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to the west side of benefit-street; thence northerly, by said benefit-street, to the northeast corner of north courtstreet; thence westerly, along the northerly side of said north court-street, to the southwest corner of Samuel W. Bridgham's steps, at the easterly side of main-street; thence across main-street to the southeast corner of the brick house heretofore belonging to the late Oliver Arnold, deceased; thence westerly, ranging by lands heretofore belonging to the late Oliver Arnold and to the late Amos Horton, deceased, to a stake fifty feet westerly from the jail-wharf; thence southerly to the first mentioned stake that all the land, water and buildings, contained within the aforesaid lines and boundaries, be considered as the jail-yard for the county of Providence, excepting, at all times, all the buildings not belonging to the State.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the limits and boundaries of the jail-yard in East-Greenwich, in the county of Kent, shall be as follows, to wit: beginning at the southeast corner of Messrs. Mathewson and Mowry's wharf, running thence in a direct course to the northeast corner of the wharf owned by the late firm of William Arnold and Son; thence northerly, in a direct line, until it is intersected at low-water mark by a brook, called the pool brook; thence westerly, on the south side of said brook, to the bank on the west side of the cart-path; thence southerly, on the west side of said cart-path, and of the road or street, to the southeast corner of Benjamin Bateman's lot, formerly owned by Simeon Spencer; thence westerly, and upon the north side of the street, to a range with the west side of the court-house lot; thence upon such range, and upon said west side of said lot, to the southwest corner thereof; thence on the south side of said lot to the southeast corner thereof; thence to the northwest corner of Peleg Olin's lot; thence easterly, on the south side of the street, to the first mentioned bound; including all the space and buildings within the lines.
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That the jail-bounds in the county of Bristol shall be and hereby are established as follows, to wit: to comprehend all the lot of land whereon the jail stands; the land leading thereto from Hope-street, John-street, and all those parts of Thames, Hope and high-streets included between the north line of State-street and the south line of church-street, and all those parts of State and church-streets included between
the west line of Thames-street and the range of the front of the public buildings standing on the common, so called, near the east line of said high-street; also the courthouse, St. Michael's church, and the baptist and methodist chapels.
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That the limits and Washingboundaries of the jail-yard in South-Kingstown, in the county of Washington, shall be as follows, to wit: including the whole lot on which the jail is built; and from the southwest corner of said lot to the southeast corner of Joseph Staunton's tan-yard; thence northerly, on the course of the east wall of said tan-yard, across the highway, to the wall on the north side thereof; thence easterly, to the southwest corner of Cyrus French's garden; thence northerly the course of the west wall of said garden, to the northwest corner of said garden; thence easterly, to the northwest corner of the court-house lot, including that part of the lot to the westward of the range of posts, east of said lot; and from the southeast post to the northeast corner of the house occupied by Joshua Perry; and thence on the course of the fence and buildings, to the northeast corner of the jail-lot; including the space within the said lines.
An act directing the Keepers of Jails in this State to receive 1790. and safe keep all Prisoners committed under the authority of the United States.
Whereas by an act of the Congress of the United States, Preamble, at the session begun and holden on the fourth day of March, A. D. 1789, it was "Resolved, That it be recommended to the Legislatures of the several States, to pass laws, making it expressly the duty of the keepers of their jails, to receive and safe keep therein, all prisoners committed under the authority of the United States, until they shall be discharged by due course of the laws thereof, under the like penalties as in case of prisoners committed under the authority of such States respectively; the United States to pay for the use and keeping of such jails at the rate of fifty cents per month for each prisoner that shall under their authority be committed thereto, during the time such prisoner shall therein be committed; and also to support such of said prisoners as shall be committed for offences :
Whereupon, this Assembly, in full confidence that Congress will make provision for the support of poor prisoners committed for debt, as otherwise humanity will call upon the inhabitants of the county towns to supply their necessities, which will prove unreasonably expensive and Jailers to burthensome, do enact, and by the authority thereof it is receive enacted, that the keepers of the respective jails in the committed counties of Newport, Providence, Washington, Bristol and andrit Kent, be and they are hereby ordered and directed, and it of the shall be expressly their duty, to receive and safe keep
therein all prisoners committed, or who shall be committed, under the authority of the United States, until they shall be discharged by due course of the laws thereof, under the like penalties as in case of prisoners committed under the authority of this State, and upon the terms in the said resolve of Congress expressed.
1698, 1798 An act to prevent fraud in Fire-Wood and Charcoal exposed to
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and &c. of fire- by the authority thereof it is enacted, That all fire-wood expoposed to sed to sale in this State shall be four feet long, measuring to one half of the kerf and shall be sold by the cord; and that the cord shall be eight feet long, four feet wide and four feet high, well stowed and closely laid together. SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That whoever shall sell for selling or expose to sale any wood that is not of the length aforeof length. said, shall due conviction thereof, before any justice of the peace of the town where such offence shall be committed, forfeit all such wood so exposed for sale, or sold as aforesaid; and that in every town in this State where fire-wood shall be exposed to sale by the cord, the freemen of the town may (if they think fit) annually choose one or more persons to be corders of wood, who shall take the same engagement as other town officers do, and shall have for cording and measuring not exceeding twelve cents per cord, to be paid by the purchaser of such wood.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That all baskets used in measuring charcoal brought into any town in this State for sale, shall contain two bushels, and be of the following dimensions, to wit: nineteen inches in breadth in every part thereof, and seventeen and one half inches deep, measuring from the top of the basket to the highest part
of the bottom; and that the basket shall be well heaped, To be and also sealed by the sealer of weights and measures of the town where the person so using the same shall usually reside, or of the town where such coal shall be so measured for sale; and every person who shall measure char- Penalty: coal offered for sale in any basket of other dimensions than as aforesaid, or not sealed as aforesaid, shall forfeit and pay for each offence fifty cents, to the use of the poor of the town where such coal shall be so measured for sale, and such basket shall be forfeited.
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That the town-councils Townin the several towns in this State shall have power to ap- councils to point, as occasion may require, some suitable person or persons to persons to seize and secure within their respective towns, prosecute. all baskets used for measuring coal that shall not be of the dimensions aforesaid, and sealed as aforesaid; and to prosecute such person or persons as shall be guilty of a breach of this act: Provided however, That no person shall Proviso. be obliged to measure charcoal where the quantity shall be agreed on by the buyer and seller.
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That all forfeitures ac- Forfeitcruing under this act shall be recovered by action of debt, ures, how before any court of competent jurisdiction; one half thereof to and for the use of the person suing for the same, and the other half to and for the town wherein the offence is committed.
SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That any sealer of Penalty weights and measures in any town in this State, who for fraud shall seal any basket not being of the lawful dimensions, shall forfeit and pay, on conviction thereof, the sum of five dollars, to be sued for and recovered in an action of debt by the town-treasurer of the town, in any court of competent jurisdiction.
An act for the preservation of Stakes and Buoys within the 1794, 1800 waters of this State, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by Penalty the authority thereof it is enacted, That each and every for making owner, and each and every person having the charge of stakes, &c. any vessel, scow, boat, shallop or raft of any kind, which shall be hereafter made fast to any stake or buoy which hath been or shall be placed at the expence of the United States, for the security and direction of vessels, either in
In Provi- Providence river, or in any part of Narraganset bay, or dence riv- the waters thereof, north of Kinnimicut point, or in Warnorth of ren river, and each and every person who shall in any
cut, and Warren river.
way injure or destroy any of the said stakes and buoys placed as aforesaid, shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding ten dollars, nor less than three dollars, to be recovered by an action of debt, two thirds thereof for the use of the United States, in order to replace such stake or buoys, and the other third to the informer who shall prosecute for Where re- the same; and that for any offence aforesaid committed covered, in Providence river, or in any part of Narraganset bay, or the waters thereof north of Kinnimicut point, the prosecution may be had, tried and determined before any justice of the peace in the county of Providence or Kent, and the part of the forfeiture belonging to the United States as aforesaid, for such offence, shall be paid to the collector of the district of Providence; and for any offence aforesaid committed in Warren river, the prosecution may be had, tried and determined before any justice of the peace in the county of Bristol, and the part of the forfeiture belonging to the United States as aforesaid, for such offence, shall be paid to the collector of the district of Bristol; and all forfeitures that may accrue under this section shall be prosecuted for within the term of six months.
South of Kinnimicut, &c.
Penalty for run
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That every person who shall hereafter make fast any ship, vessel, scow, boat, canoe, shallop or raft of any kind, to the buoy on the shoal south of Kinnimicut, or the stakes on said point, or to the flag-staff on the half-way rock, or stakes which have been or may be placed at the mouth of Bristol harbor, or to any of the moorings of said buoys, he or they so offending, or the master or owner of such ship, vessel, scow, boat, canoe, shallop or raft, shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding twenty dollars, nor less than five dollars, to be recovered by action of debt before any justice of the peace in the county where the offence shall be committed, one third thereof to and for the use of the person who shall sue and prosecute for the same, and the other two thirds to be paid to the collector of the customs within whose district the offence shall be committed, for the use of the United States.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the captain, owner or owners of every ship or vessel that shall, by running sel against, against either of the buoys at the north and south end of Goat Island, or at the entrance of Bristol harbor near Castle island, or shall otherwise injure the beacon on said