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the Secretary, shall forthwith issue his proclamation, and publish the same in the several newspapers printed in this State, declar. ing the result of the said election upon each of said questions.
Sec. 3. If a majority of all the votes given for and against the Constitution, shall be given for the Constitution, then this constitution shall be deemed to be approved and accepted by the electors of the State, and shall take effect accordingly; and if a majority of such votes shall be given against the Constitution, then this Constitution shall be deemed to be rejected by the electors of the State, and shall be void.
Sec. 4. If this Constitution shall be accepted by the electors, and a majority of all the votes given for and against slavery, shall be given for slavery, then the following section shall be added to the bill of rights, and shall be part of this Constitution:
“ Sec. Persons lawfully held as slaves in any State, Territory or District of the United States, under the laws thereof, may be brought into this State; and such slaves and their descend. ants may be held as slaves within this State, and shall not be emancipated without the consent of their owners."
And if a majority of such votes shall be given against slavery, then the foregoing section shall not, but the following section shall be added to the bill of rights, and shall be a part of this Constitution:
“Sec. — There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servi. tude in the State, otherwise than as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted."
And if a majority of all the votes given for and against free negroes shall be given against free negroes, then the following section shall be added to the bill of rights, and shall be a part of this Constitution:
No free negro or mulatto, not residing in this State at the time of the adoption of this Constitution shall come, reside, or be within this State, or hold any real estate, or make any contracts, or maintain any suit therein; and the legislative assembly shall provide by penal laws for the removal by public officers of all such negroes and mulattoes, and for their effectual exclusion from the State, and for the punishment of persons who shall bring them into the State, or employ or harbor them."
Sec. 5. Until an enumeration of the white inhabitants of the State shall be made, and the Senators and Representatives appor tioned as directed in the Constitution, the county of Marion
shall have two Senators and four Representatives; Lane, two Senators and three Representatives; Clackamas and Wasco, one Senator jointly, and Clackamas three Representatives and Wasco one Representative; Yamhill, one Senator and two Representatives; Polk, one Senator and two Representatives; Benton, one Senator and two Representatives; Multnomah, one Senator and two Representatives; Washington, Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook, one Senator jointly, and Washington one Representative, and Washington and Columbia one Representative jointly; and Clatsop and Tillamook, one Representative jointly; Doug. las, one Senator and two Representatives; Jackson, one Senator and three Representatives; Josephine one Senator and one Representative; Umpqua, Coos and Curry, one Senator jointly, and Umpqua one Representative, and Coos and Curry one Representative jointly.
Sec. 6. If this Constitution shall be ratified, an election shall be held on the first Monday in June, 1858, for the election of members of the legislative assembly, a representative in Congress and State and county officers; and the legislative assembly shall convene at the capital on the first Monday of July, 1858, and proceed to elect two Senators in Congress, and make such further provision as may be necessary to the complete organization of a State government.
Sec. 7. All laws in force in the Territory of Oregon when this Constitution takes effect, and consistent therewith, shall continue in force until altered or repealed.
Sec. 8. All officers of the Territory of Oregon, or under its laws, when this Constitution takes effect, shall continue in office antil superseded by the State authorities.
Sec. 9. Crimes and misdemeanors committed against the Territory of Oregon shall be punished by the State as they might have been punished by the Territory if the change of government had not been made.
Sec. 10. All property and rights of the Territory and of the several counties, subdivisions, and political bodies corporate of, or in the Territory, including fines, penalties, forfeitures, debts and claims of whatsoever nature, and recognizances, obligations, and undertakings to or for the use of the Territory or any county, political corporation, office or otherwise, to or for the public, shall enure to the State, or remain to the county, local division, corporation, officer, or public, as if the change of government had not been made; and private rights shall not be affected by such change.
Sec. 11. Until otherwise provided by law, the judicial districts of the State shall be constituted as follows: The counties of Jackson, Josephine and Douglas shall constitute the first district. The counties of Umpqua, Coos and Curry, Lane and Benton shall constitute the second district. The counties of Linn, Marion, Polk, Yamhill and Washington shall constitute the third district. The counties of Clackamas, Multnomah, Wasco, Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook shall constitute the fourth district; and the county of Tillamook shall be attached to the county of Clatsop for judicial purposes.
Done in Convention at Salem, the eighteenth day of September,
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty. seven, and of the independence of the United States the eightysecond.
MATTHEW P. DEADY, President