Sec.[Section] 1st Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly. That if any person or persons shall kill any one or more neat cattle or hogs in the woods he shall, within thre days, shew the head and ears of such hog or hogs, and the hide with with the ears on of such neat beast or cattle to the next magistrate, under the penality of ten dollars to be recovered by any person who will sue for the same, before any justice of the peace in said County by action of debt, information or indictment in any Circuit Court in this state.
Section 2d Every person in this state who hath horses, cattle, or hogs shall have an ear mark or brand different from the ear mark or brand of all his neighbors which ear mark or brand he shall record with the Clerk of the county commissioners court where his horses cattle, and hogs are, for recording of which ear mark and brand the clerk shall be entitled to demand and rcieve the sum of twelve and a half cents. And every person shall brand horses with the said brand from eighten months old and upwards; and ear mark all his hogs from six months old and upwards; with the said ear mark; And ear mark or brand his cattle from nine months old and upwards with said ear mark or brand: and if any dispute shall arise about any ear mark or brand, the same shall be decided by the book of the clerk of the county commissioners court of the county where such horses, cattle, or hogs are.
Sec 3d Where any person shall b^u^y any neat cattle from any other person, or come to the same by gift, will, or any other lawful means, then and in such case the person who has gained the same by any of the ways aforesaid, shall within eight months brand the said neat cattle with his own [propper?] brand, and in the presence of one or more credible witnesses, a certificate of which shall be signed by the said witness, or witnesses as the case may be.1
This act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
A bill for an act concerning marks & brands
sel. com Wyatt.
1These three sections repeat most of Section 15 of “An Act respecting Crimes and Punishments,” passed in 1819, which was the last of three sections addressing “Hog Stealing.” This bill does not include the last sentence and proviso of Section 15, dealing with hogs without ears.
“An Act respecting Crimes and Punishments,” 23 March 1819, Laws Passed by the First General Assembly, of the State of Illinois (1819), 218-19.
2These legislators formed the first select committee that considered the bill in the House.
Illinois House Journal. 1835. 9th G. A., 1st sess., 253.
Handwritten Document, 4 page(s), Folder 70, HB 85, GA Session: 9-1, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL) ,