CHAPTER 360

CLAIM

STELLA F. KNOWLES

AN ACT APPROPRIATING MONEY OUT OF THE STATE TREASURY TO STELLA F. KNOWLES, GRANDMOTHER OF BENJAMIN L. WAGAMON, DECEASED, TO PAY A CLAIM AGAINST THE STATE OF DELAWARE FOR THE DEATH AND FUNERAL EXPENSES OF HER GRANDSON BENJAMIN L. WAGAMON.

WHEREAS, on the tenth day of February, A. D. 1948, Benjamin L. Wagamon, while riding with fellow workmen in an automobile on his way to work, did lose his life when the said automobile in which he was riding, over the bridge crossing the Indian River Inlet between Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach, Sussex County, Delaware, collapsed, causing the automobile in which the said Benjamin L. Wagamon was riding across the said bridge to fall into the waters of the said Indian River Inlet; and

WHEREAS, the said bridge was under the control and jurisdiction of the State Highway Department of the State of Delaware, and the bridge tender employed by the said Highway Department had left the said bridge unattended and open to the entrance thereon for persons desiring to cross said Indian River Inlet, although said bridge tender had been warned of the danger to the said bridge then existing by reason of the ice conditions in said Indian River Inlet; and

WHEREAS, at the time of his death, said Benjamin L. Wagamon was about twenty-five years of age, steadily employed by Magee Construction Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at a salary of Sixty-four Dollars ($64.00) per week and was living with his grandmother, Stella F. Knowles; and

WHEREAS, said Stella F. Knowles became responsible for the funeral of her grandson, said Benjamin L. Wagamon, and expended the sum of Seven Hundred Seventy-seven Dollars and Seventy Cents ($777.70) for her grandson's burial, NOW, THEREFORE

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

Section 1. That there is hereby appropriated to Stella F. Knowles, grandmother of said Benjamin L. Wagamon, deceased, the sum of Seven Hundred and Seventy-seven Dollars and Seventy Cents ($777.70), in full payment of the claim of Stella F. Knowles against the State of Delaware for the death and burial of her grandson, Benjamin L. Wagamon.

Section 2. This Bill shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Bill, and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State Treasury not otherwise appropriated. The State Auditor and State Treasurer are hereby authorized and directed to draw and deliver to Stella F. Knowles a warrant for the payment of the said sum of Seven Hundred and Seventy-seven Dollars and Seventy Cents ($777.70).

Approved June 30, 1949