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TOLL ROAD IS NO MORE.

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TOLL ROAD IS NO MORE.

The New York Times
June 12, 1900


New Jersey Supreme Court Abolishes an Old-Time Corporation.

TRENTON, N. J., June 11.—Justice Van Syckle, in the Supreme Court to-day, rendered a decision in the case of the State, representing residents and taxpayers of Newark, against the Newark Plank Road Company.

The court holds that the company's corporate existence has ceased, and that the act by which it sought to prolong its life is unconstitutional in that the title is misleading and not specific.

The company was originally chartered Feb. 24, 1849, for fifty years.  This time expired on Feb. 24, 1899, but the company claimed an extension of corporate existence for another fifty years.  A committee of Newarkers demanded free passage for their vehicles over the road, which runs from Newark to Jersey City.  It was refused, and the usual toll collected.  The present suit followed.  The decision to-day will make a free highway of the old toll road.



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