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Instruction at home and attendance at private school are recognized excuses for non-attendance in public schools as stated below; but this instruction at home or in a private school must be:

(a) During the hours, sec. 21.
(6) During the terms, sec. 21.

() And in the studies taught in the public schools, sec. 21. There should be no misunderstanding with regard to these requirements. Instruction elsewhere than in a public school cannot be a cover for no instruction, or for such instruction as the caprice or convenience of parents or others may determine.

. Without question instruction must be in the English language.

Parents can incur the penalty of Section 22 only for such weeks as the schools are in session,

The prescribed studies are mentioned in the first paragraph of section 21, and in section 40.

V. Recognized Eccuses.—The excuses recognized under the

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1. Thorough instruction elsewhere during the hours and

terms of the public schools and in the studies taught
in the public schools, sec. 21.

This would admit:
(a) Instruction at home.
(6) Instruction in private schools. Private schools how-

ever must conform to the requirements of Sec. 23, or
attendance will not be regarded as compliance with

the provisions of sec. 21.
2. Such physical or mental condition as renders instruc-

tion inexpedient or impracticable, sec. 21, 22.
3. Destitution of clothing and inability of parents to

provide the same. The burden of proving such

destitution and inability is upon the parent, sec. 22.
4. The most important recognized excuse for non-attend-

ance is employment. The law on this subject may be

summarized as follows.
(a) All over 14 may be employed.
(6) Children between 13 and 14 may be employed if they

have attended school 60 days within the preceding 12
months, sec. 21.



(c) Children under 13 and over 8 may be employed if

they have attended 120 days within the previous school year, sec. 21.

But children under 13 cannot be employed in mechanical, manufacturing or mercantile establishments at any

(d) Legal evidence of compliance with above requirements

is :
(1.) Certificates of attendance, sec. 27.
(2.) Certificates of age, sec. 25.
The following are forms of certificates :

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This Certifies, That it appears from the Register of the
Department of the

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This Certifies, That it appears in the Register of the

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This Certificate is a protection to Employers only when the Town Clerk's Certifi-
cate of age cannot be obtained.

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This Certificate is a protection to Employers only when neither the Certificate of
Town Clerk nor of the Teacher can be obtained.
Attention of parents is called to penalty for incorrectly stating age.

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G. S. sec. 2110. Town regulations respecting truants, and vagrant chil. dren.

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G. S. sec, 2111. Truant officers.

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5. Penalty for giving false certificate, sections 23, 28. The following sections relate especially to truant and vagrant children.

SEC. 31. Each city and town may make regulations concerning habitual truants from school, and children between the ages of seven and sixteen years wandering about its streets or public places, having no lawful occupation, nor

attending school, and growing up in ignorance; and such by-laws, also, respecting such children, as shall conduce to their welfare and to public order, imposing suitable penalties, not exceeding twenty dollars for any one breach thereof; but no such town by-laws shall be valid, until approved by the superior court in any county.

SEC. 32. Every town, and the mayor and aldermen of every city, having such by-laws, shall annually appoint three or more persons, who alone shall be authorized to prosecute for violations thereof. All warrants issued up

on such prosecutions shall be returnable before any justice of the peace, or judge of the city or police court of the town or city.

SEC. 33. The police in any city, and bailiffs, constables, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs in their respective precincts,

shall arrest all boys between eight and sixteen years of age, who habitually wander or loiter about the streets or public places, or anywhere beyond the proper control of their parents or guardians, during the usual school hours of the school term; and may stop any boy under sixteen years of age during such hours, and ascertain whether he is a truant from school; and if he be, shall send him to such school.

SEC. 34. Any boy arrested the third time under the provisions of the preceding section, if not immediately re- Truants may be turned to school, shall be taken before the judge of the committed to criminal or police court, or any justice of the peace in the Reform School, city, borough, or town where such arrest is made ; and if it shall appear that such boy has no lawful occupation, or is not attending school, or is growing up in habits of idleness or immorality, or is an habitual truant, he may be committed to any institution of instruction or correction, or house of reformation in said city, borough, or town, for not more than three years, or, with the approval of the selectmen, to the State reform school.

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SEC. 35. Officers other than policemen of cities shall re- G. S. sec. 2114. ceive for making the arrests required by the two preceding Fees of truant sections, such fees, not exceeding the fees allowed by law officers. for making other arrests, as may be allowed by the selectmen of the town in which such arrests are made; but unless a warrant was issued by a judge of the criminal or police court, or by a justice of the peace, the officer shall, before receiving his fees, present to the selectmen of the town a written statement showing the name of each boy arrested, the day on which the arrest was made, and if the boy was returned to school, the name or number of the school to which he was so returned.

SEC. 36. In all cases arising under the provisions of the three preceding sections, a proper warrant shall be issued Warrant and by the judge of the criminal court of the city, or by a jus- hearing. tice of the peace in the borough or town, where such arrest is made ; and the father, if living, or if not, the mother or guardian of such boy, shall be notified, if such parent or guardian can be found, on the day and time of hearing. The fees of the judge or justice shall be two dollars for such hearing ; and all expenses shall be paid by the city, borough, or town in and for which he exercises such jurisdiction.

SEC. 37. After the hearing in any such case, such judge G. S. sec. 2116. or justice of the peace may, at his discretion, indefinitely Suspending suspend the rendition of judgment.

judgment. SEC. 38. The selectmen of any town may appoint com- G. S. sec. 70. mittees of school districts and janitors of school buildings. Appointment of and other persons on nomination by the school visitors of

tee orjanitor the town or board of education of an incorporated school as special con. district, special constables. Said constables shall have stables. power in the town in which they reside, and in adjoining towns when offenders have escaped thither, to arrest for truancy and other causes named in section 33, and for disturbance of schools and school meetings and damage to school property, and to serve criminal process in all


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SEC. 39. Upon the request of the parent or guardian of any girl between eight and sixteen years of age, a warrant Vagrant girls may be issued for her arrest, in the same manner and on may be committhe same conditions as is provided in section 34-37 with ted to Industrial respect to boys; and thereupon the same proceedings may be had, as are above provided, except that said girls may be committed to the Connecticut Industrial School for Girls.


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Town Deposit Fund.

[Compilation of 1888, Chapter XIV.] An Act to regulate the deposits of the public money was passed by Congress and approved June 23, 1836. The provisions relating to the Town Deposit Fund are as follows:

And be it further enacted, That the money which shall be in the Treasury of the United States, on the first day of January, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, reserving the sum of five millions of dollars, shall be deposited with such of the several States, in proportion to their respective representation in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, as shall, by law, authorize their Treasurers, or other competent authorities to receive the same on the terms hereinafter specified; and the Secretary of the Treasury shall deliver the same to such Treasurers, or other competent authorities, on receiving certificates of deposits therefor, signed by such competent authorities, in such form as may be prescribed by the Secretary aforesaid; which certificates shall express the usual and legal obligations, and pledge the faith of the State, for the safe keeping and repayment thereof, and shall pledge the faith of the States receiving the same, to pay the said moneys, and every part thereof, from time to time, whenever the same shall be required, by the Secretary of the Treasury, for the purpose of defraying any wants of the public treasury, beyond the amount of the five millions aforesaid; Provided, That if any State declines to receive its proportion of the surplus aforesaid, on the terms before named, the same shall be deposited with the other States, agreeing to accept the same on deposite in the proportion aforesaid:

And provided further, That when said money, or any part thereof, shall be wanted by the said Secretary, to meet appropriations by law, the same shall be called for, in rateable proportions, within one year. as nearly as conveniently may be, from the different States, with which the same is deposited, and shall not be called for, in sums exceeding ten thousand dollars, from any one State, in any one month, without previous notice of thirty days, for every additional sum of twenty thousand dollars, which may at any time be required. Sec. 13.

And be it further enacted, That the said deposites shall be made with the said States in the following proportions, and at the following times, to wit: one quarter part on the first day of January, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, or as soon thereafter as may be; one quarter part on the first day of April, one quarter part on the first day of July, and one quarter part on the first day of October, all in the same year. Sec. 14.

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In the same year the General Assembly of this state passed an act authorizing the Treasurer of the State to receive from

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