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than three hours; nor to any apprentice beyond what is necessary for sober refreshment; nor to any working man or apprentice after eleven o'clock at night, excepting travellers ; nor to refuse beer, wine, or spirituous liquor to any persons whose characters are not bad, and who in an orderly manner apply for the same, and tender the fair price thereof.

398. VICTUALLERS generally are to sell no other than good and wholesome food. They are not to adulterate the articles they sell; they are to give just weight and moasure. They are not to suffer any persons of known dishonest character, or known common prostitutes, to harbour in their houses, or to remain a longer time in their houses than is necessary for them to take sober refreshment; and they are not to allow any disorderly conduct to take place, and continue in their houses.

399. Hotels (not being family hotels) in which men and -women are promiscuously admitted and lodged for a single night, or a less time, are to be conducted in such manner as not to be offensive to the neighbourhood in which they are situated, or to passengers.

400. INNKEEPERS are not to refuse such lodging and victuals 'as they have prepared for public use to any persons who apply for the same who are not dishonest nor disorderly; nor to their horses ; nor to refuse accommodation for their carriages and luggage, as far as they are able, provided such persons can show that they can pay for the same; and they are to provide good and wholesome food for man and horse, and to keep their lodging rooms clean and free from vermin, and make reasonable charges only; and they are accountable for the safety of the property of their guests (within their inns) while lodging with them. The said property of their guests shall be pledged to them for expenses of board and lodging: and the innkeepers may detain the same if their bill be not paid on demand; and if their guest do not redeem such property in a reasonable time, or before the - bill and expenses incurred amount to three-fourths of the apparent value of the property detained, the property may be sold by the innkeepers by public auction; in which case the surplus proceeds shall be paid over by such innkeepers, to their guest when demanded. If a guest at any inn or victualling, or beer, wine, or spirit house, or hotel, do not pay for the entertainment he has had, or if he behave in a disorderly manner, he may be taken by the landlord before a magistrate, who may subject him to the penalties of police. Innkeepers, victuallers, and spirit sellers may turn persons out of their houses who behave disorderly therein.

401. BUYERS OP OLD METAL, AND OLD CLOTHES, from - unknown persons, are to have their names and occupations written in large and conspicuous characters in front of their shops; they are not to use any place of deposit for such goods, which is not registered, nor have any secret or disguised depositary; nor any furnace or apparatus for melting metals in their house or place of deposit. They are not to sell, remove to other premises, or alter the form of the things they purchase from strangers, within three days following that of their purchase. When goods are brought to them for sale by persons of bad character, or under suspicious circumstances, they are to detain the bringer and the goods, and produce both before a magistrate for examination.

402. PAWN BROKERS shall cause their names, and the word “ Pawnbroker,” to be written in large and conspicutous characters in front of every house or place in which they carry on their business. They shall preserve the goods they receive from loss or damage. They shall be entitled to receive at the rate of 20 per cent. per annum, for all money they advance on pledges, to cover interest and warehouse-room. They may charge for every fraction of a month in time, as a whole month, and less than a halfpenny in money as a halfpenny in computing their profit. They shall fairly enter the name, residence, with the number of the house, and occupation of the borrower, in a book to be kept and preserved for that purpose; and give 'a duplicate of such entry to the borrower, • for which duplicate. they may charge one penny, and no more. They are not to lend money -upon any unfinished manufactured goods, or on domestic goods, which appear likely to have been dishonestly brought by a servant or agent; but they are to detain any such, or other · suspicious person, offering goods for deposit or sale, and take him before a magistrate for examination, who if he think proper, may detain and advertise the goods, and also detain the person offering to pledge or sell the same. If goods be not redeemed within 12 months from the time of their being pledged, they may be sold by public auction, the number of the entry of the pledge, and the description thereof, is to appear in the catalogue. If at the sale the pledge sell for more than 10s, and it leave a surplus after paying for money advanced, profits, and expenses of sale, such surplus is to be paid to the borrower if he apply for the same within three years from the time when he first made the deposit; for which purpose the pawnbroker shall keep a book in which all sales of pledges to him shall be fairly entered, and the time and place of sale be described; which book shall be open to the inspection of any depositor whose property shall have been sold.

403. AUCTION BERS are to use due diligence when receiving goods for sale, in ascertaining that the said goods if brought to them by strangers are the property of the persons who profess to be the owners, or that the parties bringing the goods for sa have a right to do so.

404. PRINTERS are to print their names and places of abode on the first and last page of every book they print, and at the bottom of every bill or sheet not being a book nor a bona fide catalogue of goods, or common shop bill, or letter on business, and in which the name and address of the principal appears. One copy of each subject printed, with the name of his employer, is to be kept by the printer for the space of six months, and to be produced to any magistrate upon receiving his summons for that purpose.

405. Liquor Shops, Inns, Hotels, OLD METAL AND CLOTHES SHOPS, AND OFFENSIVE trades and processes, are not to be established in improper places, or conducted in a manner prejudicial to morals or decency, or to the comfort of a neighbourhood, under the penalties of police, or they may be suppressed as common nuisances upon indictment. In the latter case they are not to be re-established in the same situation, unless the circumstances of the neighbourhood be materially altered.

406. RUBBISH OR OFFAL laid in the streets for the purpose of being removed from premises, is to be taken away before 10 o'clock in the forenoon of the day on which it is so laid, and the dirt on the pavement, occasioned by such removal, is to be immediately swept, and taken away, by the persons removing such rubbish or offal.

407. Foot PAVEMENTS are to be properly swept or cleansed every morning, or oftener if necessary, by the

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SECOND Col. occupiers of the premises abutting thereon. The magistrates are to direct what is to be done in cases of dispute among occupiers in respect to this service.

408. SERVANTS acting dishonestly, mischievously, or committing any offence of lust on their master's premises or in his family, or absenting themselves without leave from his service, or being insolent or drunken therein, may be discharged without previous warning, although previous warning may have been part of the conditions of their hiring.

409. MASTERS not allowing their servants good and sufficient meat, drink, and lodging, or leading dishonest or infamous lives, may be left by their servants, although previous warning may not have been given.

410. DRUNKEN MEN, who create a disturbance or annoyance in any place, may be taken into custody by any one, and put into a watchhouse until sober, and be then produced before a magistrate, and subjected to the penalties of police. If men by continued drunkenness neglect work which they have undertaken to do, or disable themselves from paying a debt which they have contracted, or reduce themselves or some part of their families to require parochial relief, they subject themselves to the penalties of police.

411. IDLE MEN, who do not possess the means of supporting themselves without labor, and who refuse to work, or neglect work given to them, and thereby reduce themselves or some part of their families to require parochial relief, are subject to the penalties of police.

412. BEGGARS are persons who solicit alms of individuals Solitary impt. by words, looks, gestures, or importunate offers of goods of 1 week. trifling value for sale.

413. If the beggiug be accompanied with interruption of Solitary impt. way, with following the passenger, with reproaches, or other 2 weeks. annoyance or rudeness.

414. If by an exposure of disease or infirmity, whether real Solitary impt. or assumed, which creates alarm or uneasiness to spectators. 2 weeks.

415. If the beggar be accompanied Loss of paternal rights in the parent, as reby a child, with the consent of its gards such child; and the civil authorities may

send such child to a distant place, change parent, or if a child beg at the com

its vame, and separate as far as they are able, mand or with the concurrence of its all future knowledge between the child and parent.



Second Col: 416. If persons beg in company, unless as husband and wife, Solitary impt. parents and young children, a blind man and his guide.

2 to 4 weeks. 417. If beggars enter a house, or inclosure belonging thereto, Solitary impt. without leave.

2 to 6 weeks. 418. If habitual beggars.

Solitary impt.

3 to 12 weeks. 419. VAGABONDS are persons who have no settled or avowed residence, and who neither gain a livelihood by the habitual exercise of labor, trade, or profession, nor have any legitimate and visible means of supporting themselves without industry.

Solitary impt. 420. A person charged with being a vagabond not being 1 week on ist able to give any feasible account of his means of livelihood,

conviction, & and of whose honesty a reasonable suspicion exists, as tionalon every

1 week addibeing found in a crowded place, or loitering about any subsequent person or place apparently with a dishonest intention. conviction.

421. A vagabond or beggar taken masked or disguised, in Solitary impt. any manner to conceal his identity.

4 to 12 weeks. 422. A vagabond or beggar found in possession of Solitary impt. 4 to 19 property exceeding in value 51. and who shall not weeks, and forfeiture of

the property. satisfactorily show how he came by the same.

423. A vagabond Similar penalties to other vagabonds or beggars, or conveyance or beggar being a beyond the limits of the country, subject upon return to transforeigner.

portation for life. 424. A vagabond or beggar may be examined by a magistrate as to his means of livelihood, and upon his failing to show that he possesses legal means, he may be put in solitary confinement for not exceeding seven days, and be then passed to his parish.

425. A CONVICTED Thief being found in a crowded place Solitary impt. which he might easily have avoided, or loitering about any 4 to 12 weeks. person or place without any good excuse, and in a manner calculated to excite reasonable suspicion of his having a dishonest intention, or in any liquor shop or inn.

426. Any vagabond, or beggar, or convicted thief, being Solitary impt. taken with arms or instruments for house-breaking in his 4 to 12 weeks. possession.

427 Part, not exceeding one half of a fine imposed upon an infraction of the regulations of police, may be given to the informer thereof, in cases where the magistrate trying the case shall recommend the same, and his recommendation shall be approved at the next general sessions.

In à dense population, and among a commercial people

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