Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in the General Assembly met:

SECTION 1. That Chapter 24, Revised Statutes, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out all of Sections 9 and 10 of said Chapter 24, and inserting in lieu thereof the following, which shall be Sections 9 and 10 of said Chapter : -

"SECTION 9. Every Sheriff elected or appointed in either of the Counties of this State, before entering upon his office, shall, with sufficient surety or sureties, become bound to the State of Delaware; by a joint and several obligation to be, with the surety or sureties therein, approved by the Associate Judge resident in the County, for which said Sheriff shall have been elected, namely; the Sheriff' of New Castle County in fifty thousand dollars; the Sheriff of Kent County in fourteen thousand dollars; and the Sheriff of Sussex County in Twelve thousand dollars, upon condition, that if the said Sheriff shall and do well and truly serve and execute all writs and processes to him directed, without delay and shall, from time to time, upon request to him made for that purpose well and truly pay or cause to be paid to the several suitors and parties interested therein, their lawful agent, factors or assigns, and to the several officers all and every sum or sums of money to them respectively belonging, which shall come to his hands or which it shall be his duty to collect and receive ; and receive collect, and pay over all public taxes whatsoever committed to him for collection ; and shall and do from time to time, and at all times during his continuation in office, and perform in everything the duty in him reposed, then the said bond to be void, otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue. This bond shall be entered at large upon the continuance record of the Superior Court of the same County at the time it is taken, and the approval of the surety or sureties and of the bond shall appear on the record."

"SECTION 10. That if any such Sheriff shall neglect so to enter into much Ii ad he shall, ipso facto forfeit his office; and the Prothonotary shall forthwith certify such neglect to the Governor, who shall thereupon appoint another person, being an inhabitant of the same county, to fill the vacancy until the next general election and the qualification of a successor. The Governor shall duly notify the said Prothonotary of every appointment of a Sheriff to fill a vacancy.

Approved February 16, A.D. 1899