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An Act to amend an Act entitled an Act to establish a Code of Criminal Procedure for the State of Texas, approved August 26th, 1856, and to repeal certain portions thereof.

 Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That Article 143 of the above named Code, be so amended. as to hereafter read as follows: Article 143. The service- of the writ may be made by any person capable of giving testimony in Court. And the third clause of Article 644, shall hereafter read as follows: 3rd. Persons of color shall not testify, except where the prosecution is against a person who is a person of color; or where the offence is charged to have beer committed against the person or property of a person of color. 

Sec. 2. That Article 140, Article 663, and Titles VI. and VII. of part IV; and also Articles 978 a, and 978 b, be and the same are hereby repealed. 

Sec. 3. That this Act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage. 

Approved October 26th, 1866.

  Extracted from Gammel's The Laws of Texas