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and clerk.

Their records to be evidence.

Their duties;

to examine into nuisances, &c.

and remove them.

Expenses, how paid.

Owners to remove nuisances, &c.

on penalty.

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.

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-
charging said vessel from quarantine, or to cause such
vessel to continue subject to quarantine: and every ves-
sel, so subjected to quarantine, shall perform quarantine,
under such restrictions and regulations as such board of
health shall have established, or may establish. And eve-
ry owner, master, supercargo, officer, seaman, consign-
ee, or other person, who shall neglect or refuse to obey
the directions, rules, regulations, or restrictions of the
board of health, relative to any vessel required to perform
quarantine, shall pay a fine, not exceeding five hundred
dollars, or suffer imprisonment for a term not exceeding
six months, or both, at the discretion of the court.
sect. 5. If any master or commander of any vessel, li-
able to perform quarantine, as aforesaid, shall falsely, or
fraudulently, attempt to elude a quarantine, by false and
unfounded declarations of the port or place from whence
he came, or shall land, or suffer to be landed from his ves-
sel, any apparel, bedding, goods, or merchandize what-
ever, or any person or persons, other than in the manner
herein before provided, or permit any person or persons
to enter on board the same, before such vessel shall have
been visited as aforesaid, he shall forfeit and pay a sum of
not less than one hundred dollars, nor exceeding five
hundred dollars, or suffer imprisonment not exceeding six
months, or both, at the discretion of the court.
sect. 6. Whenever a health officer, or member of the
board of health, shall, on visiting any vessel as aforesaid,
think it necessary that any vessel required to perform
quarantine, should be cleansed or purified, he shall direct
the master or commander of such vessel, to hoist a white
flag on the head of the main-mast, there to be kept during
the day time. And it shall be the duty of such officer, or
member, to apply, without delay, to the board of health,
to direct the time and manner, in which the cargo on
board such vessel, shall be in part, or in whole cleansed,
or purified, if need require; and such vessel, or such part
thereof, as may be infected, shall be cleansed, by being
washed with a lye made of water and soap, or potash,
barilla or common ashes, or in such other method, as
such board shall direct. And whenever such vessel shall
contain any person, laboring under a malignant, infec-
tious disease, such person shall be removed to a hospital,
or other house, in a healthful and safe situation, and nurs-
ed and provided for, in the manner prescribed by law.
And such board may also, at their discretion, cause any
passenger or passengers on board such vessel, and such
of the mariners, as the master or commander of such ves-
sel shall not require to continue on board, to be removed

from such vessel, and secluded on shore, for the space of
fourteen days, in such a convenient place, as the board
shall direct; and if any person required to continue in
such confinement, shall depart therefrom, without permis-
sion from the board of health, or some person acting by
their direction, he or she shall forfeit and pay a fine, not
exceeding one hundred dollars: and whatever person
shall, without such permission, resort to, or associate
with, any person or persons so confined, shall be deem-
ed to be contaminated with infection ; and shall be li-
able to undergo the same confinement and penalties, as
are imposed upon, or required of such person or persons
resorted to, or associated with.
sect. 7. Whenever any certificate of health shall have
been given for any cargo, vessel, or person, if the board
of health shall, on examination, find that the same was
obtained by fraud, or any false or unfounded represen-
tation, or shall be of opinion, that such vessel, person,
or cargo, should perform further quarantine, for the
purpose of being cleansed, or purified, on notice there-
of being given by the board, to such person, or the owner,
master, supercargo, or consignee of such vessel or cargo,
as the case may be ; the same shall, in all respects, be
liable to be proceeded with, in the same manner, as if
no certificate of health had been given.
sect. 8. Whenever the board of health in any town,
shall deem it expedient, that vessels coming or arriv-
ing in their town, or in the waters contiguous there-
to, from any port or place in the United States, north
of the capes of the Delaware, should perform quaran-
tine, such board may subject such vessels to perform
quarantine : and an order of such board, published in
a newspaper, printed in their town, or posted, for three
days, on the sign-posts in such town, for that purpose,
shall subject such vessels to quarantine; and thereupon
such vessels and their cargoes, and the masters, owners,
mariners, consignees, and all other persons, shall be lia-
ble to the same penalties, rules, regulations, and restric-
tions, as are established by law, and shall have been, or
may be established by such board, relative to vessels ar-
riving or coming from a foreign port, or place.
sect. 9. Whenever any contagious or malignant dis-
ease is prevalent in any town in this state, or in any town or
place in any of the adjoining states, it shall be lawful for
the board of health, of any other town in this state, to in-
terdict communication between their town, and such in-
fected town or place; and an order of such board, for that
purpose, published or posted, in the manner prescribed in
the last section, shall be deemed sufficient notice to all

Penalty on
such, for esca-
ping, &c.
on others,
for associating
with them.

Certificates obtained by fraud or mistake, to be void, and then, how to proceed.

Board of health may subject other vessels to quarantine.

How.

Board of health may interdict, communication with infected places. Penalty for violating order.

Taverners, &c. to give notice of their sick lodgers, &c.

Penalty.

Board of health may establish fees, &c.

Board of health may enforce their erders.

How.

Physicians to report,

persons, of such interdiction; and any person found guil-
ty of wilfully violating such order, shall be subjected to a
fine not exceeding one hundred dollars.
sect. 10. Between the first day of May, and the first
day of November, in each year, every taverner, inn-keep-
er, or keeper of a boarding-house, or lodging-house, shall,
within twelve hours after any sea-faring man, or other
lodger, becomes sick, in his or her house, report in writ-
ing, to the board of health, or health officer, the name,
(if known,) of such person, and the nature of his disor-
der, on pain of forfeiting twenty dollars.
sect. 11. The board of health is authorized to estab-
lish the fees or compensation, not exceeding five dollars,
which the health officer shall be entitled to receive, for
visiting a vessel as aforesaid; and the master, or owner
of such vessel, shall be liable to pay the same, to such
health officer. -
sect. 12. Whenever any person shall refuse to obey
any order or orders, given by a board of health, in pur-
suance of the powers, in such board vested by law, or
shall endeavor to prevent such order from being carried
into effect, it shall be lawful for any justice of the peace,
on the request of such board, to issue his warrant, to any
proper officer, or, if need requires, to any disinterested
person, therein stating such order or orders, and him re-
quiring to carry the same into effect, and it shall be the
duty of such officer, or disinterested person, to execute
the same. - *
sect. 13. Whenever a board of health shall request
any physician, practising in their town, to make to the

board, daily, or weekly report, of such cases of pestilen

on penalty.

Penalties, &c. how appropriated,

and applied.

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.
sect. 14. All penalties and forfeitures, that shall be
incurred, for any violation of this act, shall be paid into
the treasury of the town, in which the offence shall be
committed. And all sums recovered, or which any per-
son or persons shall have forfeited, for any breach of any
preceding section of this act, or of any order, rule, or reg-
ulation, of a board of health, made in pursuance of any
preceding section of this act, shall constitute a fund in
such town, subject only to such board, and to be by such
board applied to the contingent expenses of such board,
to the relief of such poor and indigent persons in their
town, as may be infected with malignant or infectious
fever, or disease, or to the prevention of such disease or

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