five of them, shall call a meeting of the stockholders at the city of Washington, by advertisement in one of the newspapers printed in Washington, Georgetown, and Alexandria, appointing a fit and convenient time and place of meeting; and the said stockholders shall proceed in person, or by proxy, to the election, by ballot, of a president and six directors for conducting the said undertaking, and managing the business of the company, for and during the term of one year from the time of their appointment.
Style of the company.
Proviso.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said stockholders and their successors, from the time of the said first meeting, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be, incorporated by the name of the “Washington Canal Company,” and by that name may sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, answer and be answered, and may make all necessary by-laws and regulations for the proper management of the business of the company: Provided, that the same be not contrary to the laws of the United States, or the laws in force in the district of Columbia.
Term of service of the directors, &c. &c.Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said president and directors shall continue in office one year from the time of their election, and the directors may fill any vacancy which may happen in their own body during the term for which they were elected, and in case of the death, resignation or disqualification of the president, they may elect a president to serve for the residue of the term; and the said stockholders, in one year after the day on which the election of president and directors shall be first made, and on the same day in every year thereafter, (except the same shall happen on Sunday, in that case on the day succeeding) shall elect by ballot from among the stockholders one person as president, and six persons as directors; and the president and directors, for the time being, shall give public notice in one of the newspapers printed in Washington, Georgetown, and Alexandria, for a new election, at least ten days previous to the expiration of the time for which they were elected; and each stockholder shall be allowed one vote for every share by him or her held at the time in said company; and any stockholder, by a written authority, under his or her hand, and executed in the presence of two witnesses, may depute any other stockholder to vote and act as proxy for him or her at any general meeting.
Powers of the directors of the Washington Canal Company.Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the said president and directors so elected, and their successors, shall be, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to agree with any person or persons, on behalf of said company, to cut the canal, as laid down on the plan of the city of Washington, erect such locks, and perform such other works as they shall judge necessary, for opening the canal aforesaid, and the forks thereof; and out of the monies arising from subscriptions, wharfage and tolls, to pay for the same; and to repair and improve the said canal, locks, and other works necessary thereto, and to defray all incidental charges, and also to appoint a treasurer, clerk, and such other officers, toll-gatherers, managers and servants, as they shall judge requisite, and to settle their respective wages.
Treasurer of the company to give bond, &c.Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the treasurer of the said company shall, before he acts as such, give bond to the company in such penalty, and with such security as the said president and directors shall direct, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of his office.Stockholders to pay up the remaining nine tenths of their shares, &c. &c.Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the said president and directors so elected, and their successors, shall have full power and authority to demand and receive of the stockholders, in equal proportions, the remaining nine tenths of the shares, from time to time, as they shall judge necessary; and if any of the stockholders shall neglect or refuse to pay their proportions, within one month after the same shall have been ordered, the share or shares of such defaulter shall be forfeited: Pro-