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cach person clected as aforesaid, refusing or de.
bruary, in the year of our Lord one thou-
President of the Senate.
An ACT to suppress the pernicious practice, and
prevent the evil consequences of excessive and deceitful gaming, swindling, and other prac.
tices therein mentioned. TITHEREAS a number of idle persons of
VV ill fame, who have no visible means of obtaining an honest and reputable livelihood, have of late infested this state, and have been too successful in carrying into effect their de. ceitful gambling and swindling practices, drawing into their wily snares, many ignorant and unwary persons to their prejudice: in order therefore, to prevent, as far as possible, such dangerous and evil practices in future:
Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in general assembly, and by the au, thority of the same, That from and immediately
'after the passing of this act, if any person or Penalties persons shall inveigle or entice, by any arts or de- on unlaw.
ful gamvices, any other person or persons to play at ing, swincards or dice, or any other game, or bear a share ding, &c or part in the stakes, wagers or adventures, or bet on the sides or hands of such as do or shall play as aforesaid, or shall sell, barter or expose to sale, any kind of property, which has been before sold, bartered or exchanged, by the person so selling, bartering or exchanging, or by any person or persons to his or their benefit or advantage, so selling, bartering or exchanging, in any house or other place within the state, or be a party thereto, or over-reach, cheat or defraud by any other cunning, swindling arts and devices, that so the ignorant and unwary, who are de!uded thereby, lose their money or other property, every such person exercising such infamous practices, shall, on conviction thereof in any court of this state, exercising criminal jurisciiction, by trial by jury, be deemed guilty of enticing, inveigling, defrauding and swindling, shall forfeit a sum at the discretion of the court and jury, besides refunding to the party aggrieved, double the sum he was so defrauded of; and if the same be not immcdiately paid, with costs, every such person or persons shall be committed to the common' gaol, or house of correction, of the district or county where such person or persons shall be convicted, there to continue for any time not exceeding six months, unless such fine or fines, with costs, be sooner paid and discharged.
And be it further enacted by the authority Justices aforesaid, That complaint on oath being made shallissuc to any one of the justices of peace within the and hold state, of any person or persons having defraud- oftenders ed the party complaining, by inveigling, entic
of this heriff or auch per sore any the
pe of the the state upon hoith of the pl who shalim, to ba broughent suretz county hall happene
ing, or by any swindling practices, within the
And whereas, The occupation of sea-faring
in the city of Charleston, should be brought to a : more speedy trial, therefore, for that purpose,
Be it further enacted by the authority afore. Court of said, That the court of wardens of the city of Charles
s in Charleston, be, and the said court is hereby auton, em- thorized and empowered to try all offenders
against this act, upon the principles of law in cri- powered minal cases: Provided, That a jury is drawn to try of
fenders by from among the citizens of Charleston for that jury. purpose. :
And be it further enacted by the authority City coun. aforesaid, That the city council of Charleston cil to diis hereby authorized and empowered to regu- meio late and direct the mode and manner of drawing drawing such juries; and that the jurors so drawn shall such ju be liable to the same penalties for non-attendance as the jurors of the superior court of sessions are by law subject to.
And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all notes, bills, bonds, judg - Securities
given for ments, mortgages, or other securities or con- in veyances whatsoever, given, granted, or entered won at into, or executed by any person or persons w hat
" to be void soever, where the whole or any part of the con- and of none sideration of such conveyances or securities shall effect. be for any money or valuable thing whatsoever, won by cock-fighting, horse-racing, or by gaming or playing at cards, dice, tables, tennis, bowls, or other game or games whatsoever; or by betting on the sides or hands of such as do game, at any of the games aforesaid, or any other game or games; or for the reimbursing, or repaying any money knowingly lent or advanced at the time and place of such cock-fighting, horse-racing or play, to any person or persons so gaming or betting as aforesaid; or that shall during such cock-fighting, horse-racing or play, so play or bet, shall be utterly void, frustrate and of none effect to all intents and purposes whatsoever; and that where such mortgages, securities, or other conveyances, shall be of lands, tenements, or hereditaments, or shall be such as to encumber or effect the same, such mortgages, securities, or other conveyances,
shall enure and be to and for the sole use and bes
February, in the year of our Lord one thou-
President of the Senate.
An ACT to ascertain the jurisdiction of the
court of wardens of the city of Charleston, in
the cases therein mentioned. TTTHEREAS the intendant and wardens
VV of the city of Charleston, have by their memorial to the legislature of this state, enume. rated several cases wherein doubts have arisen respecting the extent of the jurisdiction of the court of wardens, and in their said memorial did pray that their jurisdiction might be so clearly