SUPPLEMENTING ACT, SECOND CLASS CITIES
                 Act of Jul. 19, 1917, P.L. 1105, No. 369             Cl. 11
                               A SUPPLEMENT

     To an act, entitled "An act for the government of cities of the
        second class," approved March seventh, one thousand nine
        hundred and one; conferring upon said cities, in cases of
        emergency, additional powers to purchase and store the
        necessities of life, including food and coal, and sell the
        same to the residents of said city.

        Section 1.  Be it enacted, &c., That cities of the second
     class shall be, and they are hereby, authorized, whenever an
     emergency exists, to purchase and store the necessities of life,
     including food and coal, and to sell the same to any of the
     residents of said city.
        Section 2.  Whenever the mayor of any city of the second
     class shall certify in writing to the council of said city that,
     in his opinion, an emergency exists, and a resolution of said
     council to that effect shall be duly enacted in the manner
     provided by law, the said city shall appropriate such sum or
     sums of money as may, from time to time, be considered necessary
     and advisable, to purchase the necessities of life, including
     food and coal.
        All matters relating to the purchase thereof, the storage,
     sale or disposal thereof, shall be under the control, direction,
     and supervision of the Department of Supplies, subject to such
     rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the council of
     said city or the department. The prices to be charged for said
     necessities of life, including food and coal, shall be such as
     to return to the city upon the entire transaction as near as may
     be the actual cost to the city of the purchase, storage, and
     disposal of the said necessities of life.
        Section 3.  The said emergency shall be deemed to have
     terminated whenever a resolution shall be duly enacted to the
     effect that the said emergency no longer exists; and thereupon
     the Department of Supplies shall proceed with the sale of the
     remaining stock on hand to the best advantage, selling the same
     at such prices as will, as near as may be, returned to the city
     the actual costs and expenses involved in such transaction; and
     the amount received herefrom shall be returned to the city
     treasurer, to make restitution for the amounts theretofore
     appropriated for said purposes.
        Section 4.  Contracts made under the authority of this act
     may be let without previous advertisement and competitive
     bidding, as now required by law.