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to be such, he shall, for every such offence, pay as a fine the sum of four hundred dollars, to and for the use of the state ; to be recovered by indictment before any court of competent jurisdiction.
Sec. 17. The master or any other person having the charge of any vessel arriving at any place within this state with any passengers on board, from any port in any other of the United States or from any country without the United States, shall, within twenty-four hours after the arrival of such vessel, make report in writing under his hand, of all such passengers, their names, nation, age, character and condition, so far as shall have come to his knowledge, to the overseer or overseers of the poor of the town at which such vessel shall arrive; and every such master or other person who shall neglect to make such report, or who shall wittingly and wilfully make a false one, shall, for each offence, forfeit the sum of one hundred dollars; to be sued for and recovered by action of debt by the town treasurer, to and for the use of such town.
Sec. 18. If any Indian of the Narragansett tribe shall reside in any town in this state, and shall become or be likely to become chargeable to such town, it shall be lawful for any one of the overseers of the poor and the town council of such town, to cause such Indian to be removed to the said tribe in the manner provided for the removal of a pauper by the eighth and tenth sections of this act, and there deliver him to a member of the council of said tribe, and leave an authentic copy of the order of removal with such member; and if such member shall refuse to accept such Indian, he shall forfeit the sum of twenty dollars, to be recovered in like manner and for the same use as is provided in the said eighth section of this act; and if the council of said tribe shall think the said tribe aggrieved at the determination and order of the town council for the removal of such Indian, it shall be lawful for them in behalf of said tribe, to appeal to the same court and in the same manner as is provided in the ninth section of this act ; and the said court shall have the same power in the premises as is there provided; and if any Indian who shall be sent out of any town agreeably to this act, shall voluntarily return thither again without leave first obtained of the town council for so doing, he shall forfeit the same penalty and be subject to the same punishment as is prescribed in the twelfth section of this act.
Sec. 19. If any person shall reside in any town in this state not being legally settled in that or in any other town in this state, who shall become or be likely to become chargea
ble to the town where such person shall reside, or who shall in the opinion of the town council of such town be a person of bad fame and reputation, and an unsuitable person to become an inhabitant thereof, it shall and may be lawful for such town council, upon complaint of any one or more of the overseers of the poor of such town, to order such person to depart from and out of such town, within such time as the said town council in their discretion may appoint; and if the person so ordered shall not depart from such town within the time appointed as aforesaid, or having so departed shall voluntarily return thither without leave first obtained from the town council for so doing, such person shall be fined by the town council not exceeding seven dollars, to and for the use of said town; and in default of paying the same at the time appointed by the said town council, shall be committed to the work-house, bridewell or asylum, if any there be in that town, to be there kept in close confinement, or to labor ; or the town council may bind out such person to service to any citizen of the United States, for any term of time not exceeding one year.
Sec. 20. Whenever the town council of any town shall adjudge any person residing therein to be of bad fame and reputation, or to be an unsuitable person to become an inhabitant of such town, and shall order him to be removed therefrom, such person shall not by his thereafter acquiring or becoming seized or possessed of any real estate in such town, gain any settlement in such town.
Sec. 21. Before any town council shall make an order of removal or an order to depart under the thirteenth or nineteenth sections of this act, they shall cause the persons against whom such order is to be made, to have notice that the overseer or overseers of the poor of such town have made such complaint against him, with intent to obtain such order; which notice shall be served by the town sergeant or any constable of such town, by reading the same in the presence and hearing of such person, or by leaving a true and attested copy thereof at his usual place of abode ; and such persons shall have a right to be heard, and to have his allegations and his testimony weighed by such council, before any order be made against him.
An Act relating to Theatrical Exhibitions and Places of Amuse
lations of the council. 3. Penalty for allowing exhibition or
performing without license. 4. Sum demanded for license. 5. Tax on billiard table-bowling alley.
part of town.
alleys and billiard tables. 8. Owner, &c., of premises where bo lo
ing alley, &c., is situated, deemed the keeper.
It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows:
SECTION 1. The town councils of the several towns are hereby authorized and empowered to license, regulate, and as they shall find expedient, prohibit and suppress theatrical performances, rope and wire dancing, and all other shows and performances in their respective towns.
Sec. 2. When any such exhibition shall be licensed by the town council of any town, it shall be subject to such regulations and restrictions as shall be prescribed by said town council; who are hereby authorized to appoint constables or other proper officers, at the expense of the licensed person, whose duty it shall be to prevent riots, and all disorderly behaviour, and to execute the orders of said council.
Sec. 3. If any person shall allow any such exhibition without license, in any house or room to him belonging, or under his control, he shall forfeit and pay as a fine the sum of fifty dollars; and every person acting or performing in any such exhibition without license, shall forfeit and pay as a fine for every such offence the sum of two hundred dollars. The fines in this section mentioned, may be recovered by indictment in any court of competent jurisdiction; the one half thereof to and for the use of the complainant, and the other half, to and for the use of the state. SEC. 4.
It shall be the duty of said town councils to demand and receive of every person licensed by virtue of the preceding sections of this act, a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars, nor less than one dollar, for each license; the one half of the sum so received to be paid into the town treasury of the town in which such exhibition shall be licensed, for the use of the town, and the other half thereof to the general treasurer for the use of the state.
SEC. 5. The town council of each town are authorized and required to assess, levy and collect a tax, not exceeding two hundred dollars, nor less than twenty-five dollars, per an
num, on any person who shall own or keep a billiard-table in such town, for each billiard-table by him kept; and a tax not exceeding twenty-five dollars, nor less than five dollars, per annum, on any person who shall own or keep a bowling-alley in such town, for each bowling-alley by him kept; or on any person who shall own or occupy the house or building in which said billiard-table or bowling-alley shall be kept; which taxes shall be collected in the manner prescribed for the collection of town taxes; and appropriated, the one half thereof to and for the use of the town in which such tax shall be collected, and the other half to and for the use of the state.
Sec. 6. No bowling-alley shall hereafter be kept in the compact part of any town, under a penalty of two hundred dollars for the first, and five hundred dollars for the second offence; to be recovered to and for the use of the state, by indictment in any court proper to try the same. And the town council of each town is hereby authorized and directed to define the limits of the compact part of such town; which limits shall be taken and deemed, to all intents under this act, to comprehend the compact part of such town.
Sec. 7. The town council of each town are hereby authorized and empowered to regulate, and as they find expedient, prohibit and suppress, bowling-alleys and billiard tables in their respective towns, and in any place therein; and the keeper of any bowling-alley or billiard-table who shall refuse or neglect to comply with any order or decree of the town council herein authorized, shall forfeit and pay as a fine for each offence the sum of fifty dollars ; to be recovered by indictment to and for the use of the state, in any court proper to try the same.
Sec. 8. The owner or occupier of the premises on which any bowling-alley or billiard table is situated, shall be deemed and taken as the keeper of such bowling-alley or billiardtable, within the meaning of the two preceding sections of this act.
An Act to prevent Drunkenness.
SECTION 1. Town councils to prohibit the sales of towns adjoining those where they live.
liquor to drunkards, by posting them. 3. Penalty for selling liquor to persons 72. Common drunkards may be posted in posted. It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :
SECTION 1. The town council of every town, upon complaint unto them made, and satisfactory evidence produced
thereon that any person belonging to and dwelling within the limits of such town doth practice the odious and destructive vice of drunkenness, may order prohibitions to be posted in such and so many places within said town as to them shall seem needful, forbidding all retailers of strong liquors, as well as others, from selling or furnishing any kind of strong liquor, directly or indirectly to such person.
Sec. 2. Every town council, after they shall have posted any person as a common drunkard, as above provided, may notify the town councils of the adjoining towns, who upon such notification are required to post the same in some convenient place or places in their respective towns.
Sec. 3. Every person who shall sell or furnish any strong liquor to any person posted as aforesaid, within the town in which he shall be so posted, and shall be duly convicted thereof before any justice of the peace of such town, shall pay as a fine, to and for the use of the town in which such offence shall be committed, the sum of four dollars for the first offence, and for every offence afterwards the sum of eight dollars; and the person so convicted shall also pay cost.
An Act regulating Proceedings in Cases of Bastardy. SECTION
SECTION 1. Upon complaint of overseers, on the 7. If defendant be found guilty by the
examination of an unmarried woman, court of common pleas, the court may warrant to issue-how directed and confirm the order of the justices in served-proceedings on the same whole or in part; if not guilty, to accused to give recognizance to ap
have his costs. Overseers may appear at future time.
peal in certain cases. 2. Recognizance to be certified by th 8. Accused living out of the county,
justice taking it to the town clerk to warrant by whom to be issued, and be by him kept. Duty of town clerk proceedings on same. in relation to it.
9. Proceedings in case accused does not 3. On the birth of the child, mother to appear at town clerk's office in pur
be examined and warrant to issue suance of his recognizance. against the person charged as the 10. Form of order for the maintenance of father.
a bastard child. 4. Order to be made against such person 11. Town council may bind out person
for the support of child, if mother committed to jail, for not performing shall repeat the accusation, and he an order for maintenance of bastard can offer no reason that he is inno child. Wages how applied. cent.
12. Child dying, justices to ascertain ex5. Appeal granted from such order to penses; to be collected by their warcourt of common pleas.
rant; appeal granted. 6. Trial in court of common pleas to be 13. Form of order where child is stillby jury; judgment final; supreme
born. court may grant a new trial in such 14. Security to indemnify town, to be ac
cepted. It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :
SECTION 1. Upon the examination of any unmarried woman, taken on oath in writing, in consequence of a com