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Sec. 2. The town councils of the several towns, except as before excepted, are hereby authorized and required from time to time to determine the corners and angles of all roads, in the several towns aforesaid, at which the said guide-posts shall be erected and kept; and shall cause a fair record thereof to be entered and kept among the records of their proceedings. Sec. 3. The guide-posts to be erected and kept in
pursuance of this act shall be constructed in manner following, that is to say ; there shall be erected at the several corners or angles of the roads, which shall be ordered by the town councils aforesaid, a substantial post, not less than eight feet high ; upon the upper end of which shall be placed a board, upon which shall be plainly and legibly painted the name of the next town, with such other noted town or place as may be judged most expedient for the direction of travellers, to which each of the roads may lead, together with the number of miles to the same ; and also the figure of a hand with the forefinger thereof pointing toward the town or place to which the said road may lead : provided, however, that the inhabitants of any town may agree upon some suitable substitute in the room of said guide-posts, and appoint any proper person to superintend the erection and support of the same.
Sec. 4. If any town aforesaid shall neglect or refuse to keep at all times erected and maintained said guide-posts, in such places and in such manner as is herein provided, such town so neglecting or refusing shall forfeit and pay to the use of the state, three dollars for every month which it shall so neglect or refuse; and if any town council of any town as aforesaid shall neglect or refuse to fix and determine upon proper places in such town, at which the said guide-posts shall be erected and kept, the said town council shall forfeit and pay to the use of the state, five dollars for every month which they shall so neglect or refuse; said forfeitures to be recovered by indictment in the county where the offence may be committed.
Sec. 5. If any person shall injure, mar, or deface any guide-post, or its substitute agreed upon as aforesaid, or board which shall be set up as is in this act provided, he shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding twenty dollars, nor less than two dollars, to be recovered by action of debt; before any justice of the peace in the town in which such guide-post was situated; one half to the use of the complainant, and the other half to the use of said town.
An Act apportioning the expense of repairing Hunt's Bridge,
among the towns of North-Kingstown, Warwick and EastGreenwich.
North-Kingstown, Warwick, East-Greenwich, to repair or re-build. Whereas doubts and disputes have arisen respecting the building and repairing of the bridge commonly called Hunt's bridge, which divides the towns of East-Greenwich, Warwick and North-Kingstown, by reason whereof the said bridge is frequently impassable :
It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows:
Whenever the said bridge is not in repair, the same shall be repaired, or a new bridge erected, by the said towns of NorthKingstown, Warwick and East-Greenwich, in the following proportions, to wit: the one half part of all the expense of repairing or re-building the said bridge shall be paid by the said town of North-Kingstown; one fourth part by the said town of Warwick, and one fourth part by the said town of East Greenwich.
An Act to prevent laying Vessels to and lading and unlading Wood or Merchandize upon the Bridge over Apponaug River.
Penalty for lading wood, &c., at Apponaug Bridge. It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows:
Whosoever shall lay any sloop or other vessel unto the bridge over Apponaug river, or there lade or unlade wood or other heavy merchandize, shall forfeit and pay the sum of four dollars for every such offence ; to be recovered before any justice of the peace in the town of Warwick; one half thereof to the use of him who shall sue for the same, and the other half to and for the use of the said town of Warwick.
An Act to prevent Canoes and Boats being made fast to the
abutments, or any part of the Bridge at Pawtuxet Falls. SECTION
SECTION 1. Penalty for fastening boat to bridge at 2. Warwick and Cranston to appoint suPawtuxet Falls.
perintendent of bridge. It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :
SECTION 1. Whosoever shall make fast any canoe or boat to either of the abutments, or any part of the bridge at Pawtuxet Falls, or throw any stones off from the same, shall forfeit and pay the sum of five dollars; to be recovered by an action of debt, before any justice of the peace of either of the towns of Warwick or Cranston ; one half thereof to and for the use of the complainant, and the other half to and for the use of the town where such complaint shall be made.
SEC. 2. The towns of Warwick and Cranston respectively shall be empowered to appoint each, one suitable person to take care of said bridge, and to prevent damage or injury being done thereto; each of the said persons so appointed shall have power, and it shall be his special duty, to prosecute for any penalties incurred under this act.
An Act to prevent Damage being done to Weybosset Bridge,
Penalty for fastening vessel to Weybosset Bridge. It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :
Whosoever shall fasten any vessel to any part of Weybosset bridge, shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars for every offence; to be recovered by the city treasurer of Providence, for the time being, in an action of debt before any justice of the peace in said city, to and for the use of said city.
An Act relative to the passing of Teams and Carriages in Public
SECTION 1. Wheel carriages meeting, to give half 2. Penalty for leaving carriage, &c., the
way, &c.; penalty for wilful ne- standing in highway. glect.
It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows:
Section 1. Every person driving or conducting any wheel carriages of any kind, or any sled or sleigh with any kind of team, in any public highway, when meeting another with any wheel carriage, sled or sleigh, or team, shall
, if it be practicable, conduct or keep such as shall be under his care on the right hand side, so that the person met may pass on his left hand, and have, as near as conveniently may be, one half of the way; and every person intentionally and wilfully failing to do so shall forfeit and pay as a fine, to and for the use of the state, the sum of five dollars ; and he shall also be liable to pay all special damages accruing from unnecessary delay or otherwise to any person, by a neglect or refusal to comply with the requisitions of this act; to be recovered by special action on the case, by the person so injured : provided, however, that it shall be optional with the driver of any loaded team, when met or overtaken by any empty team or pleasure carriage, either to stop his team until the team or carriage by which he shall be met or overtaken shall have passed, if there be sufficient room, or to give half the way as aforesaid.
Sec. 2. Every person having charge of any wheel carriage of any kind, or sled or sleigh with any kind of team, who shall negligently or wilfully leave the same to go at large in any such highway, shall pay a like fine of five dollars.
An Act to prevent Excessive Riding in any of the places therein
wick, included, defined.
It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows :
Section 1. If any person shall ride faster than a common travelling pace, in any of the streets of the town of Newport or Providence, or in such parts of the towns of Warwick and EastGreenwich as are herein after described; or in the compact part of the towns of Bristol or Warren; or in that part of NorthProvidence called Pawtucket; or in that part of South-Kingstown called Kingston ; or in that part of Warwick called Apponaug; or in that part of North-Kingtown called Wickford ; or in that part of Warwick and Cranston called Pawtuxet; such pay as a fine the sum of two dollars for
every offence; one half thereof to the informer, and the other half to and for the use of the town where such offence shall be committed ; to be recovered upon complaint thereof made before any one justice of the peace in the town where the offence shall be committed, with costs, unless justifiable cause for such riding shall be made to appear before such justice of the peace who shall try the same; which trial and judgment thereon shall be final.
Sec. 2. The part of the towns of East-Greenwich and Warwick, first mentioned, where such excessive riding is by this act prohibited, hereby is declared to extend from the
house of the late Rufus Greene, in said East-Greenwich, unto the house of the late Gideon Casey, in Warwick.
An Act regulating Ferries.
SECTION 1. Exclusive right vested in the proprie- 9. Wharves to be kept in repair so that tors.
freight may be received, &c. 2. Boats to be kept in readiness. 10. Penalty for neglect-committee ap3. Times of passing at Bristol ferry. pointed annually, to inspect ferries. 4. Times of passing at all others. 11. None but proprietors to convey pas5. When double ferriage may be demand
ed-physicians, &c., to pay single fer. 12. Rates of ferriage.
13. Laws regulating ferries and ferriage to 6. Penalty for neglect in ferryman.
be posted up. 7. Boat when to be put
14. Town treasurer to sue for penalties8. Penalty for permitting boat to be ab- liable for neglect.
sent. It is enacted by the General Assembly, as follows:
Section 1. The respective proprietors on each side of the two ferries kept between Newport and Jamestown, of that between Jamestown and South Kingstown, called the South Ferry, and of that between Bristol and Portsmouth, shall continue to be vested with the exclusive right and privilege of conveying and transporting passengers, horses, neat cattle, and all other freight across their respective ferries, for the several rates of ferriage herein after prescribed, and subject to the regulations and penalties which are by this act or may be hereafter provided.
Sec. 2. The said proprietors respectively, shall constantly keep and maintain at each of their said ferries, and on each side thereof, one good boat, with proper and sufficient tackle and apparel, together with two good oars and one boat hook, which shall at all times be kept afloat and in constant readiness; and shall, on the application of any person or persons whomsoever for the conveyance or transportation of themselves or freight across said ferries, and on paying or tendering the lawful ferriage therefor, be put off, and shall proceed across said ferries, wind and weather permitting.
Sec. 3. Passengers and freight at Bristol ferry shall and may, on payment or tender of single ferriage, be conveyed across said ferry at all times between sunrising and eight o'clock in the evening, at all seasons of the year. Sec. 4. At the said other ferries passengers and freight
. shall and may, on payment of single ferriage, be conveyed across said ferries at all times between sunrising and sunsetting.