North Carolina Sessions Laws 1876-1877: Milton and Sutherlin Narrow Gauge Railroad
AN ACT TO ALLOW THE MILTON AND SOUTHERLIN [sic] NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD COMPANY TO USE FORTY (40) CONVICTS UNTIL THE FIFTEENTH OF DECEMBER, ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SEVEN.
Section 1. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact, That the penitentiary board are authorized and directed to farm out to the president and directors of the Milton and Sutherlin Narrow Gauge Railroad Company forty (40) able-bodied convicts to work on the construction of said railroad, and the bridge over Dan river, and the said penitentiary board shall require a bond, with good security, that the said railroad company will feed, clothe and guard said convicts, and provide them with medicine and medical attendance and comfortable quarters, free from any expense to the state, and return said convicts on or before the fifteenth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven.
But the said convicts shall be at all times under the control of the sheriff of Caswell county, as to their government and discipline under the rules and regulations established for the government of convicts: Provided That said convicts shall in no case be worked beyond the limits of the state: Provided, That there shall be an estimate made of the nett value of the labor done by said convicts on the road of the said company, to be fixed on a just and equitable basis by the president of said company, and a person appointed by the Governor on the part of the state, and the nett value of said labor shall be a first lien on all the property and franchises of the said company.
Sec 2. That this act shall be of no effect unless at least 500 convicts are left to work on the Western North Carolina railroad.
Sec. 3. This act shall be in force from and after its ratification.
Ratified the 27th day of February, A. D. 1877.