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No. 1. Ord. No. 11, 1849.
Appointment of Keepers.
other persons sued may plead the general issue.
Keepers to give bond.
Keepers liable to a fine for neglect.
and Caicos Islands, do most humbly and earnestly beseech your Majesty, that it may graciously please your Majesty to approve of, and to order the erection of a lighthouse at Grand Turk, Turks Islands, and that it may be ordained, and be it ordained by His Honour Frederick Henry Alexander Forth, Esquire, President of the Council administering the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Legislative Council of the said islands, and it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same, that such lighthouse, when erected, shall be under the superintendence, direction, and management of a port officer for these islands, to be hereafter nominated, subject to your Majesty's approval, by the President or officer administering the Government.
II. And be it further ordained, that the said port officer shall have power, subject to the approval of the President, to appoint, during pleasure, keepers for the said lighthouse, and shall have authority to purchase and provide, by contract or otherwise, with the approval of the President, all candles, wicks, materials, and all other necessaries for the said lighthouse, and also to provide for the keeping of the said lighthouse in good order and condition, and to make rules for the guidance of the keepers aforesaid, which rules, when approved of by the President, shall be in full force.
III. And whereas it is necessary to provide for the expense attending such lighthouse, be it further ordained, that so soon as the said lighthouse shall have been erected as herein provided, and shall be properly lighted, there shall be paid, or security in double the amount given for the same, to the Receiver-General or Assistant Receiver-General, on behalf of Her Majesty, her heirs, and successors, for the public use and support of Her Majesty's Government, upon every ship or vessel arriving at any port within these islands, and coming to an entry, the sum of Threepence per ton, for each and every ton of the registered tonnage of such ship or vessel : Provided that the vessels of Her Majesty's Navy, or any vessel wholly engaged and employed as a transport or storeship in the service of Her Majesty, her heirs, or successors, and all steamers, shall be wholly exempt from paying the said toll.
IV. And be it further ordained, that in case any action or suit shall be commenced against the said port officer, Receiver-General, or Assistant Receiver-General, or any other person acting in their behalf, for anything done in pursuance of this Ordinance, the defendant or defendants in such action or suit may plead the general issue, and may give this Ordinance and the special matter in evidence.
V. And be it further ordained, that the keepers of the lighthouse shall not be entitled to have and receive any salary or remuneration under this Ordinance, until they shall have entered into a bond or bonds to Her Majesty, her heirs, and successors, with sufficient sureties in sums not exceeding altogether One hundred pounds, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duty devolving upon them, and in case any such keepers shall be convicted before the said port officer of any neglect or wilful misconduct in their office, he or they shall be liable to a fine not exceeding Twenty pounds, or to the forfeiture of his or their bond or bonds, or to dismissal, or to all or any of the three, according to the nature of his or their offence.
VI. And be it further ordained, that if any person shall steal
from the said lighthouse, any tools, stores, or materials, necessary for keeping the said light, or lighthouse, in good and efficient order, or shall wilfully, maliciously, or wantonly do, or cause any mischief or damage to the said lighthouse, or to the lamps, glasses, or to any Penalty for part of the apparatus belonging to the same, such offender, on con- stealing stores, viction thereof, shall be liable to imprisonment with hard labour, &c., from for any term not exceeding seven years. Lighthouse, or doing injury to same. Allowance to Port Officer for supervising £30 per annum. Lighthouse,
VII. And be it further ordained, that the port officer, for the expense he may incur in supervising the said lighthouse and the keepers of the same, shall be entitled to have and receive an allowance at and after the rate of Thirty pounds per annum, to be paid by warrant in the usual manner.
VIII. And be it further ordained, that there shall be allowed for the maintenance of such lighthouse, and defraying the salaries of the keepers of the said lighthouse, a sum not exceeding Four hundred pounds per annum, to be accounted for, and to be paid by warrant in the usual manner.
IX. Definition of the word President.
X. And be it further ordained, that nothing herein contained shall be of any force or effect until Her Majesty's assent shall have been obtained thereto, nor until the said lighthouse shall have been completed, nor until Her Majesty's assent shall have been signified by proclamation, nor until a day to be in such proclamation fixed for the commencement thereof, and from that period shall be and shall continue in force during Her Majesty's life, and six months after that period.*
XI. And be it further ordained, that so soon as Her Majesty's assent to this Ordinance shall have been proclaimed, and the said lighthouse shall have been completed and properly lighted, the President or officer administering the Government shall direct a notice thereof to be published within these islands, for Three months, and the tolls payable under this Ordinance shall be payable on the Tenth day from and after the, day of the date of such notice, and shall continue to be payable during the continuance of this Ordinance.
No. 2.-ORDINANCE No. 7 of 1850.
An Ordinance to amend the Ordinance No. 11 of 1849, entitled "An Ordinance to provide for the Maintenance and efficient Regulation of a Lighthouse at Grand Turk." (Passed 1st August, 1850. Confirmed 18th Feb., 1851.)
HEREAS in and by an Ordinance entitled, "No. 11 of 1849, an Ordinance to provide for the Maintenance and efficient Regulation of a Lighthouse at Grand Turk (Turks Islands)," it is amongst other things ordained, that there shall be allowed for the maintenance of such lighthouse, and for defraying the salaries of the keepers of the said lighthouse, a sum not exceeding Four hundred pounds per annum. And whereas it may happen that the said sum of Four hundred pounds may not prove sufficient to defray the expense attending the efficient maintenance of such light; May it
*Duration perpetual. See Ordinance No. 2, 1851.
Ord. No. 11, 1849.
for the main
tenance of the Lighthouse not to exceed £400 per an
come into ope-
Her Majesty's assent to be published within these Islands for Three months.
No. 2. Ord. No. 7, 1850.
PREAMBLE. Reciting Or
dinance No. 11 of 1849.
No. 2. Ord. No. 7, 1850.
warrant for the
Commencement and duration.
therefore please Your Majesty that it may be ordained, and be it ordained by his honour Frederick Henry Alexander Forth, Esquire, President administering the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Legislative Council of the said islands, and it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same that a discretionary power and authority shall be, and is hereby vested in the President or other officer administering the Government of these islands for the time being, and he is hereby authorized and required from time to time to issue his warrant for the payment from the Treasury of these islands of such sum or sums of money as may be found necessary, in order to carry out the provisions of the aforesaid Ordinance over and above the said sum of Four hundred pounds, granted by the before-recited Ordinance.
II. And be it further ordained that this Ordinance shall come into operation so soon as Her Majesty's assent thereto shall have been proclaimed, and shall continue in force during Her Majesty's life, and six months after that period.
Part of Ordinance No. 11, 1849, and of
No. 7 of 1850, repealed.
No. 3.-ORDINANCE No. 2 of 1851.
Ord. No. 2, An Ordinance to amend two several Ordinances No. 11 of 1849, and 1851. No. 7 of 1850, to provide for the Maintenance and efficient Regulation of a Lighthouse at Grand Turk.
April, 1851. Confirmed 23rd Dec., 1851.)
HEREAS in and by an Ordinance entitled "No. 11 of 1849, an Ordinance &c., &c., to provide for the Maintenance, and efficient Regulation of a Lighthouse at Grand Turk," and also by an Ordinance No. 7 of 1850 to amend the aforesaid Ordinance, it is amongst other things provided that the said-recited Ordinances shall be and continue in force for and during the term of Her Majesty's life, and for Six months after that period, and whereas such a provision is uncalled for and inexpedient, and the same should be repealed; May it therefore please your Majesty that it may be ordained and be it ordained by his honour Frederick Henry Alexander Forth, Esquire, President administering the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Legislative Council of the said islands, under the supervision of the Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief in and over the Island of Jamaica, and it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same, that so much of the two hereinbefore-recited Ordinances as limits their duration as aforesaid, shall be and the same is repealed accordingly.
No. 1.-ORDINANCE No. 5 of 1854.
An Ordinance to establish a Post-office within the Turks and Caicos
HEREAS it is expedient that provision should be made by PREAMBLE, law for the establishment of a Post-office in this presidency; May it, &c.,
I. That a post-office shall be established at Grand Cay, to be called the Turks and Caicos Islands Post-office.
No. 1. Ord. No. 5, 1854.
II. That it shall be lawful for the President of these Islands to appoint a fit and proper person to be the postmaster; who shall hold his office during pleasure; and no person so appointed shall be capable of holding the said office unless such person shall have first made and subscribed to the declaration in the Schedule hereunto annexed before a Justice of the Peace.
be established. President to appoint Postmaster. Who shall subscribe to a declaration.
in Council. Postmaster to attend in
son or by De
III. That there shall be allowed and paid out of the Public Salary of £50 Treasury of these islands by warrant in the usual manner to the allowed. postmaster in monthly payments, an annual salary of Fifty pounds: Provided always that the payments of such salary shall be subject to the following conditions, that is to say; First, that the building Building used used as a post-office shall be situated in such part of Grand Cay as as a Post-office shall from time to time be approved of by the President in Coun- to be approved cil; Secondly, that such postmaster shall personally or by suffi- of by President cient deputy give his attendance at his office at such hours and times as may be appointed by the President; thirdly, that such postmaster shall once a week deliver or cause to be delivered every letter remaining in the post-office and addressed to any person having a place of residence at Grand Cay; and shall at least once in every month cause a list of unclaimed letters to be published in one of the newspapers of the colony: Provided always that nothing herein contained shall be construed to require the said postmaster to deliver any letter without first receiving the postage therefor. IV. That on all letters not exceeding half an ounce in weight brought into the colony on which no postage shall have been paid or is chargeable, there shall be paid to the said postmaster fourpence; and on all such letters, if exceeding half an ounce in weight, an additional postage at and after the same rate shall be paid. And all sums of money received by the said postmaster for postage To be paid in shall be accounted for and paid by him to the Receiver-General in aid of the revenue of the colony; save and except the sum of One penny per letter, which shall be paid by the said postmaster to the
Letters to be delivered weekly. Unclaimed letters to be published monthly. Rate of Post
aid of the general Revenue.
master of every vessel for each letter delivered by him at the postoffice.
V. That the owners, charterers, or consignees of vessels inward bound, and the owners or consignees of goods on board vessels inLetters exempt ward bound, shall have their letters by such vessels free from
postage; and the owner, charter, or consignee shall be described as such on the address; and in the case of owners, shippers, or consignees of goods, it shall also appear by the ship's manifest that they have goods on board the vessel; and the persons hereby exempted shall be entitled to have their letters which come within the above conditions, delivered on demand before the master of the vessel deposits the other letters in his charge at the post-office.
VI. That every master of a vessel inward bound shall cause all letters on board his vessel (except those belonging to the owners or consignees of the vessel, or of the goods on board) to be delivered at the post-office at Grand Cay, and shall sign a declaration in the presence of the said postmaster or his deputy who shall witness the same; and such declaration shall be to the effect following:-I, A. B., master of the (state the name of the ship or vessel) arriving from (state the place) do solemnly declare that I have to the best of my knowledge and belief delivered or caused to be delivered at the post-office every letter which was on board the (state the name of the ship) except such letters as are exempt by law. And no Receiver-General or other revenue officer shall permit such vessel to come to an entry until such declaration shall have been produced to him, under a penalty not exceeding Ten pounds. And all letters brought by a vessel quarantined shall be delivered to the health officer, that all proper precautions may be taken by him before he cause such letters to be forwarded to the postoffice.
No. 1. Ord. No. 5,
Declaration of delivery of letters.
To be produced at the ReceiverGeneral's Office
Persons in possession of letters after the delivery of letter-bag, fined 10s.
Refusing to deliver the
same, fined £1.
Penalties for opening letterbag.
Penalty for wilful delay of
Penalties, how recovered.
VII. That every person being either the master of a vessel, inward bound, one of the officers, or one of the crew, or a passenger thereof who shall knowingly have any letter in his possession not exempted as hereinbefore is mentioned, after the master shall have lodged the letters in his charge at the post-office, shall forfeit for every letter a sum not exceeding Ten shillings; and such letter, whether it be in the baggage or on the person of the offender or otherwise in his custody, shall be held to be in his possession: and any such person who shall detain any such letter after demand made by the revenue officer shall forfeit for every such letter a sum not exceeding One pound.
VIII. That every master of a vessel or other person who shall open a sealed letter-bag shall forfeit a sum not exceeding Five pounds; and every master of a vessel who shall take out of a letterbag with which he shall have been intrusted for conveyance, a letter or any other thing, shall forfeit a sum not exceeding Twenty pounds; and every master of a vessel who shall not duly deliver all letters liable to postage at the post-office on his arrival, without wilful or unavoidable delay, shall forfeit a sum not exceeding Five pounds; and every master of a vessel quarantined who shall refuse to deliver to the health officer all letters in his possession, shall forfeit a sum not exceeding Five pounds.
IX. That all offences against this Ordinance may be heard, and all pecuniary penalties imposed be recovered in any Court having competent jurisdiction.