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1815. An act for the better ordering of the Police of the town of

North-Providence, and of the Work-house and Bridewell to

be established therein. Town Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by council

make the authority thercof it is enacted, That the freemen of the regula- town of North-Providence, in town-meeting assembled, tions respecting

or the town-council of said town, be and they are hereby their empowered to make and ordain all such regulations rework

specting a workhouse and bridewell, to be by them established in said town, as to them shall seem necessary, not being contrary to the laws of this State; which regulations shall be firm and valid for the good government of

the said workhouse and bridewell. And alter Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the town-council of

e. the said town of North-Providence be, and the said coun

cil is hereby empowered, from time to time hereafter, to alter and amend the said regulations, or expunge such as may seem to them erroneous or unnecessary, or add such new articles as to them may seem necessary, provided the same be not repugnant to the laws of this State.

And whereas, by reason of the existing laws of several of the neighboring States, it is often attended with great trouble and expence, and in some cases utterly impossible, to convey persons rejected by the said town-council

to the place of their legal settlement: May re. Sec. 3. Be it therefore further enacted, That the said townmove or commit

council may, upon the examination and rejection of any transient transient person or persons, remove them to the place of persons,

their legal settlement, or (if likely to become chargeable) commit them to said workhouse, to be there provided for and kept to labor: and the said town-council is hereby further empowered to commit to the said house, or bridewell, in said town, any person who, having been legally removed from the said town, shall return to reside therein, contrary to their order of removal : and in case any transient person who is ordered to appear or be brought before the said council for examination, shall secrete himself or herself, to elude the officer, the said council may order the proper officer to take such person into custody, whenever found by him, and commit him or her to the said workhouse, until his or her examination be legally taken.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That any person or inhabitant of the said town of North-Providence, who shall

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be convicted before any court of justices in the county of Convicts Providence of stealing or purloining any goods, wares, m merchandize or other thing, not exceeding the value of committed ten dollars, shall, in default of paying the fine adjudged to

sou well. by the said court, be committed to the said bridewell, for a term of time not exceeding one year, and in default of paying the cost and restitution adjudged by the said court, such delinquent shall be put to hard labor in the said workhouse, under the then existing regulations thereof, until he or she shall discharge said cost and restitution, or be otherwise legally discharged therefrom; but if such delinquent be not an inhabitant of the said town of NorthProvidence, but a transient person or resident in said town without a legal settlement therein, the said court may, at discretion, sentence him or her, as hereinbefore prescribed, or proceed according to the statute in such cases heretofore made.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That any person con- Also of asvicted before any court of justices in the said town of sault or

battery. North-Providence, of an assault or battery, in default of paying the fine adjudged by the said court, shall be committed to the said bridewell, for a term of time at the discretion of the court, not exceeding six months; and in default of paying costs, shall be kept to hard labor in said workhouse, under the then existing regulations thereof, until legally discharged therefrom.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the town-council, Also disor any judge of a court or justice of the peace in the said orderly

persons. town of North-Providence, may, upon the complaint of any freeholder or other respectable person, or from facts within his or their own knowledge, call before him or them any drunken, riotous or disorderly person or persons, who may be detected in revelling in the streets, committing any sort of mischief, quarrelling, or otherwise behaving in a riotous and disorderly manner, to the disturbance and annoyance of the peaceable citizens of said town, and him, her or them commit to the said bridewell, for a time not exceeding twenty-four hours, which commitment shall be by a mittimus in writing, under hand and seal, stating the offence, and directed to the town-sergeant or constable to convey, and to the keeper of the said bridewell to receive, the person or persons so offending, into his custody.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That upon complaint being made to the said town-council, or any justice of the

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die Workhouse. has been examined by the said town-council, and order

ed to depart, the said town-council or justice shall, upon due proof being made, cominit such person to the said workhouse for a term of time 20$ exceeding one month,

in manner as aforesaid, there to be kept at labor. Officer re. Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That if any officer to fusing to whom any precept shall be directed as aforesaid, shall

refuse or neglect to execute the same, upon complaint and due proof of such delinquency being made, before any one justice of the peace in the said town, such delinquent shall pay, to and for the use of the said town of North-Providence, the sum of twenty dollars, with costs of

prosecution; and any freeman of the said town may sue Proviso. for and prosecute the same to final issue; provided that

nothing in this act shall be construed to preclude any person from the right of appeal, in any case heretofore allowed by law; and it is further provided, that no part of the expence atiending the government of said workhouse or bridewell shall be chargeable on the State, except the maintenance of persons committed for theft, or assault and battery, who shall be allowed the same support as is allowed poor prisoners in jail.

1820. An act to regulcte the Police of the town of Bristol. No person SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the bells, &c. Unutuyo

c. anthority ihereof it is enacted, That no person or persons

shall hereafter ring or toll any or either of the bells at any or either of the places of public worship in the town of Bristol, between the hours of nine o'clock in the evening and sunrise next morning, except in cases of fire, nor shall ring or toll either of said bells during the time of public worship, on christmas Cays; and that if any person or persons shall ring or to!! either of said bells, contrary to the true intent and meaning of this act, such person or

persons and each and every of them shall, upon comPenalty. plaint and conviction thereof before any justice of the

peace within the county of Bristol, pay as a fine, a sum not less than ten dollars, nor more than twenty dollars, with all costs of prosecution; which fine shall be paid into the town-treasury of said town, to and for the use of the free schools of said town.

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Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any licenced Retailers retailer, other than tavernkeepers, shall hereafter on the not to sell

on Sab, Sabbath day, sell or deliver within the limits of said bath day. town, to any person or persons, any wine, brandy, rum, gin or other strong liquor, such licenced retailer shall, upon complaint and conviction thereof as aforesaid, pay as Penalty. a fine, a sum not less than ten dollars, nor more than twenty dollars, to be paid and appropriated, as aforesaid; and such person's licence shall thereupon beforieited.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That if any person or No person persons shall at any time hereafter fire any gun or pistol to his in any of the streets, roads, lanes, buildings, or from any of the walls or fences thereto contiguous, and within the compact part of said town, without justifiable cause, such person or persons shall, upon complaint and conviction Penalty, thereof as aforesaid, pay a fine not less than two dollars, nor more than four dollars, for the first offence, and the sum of four dollars for each and every subsequent offence, to be paid and appropriated as aforesaid.

Sec. 4. And be it further. enacted, That if any person or drive or persons shall drive any horse or horses in any dray, horse

hay out of a trucks, cart, wagon, sled or sleigh or other vehicle through walk, de. any street, road or lane, within the compact part of the town of Bristol, faster than upon a walk, without holding such horse or horses with a bridle or reins, such person Penalty. or persons shall, upon complaint and conviction thereof as aforesaid, pay as a fine, the sum of five dollars for the first offence, and ten dollars for every subsequent offence, to be paid and appropriated as aforesaid.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That if any person or False persons shall hereafter in the night time cry or otherwise alarm of falsely or mischievously raise the alarm of fire, or shall to the number of two or more go about the streets in said town, in a noisy, riotous or routous manner, to the disturbance, fear or alarm of any of the people of said town, it shall be lawful for and the duty of any justice of Penalty. the peace or warden, and for the sheriff of the county of Bristol or either of his deputies, on view thereof, to take up such person or persons, and him or them to commit to the jail in said town, and in close custody keep, until such person or persons shall have paid as a fine, the sum of two dollars, to be paid and appropriated as aforesaid, or until he or they be discharged according to law.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That if any person or persons shall hereafter play at or with any foot-ball or bat

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part of the town of Bristol, such person,or persons shall, up-
on complaint and conviction thereof as aforesaid, pay a fine
of one dollar for the first offence, and two dollars for ev.
ery subsequent offence, to be paid and appropriated as

aforesaid.
Horses at Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That if any horse or
large to be horses, shall at any time hereafter be found going at large
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in any of the roads or streets within the compact part of
the town of Bristol, it shall be lawful for and the duty of
the pound-keeper, town-sergeant or either of the field-dri-
vers or constables of said town, to take up such horse or
horses, and the same to impound; and the owner or own-
ers thereof shall not receive such horse or horses again,
until such owner or owners shall produce a certificate
from the town-treasurer of said town, shewing that he has
been paid a fine of fifty cents, which shall be appropriated
as aforesaid, and such owner or owners shall also pay to
the pound-keeper the further sum of fifty cents for each

horse so impounded, and all reasonable charges for the Pound keeping of said horse or horses; and in case the owner keeper's or owners thereof shall neglect to comply with the providuty.

sions of this act on notice of the impounding as aforesaid,
it shall be lawful for the pound-keeper to consider such
horse or horses as an estray or estrays, and may proceed
therewith as with an estray, and under the act entitled
66 an act for the crying of horses, neat cattle, sheep and
hogs."

1802, *22. An act providing in case of Fire breaking out in the towns of

Bristol and Warren. Each

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by house to the authority thereof it is enacted, That each house in the ed with towns of Bristol and Warren, except such as the towntwo buck- council many think proper to exempt, shall be provided

with two good leather buckets, under the penalty of for-
feiting the sum of two dollars, to be recovered by the
town-treasurer, to and for the use of the poor of said towns
respectively, before any two justices of the peace of said
towns, by action of debt.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That from time to time,
at the yearly meeting for the election of town-officers, the

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