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INSUBORDINATION ON BOARD SHIP.
Everyone shall be guilty of an indictable offence, and shall be liable
upon conviction thereof to penal servitude for life, who being 5 on board any British ship on the high seas, or within the juris
diction of the Admiral, forcibly deprives the master of his command, or puts him in confinement, or endeavours to make a revolt in
NOT FIGHTING PIRATES.
Everyone shall be guilty of an indictable offence, and shall on conviction thereof be liable to imprisonment, who, being a commander, master, or any officer or seaman, or mariner of any merchant ship
which carries guns and arms, does not, when attacked by any pirate, 15 or by any ship on which any pirate is on board, fight and endeavour
to defend himself and his vessel from being taken by such pirate, or who utters any words to discourage the other mariners from defending the ship, so that the ship falls into the hands of such pirate.
SECTION 64. 20
SLAVE-TRADING DEFINED. Slave-trading is to do or to contract to do any of the following things; that is to say,
(a.) To deal or trade in, purchase, sell, barter, or transfer slaves or persons intended to be dealt with as slaves ; 25
(b.) To carry away cr remove slaves, or other persons as or in order to their being dealt with as slaves ;
(c.) To import or bring into any place whatsoever slaves or other persons as or in order to their being dealt with as slaves;
(d.) To ship, tranship, embark, receive, detain, or confine on board 30 any ship, vessel, or boat, slaves or other persons
For the purpose of their being carried away or removed as or in order to their being dealt with as slaves; or
For the purpose of their being imported into any place whatever as or in order to their being dealt with as slaves ; 35 (e.) To fit out, man, navigate, equip, despatch, use, employ, let,
or take to freight or on hire any ship, vessel, or boat, in order to do any act of slave-trading before mentioned ;
(f.) To lend or advance, or become security for the loan or advance, of money, goods, or effects employed or to be employed in any act of 40 slave-trading before mentioned ;
(9.) To become guarantee or security for agents employed or to be employed in any act of slave-trading before mentioned;
(h.) To engage in any other manner in any act of slave-trading before mentioned, directly or indirectly, as a partner, agent, or otherwise;
5 (i.) To ship, tranship, lade, receive, or put on board of any vessel money, goods, or effects to be employed in any act of slave-trading before mentioned;
(j.) To take the charge or command, or to navigate, or enter and embark on board any ship, vessel, or boat in any capacity 10 whatever, knowing that such ship, vessel, or boat is employed in any act of slave-trading before mentioned, or is intended to be so employed upon the voyage or upon the occasion in which the embarkation takes place ;
(k.) To insure slaves or property employed or intended to be 15 employed in slave-trading.
PUNISHMENT OF SLAVE-TRADING.
Everyone shall be guilty of an indictable offence who does any act of slave-trading knowingly and wilfully.
20 (a.) Every such offender shall be liable to penal servitude for life if he does any of the acts of slave-trading defined in section 64, subsections (a.), (b.), (c.), (d.), or (e.).
(6.) Every such offender shall be liable to penal servitude for fourteen years if he does any of the acts of slave-trading specified 25 in section 64, subsections (f.), (g.), (h.), (i.), or (k.).
SERVING ON A SLAVE SHIP AS AN OFFICER. Everyone shall be guilty of an indictable offence, and shall be liable upon conviction thereof to penal servitude for fourteen years, 30 who takes charge or command, or navigates, or embarks on board any vessel as captain, master, mate, surgeon, or supercargo, or contracts to do so, knowing that such vessel is actually employed, or is on that voyage or occasion intended to be employed in any act of slave-trading.
35 SECTION 67.
SERVING ON A SLAVE SHIP AS A SEAMAN.
Everyone shall be guilty of an indictable offence, and shall be liable upon conviction thereof to two years imprisonment with hard labour, who, with the knowledge mentioned in the last section, does 40
of the things mentioned in that section, as petty officer, seaman,
marine, or servant, or in any other capacity not specially mentioned A.D. 1878. therein.
Provided that any person who has committed any offence against this section shall cease to be liable to any punishment in respect 5 thereof in either of the following cases; that is to say,
(i.) If within two years after committing the offence he gives
information upon oath before any competent magistrate against
or supercargo, who has committed any offence against section
the time being relating to slave-trading, and if he gives evidence
against any such person on his trial for any such offence, or,-
sentative of Her Majesty, so that any person owning such vessel,
mate, surgeon, or supercargo, may be apprehended. Every
of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, and copies of the
information may concern.
imposed upon any person by any Act now in force or hereafter to
Provided also that nothing in this Act contained shall subject any person to any punishment for holding or taking slaves in
cases not herein-before prohibited, or for transferring or receiving
August 1843, in respect of any slave in the possession of such
faith before such sale by inheritance, devise, bequest, marriage, or
The word “ slave” in this Act includes all persons holden in servitude as pledges for debt, and commonly called “ pawns,” or by whatever name they may be known.
APPLICATION OF THIS CHAPTER.
A.D. 1878. of the world, and offences against these sections shall be extra
dition crimes within the meaning of the Extradition Act, 1870.
AGAINST THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE.
The expression “public officer” in this chapter means a person invested with authority to execute any public duty, and legally 10 bound to do so, but does not include any member of either House of Parliament as such, or any ecclesiastical, naval, or military officer acting in the discharge of duties for the due discharge of which he can be made accountable only by an ecclesiastical, naval, or military court.
15 SECTION 70.
EXTORTION AND OPPRESSION BY PUBLIC OFFICERS.
Every public officer shall be guilty of an indictable offence, and shall be liable upon conviction thereof to imprisonment, who, in the exercise or under colour of exercising the duties of his office, 20 does any illegal act, or abuses any discretionary power with which he is invested by law, not in consequence of a mistake in good faith as to the law, but from any corrupt motive.
Offences against this section, consisting in taking under colour of office from any person any money or valuable thing which is not 25 due from him at the time when it is taken, may be called • extortion. ”
Offences against this section, consisting in inflicting upon any person any injury other than extortion, may be called “ oppression.”
NEGLECT OF OFFICIAL DUTY.
Every public officer shall be guilty of an indictable offence, and shall be liable upon conviction thereof to imprisonment, who wilfully 5 and without any reasonable excuse neglects to perform any duty
which he is bound by law to perform, whereby the public peace is broken or is not restored or maintained, or whereby the persons or property of Her Majesty's subjects are endangered, provided that
the performance of such duty is not attended with greater danger 10 than a man of ordinary firmness may reasonably be expected to
encounter, or with greater exertions than a man of ordinary powers of mind and body may reasonably be expected to make.
REFUSAL TO SERVE AN OFFICE.
15 Everyone shall be guilty of an indictable offence, and shall be
liable upon conviction thereof to imprisonment, who unlawfully refuses or omits to take upon himself and serve any public office which he is by law required to accept if duly appointed; provided
that this enactment shall not extend to any case in which any other 20 penalty is imposed by law for such refusal or neglect, or to any case
in which by law or by custom any person is permitted to make any composition in place of serving any office.
DISOBEDIENCE TO A STATUTE.
25 Everyone shall be guilty of an indictable offence, and shall be
liable on conviction thereof to imprisonment, who wilfully disobeys any statute of the realm by doing any act which it forbids, or by omitting to do any act which it requires to be done, and which
concerns the public or any part of the public, unless it appears from 30 the statute that it was the intention of the Legislature to provide
some other penalty for such disobedience, which penalty was intended to be exclusive of all other punishment.
DISOBEDIENCE TO LAWFUL ORDERS OF COURT, &c. Everyone shall be guilty of an indictable offence, and shall be liable upon conviction thereof to imprisonment, who disobeys any lawful order, warrant, or command duly made, issued, or given by Her Majesty, or by any court, public officer, or person acting in any