[Digested Laws 1873-78,] Common Carriers, 1. Carriers of explosive materials regulated. Penalties. 2. Power to open packages. Removal and sale. § 1. If any person shall knowingly deliver, or cause to be delivered to any canal, railroad, steamboat or other transportation company, or to any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of transportation, any nitro-glycerine, dualin, dynamite, gunpowder, mining or blasting powder, gun-cotton, phosphorus, or other explosive material adapted for blasting, or for any other purpose for which the articles before mentioned, or any of them, may be used, under any false or deceptive invoice or description, or without informing such person, firm or corporation, in writing, at or before the time when such delivery is made, of the true nature of such, and without having the keg, barrel, can or package containing the same plainly marked with the name of the explosive material therein contained, together with the word “dangerous” article, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to imprisonment for thirty days, and to pay a fine of one hundred dollars; and shall be responsible for all damages to persons or property, directly or indirectly resulting from the explosion or combustion of any such article. § 2. It shall and may be lawful for any officer or agent of any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of transportation, upon affidavit made of the fact that any package tendered for transportation, not in compliance with the provisions of the first section hereof, is believed to contain explosive material such as aforesaid, to require such package to be opened, and to refuse to receive any such package unless such requirement be complied with; and if such package be opened, and found to contain any explosive material, the said package and its contents shall be forthwith removed to any lawful place for the storing of gunpowder; and after conviction of the offender, or after three months from such removal, the said package, with its contents, shall be sold at public sale, after the expiration of ten days from notice of the time and place of such sale, published in one newspaper in the county where such seizure shall have been made; and the proceeds of such sale, after deducting therefrom the expenses of removal, storage, advertisement and sale, shall be paid into the treasury of the said county.