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CHAPTER 682.

AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 491, OF THE PUB- Passed April

12, 1878. LIC LAWS, ENTITLED, “AN ACT FOR SUPPLYING THE TOWN OF PAWTUCKET WITH PURE WATER.”

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

SECTION 1. The bonds provided to be issued under Pawtucket section 7, of chapter 491, of the public laws, may be payable in gold. made payable in gold, both principal and interest.

SEC. 2. This act shall take effect from and after its passage.

CHAPTER 683.

AN ACT TO PREVENT AND PUNISH WRONGS TO CHILDREN. Passed April

12, 1878.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

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SECTION 1. Any person having the custody or con- Pielty for extrol of any child under the age of sixteen years, who using children shall exhibit, use or employ, or shall in any manner, for certain imor under any pretence, sell, apprentice or give away, let moral puca out or otherwise dispose of any such child to any person in or for the vocation, occupation, service or purpose of rope or wire walking, begging, or as a gymnast, contortionist, equestrian performer, or acrobat, in any place whatsoever; or for or in any obscene, indecent or immoral purpose, exhibition or practice whatsoever; or for or in any business, exhibition or vocation injurious to the health or morals, or dangerous to the life or limb of such child, or who shall cause, procure or encourage any such child to engage therein, , shall for every such offence be punished by imprisonment in jail, state workbouse, or house of correction, not exceeding one year, or by fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and shall forfeit any right which he may have to the custody of such child.

Penalty for hiring, etc., as aforesaid.

Authority to detain such child, and to deliver same to

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SEC. 2. Every person who shall take, receive, hire or employ, exhibit or have in custody. any child under the age, and for any of the purposes prohibited in the preceding section, shall be punished for every such offence, in the manner therein provided.

SEC. 3. The town sergeant of any town, or the

chief of police or city marshal of any city, may enter tious or homes, any place where any child may be held, detained, or em

ployed in violation of this act, and without process of law, seize and detain such child, and hold him as a witness to testify upon the trial of any person charged with violating the provisions of this act, and if upon the conviction of the offender, no person shall appear who is entitled to the custody of such child, the officer having the child in custody shall, under the direction of the court, deliver the same to the Children's Friend society, the St. Aloysius Orphan Asylum, or the Association for the benefit of Colored Children in the city of Providence, or the Home for Friendless Children in Newport, if said societies will receive the same without costs to the state; or he may, with the approval of the overseer of the poor of the town or city, bind such child to some suitable

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be willing to receive the same into his family, where it will be properly brought up, and, in the event of his being unable to provide a suitable home for such child in either of the designated ways, the officer having it in charge shall deliver it to the overseer of the poor of the town, to be cared for by him.

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CHAPTER 684.

Passed April 12, 1878.

AN ACT IN ADDITION TO CHAPTER 145, OF THE GENERAL

STATUTES, “OF RAILROAD CORPORATIONS.”

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It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

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SECTION 1. Every railroad corporation whose cars are propelled by steam, shall cause a power brake to be attached to every passenger car (which they use for the conveyance of passengers) which said brake shall be so arranged that it may be put in operation by the engineer when the train is in motion.

SEC. 2. Every railroad corporation who shall use Penalty. any passenger car for the conveyance of passengers, , without such power brake so applied, shall for every such offence be fined one hundred dollars, one half thereof to the use of the complainant, and the other half thereof to the use of the state; but this penalty shall not apply to an incidental conveyance of passen- Exceptions. gers in freight cars, nor to dummy cars, so called, nor to a passenger car attached to the rear end of a freight train or dummy engine.

SEC. 3. This act shall take effect from and after the first day of August next.

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CHAPTER 685.

AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 598, OF THE STAT- Passed April
UTES, ENTITLED “AN ACT TO REVISE, CONSOLIDATE AND 12, 1878.
AMEND THE ACT ENTITLED 'AN ACT TO INCORPORATE
THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE,' AND THE SEVERAL ACTS IN
ADDITION THERETO AND IN AMENDMENT THEREOF."

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

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Section 1. The board of aldermen of the city of Constables in Providence shall, in the month of January of each dence appoint: year, appoint constables, not exceeding ten in number, fication of. who shall hold office for the term of one year from the time of appointment, and until their successors are elected and qualified, and every such constable so appointed shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, execute and deliver a bond to the treasurer of said city, with at least two sureties, to be approved by said board of aldermen, in the sum of two thousand dollars for the due and faithful execution of his office according to law.

Sec. 2. In case of death, resignation or removal Vacancy, how of any constable, said board of aldermen may fill by

Appointment, how revoked.

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appointment any such vacancy so made for the balance of the time for which such constable so dead, resigned or removed, was appointed; and such appointee shall give like bond as is required in section 1 of this act.

SEC. 3. The board of aldermen shall have power to revoke any appointment of constable made as aforesaid after due hearing.

SEC. 4. Constables in the city of Providence shall have and possess all the powers and be subject to all the liabilities now given or imposed upon constables by law, except as hereinafter limited. No constable appointed in any other town of this state shall

have power to serve any civil process in the city of Restrictioncon Providence, except such process shall be issued by a

court or magistrate outside of said city, or the party plaintiff or defendant, or some one of them, shall reside without said city. Constables appointed under this act shall not serve any civil process outside of the city of Providence, except such process shall issue from a court or magistrate in the city of Providence, or the party plaintiff or defendant, or some one of them, shall reside in said city.

SEC. 5. The board of aldermen of said city may 1879, how made. appoint constables, not exceeding ten in number, who

shall hold office until the appointment of constables in January, A. D. 1879, and such appointees shall give like bond as is required in the first section of this act.

SEC. 6. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

Appointments until January,

CHAPTER 686.

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Passed April 12, 1878.

AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF AN ACT ENTITLED “AN ACT
TO,AUTHORIZE THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE TO ESTABLISH
A HOUSE OF CORRECTION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES."

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

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Penalty for indecent intoxication.

SECTION 1. Section 13, of the act entitled act to authorize the city of Providence to establish a house of correction, and for other purposes,” passed October, A. D. 1833, is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Any person who shall be found intoxicated under such circumstances as shall amount to a violation of decency, shall be fined for such offence in a sum not exceeding five dollars; and in default of payment of such fine, together with the costs of prosecution, such person shall be imprisoned in the Providence county jail until said fine and costs shall be paid ; provided, however, that such person shall not be imprisoned for a longer term than thirty days for any one default.

Sec. 2. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

CHAPTER 687.

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE TO COM- Passed April
PLETE THE CITY HALL, THE HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING AND 12, 1878.
THE DREDGING OF THE COVE BASIN, AND TO PROVIDE
FOR THE PAYMENT THEREOF.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows :

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SECTION 1. The city of Providence is authorized çity of Provi. to complete the structures now in process of erection plete city hall, in said city, known as the city hall, and high school dredging of building, and to fit and furnish the same for occupation, and also to complete the dredging of the cove basin.

SEC. 2. The said city may issue notes, bonds or May issue other securities necessary to pay or to meet any debt foregoing. or liability incurred under the aforegoing section, provided that sum shall not exceed three hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

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