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Section 1. If any woman shall be delivered of a bastard child, and shall, upon examination before any justice of the peace, charge any person upon oath with being the father of such child, such justice shall, by warrant, cause the person so charged to be brought befory him, and if, upon hearing, he shall be satisfied that sich person is the father of such child, he shall require him to enter into a recognizance to the United States, with good and sufficient security, in a sum not exceeding three hundred dollars, with condition to indemnify and save harmless any city, county, or person from all cost and charge for the maintenance of such child until it shall arrive at the
of seven years, and may order the person so charged to be committed to jail until such recognizance be given.
Sec. 2. Such recognizance shall be immediately returned to the clerk of the criminal court, and filed in his office. Execution, from time to time, may be issued thereupon by the said criminal court, upon motion and ten days' notice, for so much as may be due to any city, county, or person, for the maintenance of such child, until the amount of the penalty be exhausted. The person entering into any such recognizance, and his sureties, shall not be responsible for any sum greater than fifty dollars per annum for the maintenance of any such child.
Sec. 3. If any person charged as aforesaid with being the father of a bastard child, should think himself aggrieved by the judgment of the justice, he may appeal to the criminal court, upon his entering into bond, with sufficient security, for his appearance at the next term of said criminal court, and for the payment of the costs of such appeal in the event of the same being decided against him.
Sec. 4. Upon the trial of any such appeal, the issue to the jury shall be, whether the party so appealing is guilty or not guilty; and if the jury shall find him guilty, the recognizance returned by the justice, and filed in the office of the clerk of the criminal court, under the provisions of the second section of this chapter, shall be in full force, and execution may issue thereon, as is provided in said section; but if, on such trial, the party so appealing shall be found not guilty, the said criminal court shall discharge him and his sureties from such recognizance. The mother of the bastard child shall be a competent witness in any such trial.
Sec. 5. The word “county'' in this chapter shall be construed to mean that part of Washington county which lies outside the corporate limits of Washington City and Georgetown.
OF THE OBSERVANCE OF SUNDAY.
SECTION 1. Penalty for laboring on Sunday.
4. Penalty for selling intoxicating liquors, 2. Certain cases excepted.
&c., on Sunday. 3. Penalty for suffering servants, &c., to 5. Civil process not to be served on Sunday. profane Sunday.
6. Within what time prosecutions to be
begun for offences under this chapter. SECTION 1. If any person on the sabbath day, usually called Sunday, be found laboring at any trade or calling, or shall employ his children, apprentices, servants, or slaves, in labor or other business, except in household or other work of necessity or charity, he shall forfeit and pay five dollars for every such offence.
Sec. 2. No forfeiture shall be incurred, under the preceding section, for the transportation on Sunday of the mails, or of passengers and their baggage. And the said forfeiture shall not be incurred by any person who conscientiously believes that the seventh day of the week ought to be observed as a sabbath, and actually refrains from all secular business and labor on that day ; provided, he does not compel his children, apprentices, servants, or slaves, not of his belief, to do secular work or business on Sunday, and does not on that day disturb any other person.
Sec. 3. If any person shall suffer or permit his children, apprentices, servants, or slaves, to profane Sunday by gunning, fishing fowling, hunting, or by any unlawful recreations, he shall forfeit and pay five dollars for every such offence.
Sec. 4. If any person shall sell any intoxicating liquors on Sunday, (except in cases of necessity,) or shall suffer any drunkenness, gaming, or unlawful sports in his house, or about his premises, on said day, he shall forfeit and pay twenty dollars for every such offence.
Sec. 5. No civil process shall be served on Sunday, except in such cases as shall be specially provided for by law. If any civil process, , not so specially allowed, be served on said day, it shall be void.
Sec. 6. All prosecutions for the penalties incurred under any of the sections of this chapter, shall be begun within one month after the offence shall have been committed.
1. Gaming contracts void.
SECTION 1. Every contract, conveyance, or assurance, of which the consideration, or any part thereof, is money, property, or other thing won, or bet at any game, sport, pastime, or wager, or money lent or advanced at the time of any gaming, betting, or wagering, to be used in being so bet or wagered, (when the person lending or advancing it knows that it is to be so used,) shall be void.
Sec. 2. If any person shall lose to another, within twenty-four hours, twenty dollars or more, or property of that value, and shall pay or deliver the same, such loser may recover it back from the winner by an action, to be brought within three months after such payment or delivery. It may be so recovered from the winner, notwithstanding the payment or delivery was to the endorsee or assignee of such winner.
Sec. 3. Every person liable by virtue of this chapter for the money or property so won as aforesaid, shall be compelled to answer on oath touching the money or property so won as aforesaid ; but the testimony which may be given by such person shall in no other case or proceeding be used against him.
OF THE LAW OF THE ROAD.
2. Certain penalties provided.
SECTION 1. Whenever any persons shall meet each other on any bridge, street, or road, travelling with carriages, wagons, carts, or other vehicles, each person shall seasonably drive his carriage or other vehicle to the right of the travelled part of such bridge, street, or road, so that the respective carriages or other vehicles may pass each. other without interference.
Sec. 2. Every person offending against the provisions of the preceding section shall, for each offence, forfeit a sum not exceeding twenty dollars; and he shall further be liable to any party for all damages sustained by reason of such offence; provided, that every prosecution for such fine shall be instituted within three months after the offence shall have been committed ; and that every such action for damages shall be begun within twelve months after the cause of action shall have occurred.
OF THE RESTRAINT AND DESTRUCTION OF DANGEROUS AND NOXIOUS
1. ) Diseased or or unaltered horses not to 2.)
at large. 3. Mad dogs, &c., to be killed.
SECTION 1. Any justice of the peace, on proof that a horse afflicted with the glanders or farcy is permitted by the owner or keeper thereof wilfully or negligently to go out of his enclosed grounds, shall order such horse to be killed, and to be buried (with the hide on) four feet deep, having first given to the owner of such horse, or to his agent, if any there be resident in this District, reasonable notice of the time and place when and where such order is proposed to be made. And such owner or keeper shall forfeit twenty dollars for such offence.
Sec. 2. If any owner or keeper of any unaltered horse, of the age of two years or more, shall wilfully or negligently permit such unaltered horse to go at large, he shall forfeit twenty dollars, and for the second offence double that sum, one-half of which forfeiture the informer shall have; and if, after a second conviction, such horse shall be found going at large, he shall be the property of any person who will take him up.
Sec. 3. Any justice of the peace, on proof that any dog is mad, or has been bitten by a mad dog, or has killed any sheep, shall order such dog to be killed and buried. If the owner of any dog so ordered to be killed shall conceal him, or cause him to be concealed, to prevent the order from being executed, he shall forfeit twenty dollars.
Sec. 4. The constable, or any other person who may execute the order of any justice to kill and bury any horse or dog as aforesaid, shall have the following fees : in the case of a horse four dollars, and for a dog one dollar, to be paid by the owner in cach case, if he be known and able to pay, and if not, by the county or corporation in which such horse or dog may be found; and if any constable, to whom such order is directed, shall fail to execute it, he shall forfeit in each case an amount equal to said fees.
OF ESTRAYS, AND VESSELS AND BOATS FOUND ADRIFT.
or boat adrift, is taken up.
When to become the property of the 5.) taker up. 6. The owner may at any time recover
without his fault.
publication be mado.
Section 1. Any person may take up any estray found on his land, or a boat or vessel adrift. He shall immediately inform a justice of the peace, who shall issue his warrant to some disinterested freeholder, requiring him, upon oath, to view and appraise such estray, or boat, or vessel, and to certify the result, in writing, within three days, with a description of the kind, marks, brand, stature, color, and age of the animal, or kind, burden, and build of the boat or vessel.
Sec. 2. The said freeholder shall return his certificate, with the warrant, to said justice; and for his service he shall be allowed one dollar.
Sec. 3. A copy of such certificate, together with notice of the taking up, and of the name and place of residence of the person so taking up, shall be published three times in some newspaper published in this District, within ten days after the taking up of such estray, boat, or vessel.
Sec. 4. If the valuation of such property shall not exceed five dolars, and if the owner thereof shall not, within thirty days after such publication, claim the same and pay the expenses incurred, such