(225 ILCS 435/5) (from Ch. 121, par. 705)
    Sec. 5. No such license shall be granted to any person other than the owner of the land adjoining to or embracing the water over which the ferry is to be established, unless such owner shall neglect to apply for such license, after notice by the applicant, at least four weeks before the sitting of the county board, of his intention to make such application: Provided, that when any owner is a non-resident, or cannot be found, such notice shall be given to the party in possession of the land, if the same be occupied; and if no person be in possession, no such notice need be given: And, provided, that license may be granted without regard to ownership of the land, when the ferry has its termini upon a public highway.
(Source: R.S. 1874, p. 530.)