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Bristol

Cents.

Cents.

16 ferriage.

house.

to receive the following rates of ferriage and no more, to wit:

Newport and

South Ferry. Ferry. For each and every footman,

10

8 Rates of For ditto, who puts off a boat,

20 For a man and horse,

25

16 For each and every draft horse,

18 16 For ditto neat beast, two years old and upwards,

20 18 For each and every yearling beast,

13 10 For each and every calf,

5

4 For ditto hog,

6

5 For ditto sheep or lamb,

3

2 For every horse and carriage with the persons in it,

85 50 For all heavy goods per cwt. .

6

5 Sec. 13. And be it further enacted, That the proprietors Ferry of the several ferries shall keep constantly posted up in laws. &co their respective ferry houses, in some public room or ed up in place, a printed abstract of the several laws regulating ferry said ferries, and a schedule of the legal rates of ferriage, the condition in which the boats and wharves are to be kept, and generally the duties of said proprietors and of the ferryman, and the penalties for a breach thereof: and Penalty every proprietor or occupier of a ferry.who shall neglect to comply with the foregoing provision, shall forfeit and pay the sum of five dollars for every such offence, to and for the use of the town within which his ferry is low cated: provided that the space of five days after any Proviso. complaint shall be allowed to such proprietors or occupier, within which to comply with the law, before he shall be again made liable for the same offence.

Sec. 14. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the du- Town ty of the town-treasurers of the several towns in which treasurer ferries are established, to sue for and recover all penalties penalties. incurred by breaches of any of the laws relating to ferries; and if any such town-treasurer shall refuse or neglect to prosecute therefor, upon information given to him in writing, by any person competent to prove the breach complained of, or who shall name to him competent witnesses to prove the same, such town-treasurer for every such neglect shall forfeit and pay the sum of fifteen dollars, to be recovered by the person by whom the information was given to said town-treasurer; and it shall further be the

for neg

lect.

duty ot' said town-treasurers to make report to the general assembly when in session, of all complaints laid before them, and of their proceedings thereon.

-'84 '98.

1679,1750 An act prohibiting Sports and Labor on the First Day of the

Week. Penalty Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by for labore the authority thereof it is enacted, That no person in this State first day of shall do or exercise any labor or business or work of his the week. ordinary calling, or use any game, sport, play or recrea

tion, on the first day of the week, or suffer the same to be done by his children, servants or apprentices, (works of necessity and charity only excepted) on the penalty of one dollar for the first offence, and two dollars for the second offence, for the use of the poor of the town where the offence shall be committed ; to be recovered on conviction thereof before any justice of the peace or warden of such town; and to be levied by warrant of distress from such justice or warden, which shall be levied upon the goods and chattels of such offender, and for want of his goods and chattels sufficient to satisfy and pay said fine and costs, such offender shall be committed to the jail in the county wherein such offence shall happen, for the space of ten

days. For em- Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That whosoever shall plokista employ, improve, set to work or encourage any other per

son's servant to commit the aforesaid offence, and be convicted thereof, shall suffer the like punishment: and if any person shall think himself or herself aggrieved at any such

judgment or sentence as aforesaid, he or she may have an Appeal. appeal therefrom to the next court of general sessions of

the peace in such county, by paying down the costs of such court, and entering into recognizance, with surety for his personal appearance before the said court of sessions appealed to, and then and there to prosecute his

said appeal with effect. Limitation Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all complaints plaint.

against the offender, for offences expressed in this act, shall be made within ten days after the committing there

of, and not after. Exception Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That all the professors

of com

of the sabbatarian faith or of the Jewish religion throughrians, &c. out this State, and such others as shall be owned or ac

in favor of sabbata

knowledged by any other church or society of said respective professions, or members of, or belonging to such church or society, shall be permitted to labor in their respective professions or vocations on the first day of the week; and that they shall have liberty quietly and peaceably to pass and repass, on foot or horseback, about their ordinary business, any thing herein to the contrary notwithstanding : Provided always, That this act shall not ex- Proviso. tend to grant any liberty of opening shops or stores on the said day, for the purpose of trade and merchandize, nor to the lading, unlading or fitting out of vessels, nor to the working at the smith's business, nor any other mechanical trade, in any compact place, except the compact villages in Westerly and Hopkinton; nor to the drawing of seines, or fishing or fowling, in any manner, in public places, and out of their own possessions: and in case any dispute shall arise respecting the persons entitled to the benefit of this act, and who shall be exempted thereby :

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That in all such cases Certificate a certificate from a regular pastor or priest of any of the pastor to aforesaid churches or societies, or from any three of the be conclustanding members of such church or society, declaring the person or persons claiming the exemption aforesaid to be a member or members of, or owned by, or belonging to such church or society, shall be received as full and conclusive evidence of the fact.

1749 '53 977 '98.

at cards,

An act to prevent unlawful Gaming. Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and Penalty

for playing by the authority thereof it is enacted, That if any person or persons in this State shall play or game at cards, dice ta- &c. bles, bowls, wheels of fortune, shuffle-boards, raffling, cock-fighting, or any other game of chance, other than billiards, for money or any other valuable consideration, the person losing at any such game or games shall forfeit, as a penalty or fine, four dollars for the first offence, and for the second offence, eight dollars, and for the third offence, sixteen dollars; and the winner at any such game or games shall pay as a fine, four dollars and the sum or sums won, for the first offence, and for the second offence eight dollars, and the sum or sums won, and for the third offence sixteen dollars and the sum or sums won.

At billiards.

Tavern

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if

any person shall play or game at billiards for money or other valuable consideration, the person losing at such game shall forfeit as a penalty or fine, twenty dollars for the first offence, and for the second offence fifty dollars, and for the third offence one hundred dollars; and the winner at such game shall pay as a fine twenty dollars, and the sum or sums won, for the first offence, and for the second offence, fifty dollars, and the sum or sums won, and for the third offence, one hundred dollars, and the sum or sums won.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That if any tavernkeepers, keeper, innholder, retailer, coffee-house keeper, tea-house mitting keeper,or keeperof any other house of public resort within gumes to this State, shall

suffer any person or persons whomsoever to be played.

use or play at any of the said games, in his or her house,
out-house, yard, garden or other place or places in his or
her possession or
improvement, he or she shall

, for every such offence, forfeit and pay as a fine or penalty the sum of thirty dollars for the first offence, and for the second offence fifty dollars; and upon conviction thereof, if the offender be a retailer, tavern-keeper or innholder, or keeper of any other of the public houses aforementioned, his or her licence shall be declared null and void by the court where he or she shall be convicted.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That all persons betting. ting at any of the aforesaid games shall be liable to the

same fines and penalties as persons playing at any of the said games are by this act.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That all bills, bonds, for money, notes, judgments, mortgages, deeds or other securities

given for money or lands, houses or other things, won by playing at any of the aforesaid games, or by betting on either side of such as play at any of the aforesaid games, or for repayment of any money lent knowingly for such

gaming or betting, shall be utterly void : and that the councils to town-councils in this State be and they are hereby rerity for quired and commanded to take good security of all per

sous they shall grant licence to for tavern-keeping, innthis act. holding or retailing strong drink, to comply with this

act in all respects as far as possible, according to its true

intent and meaning. Penalties, Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That all the fines and

penalties in this act expressed may be prosecuted for and recovered in any court proper to try the same, by action of debt or bill of indictment, one moiety of said fines and

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compliance with

how recovered.

penalties shall be paid to him who shall inform and prosecute for the same, and the other moiety to and for the use of the town where such offence or offences shall be committed ; but if there be no informer or private prosecutor, then the whole fine or penalty shall be to and for the use of said town.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That any person or Penalty persons whosoever that shall hereafter make and bet or for betting lay any wager of any kind upon any horse, mare or geld-races. ing, to start or run therefor, shall forfeit and pay the sum of one hundred dollars, one half to him or her who shall sue for the same, and the other half to the State, to be reeovered by action of debt or information before any court proper to try the same.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That if any person or Horses persons shall knowingly suffer or permit any horse, mare forfeited. or gelding belonging to him or them, to start or run for any bet or wager, he, she or they so offending shall forfeit his, her or their horse, mare or gelding, starting or running as aforesaid, to and for the use of the town where such offence shall be committed, to be recovered by information before any court proper to try the same.

1798,

An act to prevent Routs, Riots and Tumultuous Assemblies,

and the evil consequences thereof. Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and Justices, by the authority thereof it is enacted, That from and after make prothe publication of this act, if any persons to the number clamation: of twelve or more, being armed with clubs or other weapons, or if any number of persons consisting of thirty or more, shall be unlawfully, routously, riotously or tumultuously assembled, any justice of the peace, sheriff, deputysheriff, town-sergeant or constable shall, among the rioters or as near to them as he can safely come, command silence while proclamation is making, and shall openly make proclamation in the like words:

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. By virtue of an act of this State made and passed in the Form. year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twentytwo, entitled “ an act to prevent routs, riots and tumultuous assemblies, and the evil consequences thereof,” I am directed to charge and command, and do accordingly

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