoe Company, Inc., Electric Steam 
Heating Corporation, Electric Window Salesman Company, 
Electronic Devices Distributing Corporation, Elgin Silk 
Company, Elite Cafe Inc., Elm Street Theatre Operating 
Company, Emerson Store, Inc., Emily G. Webb, Inc., Em- 
peror Diner Inc., Empire Burner Mfg. Co., Inc., Empire 
Jewelry Company Inc., Enamel Craft Company, Epic Pic- 
tures, Incorporated, Epstein's Inc., Equitable Credit Serv- 
ice, Inc., Equitable Optical Company, Ernest P. Elmstrom 
Inc., Essex Die Company, Essex Paint and Wallpaper 
Company, Inc., Estabrooks and Sibley Company, Everett 
Mills, Everett Shoe Company, Inc., Everett Theatre Co., 
Exchange Cash & Carry Company, Inc., Exeter Company, 
The, Ezykut Tool Corporation, The. 

F. A. Goduti & Son, Inc., F. C. Warren and Bradford Co., 
F. L. Reynolds Co., Inc., F. Pritchard & Son Inc., F. S. 
Carr Company, F. S. Cheney Lumber Co., Inc., F. W. 
Wunderlich Inc., Fahey & Nolan's Market, Inc., Fairhaven 
Star, Inc., The, Fall River Motor Mart, Inc., Falmouth 
Airport Corporation, Farmers Grain & Feed Company, 
Farmington Dairy, Incorporated, Farrell's, Inc., Fay Roope 



264 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 239. 

Associates Inc., Fayston Cafeteria and Lunch Inc., Federal 
Bake Shops of Massachusetts, Inc., Federal Fuel Co. Inc., 
Federal Home Development Corporation, Federal Street 
Corporation, Feely Company, Feldman & Company, Inc., 
Feldman's Restaurants, Inc., Fellsway Cheese Co. Inc., 
Felton Turner Heating Co. Inc., Fenway Storage Warehouse 
Co. Inc., Fern and Poor Company, Fernald's Exchange In- 
corporated, Fiduciary Shares, Inc., Fielding Sales Corpora- 
tion, Finance Corporation of New England, Financial Serv- 
ice Inc., Fire Alarm Signal Co., Fireman Publishing 
Company, The, First Bankers' Union, Inc., First Permanent 
Exhibit, Inc., Fitchburg Concrete Construction Company, 
The, Fitchburg Electrical Appliance Co., Fitchburg Horn 
Goods Corporation, Fitts Bros., Inc., FitzGerald Waters 
Co. Inc., Fitzmaurice's Tavern, Inc., Flexion Company, 
Flint Ice Company, Inc., Fhnt Mills Realty Corporation, 
Florence Amusement Association, Incorporated, Flye Mo- 
tors, Inc., Fodale Market Inc., Fold-Well Table Co. Inc., 
Food Specialty Company, Ford Dry Cleaning Company, 
Fore River Coal Co., Forest Hills Wet Wash, Inc., Fournier 
Realty Corporation, Fowler-Smith, Inc., Fox & Jensen 
Candy Co., Fox & Warren, Inc., Framingham Kennel 
Club, Inc., Francis Willey & Co. Inc., Franco Mfg. Co., 
Frank A. Bertsch Lumber Company, Frank H. Densmore 
Co., Inc., Frank P. Crain Drug Co., Frank W. Foye Com- 
pany, Franklin Cloak Co., Franklin Motor Company of 
Worcester, Inc., Franklin Park Theatre Corp., Franklin 
Weaving Co., Frazier-Murray, Inc., Fred G. Leeman Co., 
Fred R. Farwell Company Inc., Fredrick A. Durward & 
Co., Inc., Freeman Parlor Furniture Company, Fresh Pond 
Ice Company, Fuller's Tavern, Inc., Fulton Beef Co., Inc. 

G. C. Hudson & Company, Incorporated, G. L. Clift 
Company, G. R. Willis & Co. Inc., Galassi Mosaic & Tile 
Co., Garden City Sand & Gravel Co., Gateway Hotel Com- 
pany, Gay Street Garage, Inc., Gem Automotive Corpora- 
tion, General Automatic Alarm Corporation, General Build- 
ing Wrecking Company, General Container Corporation, 
General Furniture Corp., General Glass Corp., General 
Hotels Company, Inc., General Plumbers' Supply Co., Gen- 
eral Products Company, General Publishing Corporation, 
General Textiles, Inc., Genstil Shoe Co., Inc., Geo. H. 
Hadley Co., Inc., George H. Morrill Company of Califor- 
nia, George H. Priggen Company, Geo. Knight & Co., Inc., 
George Liberman Co., George Shoe Company, Inc., George 
W. McNear, Inc., Gibby Foundry Company, Gilbert E. 
Young, Inc., Gilbert's Beauty Shop, Inc., Giles & Spear, 
Incorporated, Gillette Pharmaceutical Co., Gillis Shoe Com- 
pany, Inc., Glen Farm, Inc., Glendale Pharmacy, Inc., 
GHck & Robinson Inc., Globe Drug Company, Gloucester 
Cold Storage and Warehouse Company, Glover Construc- 
tion Co., Inc., Golden Company, Inc., The, GoUis Men's 
Shop, Inc., Good-Feld Company, Goodale Tire Service, Inc., 
Gordon F. Raymond Co., Gordon-Gray Corporation, Gor- 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 265 

ham Laboratories Inc., Gorton-Pew Fisheries Company, 
Gorton-Pew Vessels Company, Gotham Automotive Stores, 
Inc., Graham and Morton, Incorporated, Granite Handbag 
Company, Inc., Grantham Kenyon Inc., Granville Bros. 
Aircraft, Inc., Graves & Brown, Inc., Greenfield Floral • 
Company, Greycliff Realty Co., Inc., Greylock Motor 
Company, Inc., Griffin Flooring Company, Guertin Coal 
Company, Inc., Guthrie Corporation. 

H & C Garage, Inc., The, H. & M. Realty Corporation, 
H. D. Foss and Company, Inc., H. L. Stearns Desk Co. Inc., 
H. W. Rust Company, Hadley Growers' Association, Incor- 
porated, Halisey Valve Company, Halpern Shoe Mfg. Co., 
Inc., Hamilburg's Restaurant, Inc., Hampden Amusement 
Enterprises Inc., Hampden County Racing Association, Inc., 
Hampden Motors, Inc., Hampden Pants Co., Inc., Hams 
Lunch Inc., Hancock Service Corporation, Hande Shoppe, 
Inc., The, Hanflig-Rogers, Inc., Harborview Company, Hard- 
ing Metal Company, Harding Realty Company, Hardtcourt, 
Inc., Harpley Industries, Inc., Harrison O. Apthorp Com- 
pany, Hart Community Hospital, Inc., Hart Glass Corpo- 
ration, Harvard Amusement Co., Harvard Oil Co., Harvard 
Service Station, Inc., The, Harvey Tire and Rubber Co., 
Inc., Hathaway Baking Company, Hawes Manufacturing 
Co., Inc., Hawthorne Tanning Co., Inc., Hayden's, Inc., 
Haymarket Grill Inc., Health Guild & Products, Inc., Health- 
Mor, Inc., Hebrew National Kosher Provision Co., Helvetia 
Oil Sales Corporation, Henrj^ Shpetner Sons & Co., Inc., 
Henry W. T. Button Hotel Corporation, Herald Publishing 
Corporation, Hersey Hardware Company, Hesperus Realty 
Company, Hi- Yield Process Company, Hicks, Hirst, Inc., 
Highland Farms, Inc., Hildreth Granite Company, The, 
Hirshberg Shoe Company, Inc., Hodges Rubber Company, 
Inc., Hodgson Kennard Manufacturing Co., Holt's Cafeteria, 
Incorporated, Holvis Manufacturing Company, Home 
Builders Supply Co., Inc., The, Home Circle Stores Essex 
County Grocers' Association Inc., Home City Loan, Inc., 
Home Products Co., Inc., Hook and Hastings Company, The, 
Home Coal Company, Horse Whip Company, The, Hotel 
Somerset Company, Houghton & Button Inc., Houghton 
Company, Household Finance Corporation, of Massachu- 
setts, How-Mac Corporation, The, Howard Knitting Mills, 
Inc., Howland Trust, Inc., Howlett Company, Hoyle-Torrey, 
Inc., Hub Cycle Realtj^ Company, Hub Oil Burner Equip- 
ment Co., Inc., Hub Pharmacy, Inc., Hub-Puritan Celery 
Co., Inc., Hugh Patrick Kelly, Inc., Humboldt Motor Car 
Company, Huntington Mills, Inc., Hyannis Auto Sales Co., 
Hygienic Products Corporation. 

I. Lakin Sherbet Co, Inc., I. W. Crozier, Inc., I. X. L, 
Auto Repair Co. Inc., Imperial Oil Company of Mass., 
Independent Construction & Fencing Co., Independent 
Fruit & Produce Corp., India Rubber Goods Stores, Inc., 
Indian Overall Manufacturing Co., Individual Auto Renting 
Company, Industrial Minerals Corporation, Industrial Safety 



266 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 

Corporation, Ingalls & Yozell, Inc., Ingham's Inc., Insurance 
Research Corporation, International Food Company, Inter- 
national Textile Export and Research Company, Interna- 
tional Vocation System, Interstate Freight Bureau, Inc., 
Ipswich Building Association, Inc., Isla Manufacturing Com- 
pany Incorporated, Italian Wholesale Grocery Co. 

J. A. Bacon, Inc., J. A. Singarella, Inc., J. C. Silbert Inc., 
J. D. Crosby Company, J. E. Carroll Pharmacy, Inc., J. E. 
Swendeman, Inc., J. F. Willett Co., J. H. Peckham & Sons 
Inc., J. Lipsitz Iron Co., J. P. Connolly Company, J. Scotch 
Construction Co., J. Totten & Sons Company, Jackson, 
Miller & Wilde, Inc., Jamaica Plain Building Finish Co., 
James A. Stretch Co., Inc., James E. Watkins Company, 
Inc., James H. Whelan Company, James Sunderland & Son 
Company, Jennings Company, Inc., The, Jersey Creamery 
Co., Inc., Jesse Roberts Company, Inc., Joan Plush Mills, 
Inc., Joe Mack's Old Timers, Inc., John Bright Shoe Stores 
Company, John E. Cousens Coal Company, The, John E. 
Murphy, Inc., John M. Kerr Productions, Inc., John N. 
Patriquin, Inc., John O'Shea, Incorporated, John W. Mur- 
ray, Inc., Johnson's Dispatch Co., Johnston Auto Body Co., 
Inc., Johnston's Bakery, Inc., Jordan-Burnham Coal Com- 
pany, Joseph E. Downey Co., Joslyn's Cleansers and Dyers 
Inc., JuHan S. Jacobs Corporation, Justin Realty Co., Juve- 
nile Furniture Manufacturing Co. 

Kabley Inc., Kadet Compound Company, Kalix Cup Com- 
pany, Kansas Mining & Royalty Company, Karl Gennelly 
Company, Karl Patten, Inc., Kaufman Realty Corp., Kaul- 
bach-Leith, Inc., Kay Maid Dress Co., Ke-Bond Company, 
Incorporated, Kennedy Company, The, Kennel Inc., The, 
Kenney-Kennedy Realty Company, Kenoza Country Club, 
- Inc., Kenpore, Inc., Kenwyn Holding Co., Inc., Kiddie 
Klothes Shop, Inc., Kiely Bros. Inc., Killelea's Pharmacy, 
Inc., King & Watson, Inc., King Phihp Steamship Company, 
Kirk Brothers, Inc., Kirk-Z wicker Company, Kirkwood 
Associates, Inc., The, Klarfeld Electrical Supply Company, 
Knowlton's Garage, Inc., Koerner & Mitchell Company, 
Koreum Leather Company, Korite, Inc., Koster Construc- 
tion Company, Inc., Kravetz Trucking, Inc. 

L. A. Laporte Auto Schools System, Incorporated, The, 
L. & G. Co. Inc., L & L Sales Inc., The, L. Christiansen Co., 
L. H. Hay ward. Inc., L. L. McMaster Company, L. P. Stores, 
Inc., L. Q. White Shoe Company, Lace Shop Inc., The, Lady 
Friend Inc., Lae Trading Corporation, Lake Quinsigamond 
Hi-Hat, Inc., Lake WilUams Ice Company, The, Lamson's, 
Inc., Landers' Lunch Inc., Landon Farms, Inc., Lane Drug 
Co., Lane Produce Company, Lane's Inc., Lang Motor Co., 
Larchar & Branch, Inc., Larkin Engineering Corporation, 
Larry Gering, Inc. of Massachusetts, Lasher- Weeber Com- 
pany, Lawler Brothers Amusement Company, Lawler 
Brothers Outdoor Advertising Company, Lawrence Corpo- 
ration, Lawrence Industries Corporation, Layton Optical 
Company, Inc., Leach Master Service Inc., Leahy Company, 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 267 

The, Leathertogs Company, Lebanon Corporation, Lecoutre 
Corset Corporation, Lee Hotel Company, Lee Shoe Com- 
pany, Inc., Lee's Diamond Company, Lee's Restaurant, Inc., 
Lenhoff & Co. Inc., Lenox Company, Inc., Lerner Dress 
Manufacturing Company, Lewis Automotive Equipment 
Company, Lewis-Cleaners & Dyers, Inc. of Worcester, 
Lewis F. Small, Incorporated, Life Insurance Advisory Serv- 
ice of America, Inc., Lincoln Co., The, Lincoln Tavern, 
Inc., Litchfield Linoplate Co., Litchfield's Express, Incorpo- 
rated, Litehouse Lunches, Inc. Store No. 1, Little Harbour 
Corporation in Marblehead, The, Litvin Inc., Livingstone, 
Inc., Log Cabin Tap Inc., The, London Shoe & Leather Co., 
Inc., Long Machinery Corporation, Longmeadow Plank 
Road, Lorraine Diner, Incorporated, Louis Bourneuf Corpo- 
ration, Louis Hurwitz Co. Inc., Louis Levin & Son, Inc., 
Louis Wood Heel Company, Lunar, Inc., Luncheonette, Inc., 
The, Lynn Beach Garage Co., Lynn Commercial Realty Co., 
Lynn Housing Corporation, Lynn Mill Dam, Proprietors of 
the, Lynncraft Shoe Company, Lynwood Dairies, Inc. 

M. & M. Showboat, Inc., M. C. McKinstry Lumber 
Company, M. Maloney Company, M. Obst & Co., Inc., 
MacDonald Fish Corporation, Macken Bros., Inc., Made 
Rite Ice Cream Co., Inc., Made-Well Shoe Co., MagnoHa 
Pharmacy, Inc., Magoun Square Chevrolet Inc., Maine 
Firewood Company, Inc., Majestic Development Corpora- 
tion, Majestic Operating Company, Maiden Ice Cream 
Company, Maiden Motor Company, Malone Finance and 
Acceptance Corporation, Manhattan Company, Mann In- 
strument Company, Mansfield Paint & Varnish Co. Inc., 
Mansfield-Sullivan Wood Heel Co., Manufacturers Com- 
munity Mortgage Loan Corporation, Maple Corporation, 
The, Marad Amusement Corporation, Marana Wood Heel 
Co., Inc., Marblehead Motor Co., Marblehead Tavern 
Company, Marbleridge Grain Company, Maria & Bohlman 
Company, Maricopa Gold Mines, Inc., Marie Swaim, In- 
corporated, Marion Mining Company, The, Marion Ware- 
housing Company, Market Outlet Corporation, Marr Liquor 
Company, Marshall Machine & Baking Company, Marston 
Coal Company, Martin-Forbes, Inc., Martin's Express Co., 
Mary E. Moore, Incorporated, Mary J. Farrell, Incorpo- 
rated, Mashapog Turnpike Corporation, Mason's Wildu 
Corporation, Massachusetts Advertising School, Inc., Mas- 
sachusetts Beverage Co. Inc., Mass. Building Finish Co., 
Inc., Massachusetts Chocolate Company, Massachusetts 
Co-operative Dairies, Inc., Massachusetts Drive-In Thea- 
tres, Inc., The, Massachusetts Electric Dredge Co., Massa- 
chusetts Racing Association, Inc., Massachusetts Radio 
Distributing Company, Massachusetts Security Corpora- 
tion, Masse Bros. Inc., Matheson Vail Company, The, 
Mattapan Finance Corporation, Matteson Mills Inc., Mau- 
rice Block Shoe Co., Inc., Max Marcuson & Sons, Inc., 
Mayflower Airlines, Incorporated, Mayflower Mortgage and 
Investment Corporation, Mayflower Upholstering Co., Inc., 



268 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 

McBride's Inc., McGuire-Hennessy, Inc., McGuirk Dris- 
coU Building Company, McKesson-Eastern Drug Company, 
McKesson-Springfield Drug Company, Meaney & Urpin, 
Inc., Medford Ice Company, Medford Reo Co., Mello 
Bakeries, Inc., Mellon Corporation, The, Mellyn-Stevens 
Co. Inc., Mendelsohn Co., Inc., Merchandisers Inc., Mer- 
chants' Forwarding Terminals Co. of Massachusetts, Mer- 
chants Hand Bag Manufacturing Co., Inc., Merchants Law 
Exchange, Inc., The, Merchants-Leavitt Shoe Corp., Mer- 
chants Mortgage Co., Merit Shoe Company of Lynn, 
Merkin, Inc., Merrick Dry Cleansing Co., Methuen Manu- 
facturers Mortgage Loan Company, Methuen Theatre 
Company, Metro Auto Park, Inc., Metro Shoe Company, 
Metropolitan Furniture Company of Boston, Metropolitan 
Kennel Club, Inc., Metropolitan Marine & Fuel Company, 
Metropolitan Markets, Inc., Metropohtan Service Garages, 
Inc., Metz Equipment Sales Co. Inc., Middle Meadows, 
Inc., Middlesex Associates Inc., Middlesex Auto Body and 
Sales Corporation, The, Middlesex Theatres, Inc., Mil-Tex 
Airways Inc., Miladj'' Beauty Salon, Inc., Milan Silk Mills 
Inc., Mildred Shoes, Inc.. Milford Traprock Corp., Milgrim, 
Inc., Milhender Inc., Miller & Hilliard Shoe Co., Miller Tire 
Company, The, Miller's and Co. Inc., Milton Public Market, 
Inc., Milton S. Spies, Inc., Min-Tor Corporation, The, Min- 
ute Man Alarm Corporation, Minute Man Publishing Com- 
pany, Minute Man Sand & Gravel Co., The, Miracle Laundry, 
Inc., Miracle Table Corporation, Mitchell Granite Polishing 
Co., Inc., Mitchell School Inc., Modern Shoe Company, 
Monarch Laundry, Inc., Mono-Crete Company, Monroe's 
Diner, Inc., Montana's, Inc., Montgomery von Goehde Co., 
Moquin & Fontaine Company, Morem Co., Morocco Choco- 
late Co. Inc., Morocco Confectionery Corporation, Morrill 
and Webster Inc., Morris Express, Inc., Morton Arena, Inc., 
Motor Express Agency, Inc., Motor Transport Advertising, 
Inc., Mount Hope Realty Corporation, Mower Counter 
Company, Municipal Securities Service Inc., Murdock 
Damper &, Bronze Co., The, Murphy Hardware Company, 
Inc., Murray's Lunch Inc., Musicians Supply Company, 
Mutual Business Association, Inc., Mutual Securities Co., 
Myles Standish Nursery Co., Inc., Mystic Valley Mortgage 
Company. 

N. A. Sherman, Inc., N. Rommelf anger. Inc., Naco Sales 
Co., Inc., Nagel Battery & Electric Co., Nan's Kitchens Inc., 
Nantasket Beach Steamboat Company, Naox Company, 
Nash Motor Sales, Inc., Nash Quincy Corporation, Nashua 
Sure-Hold Company, Nathan Goldsmith Motors, Inc., 
Natick-Wellesley Airport Corporation, National Advertising 
Corporation, National Construction Company, Inc., Na- 
tional Film Corp., National Heel Co., Inc., National Home 
Construction Co., National Home Improvement Corporation, 
National Interchange Credit Board, Inc. (1933), National 
Manufacturers Service, Inc., National Package Delivery 
Corporation, National Power Brake Co., National Research 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 239. 269 

Company, National Service Realty Co., National Thermo- 
graphic Products, Inc., Naugel Process Company, Incorpo- 
rated, The, Needham Plumbing and Heating Company, Inc., 
Neod Products Incorporated, Neptune Realty Company, 
Netoco Bellevue Theatre, Inc., Netoco Community Theatre 
of North Attleboro, Inc., Netoco Embassy Theatre, Inc., 
Netoco Marlboro Theatre, Inc., Netoco Wollaston Theatre, 
Inc., New Bedford Battery Company Inc., New Bedford 
Professional Baseball Club, Inc., New Bedford Silk Mills, 
Inc., New Century Cafeteria, Inc., New Deal Cleansers & 
Dyers, Inc., New England Auto Body Corporation, New 
England Bagwood Company, New England Bond and Mort- 
gage Company, New England Consolidated Coal Company, 
New England Contracting Co., Inc., New England Counter 
Company, Inc., New England Craftsman, New England 
Distributing Company, New England Dressed Meat & Wool 
Company, New England Homes, Incorporated, New Eng- 
land Industries, Inc., New England Note Company, Inc., 
The, New England-Overseas Corporation, New England 
Parlor Frame Manufacturers Association, Inc., New England 
Petroleum, Incorporated, New England Poster Service, Inc., 
New England Power Engineering & Service Corporation, 
New England Publicity Associates, Inc., New England Sal- 
vage Corporation, New England Shoe Mfg. Co., Inc., New 
England Specialty Manufacturing Co. Inc., New England 
Sterling Realty Corporation, New England Stores, Inc., 
New England Trunk Co., New England Yarns Inc., New 
Hampshire Grazing Company, The, New Home Washing 
Machine Co., New Idria Quicksilver Mines, Inc., New 
Novelty Corp., The, New Palais D'Or, Inc., New Park Hotel 
Corporation, New Park Lunch, Inc., New White Paint Cor- 
poration, New York and Boston Dispatch, Inc., New York 
Clothes Shops, Inc., New York Wall Paper Co., Inc., New- 
burgh-Dritsas Shoe Co., Inc., Newbur^'port Markets, In- 
corporated, Newhouse Motor Trans., Inc., Newton Centre 
Ice Cream Inc., Newton Fuel Company, Newton Ice Com- 
pany, Newton Pubhshing Company, The, Nibble, Inc., 
Nicaragua Oil Inc., Nicholson, Ferris & Sheehy, Inc., Nicker- 
sons' Wharf Company (1860), Nickerson's Wharf Company 
(1870), Nip Inc., The, No-Flatz Distributing Co., Inc., The, 
Nobby Men's Shop, Inc., Noble's Milk, Inc., Nonantum 
Hotel Company, Nonantum Investment Company, Norfolk 
and Middlesex Turnpike Corporation, Norfolk Builders 
Supply Co., Inc., Norfolk Construction Company, Inc., 
Norma, Inc., Norris Drug Co. Inc., North American Chemi- 
cal Company, North American Steamship Co., Inc., The, 
North Amherst Garage Co. Inc., North Attleborough Hotel 
Company, North Branch Turnpike Corporation, The, North 
Shore Automotive Marine, Inc., North Shore Holding Com- 
pany, North Truro Cold Storage Co., North Union Drug 
Company, Northboro Holding Co., Inc., The, Northeastern 
Express Inc., Northeastern Fire Loss Adjusters, Inc., North- 
eastern Furniture Sales Corporation, Northeastern Ice Com- 



270 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 

pany, Northeastern Importing Co., Norwood Clothing 
Company, Inc., Norwood Motors Incorporated, Novelcraft 
Company, Novelty Manufacturing Company Incorporated, 
Novelty Products Company, Novelty Shoe Shops, Inc., 
Nowell Associates, Inc., Nu-Art Pattern Co. Inc., Nu-Tex 
Corporation, Numpad Incorporated, Nutter's Sj^stem In- 
corporated. 

O. P. Blomquist Co., Oak Shoe Corporation, Oak Tavern, 
Inc., Oakland Company, O'Brien Bros. Co., Ocean View 
Amusement Company, Odd Fellows Associates, Inc., O'Don- 
nell Company, Inc., The, Old Colony and Interior Canal 
Company, Old Colony Coal & Wharf Co., Inc., Old Colony 
Finance Corporation, Old Colony Oil Company, Old Colony 
Silk Mills Corporation, Old King Cole, Inc., Olga Coal 
Corporation, Oliver Ditson Company, Inc., Olney Motors, 
Inc., 129 Stuart Street Inc., O'Neill Trucking Company 
Inc., Onota Lake Association, Inc., Orange Grove, Inc., 
The, Organization Service Co., Inc., Orient Garden Theatre, 
Inc., Oriental Buffet Lunch, Inc., Original Fence Erecting 
Company, The, Orthomec Incorporated, Osgood & Wendell, 
Inc., Oso-Clean Products Inc., Outlook Bureau, Incorpo- 
rated, Ovington Company, Oxford Innersole Co. Inc. 

P & Q Shop of Springfield, Mass., Inc., P & S Construc- 
tion Co. Inc., P. & S. Corporation, P. H. Graham & Sons 
Company (Incorporated), Pacific Shoe Co. Inc., Package 
Paper Company, Packard Motor Car Company of Boston, 
Packard Paper Box Company, Packers Outlet, Inc., Paint- 
craft, Inc., Paisner & Batchelder, Inc., Palais Royal, Inc., 
Palmer Cam Engine Corporation, Palo Process Company, 
Palo Products Company, Palo Sales Company, Palo Verde 
Fruit Company, Paradise Tea Shop, Inc., Paramount Cone 
Company, Inc., Paramount Undergarment Co. Inc., Par- 
fums Lionceau Inc., Pari-Mutuels Whippet Club, Inc., The, 
Paris Dry Cleaners, Inc., Park Edge Realty, Inc., Park Lane 
Grill, Inc., Park Square Lunch Inc., Parker Associates, In- 
corporated, Parkway Inn, Inc., Parkway Range Oil & Ice, 
Inc., Parrish & Kellogg Co., Inc., The, Pastime Theatre Cor- 
poration, Paul-McCourt Co. Inc., The, Paul's, Inc., Pawley 
Chemical Company, Inc., Payton Street Corporation, The, 
Peabody Motors, Inc., Pearson-Hall, Inc., Pelton Knitting 
Mills, Inc., Pemberton House Inn, Inc., Pepperell Card and 
Paper Company, The, Pequit Brook Meadows, The Proprie- 
tors of, Perfection Laundry Corporation, Perfection Process 
Corporation, Persons-Mayell Co., Peter F. Connolly Co., 
Peter Salte Stores, Inc., Petersham and Monson Turnpike 
Corporation, The, Peterson Tanning Company, Petri and 
Jones Company, Incorporated, Petrolene Company of Mas- 
sachusetts, Petroleum Products Company, Inc., Phihp At- 
water. Inc., Philip D. Powers, Incorporated, Phihp's De- 
partment Store, Inc., Philrand, Incorporated, Philwin Shoe 
Co., Inc., Phinney Electrical Company, Photo-Electric In- 
ternational Corporation, Physical Culture Bedding Com- 
pany, Inc., Piccadilly Company, The, Picker Stick Corpo- 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 239. 271 

ration of America, Pickering Brothers, Inc., Pierce Jones 
Co., Pierce's Bakery, Inc., Pierre Cleanser Co., Inc., Pigeon 
Boat Company, Pigeon Cove Pier Company, Pinkham Press, 
Piper-Gustin Corporation, Pittsfield Mortgage Co., Inc., 
Pittsfield Rj^e Bakery, Inc., Plain Swamp Brook Meadows, 
Proprietors of. Pleasant Hill Bridge, Proprietors of the, 
Pleasant Realty Company, The, Plumbing Service Com- 
pany, The, Plymouth County Kennel Club, Inc., Plymouth 
Marine Railway Company, Pneu Way Tools, Inc., Point 
Bridge Company (1832), Point Bridge Company (1847), 
Policyholders Analytical Service, Inc., Polish Weekly Re- 
view, Inc., Pompey Company, Inc., Pon-Wah Camps, Inc., 
Popoh Hardware Co., Inc., Pop's Lunch, Inc., Portalite 
Company, The, Porter Cheese Company, Posture Founda- 
tion, Inc., Potolski's, Inc., Potolski's Woman's Shop, Inc., 
Power Co., The, Pratt Motors, Inc., Preferred Baking Com- 
pany, Inc., Premier Silk Mills Corporation, Premier Wood 
Heel Co., Prescott Power Co., Press Seal Box Company, 
Princess Operating Corp., Prior & Townsend, Incorporated, 
Priscilla Sears Confectionery Company, Probst Company 
Inc., The, Products Incorporated, Progress Realty Corpora- 
tion, Progressive Realty Associates, Inc., Progressive Shoe 
Co., Inc., Pro-phy-lac-tic Brush Company, Prospect Express 
Company, Prospect Finance Corporation, Providence and 
Bristol Turnpike Corporation, Publishers, Inc., Publix Bargain 
Store, Inc., Pulson Oil Burner Company, Pure Ice Company, 
Puritan Fisheries, Inc., Puritan Petroleum Company, Pyor- 
rochrome Chemical Company, Pyramid Shoe Company, Inc. 

Quimby-Blakely Co., Quincy Insurance Agency, Inc., 
Quincy Yellow Cab Company, Inc., Quinsigamond House, 
Proprietors of the. 

R & E Realty Corporation, R. & G. Neckwear Com- 
pany Inc., R. D. A. Realty Company, R. D. Row, Inc., 
R. H. Tait, Inc., R. J. St. Armand, Inc., R. K. Abbott, 
Inc., R. K. Realty Co., R. S. Bauer Company, The, R. W. 
Powers ]\Iotor Company, Radio Transportation Company, 
Inc., Rae Amusements Inc., Ragfair Incorporated, Raljo 
Laboratories, Inc., Ramey & Burno Company, Rand Sandals, 
Inc., Randolph Fireworks Manufacturing and Display Co. 
Inc., Ranlett Grocery Company, The, Rapids Furniture 
Company, Inc., The (1919), Rapids Warehouse, Inc., Ray 
Investment, Inc., Real Estate and Building Company, Re- 
claimed Rubber Products Co., Recreation Land Co., Inc., 
Red Owl Stores, Inc., The, Refiners Marketing Co., Reflecto- 
graph Corporation, The, Refrigerating Engineering Com- 
pany, Inc., Refrigeration Service Co., Regal Apparel Co., 
Regent Theatre, Inc., Reliance Insurance Agency, Inc., 
Rema-dys, Inc., Retail Credit Association of Lowell, Inc., 
Rex Automotive Service, Inc., Richardson-Bennett Lumber 
Company, Richardson Piano Case Co., Richfield Oil Cor- 
poration of Massachusetts, Richman Brothers Company, 
The, Richman Motor Line, Inc., Rickshaw, Inc., Riel Trans- 
portation Co., River Woolen Mills, Inc., Riverdale Home 



272 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 

Laundry, Inc., Riverside Associates, Inc., Riverside Co- 
operative Association of Maynard, Robbins and Smith Inc., 
Robbins-Phalon Company, Robert Crocket Inc., Robert 
Groves Fern Co., Inc., Roberts Chemical Co., Inc., Roberts 
Specialty Manufacturing Company, Inc., The, Robie Auto- 
motive Engineering Corporation, Robinson Automatic Oil 
Burners, Inc., Rockland Wood Heel Co., Rogers-Dede Co., 
Roller-Bearing Screen Co. Inc., Rollins Candy Shops, Inc., 
Roman Gardens, Inc., Romex Laboratories, Inc., Ronald 
Inn, Inc., The, Rosebud Dining Room Co. Inc., Rosenberg's, 
Inc., Roslindale Operating Corp., Roslindale Rialto Theatre, 
Inc., Ross Investment Corporation, Rossmore Hotel Co, 
Inc., Rotor Table Amusement Corporation, Roxbury Cafe- 
teria, Inc., The, Roy A. Means Company Incorporated, 
Royal Bed Spring Company, Incorporated, Royal Hat & 
Cap Co., Inc., Royal Lounge Company, Royal Wineries, 
Inc., Rudolph Wurhtzer Company of Mass., The, Ruggles 
Drug Co., Ruggles Park Motor Service, Inc., Ruggles White 
Pine Co., Inc., Rutland, Inc. 

S. & W. Market, Inc., S. F. Porter Co., S. G. A. Service 
Company, S. G. Simons & Co. Inc., S. L. Burr Company, 
S. Rosenberg & Son, Inc., S. Slater & Sons, Inc., Sachs- 
Karon Company, Inc., Safe T Corporation, Sagamore Real 
Estate Trust, Inc., Salem- Akron Tire Company, Inc., Salem 
Sun, Inc., Sales Promoting Corporation, Inc., Salisbury 
Gables Development Company, Salsterol Laboratories Inc., 
Samson Die Company, Inc., Samuel M. Gertman, Inc., 
Samuel Scott, Inc., Sanborn, Inc., Sanderson Motor Sales, 
Inc., Sanitary Launderers, Dyers & Cleansers, Inc., The, 
Saraline Realty & Decorating Co. Inc., Savoy Amusement 
Co., Schervee Studios, Inc., Schooner America, Inc., Schooner 
Gertrude L. Thebaud, Incorporated, Schooner Paolina, Inc., 
Schooner St. Peter, Inc., Scituate Chlorinating Company, 
Inc., Scollay Square Lunch, Inc., The, Scott Distributing Co., 
Inc., Scott's Laundry Co., Seaboard Freight Lines, Inc., Seal 
Square Bakeries, Incorporated, Sealing Tape Corporation, 
Security Finance Corporation, Security Leathercraft Cor- 
poration, Selected Investments, Inc., Selective Pictures, 
Inc., Selectron Corporation, Seppala Granite Company, Inc., 
Service Station Maintenance Company, Sewall Cabot Asso- 
ciates, Inc., Sharon Pavihon, Inc., Shaw Motors, Inc., 
Sheehan Furniture Company, Inc., Sheeline Frost Company, 
Sheldon Co., Inc., The, Sheldon Hdwe. Co. Inc., The, 
Shepard Wood Heel Co., Sherrill Press Incorporated, The, 
Sherry's, Inc., Sherwood, Inc., Shields Patents, Incorporated, 
Shirley Realty Corporation, Shooshan Restaurant Co. Inc., 
Short Line Associates, Inc., The, Short Line,. Inc. of Mass., 
The, Shovelton Drive- Yourself Auto Renting Station, Inc., 
Shu-Like Mfg. Co., Inc., Simonds File Co., Simone & Co., 
Inc., Slater Realty Company, Small, Denham Company, 
Smalley & Co., Incorporated, Smith Associates, Inc., Smith 
Tire Co., Inc., Snyders Wood Heel Co., Inc., Somerset 
Cleansers, Inc., Somerset Farms Creamery Company, 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 273 

Somerset Motor Mart, Inc., Somerville Toggery Shop, Inc., 
The, South Station Theatre Co., South Street Greenhouses, 
Inc., Spalding Dry Goods Company, Speedometer Repair 
Co., Inc., Spencer Aircraft Engine Inc., Spencer Wire Com- 
pany, Spidle, Madsen Inc., Sprague, Bates, Place Company, 
Spring Brook Ice Company, Springfield Air Racing Associa- 
tion, Inc., Springfield Auto Parts Co. Inc., Springfield 
Blanket Company, Inc., Springfield Electrical Specialties, 
Inc., Springfield Glazed Paper Company, The, Springfield 
Motor Lines, Inc., Springfield Promoting Company, Inc., 
Springfield Webbing Company, Springland Realty Corpora- 
tion, Stack Construction Company, Stafford Mills, Stafford 
Venetian Bhnd Co. Inc., Stainless Products Company. 
Stakolite, Incorporated, StalHngs' Dept. Stores, Inc., Stand- 
ard Ball Player Corporation, Standard Concrete Block Com- 
pany, Inc., Standard Investors Service of New England, 
Inc., Standard Products Corporation, Standard Weaving 
Co., Inc., The, Standish Clothing Co. Inc., Stanley, Harlow 
Chevrolet Corporation, State Amusement Company, State 
Garage, Incorporated, State Supply Company, Stedman 
Rubber Flooring Company, Steel Specialties Company, 
Stelbar Realty Corp., Sterling FiUing Stations, Inc., Sterhng, 
Inc., Sterhng Motor Truck Sales Corp. of N. E., Sterling 
Printer's Supply Co., Stevens Gas and Oil Company, Stevens 
of Salem, Inc., Stewart and Scobbie Inc., Stimpson Paper 
Company, Inc., Stock and Bond Loan Corporation, Stone 
and Taylor, Inc., Stoneham Shoe Company, Inc., Stoner- 
Ames Brake Co., Inc., Stott Printing Company, Stowe and 
Woodward Company, Strand Theatre Co. of Quincy, Strand 
Theatres Corporation, Streeter & Sons Co., Stuart Radio 
Corporation, Student Service, Inc., Stutmark, Inc., Sudbury 
Arms, Inc., Suffolk Kennel Club Incorporated, Suffolk- 
Norfolk Realty Corporation, Sultan Linens, Inc., Summer 
Street Yacht Basin Inc., Sunbeam Markets, Inc., Sunny 
Orchard Products, Inc., Sunset Gables Corporation, Sun- 
shine Oil Co., Super Tire-Treading Corp., Superair Condi- 
tioning Corporation, Superb Dress Corp., Superior Market, 
Inc., Superior Spring Company, Superior Tailoring, Clean- 
ing and Dyeing Company, Supreme Novelty Company, 
Inc., Supreme Service Stores, Inc., Svenson Engineering 
Corp., Sweet's Drug Stores Inc., Sycamore Farm, Inc., The. 
T & T Dress Company, Inc., T. P. Blake & Brother, Inc. 
(1933), T. Shea, Incorporated, Taft Woolen Company, Tait 
Motor Sales, Inc., Talbot Avenue Garage Co., Talbot-Seeley 
Company, Tally-Ho Grill, Inc., Tanman Company, Inc., 
The, Tanners' Service Corporation, Tavel Dress Company, 
Tech. Motor Parts Company, Teel Manufacturing Company, 
Incorporated, Templeton Brothers Inc., Tennessee Eastern 
Power Company, Terminal Theatre Co., Textile Cork Roll 
Company, Textile Overall Corporation, Thayer, Bradley 
Company, The, Theatre Leaseholds, Inc., Theatre Oper- 
ating Company of Springfield, Thomas F. Wilson, Inc., 
Thomas J. Flynn & Co., Inc., Thos. P. Nichols and Son 



274 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 239. 

Company, Thorne Motors, Incorporated, Three Hundred 
Nine Moody Street, Inc., Tinter Shoe Co. Inc., Title Com- 
pany, The, Torrey Furniture Company, Inc., Torrey- Warren 
Furniture Co., Tougas Inc., Tower Manufacturing Corpo- 
ration (1924), Townsend Company, The, Traders Export 
Company, Traders, Inc., Trading Post Incorporated, The, 
Tremont Bakery Inc., Tremont Cafeteria, Inc., Tribuna 
Magri Company, Trident Silk Sponge Company, Trimount 
Construction Company, Trimount Oil Company, Truman 
G. Edwards & Son, Inc., Tubal Petroleum Company, Twen- 
tieth Century Sport Wear Company, Twenty-Four Federal 
Street Corporation. 

U-Roll Corporation, Union Coal, Ice and Grain Company, 
Union Equipment Corporation, Union Fruit & Produce Co., 
Union Fuel Company, Union Lobster Corporation, Union 
Market, Inc., Union Mortgage Company, Union Parlor 
Furniture Corp., Union Products, Inc., Union Provision 
Company, Inc., United Audit Service, Inc., United Bag 
Company, The, United Cork Companies, United Fishing 
Corporation, United Plastics, Inc., United Products Com- 
pany, Inc., United Sail Loft Company, L^nited Sportwear 
Company, Inc., United States Luggage Corporation, United 
States Machine Gun Company, United States Trust Securi- 
ties Corporation, Unity Loan & Finance Corp., Unity Sport- 
ing Club of Lawrence Inc., The, Universal Chemists Corp., 
Universal Mortgage Corp., Universal Paper Company, In- 
corporated, Universal Shock Absorber and Auto Sales Com- 
pany, University Staff Inc., Unset Realty Co., Uphams 
Corner Strand Co., Uptown Shops, Inc., Uptown Theatre 
Lynn, Inc., Utihty Duplex Motors, Inc. 

Vagex Corporation, Valley Ice and Fuel Oil Co., Inc., 
Valley Woolen Company, Van Nostrand Brewing Company, 
Victor Furniture Manufacturing Corporation, Victor Hed- 
lund Co., Inc., Village Drug Store, Inc., The, Vincenzo Del 
Signore, Inc., Virginia Grill Inc. 

W. A. Huggins Co., W. A. Luce Corporation, W. A. 
Stratton, Inc., W & A Products, Inc., W. B. Russell, Inc., 
W. D. Earl and Company (Inc.), W E E I Broadcasting 
Corporation, W. F. Ayers Linen Company, W. F. Cobb & 
Son Co., W. G. C. Company, W. J. MacLeod & Son, Inc., 
W. L. Carrick & Company, Inc., W. M. Rosenfield Motor 
Trucking Corporation, W. N. Pike & Sons, Inc., W. W. 
Benjamin Co., Waldfogel-Abrams Company, Walhue, Inc., 
Walker's Dusting Mills Inc., Wall-Keller-McKee Co., The, 
Walpole Manufacturing Company, Walsh Roofing Company, 
Walter H. Binns Company, Inc., Walter's Industrial Bureau 
Inc., Waltham Operating Corp., Ward P. Roberts, Incor- 
porated, Ward Realty Trust, Inc., Ware River Manufac- 
turing Company, Warich Shoe Co., Inc., Watermark Paper 
Company Incorporated, Watuppa Amusement Co., Inc., 
Webb-Brook Associates, Inc., Webster Poultry & Egg Co., 
Webster Realty Company, Wellesley Jewelry Co., Wellesley 
Properties, Inc., Wellington- Wild Coal Company, Wenham 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 239. 275 

Lake-Salem Ice Company, West Boston Investments, Inc., 
West Cedar Farms, Inc., West End Horse Exchange, Inc., 
West End Kosher Wurst Company, West Side Oldsmobile 
Co. Inc., West Somerville Associates, Inc., West St. Garage 
Inc., Westfield Braiding Co., Inc., Westfield Manufacturing 
Company, Weymouth Realty Corporation, What's What in 
Boston, Incorporated, Whistle Company of New England, 
Inc., White, Claggett & Co., Inc., White Silver Company, 
Whitfield Shoe Company, Wholesale Foods, Inc., Wickwire 
Spencer Steel Corporation, Wilfred Roy, Inc., Willard M. 
Marks, Inc., William A. Patterson Co., William C. Adams 
Co., Wm. C. Waugh Co., Inc., William F. Berkeley Inc., 
William H. Claflin & Co. Incorporated, Wm. R. Cook Co., 
Inc., WiUiam T. Zimmer Co., Williams Book Store, Inc., 
Wills Sainte Claire, Inc., Winchester Institute of Finance, 
Inc., Winchester Street Realty Corporation, Wisly Litho- 
graph and Printing Co. Inc., Wolf's Drug Company Inc., 
Wollaston Realty Co., Wolverine Oil Co., Inc., Women's 
Shop, Inc. of Lawrence, The, Wonder Window Company, 
Inc., Wonderly's, Inc., Wood Square Market, Inc., Wood- 
crafters Guild, Inc., Woodland Sand & Gravel Co., Woodside 
Village, Inc., Woodward Realty, Inc., Worcester Backing 
Co., Worcester Baseball Club, Inc., Worcester Brass Co., 
Worcester Broadcasting Co., Inc., Worcester Capitol Theatre, 
Inc., Worcester Distributing Co. Inc., Worcester Oil Burner 
Co., Inc., Worcester Riding School, Inc., Worthmore Dress 
Company, Worthmore Shoe Co., Inc., Wright Motor Livery, 
Inc. 

Yarkon Corporation, The, Yeprat Grocery Company, 
Inc., Yuill Coal Company. 

Z. D. Feinman, Inc., Zanditon Auto Sales, Inc., Zip-on 
Manufacturing Company. 

Public Service Corporations. 

Boston and Chelsea Railroad Company, Boston and Re- 
vere Electric Street Railway Company. 

Cambridge-port Aqueduct Corporation, Charlestown Gas 
and Electric Company. 

Mansfield Lake Aqueduct Company, Marlborough Aque- 
duct Company, Mixer Brothers Company, The. 

Newburyport Aqueduct Company, Nissitissit Electric 
Company, The, North Egremont Aqueduct Company. 

Pearl Hill Water Company, Plainville Water Company 
(1886), Plainville Water Company (1895), Pleasant Valley 
Water Company, The, PUmouth Aqueduct, The Proprietors 
of the. 

Quincy Gas Light Company (1854). 

Winnisimmet Railroad Company. 



276 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 239. 



Charitable and Other Corporations. 

Anti-Communist League. 

Boston Fire Department Band, Inc., Boston Terra-No vian 
Association. 

Civic Club of Morses Pond Grove, The, Coolidge Corner 
Co-Operative Bank, Craigie Foundation, The. 

Dudley Cooperative Bank, The. 

Edward Everett Co-operative Bank, Equity Co-operative 
Bank, Esodia Theotokou Scalohoriton Lesvou, Inc. 

Father Andrew O'Brien Memorial Association, Inc., of 
Hull, FideUty Trust Company (1913), Fitchburg Railroad 
Relief Association, Five Aces Gun Club, Inc., Foxborough 
Co-operative Bank, The. 

Gilders Pond Club Inc. 

Hawthorne Club, Home Co-operative Bank, Hyde Park 
Trust Company (1916). 

Independent Co-operative Bank, The, Italian Educa- 
tional Civic League of Wellesley, Inc. 

Jamaica Plain Trust Company (1916), Jersey Club Dairies, 
Inc. of Massachusetts. 

Lowell Mutual Loan and Fund Association, Lynn Mu- 
sical Association. 

Maiden Agricultural and Mechanic Association, Massa- 
chusetts Academy of Agriculture, Montello Co-operative 
Bank, The, Mount Pleasant Classical Institution, Proprietors 
of the. 

Natick Cooperative Bank, New England Academy, New 
England Press Association, New Meeting House, in Dedham, 
Proprietors of the. North Adams Lyceum, North Attleboro' 
Odd Fellows Hall Association, North Bridgewater Loan and 
Fund Association, North Shore Electrical Employees' Union, 
Inc., Nunckatesett Canoe Club. 

Oread Institute, Oxford Ministerial Association. 

Parsonage in the First Parish in Amherst, Proprietors of 
the, Peoples Accident Association of Springfield, Massachu- 
setts, People's Perpetual Loan and Fund Association, Plym- 
outh Loan and Fund Association, Putnam Hall Association 
in Cambridge. 

Quincy Board of Trade (1896). 

Randolph Athletic Association, The, Reserve Officers 1936 
Convention Corporation. 

Saint Eulaha's School Corporation. 

Union Co-operative Bank. 

Waltham Co-operative Bank, Watatic Club, Wellesley 
ItaHan Civic League, West Somerville Co-operative Bank, 
Whitman Co-operative Bank, The, Winthrop Young Men's 
Hebrew Association Inc., Wolfeboro Charitable Fund Inc., 
Worcester Co-operative Bank. 

Young Men's Hebrew Association of Salem, (Mass.). 

Section 2. Nothing in this act shall be construed to af- 
fect any suit now pending by or against any corporation 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 240. 277 

mentioned herein, or any suit now pending or hereafter 
brought for any HabiHty now existing against the stockholders 
or officers of any such corporation, or to revive any charter 
previously annulled or any corporation previously dissolved, 
or to make valid any defective organization of anj"- of the 
supposed corporations mentioned herein. 

Section 3. Suits upon choses in action arising out of 
contracts sold or assigned by any corporation dissolved by 
this act may be brought or prosecuted in the name of the 
purchaser or assignee. The fact of sale or assignment and 
of purchase by the plaintiff shall be set forth in the writ 
or other process; and the defendant may avail himself of 
any matter of defence of which he might have availed him- 
self in a suit upon a claim by the corporation, had it not 
been dissolved by this act. 

Section 4. Nothing in this act shall be construed to 
relieve the last person who was the treasurer or assistant 
treasurer, or, in their absence or incapacity, who was any 
other principal officer of each of the corporations named in 
this act, from the obligation to make a tax return in the year 
nineteen hundred and thirty-eight as required by chapter 
sixtj^-three of the General Laws. The tax liability of each 
of the corporations named in this act shall be determined 
in accordance with the existing laws of this commonwealth. 

Approved April 29, 1937. 



An Act relative to the making by banking institutions (JJiajj 240 

AND insurance COMPANIES OF LOANS INSURED BY THE 
FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATOR. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would in part Emergency 
defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an p'"®'^™^'^- 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of 
the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and sixty-two of the acts of nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-five is hereby amended by striking 
out section one and inserting in place thereof the following: 
— Section 1. Subject to such regulations as the commis- 
sioner of banks deems to be necessary or advisable in respect 
to trust companies, savings banks, co-operative banks or 
credit unions, and to such regulations as the commissioner 
of insurance deems to be necessary or advisable in respect 
to insurance companies, any trust company, savings bank, 
co-operative bank, credit union or insurance company doing 
business in this commonwealth is authorized for a period 
ending July first, nineteen hundred and thirty-nine: 

(a) To make such loans and advances of credit and pur- 
chases of obligations representing loans and advances of 
credit as are insured by the federal housing administrator, 
and to obtain such insurance. 



278 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 241. 

(6) To make such loans secured by mortgages on real 
property in this commonwealth as the federal housing ad- 
ministrator insures and to obtain such insurance. 

(c) All trust companies, savings banks, co-operative 
banks, credit unions and insurance companies are hereby 
authorized to exercise any powers and to do any and all 
things incidental or necessary to give effect to this act. 

Approved April 29, 1987. 

Chav.2Al An Act authorizing the city of salem to acquire cer- 
tain LAND FOR A MEMORIAL TO THE SAILORS OF SALEM. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The city of Salem is hereby authorized to 
take by eminent domain under chapter seventy-nine of the 
General Laws, or acquire by purchase or otherwise, the 
land in said city known as Derby Wharf, and certain other 
land in the neighborhood of said Derby Wharf, all located 
in said city, as indicated on the plat accepted by the national 
park service of the United States department of the interior 
and by the mayor of said city, for the purpose of constitut- 
ing a memorial to the sailors of Salem. 

Section 2. Said city is further authorized to borrow for 
the purpose of section one from time to time within a period 
of five years from the passage of this act sums not exceed- 
ing, in the aggregate, ninety-five thousand dollars, and may 
issue bonds or notes therefor, which shall bear on their face 
the words, Derby Wharf Memorial Loan, Act of 1937. Each 
authorized issue shall constitute a separate loan, and such 
loans shall be paid in not more than five years from their 
dates. Indebtedness incurred under this act shall be in ex- 
cess of the statutory limit and shall, except as herein pro- 
vided, be subject to chapter forty-four of the General Laws, 
exclusive of the limitation contained in the first paragraph 
of section seven thereof. 

Section 3. Said city is further authorized to convey 
said land to the United States of America without monetary 
consideration, to be laid out or restored and preserved by 
said United States as a national historic monument under 
authority of an act of Congress known as Public-Number 
two hundred and ninety-two, Seventy-Fourth Congress, 
approved August twenty-first, nineteen hundred and thirty- 
five; said historic monument to be a marine park which 
will be educational and recreational and conducted for the 
benefit of the public. 

Section 4. Chapter three hundred and sixty-five of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six is hereby amended 
by striking out in the third fine the words "and restoration". 

Section 5. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 29, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 242, 243. 279 



An Act authorizing the town of nantucket to pay an QJiar) 242 

ANNUITY TO THE WIDOW OF SAMUEL T. BURGESS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. For the purpose of discharging a moral obH- 
gation, the town of Nantucket may pay an annuity of not 
exceeding five hundred dollars to Wilberta Burgess, widow 
of Samuel T. Burgess, who died in the year nineteen hun- 
dred and twenty-five as the result of a hazard undergone 
in the performance of his duty as a member of the police 
department of said town, said annuity to be payable, in 
equal monthly installments, beginning as of January first in 
the current year, for and during the term of the natural 
life of said widow. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved April 29, 1937. 

An Act abolishing the open season on deer in Norfolk Chav. 24:3 

COUNTY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section one hundred and nine of chapter one g. l. (Ter. 
hundred and thirty-one of the General Laws, as most re- F*JoVe4' 
cently amended by section one of chapter eighty-nine of the amended." 
acts of the current 3^ear, is hereby further amended by in- 
serting after the word "Dukes" in the fifth line the words: 
— and Norfolk, — so as to read as follows: — Section 109. open season 
Subject to the restrictions and provisions hereinafter con- ^""^ ^^^^' 
tained, any person duly authorized to hunt in the common- 
wealth may hunt a deer, by the use of a shotgun or bow 
and arrow, in all counties except Dukes and Norfolk, be- 
tween one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after 
sunset of each day beginning with the first Monday in 
December and ending with the following Saturday, and in 
any or all of the counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden 
and Hampshire, if the additional hunting period hereinafter 
specified is authorized in such county or counties by the 
director, as evidenced by an order filed in his office and 
advertised in a newspaper or newspapers published in such 
county or counties not less than ten days prior to the first 
Monday in December, between one half hour before sunrise 
and one half hour after sunset of each day, beginning with 
the second Monday in December and ending with the fol- 
lowing Saturday. No person shall, except as provided in 
the preceding section, kill more than one deer. No deer 
shah be hunted on land posted in accordance with section 
one hundred and twenty-three, or on land under control of 
the metropolitan district commission, or within the bound- 
aries of any public lands subject to section one hundred and 
fourteen. No person shall make, set or use any trap, torch 
light or jack light, salt hck or other device for the purpose 
of ensnaring, enticing, taking, injuring or killing a deer. No 



280 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 244. 



Penalty. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 131, 
§ 112, etc., 
amended. 



Hunting 
birds or 
mammals, 
regulated. 



person shall use or carry on his person an arrow adapted 
for hunting purposes unless it is plainly marked with his 
name and permanent address. Whoever wounds or kills a 
deer shall, within forty-eight hours thereafter, send to the 
director a written report, signed by him, of the facts relative 
to the wounding or killing. This section shall not authorize 
the hunting of deer in any state forest reservation or any 
state park or reservation under the control of the division 
of parks of the department; but the hunting of deer in any 
such reservation or park shall be authorized during the 
whole or any part of the open season for deer provided by 
this section, if and as permitted by regulations made by 
the commissioner. Whoever violates any provision of this 
section shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty nor 
more than one hundred dollars. 

Section 2. Section one hundred and twelve of said chap- 
ter one hundred and thirty-one, as most recently amended 
by section two of chapter one hundred and thirty-eight of 
the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby fur- 
ther amended by inserting after the word "Dukes" in the 
second line the words : — and Norfolk, — so as to read as 
follows: — Section 112. No person shall in any county ex- 
cept Dukes and Norfolk between one half hour before sun- 
rise on the first Monday in December and one half hour 
after sunset on the following Saturday, or, in Berkshire, 
Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden county, between one half 
hour before sunrise on the second Monday in December 
and one half hour after sunset on the following Saturday, 
if such additional period for hunting deer is authorized in 
such county under section one hundred and nine, hunt a 
bird or mammal with a rifle, revolver or pistol or by the 
aid of a dog, or have in his possession, or under his control, 
in any wood or field, a rifle, revolver or pistol, or a dog 
adapted to the hunting or pursuing of birds or mammals, 
or, while in pursuit of birds or mammals, have in his posses- 
sion, or under his control, on any highway, any such fire- 
arm or dog. Approved April 29, 1937. 



Chap. 24:4: ^^ Act to authorize the placing of the office of chief 

OF the fire department of the town of PLYMOUTH 
UNDER THE CIVIL SERVICE LAWS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The office of chief of the fire department of 
the town of Plymouth shall, upon the effective date of this 
act, become subject to the civil service laws and rules and 
regulations relating to permanent members of fire depart- 
ments in towns, and the tenure of office of any incumbent 
of said office shall be unlimited, subject, however, to such 
laws, but the present incumbent of said office may continue 
to serve therein without taking a civil service examination. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted to the voters of 
said town at the annual town meeting in the year nineteen 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 245. 281 

hundred and thirty-eight in the form of the following ques- 
tion, which shall be placed upon the official ballot to be 
used for the election of town officers at said meeting: "Shall 
an act passed by the General Court in the year nineteen 
hundred and thirty-seven entitled 'An Act to authorize the 
placing of the Office of Chief of the Fire Department of 
the Town of Plymouth under the Civil Service Laws', be 
accepted?" If a majority of the votes in answer to said 
question is in the affirmative, then this act shall thereupon 
take full effect, but not otherwise. 

Approved April 29, 1937. 

An Act relative to the validity of conditional sales fhn^ 245 
OF certain personal property used in connection ^' 

WITH REAL estate AS AGAINST MORTGAGEES, PURCHASERS 
OR GRANTEES OF SUCH REAL ESTATE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter one hundred and eighty-four of the g. l. (Ter. 
General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section f'^^^'ef*; 
thirteen, as amended by chapter one hundred and twelve of amended.' 
the acts of the current year, and inserting in place thereof 
the following: — Section 13. No conditional sale of heating Conditional 
apparatus, plumbing goods, ranges, buildings of wood or fi^^^'^es. etc., 
metal construction of the class commonly known as port- ?°^^®'j''°^' 
able or sectional buildings, elevator apparatus or machin- cording, 
ery, or other articles of personal property, which are after- 
ward wrought into or attached to real estate, whether they 
are fixtures at common law or not, shall be valid as against 
any mortgagee, purchaser or grantee of such real estate, 
unless not later than ten days after the delivery thereon of 
such personal property a notice such as is herein prescribed 
is recorded in the registry of deeds for the county or district 
where the real estate lies. The notice shall be signed by the 
vendor or a person claiming under him and shall contain 
the names of the contracting parties, the name of the record 
owner of the real estate at the time of recording the notice, 
the fact that it is agreed that title to such personal prop- 
erty shall remain in the vendor until the purchase price is 
paid, the terms of payment, including the date on which the 
final pajmient will become due, and the amount of such pur- 
chase price remaining unpaid, and descriptions, sufficiently 
accurate for identification, of such real estate and the per- 
sonal property delivered or to be delivered thereon. If the 
sale is of several articles for a lump sum greater than the 
value of the personal property delivered or to be delivered 
on the real estate, the notice shall also state such lump sum 
and such value. 

No conditional sale of which notice is recorded under 
this section shall be valid as against any mortgagee, pur- 
chaser or grantee of such real estate for more than ninety 
days after the date on which the final payment will become 
due as set forth in said notice, unless the vendor or some 



282 



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Effective 
date. 



person claiming under him shall, within said ninety day 
period, cause to be recorded in the registry of deeds for the 
county or district where the real estate lies a statement 
signed and sworn to b}^ him or by some person in his behalf, 
giving a just and true account of the amount due him, with 
all just credits, the names of the contracting parties, and the 
name of the record owner of the real estate as given in said 
notice. 

Both the original notice and any subsequent statement of 
account hereinbefore provided for shall be indexed in the 
registry of deeds under the name of the record owner of 
such real estate as appearing in said notice, and a release 
of title in any such article of personal property may be 
recorded at any time. 

Section 2. This act shall apply only in case of condi- 
tional sales made on or after September first in the current 
year. Approved April 29, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 130. 
§§ 77, 78 and 
79, etc., 
amended. 



Department 
of public 
health to deter- 
mine sources 
of pollution. 



Chap.24:Q ^^ ^ct imposing upon certain private corporations a 

PROPORTIONATE SHARE OF THE COST OF PURIFICATION 
PLANTS AND OF THE EXPENSES OF MAINTENANCE THEREOF. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and thirty of the General Laws is 
hereby amended by striking out sections seventy-seven, 
seventy-eight and seventy-nine, as appearing in section two 
of chapter three hundred and twenty-nine of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-three, and inserting in place 
thereof the following : — Section 77. Upon receipt of the 
request provided for by the preceding section, the depart- 
ment of public health shall, as soon as may be and in 
such manner as it may deem proper, determine the sources 
of pollution of the contaminated area or areas referred 
to therein, and the proportions in which cities and towns 
within the commonwealth are causing or contributing to 
the cause of such pollution; provided, that if in any city 
or town as to which any such proportion is so determined 
there is a private corporation organized for the purpose of 
owning and maintaining for profit a system of sewage dis- 
posal, said department shall likewise determine whether or 
not said private corporation is causing or contributing to 
the cause of the pollution ascribed by the department to 
such city or town and, if so, in what proportion. Said de- 
partment shall forthwith report such determination to the 
commissioner of conservation, who shall thereupon make 
application to the supreme judicial court for the relief pro- 
vided for in the following section. 

Section 78. The supreme judicial court, on application 
under the preceding section and after notice to each of the 
cities and towns, and private corporations organized for the 
purpose of owning and maintaining for profit systems of 
sewage disposal, named in the report of the department of 
public health as causing or contributing to the contamina- 



Determina- 
tion of cost 
of purifica- 
tion plants. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 246. 283 

tion of the area or areas in question, shall appoint three 
commissioners, herein and in the following section referred 
to as apportionment commissioners, who shall not be resi- 
dents of any of said cities or towns. Such commissioners 
shall, after due notice and hearing, and in such manner as 
they shall deem just and equitable, determine the propor- 
tion which each of said cities and towns, and private corpo- 
rations organized for the purpose of owning and maintain- 
ing for profit systems of sewage disposal, shall bear of the 
cost of such purification plant as is prescribed or approved 
under section seventy-six, the compensation and expenses 
of the apportionment commissioners, and the expenses of 
maintaining such plant thereafter, and shall report their 
findings to said court as soon as may be. When said report 
shall have been accepted by the court it shall be conclusive 
as to all matters referred to said commissioners and shall be 
binding upon all parties, who shall thereupon pay the costs 
in accordance with the order of the court. The court shall 
have jurisdiction in equity to enforce sections seventy-five 
to eighty, inclusive, and shall fix and determine the com- 
pensation of said apportionment commissioners and shall 
allow such expenses incurred by them in carrying out the 
provisions of said sections as it shall approve. 

Section 79. After the completion of the construction of ^l^'^^^^^""^" 
a purification plant prescribed by the supervisor with the 
approval of the commissioner of public health under sec- 
tion seventy-six, or after their approval of such an existing 
plant, the same shall be maintained by the city or town in 
which it is located until such time as the supervisor may 
determine that the shellfish in the area or areas served by 
it are not of sufficient commercial value to warrant its con- 
tinuance. On or before January fifteenth of each j^ear such 
city or town shall submit to the supervisor an itemized 
statement certified by its treasurer, showing all sums ex- 
pended bj^ it during the preceding year on account of any 
such plant. The supervisor shall approve such sums as he 
finds to be correct and proper charges. Such proportions 
of the total amount thereof as have been determined by 
the apportionment commissioners to be allocable to cities 
and towns, and private corporations organized for the pur- 
pose of owning and maintaining for profit sj'stems of sew- 
age disposal, he shall apportion thereto in the proportions 
fixed by said apportionment commissioners in their report, 
as accepted by the supreme judicial court, and shall forth- 
with notify each such city or town, or private corporation 
organized for the purpose of owning and maintaining for 
profit a sj^stem of sewage disposal, of the amounts so appor- 
tioned, which shall thereupon be due and payable to the 
city or town in which said plant is located. Should such 
last mentioned city or town fail to maintain such purifica- 
tion plant in good condition, or to operate the same, the 
supreme judicial court shall have jurisdiction, upon appli- 
cation of ten registered voters in any one or more of the 



284 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 247, 248. 



cities and towns contributing to the expense of such plant, 
to compel it to put the plant in good condition and to operate 
the same. Approved April 29, 1937. 



Chap. 2^1 An Act entitling blind persons to be accompanied by 
"seeing eye" dogs, so called, on common carriers 
within the commonwealth, without additional cost. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section fifteen of chapter one hundred and fifty-nine of 
the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edi- 
tion, is hereby amended by adding at the end the following 
new paragraph : — 

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section 
or any other provision of law, any blind person while a 
passenger for hire on any common carrier within the com- 
monwealth shall be entitled to be accompanied by a prop- 
erly muzzled "seeing eye" dog, so called, except in railroad 
sleeping, parlor, club, buffet or lounge cars, and such person 
shall not be required to pay any charge or fare for or on 
account of the transportation thereon of himself and any 
such dog so accompanying him in addition to the charge or 
fare lawfully chargeable for his own transportation. 

Approved April 29, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 

Ed.), 159, 

§ 15, amended. 



Common 
carriers to 
allow blind 
persons to 
be accom- 
panied by 
dogs. 



C hap. 24:S An Act relative to elimination of so called double 
liability of stockholders of trust companies. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 172, 
§ 24, etc., 
amended. 



Liability of 
stockholders 
of trust 
companies. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section twenty-four of chapter one hundred and seventy- 
two of the General Laws, as amended by section fourteen of 
chapter three hundred and forty-nine of the acts of nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-four, is hereby further amended by 
adding at the end the following two new paragraphs : — 

Except as otherwise provided in the following paragraph, 
the liability imposed by this section shall cease on July first, 
nineteen hundred and thirty-eight, with respect to all shares 
issued by any such corporation which shall be transacting 
business on July first, nineteen hundred and thirty-eight; 
provided, that not less than six months prior to such date 
such corporation shall have caused notice of such prospec- 
tive termination of liability to be published in a newspaper 
published in the city or town where such corporation has 
its main office and in each city and town where the corpora- 
tion has a branch office. If such corporation fails to give 
such notice as and when above provided, a termination of 
such liability may thereafter be accomplished as of the date 
six months subsequent to publication, in the manner above 
provided. 

Nothing herein shall terminate the liability imposed by 
this section for any contract, debt or engagement entered 
into or incurred by any such corporation prior to the ter- 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 249, 250. 285 

mination date under any provision of the preceding para- 
graph, if, prior to such date, the other party thereto either 
has begun legal proceedings to enforce such contract, debt 
or engagement or had no legal right to demand perform- 
ance or payment thereof. Approved April 29, 1937. 



Chap.249 



An Act relative to the making of rules and regula- 
tions BY the department OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIES 
FOR THE PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS AND INDUSTRIAL OR 
OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section six of chapter one hundred and forty-nine of the a. l. (Ter. 
General Laws, as amended by section one of chapter one '^i'!-^'..!.'!!' L^f 
hundred and thirty-two of the acts of nineteen hundred 
and thirty-four, is hereby further amended by striking out, 
in the eleventh and twelfth lines, the words "applicable to 
either employers or employees or both ", — so as to read 
as follows: — Section 6. It shall investigate from time to investigations 
time employments and places of employment, and deter- fj^fth''"^'^ '""^ 
mine what suitable safety devices or other reasonable means 
or requirements for the prevention of accidents shall be 
adopted or followed in any or all such employments or 
places of employment; and also shall determine what suit- 
able devices or other reasonable means or requirements for 
the prevention of industrial or occupational diseases shall 
be adopted or followed in any or all such employments or 
places of employment; and shall make reasonable rules, Rules, etc 
regulations and orders for the prevention of accidents and 
the prevention of industrial or occupational diseases, and 
rules and regulations pertaining to structural painting made 
hereunder may provide for the payment of reasonable fees. 

Approved April 29, 1937. 



Chap.250 



An Act further regulating the penalty for unlaw- 
fully CARRYING CERTAIN DANGEROUS WEAPONS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section ten of chapter two hundred and fj^^og^io 
sixty-nine of the General Laws, as most recently amended etc!, amended.' 
by section one of chapter two hundred and twenty-seven of 
the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby fur- 
ther amended by striking out, in the fourteenth to the 
eighteenth lines, inclusive, the words "ten years in the state 
prison or for not more than two and one half years in a jail 
or house of correction except that, if the court finds that 
the defendant has not been previously convicted of a felony, 
he may be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars" 
and inserting in place thereof the following: — five years in 
the state prison or for not less than six months nor more 
than two and one half years in a jail or house of correction 
except that, if the court finds that the defendant has not 



286 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 251. 



Penalty for 

unlawfully 

carrying 

dangerous 

weapons. 



Effective 
date. 



been previously convicted of a felony, he may be punished 
by a fine of not more than fifty dollars or by imprisonment 
for not more than two and one half years in a jail or house 
of correction, — so as to read as follows: — Section 10. 
Whoever, except as provided by law, carries on his person, 
or carries on his person or under his control in a vehicle, a 
pistol or revolver, loaded or unloaded, without permission 
under section one hundred and thirty-one of chapter one 
hundred and forty, or whoever so carries any stiletto, dag- 
ger, dirk knife, slung shot, metallic knuckles or sawed off 
shotgun, or whoever, when arrested upon a warrant for an 
alleged crime or when arrested while committing a crime or 
a breach or disturbance of the public peace, is armed with, 
or has on his person, or has on his person or under his con- 
trol in a vehicle, a billy or dangerous weapon other than 
those herein mentioned, shall be punished by imprisonment 
for not less than two and one half years nor more than five 
years in the state prison or for not less than six months nor 
more than two and one half years in a jail or house of cor- 
rection except that, if the court finds that the defendant 
has not been previously convicted of a felony, he may be 
punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars or by im- 
prisonment for not more than two and one half years in a 
jail or house of correction, or whoever, except as provided 
by law, possesses a machine gun as defined in section one 
hundred and twenty-one of chapter one hundred and forty, 
without permission under said section one hundred and 
thirty-one shall be punished by imprisonment in the state 
prison for hfe or for any term of years, and upon convic- 
tion the pistol or other article shall be confiscated by the 
commonwealth. The pistol or article so confiscated shall, 
by the authority of the written order of the court or trial 
justice, be forwarded by common carrier to the commis- 
sioner of public safety, who, upon receipt of the same, shall 
notify said court or justice thereof. Said commissioner may 
sell or destroy the same, and, in case of a sale, after paying 
the cost of forwarding the article, shall pay over the net 
proceeds to the commonwealth. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect on September first 
in the current year and shall apply in case of crimes com- 
mitted on or after said date. Notwithstanding the provi- 
sions of this act, the provisions of said section ten as in 
effect immediately preceding the said date shall continue 
to apply in the case of crimes committed prior thereto. 

Approved April 29, 1937. 



Chap. 251 An Act regulating the imposition of costs in certain 

CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 280, 
§ 6, amended. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter two hundred and eighty of the 
General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 
six, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and insert- 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 252, 253. 287 

ing in place thereof the following: — Section 6. Costs shall ^.^^Pl^^tion. 
not be imposed by the court or justice as a penalty or part 
penalty for a crime; provided, that the court or justice may, 
as a condition of the dismissal or fihng of a complaint or in- 
dictment, or as a term of probation, order the defendant 
to pay the reasonable and actual expenses of the prosecu- 
tion, as determined by it or him. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect on September first JJJ|°t'^® 
in the current year. Approved April 29, 1937. 

An Act authorizing the use of facsimile signatures of Qhav. 252 

THE governor ON CERTAIN BONDS AND NOTES OF THE 
COMMONWEALTH. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter twenty-nine of the General Laws is hereby g. l. (Ter. 
amended by inserting after section forty-eight, as appearing section 4sX^ 
in the Tercentenary Edition, the following new section: — added. 
Section 4SA. Facsimiles of the signature of the governor Facsimile 
on original issues or transfers of bonds or notes of the com- ^^^'^^*^^^^- 
monwealth shall have the same validity and effect as his 
written signature. Approved April 29, 1937. 

An Act further regulating the practice of dentists, (JJidy 253 

DENTAL HYGIENISTS AND OTHER PERSONS PRACTICING DEN- ^' 

TISTRY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and twelve of the General Laws is g. l. (Ter. 
hereby amended by striking out section fifty-two A, in- f s^X.Htc., 
serted by chapter two hundred and eighty-one of the acts amended. 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, and inserting in place 
thereof the following: — Section 52 A. No registered den- Advertising by 
tist, person practicing dentistry or dental hygienist shall reguialed!*°"' 
include, or permit or cause to be included, in any newspaper, 
radio, display sign, personal solicitation or other manner 
of advertising, any written or spoken words or statements 
of a character tending to deceive or mislead the pubfic, 
or claiming professional superiority or the performance 
of professional ser\4ces in a superior manner, or the perform- 
ance of painless operations of a dental or oral surgical na- 
ture, or tending to solicit patronage for his business, services, 
advice or products, or advertising fixed prices for professional 
services or materials or the use of any drug, nostrum, patent 
or proprietary medicine of an unknown formula, or adver- 
tising to use any system of anaesthetics without truly and 
accurately naming the same or to use any such system unless 
such system is in fact used, or shall advertise with signs or 
printed advertisements, or by means of show cases, con- 
taining the representation of a tooth, teeth, dental restora- 
tion of any kind or of whatsoever design or description or 
any portion of the human head or neck or photograph of 



288 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 254. 

any person, or shall make or set forth any promises, guar- 
antees, offers, inducements, representations, statements or 
rewards of a character tending to influence, persuade or 
induce persons to seek, employ or patronize his business, 
service, advice or products; provided, that, notwithstanding 
the foregoing, a person subject to this section may (1) use 
and distribute personal professional cards setting forth his 
name, title, address or addresses, telephone number or 
numbers and office hours, and, if he limits his practice to a 
specialty, containing a statement of such specialty; (2) use 
and distribute personal professional cards or other notices 
announcing his change of place of business, or his entrance 
into, absence from or return to business; (3) issue personal 
appointment cards to his patients, stating thereon the time 
and place of appointment and containing any statements 
hereinbefore authorized to be set forth in his personal pro- 
fessional cards; (4) display his name and any such author- 
ized statements, by means of a sign or signs at his residence 
or place of business, or both, or upon the windows thereof, 
or upon a door plate or in a building directory, so called, 
thereat; and (5) insert his name and any such authorized 
statements in the public print, in the form of advertisements 
or notices not more than one column in width nor more than 
two inches in depth. Approved April 29 y 1937. 

Chap. 254: An Act authorizing the city of Worcester to tempo- 
rarily REINSTATE TIMOTHY H. MURPHY AS AN EMPLOYEE 
FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF BEING RETIRED. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Timothy H. Murphy, a veteran of the world 
war, who was employed for more than ten years as a laborer 
in the street department and other departments of the city 
of Worcester, and who became separated from the classified 
civil service on or about October nineteenth, nineteen hun- 
dred and twenty-nine, by reason of inability to work on 
account of sickness arising out of and in the course of his 
employment, may be reinstated by said city in its street 
department without further examination, but for the sole 
purpose of being retired under the provisions of section 
fifty-seven or any other pertinent provision of chapter 
thirty-two of the General Laws. Upon his retirement as 
aforesaid there shall be paid to him a pension at a rate 
equal to one half the rate of annual compensation received 
by him at the time of his separation from the classified civil 
service. 

Section 2. This act shall take full effect upon its ac- 
ceptance during the current year by vote of the city coun- 
cil, subject to the provisions of its charter, but not other- 
wise. Approved May 3, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 255, 256, 257. 289 



An Act relative to the providing by cities and towns Chav 255 

OF HEADQUARTERS FOR LOCAL POSTS OF INCORPORATED 
WAR veterans' ORGANIZATIONS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section nine of chapter forty of the General Laws, as g. l. (Ter. 
most recently amended by chapter two hundred and seventy- ^^-^ amended 
one of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby 
further amended by adding at the end the following new 
paragraph : — 

A city or town may also, within the limitation appHcable Quarters for 
to such city or town for such purpose, appropriate money tSn w°ir*'^'^" 
for the purpose of providing suitable headquarters for a veterans, 
post or posts of any incorporated organization of veterans 
who served in the military or naval service of the United 
States in time of war or insurrection, in addition to those 
above specified, if a petition requesting such an appropri- 
ation for such an organization designated in the petition, 
signed by not less than five per cent of the voters of such 
city or town, is filed with the city or town clerk thereof. 

Approved May 4, 1937, 



An Act authorizing the conveyance by the city of Chav -256 

CHELSEA TO THE COMMONWEALTH, AND THE ACCEPTANCE 
BY THE ARMORY COMMISSIONERS, FOR ARMORY PURPOSES, 
OF CERTAIN LAND IN SAID CITY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The city of Chelsea, acting by its mayor and board of 
aldermen, may convey to the commonwealth, for armory 
purposes, a certain parcel of land adjoining property now 
being used for armory purposes, measuring approximately 
one hundred and seventy feet by twenty feet, and extend- 
ing from Armory street to St. Rose Roman Catholic Church 
property, so called, in said city. The armory commission- 
ers are hereby authorized to accept such land in the name 
and behalf of the commonwealth. 

Approved May 4, 1937. 

An Act extending the equity jurisdiction of probate /^z,^^ ocy 

COURTS to provide FOR THE ISSUANCE IN CERTAIN IN- ^ * 

STANCES OF TEMPORARY INJUNCTIONS TO RESTRAIN THE 
FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGES WHICH HINDER THE PROPER 
ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES OR CERTAIN TRUSTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter two hundred and fifteen of the General Laws is g. l. (Ter. 

hereby amended by striking out section six, as amended by f^'^'^tc^' 

section one of chapter two hundred and thirty-seven of the amended. 

acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three, and inserting in 

place thereof the following: — Section 6. Probate courts Equity juris- 
diction. 



290 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 258. 

shall have jurisdiction in equity, concurrent with the supreme 
judicial and superior courts, of all cases and matters rela- 
tive to the administration of the estates of deceased persons, 
to wills, including questions arising under section twenty 
of chapter one hundred and ninety-one, to trusts created 
by will or other written instrument and, in cases involving 
in any way the estate of a deceased person or the property 
of an absentee whereof a receiver has been appointed under 
chapter two hundred or the property of a person under 
guardianship or conservatorship, to trusts created by parol 
or constructive or resulting trusts, of all matters relative to 
guardianship and conservatorship and of all other matters 
of which they now have or may hereafter be given jurisdic- 
tion. They shall also have jurisdiction in equity to enforce 
foreign judgments for support of a wife or of a wife and 
minor children against a husband who is a resident or in- 
habitant of this commonwealth, upon petition of the wife 
filed in the county of which the husband is a resident or in- 
habitant. They shall also have jurisdiction in equity, upon 
petition of an administrator, executor, guardian, conserva- 
tor, receiver appointed as aforesaid or trustee under a will 
to enjoin for a reasonable period of time the foreclosure, 
otherwise than by open and peaceable entry, of a mortgage 
on real estate, or the foreclosure of a mortgage on personal 
property, which real estate or personal property is included 
in the estate or trust being administered by such fiduciary, 
if in the opinion of the court the proper administration of 
the estate or the trust would be hindered by such fore- 
closure. Jurisdiction under this section may be exercised 
upon petition, according to the usual procedure in probate 
courts. Approved May 4, 1937. 

Chav.258 An Act authorizing the transfer of certain park land 

IN THE CITY OF BOSTON TO THE TRUSTEES UNDER THE WILL 
OF GEORGE ROBERT W^HITE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The park department of the city of Boston 
is hereby authorized to transfer to the care, custody and 
control of the trustees under the fourteenth clause of the will 
of George Robert White the following parcel of land situate 
in that part of Boston known as the Back Bay Fens, bounded 
and described as follows : — westerly by Charlesgate west, 
eighty-five feet more or less; northerly by a portion of Com- 
monwealth avenue, three hundred ten feet more or less; 
easterly by Charlesgate east, ninety-eight feet more or less; 
and southerly by a portion of Commonwealth avenue, three 
hundred ten feet more or less, or any other parcel of land 
now under the control of said department, heretofore taken 
for park purposes and situate in said part of Boston, for the 
purpose of erecting thereon, in accordance with plans ap- 
proved by said department, an esplanade and colonnade, 
upon the express condition, however, that upon the com- 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 259, 260. 291 

pletion of said esplanade and colonnade the care, custody 
and control of such parcel of land, together with the espla- 
nade and colonnade, shall revert without further act to the 
care, custody and control of the park department of the city 
of Boston, to be held by said department in accordance with 
the provisions of the will of said George Robert White. Said 
transfer shall also be upon the further express condition that 
if, within two years from the date of such transfer, such es- 
planade and colonnade shall not have been constructed 
upon such parcel, then such parcel shall thereupon revert 
without further act to the care, custody and control of said 
department. 
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved May A, 1937. 

An Act relative to the control of ell pond in the city (JJidj) 259 

OF MELROSE. ^' 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter eighty-two of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
twenty is hereb}^ amended by striking out sections two and 
three and inserting in place thereof the four following new 
sections: — Section 2. The park commissioners of the city 
of Melrose are hereby authorized to make rules and regula- 
tions governing fishing, boating, bathing, skating and other 
recreational activities on or in Ell pond in said city. Such 
rules and regulations relative to fishing shall be subject to 
the approval of the division of fisheries and game of the de- 
partment of conservation and such other rules and regula- 
tions made under this section shall be subject to the approval 
of the state department of public works, and, in either case, 
when so approved shall have the force of law. 

Section 3. Any police officer of said city may patrol any 
part of the waters of said pond and shall have authority to 
arrest any person violating any law of the commonwealth in, 
on or adjacent to the waters of said pond or violating any 
rule or regulation established under this act. 

Section 4- Violation of any rule or regulation established 
under this act shall be punished by a fine of not more than 
fifty dollars. 

Section 5. Nothing in this act shall be construed to 
abridge the powers and duties of said department of public 
works under chapter ninetj^-one of the General Laws. 

Approved May 4, 1937. 



Chap.2Q0 



An Act providing for the issuance of insurance 
brokers' licenses without fee to widow^s of certain 

WAR veterans. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section one hundred and sixty-seven A of chapter one g. l. (Ter. 
hundred and seventy-five of the General Laws, as amended fte/A^'etc., 
by section three of chapter one hundred and thirty-seven amend^. 



292 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 261, 262. 



Veterans, 
etc., exempt 
from payment 
of certain 
fees. 



of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, is hereby 
further amended by adding at the end the following : — , or 
of or on account of his widow if he held such a license im- 
mediately prior to his death, — so as to read as follows : — 
Section 167 A. No fee for an insurance broker's license 
issued under section one hundred and sixty-six, one hun- 
dred and sixty-seven or one hundred and seventy-three 
shall be required of or on account of any soldier, sailor or 
marine resident in this commonwealth who has served in 
the army or navy of the United States in time of war or 
insurrection and received an honorable discharge therefrom 
or release from active duty therein, if he presents to the 
commissioner satisfactory evidence of his identity, or of or 
on account of his widow if he held such a license immedi- 
ately prior to his death. Approved May 4, 1937. 



Chap. 261 An Act relative to the coverage of policies of plate 

GLASS INSURANCE, SO CALLED. 



G. L. (Ter. 

Ed.), 175, 

§ 47, amended. 



Plate glass 
insurance. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Clause Seventh of section forty-seven of chapter one hun- 
dred and seventy-five of the General Laws, as appearing 
in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereb}'' amended b}'' in- 
serting after the word "insure" in the first line the follo\^ing 
words : — against loss of and damage to glass, including let- 
tering and ornamentation thereon, and, — so as to read as 
follows : — 

Seventh, To insure against loss of and damage to glass, 
including lettering and ornamentation thereon, and against 
loss or damage caused by the breakage of glass. 

Approved May 4, 1937. 



Chap. 262 An Act to authorize the placing of the office of chief 

OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE 
UNDER THE CIVIL SERVICE LAWS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The office of chief of the fire department of 
the city of Cambridge shall, upon the effective date of this 
act, become subject to the civil service laws and rules and 
regulations relating to permanent members of fire depart- 
ments of cities, and the tenure of office of any incumbent 
of such office shall be unlimited, subject, however, to such 
laws; but the person holding said office on said effective 
date may continue to serve as such without taking a civil 
service examination. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted for acceptance 
to the registered voters of the city of Cambridge at its bien- 
nial city election in the current year in the form of the fol- 
lowing question, which shall be placed upon the official bal- 
lot to be used at said election: — "Shall an act of the 
General Court passed in the current year, entitled 'An Act 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 263, 264, 265. 293 

to authorize the placing of the Office of Chief of the Fire De- 
partment of the City of Cambridge under the Civil Service 
Laws', be accepted?" If a majority of the voters voting 
upon said question vote in the affirmative, section one shall 
thereupon take full effect, but not otherwise. 

Approved May 4, 1937. 



Chap.2Qd 



An Act validating the conveyance by the town of 
webster of certain park land located in said town. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The action of the town of Webster whereby 
it conveyed to S. Slater & Sons, Incorporated, by deed 
dated June twenty-second, nineteen hundred and twenty- 
three, and recorded in Worcester District Deeds, Book 
twenty-two hundred and ninety-six, page one hundred and 
forty-six, the land located on the south side of East Main 
street in said town, known as Morris Hunt Slater Park, 
and acquired by said town for park purposes, is hereby 
validated and confirmed in so far as such action may be 
invalid by reason of lack of legislative authority to convey 
such park land. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved May 5, 1937. 

An Act requiring the labelling of taps used for the fi.f.j. oa.A. 

SALE OF MALT BEVERAGES ON DRAUGHT. ■^* 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section twelve of chapter one hundred and thirty-eight 2\^p^'"- 
of the General Laws, as amended, is hereby further amended § u, etc..' 
by adding at the end the following new paragraph : — amended. 

No malt beverage shall be sold on draught from a tap, Labelling 
faucet or other draughting device unless there shall plainly "^ *'^^^" 
appear on or attached to such device, in legible letters, the 
brand or trade name of the malt beverage so sold there- 
from. Approved May 5, 1937. 

An Act re-establishing and defining a portion of the r>hn^ oac 

BOUNDARY" LINE BETWEEN THE TOWNS OF EDGARTOWN ^' 

AND OAK BLUFFS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The following described line shall herein- 
after be the dividing line between the towns of Edgartown 
and Oak Bluffs through the waters of Sengekontacket pond, 
so called, sometimes called Sengegontacket pond, and Majors 
cove, so called. 

Beginning at Edgartown-Oak Bluffs, 2, an unmarked 
point in Sengekontacket pond, so called, said point being 
in the present boundary line between the said towns, in 



294 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 265. 

latitude forty-one degrees, twenty-four minutes, fifty-one 
and eight one hundredths seconds, and longitude seventy 
degrees, thirty-three minutes, fifteen and fifty-nine one hun- 
dredths seconds, and bearing south five degrees, forty-nine 
minutes west, true bearing, and one hundred twenty-three 
feet distant from a witness mark, which is set at the south- 
westerly end of Sassen island, so called, near the high water 
line of the pond; said witness mark being a rough granite 
monument two and one tenth feet high and about seven by 
eight inches in section, with the letter E cut on the south 
face and § on the north face; thence north, true bearing, 
one thousand four hundred fifty-four feet to Edgartown- 
Oak Bluffs 2A, an unmarked point in Sengekontacket pond, 
so called, in latitude forty-one degrees, twenty-five minutes, 
five and forty-five one hundredths seconds and longitude 
seventy degrees, thirty-three minutes, fifteen and fifty-nine 
one hundredths seconds, thence north twenty-two degrees, 
twenty-eight minutes west, true bearing, two thousand, 
four hundred fifty-one feet to Edgartown-Oak Bluffs, 2B, 
an unmarked point in Sengekontacket pond, so called, in 
latitude forty-one degrees, twenty-five minutes, twenty- 
seven and eighty-two one hundredths seconds, and longi- 
tude seventy degrees, thirty-three minutes, twenty-seven 
and eighty-eight one hundredths seconds, thence north 
forty-one degrees, twenty-six minutes west, true bearing, 
three hundred seventy-four feet to Edgartown-Oak Bluffs 
2C, an unmarked point in Sengekontacket pond, so called, 
in latitude forty-one degrees, twenty-five minutes, thirty 
and fifty-nine one hundredths seconds and longitude seventy 
degrees, thirty-three minutes, thirty-one and thirteen one 
hundredths seconds; thence north seventy-six degrees, 
twenty-nine minutes west, true bearing, five hundred 
ninety-four feet to Edgartown-Oak Bluffs 2D, an un- 
marked point in Sengekontacket pond, so called, in lati- 
tude forty-one degrees, twenty-five minutes, thirty-one 
and ninety-seven one hundredths seconds, and longitude 
seventy degrees, thirty-three minutes, thirty-eight and 
seventy-one one hundredths seconds; thence south sixty 
degrees, seventeen minutes west, true bearing, four hundred 
ninety-five feet to Edgartown-Oak Bluffs 2E, an unmarked 
point in Sengekontacket pond, so called, in latitude forty- 
one degrees, twenty-five minutes, twenty-nine and fifty- 
four one hundredths seconds, and longitude seventy de- 
grees, thirty-three minutes, forty-four and thirty-six one 
hundredths seconds; thence south twenty-nine degrees, 
forty-seven minutes west, true bearing, eight hundred 
twenty-six feet to Edgartown-Oak Bluffs 2F, an unmarked 
point in Sengekontacket pond, so called, at the mouth of 
Majors cove, so called, in latitude forty-one degrees, twenty- 
five minutes, twenty-two and forty-six one hundredths sec- 
onds and longitude seventy degrees, thirty-three minutes, 
forty-nine and seventy-four one hundredths seconds, thence 
south forty-seven degrees, fifteen minutes west one thou- 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 266. 295 

sand, three hundred forty feet to Edgar town-Oak Bluffs 
2G, an unmarked point in Majors cove, so called, in lati- 
tude forty-one degrees, twenty-five minutes, thirteen and 
forty-seven one hundredths seconds and longitude seventy 
degrees, thirty-four minutes, two and sixty-six one hun- 
dredths seconds, thence south sixty degrees, forty-seven 
minutes west, eight hundred two feet to Edgartown-Oak 
Bluffs 2H, an unmarked point in Majors cove, so called, in 
latitude forty-one degrees, twenty-five minutes, nine and 
sixty-one hundredths seconds, and longitude seventy de- 
grees, thirty-four minutes, eleven and eighty-four one hun- 
dredths seconds, thence south one degree, eleven minutes 
east, true bearing, eight hundred eighty-one and eighty-five 
one hundredths feet to Edgartown-Oak Bluffs 21, an un- 
marked point in Majors cove, so called, in latitude forty- 
one degrees, twenty-five minutes and eighty-nine one hun- 
dredths seconds and longitude seventy degrees, thirty-four 
minutes, eleven and sixty-one one hundredths seconds, 
thence south forty-six degrees, eighteen minutes west, true 
bearing, four hundred ninety-two and seventy-one hun- 
dredths feet to Edgartown-Oak Bluffs 3 W.M., a granite 
monument in the present boundary line, about four feet 
high and about seven inches square, marked with the let- 
ters c on the north face and the letter E on the south face, 
situated at the head of Majors cove, so called, about fifty 
feet from the low water mark and about one fourth of a 
mile northeast of Benjamin H. Kidder's house, in latitude 
forty-one degrees, twenty-four minutes, fifty-seven and fifty- 
three one hundred seconds and longitude seventy degrees, 
thirty-four minutes, sixteen and twenty-eight one hun- 
dredths seconds. 

Section 2. The department of public works is hereby 
directed to locate and mark the line described in section 
one, by setting such witness monuments as may be required. 
For this purpose, there may be expended such sums, not 
exceeding, in the aggregate, one thousand dollars, as may 
hereafter be appropriated therefor. 

Section 3. Upon the completion of the work herein 
provided for, said department shall file in the office of the 
state secretary, and in the registry of deeds for the county 
of Dukes county, a plan showing the boundary fine hereby 
estabhshed and the monuments marking the same. 

Approved May 5, 1937. 



An Act providing for the holding of biennial municipal fhnj) ofifi 

ELECTIONS IN THE CITY OF MELROSE IN ODD-NUMBERED ^' 

YEARS AND ESTABLISHING THE DATE OF SAID ELECTIONS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Beginning with the year nineteen hundred 
and forty-one, municipal elections in the city of Melrose for 
the choice of mayor, members of the board of aldermen and 



296 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 266. 

members of the school committee shall be held biennially 
on the second Tuesday of November in every odd-numbered 
year. 

Section 2. At the biennial municipal election to be held 
in said city in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-eight, 
the mayor and members of the board of aldermen shall be 
elected for terms of three years each, and at each biennial 
municipal election thereafter shall be elected for terms of 
two years each. 

Section 3. At the biennial municipal election to be held 
in said city in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-eight, 
the members of the school committee to be elected thereat 
shall be elected to hold office until the qualification of their 
successors who shall be elected at the biennial municipal 
election in the year nineteen hundred and forty-three. The 
term of office of the members of the school committee elected 
in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-sLx shall continue 
until the qualification of their successors who shall be elected 
at the biennial municipal election in the year nineteen hun- 
dred and forty-one. Beginning with the biennial municipal 
election to be held in the year nineteen hundred and forty- 
one, all members of the school committee shall be elected 
for terms of four years each. 

Section 4. No regular municipal election shall be held 
in said city in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-nine or 
nineteen hundred and forty. 

Section 5. The inauguration meeting of the city govern- 
ment of said city shall be held on the first Monday of Janu- 
ary following the election of its members; provided, that, if 
the first Monday of January falls on a holiday, said meeting 
shall take place on the following day. The terms of office 
of the members of the school committee shall commence on 
the first Monday of January following their election, or, if 
said first Monday of January falls on a holiday, on the follow- 
ing day. 

Section 6. Such provisions of chapter one hundred and 
sixty-two of the acts of eighteen hundred and ninety-nine 
and of chapter four hundred and thirty-one of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and twenty-two, and acts in amendment 
thereof or in addition thereto, as are inconsistent with this 
act are hereby repealed. 

Section 7. This act shall be submitted to the registered 
voters of the city of Melrose at the next biennial state elec- 
tion in the form of the following question which shall be 
placed upon the official ballot to be used in said city at said 
election: — "Shall an act passed by the general court in the 
year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, entitled 'An Act 
providing for the holding of biennial municipal elections in 
the city of Melrose in odd-numbered years and establishing 
the date of said elections', be accepted?" If a majority of 
the voters voting thereon vote in the affirmative in answer 
to said question, then this act shall thereupon take full effect 
in said city, but not otherwise. Approved May 5, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 267. 297 



An Act relative to the use of precincts in certain Qhnjj 267 

TOWNS IN the formation OF REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICTS. ^' 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter fiftj^-four of the General Laws is g. l. (Tor. 
hereby amended by inserting after section nine, as appear- ne^w section 
ing in the Tercentenary Edition, the following new section: 9 a, added. 
— Section 9 A. Notwithstanding any authorization or re- Change of 
quirement in sections six to nine, inclusive, or in any special resTrkted. 
law, any precinct wherein the legal voters have been enu- 
merated at any special enumeration as required by the con- 
stitution shall remain unchanged for the purpose of forming 
representative districts based on said enumeration until the 
formation thereof as aforesaid and, if such precinct is in a 
town the territory of which in such formation is included 
in two or more representative districts, shall remain un- 
changed for the purpose of electing representatives so long 
as such districts are required by the constitution to be used 
for such purpose; provided, that, during the month of 
December in the year nineteen hundred and forty-four and 
in every tenth year thereafter, the precincts of any town 
the territory of which is then included in two or more rep- 
resentative districts may be revised by the selectmen thereof, 
in the manner provided by law for such town, for use in the 
next succeeding special enumeration and formation of rep- 
resentative districts. 

Section 2. Section three of chapter forty-three A of the g. l. (Ter. 
General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by add- f 3/amended. 
ing at the end of the first paragraph the following new sen- 
tence : — The foregoing provisions of this section shall not 
authorize any action contrary to the provisions of section 
nine A of chapter fifty-four, — so that said first paragraph 
will read as follows : — Upon the adoption as aforesaid of ^f^pre^ncta 
such standard form of representative town meeting govern- in certain 
ment by a town, its selectmen shall forthwith divide the *°^"^- 
territory thereof into voting precincts, each of which shall 
be plainly designated and shall contain not less than four 
hundred registered voters. The precincts shall be so estab- 
Hshed as to consist of compact and contiguous territory to 
be bounded, as far as possible, by the center line of known 
streets and ways or by other well-defined limits. Their 
boundaries shall be reviewed, and, if need be, wholly or 
partly revised, by the selectmen in December, once in five 
years, or in December of any year when so directed by a 
vote of a representative town meeting held not later than 
November twentieth of that year. The foregoing provi- 
sions of this section shall not authorize any action con- 
trary to the provisions of section nine A of chapter fifty- 
four. Approved May 5, 1937. 



298 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 268, 269. 



Emergency 
preamble. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.). 138. 
§ 33, etc., 
amended. 



Closing time 
of package 
stores. 



Chav.2QS An Act relative to the closing time on certain legal 

HOLIDAYS OF PACKAGE STORES, SO CALLED. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to 
defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an 
emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of 
the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section thirty-three of chapter one hundred and thirty- 
eight of the General Laws, as amended, is hereby further 
amended by striking out, in the tweKth and thirteenth lines 
of the last sentence, as appearing in section two of chapter 
two hundred and twenty-five of the acts of nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-six, the words "or after six o'clock post 
meridian", — so as to read as follows: — Section 33. No 
licensee under section twelve shall sell and no licensee under 
section fifteen shall sell or deliver any alcoholic beverages, 
and no registered pharmacist acting under section twenty- 
nine and no licensee under section thirty A shall sell any 
alcoholic beverages or alcohol without a physician's pre- 
scription, during polling hours on any daj^ on which a state 
or municipal election, caucus or primary is held in the city 
or town in which such licensed place is conducted; pro- 
vided, that the foregoing restrictions shall not apply in the 
case of such an election, primary or caucus if the local 
licensing authorities issue an order to that effect applicable 
alike to all licensees of every class subject to such restric- 
tions. No holder of a tavern license shall sell any alcoholic 
beverages on Sundays, no other licensee under section twelve 
shall sell any such beverages on Sundays before one o'clock 
post meridian, no registered pharmacist acting under section 
twenty-nine and no licensee under section thirty A shall sell 
any alcoholic beverages or alcohol without a prescription on 
Sundays or legal holidays, no licensee under section fifteen 
shall sell or deliver any alcoholic beverages on Sundays or 
on May thirtieth. Thanksgiving day or Christmas day or 
on the day following when May thirtieth or Christmas day 
occurs on Sunday, or on any other legal holiday before one 
o'clock post meridian and no licensee under any other sec- 
tion of this chapter for the sale of alcoholic beverages not 
to be drunk on the premises shall sell or deliver any such 
beverages or alcohol on Sundays or legal holidays. 

Approved May 6, 1937. 



C/iax>. 269 An Act relative to the taking of trout from great 

PONDS STOCKED WITH TROUT BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE 
DIVISION OF FISHERIES AND GAME OF THE DEPARTMENT 
OF CONSERVATION. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an 



Emergency 
preamble. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 270. 299 

emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of 
the pubhc convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section fifty-nine of chapter one hundred and thirty-one g. l. (Ter. 
of the General Laws, as amended by section two of chapter f 59'it^c\' 
four hundred and twentj^-five of the acts of nineteen hun- amended.' 
dred and thirty-six, is hereby further amended by inserting 
after the word "commonwealth" in the fifth line the fol- 
lowing : — or from any great pond within the commonwealth 
stocked with trout under authority of section forty, — so as 
to read as follows: — Section 59. No person shall in any Limit of 
one day take from the waters of the commonwealth a total '^'^*'^^- 
of more than fifteen trout, nor shall any person in any one 
day take more than five trout from the Deerfield river or 
its diverted waters within the commonwealth or from any 
great pond within the commonwealth stocked with trout 
under authority of section forty, nor shall there be taken in 
any one day from the waters of Onota lake in the city of 
Pittsfield trout to a number exceeding eight, or of an aggre- 
gate weight exceeding ten pounds, if taken by one person, 
or to a number exceeding fifteen, or of an aggregate weight 
exceeding twenty pounds, if taken by two or more persons 
angling from the same boat or raft; provided, that if at any 
time the aggregate weight of the trout then taken from the 
waters of said Onota lake is less than the aggregate weight 
limit and the taking of another trout will cause said limit 
to be exceeded the taking of such other trout shall be lawful 
if thereby the limit as to number is not exceeded. 

Approved May 6, 1937. 

An Act relative to filing with the department of pub- pi o'jci 
Lie utilities by the department of public works of ^f^^P-^'^ 

LISTS of grade crossings WHICH SHOULD BE ABOLISHED. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section sixty-five of chapter one hundred and fifty-nine of G- l. (Ter. 
the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, § e'o,' amended, 
is hereby amended by inserting after the word "considera- 
tion" in the sixth fine the following: — , to which lists addi- 
tional grade crossings may from time to time be added by 
said department of public works, — so as to read as follows: 
— Section 65. The department of public works shall pro- Abolition 
ceed to make an investigation of crossings where a public of grade 
or private way and a railroad cross each other at grade, ''''°^®'°^^- 
in sections sixty-five to eighty-two, inclusive, referred to as 
grade crossings. Said department shall annually on or be- 
fore October first file with the department of pubhc utilities 
lists of grade crossings the abolition of which it suggests for 
early consideration, to which hsts additional grade crossings 
may from time to time be added by said department of 
pubhc works. Such lists shall state the names of the grade 
crossings, the names of the corporations operating the rail- 



300 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 271. 

roads crossed and the counties, cities and towns in which 
such crossings are located. The department of pubhc works 
shall receive all petitions for the abolition of grade crossings 
from the aldermen of the city, the selectmen of the town, or 
the county commissioners of the county, where such a cross- 
ing exists, or the board of directors of the railroad corporation 
operating the railroad crossed, and after a hearing, due notice 
of which shall have been given to said railroad corporation, 
city or town and county, may in its discretion place said 
crossing on one of said lists. The department of public utili- 
ties, after due notice to the department of public works, the 
counties and municipalities in which such crossings are 
located and the railroad corporations operating the railroads 
crossed, shall proceed to hold public hearings upon such lists 
and such additional grade crossings as the department of 
public works shall have notified it to include. Upon the 
completion of such hearings the department of public utili- 
ties by order shall designate a program of grade crossings the 
abolition of which shall be considered; provided, that such 
program order may be amended or revised from time to time 
by the department of public utilities on request of the depart- 
ment of public works. In establishing such program the 
department of public utilities shall take into consideration 
the relative security and convenience of the public likely to 
result from the abolition of each particular grade crossing 
mcluded therein as compared with the abolition of other 
grade crossings. Such program order shall state with respect 
to each grade crossing the name of the crossing, the name of 
the railroad corporation operating the railroad crossed, and 
the names of the counties, cities and towns in which the cross- 
ing is located. A copy of such program order and amend- 
ments and revisions thereof shall be filed in the office of the 
department of public utihties and of the department of pub- 
lic works. Approved May 6, 1937. 



Chap. 271 An Act requiring certain members of the state re- 
tirement SYSTEM TO MAKE CERTAIN INSTALMENT PAY- 
MENTS IN FULL BEFORE ATTAINING AGE SIXTY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section five of chapter three hundred and sixty of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-four is hereby amended 
by inserting after the word ''payments" in the twentieth 
line the words : — by instalments, — and by inserting after 
the word "made" in the same fine the words: — in full, — 
so as to read as follows : — Section 5. This act shall apply 
in the case of any present member of the state retirement 
association, formerly a member of a county, city or town 
contributory retirement association established in accord- 
ance with law and maintained by public funds, who would 
have been entitled to the benefits conferred by the fore- 
going provisions of this act if they had been in effect at the 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 272, 273. 301 

time of his entry into the service of the commonwealth, and 
if at the date of entry as aforesaid his account in the annuity 
fund of such county, city or town contributory retirement 
association had been transferred to the state treasurer to 
become a part of his account in the annuity fund of the 
state retirement association; provided, that such member, 
prior to the expiration of five years from the effective date 
of this act, pays to the state retirement association in one 
sum, or by monthly instalments, equal as nearly as may be, 
the amount of such account and a further amount or amounts 
which shall be equal to the interest which would have been 
earned on the amount of such account if it had been trans- 
ferred at the time of entry as aforesaid; and provided, fur- 
ther, that all payments by instalments hereunder shall be 
made in full before said member attains age sixty. 

Approved May 6, 1937. 

An Act transferring certain drivers of patrol wagons fhn^ 272 

AND ambulances OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THE ^ * 

CITY OF PITTSFIELD TO THE RANK OF REGULAR OFFICERS 
OF SAID DEPARTMENT. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. William B. Kirtland, Glenn H. Bond and 
Leo T. Sullivan, now drivers of patrol wagons and ambu- 
lances of the police department of the city of Pittsfield, are 
hereby made regular officers of said police department with- 
out further examination, shall continue to perform the duties 
of drivers as aforesaid, and shall hereafter be entitled to all 
the benefits and protection of the civil service laws, and 
the rules and regulations made thereunder, relative to such 
officers. 

Section 2. This act shall take full effect upon its accept- 
ance during the current j'ear by vote of the city council of 
said city, subject to the provisions of its charter, but not 
otherwise. Approved May 6, 1937. 

As Act relative to the eligibility of widows of certain (Jhd'p 273 

WAR VETERANS TO RECEIVE STATE AID AND OF WIVES OR ^' 
WIDOW^S OF SUCH VETERANS TO BE BURIED AT PUBLIC 
EXPENSE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section seven of chapter one hundred and EdViis"^' 
fifteen of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary s 7, amended. 
Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in the sixteenth 
and seventeenth lines, the word "twenty-eight" and insert- 
ing in place thereof the word : — thirty-three, — so as to read 
as follows : — Section 7. The wife of a discharged soldier Eligibility of 
or sailor shall not be held to belong to any of the foregoing 7ec^ivi etite 
classes, nor shall she receive state aid unless, if the service *''^- 
of the soldier or sailor was in the war with Spain, the 



302 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 273. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 115. 
§ 19. etc., 
amended. 



Burial agents, 
powers and 
duties. 



Burial of 
wives, etc., 
of veterans. 



Philippine Insurrection or the China Rehef Expedition, she 
was married to him before his final discharge from such 
service, and, if his widow, before September first, nineteen 
hundred and twenty-two, and if his service was in the civil 
war unless she was, if his wife, married to him prior to his 
final discharge from such service, and, if his widow, prior to 
June twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety, and if 
the service of the soldier was in any Indian war or campaign 
unless she was, if his wife, married to him prior to his final 
discharge from such service, and, if his widow, prior to March 
fourth, nineteen hundred and seventeen, and if the service 
of the soldier or sailor was on the Mexican border or in the 
world war unless she was, if his wife, married to him prior 
to his final discharge from the service or release from active 
duty therein, and, if his widow, prior to January first, nine- 
teen hundred and thirty-three. 

Section 2. Section nineteen of said chapter one hundred 
and fifteen, as most recently amended by section one of chap- 
ter three hundred and thirty-six of the acts of nineteen hun- 
dred and thirty-four, is hereby further amended by striking 
out, in the thirty-ninth and fortieth lines, the word "twenty- 
eight" and inserting in place thereof the word: — thirty- 
three, — so as to read as follows: — Section 19. The mayor 
of each city and the selectmen of each town or, in Boston, the 
soldiers' relief commissioner, shall designate a burial agent, 
who shall not be one of the board of pubHc welfare or be 
employed by said board, and who shall, under regulations 
established by the commissioner, cause properly to be in- 
terred the body of any honorably discharged soldier or sailor 
who served in the army or navy of the United States during 
the war of the rebellion, or in the Indian campaigns if he died 
in receipt of a pension from the United States, or during the 
war between the United States and Spain or the Philippine 
insurrection after February fourteenth, eighteen hundred 
and ninety-eight and prior to July fourth, nineteen hundred 
and two, or in the Mexican border service of nineteen hun- 
dred and sixteen and of nineteen hundred and seventeen, or 
in the world war; provided, that the soldier or sailor died 
in such service or after an honorable discharge therefrom or 
release from active duty therein; and shall also so inter the 
body of his wife, widow or dependent father or mother, and 
the bodies of army nurses entitled to state aid under section 
six, if they die without sufficient means to defray funeral 
expenses, and the bodies of dependent children eighteen 
years of age or under, of such soldier or sailor, if such soldier 
or sailor and his wife, or his widow, be without sufficient 
means to defray funeral expenses; but no wife or widow of 
any soldier or sailor of the civil war shall be entitled to the 
benefits of this section unless she was married to him prior 
to June twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety, and 
no wife or widow of any soldier of the Indian campaigns 
unless she was married to him prior to March fourth, nine- 
teen hundred and seventeen, and unless she was, if his widow, 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 274. 303 

in receipt of a pension under the act of congress of March 
fourth, nineteen hundred and seventeen, and no wife or 
widow of any soldier or sailor of the Spanish war, or the 
Philippine insurrection, unless she was married to him prior 
to September first, nineteen hundred and twenty-two; and 
no wife or widow of any soldier or sailor of the Mexican 
border service or of the world war unless she was married to 
him on or before January first, nineteen hundred and thirty- 
three. If an interment has taken place without the knowledge 
of the burial agent, application may be made to him within 
thirty days after the date of death, or after final interment if 
the soldier or sailor dies in the world war service; and if upon 
investigation he shall find that the deceased was within the 
provisions of this section and the rules of the commissioner, 
he may certify the same as provided in the following section. 

Approved May 6, 1937. 



An Act relative to the time during which savings (Jhnj) 074 

BANKS AND SAVINGS DEPARTMENTS OF TRUST COMPANIES 
MAY HOLD REAL ESTATE ACQUIRED BY THEM BY FORE- 
CLOSURE OF MORTGAGES OR AT CERTAIN SALES AND RELA- 
TIVE TO THE EXEMPTION FROM TAXATION OF THEIR DE- 
POSITS INVESTED IN SUCH REAL ESTATE. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Paragraph (c) of section twelve of chapter g. l. (Ter. 
sixty-three of the General Laws, as appearing in the Ter- fmende^d.^ ^^' 
centenary Edition, is hereby amended by adding at the end 
the following: — , and for such additional time as the com- 
missioner of banks may, under said clause, permit said cor- 
poration to retain said real estate, — so as to read as fol- 
lows : — 

(c) Real estate the title of which has been acquired by Certain 
foreclosure or purchase under clause twelfth of section fifty- exempr/rom 
four of chapter one hundred and sixty-eight, for five years taxation, 
after the title thereof is vested in the corporation, and for 
such additional time as the commissioner of banks may, 
under said clause, permit said corporation to retain said real 
estate. 

Section 2. Clause twelfth of section fifty-four of chap- g. l. (Ter. 
ter one hundred and sixty-eight of the General Laws, as §^54/ amended. 
appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by 
adding at the end thereof the following: — ; provided, that 
such additional time for the sale of such real estate shall be 
granted for periods not longer than one year each, — so as to 
read as follows: — Twelfth. Such corporation may hold real Real estate 
estate acquired by the foreclosure of a mortgage owned by forlciolure^ 
it, or by purchase at sales made under the provisions of such 
mortgages or upon judgments for debts due to it, or in settle- 
ments effected to secure such debts. Such corporation shall 
sell all such real estate within five years after the title thereof 
is vested in it, and notwithstanding the provisions of clause 



304 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 275, 276. 



First may take a mortgage thereon from a bona fide pur- 
chaser to secure the whole or a part of the purchase price; 
but the commissioner may, on petition of the board of invest- 
ment of such corporation, and for cause, grant an additional 
time for the sale of the same or of the securities mentioned 
in the following clause; provided, that such additional time 
for the sale of such real estate shall be granted for periods 
not longer than one year each. Approved May 6, 1937. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.)p 54, new 
section 85A, 
added. 

Challenger 
of voters, 
appointment. 



Chap.275 An Act relative to the challenging of voters at 

POLLING PLACES AT CERTAIN ELECTIONS, PRIMARIES AND 
CAUCUSES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter fifty-four of the General Laws is 
hereby amended by inserting after section eighty-five, as 
appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, the following new 
section: — Section 85 A. The state committee of a political 
party may appoint a person to act as a challenger of voters 
at any polling place in the commonwealth at a state election, 
and a city or town committee of such a party, in a city or 
town in which municipal officers are nominated by prima- 
ries or by caucuses of political parties, may appoint a per- 
son to act as such challenger at any polling place in such 
city or town at a municipal election. Such challenger may 
challenge any voter during the hours that said polling place 
is open for the purpose of voting; and a statement signed 
by the chairman of the committee appointing him shall be 
sufficient evidence of his right so to act. He may be compen- 
sated for his services by the political party whose committee 
appointed him. He shall be assigned by the election officer 
presiding at the polling place to such position within the 
polling place as will enable him to see and hear each voter 
as he offers to vote. Nothing herein contained shall deprive 
any other person of the right to challenge a voter as provided 
by law. 

Section 2. The application of the provisions of the pre- 
ceding section to state and party primaries and city and 
town primaries and caucuses shall be governed by sections 
twentj^-four and seventy-one of chapter fifty-three of the 
General Laws, and section seventy-one of chapter fifty-four 
of the General Laws shall apply with respect to any chal- 
lenger of voters appointed under section eighty-five A of 
said chapter fifty-four. Approved May 6, 1937. 



Certain sec- 
tions of law 
to apply. 



Chap. 27Q An Act relative to subrogation of the federal deposit 
insurance corporation to certain rights after pay- 
ment OF insured deposits. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

g.l. (Ter. Section forty-eight of chapter one hundred and seventy- 

§'48,'etc.,' two of the General Laws, as amended by section twenty- 
amended. 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 277, 278. 305 

three of chapter three hundred and forty-nine of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-four, is hereby further amended 
by adding at the end the following new paragraph : — 

(c) Upon payment by the Federal Deposit Insurance Cor- subrogation 
poration of the insured portion of any deposit in any such r/ghts*onn- 
corporation in possession of the commissioner pursuant to sured deposits, 
section twenty-two of chapter one hundred and sixty-seven, 
or in the hands of a conservator appointed by the commis- 
sioner pursuant to section eighty-three of this chapter, said 
insurance corporation shall be subrogated to the rights of 
the person to whom such insurance was so paid to receive 
the same distribution from the proceeds of assets and claims 
of such corporation as would have been payable to him on a 
claim for the insured portion of such deposit, but he shall 
retain his right to receive distribution on so much of his 
claim as represents the uninsured portion of his deposit. 

Approved May 6, 1937. 

An Act protecting needy persons from the public view CJiav.277 

WHILE applying FOR PUBLIC RELIEF AND SUPPORT. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and seventeen of the General Laws g. l. (Ter. 
is hereby amended by inserting after section three, as appear- new section 
ing in the Tercentenary Edition, the following new section: 3a, added. 
— Section 3A. In cities, and in towns of more than ten Applicants 
thousand inhabitants, each applicant for relief and support interviewed, 
shall be interviewed privately in a room or compartment from 
which shall be excluded all persons, other than such appli- 
cant, such persons as shall accompany him at his request, 
and members, agents and employees of the board of public 
welfare. Approved May 6, 1937. 

An Act clarifying the provisions of law with refer- Chav.27S 

ENCE TO APPEALS FROM DECISIONS OF BOARDS OF HEALTH 
IN RESPECT TO NUISANCES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and eleven of the General Laws is g. l. (Ter, 
hereby amended by striking out section one hundred and § ui. amended, 
forty-one, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and in- 
serting in place thereof the following: — Section 1^1 . Who- Appeals from 
ever is aggrieved by the neglect or refusal of the board boards"of° 
of health to pass all proper orders abating a nuisance, in ^<^^'''*- 
accordance with any provision of sections one hundred and 
twenty-two to one hundred and thirty-nine, inclusive, may 
apply to the county commissioners, who may hear and deter- 
mine such application and exercise in such case all of the 
powers of said board. The appUcant shall, within twenty- 
four hours after such neglect or refusal, file with said board a 
written notice to the adverse party of his intention so to 
apply to the county commissioners, and within seven days 



306 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 279, 280. 

after the filing of said written notice shall present a petition 
to one of the county commissioners, stating the grievance 
complained of and the action of the board of health thereon 
or the neglect or refusal of said board to act thereon, as the 
case may be. Approved May 6, 1937. 

Chap.279 An Act establishing the salaries of the district at- 
torney AND the assistant DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OF THE 
SOUTHERN DISTRICT. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

EdV' i2^§ 15 Section 1. Section fifteen of chapter twelve of the Gen- 
etc!, amended! eral Laws, as amended by section two of chapter four hun- 
dred and fifty-eight of the acts of nineteen hundred and 
thirty-five, is hereby further amended by striking out the 
paragraph contained in the eighth fine and inserting in place 
thereof the following paragraph : — 
frlitTttoraey For the southern district, six thousand dollars, 
G. L. (Ter. SECTION 2. Sectioii sixteen of said chapter twelve, as 

ftl! amended, amended by section three of said chapter four hundred and 
fifty-eight, is hereby further amended by striking out the 
paragraph contained in the twenty-third and twenty-fourth 
lines and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph : — 
aasSants^ For the southem district, assistant, thirty-six hundred dol- 

lars; second assistant, three thousand dollars. 

Approved May 6, 1937. 

Chap.2S0 An Act authorizing the town of reading to establish 

REGULATIONS REQUIRING OWNERS TO CONNECT WITH THE 
common SEWER THEREIN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter three hundred and fourteen of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and nine is hereby amended by 
striking out section thirteen and inserting in place thereof 
the following : — *Secifton 13. The board of public works, 
successor to the sewer commissioners, under authority of 
section two of chapter one hundred and eighteen of the acts 
of the year nineteen hundred and twenty-one may from 
time to time prescribe rules and regulations for the con- 
necting of estates and buildings with main drains and sew- 
ers and for the purpose of requiring all owners of buildings 
located upon land abutting a public or private way in which 
there is a common sewer to connect therewith, and for the 
inspection of the materials, the construction, alteration and 
use of all connections and drains entering into such main 
drains or sewers, and may impose penalties not exceeding 
twenty dollars for every violation of any such rule or regu- 
lation, or not exceeding one dollar for each day during 
which such violation continues. Such rules or regulations 
shall be published not less than once a week for three suc- 
cessive weeks in some newspaper published in the town of 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 281, 282. 307 

Reading, if there be any, and if not, then in some news- 
paper pubhshed in the county of Middlesex, and shall not 
take effect until such publication has been made. 

Section 2. This act shall take full effect upon its ac- 
ceptance by vote of the inhabitants of the town of Reading 
at a town meeting held within two years after its passage. 

Approved May 6, 1937. 

An Act relative to certificates of fitness of certain fhn^ 281 

SCHOOL superintendents. ^' 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section sixty-six of chapter seventy-one of the General ^j^'i^^j-ee 
Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended, 
amended by adding at the end the following new para- 
graph : — 

A person holding a certificate of the department certify- Certificates 
ing to his fitness to serve as superintendent in a union under schooTsup°ir- 
this chapter shall not be deprived by the department of said gtatelld^d*" 
certificate by its withdrawal, by refusal to renew it, or by schools. 
other means, unless such person shall have been given writ- 
ten notice at least thirty days prior to the intended action 
of the department, together with a written statement giving 
reasons for the intended action. No such person shall be so 
deprived of a certificate as aforesaid except for inefficiency, 
incompetence, unbecoming conduct, or other good cause; 
nor unless, if he so requests, he shall have been given a 
hearing before the department at which hearing he may 
present witnesses. Approved May 6, 1937. 

An Act further regulating the removal, transporta- QJiav 282 
tion and disposal of garbage, offal and other of- 
fensive substances. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and eleven of the General Laws is g. l. (Ter. 
hereby amended by striking out section thirty-one A, as § siXf ^^' 
appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in aJTd^n^vf' 
place thereof the two following new sections: — Section 31 A. § sib, added. 
No person shall remove or transport garbage, offal or other Removal of 
offensive substances through the streets of any city or town fegufa^ted^*"" 
without first obtaining a permit from the board of health of 
such city or town. An application for such permit shall be 
in such form and contain such information, on oath, as such 
board shall require. All such permits shall expire at the 
end of the calendar yestr in which they are issued, but may 
be renewed annually on application as herein provided. No 
permit shall be transferred except with the approval of the 
said board. 

Section 31 B. Boards of health shall, from time to time, Rules, 
make rules and regulations for the control of the removal, 
transportation or disposal of garbage, offal or other offen- 



308 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 283, 284. 



sive substances. Whoever violates any provision of section 
thirty-one A, or of any rule or regulation made thereunder, 
shall be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars. 

Approved May 6, 1937. 



Chap.2Sd An Act making certain that service required under 

CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF LAW PROVIDING FOR LABORERS' 
PENSIONS NEED NOT BE CONTINUOUS. 



Emergency 
preamble. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 32, § 78A, 
etc., amended. 



Pensions 
for laborers. 



Application 
of act. 



Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter thirt^'^-two of the General Laws is 
hereby amended by striking out section seventy-eight A, 
as amended by section seven of chapter one hundred and 
two of the acts of the current year, and inserting in place 
thereof the following : — Section 78 A . No laborer whose 
employment begins after June thirtieth, nineteen hundred 
and thirty-seven, shall be subject to the provisions of sec- 
tion seventy-seven or seventy-eight. Wherever in said 
section seventy-seven or seventy-eight a number of years 
of service is specified as a requirement of eligibility to receive 
a pension, such service need not be continuous. 

Section 2. The provisions of section one shall apply 
with respect to service rendered before this act becomes 
effective, as well as afterward. Approved May 11, 1937. 



Chap. 2S4: ^ Act prohibiting discrimination as to age in exami- 
nations OF APPLICANTS FOR LICENSES TO OPERATE MOTOR 



Emergency 
preamble. 



G. h. (Ter. 
Ed.), 90, §8, 
etc., amended. 



Licenses to 
operate motor 
vehicles, ap- 
plications for. 



VEHICLES. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the pubhc convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section eight of chapter ninety of the General Laws, as 
amended by chapter one hundred and three of the acts 
of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, is hereby further 
amended by inserting after the word "registrar" in the fifth 
line the words : — , without discriminating as to age, — so 
as to read as follows : — Section 8. Application for hcense to 
operate motor vehicles may be made by any person; but 
before such a license is granted the apphcant shall pass such 
examination as to his qualifications as the registrar, with- 
out discriminating as to age, shall require, and no license 
shall be issued until the registrar or his authorized agent is 
satisfied that the applicant is a proper person to receive it, 
and no such license shall be issued to any person under six- 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 285. 309 

teen years of age. To each licensee shall be assigned some 
distinguishing number or mark, and the licenses issued shall 
be in such form as the registrar shall determine. They 
may contain special restrictions and limitations. They shall 
contain the distinguishing number or mark assigned to the 
hcensee, his name, place of residence and address, a brief 
description of him for purposes of identification, and such 
other information as the registrar shall deem necessary. A 
person to whom a license to operate motor vehicles has been 
issued, unless such license contains a special limitation or 
restriction, may operate any registered motor vehicle. Spe- 
cial licenses shall be issued to operators of motor-propelled 
fire apparatus who are members of a municipal fire depart- 
ment. Every person licensed to operate motor vehicles as 
aforesaid shall endorse his usual signature on the margin of 
the license, in the space provided for the purpose, immedi- 
ately upon the receipt of said license, and such license shall 
not be valid until so endorsed. All licenses issued to opera- 
tors shall be valid for one year only from the date of issue. 
Every application for an original license filed under this 
section shall be sworn to by the applicant before a justice of 
the peace or notary public. Approved May 11, 1937. 



Chap.285 



An Act relative to violations of reasonable health 
regulations adopted by boards of health. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend Emergency 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be ^'^^^^ 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 
of the public health and convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section thirty-one of chapter one hundred and eleven of p^•^'•j?'f'■• 
the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edi- §31,' amended, 
tion, is hereby amended by adding at the end the following 
new sentence : — Whoever, himseK or b}'' his servant or 
agent, or as the servant or agent of any other person or 
any firm or corporation, violates any reasonable health 
regulation, made under authority of this section, for which 
no penaltj'^ by way of fine or imprisonment, or both, is pro- 
vided by law, shall be punished by a fine of not more than 
twenty dollars, — so as to read as follows : — Section 31 . Health regu- 
Boards of health may make reasonable health regulations. 'tion3"*of .^°'*' 
All regulations made by boards of health under this chapter 
shall be pubhshed once in a newspaper published in the town, 
and such publication shall be notice to all persons. Who- Penalty. 
ever, himself or by his servant or agent, or as the servant 
or agent of any other person or any firm or corporation, 
violates any reasonable health regulation, made under 
authority of this section, for which no penalty by way of 
fine or imprisonment, or both, is provided by law, shall be 
punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars. 

Approved May 11, 1937. 



310 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 286, 287. 



Chap.2S6 An Act permitting the letting of motor vehicles and 

BICYCLES, AND THE LETTING ON TRAINS OF CERTAIN EQUIP- 
MENT OR ACCESSORIES FOR PERSONAL USE IN CONNECTION 
WITH OUTDOOR SPORTS AND RECREATION, ON THE LORD's 
DAY. 



Emergency 
preamble. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 136. 
§ 6, eto., 
amended. 



Certain work 
on Lord's day 
permitted. 



Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The third paragraph of section six of chapter one hun- 
dred and thirty-six of the General Laws, as most recently 
amended by chapter one hundred and twenty-nine of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, is hereby further 
amended by inserting after the word "boats" in the four- 
teenth line the words : — , motor vehicles or bicycles ; the 
letting on trains of equipment or accessories for personal 
use in connection with outdoor recreation and sports activi- 
ties, — so as to read as follows: — 

Nor shall it prohibit work lawfully done by persons work- 
ing under permits granted under section nine; the sale by 
licensed innholders and common victuallers of meals such 
as are usually served by them, consisting in no part of alco- 
holic beverages, as so defined, which meals are cooked on 
the premises but are not to be consumed thereon; the opera- 
tion of motor vehicles; the sale of gasoline and oil for use, 
and the retail sale of accessories for immediate necessary 
use, in connection with the operation of motor vehicles, 
motor boats and aircraft; the making of such emergency 
repairs on disabled motor vehicles as may be necessary to 
permit such vehicles to be towed or to proceed under their 
own power, and the towing of disabled motor vehicles; the 
letting of horses and carriages or of boats, motor vehicles or 
bicycles; the letting on trains of equipment or accessories 
for personal use in connection with outdoor recreation and 
sports activities; unpaid work on pleasure boats; the run- 
ning of steam ferry boats on established routes ; the running 
of street railway cars; the running of steamboat lines and 
trains or of steamboats, if authorized under section nineteen. 

Approved May 11, 1937. 



Chap. 287 An Act regulating advertising in connection with 

THE SALE OF EYE GLASSES, LENSES OR EYE GLASS FRAMES. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 112, 
new section 
73 A, added. 

Advertising 
sale of eye 
glasses, etc , 
regulated. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter one hundred and twelve of the 
General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 
seventy-three, as amended, the following new section: — Sec- 
tion 78 A. No person, in connection with the sale of eye 
glasses, lenses or eye glass frames, shall include in any news- 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 288. 311 

paper, radio, display sign or other advertisement any state- 
ment of a character tending to deceive or mislead the public, 
or any statement which in any way misrepresents any ma- 
terial or service or credit terms, or any statement containing 
the words "free examination of eyes", "free advice", "free 
consultation", "consultation without obligation", or any 
other words or phrases of similar import which convey the 
impression that eyes are examined free, or any statement 
advertising any material used for ophthalmic purposes 
unless it is described truthfully in all its component parts, 
or any statement advertising lenses or complete eye glasses 
including lenses at a fixed price, either alone or in conjunc- 
tion with professional services, or any statement advertising 
a frame or mounting at a fixed price unless a further state- 
ment, to the effect that said price is for the frame or mount- 
ing only and does not include lenses, eye examination or 
professional services, is included in said advertisement, 
orally in case of radio advertisement and, if the advertise- 
ment is written or printed, in words or print as legible and 
not less than one half the size of the words or print used for 
said price, or any statement which lays claim to a policy or 
continuing practice of generally underselling competitors, or 
any statement which refers inaccurately to the goods, prices, 
values, credit terms, policies or services of any competitor. 
A price shall be construed as being fixed, within the mean- 
ing of this section, although the words "and up" or "as 
low as" or words of similar import are used in connection 
therewith. Whoever violates any provision of this section 
shall be punished for the first offence by a fine of not less 
than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars or by 
imprisonment for not more than three months, or both, and 
for a subsequent offence by a fine of not less than two hun- 
dred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or by im- 
prisonment for not less than three nor more than six months, 
or both. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect on January first. Effective 
nineteen hundred and thirty-eight. 

Approved May 11, 1937. 



An Act further regulating the sale of agricultural C'/irtt?.288 

SEEDS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter ninety-four of the General Laws is o. l. (Ter. 
hereby amended by striking out sections two hundred and f§^'26iH-26iL, 
sixty-one H to two hundred and sixty-one L, inclusive, as amended, 
appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place 
thereof the following five new sections: — Section •^^^^- ^toref etc 
The commissioner of agriculture, either in person or by his 
assistants, shall have free access at all reasonable hours to 
each building or other place where agricultural seeds or mix- 
tures thereof are stored, sold or offered or exposed for sale 



312 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 288. 



Taking of 
samples. 



Analyses 
and tests. 



Definition of 
" approxi- 
mate". 



Submission 
of seeds 
for test. 



Penalty. 



Present rules, 
etc., to con- 
tinue in effect. 



for the purpose of inspection of such seeds and, upon tender- 
ing the market price, may take samples of such agricultural 
seeds or mixtures thereof for tests and analyses. Such 
samples shall be thoroughly mixed and two official samples 
taken therefrom; each official sample shall be securely 
sealed. Such official samples shall be submitted by said 
commissioner or his deputy to the director of the Massa- 
chusetts agricultural experiment station, in this and the 
four following sections called the director, for testing and 
analyzing. One of such samples shall be held by the director 
or his duly authorized assistant at the disposal of the person 
named on the label as the vendor of the agricultural seed 
sampled, for six months after the results of the analysis have 
been reported as provided in the following section, and the 
other sample retained by the director or such assistant for 
analysis. 

Section 2611. The director shall cause such tests and 
analyses as he may specify to be made of samples collected 
under the preceding section in order to determine the quality 
of the seeds contained in such samples. The results of all 
such analyses shall be reported to the commissioner of agri- 
culture. To enable the director to determine the trueness 
to tj^pe or variety of vegetable and other seeds he shall pro- 
vide that field tests be made of such samples of seeds as he 
may designate and may publish the results of all such tests 
and analyses as are made in accordance with the provisions 
of this section. 

Section 261J. The word "approximate" as used in sec- 
tions two hundred and sixty-one A to two hundred and 
sixty-one L, inclusive, shall be defined in rules and regula- 
tions promulgated by the director. 

Section 261 K. Any person residing or doing business in 
this commonwealth shall have the privilege of submitting to 
the director samples of agricultural seeds for test and analy- 
sis, subject to such rules and regulations as may be adopted 
by the director, including a reasonable charge or fee for 
such test and analysis. Receipts under this section shall be 
paid into the treasury of the commonwealth. 

Section 26 IL. Whoever sells, offers or exposes for sale, 
any lot of agricultural seeds, or mixtm-es of agricultural 
seeds, without complying with the requirements of sections 
two hundred and sixty-one A to two hundred and sixty- 
one K, inclusive, or falsely marks or labels such agricul- 
tural seeds or mixtures thereof or vegetable seeds, or im- 
pedes, obstructs or hinders the commissioner of agriculture 
or any of his duly authorized agents, or the director or any 
of his duly authorized assistants, in the discharge of the 
authority or duties conferred or imposed by any provision 
of said sections, shall be punished by a fine of not more 
than five hundred dollars. 

Section 2. The rules and regulations promulgated by 
the commissioner of agriculture under authority of sections 
two hundred and sixty-one J and two hundred and sixty- 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 289, 290. 313 

one K, respectively, of chapter ninety-four of the General 
Laws and in effect immediately prior to the effective date 
of this act shall continue in full force and effect until the 
promulgation of rules and regulations by the director of the 
Massachusetts agricultural experiment station under author- 
ity of said sections, as amended by this act, respectively. 

Approved May 11, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the town of Rutland to borrow 
money for school, library or town office building 
purposes. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. For the purposes of acquiring land for and 
constructing a school, town office and library building, or 
one or more buildings for any or all of such purposes, and 
of originally equipping and furnishing said building or build- 
ings, the town of Rutland may borrow from time to time, 
within a period of five years from the passage of this act, 
such sums as may be necessary, not exceeding, in the aggre- 
gate, forty thousand dollars, and may issue bonds or notes 
of the town therefor, which shall bear on their face the 
words, Rutland Buildings Loan, Act of 1937. Each author- 
ized issue shall constitute a separate loan, and such loans 
shall be paid in not more than twenty years from their 
dates. Indebtedness incurred under this act shall be in ex- 
cess of the statutory limit, but shall, except as herein pro- 
vided, be subject to chapter forty-four of the General Laws, 
exclusive of the limitation contained in the first paragraph 
of section seven thereof. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved May 12, 1937. 

An Act relative to the reinstatement of fredric j. 

HINCH and RALPH C. PUTNAM, JR., IN THE PERMANENT 
FORCE OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE TOWN OF MAR- 
BLEHEAD. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section one of chapter four of the acts of 
nineteen hundred and thirty-two is hereby amended by 
striking out, in the second line, the word "five" and in- 
serting in place thereof the word : — seven, — by striking 
out, in the third line, the words "in the order named and", 
— and by inserting before the word "as", the first time 
such word appears in the sixth line, the words : — or either 
of them, — so as to read as follows : — Section 1 . The fire 
engineers of the town of Marblehead may, within a period 
of seven years following the effective date of this act, rein- 
state without examination, in the permanent force of the 
fire department of said town, Fredric J. Hindi and Ralph 
C. Putnam, Jr., or either of them, as vacancies occur therein 



C/iap.289 



C/iap.290 



314 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 291, 292. 

or as its personnel is increased or new positions are estab- 
lished therein, notwithstanding any provision of section 
thirty-six of chapter forty-eight of the General Laws, or of 
chapter thirty-one thereof or of any rule or regulation made 
under said chapter; said Hinch and Putnam having been 
discharged from said department without fault on March 
nineteenth, nineteen hundred and twenty-nine. Upon re- 
instatement, each shall be entitled to the same ratings as if 
his service in said department had not been interrupted by 
said discharge. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved May 12, 1937. 



Chap. 291 ^N ^CT PROVIDING THAT NOT MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION 
FOR A LICENSE FOR THE RETAIL SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVER- 
AGES TO BE EXERCISED ON THE SAME PREMISES SHALL BE 
RECEIVED IN ANY CALENDAR YEAR. 

^^•^^e^ency Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 

to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed.x'iJs"' Section sixteen B of chapter one hundred and thirty- 

§ 16B etc.. eight of the General Laws, as most recently amended by 
amen e . gectiou fourtccu of chapter four hundred and forty of the 

acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, is hereby further 

amended by adding at the end thereof the following new 

paragraph : — 
to^mOTe'than Unless the licensing authorities otherwise determine, not 
one license not more than onc application for a license under section twelve 
to e received. ^^ fifteen to be exercised on the same premises shall be 

received in any year. Approved May 12, 1937. 



Chap. 292 ^N ^^'^ PROVIDING FOR THE ACQUISITION BY THE CITY OF 
BOSTON OF CERTAIN PROPERTY OF THE DEDHAM AND HYDE 
PARK GAS AND ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY LOCATED WITHIN 
SAID CITY AND THE LEASE THEREOF TO THE BOSTON CON- 
SOLIDATED GAS COMPANY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The city of Boston, hereinafter called the 
city, acting through its public works department, and with- 
out other authority than that contained in this act, ma}'' at 
any time before January first, nineteen hundred and thirty- 
eight, purchase or take by eminent domain the physical 
property of the Dedham and Hyde Park Gas and Electric 
Light Company located within said city. 

Section 2. The taking or takings by eminent domain 
authorized herein shall be made and damages therefor deter- 
mined and paid under and in accordance with chapter 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 292. 315 

seventy-nine of the General Laws, except that petitions for 
the assessment of damages may be filed in the superior court 
for any of the following counties: — Suffolk, Norfolk or Mid- 
dlesex. The city, acting by its public works department, 
with the approval of the maj^or, maj^ make payment for 
damages for all property taken under authority of this act 
out of the proceeds of bonds issued by the city under au- 
thority of section six, but, if the amount of the proceeds 
available from such bonds is insufficient to pay the full 
amount of such damages, the city shall nevertheless be liable 
for such damages, irrespective of any legal limit of indebted- 
ness previously provided by law. 

Section 3. Before acquiring any property under au- 
thority of this act, said public works department, in the name 
and on behalf of the city, shall execute a contract in writing 
with the Boston Consolidated Gas Company, hereinafter 
called the companj^, upon such terms and conditions, not 
inconsistent with the provisions of this act, as said depart- 
ment and the board of directors of the company may agree 
upon, for the use by the company of the property proposed 
to be acquired, for such term as may be agreed upon by said 
department and the company. The company shall pay for 
the use of the property a rental at the rate of not less than 
four and one half nor more than eight per cent per annum 
upon the fair and reasonable value of the property as agreed 
upon, with respect to both such rate and value, by said 
department and the company, or, in case of a failure so to 
agree, as determined by the department of public utilities. 
In case the company shall be kept out of possession or de- 
prived of the use of the property, or any part thereof, by any 
act on the part of the city or of any person or corporation 
claiming an adverse interest in said property, the rental or a 
just and reasonable part thereof as agreed upon by said pub- 
lic works department and the company, or, in case of a 
failure so to agree, as determined by said department of 
pubhc utilities, shall be suspended or abated during the time 
the company is so kept out of possession or deprived of the 
use of the property, or any part thereof. In case the city 
shall, during the term of such contract for use, reimburse the 
company for capital expenditures upon the property as pro- 
vided in section four, the amount of such reimbursement shall 
be added to the fair and reasonable value of the property for 
the purpose of determining the rental thereafter payable by 
the company for the use of the property. 

Section 4. Said contract for use shall require the return 
of the property to the city at the termination of said use in 
good operating condition, and shall provide that the com- 
pany may from time to time make such alterations, replace- 
ments, additions and improvements in and to the property 
as the company shall deem to be necessary or advisable to 
put the property in good operating condition; provided, 
that no such alterations, replacements, additions or improve- 
ments shall be made, except in case of emergency, without 



316 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 292. 

the written consent of said public works department or a 
certificate from said department of public utilities that the 
proposed work is reasonably necessary or advisable to put 
the property in good operating condition. In case of 
any such alteration, replacement, addition or improvement, 
said department of public utilities shall on application of the 
company determine what proportion thereof, if any, con- 
stitutes a proper charge against capital, and the city shall 
thereupon pay the same to the company. If the city shall 
not make said payments when due, the company shall be 
entitled to deduct the amount thereof, with interest, from 
any rental subsequently payable to the city for the use of the 
property. 

Section 5. There shall be made, as of the date when 
the use of the property by the company begins and as of the 
date when the use terminates, a full and complete inventory, 
description and valuation of the property by a board of three 
persons, one appointed bj'' said public works department, 
one by the company, and the third chosen by the two so 
appointed or, in case of their failure to agree upon a third 
person, hj the governor. In case the valuation so made as of 
the date when the use begins, plus all capital improvements 
and betterments for which the company has been reim- 
bursed by the city, shall exceed the valuation at the termina- 
tion of the use, the company shall pay over to the city an 
amount equal to such excess, and in case such valuation as of 
the date when the use begins, plus all capital improvements 
and betterments for which the company has been reimbursed 
by the city, is less than the amount of the valuation at the 
termination of the use, the city shall pay over to the com- 
pany an amount equal to such deficit. 

Section 6. The treasurer of the city shall from time to 
time, on request of said public works department, and with- 
out further authorization than herein contained, issue and 
sell at public or private sale the bonds of the city, registered 
or with interest coupons attached, as he may deem best, to 
an amount not exceeding, in the aggregate, the cost of carry- 
ing out the provisions of this act. Such bonds shall bear on 
their face the words, Hyde Park Gas Loan, shall be for such 
terms, not exceeding forty-five j'ears, as the mayor and 
treasurer of the city shall determine, and shall bear interest, 
payable semi-annually, at such rate as the treasurer shall 
determine. The proceeds of such bonds, including any 
premium realized from the sale thereof, shall be used to meet 
all damages, cost and expenses incurred by said public works 
department or by the city in carrying out the provisions of 
this act. The board of commissioners of sinking funds of the 
city shall establish a sinking fund for the payment of the 
bonds issued under authority of this act. The proceeds from 
any sale or sales of property taken, or acquired by purchase 
or otherwise, under authority of this act shall be used for 
the same purpose as the rental of said property or shall be 
used for the payment of expenditures incurred for the ac- 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 293. 317 

quisition of said property, as said public works department 
may determine. All rentals, tolls, percentages or other com- 
pensation received by the cit}'' under the provisions of this 
act shall annually be used by the treasurer of the city, first, 
to meet the requirements of any deficiency in said sinking 
fund; second, to meet the interest on said bonds; and the 
surplus, if any, as a part of the general revenue of the city. 
The city shall have, hold and enjoy in its private or proprie- 
tary capacity, as and for its own property, the property 
acquired by it under the provisions of this act, and all rents, 
tolls, income and profits from all contracts entered into by 
it for the use of said property or any part thereof, and the 
same shall never be taken by the commonwealth except on 
payment of just compensation. 

Debts incurred by the city for the purposes of this act 
shall not be considered in determining the statutory limit 
of indebtedness of the city. 

Section 7. In respect to the use and operation of the 
property, the company shall have all the powers and privi- 
leges and be subject to all the duties, liabilities, restrictions 
and provisions set forth in general and special laws now or 
hereafter in force apph cable to it. 

Section 8. The contract for the use of the property 
executed in accordance with the authority conferred by this 
act shall not in any respect impair any right which the com- 
monwealth or the city of Boston or any other licensee of the 
commonwealth may at any time have to take the properties 
of the company. In the event of such taking, the compensa- 
tion to be paid to the company shall not be enhanced by 
reason of such contract, nor shall it be diminished because 
of the fact that without it properties might be cut off. 

Section 9. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
by vote of the city council of the city of Boston, approved 
by the maj-or, and the filing of a certificate evidencing such 
acceptance with the state secretary. 

Approved May 12, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the town of Rutland to receive 

AND administer THE PROPERTY OF THE SECOND RURAL 
CExMETERY association in said town, SUB.IECT TO JUDI- 
CIAL DECREE AS AFFECTING TRUST PROPERTY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The Second Riu-al Cemetery Association, a 
corporation dul}^ incorporated under general law and situ- 
ated in the town of Rutland, may, by deed duly executed, 
convey and transfer to said town, and said town is hereby 
authorized and empowered to receive, and thereafter to 
hold and maintain, but for cemetery purposes only, and 
subject to all rights heretofore existing in any burial lots, 
the real and personal property of the corporation not subject 
to any trust, and thereupon, and upon the transfer of the 



C/iap.293 



318 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 294. 

trust funds as hereinafter provided, the corporation shall be 
dissolved; and the cemetery of the corporation shall be and 
become a public burial place, ground or cemetery. 

Section 2. In so far as authorized by a decree of a 
court of competent jurisdiction and in compliance with the 
terms and conditions of such decree, said town may receive 
from said corporation a conveyance and transfer of, and 
administer, all funds or other property held by it in trust 
for the perpetual care of the lots in its cemetery and for 
other purposes, and also any property devised or bequeathed 
to said corporation under the will of any person living at 
the time of said transfer or conveyance or under the will of 
any deceased person not then probated. Interest and divi- 
dends accruing on funds deposited in trust with any savings 
bank, under authority of section thirty-seven or thirty- 
eight of chapter one hundred and sixty-eight of the General 
Laws, or with any other banking institution, for the benefit 
of the corporation, or of any lots in its cemetery, may, after 
such conveyance, be paid by such bank or institution to the 
treasurer of said town; and upon such payment said treas- 
urer shall use the same for the purposes of said trusts. 

Section 3. All real and personal property, and prop- 
erty rights, acquired by said town from the corporation 
under authority of section one shall be held and managed 
by said town in the same manner in which cities and towns 
are authorized by law to hold and manage property for 
cemetery purposes; provided, that all rights which any per- 
sons have acquired in the cemetery of the corporation, or 
any lots therein, shall remain in force to the same extent as 
if this act had not been passed and such transfer had not 
occurred. The records of said corporation shall be delivered 
to the clerk of said town, and such clerk may certify copies 
thereof. 

Section 4. This act shall take full effect upon its ac- 
ceptance by a majority of the registered voters of the town 
of Rutland voting thereon at an annual or a special town 
meeting of said town held not later than the annual town 
meeting in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-eight. 

Approved May 12, 1937. 



Chav.29A An Act establishing the salary of the justice of the 

DISTRICT COURT OF DUKES COUNTY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 
G^L.^Ter. Chapter two hundred and eighteen of the General Laws 

§77,' amended, is hereby amended by striking out section seventy-seven, 

as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in 
Salaries of placc thereof the following : — Section 77. The salary of the 
Dukes Vnd justicc of the district court of Dukes county shall be twenty- 
^unS^* four hundred dollars and the salary of the justice of the 

district court of Nantucket shall be fifteen hundred dollars. 

The salarv of the clerk of the district court of Dukes county 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 295, 296. 319 

shall be eleven hundred and twenty-five dollars and the 
salary of the clerk of the district court of Nantucket shall 
be five hundred dollars. Approved May IS, 1937. 



An Act further regulating the attachment of motor (JJidj) 295 

VEHICLES on mesne PROCESS IN ACTIONS OF CONTRACT. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section forty-two of chapter two hundred EJ^'^Jg^""- 
and twenty-three of the General Laws, as appearing in the § 42,' amended. 
Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, 
in the fifth line, the word "three" and inserting in place 
thereof the word : — four, — so as to read as follows : — Sec- Property 
lion 4^. All real and personal property liable to be taken aft^'chment. 
on execution, except such personal property as, from its 
nature or situation, has been considered as exempt accord- 
ing to the principles of the common law as adopted and 
practiced in the commonwealth, and except as provided in 
the four following sections, may be attached upon the origi- 
nal writ in any action in which debt or damages are recov- 
erable, and may be held as security to satisfy such judgment 
as the plaintiff may recover; but no attachment of land 
shall be made on a writ returnable before a district court 
unless the debt or damages demanded therein exceed twenty 
dollars. 

Section 2. Said chapter two hundred and twenty-three g. l. (Ter. 
is hereby further amended by inserting after section forty- fecdon^44Af^ 
four, as so appearing, the following new section : — Section added. 
44A. Motor vehicles registered under the law of this com- ^/^ot^^"* 
mon wealth shall not be attached on mesne process in an vehicles. 
action of contract unless written consent to such attach- 
ment is endorsed on the writ and signed by a justice, asso- 
ciate justice or special justice of the court wherein such 
action is commenced. Costs in any action in which such a 
motor vehicle has been attached shall be in the discretion 
of the court. Approved May 12, 1937. 



An Act providing for the screening by the depart- 
ment OF CONSERVATION OF THE OUTLET AND SPILLWAY 
OF THE EAST OTIS RESERVOIR. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

The department of conservation is hereby authorized and 
directed to screen the outlet and spillway of the East Otis 
reservoir in the town of Otis. For said purpose said de- 
partment may expend a sum not exceeding thirty-five 
hundred dollars, to be paid from items two hundred and 
ninety-one and two hundred and ninety-two of the general 
appropriation act of the current year. 

Approved May 12, 1937. 



Chap.2m 



320 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 297, 298. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 218, 
§ 10, etc., 
Hinended. 



Assistant 
clerks of dis- 
trict courts. 



Chap. 297 An Act establishing the office of second assistant 

CLERK OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT COURT OF WORCESTER. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Section ten of chapter two hundred and 
eighteen of the General Laws, as amended by section one 
of chapter one hundred and sixty of the acts of nineteen 
hundred and thirty-two, is hereby further amended by in- 
serting after the word "district" in the twenty-second Hne 
the words : — , the central district court of Worcester, — so 
as to read as follows: — Section 10. The clerk of a district 
court may, subject to the approval of the justice, appoint 
one or more assistant clerks, who shall be removable at his 
pleasure or at the pleasure of the court, for whose official 
acts the clerk shall be responsible and who shall be paid by 
him unless salaries payable by the county are authorized in 
this section or in section fifty-three. Assistant clerks with 
salaries paj^able by the county may be appointed in the 
central district court of northern Essex, the municipal court 
of the Charlestown district, the municipal court of the 
Brighton district, the district court of western Hampden, 
the district court of Newton, the district court of northern 
Norfolk and in courts the judicial districts of which have, 
according to the national or state census last preceding, a 
population of sixty thousand or more. Second assistant 
clerks with salaries payable by the county may be appointed 
in the municipal court of the Roxbury district, the East 
Boston district court, the municipal court of the Charlestown 
district, the municipal court of the Dorchester district, the 
municipal court of the Brighton district, the municipal court 
of the West Roxbury district, the central district court of 
Worcester, and, subject to the approval of the county com- 
missioners, in the first district court of eastern Middlesex, 
the third district court of eastern Middlesex, the district 
court of southern Essex, the third district court of Bristol 
and the district court of East Norfolk. 

Third assistant clerks with salaries payable by the county 
may be appointed in the municipal court of the Roxbury 
district and, subject to the approval of the county commis- 
sioners, in the first district court of eastern Middlesex and 
the third district court of eastern Middlesex. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
during the current year by vote of the county commission- 
ers of Worcester county. Approved May 12, 1937. 



Acceptance 
of act. 



C/?ap. 298 An Act providing for an additional court officer in 

THE MUNICIPAL COURT OF THE WEST ROXBURY DISTRICT. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 218, 
§ 62, etc., 
amended. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section sixty-two of chapter two hundred and eighteen 
of the General Laws, as most recently amended by section 
one of chapter seventy-one of the acts of nineteen hundred 



number of. 



Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 299, 300. 321 

and thirty-five, is hereby further amended by inserting after 
the word "Middlesex", in the tenth Hne, the words: — and 
in the municipal court of the West Roxbury district, — and 
by striking out, in the twelfth and thirteenth lines, the 
words " , of the Dorchester district and of the West Roxbury 
district" and inserting in place thereof the words: — and of 
the Dorchester district, — so as to read as follows : — Sec- Court officers, 
Hon 62. In the municipal court of the city of Boston the 
court officers appointed shall not exceed ten for criminal 
business and five for civil business and one of such court 
officers for criminal business shall be designated by the 
chief justice as chief court officer of said court for criminal 
business, and one of such court officers for criminal business 
shall be designated as an assistant chief court officer; in the 
municipal court of the Roxbury district four court officers 
may be appointed; in the third district court of Eastern 
Middlesex and in the municipal court of the West Roxbury 
district three court officers may be appointed ; in the munici- 
pal court of the South Boston district, of the Charlestown 
district and of the Dorchester district, the East Boston dis- 
trict court, the district court of Chelsea and the district 
court of East Norfolk two court officers for each court may 
be appointed ; and in each of the other district courts in the 
commonwealth one court officer may be appointed. 

Approved May 12, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the town of adams to pension 
edward h. cassidy. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. For the purpose of promoting the public good 
and in consideration of his long and meritorious service, the 
town of Adams, acting by its board of selectmen, may retire 
Edward H. Cassidy, who served the town faithfully for over 
thirty-five years in its police department, on an annual pen- 
sion, payable monthly, equal to one half the salary received 
by him at the time of the termination of his active service. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
by a majority of the registered voters of said town, voting 
thereon by official ballot at an annual town meeting, or 
voting thereon at a special town meeting called for the 
purpose. Approved May 12, 1937. 



Chap.299 



An Act abolishing the board of armory commissioners nhQ^ qqq 

AND establishing AN ARMORY COMMISSION. '^ ' 

Re it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter six of the General Laws is hereby o. l. (Ter. 
amended by striking out section eighteen and the heading amended. ^^' 
immediately preceding, as appearing in the Tercentenary 
Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following: — 



322 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 301, 302. 



Armory com- 
mission. 



Transfer of 
powers. 



ARMORY COMMISSION. 

Section 18. There shall be an armory commission com- 
posed as follows: — The adjutant general, who shall be 
chairman, the state quartermaster, who shall be clerk, and 
the major general commanding the twenty-sixth division, 
Massachusetts national guard. Neither the adjutant gen- 
eral nor the state quartermaster shall receive any additional 
compensation on account of their membership in said com- 
mission. The said major general shall receive one day's pay 
of grade and allowances for each day that he actually sits 
or performs the duties incumbent upon him as a member of 
said commission, but in no case more than five hundred 
dollars in any one year. 

Section 2. From and after the effective date of this act, 
all the rights, powers, duties and obligations theretofore 
conferred or imposed upon the board of armory commis- 
sioners shall be exercised and performed by the armory 
commission established by section one. 

Approved May 12, 1937, 



Chap.301 An Act relative to the jurisdiction of district courts 

FOR CRIMINAL BUSINESS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

G-L. ^Ter Section 1. Chapter two hundred and eighteen of the 

amended.' ' General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 
twenty-six, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and 
District courts, inserting in place thereof the following: — Section 26. Dis- 
trict courts shall have original jurisdiction, concurrent with 
the superior court, of the following offences committed 
within their respective districts or otherwise made punish- 
able therein: all violations of by-laws, orders, ordinances, 
rules and regulations, made by cities, towns and public 
officers, all misdemeanors, except conspiracies and libels, 
and all felonies for which a penalty of fine or imprisonment 
in a jail or house of correction is provided. 

Section 2. This act shall become effective on September 
first of the current j^ear. Approved May 12, 1937. 



jurisdiction 
in criminal 
cases. 



Effective 
date. 



C/iap. 302 An Act to allow credit under the teachers' retire- 
ment LAW^ FOR service RENDERED IN PUBLIC DAY SCHOOLS 
OUTSIDE THE COMMONWEALTH. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section nine of chapter thirty-two of the General Laws, 
as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, is hereby amended 
by adding at the end the following new paragraph : — 

(5) A person hereafter becoming a member or being re- 
instated a member in accordance with paragraph (3) of sec- 
tion eleven, while in active service, may, within five years 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 32. § 9, 
amended. 



Funds of 

retirement 

systems. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 303. 323 

of the date of his membership, or reinstatement as a mem- 
ber, pay in one sum into the annuity fund estabhshed by Payments 
paragraph (2) of this section an amount equal to the total '"^''f""'^- 
assessments for such period or periods of service in the 
public day schools of any other state as he may elect, in no 
event aggregating more than ten years, which he would have 
paid, together with the interest which would have been 
credited on such assessments during said period or periods, 
if such service during the period or periods so elected had 
been rendered in the public day schools of the common- 
wealth, and thereby receive the same credit for the period 
or periods elected which he would have been allowed if such 
service had been so rendered; provided, that no period of 
such service shall be allowed to be so elected if thereby 
any period of such service more recently rendered would be 
excluded. A member enrolled prior to July first, nineteen 
hundred and thirty-seven, may, while in active service, pay 
in one sum into said annuity fund, at any time prior to 
July first, nineteen hundred and forty-two, the assessments 
with interest for prior service outside the commonwealth 
which he would have been permitted to pay had the provi- 
sions of this paragraph been in effect at the time he became 
a member or was reinstated a member of the association. 
A member who served as a regular teacher in the public 
day schools of the commonwealth prior to July first, nine- 
teen hundred and fourteen, shall also receive credit for 
service rendered in the public day schools outside the com- 
monwealth prior to that date as if it had been rendered 
within the commonwealth if he pays the assessments and 
interest, if any, permitted by this paragraph, but the total 
credit for service outside the commonwealth shall not exceed 
ten years. Any payment made under this paragraph shall 
become part of the assessments of the member making the 
same. The member shall furnish the board with such in- 
formation as it shall require to determine the amount to 
be paid and the credit to be allowed under this section. 

Approved May 12, 1937. 



An Act relative to the representation of candidates QJiar) 303 

AT RECOUNTS OF BALLOTS CAST AT ELECTIONS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section one hundred and thirty-five of chapter fifty-four g. l. (Ter. 
of the General Laws is hereby amended bj^ striking out the ^^'^ih^ttc, 
third paragraph, as appearing in chapter two hundred and amended, 
seventy of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-three, 
and inserting in place thereof the following: — 

The registrars shall, before proceeding to recount the bal- ]!^pres"ntation 
lots, give not less than three days' written notice to each "f candidates 
candidate who appears to have been elected to the office in ^ " 
question and to each candidate for such office specified in 
any statement filed under authority of this section, or to 



324 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 304. 

such person as shall be designated by the petitioners for a 
recount of ballots cast upon questions submitted to the 
voters, of the time and place of making the recount, and each 
such candidate or person representing petitioners as afore- 
said shall be allowed to be present and to witness such re- 
count at each table where a recount of the ballots affecting 
such candidate is being held, accompanied by counsel, if he 
so desires. Each such candidate or person may also be rep- 
resented by agents, appointed by him in writing, sufficient 
in number to provide one such agent for each officer count- 
ing or checking such ballots; provided, that no such candi- 
date or person may have more than one such agent, other 
than his counsel, witnessing the work of any one officer at 
any one time. In the case of a recount of ballots cast for 
offices which are filled by all the voters of the common- 
wealth, such notice may be given to the duly organized state 
political committees. In the case of a recount of the ballots 
cast upon a question submitted to all the voters as aforesaid, 
one representative from any committee organized to favor 
or to oppose the question so submitted shall be permitted 
to be present and witness the recount. 

Approved May 12, 1937. 



C hap. S04: An Act making uniform the procedure on interstate 

RENDITION. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows : 

Ed^m'^' Section 1. Chapter two hundred and seventy-six of the 

§§ 11-20,' General Laws, as amended, is hereby further amended by 
anTnew°"*' Striking out the caption fugitives from justice and sec- 
mserted'^' tions cleveu to twenty, inclusive, and inserting in place 
thereof, under the caption procedure on interstate ren- 
Certain terms DiTioN, the followiug twenty-eight sections I — Section 11. 
defined. Whercver appearing in sections eleven to twenty R, inclusive, 

the term "governor" includes any person performing the 
functions of governor by authority of the law of this com- 
monwealth, the term "executive authority" includes the 
governor, and any person performing the functions of gov- 
ernor, in any other state, the term "surrender" refers to 
the arresting and delivering up of a person in this common- 
wealth to the executive authority of another state, and the 
term "state", referring to a state other than this common- 
wealth, refers to any other state or territory, organized or 
unorganized, of the United States. 
Arrest and Section 12. Subject to the provisions of sections eleven 

ofTugitfve. to twenty R, inclusive, the controlling provisions of the con- 
stitution of the United States, and any and all acts of con- 
gress enacted in pursuance thereof, the governor may cause 
to be arrested and defivered up to the executive authority 
of any other state any person charged in such other state 
with treason, felony or other crime, or with having been 
convicted of a crime in such other state and having escaped 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 304. 325 

from confinement or having broken the terms of his bail, 
probation or parole, who is found in this commonwealth. 

Section 13. The governor may also surrender, on demand peiiyery of 
of the executive authority of any other state, any person in deinand." 
this commonwealth charged in such other state in the man- 
ner provided in section fourteen with committing an act in 
this commonwealth, or in a third state, intentionally result- 
ing in a crime in the state whose executive authority is mak- 
ing the demand, hereafter in this section and in sections 
fourteen to twenty P, inclusive, referred to as the demand- 
ing state, and the provisions of sections eleven to twenty R, 
inclusive, not otherwise inconsistent shall apply to such 
cases, even though the accused was not in the demanding 
state at the time of the commission of the crime. 

The governor maj^ surrender, on demand of the executive 
authority of any other state, any person in this common- 
wealth charged in the demanding state in the manner pro- 
vided in section fourteen with having violated its laws, even 
though such person left such state involuntarily. 

Section 14' No demand for the interstate rendition of a Demand to be 
person charged with crime in another state shall be recog- '" ''"*^°^- 
nized by the governor unless it be in writing alleging either 
that the person demanded was present in the demanding 
state at the time of the commission of the alleged crime, or 
that such person committed in this commonwealth or in a 
third state an act intentionally resulting in a crime in the 
demanding state, or that such person has escaped from con- 
finement or has broken the terms of his bail, probation or 
parole, nor unless such demand is accompanied by a copy 
of an indictment found, or of an information supported by 
affidavit, in the demanding state, or by a copy of an affidavit 
made before a magistrate of such state, and by a copy of 
the warrant which was issued thereon, or by a copy of a 
judgment of conviction or of a sentence imposed in execu- 
tion thereof in the demanding state. The indictment or 
information, or the affidavit made before the magistrate who 
issued the warrant, shall substantially charge the person 
demanded with having committed a crime under the law of 
the demanding state, and the copy of the indictment, infor- 
mation, affidavit, judgment of conviction or sentence shall 
be authenticated b}'' the executive authority of such state. 

Section 15. When a demand shall be made upon the gov- Proceedings, 
ernor by the executive authority of another state for the 
surrender of a person so charged with crime, the governor 
may call upon the attorney general or any other prosecuting 
officer to investigate or assist in investigating the demand, 
and to report to him the situation and circumstances of 
the person so demanded, and whether he ought to be sur- 
rendered. 

Section 16. If the governor decides that the demand ^vernor 
should be complied with, he shall sign a warrant of arrest, may sign, 
sealed with the state seal and directed to an officer author- 
ized to serve warrants in criminal cases or other person whom 



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Authority 
of arresting 
officer. 



Opportunity 
to apply for 
writ of habeas 
corpus. 



Temporary 
detention of 
fugitive. 



the governor may think fit to entrust with the execution 
thereof. Such warrant shall substantially recite the facts 
necessary to the validity of its issue. 

Section 17. Such warrant shall authorize the person to 
whom it is directed to arrest the accused at any time and 
any place where he may be found within this commonwealth 
and to command the aid of all officers authorized to serve 
warrants in criminal cases or other persons in the execution 
thereof, and to dehver the accused, subject to the provisions 
of said sections eleven to twenty R, inclusive, to the duly 
authorized agent of the demanding state. 

Section 18. Every such person empowered to make an 
arrest shall have the same authority, in arresting the ac- 
cused, to command assistance therein, as officers have by 
law in the execution of any criminal process directed to 
them, with like penalties against those who refuse their 
assistance. 

Section 19. No person arrested upon such a warrant 
shall be delivered over to the agent whom the executive 
authority of the demanding state shall have appointed to 
receive him unless such person shall first be taken forthwith 
before a justice or special justice of a court of record of this 
commonwealth, who shall inform such person of the demand 
made for his surrender and of the crime with which he is 
charged, and that he has the right to demand and procure 
legal counsel; and, if the prisoner or his counsel shall state 
that he desires to test the legality of his arrest, such justice 
or special justice shall fix a reasonable time to be allowed the 
prisoner within which to apply for a writ of habeas corpus. 
When such writ is applied for, notice thereof, and of the time 
and place of hearing thereon, shall be given to the attorney 
general and to the district attorney for the district in which 
the arrest is made and for the district in which the accused 
is in custody, and to said agent of the demanding state. 

Any officer who shall deliver to said agent of the demand- 
ing state a person in his custody under the warrant of the 
governor, in wilful disobedience of the provisions of this 
section, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one 
thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than 
six months, or both. 

Section 20. The officer or other person executing the 
governor's warrant of arrest, or the agent of the demanding 
state to whom the prisoner shall have been delivered, may 
when necessary confine the prisoner in a jail or other place 
of detention in any county, city or town through which he 
may pass; and the keeper of such jail or place of detention 
shall receive and safely keep the prisoner until the officer 
or person having charge of him is ready to proceed on his 
journey, such officer or person being chargeable with the 
expense of keeping. 

The officer or agent of a demanding state to whom a 
prisoner shall have been delivered following interstate ren- 
dition proceedings in another state, or to whom a prisoner 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 304. 327 

shall have been delivered after waiving interstate rendition 
in another state, and who is passing through this common- 
wealth with such a prisoner for the purpose of immediately 
returning such prisoner to the demanding state may, when 
necessary, confine the prisoner in a jail or other place of 
detention in any county, city or town through which he 
maj^ pass; and the keeper of such jail or other place of 
detention shall receive and safely keep the prisoner until 
the officer or agent having charge of him is ready to proceed 
on his journey, such officer or agent being chargeable with 
the expense of keeping; provided, that such officer or agent 
shall produce and show to such keeper satisfactory written 
evidence that he is actually transporting such prisoner to 
the demanding state pursuant to a requisition by the execu- 
tive authority thereof, or that such prisoner has waived 
interstate rendition. No prisoner being transported pursu- 
ant to such a requisition or waiver shall be entitled to demand 
a new requisition while in this commonwealth. 

Section 20 A. Whenever any person within this com- warrant 
monwealth shall be charged, on the oath of any credible ^^ '^°'"^' 
person before any court or justice in this commonwealth 
authorized to issue warrants in criminal cases, with the com- 
mission of any crime in any other state, including cases 
arising under section thirteen, or with having been convicted 
in such other state and having escaped from confinement or 
having broken the terms of his bail, probation or parole, or 
whenever complaint shall have been made before any such 
court or justice in this commonwealth setting forth, on the 
affidavit of any credible person in another state, that a 
crime has been committed in such other state and that a 
person has been charged in such state with the commission 
of a crime, including cases arising under section thirteen, or 
with having been convicted of a crime in that state and 
having escaped from confinement or having broken the terms 
of his bail, probation or parole, and is believed to be in this 
commonwealth, such court or justice may issue a warrant 
directed to any officer authorized to serve warrants in crimi- 
nal cases commanding him to apprehend the person named 
therein, wherever he may be found in this commonwealth, 
and bring him before the same or any other such court or 
justice convenient of access to the place where the arrest 
may be made, to answer the charge or complaint and affi- 
davit; and a certified copy of the sworn charge or complaint 
and affidavit upon which the warrant is issued shall be at- 
tached to the warrant. 

Section 20B. The arrest of a person may be lawfully Arrest with- 
made also by any officer authorized to serve warrants in °n ceTta[n"* 
criminal cases, without a warrant, upon reasonable informa- cases. 
tion that the accused stands charged in another state with a 
crime punishable by death or by imprisonment for a term 
exceeding one year, but when so arrested the accused shall 
be taken with all practicable speed before a court or justice 
authorized to issue warrants in criminal cases and complaint 



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Exacnination 
and commit- 
ment. 



Recognizance. 



Proceedings 
and dis- 
charge. 



Commitment 
on failure 
to appear. 



Refusal to 
surrender if 
criminal pro- 
ceedings are 
pending in this 
commonwealth, 



shall be made against him under oath setting forth the 
ground for the arrest as in the preceding section ; and there- 
after his answer shall be heard as if he had been arrested on 
a warrant. 

Section 20C. If from the examination before such court 
or justice it appears that the person held is the person 
charged with having committed the crime alleged, including 
cases arising under section thirteen, or is the person charged 
with having been convicted of a crime and having escaped 
from confinement or having broken the terms of his bail, 
probation or parole, such court or justice shall, by a war- 
rant reciting the accusation, commit him to a jail or house 
of correction for such time, not exceeding thirty days and 
specified in the warrant, as will enable the arrest of the 
accused to be made under a warrant of the governor, on a 
requisition of the executive authority of the state having 
jurisdiction of the crime, unless the accused gives bail as 
provided in the following section, or until he shall be legally 
discharged. 

Section 20D. Unless the offence with which the person 
arrested is charged is shown to be an offence punishable by 
death or life imprisonment under the laws of the state in 
which it was committed, such court or justice may admit 
such person to bail by bond or undertaking, with sufficient 
sureties, and in such sum as such court or justice deems 
proper, conditioned for his appearance before such court or 
justice, at a time specified in such bond or undertaking, and 
for his surrender to be arrested upon the warrant of the 
governor. 

Section 20E. If the accused has not been arrested under 
warrant of the governor at the expiration of the time speci- 
fied in such warrant, bond or undertaking, such court or 
justice may discharge him or may recommit him for a fur- 
ther period of sixty days, or may again take bail for his 
appearance and surrender, as provided in the preceding 
section, but within a period not to exceed sixty days fol- 
lowing the date of such new bond or undertaking. 

Section 20F. If the accused is admitted to bail, and fails 
to appear and surrender himself according to the conditions 
of his bond or undertaking, such court or justice, by proper 
order, shall declare the bond or undertaking forfeited and 
order his immediate arrest without warrant if he be within 
this commonwealth. Recovery may be had on such bonds 
or undertakings in the name of the commonwealth as in the 
case of other bonds or undertakings given by persons ac- 
cused in criminal proceedings within this commonwealth. 

Section 20G. If a criminal prosecution has been insti- 
tuted against such person under the laws of this common- 
wealth and is still pending, the governor, in his discretion, 
may either surrender him on the demand of the executive 
authority of another state, or hold him until the final dis- 
position of such prosecution or, if convicted and sentenced, 
until his discharge from imprisonment. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 304. 329 

Section 20H. The guilt or innocence of the accused as to Guiit of 
the crime of which he is charged may not be inquired into tol^lnqTired 
by the governor, or in any proceeding after the demand for j-enditfo^n '"^ 
interstate rendition accompanied by a charge of crime in 
legal form as provided in section fourteen shall have been 
presented to the governor, except as it may be involved in 
identifying the person held as the person charged with the 
crime. 

Section 201. The governor, whenever he deems proper, iiecaU'of 
may recall his warrant of arrest or may issue another war- ^''""'■^'^*- 
rant. 

Section 20J. Any person arrested in this commonwealth ^a1-rlm°^ 
charged with having committed any crime in another state 
or with having been convicted in another state and having 
escaped from confinement or having broken the terms of 
his bail, probation or parole, may waive the issuance and 
service of the warrant provided for in sections sixteen and 
seventeen and all other procedure incidental to interstate 
rendition proceedings, by executing or subscribing in the 
presence of any court or justice of this commonwealth 
authorized to issue warrants in criminal cases a writing 
which states that he consents to return to the demanding 
state; provided, that if such waiver shall be executed or 
subscribed by such person it shall be the duty of such court 
or justice to inform such person of his rights to the issuance 
and service of a warrant in interstate rendition and to obtain 
a writ of habeas corpus as provided in section nineteen. If 
and when such consent has been duly executed it shall forth- 
with be forwarded to the office of the governor and filed 
therein. Such court or justice shall direct the officer having 
such person in custody to deliver forthwith such person to 
the duly accredited agent of the demanding state, and shall 
deUver or cause to be delivered to such agent a copy of such 
consent; provided, that nothing in this section shall be 
deemed to limit the right of the accused person to return 
voluntarily and without formality to the demanding state, 
nor shall the foregoing waiver procedure be deemed to be 
an exclusive procedure or to limit the powers, rights or 
duties of the officers of the demanding state or of this 
commonwealth. 

Section 20K. Whenever the governor shall demand a issuance of 
person charged with crime in this commonwealth, or one Tg^'Jnt with- 
charged with having been convicted in this commonwealth ^''onw^Hh"" 
and having escaped from confinement or having broken the 
terms of his bail, probation or parole, from the chief execu- 
tive of any other state, or from the chief justice or an asso- 
ciate justice of the supreme com-t of the District of Columbia 
authorized to receive such demand under the laws of the 
United States, he may issue a warrant, under the seal of this 
commonwealth, to some agent, commanding him to receive 
the person so charged if delivered to him, and convey him 
to the proper officer of the county in which the crime was 
committed. 



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Acts, 1937. — Chap. 304. 



Proceedings 
in respect to 
return of per- 
son accused 
of crime. 



Application for 
the return of 
fugitive. 



Form of. 



Whenever it is desired to have returned to this common- 
wealth a person charged herein with a crime, or with having 
been convicted in this commonwealth and having escaped 
from confinement or having broken the terms of his bail, 
probation or parole, and such person is imprisoned or is held 
under criminal proceedings then pending against him in 
another state, the governor may agree with the executive 
authority of such other state for the interstate rendition of 
such person before the conclusion of such proceedings or of 
his term of sentence in such other state, upon such condi- 
tions relative to the return of such person to such other 
state at the expense of this commonwealth as may be agreed 
upon between the governor and the executive authority of 
such other state. 

Section SOL. (a) Whenever the return to this common- 
wealth of a person charged with crime herein is required, 
the attorney general, or the district attorney for the district 
in which the crime is alleged to have occurred, shall present 
to the governor his written application for a requisition for 
the return of the person charged, in which application there 
shall be included a statement of the name of the person so 
charged and the crime charged against him, the approximate 
time, place and circumstances of its commission, the state 
in which he is believed to be, including the location of the 
accused therein, at the time the application is made, and a 
certificate that, in the opinion of the said attorney general 
or district attorney, the ends of justice require the arrest 
and return of the accused to this commonwealth for trial, 
and that the proceeding is not instituted to enforce a private 
claim. 

(h) Whenever the return to this commonwealth is re- 
quired of a person who has been convicted of a crime herein 
and has escaped from confinement or has broken the terms 
of his bail, probation or parole, the district attorney for the 
district in which the crime is alleged to have occurred, the 
parole board or the warden or superintendent of the insti- 
tution from which escape was made, shall present to the 
governor a written application for a requisition for the re- 
turn of such person, in which application shall be stated the 
name of the person, the crime of which he was convicted, 
the circumstances of his escape from confinement or of the 
breach of the terms of his bail, probation or parole, and the 
state in which he is believed to be, including the location 
of the person therein, at the time the application is made. 

(c) The application shall be verified by affidavit, shall be 
executed in duplicate and shall be accompanied by two certi- 
fied copies of the indictment returned, or of the complaint 
made to a court or justice, stating the offence with which 
the accused is charged, or of the judgment of conviction or of 
the sentence. The attorney general, district attorney, parole 
board, warden or superintendent may also attach such further 
affidavits or other documents in duplicate as he or it may 
deem proper to be submitted with such application. One 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 304. 331 

copy of the application, with the action of the governor 
indicated by endorsement thereon, and one of the certified 
copies of the indictment or complaint, or of the judgment 
of conviction or of the sentence shall be filed in the office of 
the state secretary to remain of record in that office. The 
other copies of all such papers shall be forwarded with the 
requisition of the governor. 

Section 20M. If the application for a requisition for the Expenses, 
return to this commonwealth of a person charged with crime 
herein, or for the return of a person who has been convicted 
of a crime herein and has escaped from confinement or has 
broken the terms of his bail, probation or parole, is com- 
plied with and an agent appointed, the account of such 
agent shall be paid like other expenses in criminal cases by 
the county where the proceedings are pending or, in the case 
of the escape from confinement of a prisoner under sentence, 
by the commonwealth; but the governor may direct thp 
whole or any part thereof to be paid by the commonwealth. 

Section 20N. A person brought into this commonwealth Person re- 
on, or after waiver of, interstate rendition based on a crimi- wah^Tr^n°ot to 
nal charge shall not be subject to service of personal process ^uitln^certa?!! 
in civil actions arising out of the same facts as the criminal civii actiona. 
proceeding to answer which he is being or has been returned, 
until he has been convicted or acquitted in the criminal 
proceeding, and, if acquitted, until he has had reasonable 
opportunity to return to the state from which he was brought 
by interstate rendition proceedings or upon waiver thereof. 

Section 200. After a person has been brought into this Accused may 
commonwealth by interstate rendition proceedings or upon otheVWnces. 
waiver thereof he may be tried herein for other crimes which 
he may be charged with having committed herein, as well as 
that specified in the requisition for his interstate rendition 
or in the waiver thereof. 

Section 20P. Nothing in sections eleven to twenty O, in- |^9{'°°^ ^^ *^° 
elusive, shall be deemed to constitute a waiver by this com- affect rights 
monwealth of its right, power or privilege to try any person weaith!^°'^" 
demanded of it for a crime committed herein, or of its right, 
power or privilege to regain custody of such a person by in- 
terstate rendition proceedings or otherwise for the purpose 
of trial, sentence or punishment for any crime committed 
herein, nor shall any proceeding under said sections which 
result in, or fail to result in, interstate rendition be deemed 
a waiver by this commonwealth of any of its rights, privileges 
or jurisdiction in any way whatsoever. 

Section 20Q. If any part of sections eleven to twenty P, ^|5fdft°^o{*" 
inclusive, is for any reason declared void, such invalidity parts of law. 
shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of said 
sections. 

Section 20R. Sections eleven to twenty R, inclusive, Sections. 
may be cited as the uniform criminal interstate rendition °^"*^® • 
law, and shall be so interpreted and construed as to effectu- 
ate their general purpose to make uniform the law of those 
states enacting similar laws. 



332 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 305, 306, 307. 

Copies of Section 2. As soon as practicable after this act has the 

to other states, fopce of law, the statc secretary shall certify a copy thereof 

to the executive department of each of the states of the 

United States. 
dSe!''^^ Section 3. This act shall take effect on October first in 

the current year. Approved May 12, 1937. 

Chap.SOb An Act relative to fees for sealing certain scales. 
Emergency Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 

pream e. ^^ defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 

an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 

of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

EdyAs^' Section 1. Section fifty-six of chapter ninety-eight of 

§5'6,'etc., the General Laws, as most recently amended by chapter 
*™^° ■ seventy-four of the acts of the current year, is hereby fur- 
ther amended by inserting after paragraph (6) the following 
Fees of new paragraph : — (&3^) Each scale with a weighing ca- 

ses ers. pacity of one hundred to five thousand pounds, fifty cents, 

date!*^^^ Section 2. This act shall take effect on June second of 

the current year. Approved May 18, 1937. 



Chap.SOQ An Act validating an ordinance of the city of north 

ADAMS FIXING A TAX LIMIT IN SAID CITY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. A certain measure fixing a tax limit in the 
city of North Adams, passed to be ordained by the city 
council of said city on April thirtieth, nineteen hundred and 
thirty-seven, and approved by the mayor of said city on 
said date, is hereby vahdated and confirmed as an ordi- 
nance of said city, in so far as it may be invalid by reason 
of any failure to fully comply with section twenty-nine of 
chapter forty-four of the General Laws with respect to the 
holding of a public hearing prior to the fixing of a tax limit 
under said section. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Approved May 18, 1937. 

Chap. 307 An Act providing for the entry of this commonwealth 
into compacts with any of the united states for 
mutual helpfulness in relation to persons convicted 
of crimes or offences who are on probation or 

PAROLE. 

Emergency Whercas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 

pream e. ^^ defeat its purposc, therefore it is hereby declared to be 

an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation 

of the public convenience. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 307. 333 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter one hundred and twenty-seven of Ed^m'^new 
the General Laws, as amended, is hereby further amended §§ i'sia-isig, 
by inserting after section one hundred and fifty-one, under *^'^^'*- 
the heading interstate supervision of probationers and 
PAROLEES, the seven following new sections: — Section 151 A. interstate 
The governor, on behalf of this commonwealth, is hereby '^°'"^*"^ " 
authorized to enter into a compact, substantially in the 
following form, with any of the United States legally joining 
therein and the general court hereby signifies in advance its 
approval and ratification of such a compact so entered into, 
such approval and ratification to be effective upon the filing 
of a copy of such compact in the office of the state secretary: 

A COMPACT. 

Entered into by and among the contracting states, signa- au^^rUy of 
tories hereto, with the consent of the Congress of the United governor. 
States of America, granted by an act entitled "An Act 
granting the consent of congress to any two or more states 
to enter into agreements or compacts for co-operative effort 
and mutual assistance in the prevention of crime and for 
other purposes". 

The contracting states solemnly agree : 

(1) That it shall be competent for the duly constituted 
judicial and administrative authorities of a state which is 
a party to this compact and wherein any person has been 
convicted of an offence and placed on probation or released 
on parole, herein called the sending state, to permit such 
person to reside while on probation or parole in any other 
state which is a party to this compact, herein called the 
receiving state, if (a) it appears to such judicial or adminis- ' 
trative authorities that such person is a resident of or has 
his family residing within the receiving state and can obtain 
employment there, or if (6) the receiving state, by its gov- 
ernor or a person thereto authorized by him, consents to his 
being sent there; provided, that, in either case, before such 
permission is granted by the sending state, opportunity shall 
have been afforded to the receiving state to investigate the 
home and prospective employment of such person. 

A resident of the receiving state, within the meaning of 
clauses (a) and (6) hereof, is one who has been an actual in- 
habitant of such state continuously for more than one year 
prior to his coming to the sending state and has not resided 
within the sending state more than six consecutive months 
immediately preceding the commission of the offence of 
which he has been convicted. The word "parole", as used 
in this compact, shall include parole, permit to be at liberty, 
and any other method of release under supervision, after 
sentence, from confinement in any penal or reformatory 
institution, and the word "parolee" shall include any per- 
son so released. 



334 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 307. 

(2) That each receiving state will assume the duties of 
visitation of and supervision over probationers and parolees 
of any sending state and in the exercise of those duties will 
be governed by the same standards that prevail for its own 
probationers and parolees. 

(3) That duly accredited officers of the sending state may 
at all times enter the receiving state and there apprehend 
and retake any probationer or parolee. For that purpose 
no formalities shall be required other than establishing 
the authority of the officer and the identity of the person 
to be retaken. All legal requirements to obtain rendition 
of fugitives from justice are hereby expressly waived. The 
decision of the sending state to retake a probationer or 
parolee shall be conclusive upon and not reviewable within 
the receiving state; provided, that if, at the time when a 
state seeks to retake a probationer or parolee, there shall be 
pending against him within the receiving state any criminal 
charge, or he shall be suspected of having committed within 
such state a criminal offence, he shall not be retaken without 
the consent of the receiving state, by its governor or a person 
thereto authorized by him, until his prosecution therein for 
such offence has terminated in his favor or he has been dis- 
charged from imprisonment following conviction thereof. 

(4) That the duly accredited officers of the sending state 
will be permitted to transport prisoners being retaken 
through any and all states parties to this compact, without 
interference. 

(5) That the governor of each contracting state may 
designate an officer who, acting jointly with like officers of 
other contracting states, if and when appointed, shall pro- 
mulgate such rules and regulations as may be deemed neces- 
sary to more effectively carry out the terms of this compact, 

(6) That this compact may be ratified by any state in 
the manner provided by the laws of such state, or, in the 
absence of such law, by its legislature, and that upon rati- 
fication by two or more states this compact shall have the 
full force and effect of law within each ratifying state and 
shall become operative as between the several states so 
ratifying it. 

(7) That this compact shall continue in force and remain 
binding upon each ratifying state until renounced by it as 
hereinafter set forth ; provided, that the duties and obliga- 
tions hereunder of a receiving state renouncing this com- 
pact shall continue, as to each parolee and each probationer 
sent under authority hereof to such state and residing 
therein at the time of the renunciation, until he is retaken 
by the sending state or his parole or probation is other- 
wise terminated, or he voluntarily returns to the sending 
state or with its consent removes to a third state. Re- 
nunciation of this compact by any state which is a party 
hereto may be effected by the authority acting on behalf of 
such state in the ratification hereof, but such renunciation 
shall not be effective with respect to any other state which 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 308. 335 

is a party hereto until after six months' notice given in 
writing to such other state. 

Section 151B. Subject to the terms of paragraph (1) of Persons on 
the compact authorized by section one hundred and fifty- probation may 
one A, any judicial officer of this commonwealth authorized I'o hve'outslde 
to place persons on probation may by order permit any the common- 
person then or theretofore placed on probation by his court 
to reside in any other state between which and this com- 
monwealth there shall be in force a compact so authorized, 
and may at any time revoke or modify such order. 

Section 151C. Subject to the terms of paragraph (1) of ^"^f?® . 
the compact authorized by said section one hundred and 
fifty-one A, any officer or board of this commonwealth 
authorized by law to release prisoners on parole or on per- 
mit to be at liberty may at any time permit any prisoner 
then or theretofore so released by him or it to reside in 
any other state between which and this commonwealth 
there shall be in force a compact so authorized, and may 
at any time revoke such permission or permit such parolee 
to remove to another such state. 

Section 151D. Upon ratification by two or more states, Ratification 
including this commonwealth, of a compact authorized by °f «^°"^P'^f'- 
said section one hundred and fifty-one A, said compact shall 
have the force of law in this commonwealth. 

Section 151E. All rules and regulations made by author- Force and 
ity of paragraph (5) of said compact, if consistent with the rules* a°nd 
laws of this commonwealth, shall have the force of law regulations. 
herein, and all officers whose offices are established under 
the laws of this commonwealth, to whom powers shall be 
given and upon whom duties shall be imposed by such 
rules and regulations, shall have and exercise the powers 
so given and shall perform the duties so imposed. 

Section 151F. If any section, sentence, subdivision or Effect of 
clause of sections one hundred and fifty-one A to one hun- 'JfTeca'ons 
dred and fifty-one F, inclusive, is for any reason held un- ofia^- 
constitutional or otherwise invalid, such decision shall not 
affect the validity of the remaining portions of said sections. 

Section 151G. Sections one hundred and fifty-one A to How cited, 
one hundred and fifty-one G, inclusive, may be cited as the 
out-of-state probationer and parolee supervision law. 

Section 2. As soon as practicable after this act has the Act to be 
force of law, the state secretary shall certify a copj^ thereof o1her*states. 
to the executive department of each of the states of the 
United States. Approved May 18, 1937. 



An Act relative to the appointment of a keeper of C'/ia7?.308 

PERSONAL PROPERTY WHICH HAS BEEN ATTACHED. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter two hundred and twenty-three of the General e±)", 223?§ 48, 
Laws is hereby amended by striking out section forty- amended, 
eight, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, and in- 



336 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 309, 310. 

Keeper of serting in place thereof the following: — Section 48. The 
propCTty. officer, if necessary and if authorized by written permission 

endorsed upon the writ and signed by a justice, associate 
justice or special justice of the court in which the action is 
commenced, may appoint a keeper of personal property 
which has been attached. The officer, if necessary, may 
appoint a keeper of personal property which has been taken 
on execution. In either of the aforesaid cases he shall, upon 
the written request of the defendant, remove such property 
or the keeper without unreasonable delay. Costs in an 
action in which a keeper has been appointed shall be at the 
discretion of the court. Approved May 18, 1937. 



Chap. 309 An Act authorizing the city of revere to retire 

ALBERT J. BROWN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The city of Revere may retire Albert J. 
Brown, the city clerk of said city, who for more than thirty- 
six years has been in the service of said city, on an annual 
pension equal to one half the rate of compensation paid him 
at the time of his retirement. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its accept- 
ance during the current year by vote of the city council of 
said city, subject to the provisions of its charter. 

Approved May 18, 1937. 



Chap. 310 An Act making more effective the procedure for the 

collection of small claims. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed.). 2i8r§ 22, Section twenty-two of chapter two hundred and eighteen 
amended. Qf ^j^g General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edi- 

tion, is hereby amended by striking out, in the eleventh 
line, the period and the word "The" and inserting in place 
thereof the following: — and authority in the court, in its 
discretion, after proper inquiry, to order payment to the 
prevailing party of the amount found due on or before a 
day stated or by instalments, to modify, extend or vacate 
such order and, in its discretion, to enforce such order by 
contempt proceedings, substantially in the manner provided 
in chapter two hundred and twenty-four, and to provide 
therefor in the rules for the procedure. Said, — so as to 
Small claims read as follows : — Section 22. The procedure shall include 
procedure. ^j^^ beginning of actions with an entry fee of one dollar but 
without writ, and without requirement, except by special 
order of court, of other pleading than a statement to the 
clerk or an assistant clerk, who shall reduce the same to 
concise written form in a docket kept for the purpose. The 
procedure shall include notice by registered mail instead of 
the mode of service heretofore required, and shall include 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 311. 337 

provisions for early hearing. The procedure may include 
the modification of any or all rules of pleading and practice, 
anything contained in other chapters, sections or acts not- 
withstanding, and may include a stay of the entry of judg- 
ment or of the issue of execution and authority in the court, 
in its discretion, after proper inquiry, to order payment to 
the prevailing party of the amount found due on or before 
a day stated or by instalments, to modify, extend or vacate 
such order and, in its discretion, to enforce such order by 
contempt proceedings, substantially in the manner provided 
in chapter two hundred and twenty-four, and to provide 
therefor in the rules for the procedure. Said rules for the 
procedure may provide for the elimination of any or all 
fees and costs, and that costs shall be in the discretion of 
the court. In causes begun under the procedure, the court 
may on application for cause shown issue writs of attach- 
ment of property or person as in causes begun by writ. 

Approved May 18, 1937. 



An Act relative to withdrawal of appeals in criminal Chav.Zll 

CASES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section twenty-five of chapter two hundred and seventy- g. l. (Ter. 
eight of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercente- §25.' amended, 
nary Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word 
"business" in the second line the words: — and at any 
time thereafter if no action shall have been taken by the 
superior court except continuance, — so as to read as 
follows : — Section 25. The appellant may, at any time withdrawal 
before the next sitting of the superior court for criminal fncn^nai 
business and at any time thereafter if no action shall have ^*^«^- 
been taken by the superior court except continuance, come 
personally before the court or trial justice from whose judg- 
ment the appeal was taken and withdraw his appeal. If 
the appellant has been committed, the officer in charge of 
the jail, within forty-eight hours after his commitment, shall 
notify him of his right to withdraw his appeal and shall 
furnish him with a blank form of withdrawal, which, if 
signed by him, shall be witnessed by said officer; thereupon, 
or if prior to said notice the appellant notifies the said officer 
of his desire to withdraw his appeal, the said officer shall 
forward the defendant, with the signed form of withdrawal, 
to the court or trial justice before whom the appeal was 
taken. In such case the court or trial justice may order the 
appellant to comply with the sentence appealed from, in the 
same manner as if it were then first imposed, or may revise 
or revoke the same if satisfied that cause for such revision 
or revocation exists; provided, that the court or trial justice 
shall not increase the sentence as first imposed, and if 
sureties had recognized with the appellant to prosecute his 
appeal they shall be discharged. If the copy of the record 



338 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 312, 313. 



of conviction has been transmitted to the superior court, 
the court or trial justice shall notify the clerk of the superior 
court of the withdrawal of the appeal, who shall thereupon 
make a memorandum thereof upon the record of the superior 
court. Approved May 18, 1937. 



Chap. 312 An Act permitting certain fiduciaries to invest funds 
IN certain insurance policies and annuity contracts. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 201, 
new section 
47A, added. 

Guardians, 
etc., invest- 
ment of funds 
in insurance 
contracts, etc. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 203, 
new section 
25A, added. 



Trustees may 
invest funds 
in insurance 
contracts, etc. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Chapter two hundred and one of the Gen- 
eral Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 
forty-seven, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, the 
following new section : — Section Jf.7A . The probate court, 
upon the application of a guardian, may authorize him to 
invest income or principal of the estate of his ward in poli- 
cies of life or endowment insurance or annuity contracts, 
issued by a life insurance company duly authorized to trans- 
act business in the commonwealth under chapter one hun- 
dred and seventy-five, on the life of the ward or on the 
life of a person in whose life the ward has an insurable 
interest. 

Section 2. Chapter two hundred and three of the Gen- 
eral Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 
twenty-five, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edition, un- 
der the heading purchase of insurance policies or an- 
nuity contracts, the following new section : — Section 25 A . 
The probate court, upon petition of a trustee under a will 
or other instrument may, if the trust does not otherwise 
provide, authorize the trustee to invest the income or prin- 
cipal of the trust fund in policies of life or endowment in- 
surance or annuity contracts, issued by a life insurance 
company duly authorized to transact business in the com- 
monwealth under chapter one hundred and seventy-five, on 
the life of any beneficiary of the trust or on the life of any 
person in whose life such beneficiary has an insurable in- 
terest. Approved May 18, 1937. 



Chap. SIS An Act authorizing the redivision of the city of new 

BEDFORD INTO WARDS AND VOTING PRECINCTS FOR THE 
purposes of municipal ELECTIONS THEREIN. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

In the current year, the city of New Bedford, by vote of 
its city council, may make a redivision of its territory into 
such number of wards as may be fixed by law. The bound- 
aries of such wards shall be so arranged that the wards shall 
contain, as nearly as can be ascertained and as may be con- 
sistent with well defined limits for each ward, an equal 
number of voters. After such a redivision, the city clerk 
shall forthwith give written notice to the state secretary of 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 314, 315. 339 

the number and designations of the wards so estabhshed, 
together with an official copy of the description of said 
wards. For the purposes of this act, the registrars of voters, 
the assessors and any other board or officer of said city, in- 
cluding the police department, may, and upon request of 
said city council shall, consult with it and furnish to it all 
facts and information requested within their control or 
knowledge, and all the resources and facilities of said city 
boards or officers, or any of them, shall be available to said 
city council. As soon as may be after a redivision into 
wards as authorized by this act, the city council shall divide 
such city into voting precincts, conformably to section two 
of chapter fifty-four of the General Laws. Any redivision 
made hereunder shall take effect on January first, nineteen 
hundred and thirty-eight, and shall be used only for munici- 
pal elections in said city until a redivision into wards is 
made as provided by section one of said chapter fiftj^-four. 

Approved May 18, 1937. 



An Act authorizing the payment of motor vehicle (Jhav 314 

INSURANCE PREMIUMS IN INSTALMENTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and seventy-five of the General ^- l. (Xer. 
Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section one new section 
hundred and ninety-three A, as appearing in the Tercen- ^^^^' ^'''^®'^- 
tenary Edition, the following new section: — Section 193B. instalment 

T • i jcj 1.1 payments of 

Insurance companies may accept payment oi motor vehicle niotor vehicle 
insurance premiums in instalments under plans, rates and p"rem?ums. 
charges approved by the commissioner as equitable and non- 
discriminatory. Approved May 18, 1937. 

An Act relative to contracts of conditional sale of Qfid'r) 3x5 

HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE OR OTHER HOUSEHOLD OR PER- 
SONAL EFFECTS EXCEPT JEWELRY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter two hundred and fifty-five of the General Laws g. l. (Ten 
is hereby amended by inserting after section thirteen B, ne^w^'sf cations 
inserted by chapter three hundred and ninety-six of the added^^' 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, the following two 
new sections: — Section 13C. Each conditional sale which Conditional 
includes one or more articles of household furniture or of'hous'Lhoid^ 
other household or personal effects, except jewelry, shall be furniture, 
embodied in a single written contract. When a payment is 
made by the vendee under the terms of any such contract, 
such payment shall be endorsed on the contract or on the 
promissory note which is evidence of the obligation of the 
vendee or shall be set forth on a receipt given to the vendee. 
Such receipt shall include the amount of the payment made 
and the balance due on the contract, with a specific identi- 
fication of the contract to which the payment is applied. 



340 Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 316, 317. 

Penalty. SecHon 13D. Violation of any provision of section thir- 

teen C shall be punished by a fine of not less than one 
hundred nor more than five hundred dollars. 

Approved May 18, 1937. 



Chap.SlQ An Act extending the close season on hares and rab- 
bits IN CERTAIN COUNTIES AND FURTHER REGULATING 
THE HUNTING OR POSSESSION OF RABBITS IN NANTUCKET 
COUNTY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Ed^.'iJr' Chapter one hundred and thirty-one of the General Laws 

§ 94,' etc.,' is hereby amended by striking out section ninety-four, as 
amen e . most recently amended by chapter one hundred and sev- 

enty-two of the acts of the current year, and inserting in 
c^ose season place thereof the following: — Section 94. No person, other- 
wise than as provided in section ninety-six, shall hunt or 
have in possession the carcass of a hare or rabbit, except 
between November twentieth and the last day of February, 
both inclusive, in Nantucket county, or between November 
fifteenth and February fifteenth, both inclusive, in Dukes 
county, or between October twentieth and February first, 
both inclusive, in any other county, or during such open 
seasons kill or have in possession the carcasses of more than 
two northern varying hares, otherwise known as Canada 
hares, snow-shoe rabbits or white rabbits, or more than five 
rabbits, or in Nantucket county more than three rabbits, 
in any one day. This section shall not apply to European 
hares in the county of Berkshire, which may be taken or 
killed at any time. Approved May 18, 1937. 



Chav. S17 An Act requiring insurers under the workmen's com- 
pensation ACT TO PAY THE COST OF APPOINTMENT OF 
GUARDIANS AND CONSERVATORS OF EMPLOYEES OR DE- 
PENDENTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

G- L. (Ter Scction thirty-nine of chapter one hundred and fifty-two 

amended.' ' of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edi- 
tion, is hereby amended by striking out the last two sen- 
tences aind inserting in place thereof the following : — When 
the appointment of a legal representative of a deceased em- 
ployee or dependent, or the appointment of a guardian or 
conservator of an employee or dependent who is a minor 
or is insane or is otherwise legally incapacitated, is required 
to comply with this chapter, the insurer shall furnish or 
pay for legal services rendered in connection with the ap- 
pointment of such legal representative, guardian or conser- 
vator or in connection with his duties, and shall pay the 
necessary disbursements for such appointment, the neces- 
sary expenses of such legal representative, guardian or con- 



Acts, 1937. -—Chap. 318. 341 

servator, and reasonable compensation to him for time 
necessarily spent in complying therewith. Said payments 
shall be in addition to sums paid for compensation, — so as 
to read as follows: — Section 39. The compensation pay- f^^g^'^f^^^j^JJj 
able in case of the death of the injured employee shall be 
paid to his legal representative; or, if he has no legal repre- 
sentative, to his dependents; or, if he leaves no dependents, 
to the persons to whom payment of the expenses for the 
last sickness and burial is due. If payment is made to the 
legal representative of the deceased employee, it shall be 
paid by him to the dependents or other persons entitled 
thereto under this chapter. When the appointment of a 
legal representative of a deceased employee or dependent, 
or the appointment of a guardian or conservator of an em- 
ployee or dependent who is a minor or is insane or is other- 
wise legally incapacitated, is required to comply with this 
chapter, the insurer shall furnish or pay for legal services 
rendered in connection with the appointment of such legal 
representative, guardian or conservator or in connection 
with his duties, and shall pay the necessary disbursements 
for such appointment, the necessary expenses of such legal 
representative, guardian or conservator, and reasonable 
compensation to him for time necessarily spent in comply- 
ing therewith. Said payments shall be in addition to sums 
paid for compensation. Approved May 18, 1937. 



An Act authorizing expenditures of money by the /nfi^^^ o-io 

COUNTY commissioners OF BARNSTABLE COUNTY FOR THE ^' 

PURPOSE OF PROMOTING THE RECREATIONAL ADVANTAGES 
OF SAID COUNTY. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. The county commissioners of Barnstable 
county may, for the purpose of advertising the recreational 
advantages of said county, expend such sums, not exceed- 
ing twenty-five thousand dollars in any one year, as may 
be appropriated therefor; provided, that such expenditures 
from money so appropriated shall not at any time be more 
than twice the sum which shall have been contributed by 
pubhc subscription or by donation deposited with the county 
treasurer for the purpose aforesaid. Said commissioners shall 
expend such sums only for advertising in newspapers, maga- 
zines and the like, or for booklets, posters or other forms of 
advertising. In carrying out the provisions of this act the 
commissioners may designate an agent or agents to act for 
them; provided, that all bills incurred shall be accompanied 
by proper vouchers and shall be paid by the county treas- 
urer only on warrants approved by the county commission- 
ers or a majority of them. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance 
b}'^ a majoritj' of the county commissioners of said county. 

Approved May 19, 1937. 



342 Acts, 1937. — Chaps. 319, 320. 



Chap.319 An Act subjecting the office of commissioner of 
soldiers' relief and state and military aid of the 
city of lowell to the civil service laws. 

Be it enacted, etc., as folloivs: 

Section 1. The office of commissioner of soldiers' relief 
and state and military aid of the city of Lowell shall, upon 
the effective date of this act, become subject to the civil 
service laws and rules and regulations, and the term of 
office of any incumbent thereof shall be unlimited, subject, 
however, to such laws; but the person holding said office on 
said effective date may continue therein without taking a 
civil service examination. 

Section 2. This act shall be submitted for acceptance 
to the registered voters of the city of Lowell at its city elec- 
tion in the current year in the form of the following ques- 
tion which shall be placed upon the official ballot to be used 
at said election: — "Shall an act passed by the general court 
in the year nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, entitled 'An 
Act subjecting the Office of the Commissioner of Soldiers' 
Relief and State and Military Aid of the City of Lowell to 
the Civil Service Laws', be accepted?" If a majority of the 
voters voting thereon vote in the affirmative in answer to 
said question, this act shall thereupon take full effect, but 
not otherwise. Approved May 19, 1937. 

Chap. S20 An Act making appropriations for the maintenance of 
certain counties, for interest and debt require- 
ments, FOR CERTAIN PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS, AND 
GRANTING A COUNTY TAX FOR SAID COUNTIES. 

Emergency Whercas, The deferred operation of this act would cause 

substantial inconvenience, therefore it is hereby declared to 
be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section L The following sums are hereby appropriated 
for the counties hereinafter specified for the year nineteen 
hundred and thirty-seven. No direct drafts against the 
account known as the reserve fund shall be made, but 
transfers from this account to other accounts may be made 
to meet extraordinary or unforeseen expenditures upon the 
request of the county commissioners and with the approval 
of the director of accounts. 

Section 2. 

Barnstable County. 

Item 

1 For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding six 

thousand seventy-one dollars and twenty-five 

cents $6,071 25 

2 For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

thirty-nine thousand dollars .... 39,000 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 320. 343 

Item 

3 For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 

not exceeding twenty-two thousand four hundred 

and fifty dollars $22,450 00 

4 For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not 

exceeding thirteen thousand one hundred and 

eighty dollars 13,180 00 

5 For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum not 

exceeding twenty-four thousand seven hundred 

and fifty-five dollars 24,755 00 

6 For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and sup- 

port of prisoners in jails and houses of correction, 

a sum not exceeding thirty-six thousand dollars 36,000 00 

7 For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not ex- 

ceeding fifteen thousand five hundred dollars . 15,500 00 

8 For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 

bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding seven 

thousand five hundred dollars .... 7,500 00 

10 For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand five hundred dollars .... 1,500 00 

1 1 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments 

of insane, a sum not exceeding one thousand seven 

hundred and fifty dollars ..... 1,750 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not exceed- 

ing three thousand five hundred dollars 3,500 00 

13 For building county buildings and purchase of land, 

a sum not exceeding two thousand dollars . 2,000 00 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving county 

buildings, a sum not exceeding nine thousand 

three hundred and seventy-five dollars . . 9,375 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county build- 

ings, other than jails and houses of correction, a 
sum not exceeding seventeen thousand seven hun- 
dred and sixty- two dollars ..... 17,762 00 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding sixty-six thou- 
sand four hundred and fifty dollars 66,450 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding seven hundred 

dollars 700 00 

18 For the training school, a sum not exceeding two 

hundred and fifty dollars 250 00 

19 For county aid to agriculture, a sum not exceeding 

seventeen thousand six hundred and eighty dollars 17,680 00 

20 For the sanatorium, a sum not exceeding sixty-one 

thousand three hundred and forty dollars 61,340 00 

20a For county health service, a sum not exceeding ten 

thousand seven hundred and thirty-five dollars . 10,735 00 

21 For state fire patrol, a sum not exceeding one thou- 

sand three hundred dollars .... 1,300 00 

22 For pensions, a sum not exceeding three thousand 

dollars 3,000 00 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the 

current year, a sum not exceeding three thousand 

six hundred and fifteen dollars .... 3,615 00 

23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing six hundred two dollars and twenty-three 
cents 602 23 

23b For a police training school, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand dollars 1,000 00 

23c For a Works Progress Administration recreation proj- 
ect, a sum not exceeding two hundred and fifty 
dollars 250 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding seven thou- 

sand five hundred dollars ..... 7,500 00 



344 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 320. 

Item 

And the county commissioners of Barnstable county 
are hereby authorized to levy as the county tax 
of said county for the current year, in the manner 
provided by law, the sum of two hundred seventy 
thousand five hundred sixty-four dollars and 
thirty-nine cents, to be expended, together with 
the cash balance on hand and the receipts from 
other sources, for the above purposes . . . $270,564 39 

Berkshire County. 

1 For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand three hundred eighteen dollars and 
seventy-five cents ...... $1,318 75 

2 For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

seventeen thousand dollars .... 17,000 00 

3 For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 

not exceeding twenty-nine thousand seven hun- 
dred twenty dollars 29,720 00 

4 For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not ex- 

ceeding fifteen thousand dollars .... 15,000 00 

5 For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum not 

exceeding forty-six thousand dollars . . 46,000 00 

6 For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and 

support of prisoners in jails and houses of correc- 
tion, a sum not exceeding forty-one thousand dol- 
lars 41,000 00 

7 For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not ex- 

ceeding fifteen thousand dollars .... 15,000 00 

8 For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 

bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding thirteen 

thousand dollars 13,000 00 

10 For transportation and expenses of coimty and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding two 

thousand dollars 2,000 00 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments 

of insane, a sum not exceeding five thousand dol- 
lars 5,000 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not ex- 

ceeding five thousand dollars .... 5,000 00 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving cotmty build- 

ings, a sum not exceeding nine thousand dollars . 9,000 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings, 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum 

not exceeding twenty thousand dollars . . 20,000 00 

16 For highwaj^s, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding one hundred 
forty-six thousand five hundred dollars . . 146,500 00 

16a For examination of dams, a sum not exceeding two 

thousand dollars 2,000 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding three thousand 

two hundred dollars 3,200 00 

18 For the training school, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand five hundred dollars .... 1,500 00 

19 For county aid to agriculture, a sum not exceeding 

eleven thousand five hundred dollars . . 11,500 00 

20 For the sanatorium (Hampshire County), a sum not 

exceeding eleven thousand dollars . 11,000 00 

21 For the care and maintenance of Greylock state res- 

ervation, a sum not exceeding fourteen thousand 

dollars '. 14,000 00 

21a For the care and maintenance of Mount Everett 
state reservation, a sum not exceeding one thou- 
sand five hundred dollars ..... 1,500 00 

22 For pensions, a sum not exceeding three thousand 

doUars 3,000 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 320. 345 

Item 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the 

current year, a sum not exceeding two thousand 

five hundred dollars $2,500 00 

23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing one thousand dollars ..... 1,000 00 

23b For Works Progress Administration projects, a sum 

not exceeding three thousand five hundred dollars . 3,500 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding six thousand 

dollars 6,000 00 

And the county commissioners of Berkshire county 
are hereby authorized to levy as the county tax of 
said county for the current year, in the manner 
provided by law, the sum of three hundred sixty- 
two thousand three hundred two dollars and thirty- 
eight cents, to be expended, together with the cash 
balance on hand and the receipts from other 
sources, for the above purposes .... $362,302 38 

Bristol Coimty. 

1 For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding six 

thousand dollars $6,000 00 

2 For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

thirty-five thousand dollars .... 35,000 00 

3 For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 

not exceeding fifty thousand dollars . . . 50,000 00 

4 For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not ex- 

ceeding forty-two thousand five hundred dollars . 42,500 00 

5 For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum not 

exceeding one hundred twenty-two thousand dol- 
lars 122,000 00 

6 For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and 

support of prisoners in jails and houses of correc- 
tion, a sum not exceeding seventy-five thousand 
dollars 75,000 00 

7 For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not ex- 

ceeding fifty-five thousand dollars . 55,000 00 

8 For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 

bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding forty 

thousand dollars • 40,000 00 

10 For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand five hundred dollars .... 1,500 00 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments 

of insane, a sum not exceeding seventeen thousand 

dollars 17,000 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a simi not exceed- 

ing seven thousand dollars .... 7,000 00 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving county 

buildings, a sum not exceeding twenty thousand 

five hundred dollars 20,500 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings, 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum not 

exceeding fifty-two thousand dollars 52,000 00 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding fijfty thousand 

eight hundred dollars 50,800 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding seven thousand 

five hundred dollars 7,500 00 

18 For the training school, a sum not exceeding five 

thousand dollars 5,000 00 

19 For the agricultural school, a sum not exceeding one 

hundred one thousand six hundred ninety-three 
dollars and fifty cents ..... 101,693 50 
22 For pensions, a sum not exceeding twenty-five thou- 
sand dollars 25,000 00 



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Item 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the cur- 

rent year, a sum not exceeding five thousand five 

hundred dollars $5,500 00 

23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing four thousand dollars ..... 4,000 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding ten thousand 

dollars 10,000 00 

And the county commissioners of Bristol county are 
hereby authorized to levy as the county tax of said 
county for the current year, in the manner provided 
by law, the sum of five hundred fifty-four thousand 
six hundred sixty-two dollars and nine cents, to be 
expended, together with the cash balance on hand 
and the receipts from other sources, for the above 
purposes $554,662 09 



County of Dukes County. 

1 For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand dollars $1,000 00 

2 For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

eleven thousand dollars ..... 11,000 00 

3 For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 

not exceeding six thousand one hundred dollars . 6,100 00 

4 For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not 

exceeding one thousand eight hundred dollars . 1,800 00 

5 For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum not 

exceeding four thousand nine hundred dollars . 4,900 00 

6 For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and 

support of prisoners in jails and houses of correc- 
tion, a sum not exceeding one thousand nine hun- 
dred dollars 1,900 00 

7 For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not ex- 

ceeding one thousand five hundred dollars . . 1,500 00 

8 For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 

bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars . . 1,750 00 

10 For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding three 

hundred dollars 300 00 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments of 

insane, a sum not exceeding three hundred dollars . 300 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not exceed- 

ing three hundred dollars ..... 300 00 

13 For building county buildings and purchase of land, 

a sum not exceeding three hundred and fifty dollars 350 00 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving county 

buildings, a sum not exceeding one thousand six 

hundred dollars 1,600 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings, 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum not 

exceeding three thousand three hundred dollars 3,300 00 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding nine thousand 

dollars 9,000 00 

17 For the law library, a sum not exceeding three hun- 

dred dollars 300 00 

19 For county aid to agriculture, a sum not exceeding 

six hundred dollars ...... 600 00 

20 For the sanatorium (Barnstable County), a sum not 

exceeding six thousand dollars .... 6,000 00 

21 For the Gay Head reservation, a sum not exceeding 

one hundred dollars . . . 100 00 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the cur- 
rent year, a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars 500 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 320. 347 

Item 

23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing six hundred and fifty dollars . . $650 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding five hundred 

dollars 500 00 

And the county commissioners of the county of Dukes 
County are hereby authorized to levy as the county 
tax of said county for the current year, in the man- 
ner provided by law, the sum of forty-one thou- 
sand seventy-nine dollars and fifty-two cents, to 
be expended, together with the cash balance on 
hand and the receipts from other sources, for the 
above purposes $41,079 52 

Essex County. 

1 For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding 

three thousand two hundred dollars . . $3,200 00 

2 For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

seventy-two thousand dollars .... 72,000 00 

3 For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 

not exceeding sixty-six thousand forty dollars 66,040 00 

4 For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not ex- 

ceeding one hundred six thousand seven hundred 

dollars 106,700 00 

5 For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum not 

exceeding one hundred ninety-eight thousand one 

hundred dollars 198,100 00 

6 For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and sup- 

port of prisoners in jails and houses of correction, 
a sum not exceeding ninety-one thousand seven 
hundred dollars 91,700 00 

7 For criminal costs in the superior court, a sum not 

exceeding seventy thousand dollars . . 70,000 00 

8 For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 

bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding seventy- 
five thousand dollars 75,000 00 

9 For trial justices, a sum not exceeding five thousand 

dollars 5,000 00 

10 For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding two 

thousand one hundred dollars .... 2,100 00 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments 

of insane, a sum not exceeding sixteen thousand 

dollars 16,000 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not exceed- 

ing nineteen thousand dollars .... 19,000 00 

13 For building county buildings and purchase of land, 

a sum not exceeding three thousand dollars . 3,000 00 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving county 

buildings, a sum not exceeding twenty-four thou- 
sand seven hundred dollars .... 24,700 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings, 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum not 
exceeding seventy-three thousand four hundred 
dollars 73,400 00 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding three hundred 
thirty-seven thousand seven hundred fifty dollars 337,750 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding eleven thou- 

sand five hundred dollars ..... 11,500 00 

18 For the training school, a sum not exceeding forty- 

nine thousand six hundred dollars . . 49,600 00 

19 For the agricultural school, a sum not exceeding one 

hundred seventy thousand four hundred and fifty 

dollars 170,450 00 



348 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 320. 

Item 

19a For a playground at the agricultural school, a sum 

not exceeding six thousand dollars . . . $6,000 00 

22 For pensions, a sum not exceeding sixteen thousand 

dollars 16,000 00 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of cur- 

rent year, a sum not exceeding six thousand five 

hundred dollars 6,500 00 

23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing two thousand dollars ..... 2,000 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding ten thousand 

dollars 10,000 00 

And the county commissioners of Essex county are 
hereby authorized to levy as the county tax of 
said county for the current year, in the manner 
provided by law, the sum of nine hundred seventy- 
eight thousand seven hundred and ninety dollars, 
to be expended, together with the cash balance on 
hand and the receipts from other sources, for the 
above purposes $978,790 00 

Franklin County. 

1 For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding 

twelve thousand six hundred dollars . . . $12,600 00 

2 For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-five thousand dollars .... 25,000 00 

3 For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 

not exceeding eighteen thousand eight hundred 

twenty dollars 18,820 00 

4 For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not 

exceeding seven thousand seven hundred sixty dol- 
lars 7,760 00 

5 For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum 

not exceeding seventeen thousand two hundred 

dollars 17,200 00 

6 For salaries of Jailers, masters and assistants, and 

support of prisoners in jails and houses of correc- 
tion, a sum not exceeding twenty-five thousand 
seven hundred dollars ..... 25,700 00 

7 For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not ex- 

ceeding ten thousand dollars .... 10,000 00 

8 For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 

bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding ten 

thousand dollars 10,000 00 

10 For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding seven 

hundred and fifty dollars 750 00 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments 

of insane, a sum not exceeding two thousand dol- 
lars . . . • 2,000 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not exceed- 

ing one thousand two hundred dollars . . 1,200 00 

14 P'or repairing, furnishing and improving county build- 

ings, a sum not exceeding one thousand five hun- 
dred dollars 1,500 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings, 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum not 

exceeding fourteen thousand five hundred dollars . 14,500 00 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding fifty thousand 

dollars 50,000 00 

16a For examination of dams, a sum not exceeding two 

hundred dollars 200 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding two thousand 

six hundred dollars 2,600 00 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 320. 349 

Item 

19 For county aid to agriculture, a sum not exceeding 

nine thousand five hundred dollars . . . $9,500 00 

20 For the sanatorium (Hampshire County), a sum not 

exceeding eight thousand two hundred eighty-one 
dollars and fifty-one cents ..... 8,281 51 

20a For the Greenfield health camp, a sum not exceeding- 

two thousand dollars 2,000 00 

21 For the Mount Sugar Loaf state reservation, a sum 

not exceeding three thousand seven hundred dol- 
lars 3,700 00 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the 

current year, a sum not exceeding one thousand 

eight hundred dollars 1,800 00 

23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing five hundred dollars ..... 500 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding five thousand 

dollars 5,000 00 

And the county commissioners of Franklin county 
are hereby authorized to levy as the county tax of 
said county for the current year, in the manner 
provided by law, the sum of one hundred seventy- 
four thousand eight hundred seventy-nine dollars 
and fourteen cents, to be expended, together with 
the cash balance on hand and the receipts from 
other sources, for the above purposes . . $174,879 14 

Hampden County. 

1 For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding 

forty-six thousand dollars $46,000 00 

2 For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

one hundred and twenty-three thousand dollars . 123,000 00 

3 For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 

not exceeding fifty thousand dollars . . 50,000 00 

4 For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not ex- 

ceeding forty-nine thousand dollars . . 49,000 00 

5 For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum not 

exceeding one hundred seventeen thousand dollars 117,000 00 

6 For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and 

support of prisoners in jails and houses of correc- 
tion, a sum not exceeding eighty-three thousand 
dollars 83,000 00 

7 For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not ex- 

ceeding thirty-three thousand dollars . . . 33,000 00 

8 For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 

bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding fifty 

thousand dollars 50,000 00 

9 For trial justices, a sum not exceeding two thousand 

dollars 2,000 00 

10 For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand dollars 1,000 00 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments 

of insane, a sum not exceeding fifteen thousand 

dollars 15,000 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not exceed- 

ing thirty thousand dollars .... 30,000 00 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving county build- 

ings, a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars . 10,000 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings, 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum not 

exceeding sixty-two thou.sand dollars . 62,000 00 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding one hundred 

eighty thousand dollars 180,000 00 



350 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 320. 

Item 

16a For examination of dams, a sum not exceeding three 

thousand dollars $3,000 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding nine thousand 

dollars 9,000 00 

18 For the training school, a sum not exceeding thirty- 

two thousand dollars 32,000 00 

19 For county aid to agriculture, a sum not exceeding 

forty-six thousand dollars ..... 46,000 00 

20 For the sanatorium (Hampshire County), a sum not 

exceeding seventeen thousand fifty dollars and 

eighteen cents ....... 17,050 18 

20a For the preventorium, a sum not exceeding three 

thousand dollars 3,000 00 

21 For the Mount Tom state reservation, including 

purchase of land, a sum not exceeding twelve 
thousand six hundred fifty-six dollars and sixty- 
two cents ....... 12,656 62 

22 For pensions, a sum not exceeding twenty thousand 

dollars 20,000 00 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the 

current year, a sum not exceeding six thousand 
five hundred sixty-four dollars and ninety-six cents 6,564 96 
23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing one thousand dollars ..... 1,000 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding ten thousand 

dollars 10,000 00 

And the county commissioners of Hampden county 
are hereby authorized to levy as the county tax of 
said county for the current year, in the manner 
provided by law, the sum of seven hundred and 
ninety-eight thousand dollars, to be expended, 
together with the cash balance on hand and the 
receipts from other sources, for the above purposes $798,000 00 

Hampshire County. 

1 For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding four 

thousand dollars $4,000 00 

2 For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

thirty-one thousand two hundred dollars . . 31,200 00 

3 For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 

not exceeding twenty-one thousand dollars . . 21,000 00 

4 For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not 

exceeding thirteen thousand five hundred dollars . 13,500 00 

5 For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum not 

exceeding twenty-six thousand five hundred dollars 26,500 00 

6 For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and sup- 

port of prisoners in jails and houses of correction, 

a sum not exceeding twenty-six thousand dollars 26,000 00 

7 For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not ex- 

ceeding fourteen thousand dollars . . . 14,000 00 

8 For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 

bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding fourteen 

thousand dollars 14,000 00 

10 For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand dollars 1,000 00 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments 

of insane, a sum not exceeding three thousand five 

hundred dollars 3,500 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not exceed- 

ing three thousand five hundred dollars . . 3,500 00 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving county 
buildings, a sum not exceeding four thousand five 
hundred doUars 4,500 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 320. 351 

Item 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings, 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum not 

exceeding fifteen thousand five hundred dollars $15,500 00 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding sixty-eight 

thousand dollars 68,000 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding one thousand 

five hundred dollars 1,500 00 

19 For county aid to agriculture, a sum not exceeding 

sixteen thousand one hundred and thirty dollars . 16,130 00 

20 For the sanatorium, a sum not exceeding thirteen 

thousand three hundred dollars .... 13,300 00 
20a For the preventorium, a sum not exceeding two thou- 
sand dollars 2,000 00 

21 For state reservations, including purchase of land, a 

sum not exceeding two thousand three hundred 

dollars 2,300 00 

22 For pensions, a sum not exceeding five thousand dol- 

lars 5,000 00 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the cur- 

rent year, a sum not exceeding four thousand five 

hundred dollars 4,500 00 

23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceeding 

one hundred dollars and ninety-five cents . . 100 95 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding four thou- 

sand five hundred dollars ..... 4,500 00 

And the county commissioners of Hampshire county 
are hereby authorized to levy as the county tax of 
said county for the current year, in the manner 
provided by law, the sum of two hundred thirty- 
five thousand one hundred ninety-nine dollars and 
forty-seven cents, to be expended, together with 
the cash balance on hand and the receipts from 
other sources, for the above purposes . . . $235,199 47 

Middlesex County. 

1 For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding 

forty-eight thousand dollars .... $48,000 00 

2 For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

two hundred fifty-eight thousand dollars . . 258,000 00 

3 For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 

not exceeding eighty-two thousand dollars . 82,000 00 

4 For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not 

exceeding two hundred thirty-nine thousand two 

hundred fifty dollars 239,250 00 

5 For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum not 

exceeding three hundred sixty-five thousand dollars 365,000 00 

6 For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and 

support of prisoners in jails and houses of correc- 
tion, a sum not exceeding three hundred thousand 
dollars 300,000 00 

7 For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not exceed- 

ing two hundred and ten thousand dollars . . 210,000 00 

8 For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 

bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding one hun- 
dred and forty thousand dollars .... 140,000 00 

9 For trial justices, a sum not exceeding one thousand 

dollars 1,000 00 

10 For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding two 

thousand dollars 2,000 00 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments 

of insane, a sum not exceeding thirty-four thousand 

five hundred dollars 34,500 00 



352 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 320. 



Item 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not exceed- 

ing fifty thousand dollars $50,000 00 

13 For building county buildings and purchase of land, 

a sum not exceeding fifteen thousand dollars . 15,000 00 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving county build- 

ings, a sum not exceeding sixty thousand dollars . 60,000 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum not 

exceeding one hundred twenty thousand dollars 120,000 00 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding three hundred 
seventy-five thousand dollars .... 375,000 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding twelve thou- 

sand dollars 12,000 00 

18 For the training school, a sum not exceeding seventy- 

six thousand dollars 76,000 00 

19 For county aid to agriculture, a sum not exceeding 

thirty-seven thousand dollars .... 37,000 00 

21 For Walden Pond state reservation, a sum not ex- 

ceeding fifteen thousand dollars .... 15,000 00 

22 For pensions, a sum not exceeding forty thousand 

dollars 40,000 00 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the cur- 

rent year, a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars 10,000 00 
23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing two thousand dollars ..... 2,000 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding twelve thou- 

sand dollars 12,000 00 

And the county commissioners of Middlesex county 
are hereby authorized to levy as the county tax 
of said county for the current year, in the manner 
provided by law, the sum of two million one hun- 
dred seventeen thousand seven hundred seventy- 
three dollars and forty cents, to be expended, to- 
gether with the cash balance on hand and the 
receipts from other sources, for the above pur- 
poses $2,117,773 40 



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Norfolk County. 

For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding 

three thousand dollars $3,000 00 

For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 
one thousand five hundred forty-four dollars and 
twelve cents ....... 1,544 12 

For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 
not exceeding thirty-six thousand five himdred 
dollars 36,500 00 

For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not 
exceeding seventy-six thousand five hundred dol- 
lars 76,500 00 

For salaries and expenses of district and municipal 
courts, a sum not exceeding one hundred thirty- 
eight thousand seven hundred dollars . . . 138,700 00 

For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and 
support of prisoners in jails and houses of correc- 
tion, a sum not exceeding eighty thousand dollars 80,000 00 

For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not ex- 
ceeding seventy-five thousand dollars . . . 75,000 00 

For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 
bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding forty- 
five thousand dollars 45,000 00 

For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 
ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding one 
thousand dollars 1,000 00 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 320. 353 

Item 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments 

of insane, a sum not exceeding thirteen thousand 

five hundred dollars $13,500 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not exceed- 

ing twenty-two thousand dollars . . . 22,000 00 

13 For building county buildings and purchase of land, 

a sum not exceeding seven thousand five hundred 

dollars 7,500 00 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving county build- 

ings, a sum not exceeding twenty-two thousand 

dollars 22,000 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings, 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum not 
exceeding seventy-two thousand five hundred dol- 
lars 72,500 00 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding fifty-six thou- 
sand dollars 56,000 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding two thousand 

dollars 2,000 00 

18 For the training school, a sum not exceeding twelve 

thousand dollars 12,000 00 

19 For the agricultural school, a sum not exceeding one 

hundred and five thousand dollars . . 105,000 00 

22 For pensions, a sum not exceeding fifteen thousand 

dollars 15,000 00 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the cur- 

rent year, a sum not exceeding six thousand two 
hundred fifty-nine dollars and fifty-two cents 6,259 52 

23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing four thousand dollars ..... 4,000 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding ten thousand 

dollars 10,000 00 

And the county commissioners of Norfolk county are 
hereby authorized to levy as the county tax of said 
county for the current year, in the manner provided 
by law, the sum of five hundred twenty-nine thou- 
sand two hundred dollars, to be expended, together 
with the cash balance on hand and the receipts from 
other sources, for the above purposes . . . $529,200 00 



Plymouth County. 

For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding 

ten thousand one hundred dollars . . . $10,100 00 

For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-two thousand dollars .... 22,000 00 

For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 
not exceeding thirty thousand eight hundred dol- 
lars 30,800 00 

For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not 

exceeding twenty-five thousand six hundred dollars 25,600 00 

For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum not 
exceeding seventy-six thousand nine hundred forty 
dollars 76,940 00 

For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and 
support of prisoners in jails and houses of correc- 
tion, a sum not exceeding one hundred and one 
thousand dollars 101,000 00 

For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not exceed- 
ing forty-two thousand five hundred dollars . 42,500 00 

For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 
bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding twentj^- 
five thousand five hundred dollars . . . 25,500 00 



354 Acts, 1937. —Chap. 320. 

Item 

10 For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding two thou- 
sand dollars $2,000 00 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments of 

insane, a sum not exceeding six thousand dollars . 6,000 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not exceed- 

ing ten thousand dollars ..... 10,000 00 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving county build- 

ings, a sum not exceeding thirteen thousand nine 

hundred dollars 13,900 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings, 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum 
not exceeding thirty thousand four hundred and 
ten dollars 30,410 00 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding one hundred six 
thousand four hundred and fifty dollars . . 106,450 00 

16a For examination of dams, a sum not exceeding four 

thousand dollars 4,000 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding three thousand 

dollars 3,000 00 

18 For the training school, a sum not exceeding five 

thousand five hundred dollars .... 5,500 00 

19 For county aid to agriculture, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-four thousand nine hundred and fifty dol- 
lars 24,950 00 

22 For pensions, a sum not exceeding seven thousand 

five hundred fifty-five dollars and fifty-nine cents 7,555 59 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the 

current year, a sum not exceeding two thousand 
five hundred fifty-six dollars and forty-two cents . 2,556 42 

23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing four thousand dollars ..... 4,000 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding five thousand 

dollars 5,000 00 

And the county commissioners of Plymouth county 
are hereby authorized to levy as the county tax of 
said county for the current year, in the manner 
provided by law, the sum of four hundred twenty- 
six thousand five hundred dollars, to be expended, 
together with the cash balance on hand and the re- 
ceipts from other sources, for the above purposes . $426,500 00 



Worcester County. 

For interest on county debt, a sum not exceeding one 

thousand dollars $1,000 00 

For reduction of county debt, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-five thousand dollars .... 25,000 00 

For salaries of county officers and assistants, a sum 
not exceeding fifty-eight thousand seven hundred 
dollars 58,700 00 

For clerical assistance in county offices, a sum not 
exceeding eighty-five thousand nine hundred and 
seventy-eight dollars 85,978 00 

For salaries and expenses of district courts, a sum not 
exceeding one hundred seventy-three thousand 
seven hundred eighty dollars .... 173,780 00 

For salaries of jailers, masters and assistants, and sup- 
port of prisoners in jails and houses of correction, 
a sum not exceeding one hundred seven thousand 
five hundred and ninety dollars .... 107,590 00 

For criminal costs in superior court, a sum not ex- 
ceeding seventy thousand dollars . . . 70,000 00 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 321. 355 

Item 

8 For civil expenses in supreme judicial, superior, pro- 

bate and land courts, a sum not exceeding seventy- 
four thousand dollars $74,000 00 

9 For trial justices, a sum not exceeding one thousand 

dollars 1,000 00 

10 For transportation and expenses of county and asso- 

ciate commissioners, a sum not exceeding three 

thousand four hundred and fifty dollars . . 3,450 00 

11 For medical examiners, inquests and commitments of 

insane, a sum not exceeding twenty thousand 

dollars 20,000 00 

12 For auditors, masters and referees, a sum not exceed- 

ing forty thousand dollars ..... 40,000 00 

13 For building county buildings and purchase of land, 

a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars . 10,000 00 , 

14 For repairing, furnishing and improving county build- 

ings, a sum not exceeding thirty-one thousand five 

hundred and twelve dollars . . . . 31,512 00 

15 For care, fuel, lights and supplies in county buildings, 

other than jails and houses of correction, a sum not 
exceeding sixty-eight thousand seventy-six dollars 
and fifty cents 68,076 50 

16 For highways, including state highways, bridges and 

land damages, a sum not exceeding four hundred 

thousand four hundred and fifty-five dollars . 400,455 00 

17 For law libraries, a sum not exceeding thirteen thou- 

sand three hundred and twenty dollars . . 13,320 00 

18 For the training school, a sum not exceeding twenty- 

one thousand three hundred and thirty dollars 21,330 00 

19 For county aid to agriculture, a sum not exceeding 

forty-one thousand five hundred dollars . . 41,500 00 

20a For the preventorium, a sum not exceeding three 

thousand dollars 3,000 00 

21 For the state reservation, a sum not exceeding 

twenty-four thousand dollars .... 24,000 00 

22 For pensions, a sum not exceeding sixteen thousand 

dollars 16,000 00 

23 For miscellaneous and contingent expenses of the cur- 

rent year, a sum not exceeding six thousand five 

hundred dollars 6,500 00 

23a For unpaid bills of previous years, a sum not exceed- 
ing two thousand dollars ..... 2,000 00 

24 For a reserve fund, a sum not exceeding ten thousand 

dollars 10,000 00 

And the county commissioners of Worcester countj^ 
are hereby authorized to levy as the county tax of 
said county for the current year, in the manner 
provided by law, the sum of one million seventy- 
four thousand eight hundred sixty-one dollars and 
eighty-five cents, to be expended, together with the 
cash balance on hand and the receipts from other 
sources, for the above purposes . . . $1,074,861 85 



Approved May 20, 1937. 



Chap.S21 



An Act relative to the method of making payments 
under the workmen's compensation law in case of 
certain specified injuries. 

Whereas, The deferred operation of this law would defeat Emergency 
its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emer- p'''^'*"'*''^- 
gency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the 
pubhc health, safety and convenience, 



356 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 322. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.). 152, § 37, 
amended. 



Method of 
payment for 
certain injuries. 



Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section thirty-seven of chapter one hundred and fifty-two 
of the General Laws, as appearing in the Tercentenary Edi- 
tion, is hereby amended by inserting after the word "thirty- 
four" in the tenth line the word: — , thirty-four A, — so 
as to read as follows : — Section 37. Whenever an employee 
who has previously suffered a personal injury resulting in 
the loss by severance, or the permanent incapacity, of one 
hand at or above the wrist or one foot at or above the 
ankle, or the reduction to twenty seventieths of normal vision 
of one eye with glasses, incurs further disability by the loss 
or permanent incapacity of a hand or foot or the reduction 
to twenty seventieths of normal vision in an eye, by reason 
of a personal injury for which compensation is required by 
this chapter, he, or his dependent, if death results from the 
injury, shall be paid the compensation provided for by 
sections thirty-one, thirty-two, thirty-four, thirty-four A or 
thirty-five, in the following manner: 

One half of such compensation shall be paid by the state 
treasurer from the fund established by section sixtj^'-five, 
and the other half by the insurer, but the additional com- 
pensation required by section thirty-six shall be paid by the 
insurer. Approved May 20, 1937. 



Chav.S22 An Act prohibiting and penalizing the use of drugs 

FOR THE PURPOSE OF AFFECTING THE SPEED OF HORSES 
AT HORSE RACING MEETINGS. 



Emergency 
preamble. 



G. L. (Ter. 
Ed.), 128A, 
new section 
13B, added. 



Penalty for 
administering 
drugs to 
horses. 



Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend 
to defeat its purpose, therefore it is hereby declared to be 
an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preserva- 
tion of the public convenience. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and twenty-eight A of the General 
Laws is hereb}'^ amended by inserting after section thirteen A, 
inserted therein by section eight of chapter four hundred 
and fiftj^-four of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty- 
five, the following new section: — Section 13B. No person 
shall administer or cause to be administered any drug, 
internally or externally by injection, drench or otherwise, 
to any horse for the purpose of retarding, stimulating or in 
any other manner affecting the speed of such horse in or in 
connection with a race conducted under the provisions of 
this chapter. Whoever violates this section shall be punished 
by a fine of five thousand dollars or by imprisonment for 
one year, or both. Approved May 20, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. —Chaps. 323, 324. 357 



An Act to provide for state reimbursement for the QJiaj) 323 

TRANSPORTATION OF PUPILS TO VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS 
WHERE SUCH PUPILS RESIDE IN A TOWN WHICH IS EX- 
EMPTED FROM MAINTAINING A HIGH SCHOOL BY THE 
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter seventy-foiir of the General Laws is hereby g. l. (Ter. 
amended by striking out section eight A, as appearing in the §^8A, amended. 
Tercentenary Edition, and inserting in place thereof the 
following : — Section 8 A . A town where a person resides Transporta- 
who is admitted to a school in another town under section attend^ing^''^ 
seven, and in which a public high school offering four years schools. 
of instruction is not maintained, including a town which state reim- 
is specifically exempted by the department of education 
under section four of chapter seventy-one from maintain- 
ing a high school, shall, through its school committee, when 
necessary, provide for the transportation of such person 
under the same conditions and subject to the same limita- 
tions as to cost, and shall be entitled to the same amount of 
state reimbursement, as is provided in sections six and seven 
of chapter seventy-one in the case of a person attending a 
public high school in a town other than that of his residence; 
and provided, that such a town where a child is placed by 
the department of public welfare or by the trustees of the 
Massachusetts training schools who is admitted as afore- 
said to a school in another town shall similarly provide for 
the transportation of such pupil to such school under the 
same conditions and subject to the same limitations as to 
cost as aforesaid and shall be entitled to state reimburse- 
ment to the full extent of the amounts so expended; and 
provided, further, that such a town which is specifically 
exempted as aforesaid shall be entitled to state reimburse- 
ment to the extent of one half the amount paid by it for 
such transportation irrespective of its expenditure per one 
thousand dollars valuation from the proceeds of local taxa- 
tion for the support of public schools. 

Approved May 20, 1937. 



Chap.324c 



An Act relative to the hunting of deer and other 

MAMMALS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Chapter one hundred and thirty-one of the General Laws g. l. (Ter. 
is hereby amended by striking out section one hundred and f^'loi/etV.. 
four, as amended by section one of chapter one hundred and amended, 
ninety-two of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirtj'-three, 
and inserting in place thereof the following: — Section 104-. ^^^reJ etc 
Whoever constructs, erects, sets, repairs or tends any snare in hunting" 
for the purpose of catching or killing any mammal, or hunts '"'""'"'''^• 
a mammal by such means or by the aid or use of any motor 



358 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 324. 

vehicle or artificial light, except as authorized herein, shall 
be punished by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than 
two hundred dollars. The construction, erection, setting, 
repairing or tending of any snare by any person shall be 
prima facie evidence of a violation by him of this section. 
Upon application to the director by the owner or occupant 
of land, the director may grant to him a permit authorizing 
him, a member of his family, or a person permanently em- 
ployed by him, if authorized by him so to do, for such period 
during the close season for deer, not exceeding ninety days, 
as may be specified in the permit, to set or ase a jack or 
artificial light on such land for the purpose of taking, injur- 
ing or killing any deer thereon which he has reasonable cause 
to believe has damaged or is about to damage crops or fruit 
trees thereon; and in the event of the taking, injuring or 
killing of a deer as aforesaid, the person by whom or under 
whose direction the deer was taken, injured or killed shall, 
within twenty-four hours thereafter, send to the director a 
written report, signed by him, of the facts relative to the 
said taking, injuring, or kilhng. 

The possession, except as authorized herein, during the 
period between one half hour after sunset and one half hour 
before sunrise in any place where deer might be found of a 
jack or artificial light and also any firearm and ammunition 
adapted to the hunting of deer, including a shotgun together 
with shotgun shells loaded with shot, bullet or ball larger 
than number two shot but not including a rifle the calibre 
of which is not larger than that of a twenty-two long rifle, 
so-called, or a pistol or revolver of not more than thirty- 
eight calibre, or the possession, except as authorized herein, 
during the period between one half hour before sunrise and 
one half hour after sunset in any such place of such a shot- 
gun together with shotgun shells loaded as aforesaid, shall 
constitute prima facie evidence that the person in possession 
thereof is using the same for the purpose of hunting deer in 
violation of this section. 

Nothing herein contained shall be construed as permitting 
any person to have in possession during the close season on 
deer any rifle, pistol or revolver in violation of section one 
hundred and twelve. Nothing herein contained shall be 
construed to prohibit the possession or use of shotgun shells 
loaded with shot, bullet or ball larger than number two shot 
during the open season on deer, nor to prohibit the hunting 
of raccoons or any unprotected mammal in a lawful man- 
ner with a jack or artificial light; provided, that no motor 
vehicle is used in conjunction with the use of such jack or 
artificial light. Approved May 20, 1937. 



Acts, 1937. — Chap. 325. 359 



An Act increasing the amount and period of payments Chav.d25 

TO CERTAIN DEPENDENT CHILDREN OF EMPLOYEES KILLED 
IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section thirty-one of chapter one hundred and fifty-two g. l. (Ter. 
of the General Laws, as amended by chapter two hundred f^illtc.'. 
and fifty of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-four, is amended, 
hereby further amended by striking out the paragraph con- 
tained in the seventh to the forty-fourth fines and inserting 
in place thereof the following: — 

To the widow, so long as she remains unmarried, ten Death 
dollars a week if and so long as there is no child of the em- to wTlow^. 
ployee, who is under the age of eighteen, or over said age 
and physically or mentally incapacitated from earning; to 
or for the use of the widow and for the benefit of all children 
of the employee, twelve dollars a week if and so long as 
there is one such child, and two dollars more a week for each 
such additional child; provided, that in case any such child 
is a child by a former wife, the death benefit shall be di- 
vided between the surviving wife and all living children of 
the deceased employee in equal shares, the surviving wife 
taking the same share as a child. If the widow dies, such 
amount or amounts as would have been payable to or for 
her own use and for the benefit of all children of the em- 
ployee shall be paid in equal shares to all the surviving 
children of the employee. If the widow remarries, all pay- 
ments under the foregoing provisions shall terminate and 
the insurer shall pay each week to each of the children of 
the employee, if and so long as there are more than five, 
his or her proportionate share of eighteen dollars and shall 
pay each of such children, if and so long as there are five or 
less, three dollars a week. If there is no surviving wife or 
husband of the deceased employee, such amount or amounts 
as would have been payable under this section to or for the 
use of a widow and for the benefit of all such children of the 
employee, shall be paid in equal shares to all such surviving 
children of the employee. The total amount of payments 
and the period of payments in all cases under this section 
shall not be more than sixty-foiu" hundred dollars nor con- 
tinue for more than four hundred weeks, except that pay- 
ment to or for the benefit of children of the deceased employee 
under the age of eighteen shall not be discontinued prior to 
the age of eighteen. When weekly payments have been 
made to an injured employee before his death, compensation 
under the foregoing provisions of this section shall begin 
from the date of the death of the employee, but shall not 
amount to a total of more than sixty-four hundred dollars, 
including such payments as were made to the injured em- 
ployee before his death, and shall not continue for more 
than four hundred weeks, including weeks during which 
payments were made to the injured employee before his 



360 Acts, 1937. — Chap. 326. 

death, except as above provided in cases where children 
of the deceased employee continue to be under the age of 
eighteen. Approved May 20, 1937. 

Chap.32Q ^^ ^^'^ incorporating the trustees of MIDDLESEX UNI- 
VERSITY WITH POWER TO GRANT CERTAIN DEGREES. 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

Section 1. Frank L. Whipple, John Hall Smith, Horatio 
S. Card, Howard C. Gale, John M. Russell, C. Ruggles Smith, 
their associates and successors, are hereby constituted a body 
corporate by the name of the Trustees of Middlesex Univer- 
sity; and they and their successors and such as shall be duly 
elected members of said corporation shall be and remain a 
body corporate by that name forever. Said trustees shall be 
self-perpetuating and shall have power as shall be required, 
to elect a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, 
and such other officers as may be necessary, and to declare 
the duties and tenures of their respective offices; provided, 
nevertheless, that the number of the members shall not be 
greater than twenty-one. 

Section 2. The said corporation shall have full power 
and authority to determine what times and places their meet- 
ings shall be holden, and the manner of notifying the trustees 
to convene at such meetings and also, from time to time, to 
select such professors and instructors of said university as 
they shall judge necessary for the interest thereof; and to 
determine the duties, salaries, emoluments, responsibilities, 
and tenures of the same; and said corporation is further 
empowered to piu-chase or erect, and keep in repair, such 
buildings as they shall judge necessary for said university; 
also to make and ordain, as occasion may arise, reasonable 
rules, orders, and bj^-laws for the regulation of their own 
body, and also to determine and regulate the courses of in- 
struction in said college; and said corporation may receive 
and hold real or personal estate, by gift, grant, devise, be- 
quest, or otherwise, to the amount not to exceed five million 
dollars; and shall have all rights, privileges, immunities, and 
powers, including the conferring of the degrees of bachelor 
of arts, bachelor of science, doctor of medicine, doctor of 
surgical chiropody or podiatry, and doctor of veterinary medi- 
cine, upon candidates recommended by the faculties of its 
respective schools; provided, that the degree of doctor of 
surgical chiropody or podiatry shall be conferred only upon 
candidates recommended by the faculty of its school of 
medicine and that all courses required for such degree shall 
be approved by the approving authority established under 
the provisions of section two of chapter one hundred and 
twelve of the General Laws, as amended by sections one 
and two of chapter two hundred and forty-seven of the 
acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-six, and the provisions 
thereof relative to the approval of a medical school shall 
apply to the approval of said courses. 



Acts, 1937. —Chap. 326. 361 

Section 3. The said corporation may have a common 
seal, which may be altered or renewed, and all deeds sealed 
with the seal of said corporation and signed in accordance 
with a vote of the board of trustees, shall be considered in 
law as the deeds of said corporation; and the said corpora- 
tion may sue and be sued in all actions. 

Section 4. The clear income of all the estate, real or 
personal, of which said corporation shall be seized and pos- 
sessed, shall be applied to the endowment of said university 
in such manner as most effectually to promote the general 
educational purposes of said corporation. 

Section 5. No officer or instructor in said university 
shall ever be required by the trustees to profess any par- 
ticular religious opinions as a test of office, and no student 
shall be refused admission to or denied any of the privileges, 
honors, or degrees of said college on account of the religious 
opinions he may entertain. 

Section 6. Middlesex College, an educational institu- 
tion incorporated under chapter twenty-eight of the acts of 
eighteen hundred and forty-nine under the name of the 
Worcester Medical Institution, and whose name was changed 
to its present one by chapter one hundred and twenty-nine 
of the acts of nineteen hundred and thirty-five, and the 
University of Massachusetts, Inc., a corporation organized 
under the general laws of the commonwealth in nineteen 
hundred and seventeen, are hereby authorized to transfer to 
the Trustees of INIiddlesex University, upon such terms and 
conditions as shall be agre