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CHAPTER 365 AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A ROAD COMMISSION AND TO IM- PROVE THE PUBLIC ROADS OF WAKE COUNTY. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
All able-bodied male persons in the county between | the ages of twenty-one and forty-five years, except such as by law | are exempted, shall be liable to work on the public roads of the } county for four days in each year at such time and place and in | such manner as may be designated by the Superintendent of / Roads: Provided, that all persons who have paid their poll tax | on or before July first, in the year succeeding that in which said | tax was levied or assessed, shall be exempted and excused from | such road work. It shall be the duty of the Sheriff of the county i j to furnish in July of each year a list of all persons who have not iH paid their poll tax for the preceding year by said time. The 4; Superintendent shall cause all such persons to be warned in for | work upon the public roads at such time and place as he may see | fit, and give to such at least three days notice by leaving written | notice at the home or place of residence, specifying the time and place when such work is to be performed: Provided, that any person may in lieu of such work pay to the Sheriff of the county before the day on which he is summoned to work his poll tax | and costs incurred. Any person summoned to work the roads, } shall not be worked with convicts, and whites and blacks shall be worked in separate squads. No person shall be worked on | the roads more than five miles from his place of residence.