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lar for every hog so seized, and one dollar to the person seizing the same, such hog or hogs may be disposed of by the person seizing the same to his own usé ; and if the If killed, person seizing as aforesaid shall kill or injure the said not liable. hog, in attempting to take him, he shall not be liable to the owner in an action therefor.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the compact Compact part of the town of Warren shall, in and by this act, be part of understood to be within the following bounds, to wit: beginning at Child's bridge, and from thence running south to the line dividing Bristol from Warren; from thence westerly to the salt-water or shore; and thence, by the same, to the first bound. . Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That if any hog or Hogs at

large hogs, belonging to any person or persons inhabiting with-with in any of the linits aforesaid, shall be found at large with- said towns out the limits aforesaid, such hog or hogs shall be liable fes to be seized by any freeholder inhabiting within this &c. State, who upon seizing the same shall set up a notification in the office of the town-clerk of the town to which the owner or owners of such hog or hogs shall belong, and in one or more public places in such town; and unless the owner of such hog or hogs shall, within fortyeight hours after such notification shall be so posted up as aforesaid, pay to the treasurer of the town where the same hog or hogs shall be seized, as a fine, one dollar, to and for the use of such town, and one dollar to the person seizing the same, such hog or hogs may be disposed of by the person seizing the same to his own use : provided If killed, however, that if the person seizing said hog shall kill or party injure the same, in attempting to seize as aforesaid, he shall not be liable to the owner in an action therefor.

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An act to prevent Hogs going at large in the towns of Provi- 1804 °22.

dence and Newport. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority Hogs at thereof it is enacted, That no person dwelling in the town lan

“Provi. of Providence or Newport shall permit any hog or swine dence or

or com Newport to run at large in any of the streets, highways or com

to be formons in said towns, upon pain and penalty of forfeiting feited. every such hog or swine so running at large; and it shall and may be lawful for any person being a freeman of said town of Providence or Newport, upon finding any hog or

swine going at large within either of said towns, of which such person is a freeman, to seize and take up all such hog and hogs or swine so going at large, and the same to convert to his own use, or the same to kill and convert as aforesaid, whether they belong to the inhabitants within or without said towns, and without being accountable in any sort for the same.

1821 *22. An act to prevent Hogs from going at large in the easterly part

of the town of Coventry. Hogs not Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority to run at a

in thereof it is enacted, That hereafter no person shall percertain mit any hog or swine to go at large in any of the streets, parts of Coventry.

highways or commons, in the easterly part of the town of Coventry, in the vicinity of the Coventry factories, described as follows, to wit : beginning at the Warwick line, on the road near Sion Arnold's, in Coventry, and extending westerly on said road by said factories until it comes to a cross road, a few rods westward of Joseph Manchester's in said Coventry; it being about one and a quar

ter mile from east to west, and extending half a mile May be each way north and south, from said first mentioned road: seized.

and that all hogs and swine which shall be found going at large in the streets, highways or commons, within the limits aforesaid, shall be liable to be seized by any freeholder inhabiting within said limits, who upon seizing the same shall immediately set up notifications, in at least two of the most public places within the limits aforesaid, describing the said hog or swine ; and unless the owner or owners of such hogs or swine shall, within forty-eight hours next after the notifications shall be so posted up as aforesaid, pay to the treasurer of the town aforesaid as a fine, to and for the use of the town, one dollar for each hog or swine so seized, and also one dollar to the person or persons seizing the same, such hog or swine may be dis

posed of by the person or persons seizing the same to his Proviso. or their own use: Provided however, That none of the pro

visions of this act shall extend to hogs owned by persons living without the limits aforesaid.

An act concerning Rams.

1817 '22. Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by Rams not the authority thereof it is enacted, That no ram shall here- to run

large. after go at large, either with or without fetters, in any street, road or common within the limits of this State, between the first day of May and the first day of December.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That each and every Penalty. ram found going at large in manner as aforesaid, shall therefor be forfeited by the owner or owners thereof; and any person whosoever may forthwith take up and detain, as their own, each and every ram found as aforesaid.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That if any ram with-Found in the limits of this State, within the time aforesaid, shall ti be found in the enclosure of any person other than the owner or owners thereof, it shall be lawful for the owner or owners of such enclosure or enclosures, or any person for that purpose employed, to take up and castrate each and every such ram.

An act to prevent Sheep and Lambs from running at large in 1792 '98. the highways and commons within the towns of Cumberland, Tiverton, Johnston, Middletown and Little-Compton.

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Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority Penalty thereof it is enacted, That whosoever inhabiting or resid-moments ing within the towns of Cumberland, Tiverton, Johnston sheep to Middletown and Little-Compton, shall willingly and numai knowingly suffer his, her or their sheep or lambs to run Cumberat large in the highways or commons, within the said land, & towns of Cumberland, Tiverton, Johnston, Middletown or Little-Compton, at any time between the tenth day of April and the tenth day of November, in any year, and be thereof lawfully convicted before any one or more justice or justices of the peace, in either of the said towns in which the said offence shall be committed, on the complaint or information of any freeman thereof; he, she or they so offending shall forfeit and pay as a fine for each and every offence, the sum of four cents for each and every sheep or lamb so suffered to run at large as aforesaid ; one half thereof to and for the use of the town where the offence shall be committed, and the other half to the use of him who shall complain and prosecute for the same; and

moreover, the offender or offenders shall pay costs of prosecution and conviction.

1816. An act to provent Sheep and Goats from running at large in

any of the highways or commons on the island of Rhode

Island. Sheep, &c. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority not to go thereof it is enaeted, That if any person shall knowingly at large on Rhode suffer any sheep, lambs, goats or kids to run at large in Island.

any of the highways or commons on said island, at any time between the first day of April and the first day of December in any year, and be thereof lawfully convicted before any justice or justices of the peace in either of

the towns in which the offence shall be committed, on Penalty. the complaint or information of any person occupying

land in said town, he, she or they so offending shall forfeit and pay as a fine the sum of ten cents for every sheep or lamb, goat or kid, so suffered to run at large as aforesaid, in any of the towns on said island; the one half thereof to and for the use of the town where the offence shall be committed, and the other half to the use of him who shall complain or prosecute for the same; and moreover, the offender shall pay all costs of prosecution and conviction, and shall pay for all damages that any person shall subtain in consequence of such neglect.

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173466 An act for the preservation of Oysters within this State. 1800 '07

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the

authority thereof it is enacted, That if any person or persons Penalty shall, in any of the bays, coves, rivers or harbors within this for taking oysters

* State, take any oysters with drags, or by any other instruwith ment or instruments, or by any other method which may drags, &c.

*have a greater tendency to destroy the beds of oysters than

by the usual method of taking them by oyster-tongs, or shall have any drag or drags on board any vessel or vessels used or employed in taking or eatching any oysters in any of the bays, coves, rivers or harbors aforesaid, he or they, or whosoever else shall be owner or owners of any such vessel or vessels, shall forfeit every such vessel or vessels so employed and found in taking oysters as aforesaid, together with all the implements thereto belonging; to be recovered by action, bill, plaint or information, before any of the courts of common pleas or general sessions of the peace within this State ; one half thereof to be to and for the use of the State, and the other half thereof to such person or persons as shall inform and sue for the same : Provided nevertheless, That this section, or any part there- Not to exof, shall not extend, or be construed to extend, to the team.to

WC Westerly. town of Westerly, · Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That no person whoso- Not to be ever shall take, by tongs or otherwise, any oysters, within fak

"tween the any of the bays, waters, rivers, harbors or creeks within 15th of the limits of the State, at any time between the fifteenth

in the 15th of day of May and the fifteenth day of September annually ; Septemand every person who shall take any oysters contrary to ber. this act, or who shall expose any oysters for sale within the State between said days, shall forfeit for each offence, ten dollars, to be recovered by action of debt or information before any justice of the peace; one half thereof for the use of the State, and the other half for the use of him who shall inform or sue for the same.

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An act relative to catching Lobsters.

1798 1822. Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by penalto the authority thereof it is enacted, That no person shall set for setting or keep, or cause to be set or kept, within any of the rivers, bays or harbors, or upon or within three miles of &c. any of the shores of this State, more than two pots or nets for the catching of lobsters; and that if any person shall set or keep, or cause to be set or kept, more than two pots or nets for that purpose, at any one time, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars; one half to and for the use of the informer, and the other half to and for the use of the State.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any person shall For raising lift or raise any net or pot, set for the catching of lobsters, them

, without without permission of the owner or owners thereof, he permit. shall pay as a fine the sum of ten dollars; one half to and for the use of the informer, and the other half to and for the use of the State.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the forfeitures How. rewhich may accrue by force and virtue of this act, shall covered.

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