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Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in general assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the number of justices of the peace in Edgefield, Abbeville, Greenville, Laurens, Spartanburgh, Union and Pendleton counties, be, and the same are hereby increased in each of the said counties, to the number of eighteen, any law to the contrary thereof in anywise, notwithstanding. In the Senate House, the twenty-first Day of December, in

the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-eight, and in the twenty-third Year of the In-
dependence of the United States of America.

JOHN WARD, President of the Senate.
WILLIAM JOHNSON, Jun. Speaker of

the House of Representatives.

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An ACT to incorporate the Georgetown Fire

Company.
HEREAS the Georgetown Fire Compa-

ny have, by their petition, prayed to be incorporated, and it appears their views are laudable, and their association is beneficial to the citizens of Georgetown:

Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Se. nate and House of Representatives, now met and

sitting in general assembly, and by the authority Company of the same, That William Heriot, Abraham Coincorpora- hen, Paul Trapier, and the other members of the ted.

said company, shall be, and they are hereby in-
corporated as a body politic and corporate, and
shall be known in deed and in law, by the name of
“ The Georgetown Fire Company.”
Andbeit

further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Their

That the said company, by their name aforesaid, powers shall have perpetual succession of officers and

members, to be elected in such manner and acvilejes.

cording to such form as may be prescribed by the rules and regulations now existing or hereafter to be made for the government thereof, and

that they shall have a common seal, with power to change, alter or make new the said rules and regulations and common seal, as often as they shall judge expedient.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said company shall be able and capable May hold in law, to purchase, hold, take, receive, possess,

real and

personal retain and enjoy to itself, in perpetuity or for any property. term of years, any estate, real or personal: Pro.. vided the same shall not produce a clear income exceeding five hundred dollars per annum; and to sell, alien, or otherwise dispose of the same, as they may think proper; and by their said name to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court in this state; and to make such rules, regulations and by-laws, (not repugnant to the laws of the land,) as they may judge proper.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said company shall have, hold, pos- This act a sess, retain and enjoy, all such estate, real and per

public act. sonal, money, goods, chattels and effects, as they are now entitled to: And that this act shall be deemed and taken to be a public act, and judicially noticed as such, without special pleading. In the Senate House, the twenty-first Day of December,

in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred
and ninety-right, and in the twenty-third Year of the
Independence of the United States of America.

JOHN WARD, President of the Senate.
WILLIAM JOHNSON, Jun. Speaker of

the House of Representatives.

An ACT for the better regulating the Streets and

Markets of the Town of Columbia, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

HEREAS the commissioners of the streets

and markets of the town of Columbia have, by their petition to the legislature of this state, set forth, that the powers invested in them by the act of assembly, passed in December, one

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thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven, ap: pointing them to their office, are not sufficiently extensive and complete, and not fully calculated for the well governing and regulating the streets and markets of the said town: And whereas the said commissioners have, in their said petition, prared for the repeal of the said law:

Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and

sitting in general assembly, and by the authority Election to be held. of the same, That on the first Monday in April

pext, and on the first Monday in April, in every year thereafter, an election, by ballot, for seven commissioners of the streets and markets, shall be held at some convenient and public place in Columbia; and that all free white inhabitants of the said town, who shall have paid a tax of one dollar the prececding year, towards the support of government in this state, shall be entitled to vote for the said commissioners: And that Simon Taylor, Swanson Lunsford and Samuel Green shall be, and they are hereby appointed managers for the first clection; and are hereby directed to conduct and manage the said election, and proclaim the same, and give notice, in writing, to the persons elected, of their appointment.

Be it further enacted, That the commissioners Commissi. so chcted as before directed, shall, at their first opers to meciing, appoint a chiarman from among their bo

a chairman,

dy, and still each of them, before entering on the and take duțies of their office, take the following oath: oath.

“ As commissioner of the streets and markets of the town of Columbia, I will equally and inpartially, to the best of my skill and ability, exercise the trust reposed in me, and wil use my best endeavors to carry into cffect the purposes for which I have been appointed. So help me God.” And the said commissioners, or any three of them, shail have power to appoint managers for each succeeding election of commissioners of the

town of Columbia. And in case of the death, resignation, or removal out of town, of any commissioner, the said commissioners shall have pow. er, and they are hereby directed to appoint a day for, and managers to conduct, the election for another commissioner to fill such vacancy occasioned as aforesaid. And it shall be the duty of such managers to give ten days notice, at least, previous to such election.

Whereas the judges of Richland county have heretofore directed and ordered that the persons liable to work on the roads lying within the bounds of Columbia, should work on the streets of the said town, and excused them from working elsewhere:

Be it therefore enacted, That the commissioners Vested of the streets and markets of the said town shall be, with the

same powand they are hereby vested with all the powers, ers as comwithin the limits of the said town, that are by law missionvested in commissioners of the roads where coun- toads. ty courts are not established; and the inhabitants of the said town shall be, and they are hereby excused from working on the public roads without the limits of the said town: That the said com- Power to missioners shall have power to fine and expel all suppress keepers of gaming tables within the said town, and grant from the bounds thereof; and to grant tavern li- licenses. censes, and licenses for retailing spirituous liquors, within the limits of the said town, and to receive the fees for the same. And be it further enacted, That the said com

To make missioners shall have power to make, establish, rules and and pass all such rules and regulations, within the regulatisaid town, as they may deem proper and requisite for the promotion of the quiet and safety of the inhabitants of the said town, and for the regulation of the streets and markets: Provided such rules and regulations be not repugnant to the existing laws of the state or of the United States: And shall have power to impose, recover and collect, in a summary way, before any two or more

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of the said commissioners, such fine or fines, on and from any person or persons who may infringe the by-laws, rules and regulations, passed and enacted by the said commissioners: Provided,

That no fine or penalty for one and the same offence, shall exceed ten dollars.

Be it further enacted, That the said commisTo appoint sioners shall have power, and are hereby directed a clerk of and required to appoint a clerk of the market of the market, &c.

the said town of Columbia, who shall, (in addition to any duties, which, by the rules and regulations of the said commissioners, may be imposed on him,) record the marks and brands of all cattle which may be butchered and brought to the market in Columbia, and shall have such fees and perquisites, and such salary, as the commissioners shall deem reasonable and sufficient.

Be it further enacted, That the said commisMay sell sioners shall be, and they are hereby vested with timber and the right to sell any timber and timber trees, or timber

other trees, growing or lying on the unsold lots and squares of land, and on the streets of the said town of Columbia, and to restrain all persons from cutting and using the same, except under a written order from them, or from such officer as they may appoint to take the charge and care of the same; and such persons as shall transgress the rules and regulations which the said commissioners shall establish for the preserving and securing of the said timber, shall be subject to such fines or penalties as the said commissioners may impose: Provided the said fine or fines do not, for one and the same offence, exceed ten dollars: Provided nevertheless, That the door-keeper, or keeper of the state-house, or such other person who shall undertake to supply fire-wood for the senate and house of representatives, shall not be liable to the above restriction.

Be it further enacted, That the funds arising from the tax on the inhabitars, in lieu of their

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