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towns, and which were executed and registered according to the laws in force there at the time of making the same, shall be adjudged and deemed as good, valid and effectual, to all intents and purposes whatsoever, as if the same had been made, executed and recorded within and according to the laws of this state: and copies of all such grants, deeds, conveyances and land evidences, produced from and attested by such offices and officers where the same are registered, shall be received as lawful evidences by all courts in this state.
Passed January, 1746. Re-enacted 1822.
An Act to secure and appropriate the Touro Jewish Synagogue
agogue in repair-freedom of religious
to time proper investment of fund.-
Whereas it has been made to appear to this general assembly upon the representation of Titus Weeks, Esq., executor of the last will and testament of Abraham Touro, Esq., of the city of Boston, in the state of Massachusetts, that the said Abraham by his last will bequeathed a legacy in the following words, viz: “Item. I give ten thousand dollars to the legislature of the state of Rhode-Island for the purpose of supporting the Jewish Synagogue in that state ; in special trust to be appropriated to that object in such manner as the said legislature together with the municipal authority of the town of Newport may from time to time direct and appoint:" Therefore,
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That said legacy and trust be and hereby are accepted by the general assembly; and the general treasurer is authorized and directed to apply for and receive from said executor the said legacy or donation of ten thousand dollars, to give all proper receipts and acquittances therefor upon receipt thereof, and as soon as possible to vest the same entire in the stock of some substantial bank or banks or in some of the United States stocks; and the certificates or evidences of such stock shall be carefully kept by said general treasurer in his office; and it shall be the duty of said general treasurer once in every year to report to the general assembly the state of said fund.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the town council of the town of Newport may, and it shall be their duty to cause all repairs to be made upon said synagogue, buildings and premises, which in their opinion may be necessary and proper; and whenever there shall be no person of the Jewish persuasion residing in Newport, and qualified and authorized to have the care and superintendence of said synagogue, said town council shall appoint some suitable person or persons for that purpose, with such compensation as said council with the approbation of the general assembly shall think reasonable : provided, that all accounts and charges for expenditures of every kind out of said fund shall be presented to the general assembly, and if approved of by them shall be paid by the general treasurer upon their order out of the interest or profits accruing on said fund : provided also, that nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize said town council or any other person whatever in any manner to interfere with or restrain the full and free exercise of the Jewish religion in said synagogue, by any individual of that faith residing in Newport, or to interrupt the possession, control and management with which the proprietors of said synagogue and premises, or any other persons according to the laws and customs of the Jews, may be invested.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of said town council from time to time as occasion shall present, to recommend to the general assembly such disposition of the profits of said fund, and such measures and provisions as in their opinion shall be best calculated to promote and fulfil the object and intention of the donor, the said Touro, as expressed in his said will, in supporting and advancing said Jewish institution.
Passed June, 1823.
Sec. Jews, may be isons accordin
An Act in addition to the act to secure and appropriate the Touro
Jewish Synagogue Fund. Be it enacted by the general assembly, That it shall be the duty of the town council of the town of Newport from time to time as occasion may require, to cause all necessary repairs to be put upon the wall or fence enclosing the Jewish burying ground in Newport, appurtenant to said synagogue ; and that said town council be authorized to draw upon the general treasurer for so much of the interest of said fund as may from time to time be necessary for that object.
Passed June, 1827.
Resolved, That the town council of the town of Newport be and they are hereby authorized from time to time, as occasion may require, to draw on the general treasurer for the interest of the Touro Jewish Synagogue Fund, or so much thereof as may be necessary to keep said synagogue and the premises in complete repair ; and that said town council make report of their expenditures to the general assembly annually at the May session thereof.
Passed June, 1834.
An Act to regulate the Fishery in Pawcatuck River.
CTION 1. No weir, &c., to be erected in Pawca- 5. Times of fishing with nets. tuck river.
6. Offences where triable-penalties to 2. Times of fishing.
whose use. 3. Passages to be opened in mill dams. | 7. This act, a compact with Connecticut. 4. Weirs, &c., not to be erected on the
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That no weir or pound or other obstructions shall be erected or continued in the channel of Pawcatuck river, dividing the states of Rhode-Island and Connecticut, so as to interfere with the main channel of said river; upon penalty of twenty dollars for the first offence, and seven dollars for every twenty hours, or any less space of time any such weir or other obstruction shall be continued in the main channel of said river after the first offence.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That no person or persons be permitted to draw any seine or seines in said Pawcatuck river from the twentieth day of March to the first day of June annually, excepting between the rising of the sun on Monday morning and the rising of the sun on Thursday morning in each week; upon penalty of twenty dollars for each and every time such seine shall be set or drawn otherwise than as aforesaid ; that no person or persons shall be permitted to throw any stone or stones into said river, upon penalty of seven dollars for each and every such offence.
And to the end that the fish may more freely pass to the various sources of the river aforesaid:
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That yearly and every year, from the twentieth day of March to the first day of June, there be a passage opened in the mill-dam below Pawcatuck bridge, from the bed or bottom of said river, twenty feet in length, to extend ten feet easterly, and ten feet west
erly from the middle of said river; that similar passages be opened in manner aforesaid in all the other mill-dams in said river, of fifteen feet in length, excepting Sanford Taylor's mill-dam which shall be opened twenty feet in length, ten feet between the middle of said river and the easterly shore, and ten feet between the middle and the west shore, in the most convenient place for the fish to pass in said river; and the owner or owners, occupier or occupiers of any of the dams aforesaid, who shall neglect or refuse to open the passage or passages as aforesaid on or before the said twentieth day of March, annually, shall forfeit the sum of twenty dollars for every such refusal or neglect; and for every succeeding day's neglect or refusal to open a passage as aforesaid from the said twentieth day of March to the first day of June, annually, the offender or offenders shall forfeit one other sum of seven dollars: no person or persons shall be permitted to erect and continue any weir or other obstructions within sixty feet of the fish gaps in said mill-dams, under penalty of seven dollars for the first offence, and four dollars for every succeeding day or less space of time said obstruction shall continue in said river, from the twentieth day of March to the first day of June annually.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That no weir or pound shall be erected or continued upon any flat or other part of the bottom of said river, eastward or westward of the aforesaid channel of said river, between the first day of June and the twentieth day of March, annually, upon penalty of fourteen dollars for the first offence, and seven dollars for every succeeding day such weir or pound shall be continued in said river, from the first day of June to the twentieth day of March, annually.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That no person or persons be permitted to fish with mesh or scoop nets in Pawcatuck river or any of its branches, after sunset on Friday until sunrise on Monday in each week, from the twentieth day of March to the first day of June, annually; and that no person use more than one net at a time, upon penalty of five dollars for every offence.
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That all offences against this act shall and may be heard and finally determined before any court proper to try the same in the county where the same is committed: that all penalties incurred thereby shall accrue, the half thereof to and for the use and benefit of him or them who shall inform and prosecute the same to effect, and the other half shall be paid into the town treasury where the offence is committed, to and for the use of said town.
SEC. 7. And be it further enacted, That this act shall be considered as forming a compact with the state of Connecticut, and from which this general assembly will not depart until the legislature of the state of Connecticut shall agree with the legislature of this state to a repeal thereof, alterations therein or additions thereto.
An Act to enforce an act entitled “ an act to regulate the Fish
ery in Pawcatuck River."
Weirs, &c., not to be erected on flats, &c., by adjoining owners. Penalty on owner
Whereas divers owners of land adjoining Pawcatuck river in this state, having leased or let privileges to divers persons to fish in said river, who are regardless of the penalties annexed to a breach of the fourth section of said act, and unable to respond for the same by whom the provisions of said section have been frequently violated :
Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That if any owner or owners of land adjoining Pawcatuck river in this state shall hereafter permit any weir or pound or other obstruction to be erected or continued upon any flat or bottom of said river, whether done, erected or continued by themselves, servants, lessees, or any other person by their privity or consent, such owner or owners shall be liable for any such breach or violation of said fourth section of the said act, in the same manner as though the same had been committed by such owner or owners in person.