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Sec. 2. The act in relation to the cells in the state prison, and in relation to the jail in the county of Providence, passed by the general assembly at the January session, A. D. 1841, is hereby repealed.

Passed May session, 1844.

Resolved, that the warden of the state prison and the keeper of the county jail in the county of Providence be directed to keep the accounts of said prison and jail separate and distinct; so that it may appear what amount of expenses is properly chargeable to said state prison and what amount to said county jail.

Passed June session, 1844.

An Act in relation to Petitions for Acts of Incorporation.

1. Petitions for acts of incorporation, ex-

cept for certain purposes, to be con-
tinued until after the election of a new
general assembly.

2. Notice to be given of the pendency of

such petitions-in what manner and

It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows:

SECTION 1. All petitions that may be presented for any act of incorporation for any purpose, except for religious, literary or charitable purposes, or for a military or fire company, shall be continued until the session next succeeding the next election of members of the general assembly.

Sec. 2. Notice of the pendency of such petition shall be given by advertisement thereof in some newspaper printed in this state, for three weeks next after the rising of the general assembly at the session at which the said petition may be

preferred; and in such other manner as may in each case be prescribed by the general assembly.

Passed January session, 1844.

An Act in addition to the several acts relating to Public


1. School districts authorized to pur-

chase, hire, build and furnish school

houses and yards. 2. Mode of calling meeting of school

districts. 3. Inhabitants of school districts quali

fied to vote for a tax or on the expendi


ture of money, may at regular meetings appoint chairman and clerk, and order a tax and carry into effect pow

ers conferred by section one. 4. Taxes how to be assessed and collect


It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :

SECTION 1. Every school district is hereby authorized and empowered to purchase, receive, hold and convey land for the site and yard of a school-house for the district; to build, hire and repair school-houses, and to supply the same with furniture, blackboards and other appendages and accommodations; and to make all necessary provision for the preservation and use of the property of the district ; and for these purposes to hold meetings from time to time in some suitable place in the district.

SEC. 2. Until the inhabitants of a district shall prescribe some other mode for calling the same, the meeting of a school district shall be called by the school committee of the town or district in which such district is situated, by setting up a notice of the time, place and object of the meeting in three public places in the district, at least ten days previous ; and it shall be the duty of said committee to call a meeting at any time on the written request of any five legal voters of the district.

Sec. 3. At any meeting duly notified, the inhabitants of the district qualified to vote for a tax or on the expenditure of money in the town in which such district is situated, shall have power by a major vote to appoint a chairman and clerk for the time being; to adjourn from time to time; to vote a tax on the district for the purposes specified in the first section of this act, and to appoint assessors and a collector of the same; to appoint one or more persons to superintend the purchase, building, furnishing and repairs of the school-house, and the proper use and preservation of the building; and to do any thing else which may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this act.

SEC. 4. Whenever a tax shall be voted in the district, the same shall be levied on all the real estate situated therein, and upon the personal property of all persons residing in the district at the time of voting such tax: and such tax shall be apportioned and assessed according to the tax bill of the town to which the district belongs, last completed or next to be completed, as the district may direct; and the assessors and collector appointed by the inhabitants shall have the same powers, and proceed in the same manner, in assessing and collecting the district tax, as the assessors and collector of a town tax.

Passed January session, 1844.

An Act in relation to the board of Prisoners.

The weekly board of prisoners fixed at one dollar and twenty-five cents.

It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :

The keepers of the several jails shall hereafter be allowed one dollar and twenty-five cents a week for the board of all persons confined in their respective jails.

Passed May session, 1844.

An Act in amendment of an act entitled "An Act to regulate

the Fisheries in Palmer's River."

1. Seines may be drawn in said river by

inhabitants of the state on all days,
except Sundays.

2. Part of second section of amended act


It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :
SECTION 1. Said act is so far amended as that all

persons who are inhabitants of this state may set or draw seines or nets in said Palmer's river, above Kelly's bridge, on every day in the week except Sunday, from the rising to the setting of the sun on those days.

Sec. 2. So much of the second section of said act as is inconsistent herewith, is repealed.

Passed May session, 1844.


An Act to regulate the taking of Fish in the waters of this state.

1. Persons from without state prohibited

from taking fish in this state to be car


ried away in vessels.
2. Penalties how recovered.

It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :

Section 1. No person living without the state shall take any lobsters, tautauog, bass or other fish, within the harbors, rivers or waters of this state, for the purpose of carrying them from thence in vessels or smacks; under a penalty of ten dollars for every offence, and a forfeiture of all the fish or lobsters so taken.

Sec. 2. All penalties and forfeitures accruing under this act may be recovered by indictment or complaint before any justice of the peace.

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An Act in amendment of an act entitled An Act in relation

to Justices of the Peace.

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1. Justices of the peace to make returns 4. General treasurer to commence suits

to the general treasurer, on first day against all delinquents.
of May session of general assembly, 5. Repeals certain acts.
of fines collected and of costs belong. 6. Sheriff to return all civil commissions
ing to state, and pay over same.

remaining in his hands on first Mon2. Penalty for neglect.

day in January, to the secretary. 3. General treasurer to return names of 7. Secretary of state to furnish general

all delinquents under this act to at assembly with lists of all commissions torney general.

returned to him by sheriff. 8. When act goes into effect.

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It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :

SECTION 1. Each and every justice of the peace and warden, whether elected by the general assembly or by any town, shall annually on the first day of the May session of the general assembly, make return in writing to the general treasurer, whether he hath collected any fines due the state during the preceding year, and the amount and circumstances of such fines, if any by him collected ; and also if any penalties or costs in any civil or criminal suit or process due the state has been in his hand more than one year before said day, and the amount and circumstances of such penalties and costs; and shall pay over said fines, penalties and costs to said general treasurer.

Sec. 2. Each and every justice of the peace and warden who neglects to make return and pay over such fines, penalties and costs as aforesaid, shall, in addition to an action for the recovery thereof, as herein provided, forfeit and pay the sum of twenty-five dollars, to and for the use of the state ; to be recovered by indictment before any court of competent jurisdiction.

Sec. 3. The general treasurer shall communicate to the attorney general the name of every such justice of the peace or warden who neglect to make return as aforesaid.

Sec. 4. The general treasurer shall forthwith commence an action against each and every delinquent, for the recovery of the fines, penalties and costs aforesaid ; and such delinquent shall be liable to pay all costs of suit, whether he hath collected any such fines, penalties and costs, or not.

Sec. 5. The resolution of the general assembly passed in June last, directing the secretary to issue commissions to such justices only as make return, and also the third section of the act entitled “ An act to prevent the detention of fines from the proper officers,” are hereby repealed.

Sec. 6. The sheriffs of the several counties shall annually on or before the first Monday of January return to the secretary's office all civil commissions remaining on hand unclaimed, during the then political year; and in default thereof shall be liable to a penalty of one hundred dollars ; to be sued for and recovered by the general treasurer, to and for the use of the state.

Sec. 7. The secretary shall, at the May session annually, furnish the general assembly with a list of all commissions returned to him as aforesaid ; and shall also furnish the general treasurer with the names of all justices of the peace who refused or neglected to take their commissions as aforesaid.

Sec. 8. This act act shall take effect from and after the passage thereof.

An Act authorizing Town Councils to examine Registries of


SECTION 1. Town councils that have neglected to examine registries of voters, per

mitted to do so before the first Monday in October, after notice.

It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows:

SECTION 1. Any town councils who have omitted to make examination of the registry of their towns on the second Monday of June, as required by the ninth section of an act entitled “ An act to regulate the election of civil officers," may make such examination at any time before the first Monday of October next : provided, such examination be public, and notice of the same be given by advertisement in some newspaper printed in said towns, or by posting up in at least three public places in said towns.

An Act relative to Lunatics.

Section 1. Keepers of jails in which lunatics are confined to give notice to attorney

general, if person or town liable for their support neglect to support them, and he to

commence suits for the same. It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :

Section 1. Whenever any person or town chargeable with the expense of keeping in jail any lunatic or person fu

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