1897 public laws – Ch. 304 Sec. 1

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CHAPTER 304 An aet to authorize the trustees of the North Carolina Institu- tion for the Edueation of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind to employ two or more physicians. WHEREAS, The North Carolina institution for the education of the deaf and dumb and the blind consists of two separate departments, for the white and colored pupils respectively, located in different parts of the city, a mile apart; and, WHEREAS, The late Attorney-General, F. I. Osborne, gave it as his opinion that the board of trustees of said institution has no right nor authority of law to elect more than one physician to said institution ; and, WHEREAS, There are inthis state colored physicians compe- tent and efficient in every way to serve said institution profes- sionally, faithfully and well; and, WHEREAS, It is nothing but common justice that the patron- age of the colored department of said institution should be dis- tributed to our coloreed citizens whenever and wherever it is practicable so to do; and, WHEREAS, Where there are large aggregations of children, such as are domiciled in both departments of said institution, and as such very liable to diseases both epidemic and endemic ; and, WHEREAS, If such diseases were prevailing at both depart- ments of said institution at one and the same time it would be impracticable for one physician to give that professional care which the nature of the case demands ; now, therefore, The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

ll be lawful for the board of trustees of the North Carolina institution forthe education of the deaf and dumb and the blind to elect two or more physicians, one or more to serve the white department and the other to serve the colored department of said institution : Provided, however, the combined salaries of said physicians shall not exceed seven hundred and fifty ($750.00) dollars per annum. This act shall be in force from and after its ratification. Ratified the 8th day of March, A. D. 1897

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