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Sec. 21. And be it further enacted, That all former laws Former so far as they respect the inspection of beef or pork be and the same are hereby repealed : Provided nevertheless, That they shall be considered as in full force with regard to all penalties and forfeitures which shall have been incurred for the breach of the same.

Sec. 22. And be it further enacted, That if any person Penalty shall sell or offer for sale in this State any salted beef or for selling pork in barrels or half barrels before it shall have been spection. inspected and branded as aforesaid, he shall forfeit the sum of five dollars for each barrel, and the sum of two and an half dollars for each half barrel, sold or offered for sale.

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'90 '98 An act regulating the inspection of Pickled Fish. 1821 '22. Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and Pickled by the authority thereof it is enacted, That in every town in

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"every low in packed by this State where pickled fish are packed up for sale, the sworn sworn packers of such town where the same shall be put pac up for sale or shipped, shall previously thereto see that they are properly repacked and pickled, that the casks are in good shipping order, and that there is good salt in each cask sufficient to preserve such fish from damage to any foreign port. ..

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all pickled fish How to be shall be packed all of one kind, in casks well seasoned, pack bound with twelve, hoops, and that each cask or barrel shall contain two hundred pounds weight of fish, and each half cask or half barrel one hundred pounds weight: that the casks be full and the fish sound and well cured; and that every cask and half cask of pickled fish, being first searched, examined and approved, shall, when packed or repacked for exportation, be branded on one head of every And barrel, half barrel or cask, the weight it contains, with the branded. first letter of the christian name and the surname at length of the packer who has packed or repacked the same, with the name of the town where the same was packed or repacked, in legible letters, (not less than threefourths of an inch long,) also the addition of Rhode Island, to denote that the same is merchantable and in good or. der for exportation: that if any fish be offered for sale Penaltya. without having been approved by a sworn packer, and the for selling

fish not casks containing them have not such packer's stamp, branded.

mark or brand upon them, the offender or offenders shall incur the penalty of ten dollars for each barrel of fish so offered for sale; to be sued for and recovered in any court proper to try the same; and that all such fish shall be forfeited, unless the same shall appear to have been in

spected agreeably to the laws of some other State. Penalty Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That if any cooper, for shifting fish.

packer, or other person, shall shift any fish, either on board any ship or vessel, or on shore, after the same hath been so branded, stamped or marked by the packer, and ship and export the same, and brand, stamp or mark anew the cask whereinto such fish are shifted, all persons acting, ordering or assisting therein, and being thereof convicted, shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding one hun

dred and sixty dollars, nor less than thirty dollars, and pay For brand- a fine for each cask so shifted, of thirty dollars; and that ing other

every person other than a sworn packer who shall prethan by sworn sume to mark, stamp or brand any cask of fish, with the packer.

stamping or branding instruments belonging to a sworn packer, or with another instrument made in imitation thereof, shall, upon conviction, forfeit and pay a sum not less than thirty dollars, nor more than one hundred and sixty dollars, for each cask so marked, stamped or branded, to be recovered by action or information in any court

proper to try the same. Penalty Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That in case any packfor fraud in packers, er or inspector, appointed and sworn as aforesaid, shall be

guilty of any fraud or neglect in packing any fish contrary to the true intent and meaning of this act, or shall mark with his brand or stamp any cask containing fish which he has not actually and thoroughly packed or inspected, and which may be intended for exportation out of this State, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of sixteen dollars, for every such neglect, or for every cask so falsely marked, to be recovered as aforesaid ; and that if any person or persons not appointed and sworn as aforesaid shall presume to mark or brand any cask of fish, as above described, he shall incur the aforesaid penalty of sixteen dollars for every cask so marked or branded, to be recovered as

aforesaid. Packers Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the packers of

fish shall be paid by the owners thereof, at the rate of twelve and an half cents per barrel, as a compensation for unheading, repacking, heading up, pickling, branding, and a certificate of the same.

fees.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That prior to the clear- Certificate ing out any fish directed to be packed and inspected by to be pro this act, there shall be produced to the collector, or other collector officer of the customs of the United States, a certificate before

clearance. under the hand of a sworn packer or inspector, that such fish have been packed, inspected and proved, agreeably to this act: Provided nevertheless, That nothing in this act Proviso. shall extend to any fish brought into this State from any other of the United States, and which shall have been inspected and branded agreeably to the laws of the State from whence the same shall have been brought.

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An act regulating the assize of Lime Casks, and the Inspection 1792 '98

'99 1804 of Lime.

'05 22. · Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the Stone lime authority thereof it is enacted, That all stone lime in casks to be in

spected, which shall be offered or exposed for sale in this State, &c. shall be put up in casks of the following dimensions, to wit: the casks shall be twenty-seven inches in length between the heads, and the heads nineteen inches in diameter, and of sufficient bulge to contain forty gallons, which shall be well filled with lime; with ten good hoops to each cask; and shall be inspected and branded with the initial letters of the inspector's or deputy-inspector's name, with the word " inspected."

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the various kinds Different of lime made from the Harris and Dexter rocks, so call- now des ed, shall be designated by the following names, and so nominată

ed. branded by the inspectors, viz: Harris jointy,

Dexter jointy, Harris first quality, Dexter first quality, Harris second quality, Dexter second quality, Harris refuse. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the general as- General sembly shall annually appoint one general inspector, to be

und quality,

Dexter refus the general 18 inspector

inspector with power to appoint deputies, and revoke the same at pointed, pleasure; and it shall be the duty of said inspector or < his deputies to see that the casks are of lawful size, and properly filled and branded, as provided in the first and second sections of this act; and it shall also be his duty to brand each cask with the word “inspected," and the initials of the inspector or deputy-inspector: before pro- To be ceeding in the duties of his said office, he shall take his sworn.

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engagement before a justice of the peace, for the due

performance thereof. His fees. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the burners of

lime shall pay the inspector or his deputy, for inspecting and branding, filling not included, the sum of two cents for each and every cask he may inspect, and for filling

the same, two cents more in addition Not brand. Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That all casks of lime ed to be

offered for sale or exportation in this State, not branded forfeited.

in manner as aforesaid, shall be forfeited; one moiety thereof to and for the use of the poor of the town wherein the same shall be offered for sale, and the other moiety to the complainant or informer; to be recovered in any court proper to try the same, in the county where the

same shall be offered for sale or exportation. Penalty. Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That if any inspector for fraud of inspec

or deputy-inspector shall brand any lime contrary to the provisions of this act, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of five dollars for each cask by him so branded, to be recovered by indictment or action of debt, one half to the complainant, and the other half to and for the use of the

State. For coun Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That every person who terfeiting shall counterfeit the brand of any inspector, or deputy-inbrand, &c.

spector, appointed as aforesaid, or shall imprint any cask, or casks of lime with his brand without his consent or approbation, or shall fill any cask or casks a second time which have been before filled and branded, without first causing the former brand to be cut out, shall forfeit double the value of the lime so filled or branded, by counterfeiting, or without leave or approbation, or without first cutting out the former brand, to be recovered in manner as aforesaid, one moiety to and for the use of the prosecutor,

and the other to and for the use of the State. Certificate Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the to be pro

ced to duty of every person exporting stone lime, previous to collector the exportation thereof, to make and produce his certifion expor

cate to the collector of the district from which it shall be exported, that the same hath been inspected and branded agreeably to law: and all magistrates, judges, justices of the peace and grand jurors within this State, are enjoined to take notice of all breaches of this act that shall come to their knowledge.

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An act to prevent frauds in the Tare of Butter Firkins or Tubs. 1720 '98

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by Butter firthe authority thereof it is enacted, That each and every cooper kins to be

branded. or other person who shall make any butter firkins or tubs, or shall purchase any butter firkins or tubs which are made out of this State, shall, before they expose the same to sale, cause each firkin and tub to be branded or marked with the two first letters of his or her name, and also with the neat weight of said firkin and tub; which brand and weight shall be so made as to remain and appear plainly to be seen.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any person Penalty or persons in this State shall offer for sale any butter by for selling the firkin or tub, without the same being first branded or marked as aforesaid, the person or persons so offering such firkins or tubs of butter for sale, shall forfeit and pay as a fine the sum of one dollar, to be recovered by action of debt before any one justice of the peace in the town where such offence shall be committed, upon complaint of any person to whom such butter shall be offered for sale ; and upon the facts being proved before said justice, the person offering the butter for sale shall pay all costs, and The judgment shall be final.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That when any person or Firkins persons shall purchase a firkin or firkins, tub or tubs of merced. butter, he or they shall have liberty, if there be any ap-seller to pearance of fraud in the tare marked upon the firkins or make a tubs, to cause such firkins or tubs to be justly weighed, and if it shall be found that the firkins or tubs weigh more than shall be marked upon them, allowing two pounds for each firkin or tub with the butter therein weighing under sixty pounds, and three pounds for each firkin or tub with the butter therein weighing above sixty pounds, on account of the brine the firkins or tubs may have absorbed, then, for whatever such firkins or tubs shall weigh more than siall be marked upon them, the seller shall return the money to the buyer for as many pounds as shall be found wanting; and upon his refusing so to do the Penalty buyer shall, in the presence of one or two persons of good for reputation, weigh such firkins or tubs, and shall have his action against the offender, to be tried by one justice of the peace in the town where the offence shall be committed, who shall hear the parties, give judgment and award execution, which shall be final.

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