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paid into the town-treasury where the offence is committed, to and for the use of said town.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That this act shall be This act a considered as forming a compact with the State of Con- with con. necticut, and from which this general assembly will not necticut. depart, until the legislature of the State of Connecticut shall agree with the legislature of this State to a repeal thereof, alterations therein, or additions thereto.
An act to enforce an act entitled “ an act to regulate the Fishery 1822.
in Pawcatuck River.” Whereas divers owners of land adjoining Pawcatuck river in this State, have leased or let privileges to divers persons to fish in said river, who are regardless of the penalties annexed to a breach of the fourth section of said act, and unable to respond for the same, by whom the provisions of said section have been frequently violated:
Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, and by the au- Weirs, &c. thority thereof it is enacted, That if any owner or owners of land adjoining Pawcatuck river, in this State, shall hereafter permit any weir or pound or other obstruction to be erected or continued upon any flat or bottom of said river, whether done, erected or continued by themselves, servants, lessees, or any other person by their privity or consent, such owner or owners shall be liable for any Penalty on such breach or violation of said fourth section of the said owner of act, in the same manner as though the same had been committed by such owner or owners in person,
An act to prevent drawing Seines in a certain part of Warren 1795.
River. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the author- Penalty ity thereof it is enacted, That no seine shall be set or link
or ing seines drawn in any part of the river running from Warren in Warren river through the town of Barrington to the dividing line river. between the said town of Barrington and the town of Rehoboth, upon the penalty of twenty dollars, to be recovered by action of debt in any court proper to try the same; the one moiety thereof to the use of the person who shall inform and sue for the same, and the other moi
ety to the use of the poor of the town where such seine shall be so set or drawn.
1800. An act to prevent the drawing of Seines on any part of the
· shores of Little-Compton. Penalty Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authorfor drawing seines ity thereof it is enacted, That no seine shall be drawn on Little on any part of the shores of Little-Compton below highCompton
water mark, except for the purpose of catching menhaden; and that any person or persons who shall draw any seine on said shore, within the limits of said town, except as above excepted, and thereof shall be lawfully convicted, shall forfeit and pay twenty dollars, to be recovered by an action of debt before any court proper to try the same; one moiety thereof to him who shall sue or inform for the same, and the other moiety to and for the use of the State.
1803. An act to prevent the setting and drawing Seines in the Cove
commonly called Warwick Harbor or Cove. Seines not Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority to be seto
drawn thereof it is enacted, That no seine or seines shall at any in War- time be set or drawn in said cove, north of Horseneck wick cove.
point on the west, and the deep hole on Warwick neck shore on the east; and thai if any person shall set or draw any seine or seines in said cove, within the limits aforesaid, he shall forfeit the seine or seines so set or drawn, together with the boat and fishing apparatus employed in setting and drawing the same, to be seized and taken by warrant, issued upon complaint under oath; the said forfeiture to enure to the benefit of the complainant; and shall also forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars, to be recovered in an action of debt, one half thereof to and for the use of the person who shall sue for the same, and the other half to and for the use of the town of Warwick.
An act to prevent the Fish from being hindered in their course
up Mill Cove, in Warwick.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the Fish-way
no to be kept authority thereof it is enacted, That no person or persons up shall erect or make any mill-dam or other dam, or weir Mill cove, across said cove, nor from the mouth thereof to the pond &
&c. of fresh water into which fish pass in going up said cove; nor keep up any dam or weir already made across any such brookor course of water, at any time between the first day of April and the first day of June, annually, for ever; except such person shall leave and keep open, all said time, a good and sufficient way through such dam or weir, for the fish to pass and repass : and if any Method of person or persons owning any such dam or weir shall ing whethnot make a sufficient way through such his dam or weir, er the way and keep it open during the time aforesaid, it shall and beste may be lawful for any freeholder within said town to make complaint to any justice of the peace within the same county, that there is not a sufficient way for the fish to pass; which said justice shall, by a writing under his hand, sent by a constable or town-sergeant, notify the person owning any such dam or weir, that a complaint has been entered against him, for not opening and keeping a sufficient way through such his dam or weir; and that at a certain day named in such notification, (not to be within two days from the date thereof, he, with so many other of the justices of the county as shall see cause, will appear at the place where such dam or weir is, in order then and there to judge whether the way through said dam be sufficient; and if the major part of the justices so met shall adjudge the way through such dam to be good and sufficient, they shall order the complainant to pay all costs that have accrued by his needless complaint, and give in their judgment in writing to the owner of such dam, that the way through the same is sufficient; but if said justices so met shall adjudge the way through said dam not to be sufficient, they shall order the owner thereof to pay all the costs and charges that have accrued by such his neglect, and order a sufficient way to be made through said dam, which said judgment shall be final: and that the officer by whom the notification shall be sent, shall take a particular view of the dam or dams against which complaint is made, and if it appears that the way is insufficient or sufficient, but that it was made so be.
tween the time of making the complaint and the time of examination made by the justices, that then the person against whom complaint is made shall pay all charges : and if the owner or owners of any such dam shall afterwards presume to stop up the way ordered open by the said justices, or any part thereof, within the time aforesaid, he or they so offending shall forfeit the sum of twenty dollars, to be levied by a warrant of distress from under the hand of any justice to whom the truth of the above
fact shall be made out. No person Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all persons shall be to fish on
restricted from fishing in said cove or brook three days, days, &c. viz: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, in each week, dur
ing the time aforesaid, saving with a hook and line on Saturday and Monday; and in case any person or persons shall be lawfully convicted of fishing on any of the days aforesaid, he or they shall pay a fine of three dollars upon every conviction; and in case the person convicted shall not pay the money within ten days, then the justice shall issue a warrant to the sergeant or constable of any town in the county, to distrain so much of the goods and chattels of the offender as will satisfy and pay the same with costs: and all persons shall be wholly restricted from catching or hindering any alewives coming
down such cove or brook aforesaid, at all times in the Penalty year for ever; and in case any person shall be convicted for stop; of hindering such fish coming down such cove or brook, ping fish.
he shall pay a fine of three dollars, to be levied as aforesaid ; and one moiety of all the aforesaid fines shall go to the complainant, or the person who shall prosecute for the same, and the other half shall be put into the towntreasury, for the use of the town.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That no person shall Penalty hereafter draw or set any seine or net in any part of said
cove, nor from the mouth thereof, to the pond of fresh waing seine, corg &c. ter, into which the fish pass in going up said cove, under
the penalty of fifty dollars, to be sued for and recovered by action of debt, before any court proper to try the same; one half thereof to and for the use of said town, the other half to and for the use of the person who shall sue for the same.
An act granting to the United States of America the public 1793.
Light-House within this State. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority Lightthereof it is enacted, That there be and hereby is granted un-house
granted to to the United States of America, the light-house situate in the United Jamestown, being the property of this State, together with States. all the right, title and claim of the State to the lands and tenements thereto adjoining, with the jurisdiction of the same; provided nevertheless, that if the United States Proviso. shall at any time hereafter neglect to keep lighted and in repair the light-house aforesaid, that then the grant of the said light-house shall be void and of 'no effect: provided Right to also, that all civil and criminal processes issued under the se authority of this State, or any officer thereof, may be executed on the said land, or in the said light-house or tenements, in the same way and manner as if the jurisdiction had not been ceded as aforesaid : and provided further, to be paid that if the United States shall at any time hereafter make for in any compensation to any one of the United States, for the cession of any light-house heretofore made or which may be hereafter made to the United States, that then the like compensation be made to this State, by the United States, for the cession of the light-house, lands and tenements aforesaid, in proportion to their value respectively.
An act granting to the United States the jurisdiction over Watch- 1806.
Hill Point, so called, in the town of Westerly, in this State. WHEREAS the United States, by an act of Congress pass- Preamble. ed the twenty-second day of February, A. D. 1806, directed a light-house to be erected on Watch-hill point, in the town of Westerly, in this State, provided sufficient land for the accommodation of this light-house might be obtained at a reasonable price; and provided this State would cede the jurisdiction over the same to the United States : and whereas the United States have purchased the land of Watch-hill point, viz: four and an half acros and sixteen rods, of the proprietor thereof, bounded and described as followsky viz : beginning at the northeast corner of said land, at a heap of stones by the sea-shore, by land belonging to George Foster; thence north sixteen chains and ninety-one links, in a direct line with the first course in the wall, to the sea or sound ; thence south 82