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Their records to be evidence.
to examine into nuisances, &c.
and remove them.
Expenses, how paid.
Owners to remove nuisances, &c.
Board of health, or their officers, may enter houses, &c. suspected of containing filth, &c.
To make rules and regulations and give orders:
clerk, who shall be sworn, and shall record the acts, doings and proceedings of such board, and such records, or certified copies thereof, shall be receivable in evidence, in all courts of law in this state. sect. 2. It shall be lawful for such board, or such health officer, or health officers, or health committee, or health committees, as such board may appoint, to examine into all nuisances, and such sources of filth, as may be injurious to the health of the inhabitants, whether the same shall proceed from stagnant waters, cellars, drains, common-sewers, slaughter-houses, tan-yards, purtrid animal, or vegetable substances, vessels, scows, or boats, or any other cause, of any nature or kind whatsoever; and it shall be the duty of such board, health officer, or officers, health committee, or committees, to cause to be removed all filth of any kind whatever, which shall be found in any of the streets, lanes, wharves, docks, or in any other place whatever, within the limits of their town, whenever, in the judgment of such board, such filth shall endanger the lives or health of the inhabitants; and all expenses of such removal shall be paid by the person or persons, who placed it there, if known, and, if not known, by the town. And whenever any filth or nuisances as aforesaid, shall be found on private property, such board shall cause actual notice to be given to the owner, or occupier of such property, to remove the same, at his or her expense, within twenty-four hours, or such longer reasonable time, as the board shall direct; and in case such owner or occupier, shall neglect to remove the same, he or she shall forfeit and pay a fine of not less than twenty dollars, nor exceeding one hundred dollars, and shall also pay such expense and cost, as the town shall incur, by such removal; and after the expiration of such time, it shall be the duty of such board, to cause such filth or nuisances, forthwith, to be removed or abated. And such board, or such health officer or committee, as they shall direct, shall have power to enter all houses, stores, cellars, vessels, and other places, where such board shall have just cause to suspect, any of the aforesaid nuisances, or causes of filth, to exist, and on finding the same, the owner or occupier of such house, store, cellar, vessel, or place, shall be lia. ble, and such board may proceed in manner and form as aforesaid. And such board is also authorized, from time to time, to make such rules and regulations, and give such orders, to have effect within the limits of their town, as to such board shall seem necessary and proper, to prevent the aforesaid nuisances, or sources of filth ; and whatever person shall, wittingly and willingly, violate such rule, regulation or order, after the same shall have been
published for one week, in a newspaper, printed in such town, or after the same shall have been posted, for one week, on the sign-posts in said town, or after actual notice thereof shall have been given to such person, he or she shall forfeit and pay a sum, of not less than fifteen dollars, nor exceeding one hundred dollars, at the discretion of the court. sect. 3. It shall be lawful for the board of health, in any town, contiguous to navigable waters, to make out and assign, within the limits of their town, or the waters contiguous thereto, the port or place in any harbor, road, river, or bay, in which, or where, vessels arriving or coming into the limits of such town, or into such contiguous waters, shall, if need require, perform quarantine ; and every vessel, which shall, between the first day of June, and the first day of November, in each year, come from any foreign port or place, or from any port or place, in the United States, south of the capes of the Delaware, and arrive or come to anchor in any such harbor, road, bay, river, or contiguous waters, if any place for quarantine shall have been assigned as aforesaid, such vessel coming and arriving as aforesaid, or coming to anchor, shall come to anchor and lie at such place so assigned, and at no other place whatever, until discharged, in manner as is hereinafter provided. And the master of every vessel arriving or coming to anchor as aforesaid, shall forthwith make signal, for a health officer, by hoisting colors in the shrouds, or, if need require, may send a person on shore, who shall, in person, or by writing, notify the health officer of the port, or if there be no health officer, a member of the board of health, of the arrival of such vessel, and forthwith return on board ; and every person so sent, who shall neglect to return as aforesaid, shall forfeit and pay a fine of fifty dollars; and every master of a vessel, arriving or coming to anchor as aforesaid, who shall come to anchor at any port or place, in such harbor, road, river, bay, or contiguous waters, (wind and weather permitting.) other than in the port or place so assigned, for the performance of quarantine, if any such port or place be assigned, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not less than one hundred dollars, and not exceeding five hundred dollars, or suffer imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both, at the discretion of the court. SECT. 4. On notice given to a health officer, or member of the board of health, of the arrival of any vessel as aforesaid, it shall be the duty of such health officer, or member of the board of health, without delay, to visit such vessel, and such officer, or member, shall have power and authority, on examination, as the circumstances of
penalty for violating them.
May assign places for, and regulate quarantine.
What vessels subject to quarantine,
Duty of the masters of such vessels.
Penalty for violating quarantine.
Duty of health officers, &c. on arrival of such vessel.
May give certificate of health, &c.
Penalty for violating rules of quarantine.
Penalty for attempting to elude quarantine, by false representations, &c. &c.
Health officers may order vessels to be cleansed, then how to proceed.
Persons on board, diseased, to be removed to a hospital.
Passengers, &c. may be secluded.
the case may require, to give a certificate of health, dis-
from such vessel, and secluded on shore, for the space of
Certificates obtained by fraud or mistake, to be void, and then, how to proceed.
Board of health may subject other vessels to quarantine.
Board of health may interdict, communication with infected places. Penalty for violating order.
Taverners, &c. to give notice of their sick lodgers, &c.
Board of health may establish fees, &c.
Board of health may enforce their erders.
Physicians to report,
persons, of such interdiction; and any person found guil-
board, daily, or weekly report, of such cases of pestilen
Penalties, &c. how appropriated,
tial, or malignant fever, or disease, as occur in his practice, it shall be the duty of such physician to report as aforesaid, specifying each patient's name, and place of
residence, on pain of forfeiting, for each neglect or refu
sal, a fine of fifty dollars.