||51 pleaded, defend and be defended, in all courts of law and equity, and in all actions whatsoever, to purchase, receive, and hold property, real and personal, in said City; to purchase, receive, and hold real property beyond the City for burying grounds or public purposes, for the use of the inhabitants of said City; to sell, lease, convey, or dispose of property, real and personal, for the benefit of said City; to improve and protect such property; and do all other things in relation thereto as natural persons. Sec. 3. There shall be a City council, to consist of a mayor, four aldermen, and nine counsellors; who shall have the qualifications of electors of said City, and shall be chosen by the qualified voters thereof, and shall hold their offices for two years, and until their successors shall be. elected and qualified. The City council shall judge of the qualifications, elections, and returns of their own members, and a majority of them shall form a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and compel the attendance of absent members, under such penalties as may be prescribed by ordinance. Sec. 4. The mayor, aldermen, and counsellors, before entering upon the duties of their offices, shall take and subscribe an oath or affirmation, that they will support the Constitution of the United States, and of this State; and that they will well and truly perform the duties of their offices, to the best of their skill and abilities. Sec. 5. On the first Monday of April next, and every two years thereafter, on said day, an election shall be held for the election of one mayor, four aldermen, and nine counsellors; and at the first election under this ordinance, three judges shall be chosen, viva voce, by the electors present. The said judges shall choose two clerks; and the judges and clerks, before entering upon their duties, shall take and subscribe an oath or affirmation, such as is now required by law to be taken by judges and clerks of other elections; and at all subsequent elections. The necessary number of judges and clerks shall be appointed by the City council.