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other representation of a lottery, or raffle, or the drawing thereof, in any way indicating when or where a lottery or raffle ticket, or share thereof, or any such writing, bill, token, or other device before mentioned, may be purchased or obtained or shall in any way invite or entice, or attempt to invite or entice, any person to purchase or receive the same, shall be punished, for every such offence, by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars.

SEC. 17. Every person who shall make or sell, or have in his possession with intent to sell, or to exchange or negotiate, or who shall assist in making or selling, or attempting to sell, exchange, or negotiate, any false or fictitious lottery or raffle ticket, or share thereof, or any writing, certificate, bill, token, or device before mentioned, or any ticket, or share thereof, in any false or fictitious lottery or raffle, knowing the same to be false or fictitious, shall, for every such offence, be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary not less than one nor more than five years, and fine not exceeding one thousand dollars.

SEC. 18. In a prosecution under the preceding section, any ticket, or share of a ticket, or any other writing or thing before mentioned, which the accused sold, or offered for sale, or the lottery or raffle in which the same was sold, shall be presumed to be false or fictitious, unless it be proved that the same is true and genuine, and that such lottery or raffle was existing and undrawn, and that such ticket, or share thereof, or other thing before mentioned, was issued by lawful authority, and was binding upon the person who issued the same.

SEC. 19. All contracts for the sale of such lottery or other ticket, or share, shall be void; and the person paying money on account thereof shall have a right to recover back the same, with interest, on suit brought within one year of the date of said payment.

SEC. 20. All money and things of value drawn as a prize by any inhabitant of this District, and all money or things of value received by such person by reason of his being the holder of a ticket, or share of a ticket, in any lottery or raffle, contrary to the provisions of this chapter, shall be forfeited, and go as herein before provided with regard to fines.

ILLEGAL CIRCULATION.

SEC. 21. If any person within this District shall make, issue, or endorse any bank note, promissory note, or other instrument of

writing, for the payment or delivery of money or other valuable thing, of a less denomination than five dollars, to be used as a circulating medium, he shall be fined not exceeding the sum of five hundred dollars.

SEC. 22. If any person shall pass, or offer to pass, within this District, any such note or instrument of writing as is specified in the preceding section, he shall be fined not exceeding one hundred dollars.

SEC. 23. All the provisions of this chapter for suppressing gaming, lotteries, and illegal circulation, shall be construed as remedial.

IMPORTING CONVICTS AND TRANSPORTED SLAVES.

SEC. 24. If the master of a vessel, or other person, knowingly import or bring into this District, from any place out of the United States, any person convicted of crime, or any slave sold and transported for crime, he shall be confined in jail not nore than one year and fined not exceeding five hundred dollars.

ELECTION FRAUDS, ETC., AND BETTING ON ELECTIONS.

SEC. 26. If a deed, purporting to convey real estate, be executed, not in good faith, but for the purpose of making the grantee eligible to office, and with the understanding of the parties thereto that such deed is not to vest any beneficial interest in the property conveyed, every party to such deed shall be fined not exceeding two hundred dollars, and may, in the discretion of the court, be confined in jail not exceeding three months.

SEC. 27. If any person, directly or indirectly, give to a voter, in any election, any money, goods, or chattels, under an agreement, express or implied, that such voter shall give his vote for a particular candidate, such person, and also the voter receiving said property, shall be punished as for a misdemeanor.

SEC. 28. If any person shall, at any election held pursuant to law, furnish a voter who cannot read the English language with a ticket, representing the same to contain a name different from the one printed or written thereon, or if any one at such an election shall otherwise fraudulently cause, or attempt to cause, any such voter to vote for a person different from the one he intended to vote for, every such offender shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

SEC. 29. If any judge, commissioner, or clerk of an election, held

in pursuance of law, shall attempt to induce, by persuasion, menace, or reward, or promise thereof, any voter to vote for a person, or if any such officer shall open or mark, by folding or otherwise, any ticket presented by such voter, or attempt to find out the names thereon, or suffer the same to be done by any other person, before the ticket is deposited in the ballot box, every such offender shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

SEC. 30. If any person not having the legal qualifications of a voter, at an election authorized by law, shall vote thereat, or if any person shall vote, or attempt to vote, more than once at such an election, or shall knowingly hand in two or more tickets together, every such offender shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

SEC. 31. If any person shall, at any election held pursuant to law, or previous thereto, use any threats, menaces, force, or any corrupt means, towards any voter, to hinder or deter him from voting, or shall, on the day of the election, give any public treat, or authorize another to do so, to obtain votes, every one so offending shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

SEC. 32. If any person shall, within this District, make any bet or wager upon the event of any election held under the laws of this District, or of the United States, or any State thereof, or shall make any bet or wager upon the election or nomination of any person to or for any office or situation which, by the law of this District, or of the United States, or any State thereof, is elective, every one so offending shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars.

VIOLATING SECRECY OF LETTERS AND TELEGRAPHIC DESPATCHES.

SEC. 33. If any operator, clerk, servant, or messenger of a telegraph company shall disclose the contents of a despatch or message received at or sent from any office of such company, except to a court of justice, or to a person authorized to know the same, he shall, on conviction, be imprisoned in jail not more than six months, or fined not exceeding five hundred dollars.

SEC. 34. If any person shall wilfully and without lawful authority. open and read, or cause to be read, any sealed letter not addressed to himself, he shall be punished by confinement in jail not more than six months, or by fine not exceeding two hundred dollars.

SEC. 35. Whoever shall maliciously publish the contents of such letter, in whole or in part, without the authority of the writer thereof or of the person to whom the same shall be addressed, knowing the same to have been so opened, shall, upon conviction, be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor, and punished as prescribed in the preceding section.

SEC. 36. The two preceding sections shall not extend to any cases which shall be punishable by the laws of the United States.

MISCELLANEOUS.

SEC. 37. If any person, when requested by an assessor, or any deputy of such officer, fail to give a true list of all his taxable property, or to take or subscribe any oath in that behalf that may be required by law, he shall, upon conviction, be fined not exceeding five hundred dollars.

SEC. 38. If any person shall disturb a religious society, or any member thereof, when met or meeting together for public worship, or shall disturb any collection of people convened in public meeting for any lawful purpose, he shall be confined in jail not more than three months, or be fined not exceeding one hundred dollars.

SEC. 39. Every person who shall erect or continue any public nuisance, other than such as are punished in section five, chapter one hundred and thirty-six, of the Code, to the injury of any part of the inhabitants of this District, shall be fined not exceeding two hundred dollars.

SEC. 40. If any person shall give or sell any intoxicating liquor to a minor, without the consent of his parents or guardian, or to any slave without the consent of his owner, or shall sell or give any intoxicating liquor to any person at the time in a state of intoxication, he shall be fined not exceeding fifty dollars.

SEC. 41. Any person who shall run or drive his horse, or shall knowingly suffer his horse to be run or driven along any public highway in this District, and any person who shall act as rider or driver in such race, shall be fined not exceeding twenty dollars.

SEC. 42. If any officer elected or appointed by virtue of a law of this District, or under the provisions of the charter of the city of Washington or Georgetown, shall loan out, with or without interest or return, any money or valuable security received by him or which may be in his possession or under his control, by virtue of his office,

he shall, upon conviction, be fined not exceeding one thousand dollars, and shall, moreover, be adjudged to have forfeited his office, and be incapable afterwards for the space of five years of holding any office under the laws of this District.

SEC. 43. If any such officer shall make any contract or agreement with any person, by which said officer is to derive any benefit or advantage from the deposit with such person of any money or valuable security held by such officer, he shall be subject to the same fine and disability as are imposed by the preceding section. Such contract shall, as to the said officer, be void, but an action shall lie in favor of the corporation or other body entitled to the money or security so loaned or deposited, for the recovery of all advantage accruing by the terms of said contract or agreement to such officer; and payment to said officer shall not be a bar to such action.

CHAPTER 138.

OF OFFENCES COMMITTED BY FREE NEGROES AND SLAVES.

SECTION

6. Punishment on negro or mulatto raping a white woman or child.

SECTION

1. Preceding provisions to apply to free negroes, &c., and slaves, except where otherwise specially provided.

2. Slave committing a misdemeanor, punished by stripes.

3. In certain felonies, slave may be punished
by stripes.

4. In all felonies committed by slave, shall
substitute stripes in place of fine.
5. Character of punishment by stripes.

7. Punishment on negro, &c., of sixteen years of age, having carnal knowledge of white woman or child insane.

8. Assault with intent to commit said offences.

9. Punishment on negro, &c., committing those offences on negro woman or child.

SECTION 1. The provisions of the preceding chapter, defining punishment for criminal offences, shall apply to negroes, free or slave, except so far as may be otherwise specially provided.

SEC. 2. If a slave commit an offence, the commission whereof by a free person is punishable as a misdemeanor, he shall, upon conviction, be punished by stripes.

SEC. 3. In the following cases of felony, to wit: larceny, simple or compound, (except robbery,) embezzlement, false pretence, malicious injury to property, when committed by a slave, the court, upon

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