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Authority to make regulations for conduct of public convenience stations in the District of Columbia
SEC. 3. That upon the construction and establishment of said public convenience stations the said commissioners are further authorized and empowered to make all necessary rules and regulations for the management of the same, as well as to fix the charge, if any, to be made for the use of these conveniences.
Approved March 3, 1905. (33 Stat., pt. 1, 984.)
Authority to make regulations for the public decency in places of amusement
Any license issued by the assessor of the District of Columbia to the proprietor of a theater or other public place of amusement in the District of Columbia may be terminated by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia whenever it shall appear to them that, after due notice, the person holding such license shall have failed to comply with such regulations as may be prescribed by the said commissioners for the public decency.
Approved March 1, 1901. (31 Stat. 1463.)
Authority to make regulations for safety, etc., in electrical wiring in the District of Columbia
The Commissioners of the District of Columbia shall have power to make from time to time such rules and regulations respecting the production, use, and control of electricity for light, heat, and power purposes in the District of Columbia not inconsistent with existing laws, as in their judgment will afford safety and convenience to the public; and the commissioners of said District are further authorized and empowered to prescribe such fees for the examination of the electrical wiring, machinery, and appliances in buildings as they may deem proper, to be paid to the collector of taxes of the District of Columbia, and any such rules and regulations shall after promulgation have the effect and force of law: Provided, That nothing in this act contained shall apply to the power plants or buildings of incorporated companies engaged in the production and distribution of electric current for public service or use. Approved, April 26, 1904. (33 Stat., pt. 1, 306.)
Authority to make regulations relative to supply of Potomac
SEC. 1. The Commissioners of the District of Columbia shall have all the powers and be subject to all the duties and limitations provided in chapter 8 of the Revised Statutes of the United States relating to the District of Columbia, excepting such powers and duties as belong to the Chief of Engineers. June 10, 1879. (21 Stat. 9) 1 Sup. R. S., 488.
Authority to make regulations for use of bridges
Act of July 1, 1902 (32 Stat. pt. 1, 600).
PAR. 3. And the control of bridges * * in the District of Columbia, is hereby conferred on the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, and they are hereby required to make such proper regulations as they may deem necessary for the safety of the public using said bridges and for the lighting and the police control of the same.
(Second Supp. R. S. U. S. 111 or 27 Stat. 544.)
* the new free bridge across the Potomac, which bridge is hereby placed under the jurisdiction of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia (25 Stat. 319.)
Authority to make garbage regulations
Said commissioners are hereby authorized to make all regulations necessary for the collection and disposal of garbage, mis cellaneous refuse, ashes, dead animals, and night soil, and to annex to such regulations such penalties as may in the judgment of said commissioners be necessary to secure the enforcement thereof.
Approved January 27, 1905. (33 Stat., pt. 1, 621.)
Police Regulations of the District of Columbia, In Force November 9, 1929
PAWNBROKERS, JUNK DEALERS, AND PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE SECONDHAND CLOTHING BUSINESS
SECTION 1. Every pawnbroker, dealer in pawn tickets, junk dealer, and dealer in secondhand personal property shall keep at his place of business a book or books, in which shall be legibly written and numbered consecutively, in English, at the time of each loan or transaction in the course of his business an accurate account of such loan or transaction (except as to the purchase of rags, bones, old iron, and paper by junk dealers), setting forth a description of the goods, article, or thing pawned, purchased, or received on account of money loaned thereon or paid therefor; the time of receiving the same; the name, sex, color, and residence of the person pawning, selling, or delivering the same; the terms and conditions of loan, purchase, or receipt thereof, including the period for which any such loan may be made, and all other facts and circumstances respecting such loan, purchase, or receipt: Provided, That junk dealers and dealers in secondhand personal property shall not be required to make in said book or books any entry or description of any books purchased or received except books of such title and description as are then in current use in any of the public elementary schools of the District of Columbia; and every junk dealer and dealer in secondhand personal property shall also legibly write in English on tags to be prescribed by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, the date of every purchase made and the name of the seller, which tag shall be securely fastened on the property purchased, except those books of which no record is required by this article to be kept, and shall be numbered to correspond with the number of the description of said property on his book; and said property shall be kept separate and distinct from all other property or merchandise in his place of business until after the expiration of 10 days from the time at which report has been made to the major and superintendent of police of the 7
purchase thereof, and shall not be sold or disposed of in any manner during that period: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit the redemption and removal of any property by the owner thereof at any time.
SEC. 2. Every pawnbroker, dealer in pawn tickets, junkdealer, and dealer in secondhand personal property, shall every day, except Sunday, before the hour of 11 o'clock in the forenoon, deliver to the major and superintendent of police, or his representative, on blank forms to be prescribed by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, a legible and correct transcript from the book or books provided for in the preceding section, showing an accurate description of every article or thing received by him, whether by sale or in pawn or pledge, on the business day next preceding (except as to the purchase of rags, bones, old iron, and paper by junk dealers and dealers in secondhand personal property of those books of which no record is required by this article to be kept), together with, in the case of pawnbrokers, the number of the pawn ticket issued therefor, the amount loaned thereon, and description of the person making the pledge.
SEC. 3. For storing or taking care to prevent injury during disuse of blankets, clothing, carpets, furs, rugs, dress goods, cloths, mirrors, oil paintings, glass and chinaware, pianos, organs, curtains, bedding, and upholstered furniture, pawnbrokers shall be allowed to charge 2 per cent per month in addition to the regular charges for the first three months or part thereof such goods shall remain as pledge for money advanced.
SEC. 4. It shall be the duty of every pawnbroker, junk dealer, or dealer in secondhand personal property, and of every person in his employ, to admit to his premises during business hours any member of the Metropolitan police force of the District of Columbia as aforesaid to examine any pledge or pawn book or other record on the premises, as well as the articles pledged, purchased, or received, and to search for and take possession of any article known by him to be missing or known or believed by him to have been stolen, without the formality of the writ of search warrant or any other process, which search or seizure is hereby authorized.
SEC. 5. Any licensed pawnbroker, junk dealer, or dealer in secondhand personal property, or any agent, clerk, or employee of any such person who shall molest, hinder, or in any manner