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Power to hold the lands of negligent proprietors.
Commissioners to be sworn.
Notice to be given, when petition is brought.
Meeting of proprietors.
proprietors of such lands, to defray the charges, according to their quantity of land, and the benefits they receive, in such proportion as they shall judge to be equal and just ; and to appoint and swear a collector or collectors, to collect such assessments, and pay the same to such persons as they shall appoint to receive it; which collectors shall have the same power as the collectors of state taxes, and shall be accountable to the commissioners appointing them. And if any proprietor of such lands shall be unable, or shall neglect to pay his proportion of such assessments, it shall be lawful for the other proprietors concerned therein, to pay the same, and to hold the lands of the person so neglecting or refusing, until the profits of such lands shall be sufficient to reimburse them, according to the judgment of the commissioners. sect. 2. The commissioners shall be sworn to a faithful discharge of their trust, and shall receive such compensation for their services, as the court appointing them shall allow ; and they shall render their account to said court, when required. And if any person shall be aggrieved, by the proceedings of such commissioners, he or she may appeal or complain to such county court, who shall grant them such relief as the nature of the case may require. sect. 3. When any petition shall be brought, in pur. suance of the provisions of this act, notice thereof in writing shall be given to all the proprietors named in the petition, who have not subscribed the same, at least twelve days previous to the sitting of the court to which said petition shall be brought, by reading the same in their hearing, or by leaving a true and attested copy thereof at their last usual place of abode ; which notice shall be signed by a justice of the peace, and directed to the sheriff of the county, his deputy, or either of the constables of the town where such land is situated. sECT. 4. After the commissioners shall have dammed, drained or ditched such low, marshy and wet lands, the proprietors shall have power to keep the dams, drains and ditches in repair: and for that purpose, when any three of such proprietors shall judge it necessary, they may apply to a justice of the peace, who shall issue a precept, directed to some meet person, to warn such proprietors to meet at such time and place, and for such business, as shall be therein declared; which shall be served, by reading it in the hearing of all the proprietors living in the state, at least three days before such meetIIlg. i.e. 5. The proprietors, in a meeting so warned. shall have power, by a major vote, to be computed ac
cording to their interest in such lands, to appoint a clerk,
Appointment of clerk and committee.
Penalty for refusing to take the oath.
Duty of scavengers.
Provision for a new appraisement.
not parties to the controversy, who shall estimate and
Title 88. Sewing-Silk......Title 89. Sheep.
appraise anew such expense of repairing; and the party
TITLE 88. Sewing-Silk.
An Act regulating the Manufacture, and Sale of
E it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Assembly convened, That no manufacturer of sewing-silk, or any other person or persons, shall sell, or offer for sale, any sewing-silk of the manufacture of this country, either from imported or domestic materials, by the skein, unless each skein consist of twenty threads, each thread of the length of two yards: and any manufacturer of sewing-silk, or any other person or persons, who shall sell, or offer for sale, any sewing-silk of the manufacture of this country, unless each skein consist of twenty threads, each thread of the length of two yards, shall forfeit the sum of seven dollars, to any person who shall prosecute the same te effect.
TITLE 89. Sheep.
secr.1.B" it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre: sentatives, in General Assembly convened, That the owners of sheep, in any town, or the major part
of them, may meet together within such town, as often
Owners of sheep may keep them in flocks;
and make regulations respecting them.
sect. 3. No person shall turn, or permit any flock of what flock,
sheep, of more than fifty, with a keeper, to go to feed
may be turned on highways.
Sheep not to run at large.
Owners of sheep to earmark them. Penalty for neglect.
Rams to be restrained.
Forfeiture, if found at large.
Proceedings in case the owner is unknown.
Sheriff to give bond, with sureties.
Sheriff to be sworn.
Renewal of bond.
To receive a commission.
shall make a record thereof; and the finder shall post up a certified copy of such record, on the sign-post in the society, in which such ram shall be so taken up; for which copy and record, the said town-clerk may receive twenty cents, from the person lodging such notice; and in case the owner of any ram, taken up and posted as aforesaid, shall, within five days after such posting, pay or tender to the person so taking up and posting the same. the said forfeiture, such ram i. be restored to the owner thereof; but if the owner do not pay or tender as aforesaid, within the said five days, such ram shall be for. seited to the person so taking up and posting the same.
TITLE 90. Sheriffs.
SECT. 1 B'. it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. SECT, l. resentatives, in General Assembly convened, That when a sheriff is appointed, agreeably to the provisions of the constitution of the state, he shall, before he enters upon the duties of his office, execute a bond, with two or more sufficient sureties, to the acceptance of the person administering the office of governor, payable to the treasurer of the state, for the time being, and his successors in office, in the sum of ten thousand dollars, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties of his of. fice, and to answer all damages, which any person or persons may sustain, by any unfaithfulness or neglects in the same ; and shall also take the oath required of sheriffs by the constitution of the state. And the governor shall have power, at any time he may think proper, to demand of any sheriff, a renewal of his bond, with such security as he may judge proper; and on such sheriff's neglect, or refusal, he may remove him from office. And whenever there shall be a vacancy in the office of sheriff, by his removal as aforesaid, the governor of this state, for the time being, shall have power, and power is hereby given him, to supply such vacancy, until the next session of the general assembly. And every person, appointed and qualified as aforesaid, shall thereupon receive a commission from the person administering the office of governor, declaring him qualified as aforesaid, and authorizing and empowering him to execute said office. And every person, so commissioned, shall be the lawful sheriff of the county, for which he is appointed; and shall have all the powers, rights and privileges, and be under all the duties and obligations, which appertain to the of